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San Diego Mayor: You might remember a widely-circulated article from February about the California GOP's decline, as best seen in their utter lack of a statewide bench... though in that piece, moderate young Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher was heavily touted as their one possible rising star. So what does it say about your party when your most highly-regarded up-and-comer just up and leaves?

Indeed, that's exactly what just happened, with Fletcher bolting the GOP, becoming an independent and offering a bunch of Americans Elect-style nonsense about the failure of partisan politics. It got him the praise from the usual suspects you'd probably expect he was after (like David Brooks), but it may just be a canny play designed to help him in the San Diego mayoral race. This move lets Fletcher differentiate himself out of the clutter of other Republicans running (Carl DeMaio and Bonnie Dumanis), to hopefully win a spot in the top-two primary against Dem Bob Filner. (David Jarman)

1Q Fundraising:

FL-09: Alan Grayson (D): $550K raised

NY-06: Grace Meng (D): $300K raised (in 10 days)

TN-03: Weston Wamp (R): $175K raised, $436K cash-on-hand

VA-Sen: Tim Kaine (D): $2.2 mil raised, $4.4 mil cash-on-hand; George Allen (R): $1.4 mil raised, $2.7 mil cash-on-hand

Senate:

IN-Sen: Richard Mourdock is out with a new ad attacking his GOP primary rival, Sen. Dick Lugar, over his alleged support for raising gas taxes by a dollar a gallon. No word on the size of the buy, though you can watch the ad at the link.

MT-Sen: While Rasmussen has been willing to go out on quite a limb on a few of their other Senate polls lately, they're playing things pretty safe on their newest poll of the Jon Tester/Denny Rehberg contest, finding it a 47 Rehberg-44 Tester race... exactly the same as they found in February. PPP had it at 47-45 for Republican Rehberg the last two times they polled, so we have a sort of awkward consensus here. (David Jarman)

NE-Sen: Republican AG Jon Bruning's new ad is amusingly dickfaced—"If the founding fathers could see what Barack Obama is doing to our country and our constitution, they'd turn over in their graves," he says. (Actually, I think they'd say, "Let us out of these caskets, you assholes!") But the spot also contains a subtle flub, one which won't make Mitt Romney happy. Later in the ad, Bruning adds: "In the Senate, I'll fight Obama's unconstitutional power grabs." So he doesn't think a Republican will be in the White House come 2013? I'm with you, brother!

NV-Sen: PPP is out with their new poll of the Nevada Senate contest, and they find a very similar picture to what they've always found: a tight race. GOP Sen. Dean Heller leads Dem Rep. Shelley Berkley 46-43, a small change from the 45-45 tie they saw back in October. But there are some warning signs for both candidates, which we explore in our full post at Daily Kos Elections.

Gubernatorial:

NC-Gov: Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton is reportedly going on the air later this month with a $315K ad buy, but it looks like he won't be alone, as his Democratic primary rivals are also apparently planning to run TV ads soon, too.

House:

CA-30: Dem Rep. Brad Sherman is out with a new internal from the Feldman Group, in which he leads the entire field in the top-two primary with 40%. Fellow Dem Rep. Howard Berman is second with 17%, and Republican businessman/actor Mark Reed is in third with 12%. In a direct one-on-one matchup between Sherman and Berman, Sherm leads 52-25, basically unchanged from his August poll where he was up 51-26. Let's see what these numbers look like after the paid media phase of the race becomes fully engaged, though.

FL-09: Republicans landed the man who is likely their strongest possible candidate in Florida's new 9th Congressional District: Osceola County Commission Chairman John "Q" Quiñones, who said he was seriously considering the race just a couple of weeks ago. While this is a district that Obama won with 60% of the vote, Democrats look set to nominate ex-Rep. Alan Grayson, who was one of the worst under-performers among Democratic members of Congress who lost in 2010. Check out this chart to see what I mean: Grayson represented the old FL-08, which sticks out in the top-left corner. No one with a comparably blue district lost by nearly as much (18%), and only three incumbents lost by more, all of whom represented considerably redder seats. So Grayson could make this race a lot more interesting than you'd otherwise expect.

But I wonder how polished Quiñones actually is. He's already squirming about the Ryan plan 2.0, and he's refusing to answer tough questions. See below:

When asked whether he supported Wisconsin GOP Rep. Paul Ryan’s controversial budget plan, he demurred.

“There’s going to be time to debate and to go into the details,” Quiñones said. “As we move forward, we’re going to put forward a comprehensive plan of issues that I’d like to bring forth when I become a Congressman.”

When asked whether he would have voted to raise the debt ceiling last summer, he declined to answer. “The over and out-of-control spending is something that I’m passionate about,” he said, noting he lowered taxes on the local level.

Not the hallmark of a skilled candidate.

FL-26: I really feel like this is all for the better: State Rep. Luis Garcia, who in recent months had proven himself to be the absolute worst Democratic House recruit we've seen in quite some time, finally pulled the plug on his campaign against GOP freshman David Rivera. Given his constant, open feuding with the DCCC (which he said stood for "double-crossers, connivers and cowards") and the fact that his top staffers all left, this comes as no surprise. Instead, he'll run for a seat on the Miami-Dade County Commission, something he said he might do just the other day.

But since this is Garcia, that ain't the end of it. On his way out of the congressional race, he also declared that he'd probably leave the Democratic Party, and he said that Dems would try to recruit replacements by "reviv[ing] a couple of political cadavers that have lost other elections." An interesting bit of projection, because if there's a dead man walking anywhere in South Florida politics, it's surely Garcia. So, yeah, we're back to square zero when it comes to having a candidate to take on Rivera, but at this point, Garcia would have been worse than nothing.

