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9:55 AM PT: NJ-Gov: As expected, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has resigned her post, though she hasn't announced any future plans. Back in July, DGA executive director Colm O'Comartun took the somewhat unusual step of publicly touting Jackson as a potential challenger to GOP Gov. Chris Christie, but it doesn't sound like that's on her mind. She may head back to Jersey, though: Jackson is reportedly being considered for the presidency of Princeton University.

10:24 AM PT: Recalls: After Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's victory in the June recall election, you might have figured the steam went out of the recall movement in general. But Joshua Spivak of the laser-focused Recall Elections Blog is once again out with his year-end catalog of recalls nationwide, and he finds that the number of recalls actually went up in 2012 compared to 2011. This year, there were at least 168 recalls in 93 different jurisdictions, versus 151 last year, though Spivak notes his canvass, while thorough, can't be considered perfect, so it's likely there were more in both years. What's more, the success rate was very high: 82 officials were kicked out while 26 resigned rather than face recall. Spivak expects that recalls will remain popular, and indeed, several have already been scheduled for 2013. For now, though, you can click through for his full roundup.

12:20 PM PT: MA-Sen: Taking advantage of a slow news day on Thursday, Rep. Ed Markey became the first prominent Democrat to declare for the special election to replace Sen. John Kerry, which is likely to take place in June (assuming Kerry is confirmed as Secretary of State). Markey's been in the House an incredibly long time: His 36-year tenure in the lower chamber would be the longest of any member of congress who ascended to the Senate. (The current record-holder is Republican Frederick Gillet, who served 32 years in the House, including several years as Speaker, before winning a Senate seat in 1924—interestingly, also in Massachusetts.) Markey has a reputation as a strong progressive and came out swinging in his announcement:

"With Senator Kerry's departure, Massachusetts voters will decide once again whether we want a Senator who will fight for all our families or one who supports a Republican agenda that benefits only the powerful and well-connected. I refuse to allow the Tea Party-dominated Republican Party to lead us off the fiscal cliff and into recession. I won't allow the NRA to obstruct an assault weapons ban yet again. I will not sit back and allow oil and coal industry lobbyists to thwart our clean energy future or extremists to restrict women's rights and health care."
Markey's not likely to have the field to himself, as a number of other prominent Democrats are still considering the race—as is outgoing GOP Sen. Scott Brown. Markey hasn't faced a competitive election since his first primary all the way back in 1976, but he enters the race with at least one serious advantage: He's got over $3.1 million stashed away in his campaign account, considerably more than the six-figure sums that fellow Reps. Stephen Lynch and Mike Capuano (who are also weighing the race) have on hand. And given his reputation and voting record, liberal groups may rally around him as their standard-bearer. For now, though, game officially on.

1:01 PM PT: HI-Gov: An unnamed source "close to" Rep. Colleen Hanabusa tells The Hill's Cameron Joseph that the congresswoman is "upset" that Gov. Neil Abercrombie didn't tap her to replace the late Sen. Dan Inouye and that she's receiving "a lot of pressure" to run against Abercrombie in the Democratic primary in 2014. Based on the quotes Joseph provides, it almost sounds like this source is trying to add to this supposed pressure—or perhaps create some him or herself. Alternately, Hanabusa could be trying to test the waters and lay the groundwork for a possible primary challenge.

1:18 PM PT: P.S. Meanwhile, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll says she won't run in the special.

1:25 PM PT: She joins AG Martha Coakley and Ted Kennedy, Jr. (son of the late senator) on the list of prominent decliners.

1:36 PM PT: IA-Gov: Former Democratic Gov. Chet Culver confirms in his own words what his former communications director said a few weeks ago: that he's looking at a possible rematch against Gov. Terry Branstad, the guy who turned him out of office in 2010. However, it sounds like Culver plans to take his time before deciding. Meanwhile, two Democratic state legislators say they are also considering the race: state Sen. Rob Hogg and state Rep. Tyler Olson. Olson sounds more likely to enter the contest (even Hogg says he'd be a "phenomenal candidate), though he says he'll wait until after the 2013 legislative session, which concludes in May, to make up his mind.

