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FL-22, FL-16: Wow, this is mega! The Miami Herald reports that "a highly placed source affiliated with" Rep. Allen West says that the GOP freshman is considering a switch from the 22nd District to the 16th if the state Senate's redistricting proposal passes into law. Both districts would be made considerably bluer, but the 22nd would become a lot more hostile to Republicans (56% Obama) than the 16th (51% Obama). But there's one serious freakin' problem with this plan: There's already a Republican who represents the 16th, sophomore Rep. Tom Rooney. That would set off a truly epic primary battle, and you'd have to figure that West, with his Tea Party credentials and impressive (if artificially fluffed) fundraising abilities would be the favorite. That would be extra-awesome for Democrats, because the revised 16th is at least winnable on paper, especially if the GOP nominates West after a bloody fight. I'm honestly not sure I could imagine tastier cat fud.

Of course, as the Herald's Marc Caputo suggests, this could all just be jockeying by West in the hopes of getting some more favorable lines out of the final product. But I wonder how much sympathy he'll get. After all, if West really had any allies in the legislature, he wouldn't have gotten such a crappy district in the first place. Then again, what really matters is how many friends Rooney has, which could make this a super-clever bit of jiu-jitsu on West's part. Caputo reminds us that Mark Foley made similar threats in 2002 in the other direction, in order to avoid having to give up red turf to fellow Republican Clay Shaw. (Foley represented the 16th and Shaw the 22nd.) But of course, Shaw wound up losing four years later to Ron Klein, so that augurs against the GOP trying to save both seats once again—and in favor of sticking with the plan to triage West. Anyhow, stay tuned!

Senate:

CT-Sen: Rep. Chris Murphy just secured the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters in his quest to win the Democratic nomination to succeed retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman. This is a welcome thing to see, considering the LCV had regularly given its support to Republican ex-Rep. Chris Shays in the past, even in his final (losing) campaign against Jim Himes in 2008. Shays, of course, faces wrestling impresario Linda McMahon's mega-millions in the GOP primary and isn't likely to emerge alive, so it makes sense that the LCV would spurn him. Oh, and yeah, Murphy has an infinitely better record on the environment. Funny, that.

Gubernatorial:

IL-Gov: It doesn't seem like there's much to this, but a report in Crain's Chicago Business claimed that GOP sophomore Aaron Schock was interested in running for governor in 2014, which was enough to get his chief of staff on the record refusing to rule anything out. But when you're all of 30 years old and you're talking about a race that's three years away, obviously you're not going to close any doors. Anyhow, the piece also mentions that 2010 nominee Bill Brady, 2010 primary candidate Kirk Dillard (who lost the nomination to Brady by just 193 votes), and state Treasurer Dan Rutherford are also possible candidates.

House:

GA-14: The Club for Growth is firing a warning shot over ex-Rep. Bob Barr's head, saying they'll support the incumbent, Tom Graves, if Barr goes ahead with a challenge in the GOP primary. As you may recall, back in October, Barr reportedly began expressing interest in making a comeback, even though he hasn't held office for a decade.

MA-04: Right after Barney Frank announced his retirement, people started spitballing about Joseph P. Kennedy III (son of Joe II and grandson of Bobby) as a possible candidate to replace the incumbent. Now Kennedy says he "will give it some thought," though he didn't offer a timetable for a decision. Until September, Kennedy had been a prosecutor in the Cape & Islands, but he recently moved to the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office. While some parts of the new 4th overlap with Middlesex, Kennedy doesn't live there but rather splits his time between Brighton (in the 7th) and Cambridge (which is split between the 5th & 7th).

MA-04: There's nothing really new here, but in a new interview with the Boston Globe, Barney Frank complained at length about how his district was altered in redistricting—much to his dissatisfaction. Frank claimed that fellow Dem Reps. Stephen Lynch and Ed Markey were "protected," while he (along with Bill Keating, John Tierney, and Niki Tsongas) got a "bad deal" (in the Globe's words). For his part, Markey said that the legislature's over-riding goal was to create nine safe Democratic districts, which they appear to have done.