MI-07: The Schwarz may still be with us—at least we'll find out soon. Ex-Rep. (and moderate ex-Republican) Joe Schwarz says that negotiations are still ongoing with the DCCC about him potentially running as a Dem against Tim Walberg, the GOPer who bounced him in the 2006 primary... and that he'll have a decision this week. Don't get your hopes too high, though; it seems like every cycle has a Hamlet act from Schwarz that ends up not going anywhere. (In 2010, it was the possibility of an independent run for Governor.) (David Jarman)

MI-14: Dem Rep. Gary Peters scored a couple of notable endorsements in recent days, including one from the AFL-CIO. That's not a surprise, since Peters has cleaned up on the labor front, but it's still a big get. The other was perhaps not as significant but is quite interesting nonetheless: The Wayne County Democratic Black Caucus gave Peters their backing, which is noteworthy not only because of the cross-racial nature of the endorsement (Peters is white, and his chief rival for the Democratic nod, fellow Rep. Hansen Clarke, is black), but because Peters is from Oakland County, rather than Wayne.

NC-07: What do Donald Rumsfeld and Ilario Pantano have in common? Well, for starters, they were both interested in taking the Iraq War into all sorts of new extra-legal directions. And now Rumsfeld is backing Pantano in the GOP primary in the 7th (against state Sen. David Rouzer, for the nod to face incumbent Dem Mike McIntyre). The ex-SecDef will be appearing at a Pantano fundraiser in Washington, D.C. on April 16. (David Jarman)

NY-06: The Independence Party is reportedly bestowing its first endorsement on a Democratic hopeful running for the House, Assemblywoman Grace Meng. It's not like the GOP has a shot in this district (through Republican NYC councilman Dan Halloran surely would have liked their line), so you'd have to chalk this up to the IP simply wanting to stay on the side of the winners.

PA-18: The inscrutables over at the Campaign for Primary Accountability, which claims it plans to spend $200K to defeat GOP Rep. Tim Murphy, is out with its first ad, recycling a spot they used to help defeat Ohio Rep. Jean Schmidt last month. The ad accuses Murphy of being corrupt, of hiking the debt ceiling, of being pro-earmarks, etc. It doesn't, however, mention Murphy's primary opponent, Evan Feinberg—it just asks voters to "retire Murphy." It's not clear how much the CPA is spending on this particular buy, but you can watch the ad at the link.

TN-04: State Sen. Eric Stewart got some recent fundraising help from ex-Gov. Phil Bredesen in his bid to unseat freshman GOPer Scott DesJarlais. According to The Tennessean's Chas Sisk, Bredesen endorsements are actually quite rare, though it looks like the extent of his involvement was to send an email under his name (and it's not clear whether it was to his own list or to Stewart's).

TN-05: At the end of a profile of undergrad Mary Cooper in The Daily Tar Heel (the student newspaper at UNC), her well-known father—that would be Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper—suggests she might run for his seat in Congress when he's ready to move. His remarks sound a bit tongue-in-cheek, but you won't be surprised to learn that the younger Cooper just finished a term as student body president. (Hat-tip: reader JD)

WA-01: Gov. Chris Gregoire declared the special election for the replacement of recently resigned Rep. Jay Inslee will occur on the regularly scheduled election day in November. She's simply following state law requirements, so that's no surprise, but the one outstanding question mark did get answered, too: The special election will be under the old 1st district lines even as, at the same time, the general election will be under the new 1st district lines.

(That, of course, leads us down the rabbit hole of weird scenarios that I discussed when the Inslee resignation rumors first surfaced: namely, that, with a more liberal special election electorate, you could have a luckless Dem win the special and lose the general at the same time, leaving her to serve out the one-month lame duck session before making way for GOPer John Koster. Or, alternatively, since there will also be a special primary on the same day as the regular primary, considering how closely bunched the top Dems will be, you could have two different Dems win, one advancing to the special general and one advancing to the regular general!) (David Jarman)

Grab Bag:

Budget Votes: Late last week, the House voted on four different budget resolutions, including version 2.0 of the notorious Ryan plan and the even more diabolical RSC budget. David Jarman has an interesting look at how all of these votes broke down, analyzing who the outliers were and why they may have acted as they did.

Redistricting Roundup:

FL Redistricting: What is Pam Bondi up to here? Florida's attorney general is required, under the state's new redistricting amendments, to forward new legislative maps to the state supreme court once the legislature passes them. (Interestingly, the governor doesn't have to—or even get to—sign off on legislative maps under the new regime.) The first time the lege passed such maps, Bondi sent them to the high court right away, but the newest Senate map—required because the court struck down the original set of lines—is still sitting on her desk. She has until April 11, but I'm just not sure how delaying at this point could possibly help the GOP.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 05:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Civitas Instute polled North Carolina (13+ / 0-)

    in February and only just released the results. President Obama led Romney 48-46%. This is a Republican pollster.

    http://www.nccivitas.org/...

    20, Dude, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus! (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren for Senate!

    by ndrwmls10 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 05:05:16 AM PDT

  •  NY-06: Specualtion on why (8+ / 0-)

    Grace Meng's campaign hasn't been using her last name in campaign material.

    The appearance is that Meng is trying to introduce herself in an ethnically neutral manner. “They might want to conceal the fact that she's Asian,” said one insider working to defeat the assemblywoman, who would be the first Asian-American woman elected to Congress.

    A source close to Meng disagrees. “It's ridiculous to hide that she's Asian because, well, let's see, she's Asian,” the source said.

    That suggests Meng must appeal to working-class whites in places like Auburndale, Bayside, Glendale and Maspeth. With $300,000 in the bank and endorsements from the county Democratic organization and local elected officials, she has the potential to do so.

    “We believe that a qualified, accomplished woman has no problem appealing to anyone in the district,” a Meng spokesman said.

    Others aren't so sure. “There are conservative Democrats in many parts of the district who aren't exactly forward-thinking,” a Queens Democratic insider said, adding that many are uncomfortable with the recent proliferation of Asians locally. “There remains a lot of resentment.”

    One can hope this race wont turn ugly....

    http://www.crainsnewyork.com/...

    20, Dude, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus! (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren for Senate!

    by ndrwmls10 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 05:10:10 AM PDT

    •  As long as... (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      stevenaxelrod

      Darcy Burner's former campaign manager doesn't go there, we should be OK.  He also managed Gil Cedillo's campaign in the Democratic primary against Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), and now-Rep. Laura Richardson's (D-CA) primary campaign against state senator Jenny Oropeza (D), and in both those races, it got UGLY along racial lines.  Blacks versus Latinos in the Richardson-Oropeza race, and Latinos versus Asians in the Cedillo-Chu race.