1:58 PM PT (David Jarman): Minneapolis mayor: Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak has said that he won't run for a fourth term in 2013, after 12 years as mayor. The link mentions a number of city councilors interested in succeeding him, but I'm more curious about Rybak's next plans, which aren't discussed. He's long been considered one of the top options on Minnesota's Democratic bench, but if he's interested in running for something in 2014, I'm not sure what it'd be; assuming Mark Dayton and Al Franken opt for re-election, he's boxed out of a promotion.

2:08 PM PT (David Jarman): RI-Gov: Independent Gov. Lincoln Chafee looks like he's running for re-election, but he has rather low approval ratings and, maybe more importantly, he's a man without a party, hampering him in terms of fundraising and institutional support. With that in mind, the Providence Phoenix looks at the many potential challengers he might face; on the Dem side, Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Providence mayor Angel Taveras are the big names. The real question may be who labor decides to back, and, intriguingly, Chafee may be in a better position with labor than either of the actual Dems, and he might further improve his standing by opting to run in the Democratic primary in '14. In fact, the article poses the question of whether Raimondo, apparently more centrist than the current version of Chafee, might be the one running under the "I" banner, though a spokesperson confirms that she wouldn't consider that. (There's not much talk of potential Republicans here, though Cranston mayor Allan Fung seems to get top billing.)

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)

    Political Director, Daily Kos

    by David Nir on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 06:00:08 AM PST

  •  MN-Gov (7+ / 0-)

    Governor Mark Dayton, 65, is headed to the Mayo Clinic for spinal surgery today. He is expecting to be back to work before the legislature meets January 7th. Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner-Solon will act as interim governor while Dayton is incapacitated

  •  Glass Half Full (HI-Sen and MA-Sen) (13+ / 0-)

    I've been very busy as of late, so I haven't had much time to comment on here. In particular, I haven't commented on HI-Sen or MA-Sen, and I just wanted to lend my optimistic take on these seats (I apologize if it seems a bit long-winded). As a "glass half full" optimist, I always look for the bright side in everything, particularly in politics.

    With regard to HI-Sen, I'd first like it to be understood that I was supporting the appointment of Hanabusa, and that I do believe we need more minority representation in Congress than what we currently have now. With that said, I believe Schatz will be a very effective Senator based on what I've seen of him. While it's still difficult to interpret his policy stances on a wide array of issues, it is hard to deny that he is a hard worker and has paid his dues as a member of the Hawaii Democratic Party (particularly considering that he ran the thing just a few years ago). I am disappointed that Abercrombie didn't follow through with Inouye's final wish (I don't think the letter was the ultimate reason to support Hanabusa's appointment, but it was a pretty big deal that he made the request in the first place, and I think he at least had the right to make the suggestion after the many decades of service he devoted to his country), but I can respect Abercrombie's decision in its own way. The decision ultimately came down to him, and I think he wanted to make a statement that he is now in charge of the Hawaii Democratic Party, not Inouye (at least in his own eyes). I have no current opinion on an Abercrombie primary because the polling has been awful and I don't believe this is necessarily grounds for removal. We'll see how the process plays out in the next two years. I look forward to seeing how Schatz performs in the Senate.

    With regard to MA-Sen, I fully support the President's decision to select John Kerry as his next Secretary of State. Hillary Clinton has been the best Secretary of State in at least a generation, and the President needs a successor that can come close to replicating her success. In my opinion, John Kerry is the person most likely to do so, and I think the President is entitled to make this decision. In terms of the special election that will ensue, I have faith that the Massachusetts Democratic Party will find a way to win. While I'm normally very irritated by concern trolling here on DKE, I've been very happy to see people concerned about this race. It tells me that the Democratic Party won't be complacent about this race in the same way they were in 2010. With talk of the President, the Vice-President, Bill Clinton, Deval Patrick, and maybe even Hillary Clinton getting involved in this campaign, I have absolute faith that Massachusetts Democrats won't let Republicans pull the rug out from under them this time. For what it's worth, Deval Patrick is my first choice, but because he's refused to jump in, I'm currently supporting Ed Markey for this race. While he doesn't currently have statewide name recognition, the clout he holds in the state party and the $3 million he has in the bank tells me that he would probably be a solid frontrunner if he jumps in.