MD-06: Uh, this is going to be one hell of an awkward office holiday party. Roscoe Bartlett's chief of staff Bud Otis has been going around soliciting support from Republican politicos for a congressional bid in case his boss decides to retire… but Bartlett's said all along that he plans to seek re-election, despite his age (85) and the new Obama percentage of his district (56). A Bartlett spokeswoman confirmed her boss's plans to run and wouldn't comment on Otis (except to call him "loyal,"), while Otis is refusing to say squat himself. I guess both men will be hoping that one intern gets totally blitzed and distracts everyone from the weirdness.

Oh, but it actually gets weirder, because yet another Republican says he's going to run—a state senator, no less. David Brinkley apparently plans to seek the GOP nomination regardless of what Bartlett does, which is just strange because really, this seat doesn't represent a good opportunity for any Republican looking to move up in the political world. Then again, unless you live on the state's Eastern Shore, there aren't many good opportunities for Republicans in Maryland, period, so this may be the best of otherwise bad options.

OH-06: Dem ex-Rep. Charlie Wilson, who lost last year after serving two terms and has been mooting a rematch since January, made it official on Wednesday. He'll take on GOP freshman Bill Johnson, the man who beat him last year, though district lines are rather up in the air given Democratic attempts to put recent redistricting legislation on hold (and then repeal it altogether) via a ballot measure. Also of note, Wilson directly attacked Johnson by name in his kickoff for supporting recent "free trade" deals, an issue which ought to play well in a district like this.

OR-01: Democrat Suzanne Bonamici also just scored the endorsement of Oregon's small Independent Party. The state is one of the few which uses fusion voting, so having extra ballot lines is always helpful. It also gives people who don't want to vote for a major party a less cognitively dissonant way to pull the lever on your behalf, especially when they get to regard themselves as "independent" for doing so. (In New York, where fusion tickets have long been an important feature of the political landscape, the similarly-named Independence Party plays a similar role.) Bonamici faces Republican Rob Cornilles in the Jan. 31 special election replace ex-Rep. David Wu.

Other Races:

FL-Pres (R): Holy smokes! It's rare that we mention GOP primary polls in the digest, but wow. PPP's new Florida poll has Newt Gingrich at 47 and Mitt Romney at just 17!

Special Elections: Via Johnny, in Tuesday's night's special in Alabama HD-45, Republican Air Force vet Dickie Drake defeating publishing company owner Paige Parnell, 56-44. Drake was the brother of deceased incumbent Owen Drake, who died in June.

Grab Bag:

Arizona: PPP has a batch of Arizona miscellany, focused on gay marriage. As Tom notes, one thing that's worth mentioning is that Arizona voted down an anti-same sex marriage amendment in 2006 (before, unfortunately, voting in favor of one in 2008). The anti-equality movement likes to ignore that 2006 vote, though, always claiming they have never lost on a ballot measure.

Pennsylvania: PPP's PA miscellany includes a generic House ballot question, on which Democrats lead 47-42. That's little changed from July's 46-40 edge, but at least it's a sign that our downballot fortunes haven't tanked even though our presidential numbers are awfully tight.

Redistricting Roundup:

AZ Redistricting: Gov. Jan Brewer formally declared on Tuesday that she would not call a special session of the legislature so that lawmakers could place a measure on the ballot to either repeal or modify the independent redistricting commission approved by voters back in 2000. This has seriously cheesed off a bunch of her fellow Republicans, who swear that Brewer promised them exactly this opportunity. But Brewer for once wasn't completely stupid, because there's no reason to believe voters would be receptive to this kind of referendum (and in fact every reason to think they'd be quite hostile).

However, she did hint that she might seek to re-impeach redistricting commissioner Colleen Mathis, despite getting twice smacked down by the Arizona Supreme Court. Somewhat ominously, she added that "there may be another time to deal with the court," which makes me wonder if (as andgarden has speculated) she's really thinking about trying to impeach the members of the high court as well!

TX Redistricting: There are so many legal papers flying back and forth in Texas that I think we may have gotten a bit mixed up the other day. Only just yesterday did AG Greg Abbott filed a request with the Supreme Court for an emergency stay of the new court-drawn interim congressional map; he'd sought a stay of the legislative maps on Monday. He also has an appeal on the merits in the works, too, and on Tuesday, he amended that filing to include the congressional plan along with the legislative ones. (The purposes of the stay request is to bar implementation of the maps while the appeal on the merits is pending.)