      Calitics got so disgusted by the race-baiting, they asked that people vote for anybody BUT Cedillo in that primary.

    •  Doesn't make a whole lot of sense (0+ / 0-)

      in the first place, since the districts is 38% Asian.

      24, Solid Liberal Democrat (-4.75, -4.51), DKE Gay Caucus Majority Leader, IN-02; Swingnut. Gregg for Governor! Donnelly for Senate! Mullen for Congress!

      by HoosierD42 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 03:23:13 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  MI-7 (3+ / 0-)
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    KingofSpades, bumiputera, HoosierD42

    I don't know about anyone else, but I like the idea of coaxing Schwartz over. In a district that didn't do us any favors in redistricting, he is certainly a good recruit.

    •  One downside: (0+ / 0-)

      How many of his old donors really prefer him to Walberg?  His old fundraising lists might be borderline useless and we might have to carry a lot of his weight.  

    •  Schwarz (0+ / 0-)

      I would prefer another candidate but if nobody else wants to run, I guess Schwarz is a decent option.  While he's certainly an improvement compared to Walberg, Schwarz did vote with the Republican party 91% of the time.  So he if doesn't shift how he votes, Dems will probably become very disappointed with him quickly.  

  •  OH-07: Joyce Healy-Abrams raised $240,000. (9+ / 0-)

    Also, I forget about this poll:

    The poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP) for the House Majority PAC shows Gibbs trailing a generic Democrat by 43-42%.
    http://www.facebook.com/...

    20, Dude, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus! (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren for Senate!

    by ndrwmls10 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 05:37:40 AM PDT

  •  MN-2 (9+ / 0-)

    http://m.startribune.com/...

    Obermueller is a Grade A recruit. That being said, Kline is still the overwhelming favorite, even under the new lines

  •  MD-06: Delaney in this photo is just begging (0+ / 0-)

    to become a meme.
    http://atr.rollcall.com/...

    "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -Theodore Seuss Geisel

    by KingofSpades on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 05:56:42 AM PDT

    •  What I found funny was this gem (8+ / 0-)
      The seat’s current occupant, Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, eased past the GOP primary as well. His closest challenger, state Sen. David Brinkley, came in second place.
      I guess I always expect the closest challenger (closest to the winner), to come in second place.  But it was nice of Roll Call to let us know that in fact this was the case.  

      Of course maybe they are copy-pasting these articles from states where "none of the above is the option" and the closest challenger can actually come in 3rd.

      "What if you're on a game show one day and the name of some random New Jersey state senator is the only thing between you and several thousand dollars? And you'll think to yourself, "if only I had clapped faster." - sapelcovits

      by rdw72777 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 06:26:21 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Delaney has the "me gusta" face locked down (0+ / 0-)

      "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -Theodore Seuss Geisel

      by KingofSpades on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 07:29:18 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Has the filing period in New Jersey closed? (0+ / 0-)

    20, Dude, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus! (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren for Senate!

    by ndrwmls10 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 06:03:51 AM PDT

  •  I'm sorry to hear that Nathan Fletcher (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    KingofSpades, ArkDem14, Woody

    has left the GOP, because he was the one Republican vote for the California Disclose Act (AB 1148), which was defeated by two votes in February but is now renumbered (AB 1648) and making its way through the legislature. Since Fletcher is co-sponsoring the new bill, we could refer to it as "bipartisan" when we invited people to sign petitions of support.

    The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right. -- Judge Learned Hand, May 21, 1944

    by ybruti on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 06:05:59 AM PDT

  •  Waukesha County not done counting yet. (9+ / 0-)

    Kathy Nikolaus is at it again! Google says they only have 103/189 in. What is she up to this time?

    Farm boy who hit the city to go to college, WI-03 (home, voting), WI-02 (college), -7.88, -4.26, 6/5/2012- the day the great error of Wisconsin history will be corrected!

    by WisJohn on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 06:09:29 AM PDT

  •  Ras being in careful in tossups (0+ / 0-)

    The races he knows are pure tossups he seems to be actually polling correctly.I guess he doesn't want to look foolish like he did in 2010.
    He and PPP have been about the same in Va also.

  •  ASDF (3+ / 0-)
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    Woody, trumpeter, bythesea
    California Republicans' lone rising star quits party
    Isn't there a saying that goes something like, "However California goes, so goes the rest of the country"?

    2012 is looking better and better!

    by Erik the Red on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 06:32:27 AM PDT

  •  SUSA shows Obama +31 in CA (12+ / 0-)

    It's almost getting painful how big the lead is there now - shame some of these votes can't be redistributed to the truly close states like NC.

    Link.

    For comparison, SUSA's CA poll in early April 2008 had Obama just +7 over McCain, and no poll in the entire cycle ever gave him a lead higher than 28 points.

  •  A clutter of Republicans (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Woody, The Caped Composer

    Thanks for answering the age-old question of what to call a group of them.  

    Our statewide bench could use some help too, but at least it isn't completely empty.

  •  I had a dream last night (2+ / 0-)
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    bumiputera, gabjoh

    where I was part of some field trip, and at the end of the dream I discovered we were going to get to visit every county in Illinois.

    Kind of a shame it didn't come true, it would have been great to bitch at the Macoupin County elections people.

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

    by sapelcovits on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 06:37:07 AM PDT

    •  I have a map somewhere of all the counties I've (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Woody

      been to. I haven't even been to all the counties of Massachusetts (missing Nantucket).

      Illinois would have been a great achievement.

      27, Male, MA-08 (hometown MI-06)

      by bumiputera on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 06:43:16 AM PDT

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      •  I've been to all of the counties of RI... (2+ / 0-)
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        bumiputera, The Caped Composer

        all five of them...:P

        As for MA, I've only been to Hampden, Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bristol, and Plymouth (and apparently Essex when I was little, though I don't remember that). Yup, I'm pretty weird in that I've never been to either Cape Cod or Martha's Vineyard. I do remember going whalewatching when I was younger and I don't remember where that was, so it's possible I've been to Barnstable or Nantucket without realizing it.