    The Pragmatic Progressive (IN-4); Economic Left/Right: -7.12; Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.44

    by AndySonSon on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 07:24:29 AM PST

  •  NJ-Gov: EPA head Lisa Jackson resigns (4+ / 0-)
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    abgin, askew, SaoMagnifico, MichaelNY

    Link: http://www.nj.com/...

    I would almost definitely think this means she's running for Governor.

    (-9.38, -7.49), Blood type "O", social anarchist, KY-01, "When smashing monuments, save the pedestals. They always come in handy." — Stanisław Lem

    by Setsuna Mudo on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 07:54:50 AM PST

  •  Harry Reid admitted on the floor of the Senate... (2+ / 0-)
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    JGibson, pistolSO

    ...that this country is probably going over the so-called "fiscal cliff".

    Looks like Reid gave the GOP a bunch of ammo for the 2014 elections. You don't outright say that this country is probably going over the fiscal cliff if your name is Barack Obama or Harry Reid. The NRSC/NRCC attack ads are going to write themselves...

    Elizabeth Warren on the Senate Banking Committee is a BFD!

    by DownstateDemocrat on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 08:19:10 AM PST

  •  Congressional Trivia (4+ / 0-)
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    BeloitDem, jncca, newdem1960, Taget

    I noticed that if Abercrombie had appointed Hanabusa to the Senate, the entire delegation would have been freshman. Outside of newly-admitted states, has that ever happened before?

    You don't fight the fights you can win. You fight the fights that need fighting. -President Andrew Sheppard (D-Wisconsin)

    by Gpack3 on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 09:01:51 AM PST

    •  I think it depends on how narrowly you define it. (4+ / 0-)
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      BeloitDem, Taget, SaoMagnifico, MichaelNY

      If "freshman" is defined as a legislator in his or her first term, then yes, it has happened before and will happen again this year.

      In North Dakota, starting on January 3, 2013, both of the state's Senators will be in their first terms (Hoeven elected in 2010, Heitkamp this year), as well as their sole representative (Cramer was also elected this year).

      However, the above situation is not as unique as the situation that would have occurred in Hawaii, where all four members of the delegation would have been in their first year in Congress at the exact same time.

      18, FL-07 (school), MD-07 (home). UCF sophomore, politically ambitious, vocally liberal--what else could you need to know?

      by tqycolumbia on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 11:02:25 AM PST

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      •  I mean the latter definition (3+ / 0-)
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        pistolSO, JBraden, Taget

        I don't know what the standard is, but I typically only use "freshman" to mean "serving in their first Congress" not "serving their first term". After all, Mark Begich is still in his first term, but he'll have seniority on 35 other members in the next Congress.

        (And I suppose if you want to get super technical, even under this definition, Hawaii wouldn't qualify because Schatz will serve about a week before the 112th Congress adjourns)

        You don't fight the fights you can win. You fight the fights that need fighting. -President Andrew Sheppard (D-Wisconsin)

        by Gpack3 on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 11:58:45 AM PST

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  •  Is it just me, or does (5+ / 0-)
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    jj32, James Allen, jncca, KingofSpades, Taget

    Brian Schatz look a bit like a younger, Jewish version of Joe Manchin?

    NC-06/NC-04; -9.12, -8.62; Yellow Dog Democrat

    by sawolf on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 09:31:34 AM PST

  •  Brian Schatz interest group scores. (6+ / 0-)

    Some of them can be seen here.  Unfortunately, I don't see any way to click to see what the actual votes were.  

    Schatz's apparent scores from the Sierra Club are consistent with his reputation as an environmental activist.  His 82% in 1999-2000 was the highest on the list, and he had a 100% in 2001-2002.  His 86% in 2003-2004 put him below a few officials, as did his 92% in 2005-2006.  

    However, his 86% from the AFL-CIO in 2005 actually puts him towards the tail end of that list.  But based on the percentages, they would seem to be out of a list of 7 votes, and so he voted with them in 6 out of the 7.  The NRA gave what seems to be his L.G. campaign a C, while many Democrats got an F (including Hanabusa).  In 2006 he had an 80% from "Small Business Hawaii", while Hanabusa had a 60%--again, that's probably 4 votes out of 5 vs. 3 votes out of 5.