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 05:00 AM PST.

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  •  Sigh..... Jobless claims go back above 400k..... (1+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY

    20, Male. DKE! “Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.” anonymous

    by aggou on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 06:35:39 AM PST

    •  The four week average remained under 400,000 (3+ / 0-)
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      SaoMagnifico, MichaelNY, askew

      “If you think I can be bought for five thousand dollars, I'm offended." Rick Perry.

      by Paleo on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 06:40:21 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  I think we're getting used to new norms (0+ / 0-)

      Sure we'd all like these numbers to be lower, but as long as things don't get worse perception eventually becomes reality.  A lot of people have adjusted their lives to handle this new world.

      The one thing the business world hates is uncertainty.  If we can can just keep the weekly number (4 week avg) at or below 400K and keep adding private sector jobs, eventually it will pick up steam as certainty returns to the economy.  We saw it yesterday in Europe, it wasn't so much the move as the certainty it provides for the foreseeable future.  Realistically the broader market had no business being up 4% yesterday, but the increase in certainty in Europe made it happen.

      •  Getting used to new norms? (0+ / 0-)

        You mean like being unemployed? Business world, schmizness world! People are out of work and hurting, and that's not something people can just "get used to."

        Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

        by MichaelNY on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 04:48:37 PM PST

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        •  By the way, I didn't mean to be personally harsh (0+ / 0-)

          to you; I just reacted viscerally based on a feeling that you were looking at this from the standpoint of people in business, not unemployed workers or people with failed stores, etc.

          Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

          by MichaelNY on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 09:55:52 PM PST

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    •  meh (1+ / 0-)
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      396k to 402k doesn't mean a whole lot. If it goes up to (say) 410k and stays around there for a few weeks, that will be an indication that things are getting a bit worse. It's a mistake to focus on round numbers, because very few economic processes have "thresholds" such that things are fundamentally different once you hit some magic number.

      SSP poster. 42, CA-5, -0.25/-3.90

      by sacman701 on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 09:47:54 AM PST

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  •  MD-06 (1+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY

    Bartlett hasn't campaigned for that seat in at least the past 4 cycles. He wins on name recognition and party affiliation. If he actually has to run in a primary that will actually involve him having to campaign, he'll almost certainly retire. Otherwise he'll go down in flames, and no politician wants their career to end in a loss.

    •  Bartlett will retire (0+ / 0-)

      His district was so red democrats never were competitive, he never had to really campaign. With the new district he has close to no chance of keeping the seat especially at his age.
      Just noticed Rasmussen has Newt ahead of Obama by 2 points 45-43, let me say that's hard to take seriously!

  •  Stop Picking On Allen West Or He'll Freaking Cry! (0+ / 0-)

    Whoever would have guessed that this little tough guy would turn out to be such a thin skinned hysterical prima donna crybaby?

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 07:05:13 AM PST

  •  The MD-06 Race (0+ / 0-)

    A 56% Obama district is still sorta winnable for a Republican and represents a better opportunity for advancement than anything else for someone from Western Maryland.  

    Bartlett probably has forgotten how to campaign at this point and half this new district may not know much of anything about him, so yeah, I would not be surprised at all if he retires.

    But even if he gives it another go, there's no reason for every legislator from the vicinity not to run.  In a Presidential year, no legislative seats are up so no one has to leave their seat behind to run for Congress they way they would during midterm cycles.

    Stuck Between Stations : Thoughts from a bottomless pool of useless information.

    by Answer Guy on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 07:09:06 AM PST

    •  Don't forget that the area is trending Dem (1+ / 0-)
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      especially Montgomery county.

      So while the district is only D+3 by 2008 numbers it's possible that it could be D+4 or even D+5 by 2012.

      •  Montgomery County isn't trending Democratic (1+ / 0-)
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        Montgomery County is so blue that most native Marylanders refer to it as the "People's Republic of Montgomery County."

        The GOP has become the "Jerry Springer" party.

        by ConcernedCitizenYouBet on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 09:55:56 AM PST

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        •  It used to not be so blue. (1+ / 0-)
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          It used to elect relatively liberal Republicans like Connie Morella.