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

        by sapelcovits on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 06:47:22 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  oh and (0+ / 0-)

          I almost ended up having to go to Berkshire County for some standardized test in high school (I think one of the SAT IIs), but I ended up being able to take it closer to home. Boo for not getting to see a pretty area, yay for not having to survive a 2.5 hour car ride.

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

          by sapelcovits on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 06:48:22 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  Did you see... (0+ / 0-)

      Any yard signs voting in the counties of Northern Illinois in your dream?

      "What if you're on a game show one day and the name of some random New Jersey state senator is the only thing between you and several thousand dollars? And you'll think to yourself, "if only I had clapped faster." - sapelcovits

      by rdw72777 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 06:45:15 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I've Visited Every Town in Minnesota..... (4+ / 0-)
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      tietack, bumiputera, ArkDem14, sapelcovits

      There are 87 counties and I had visited all of them as of 2003.  It was 2007 when I got to Millerville in Douglas County, my final town.  I think the number is about 875 towns in Minnesota if you include the metro area but I focused primarily on the 734 towns outstate.

      •  that is an immense amount of drivingg (2+ / 0-)
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        ArkDem14, sapelcovits

        Thousands and thousands of miles to do it all

        •  Definitely..... (0+ / 0-)

          It took me 10 years after setting out the goal to officially pull it off, and that's with three lengthy road trips every year.  Luckily I got most of it done when gas was less than $2 a gallon.  I still take one or two of these random road trips every year now, but it's only a matter of time until I decide they're too expensive.

        •  Ever Been To Zemple? (1+ / 0-)
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          bumiputera

          Just south of Deer River on a gravel road?  I know it's not far from you.  As I was just saying to tietack, that was one of the hardest towns to find in the entire state.

          •  i have not (1+ / 0-)
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            Mark27

            There are some awkward out of the way towns up there. And as odd as it sounds, I never really had much reason to go west of Grand Rapids. Sure, I have been to Cohasset and Deer River. Good number if times, but never really explored much out that way. There is a sharp cultural divide right along the Itasca-Cass county border.

      •  Gosh, that list must have included gaggles (0+ / 0-)

        of towns with less than 100 people... (I've driven through more than a few out there.)

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

        by tietack on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 07:16:21 AM PDT

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        •  Oh Yes.... (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          tietack, bumiputera

          A few towns that I had to turn around to revisit a couple of miles down the road because I hadn't even realized that I went through a town.  There were a couple of towns that were really hard to find, even with a Gazeteer.  One of them is Zemple, right up by where OGGoldy lives.  Another is Trommald a dinky little town by Brainerd that I spent a half hour navigating back roads before I found the right one.

          •  To help others understand (1+ / 0-)
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            Mark27

            Here's the website for a slightly "larger" town in outstate MN, ref http://www.kensingtonmn.com/ , pop 292

            The pics do accurately depict the local market, cafe/bar, and "square".

            It's one of the places where I've had the pleasure of watching local parades -- people come from dozens of miles around for it.

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

            by tietack on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 07:42:22 AM PDT

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            •  Probably similar to (2+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:
              Mark27, tietack

              Visiting towns in the Adirondacks, though the towns might be less centralized.  Some of the towns geographical areas seem like they might be bigger than Connecticut lol.

              "What if you're on a game show one day and the name of some random New Jersey state senator is the only thing between you and several thousand dollars? And you'll think to yourself, "if only I had clapped faster." - sapelcovits

              by rdw72777 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 07:44:28 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  Less farmland in the Adirondacks (0+ / 0-)

                The biggest "ski area" that I've seen in the outstate MN area has a like 300 ft drop.

                I don't think there are as many towns with such small populations (<100) in the North Country of NY.

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

                by tietack on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 08:14:36 AM PDT

                [ Parent ]

                •  Probably not (0+ / 0-)

                  But that's because actually living there is so restrictive.  But some of the towns are small and they are very far apart.

                  "What if you're on a game show one day and the name of some random New Jersey state senator is the only thing between you and several thousand dollars? And you'll think to yourself, "if only I had clapped faster." - sapelcovits

                  by rdw72777 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 08:16:10 AM PDT

                  [ Parent ]

            •  Nice Website Link.... (1+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:
              tietack

              I remember driving through Kensington back in 2003 and even though I had a vague recollection of the town's "runestone" legend I didn't know enough at the time to seek it out while in town.  Interesting that you were in a parade there.

              The town I grew up in was almost the exact same size as Kensington, but in the south central part of the state.  My town doesn't have a formal website though. Kensington also looks like it's main street is doing better than my hometown's is.  http://en.wikipedia.org/...  

              •  It's actually reasonably "healthy" for now (0+ / 0-)

                courtesy of higher farm prices. Though it would be difficult to suggest that there's a real economic boom in the area.

                There are absolutely no Starbucks in the area for dozens of miles around, but I've driven through a "larger" town named Starbuck (pop 1302).

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

                by tietack on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 08:18:11 AM PDT

                [ Parent ]

                •  Even The Higher Farm Prices.... (1+ / 0-)
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                  ....aren't having a great deal of positive impact in many of these isolated farm towns because even with the good prices, the population tending the land is shrinking and so is the customer base.  My hometown still has its diner, but when the woman who runs it retires I have a hard time believing she'll find a buyer.  We've already lost so much since I was a boy (grocery store, hardware store, a barber shop, a farm implement dealership) that one more empty storefront downtown is not what the town needs.

                  Nice play on words with Starbuck.  I like that town.  Very heavily Norwegian and proud as hell of it with all kinds of Norwegian language signs downtown.  They also have a really nice beach along Lake Minnewaska that I make a point of pulling over to see whenever I drive through town.

                  •  Yup, they're still shedding population (0+ / 0-)

                    But it's definitely nice to see that life is somewhat less difficult now for a decent chunk of people in outstate.