    But I'd prefer to look at his voting record myself.  Unfortunately, I don't know of an easy way to do this using the Hawaii website.  Does anyone?

    27, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-10 (formerly PA-02/NY-12, then PA-02/NY-14).

    by Xenocrypt on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 09:41:21 AM PST

  •  Thoughts on Schatz appointment (20+ / 0-)

    FWIW my view is worth, which is very little, I'm mildly disappointed in the pick...but only mildly.

    I wanted a person of color picked, as we have too few, and this state is the easiest in which to pick one.  And like others, I think Inouye's wish should've been respected in this instance......no an outgoing Senator, even a dying one, shouldn't be always treated as having that kind of control, but given his request was for a perfectly natural choice and voters never would've objected, it was easy to fulfill.

    But if Schatz is a down-the-line liberal, that's what matters to me the most, and it's hard to complain about him in that case.  Inouye lived a great life and had a great career, this is no dishonor to him.  I am still a bit peeved that we still need more people of color in the Senate and this could've been one seat, but that will still come in time.  But it's on this issue that I feel the most disappointment.

    I'm amazed at the emotion people show on this.  The biggest thing I don't see making sense is the demand that Abercrombie be primaried.  I can't imagine voters, even engaged Democratic primary voters, would punish him over this.  This is just not the sort of thing that voters are willing to treat as a voting issue.  Maybe I'm ignorant of something important and Hawaii-centric here, but I don't think many of the commenters demanding a primary have ever lived in Hawaii, so I'm not sure who of authority can verify any such thing.

    44, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

    by DCCyclone on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 09:53:25 AM PST

    •  we need Skaje (5+ / 0-)

      20, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (school)
      politicohen.com
      Socially libertarian, moderate on foreign policy, immigration, and crime, liberal on everything else.
      UC Berkeley; I think I'm in the conservative half of this city. -.5.38, -3.23

      by jncca on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 10:26:05 AM PST

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    •  Same, I'm mildly disappointed too (3+ / 0-)
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      gabjoh, DCCyclone, MichaelNY

      but willing to give him a shot.

      Age 23. Voting in NJ-03. Lived most of life in NJ-01. Had Rush Holt represent me during my undergrad years and am now represented by Frank Pallone in my grad school.

      by KingofSpades on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 11:00:22 AM PST

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    •  Abercrombie being primaried and race (7+ / 0-)

      This idea that Abercrombie or Schatz would or should get a primary challenge over this seems kind of out there to me.  There may be a lot of talk and consideration from various people, but I think it's highly unlikely to pan out.  If it were from Hanabusa, she would just look like a sore loser.  Although, if there were any viability to a challenge, I think it would be on grounds of cronyism, since Abercrombie appointed one of his closest allies, his lt. governor, rather than for ignoring Inouye's wishes (plus the fact that Abercrombie is terribly unpopular already).

      The race thing is kind of a concern for me, just because so few states seem capable of electing a Democratic racial minority to a statewide position.  A solid blue state is the best opportunity.  In swing states, black or Hispanic candidates from deep blue gerrymandered urban districts (Columbus, Philly, STL, Miami, etc.) may be too liberal to win statewide.  In the south, they have to be hardcore teabagger Republicans (Scott, Cruz, Rubio); no black or Hispanic Democrat is going to win statewide in the south for generations (except maybe Florida and eventually Texas).  It's really just the solid blue states, and in a lot of those states, there just aren't high-profile candidates (Cory Booker and Deval Patrick are the only ones who stand out to me right now).  Some dark blue states, like Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, are whiter than Wyoming, so there's just no bench, despite a population of voters willing to vote for a minority.  The only places you find both a solid bench of Dem minorities and a state willing to vote for them are HI, CA, NM, MD, and IL.  That's why it's kind of disappointing to see yet another white male joining the Senate when he is from Hawaii.