          'It's a troublesome world. All the people who're in it are troubled with troubles almost every minute. You ought to be thankful, a whole heaping lot, for the places and people you're lucky you're not.' - Dr. Seuss

          by KingofSpades on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 11:04:42 AM PST

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          •  Funny how times change (2+ / 0-)
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            the Massachusetts equivalent (People's Republic of Cambridge) also used to vote R...

            and in Maryland, the panhandle used to be Beverly Byron territory.

            21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

            by sapelcovits on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 02:51:23 PM PST

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          •  I recall her being a genuine liberal (0+ / 0-)

            and one of the last Republican members of Congress who was.

            Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

            by MichaelNY on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 04:50:58 PM PST

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            •  What are the grounds (1+ / 0-)
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              for being a liberal?

              21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

              by sapelcovits on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 05:39:18 PM PST

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              •  Old standard -- ratings from key interest groups (2+ / 0-)
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                MichaelNY, KingofSpades

                Big ones on the liberal side have historically been ADA, AFL-CIO, and LCV. My guess -- Morella had 80+ (or maybe even 90+) scores from each.

                "I hope; therefore, I can live."
                For SSP users, see my Tips for Swingnuts diary

                by tietack on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 06:48:45 PM PST

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              •  Wholehearted support for the following (3+ / 0-)
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                tietack, Inoljt, KingofSpades

                Civil rights
                Civil liberties
                Generous funding for education
                Generous funding for social welfare programs
                Generous funding for grants for science and cultural institutions
                Generous funding for affordable housing

                A commitment to the environment is also a liberal cause, though liberals from coal states like West Virginia were/are usually exceptions.

                Particularly since the 1970s or so, support for a woman's right to choose whether to have an abortion and also for wide access to contraceptives and family planning services have also been liberal causes.

                Support for gay rights is also a liberal cause, especially since Stonewall.

                I think Morella covered all those bases, but if not, certainly most of them.

                Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

                by MichaelNY on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 07:04:34 PM PST

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                •  Morella voted for DOMA (0+ / 0-)

                  As a gay man, I don't consider her an ally, unless there is any proof she has pulled an Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. (And even then I just consider her a fair-weather friend.)

                  21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

                  by sapelcovits on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 08:03:24 PM PST

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                  •  Unfortunately (0+ / 0-)

                    Lots of otherwise liberal people voted for DOMA. I don't think that by itself makes her not a liberal.

                    Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

                    by MichaelNY on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 09:56:36 PM PST

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                    •  Well, that's why I wanted a definition (1+ / 0-)
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                      it seems she's only liberal relative to everyone else. Liberal is kind of a relative term to begin with, of course, and admittedly DOMA gets additional weight in my eyes because of its importance to me, but I think it underscores the fact that pretty much zero Republicans are consistently liberal. (Even Dede Scozzafava, with her support of gay marriage and other liberal causes, was against us on plenty of others. And hell, even I have positions here and there which probably wouldn't be considered liberal.)

                      21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

                      by sapelcovits on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 10:43:57 PM PST

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                      •  Let's keep in mind, though (0+ / 0-)

                        that at that time, very few politicians supported same-sex marriage. To that extent, yeah, they weren't liberal, but someone pointed out that even Senator Wellstone voted for DOMA, and I don't think you'd say he wasn't a liberal senator. A lot of otherwise decent people have blind spots and prejudices, and that's sad and deeply frustrating. I'm glad more people have seen the light since then.

                        Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

                        by MichaelNY on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 10:54:49 PM PST

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                        •  Wellstone regretted it almost immediately (1+ / 0-)
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                          MichaelNY

                          after. Morella has apparently been silent on it despite the debate going on in her state. I don't think she'll run for anything again, but if she wins another office I'll be very disappointed. This is Maryland; we can do better.

                          21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

                          by sapelcovits on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 11:02:47 PM PST

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                          •  My feeling is, the reason she lost (0+ / 0-)

                            was that she was continuing to vote for the Republican for Speaker and had an (R) in front of her name, nothing more. However, I've liked her replacement very much until her recent selfish complaints about redistricting. Donna Edwards' politics have been excellent, from my standpoint.

                            I'm sorry to hear that Morella apparently hasn't voiced any public change of heart on DOMA.