                    Still deliberating whether I'm going to make my wife find me some lutefisk the next time we head that way...

                    "I hope; therefore, I can live."
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                    by tietack on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 09:02:21 AM PDT

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                    •  that is a hard dish to find in a rsataurant (2+ / 0-)
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                      In fact, after Sven and Ole's in Hibbing closed, I can't think of. Single place that sells it in the state

                    •  You're a Braver Man Than I.... (1+ / 0-)
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                      ...my grandpa, a Norwegian to his core, ate that along with other very ethnic Norwegian food and I sampled it when I was a boy.  I've never tried it since and have no desire to.  If my ancestors had stayed in Norway, I'd weigh about 95 pounds.

                      I think I mentioned before that Madison, MN, which is probably an hour southwest of the Kensington area, is the self-proclaimed lutefisk capital of America and even has a festival championing it at some point in the year.  If you happen to be in Minnesota when that's on, you'll definitely have your chance to eat some there.

                      •  Lutefisk (0+ / 0-)

                        Cod salted and soaked in water for several days, treated with and soaked in lye for two days, and soaked in water for several more days to remove its causticness.  Tastes as good as it sounds!

                        (Seriously, it is good.  And I also like haggis, of which Groundskeeper Willie on the Simpsons said the same thing.)

                        36, MD-8 (MD-6 after 2012) resident, NOVA raised, Euro/Anglophile Democrat

                        by Mike in MD on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 10:23:21 AM PDT

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            •  every small town in Minnesota has two things (1+ / 0-)
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              A bar, and a church (Either Lutheran or Catholic, depending on where in the state you are). The bar is always there. McGrath MN, population 76 has two bars, for instance. And one of them is on the same driveway as the church

              •  The Bar Is The Last Thing To Go..... (1+ / 0-)
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                If you're a small farm town whose bar is closing down, you won't be a small farm town much longer, at least not an incorporated one.

                My home county has a small town called Myrtle (population 48) that had a bar and a strip club up until several years ago.  Now only the strip club remains.  Freeborn County, MN, has to be the only county of 30,000 in the country that can support two strip clubs.  Albert Lea even elected its strip club owner to the city council!

                •  i think rural nevada counties (2+ / 0-)
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                  That have far fewer people in them, have multiple strip clubs/ brothels. But I get your point. For some reason, there are some parts of the state that have a disproportionate amount of adult entertainment for the population. For instance, Ogalvie Minnesota has no reason to be Ble to support such a large gentleman's club, but it does.

                  Sex sells, I guess

                  •  Didn't Know About Ogilvie.... (0+ / 0-)

                    ...for some reason that one doesn't surprise me though having spent a little time in the general area and knowing the people there.  The oddest one I've come across is Boyd, a small town of 200 people on back roads out by Montevideo whose downtown is mostly absorbed by what my friends have told me is a pretty high-class (as these things go) gentleman's club.

      •  And you weren't even running for office (2+ / 0-)
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        "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles

        by ArkDem14 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 07:48:22 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  UGH (9+ / 0-)

    Last night really was an awful, awful night. Prop 5 in Anchorage, which would have barred discrimination against LGBT people, went down 58-42, after a poll showed it passing 50-41. This is really awful.

    The worst part is the disgusting ad campaign that was run against it. Team Bigot ran a bunch of cartoon ads showing business owners being fined or jailed for hiring "men dressed as women." At the end of the ads the narrator declared that "Anchorage is already a tolerant city" so Prop 5 was unnecessary. Um, if it's so tolerant, why do you feel the need to use offensive and false caricatures of transgender people? One of the ads also tried to pit the gay community against the transgender community, which I just have no words for.

    So much for Alaska being one of the most socially progressive parts of the West, I guess.

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

    by sapelcovits on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 06:44:20 AM PDT

    •  i have never considered that (4+ / 0-)
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      Not once in my life have I thought "on the west coast, the mosy socially liberal place has to be Alaska".

      •  That's not what I said (5+ / 0-)

        but Alaska is one of the least religious states in the country and is generally thought to be more socially liberal than, say, Utah or Montana.

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

        by sapelcovits on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 06:52:28 AM PDT

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        •  Has Wasilla spoiled our perception of Alaska? (2+ / 0-)
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          Or perhaps they're more socially liberal than any other deep red Republican state west of the great plains?

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          by tietack on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 06:56:10 AM PDT

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        •  You can say goodbye to "least religious" (0+ / 0-)

          Mormon population is 4.4% and growing.

          "What if you're on a game show one day and the name of some random New Jersey state senator is the only thing between you and several thousand dollars? And you'll think to yourself, "if only I had clapped faster." - sapelcovits

          by rdw72777 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 07:05:34 AM PDT

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          •  I would question how fast the non-religious (3+ / 0-)
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            population is growing however; one thing I tend to note is that Mormons tend to do good at pulling people from other Religious dominations, but I wouldn't imagine they are converting cartloads of atheists and agnostics.

            "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles

            by ArkDem14 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 07:47:54 AM PDT

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            •  Right (2+ / 0-)
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              But think about it, by definition most people who switch from one religion to another are more religious.  it takes a lot of thought about religion to spur someone to wholesale change religions.  And politically speaking, i think we've seen the power of the Mormon vote electorally, they are very good at that.

              This isn't getting someone to go to Dunkin Donuts for Coffee instead of McDonald's, it's a much bigger decision.

              "What if you're on a game show one day and the name of some random New Jersey state senator is the only thing between you and several thousand dollars? And you'll think to yourself, "if only I had clapped faster." - sapelcovits

              by rdw72777 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 07:52:17 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  You know, I really just don't understand (0+ / 0-)

                the relevance of this comment. And I don't understand your tag at all.

                "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles

                by ArkDem14 on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 06:31:50 AM PDT

                [ Parent ]

  •  John Nichols: (0+ / 0-)
    Who Got the Most Votes in Tuesday's Primaries? Not Mitt Romney

    http://www.thenation.com/...