      •  Also Georgia (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        DownstateDemocrat, MichaelNY

        which had two black statewide elected officials until 2010, Michael Thurmond and Thurbert Baker.  With demographic change the state could possibly see more elected by 2020.

        I do think though, that if Harold Ford had either been white or not from Memphis he might have won in 2006.  The "call me Harold" ad was clearly racist in intent and I think it sadly had some effect.

        NC-06/NC-04; -9.12, -8.62; Yellow Dog Democrat

        by sawolf on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 01:32:39 PM PST

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        •  Great point about Georgia (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          MichaelNY

          I almost listed it, but with everything being so polarized, it seems unlikely to repeat for a few more years.  I would also add states like Minnesota and maybe Wisconsin, which just elected an openly lesbian Senator.

      •  Clarification (1+ / 0-)
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        MichaelNY

        New Hampshire is not a dark blue state, but--like Vermont and Maine--it is a state that seems like it would be perfectly fine electing a liberal minority statewide, if any existed in the state.

      •  Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown . . . (3+ / 0-)
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        sawolf, MichaelNY, betelgeux

        . . . is a rising star for Team Blue. I could easily see him running for the Senate upon the retirement of Mikulski or Cardin.

        Another name to add to the list of up-and-coming minority candidates on our side is Illinois State Sen. Kwame Raoul (he filled the state senate seat of . . . oh, who was that guy with the weird name who moved up to higher office in 2004?) ;-)  I haven't seen Raoul's name thrown about too much by the Great Mentioner, but I think he'd be a strong challenger against Mark Kirk in 2016.

        So, there are two more names to add to the proverbial list, beyond Booker and Patrick.

        29, chick, Jewish, solid progressive, NY-14 currently, FL-22 native, went to school in IL-01. "We need less of that War on Women, and more of that Warren woman!"-- writer Paul Myers.

        by The Caped Composer on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 07:23:11 PM PST

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        •  I could more easily see Brown (4+ / 0-)

          running for Governor in 2014, when Gov. O'Malley is term-limited.  If he is not successful there, he could go for Senate later when a seat is open, though Donna Edwards and/or Elijah Cummings could also try for that.  Of course, if Brown does become guv and a Senate seat opens up later he could run for it.

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

          by Mike in MD on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 09:14:23 PM PST

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  •  Reading about Inouye (6+ / 0-)

    took me to the 1967 ADA Voting Record Report.  

    Did you know Inouye (more or less) voted against lowering the filibuster requirement from 2/3 to 3/5?  

    Or that the acceptable variance between Congressional districts was lowered that year from 35% to 10%, thanks to an amendment from none other than Ted Kennedy?  (Inouye backed that one--his other "bad" vote was in favor of an amendment "to provide financing for arms sales to underdeveloped countries".)

    FWIW, the Senators with no "bad" votes on this scorecard were: Gaylord Nelson, George McGovern, Claiborne Pell, Bobby Kennedy, Republican Clifford Case, and Montana's Lee Metcalf.  I don't know about Massachusetts or Marylabd, since states between "Maine" and "Montana" seem to be omitted entirely.

    27, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-10 (formerly PA-02/NY-12, then PA-02/NY-14).

    by Xenocrypt on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 10:33:02 AM PST

  •  Scott Brown claims Obama offered Senate GOP (1+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY

    ...some sort of deal to advert the so-called "fiscal cliff"...Talking Points Memo's Sahil Kapur has apparently been told by the White House that what Brown said was false.

    Are Repubs already trying to spin themselves victory in case this country goes over the cliff?

    Elizabeth Warren on the Senate Banking Committee is a BFD!

    by DownstateDemocrat on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 11:20:35 AM PST

  •  MA-SEN: Markey marks the race! (17+ / 0-)

    BoGlo:

    “I have decided to run for the US Senate because this fight is too important,” Markey said in a statement to the Globe. “There is so much at stake.”...

    “With Senator Kerry’s departure, Massachusetts voters will decide once again whether we want a Senator who will fight for all our families or one who supports a Republican agenda that benefits only the powerful and well-connected,” Markey said. “I refuse to allow the Tea Party-dominated Republican Party to lead us off the fiscal cliff and into recession. I won’t allow the [National Rifle Association] to obstruct an assault weapons ban yet again. I will not sit back and allow oil and coal industry lobbyists to thwart our clean energy future or extremists to restrict women’s rights and health care.”