                            Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

                            by MichaelNY on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 11:09:47 PM PST

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                          •  Er (1+ / 0-)
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                            MichaelNY

                            Morella was replaced (or defeated, rather) by CVH, not Donna Edwards. They gave her straight D-voting parts of MontCo and a little bite into PGCo to make it happen.

                            21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

                            by sapelcovits on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 11:33:07 PM PST

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                          •  Oh (0+ / 0-)

                            Thanks for correcting that. I did remember it was a defeat, but obviously didn't remember who defeated her.

                            Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

                            by MichaelNY on Fri Dec 02, 2011 at 12:04:00 AM PST

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                          •  That's correct. (0+ / 0-)

                            Morrella's R-leaning district was gerrymandered out of existence during the last redistricting process.

                            The GOP has become the "Jerry Springer" party.

                            by ConcernedCitizenYouBet on Fri Dec 02, 2011 at 09:07:56 AM PST

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        •  Yes it has, not dramatically but it has (2+ / 0-)
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          KingofSpades, MichaelNY

          D+15 in 2000 (if you combine the Gore and Nader numbers)
          D+18 in 2004 (Kerry got the same % as Gore + Nader despite lower nationwide)
          D+19 for 2008

    •  Sigh (4+ / 0-)
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      sawolf, HoosierD42, jncca, MichaelNY

      it's kind of annoying because it would have been easy to make that district as high as 63% Obama or so while barely laying a finger on CVH's district.

      21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

      by sapelcovits on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 08:41:56 AM PST

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    •  Depends On How Blue The Areas of Montgomery Co.... (1+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY

      ....are in the new MD-06.  Are these Montgomery County precincts among the hardest-core Democratic areas of the county or are they precincts that could go soft in the way so many Obama towns did in Massachusetts in the Scott Brown election?

      If it's the latter, it's not unthinkable to imagine a replay of George Gekas vs. Tim Holden, where Holden was given no chance of winning but managed to by winning over some otherwise Republican-leaning areas.

      •  Massachusetts is really kind of a special case. (0+ / 0-)

        Anyway, the city of Frederick might be shaky, but I think most of MontCo is solid for us.

        21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

        by sapelcovits on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 09:09:54 AM PST

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      •  Neither, really (1+ / 0-)
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        The Montgomery County parts of 6 aren't as hardcore Dem as, say, Takoma Park or much of Silver Spring, but not too many places are.  But they're not likely to go "soft", either; they've gotten steadily more Democratic over the last decade or so (and leaned decisively that way even before), and even in 2010 there was little backsliding.

        In addition, none of the mentioned GOP candidates seems likely to have much Scott Brown-style (or, locally, Connie Morella-style) crossover appeal, and the Democrat (most likely Rob Garagiola) is not going to be George Gekas or Martha Coakley and take things for granted.

    •  MD6 (5+ / 0-)

      56% Obama is probably about D+4, which might be winnable for a Wayne Gilchrest type against a hard-left Dem. Bartlett would have very little chance against any competent Dem, though.

      SSP poster. 42, CA-5, -0.25/-3.90

      by sacman701 on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 09:50:34 AM PST

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      •  Same for Alex Mooney (1+ / 0-)
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        MichaelNY

        ex-state Sen., now state party chair, who the Washington Post says is now forming an exploratory committee, no matter what Bartlett does.  This should be good news for Dems.  Mooney lost his state Senate seat to a Democrat in the 2010 general election (how many other GOP legislators have that distinction?)  

        And that district is in Frederick County; how he thinks he can win a general election in a district where half the voters are in Montgomery County is beyond my knowledge.

      •  A moderate Republican would easily take the (1+ / 0-)
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        MichaelNY

        new MD6 over a hard-left Democrat.   While Montgomery County is one of the bluest counties in the state, the Democrats in that part of the county tend to be centrists. Moderate Democrats have been moving north into southwestern Carroll and west into Frederick and Washington as part of the "white flight" movement out of Montgomery.

        The GOP has become the "Jerry Springer" party.

        by ConcernedCitizenYouBet on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 10:06:39 AM PST

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  •  ... (0+ / 0-)

    80 % of success is JUST SHOWING UP! Newt Gingrich: ...isolate and crush the secular socialist left (that's us) !

    by Churchill on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 07:09:37 AM PST

  •  FL-16, FL-22: Not a surprise (1+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY

    West was always going to take the easier path if one was available. He knows that he would lose in the new FL-22.