    •  I like the idea (0+ / 0-)

      But his presentation needs work:

      Tuesday night provided a broader measure from three very different voting jurisdictions. And that measure was strikingly positive for the president

      In fact, the president won more than ten times as many District of Columbia votes as all the Republican contenders combined. That's not exactly shocking, as the district is a Democratic stronghold.

      I'm not entirely sure that I'd consider the Maryland and DC primary electorates to be "very different jurisdictions" to be honest.  And the fact that he qualifies that his number are inflated by DC"s huge left-lean and i question what he was really trying to do.  he might have been better served doing a total opinion piece and not relating back to election results.

      If someone wrote tomorrow that Romney got more votes than Obama in a combination of 3 states like Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas I don't think many people on our side would find it a relevant conversation.

      "What if you're on a game show one day and the name of some random New Jersey state senator is the only thing between you and several thousand dollars? And you'll think to yourself, "if only I had clapped faster." - sapelcovits

      by rdw72777 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 06:55:17 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  It is relevant that Obama (0+ / 0-)

        got more votes than the GOPers in states like Ohio and Missouri to name a few. For most of the cycle Obama has been getting the lionshare of the votes.

        "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles

        by ArkDem14 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 07:46:41 AM PDT

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  •  Kaine seems to be kicking (8+ / 0-)

    Allen's ass in the fundraising department.

    Ultimately, the only thing that matters with respect to preserving choice is who will be nominating the next Supreme Court Justices.

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 06:53:10 AM PDT

  •  Gotta love the boys at Ras (3+ / 0-)
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    They have got Romney up three in the tracker today, must be polling only Romney's extended family.

  •  that Ilario Pantano (1+ / 0-)
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    has to be a plant by Allen West, to make him seem human in contrast??

    What can be done to send him back to Goldman Sachs....?

    •  Democrats have to hope he wins (2+ / 0-)
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      the primary. I think that insures the seat remains with McIntyre.

      What's more is that Kissell seems to have drawn a remarkably weak group of GOPers and is doing pretty well against them. Too bad the state GOP has drawn Democrats into a possible 1/3rd minority for the next decade.

      "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles

      by ArkDem14 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 07:43:18 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Stop me, before I schadenfreude again! Too late! (0+ / 0-)

    BUH HWAAAAAAH HAH HAH HAH HAH HAAAAAAH

    Slow thinkers - keep right

    by Dave the Wave on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 07:05:38 AM PDT

  •  PA-Gov (5+ / 0-)

    Great longread from ESPN about how Tom Corbett politicized the Penn State mess, and how his ratings in Central PA (a GOP stronghold) have suffered:

    http://espn.go.com/...

    NY-12 resident, lives across the street from NY-14

    by Bobby Big Wheel on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 07:13:38 AM PDT

    •  Next time around (1+ / 0-)
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      Democrats should nominate someone from the Philly suburbs, like Allson Schwartz, and she should attach some local Democratic official from Centre county to her ticket to help bring some of those votes in.

      "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles

      by ArkDem14 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 07:22:39 AM PDT

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      •  It pretty much has to be from Philly proper (0+ / 0-)

        I don't think Schwartz would get a huge boost in Philly itself, which is the real key.  Growing the turnout in Philly might or might not be easier than flipping R's to D's in the suburbs.  It's hard to say as the past few election campaigns have some skewed data (I don't think we can compare Schwartz to Rendell, for instance).

        I just don't see Schwartz as very appealing to Philly voters, and it's not like Onorato did that badly in the Philly burbs compared to the Philly burbs candidate for Senate, Joe Sestak.

        "What if you're on a game show one day and the name of some random New Jersey state senator is the only thing between you and several thousand dollars? And you'll think to yourself, "if only I had clapped faster." - sapelcovits

        by rdw72777 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 07:39:32 AM PDT

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        •  Yes, (0+ / 0-)

          but it's kind of pointless to nominate someone from Philadelphia proper. Schwarz has a fairly longstanding base in parts of North Philly however, and she's a well-known, long time politician in Montgomery county. I think she is probably the strongest possible Democrat to run against Corbett in 2014, and I've heard her speak and she is an exciting public speaker.

          "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles

          by ArkDem14 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 07:56:49 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  That Patrick Murphy (0+ / 0-)

            Is instantly the top challenger if he wins the AG race.

            If Schwartz can't juice turnout in Philly, then she has just as bad a chance of anyone else.  I've never really understood why people think she has such statewide appeal.  She won her portion of MontCo 53-46 in 2010, which isn't all that different from how the county voted as a whole for Gov/Sen.

            So if she can't juice turnout in Philly and will run pretty much the same as Onorato/Sestak in MontCo, where exactly is she going to get the votes to win?  

            "What if you're on a game show one day and the name of some random New Jersey state senator is the only thing between you and several thousand dollars? And you'll think to yourself, "if only I had clapped faster." - sapelcovits

            by rdw72777 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 08:08:53 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  Patrick Murphy (0+ / 0-)

              would look bad if, just months after being elected AG, he starts running for Governor. Besides, I want him to run against Toomey in 2016.

              "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles

              by ArkDem14 on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 06:29:48 AM PDT

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  •  Fletcher definitely quit for opportunity (4+ / 0-)

    And it's not like the Republican Party in the state is in good shape, so it probably wasn't a hard decision.

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

    by DrPhillips on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 07:22:16 AM PDT

    •  I wonder if he switches parties? (0+ / 0-)

      Honestly. Statewide might still be tough, but he could probably become Mayor of San Diego then. It's not like he'd have to go much further to the left to fit in well with conservative, business-minded Democrats anyway.

      "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles

      by ArkDem14 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 07:55:04 AM PDT

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      •  Fletcher is something else (1+ / 0-)
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        Fletcher is being groomed by the apolitical power structure, headed by Pete Wilson, who have a stranglehold on San Diego.  They are the ones behind energy deregulation in California (remember that one?) and who brought the New York Times to call San Diego "Enron by the Sea".  San Diego has been a plague politically on the state of California and its representatives, both democrat and republican, have advanced legislation at both the national, state and local level of less than inspiring quality.  Fletcher's biggest moment in the dark was in 2010 when in October he led an after midnight state budget 'compromise' which stole $6 billion of public funds from city, county and school general accounts for the benefit of his downtown San Diego friends.  That's why he is getting great ink, particularly in the Pete Wilson cabal's owned UT (formerly the San Diego Union Tribune) as lazy reporters from other places pick up on the UT's propaganda.

        The candidate most similar to Nathan Fletcher in San Diego is 'democrat' Scott Peters who is running for congress against a good democrat Lori Saldana and a republican clone of himself in Brian Bilbray.  Peters also gets the red carpet rolled out for him in the PR battles because he has consistently done everything possible to divert public funds and resources to the downtown boys.  

        Which makes Bob Filner stand out.  An actual democrat with strong progressive credentials, he finds himself being not endorsed by the high profile local politicians (democrat council president Tony Young) and movers and shakers (democrat Qualcomm president Irwin Jacobs). All because Filner does the public good instead of playing the local fleece-the-public games.

    •  Broken brand (0+ / 0-)

      Steve Cooley is case-in-point of how bad being associated with Republican party in California is these days. He lost areas in the City of LA that he had previously won as a non-partisan in local elections.
       I continue to argue the main thrust of the Republican party in California is going to be for County Supervisor seats and other "non-partisan" elections.  

      ex-SSP. What would Machiavelli do?

      by hankmeister on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 08:40:28 AM PDT

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  •  Santorum won Madison last night (7+ / 0-)

    One of the most virulent homophobes in the country won one of the most gay-friendly cities in the country, solely on the strength of crossover voters whose sole motivation was fucking with him.

    Is it any surprise that The Onion was founded in Madison?

  •  NY-01: Bishop ahead 53-36 in his internal poll. (3+ / 0-)
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    This is against returning challenger Altshuler.
    http://atr.rollcall.com/...

    Altshuler campaign dismisses it, does not mention any internal poll on their behalf showing different.
    http://www.27east.com/...
    Usually, that means either they aren't doing internal polling or their polls show Althshuler behind as well.

    "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -Theodore Seuss Geisel

    by KingofSpades on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 07:32:16 AM PDT

  •  OK Special Elections (4+ / 0-)
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    Republicans easily held on to the heavily Republican Senate seat.  Democrats picked up a House seat from the Republicans by only 3 votes!
    http://newsok.com/...
    http://www.tulsaworld.com/...

    The House Seat, HD-71 contains the Brookside neighborhood of Tulsa and is traditionally Republican.  It's only been held by a Democrat one other time since OK went to numbered districts (I suspect during the '64 wave was when that Dem was elected).  A commenter from Tulsa on the live blog last night said that Republicans almost added Oral Roberts University to this district, which would have made it pretty safely Republican.  The Dem winner this time is nonprofit manager Dan Athrell.

    I drew up HD-71 just for fun.  (Note: It's western limit is the Arkansas River)
    Photobucket

    "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -Theodore Seuss Geisel

    by KingofSpades on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 07:41:15 AM PDT

    •  *Its (0+ / 0-)

      "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -Theodore Seuss Geisel

      by KingofSpades on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 07:43:19 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  So this is an upset? (2+ / 0-)
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      I thought that with Presidential numbers so close, the seat would have easily favored Democrats on a local level in a state like Oklahoma.

      "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles

      by ArkDem14 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 07:50:55 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yes, it was. (4+ / 0-)
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        It's traditionally Republican and Republicans are a plurality of the registered voters here.  Also, the primary voter tea leaves did not look as promising as the Republican field had 381 more primary voters than the Democrats:
        http://ballotpedia.org/...

        "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -Theodore Seuss Geisel

        by KingofSpades on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 07:56:06 AM PDT

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      •  Not in that part of the state (3+ / 0-)
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        Oklahoma's urban areas are more historically Republican.  If you read the article, this area of Tulsa was historically safe GOP and has only become competitive recently.

        29, (new) MA-7, Unenrolled

        by Marcus Graly on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 08:00:57 AM PDT

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      •  This area is VERY ancestrally Republican (7+ / 0-)

        Tulsa county in general and Mid-town Tulsa in particular are sort of like Eastern Tennessee in that they've been strongly Republican for their entire history. The only times since the 1920s that Tulsa county has voted Democratic at the Presidential level was for FDR in 1932 and 1936 (but not in 1940 or 1944).

        Since it was close both of those times I would bet this district has literally never voted Democratic at the Presidential level and wouldn't be surprised if Obama's 45% in 2008 was the best performance for any Presidenial Democrat ever in the district (and I'm certain it's the best performance for any Democrat not named Roosevelt).

        That being said, the district is trending our way demographically with a growing majority-minority population in the southern portions of the district and a growing yuppie population in the Northern sections.

        26, originally OK-1, currently NY-8. Former swingnut.

        by okiedem on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 08:05:10 AM PDT

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      •  55-45 McCain is close? (0+ / 0-)

        That's like R+9.

        26, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-14 (formerly PA-02/NY-12).

        by Xenocrypt on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 08:30:31 AM PDT

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        •  It is Oklahoma (2+ / 0-)
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          Odysseus, ArkDem14

          The state where Obama didn't win a single county. I imagine you'd be hard pressed to find a lot of senate districts Obama won

          •  Let's DRA it! (2+ / 0-)
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            Thanks, autocolor!

            Obama took 80% of the vote in OK Senate District 11 and 60.6% in OK Senate District 46.  He got 48.7% of the vote (losing narrowly) in OK Senate District 16, and 47.1% of the vote in OK Senate District 33.  And...those seem to be about his best performances.  

            District 11 is only 31.6% white, 46.2% black, and 12.8% Hispanic.  It's in Tulsa and apparently some of Osage County.  The state Senator is Judy Eason McIntyre.  

            District 46 is 48.9% white.  It's in Oklahoma City.  The state Senator is Al McAffrey.

            District 16 has Norman.  The state Senator is John Sparks.  District 33 is also Tulsa and the state Senator is Tom Adelson--it's just South of 11.