    25, Male, CA-24, DK Elections Black Caucus Chair.

    by DrPhillips on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 07:17:03 AM PST

  •  OH-06 (0+ / 0-)

    Charlie Wilson is a Blue Dog Democrat. I did not and will not vote for Bill Johnson, but I was hoping we'd get a better Democrat to oppose him. I'm not so sure I can support Wilson since I've decided I can no longer vote for the lesser of two evils. As Democrats, we need to work harder to develop a viable field of progressive candidates from local Dog Wardens to Senators. It seems our once "liberal" party of FDR is becoming the moderate Republican party of Eisenhower.

  •  WI2 - 4th Dem joins the race (1+ / 0-)
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    Posted this just before going to bed last nite and it missed this morning's Digest.

    Matt Silverman has thrown his hat into the ring to replace Tammy Baldwin in Congress.   I have lived in WI-2 since 1980, the entirety of 29 year old Matt Silverman's  life and I have never heard of him.  Combining zero name recognition with Mr. Silverman intentionally handicapping his chances with self imposed contribution rules and I see zero chance of him advancing past either Mark Pocan or Kelda Roys both of whom are charging full speed ahead.

    link: http://www.channel3000.com/...

    "My name's Dr. Multimillionaire and I kicked your ass." --Rep. Steve Kagen D-WI to Karl Rove

    by walja on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 08:07:04 AM PST

  •  WI-2: more informative article on Matt Silverman (0+ / 0-)

    Located another article with more information on Matt Silverman than one would find in the linked article I posted above.

    Link: http://host.madison.com/...

    "My name's Dr. Multimillionaire and I kicked your ass." --Rep. Steve Kagen D-WI to Karl Rove

    by walja on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 08:22:44 AM PST

  •  new UMASS MA Senate Race Poll (6+ / 0-)

    500 adults
    Warren (D) 43%
    Brown  i (R) 39%

  •  Multi-Party Fusion Candidate (0+ / 0-)

    worked well in New York on the old lever machines, where the name was listed in multiple columns. In Oregon, would the candidate be listed (awkwardly) twice in the same list on the paper ballot, or (more likely I'd think) once with the words "Democrat-Independent" above her name? I'd think having a second endorsement would only be of "sore loser" value?

  •  West v. Rooney (2+ / 0-)
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    Intriguing side-note: West was an Army officer who committed a pretty egregious act of mistreatment of an Iraqi.  He was allowed to retire, although I imagine court-martial was seriously discussed.

    Rooney spent his Army time as a Judge Advocate.  At least for part of that time he was teaching the Law of Armed Conflict, trying to prevent acts like West's.

    The real tragedy, I think, is that in a Republican primary, a dispute about the importance of American soldiers following the law would not come up at all.  If anything, West's behavior, shocking as it may have been to some, is probably a positive with the base.

    "There is no difference between us. The only difference is that the folks with money want to stay in power..."--Shirley Sherrod

    by Wide Awake in KY on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 08:56:55 AM PST

  •  About that Florida redistricting (1+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY

    The Florida Senate has proposed a map (PDF) that keeps District 3 (Corrine Brown, D) as a tortuous snake running from Jacksonville to Orlando.  So much for the amendments to the Florida constitution.  I suppose that in their Newspeak dictionary, "compact" is defined as "not compact".

    They've been using that 2-story outhouse too long, the one where their toilet is on the second floor, directly above the one for the peasants.

    I am become Man, the destroyer of worlds

    by tle on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 09:10:20 AM PST

  •  Not how Oregon voting works (2+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY, James Allen
    The state is one of the few which uses fusion voting, so having extra ballot lines is always helpful.

    In Oregon, unlike some other places from what I hear, you don't get an extra line but just a note by your name on the ballot.  So, it will read something like:

    Suzanne Bonamici (Democrat, Independent) [  ]
    Rob Corniles (Republican)                              [  ]
    A. Nutty Rightwinger (Constitution)                [  ]
    Rand Randerson (Libertarian)                        [  ]

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