            26, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-14 (formerly PA-02/NY-12).

            by Xenocrypt on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 09:00:26 AM PDT

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    •  Great Graphic (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      KingofSpades

      The racial breakdown of this district explains a lot. The district used to be an all-white, lower-solidly middle class district but that's been slowly changing over the last 20-30 years. Lots of low-income housing has sprouted up around 61st and Peoria and a hefty chunck of the southern portion of the district is pretty much all-black and Hispanic. Meanwhile, the northern part of the disrict contains Brookside and some other non-super rich midtown neighborhoods, which are a magnet for yuppie young professional types.

      OK-1 (home), DC-AL (college). -8.25, -7.54

      by dem4evr on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 08:26:24 AM PDT

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  •  ADP says 209,000 jobs added in March (3+ / 0-)
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    KingofSpades, itskevin, askew

    http://thehill.com/...

    Ahead of Friday's jobs report.  They were pretty close to the mark last month.

    "We calmly accept our uncertain position." Joey Rathburn. But HBO can kiss my ass for cancelling Luck.

    by Paleo on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 07:47:43 AM PDT

  •  PA-17 (0+ / 0-)

    I guess Tim Holden's worried:

    Cartwright's response:

    He notes that he and his law firm have has supported “dozens of Democrats in the past 25 years.”

    “Tim Holden spent the past 20 years in Washington, and this is what he decided to talk about,” said Cartwright.  “Of course, it is not surprising that Holden does not want to discuss the facts that he voted to create the Halliburton Loophole and against Health Care Reform.

    He noted that he spearheaded the Juvenile Defense Lawyer Project in Luzerne County in the wake of the scandal.

  •  M-14 the article incorrectly states that (2+ / 0-)
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    Hansen Clarke is Black. Rep. Clarke is actually bangladeshi, and he is the first American of Bangladeshi origin to be elected to the US House of Representatives.

  •  Cuomo still riding high (1+ / 0-)
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    http://www.quinnipiac.edu/...

    69-19 job approval.  More proof that average voters couldn't give a rat's ass about redistricting.

  •  Queensland state election aftermath (0+ / 0-)

    Ugh remember 2010 when Dan Maffei was ahead of Ann Marie Burkele on election night only to fall behind after more votes and absentees came in? Well in the seat of Bulimba the same thing has happened to Labor MP Di Farmer.

    There will probably be a recount, but I doubt Farmer could make up the 104 vote deficit. Farmer lost the election day voting figures 49.97-50.03% but managed to do marginally better on postal, special, and unenrolled votes.

    Damn those strategists at Labor HQ that decided to go all personal with their attacks on Campbell Newman, only to have it blow up in their face when people figured out Labor's attacks were total bullshit. They turned a landslide defeat into a wipeout for Labor...

    It appears the LNP have won Bulimba, the only seat that remains to be decided after the Queensland election on 24 March.

    Some media outlets continue to report that Labor is ahead in Bulimba, using totals published on the ECQ website that state Labor is ahead by 104 votes. This count is miles behind reality. There have been more than 5,500 first preference Pre-poll and Absent votes counted, but the 2-candidate preferred counts for these totals are missing from the ECQ's website. The LNP has done better than Labor from the counting of Pre-poll and Absent votes, and if the count on the ECQ website were complete, the LNP would now be in front of Labor.

    On my calculations based on preference flows recorded in booths on polling day, the LNP now leads by 48 votes. The LNP's scrutineers claim the LNP leads by 85 votes and the Labor scrutineers broadly agree with this figure.

    http://blogs.abc.net.au/...

    "Viewing time at the zoo!" - America on the GOP Presidential primaries

    by ehstronghold on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 08:07:03 AM PDT

  •  French Presidential Election (1+ / 0-)
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    gabjoh

    Looks to be turning into an actual contest in the last few weeks (though I wonder what where Sarkozy is going to draw the last 3-4 percent to get about 50%)

    Gotta have something to talk about in this lull period.....

  •  I got called last night (0+ / 0-)

    by a polling company very clearly hired by the Fletcher campaign.

    The questions asked were so slanted as to be comical at times.  They also only mentioned Fletcher and DeMaio at any length, painting Fletcher as a hero and DeMaio as a total villain ... so they were half right.  (I'm supporting Filner, of course).

    But I did get the polling person (form out of state, who had never heard of any of the candidates) laughing out loud a few times.

    Apparently Fletch has enough money to try to sway public opinion, but not enough money to do it well.  What this says about the election is still up for grabs.

    I will definitely mention this to Filner when i see him later this month.

    I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

    by trumpeter on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 08:32:33 AM PDT

  •  US Automakers can't find enough workers (6+ / 0-)

    Need any more evidence of an economic recovery in progress in the midwest?

    http://bottomline.msnbc.msn.com/...

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

    by tietack on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 08:39:22 AM PDT

    •  Engineers are always in short supply (2+ / 0-)
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      It's not really surprising they can't find trained engineers.  All of the new technology came about when no one was working, so no one was trained on it.  Surprise, no one is available trained on the new technology.

      I suppose its good news, but it annoys me that major media plays up these types of articles.  It overstates economic improvement in some ways, though not to the extents Fox news and Allen West downplay it.

      "What if you're on a game show one day and the name of some random New Jersey state senator is the only thing between you and several thousand dollars? And you'll think to yourself, "if only I had clapped faster." - sapelcovits

      by rdw72777 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 08:51:09 AM PDT

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  •  Cummings and Edwards were the (1+ / 0-)
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    itskevin

    two highest vote getters in Maryland.

    http://hosted.ap.org/...

    20, Dude, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus! (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren for Senate!

    by ndrwmls10 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 08:43:07 AM PDT

    •  The two Democrats with the safest districts (0+ / 0-)

      got the most votes?

      Scandal!

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

      by sapelcovits on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 09:08:10 AM PDT

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      •  Sometimes I trully hate snark.... (0+ / 0-)

        Oh well!

        20, Dude, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus! (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren for Senate!

        by ndrwmls10 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 09:17:11 AM PDT

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