    Markey said he favors spending money on “innovations and jobs,” protecting Social Security and Medicare, and “a sane approach to guns and violence.” In the US House, Markey has worked extensively on energy issues, and called for “a national policy that makes our country energy independent and curbs the pollution that is causing global warming.”

  •  Brian Schatz sworn in by Biden (9+ / 0-)

    So Dems back up to 53 votes now.

      •  we may need every one of them (6+ / 0-)

        2014 is daunting, numerically.

        •  No more so than 2012 was at a later stage (3+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          abgin, sawolf, betelgeux

          Once we had some retirements in red and purple states, and several vulnerable incumbents, and the math already was tough, it was supposed to be a gimme for the GOP.

          The numerical advantage has been 100% worthless for most recent cycles.  We had the advantage in early 2009 for the midterm, and lost 6 seats.  The GOP had a huge advantage in 2006 and somehow lost the Senate altogether.  We gained a whopping 9 seats in 2008, more than anyone imagined.

          I really think nothing of the numbers in 2014, and frankly it's a given that the GOP cannot and will not take back the Senate unless there's another anti-Democratic wave.  You just don't get a net gain of 6 without a wave, the map itself doesn't get you there.

          44, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

          by DCCyclone on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 06:38:03 PM PST

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          •  I think I disagree (0+ / 0-)

            The Democrats had better shots at turnovers this year than they're likely to have in 2012. Where do you see possible turnovers in 2014, other than possibly in Maine, if Collins retires? KY and GA are worth exploring, but both are real stretches, and SC is almost impossible. Anywhere else come to mind?

            Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

            by MichaelNY on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 06:52:28 AM PST

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            •  I don't see a need for turnovers (1+ / 0-)
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              MichaelNY

              I'm happy seeing us defend the seats we have.

              Just avoid retirements, that's it.

              I'm not predicting pickups, I expect we'll have a net loss of seats.  I just don't expect it to be more than a couple or so.

              In 2012 by all rights we should've lost Missouri and North Dakota for sure, and simply because of the odds at least one between Virginia and Wisconsin which always should be considered tossups in a neutral year (Wisconsin only barely leans blue and a slightly more politically-skilled GOP candidate is enough to offset that), and then the Snowe retirement came out of the blue.  And Tester was in dicey shape.  We went in thinking our only good pickup opportunities were Massachusetts and Nevada, and we didn't even get one of those, and still we had a net gain of two even with all our vulnerable Dem-held seats.

              The point is, early appearances proved wrong in almost all recent cycles.

              44, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

              by DCCyclone on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 10:24:33 AM PST

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  •  NJ-Sen (5+ / 0-)

    Since Cory Booker is seriously considering a run for Frank Lautenberg's U.S. Senate seat, I'd figure that I'd mention an interesting fact about Booker: he played as a tight end on Stanford University's college football team in 1990.

    Here's a video of two of the four catches Booker made in a Stanford upset win over Notre Dame (then-ranked #1) in 1990:

    Elizabeth Warren on the Senate Banking Committee is a BFD!

    by DownstateDemocrat on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 12:17:06 PM PST

    •  Lautenberg has a counter (5+ / 0-)

      he played college football too, and they have some newsreel clips of him in action.

      Street Fight 2!

      The Republican Party isn't a party of small government, it's a party of a government for the few. @bhindepmo

      by RBH on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 12:33:41 PM PST

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    •  Wow! (2+ / 0-)
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      LordMike, MichaelNY

      That's a really understated part of his resume.  That's big-time football.  And those were legit major college-quality plays he made.

      44, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

      by DCCyclone on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 06:39:59 PM PST

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      •  His resume is actually incredibly impressive (4+ / 0-)

        just looking at his wikipedia page you get this:

        Booker went on to Stanford University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1991 and a Master of Arts in sociology the following year. While at Stanford, Booker played varsity football.[5] He also made the All–Pacific Ten Academic team and was elected senior class president.[6][7] In addition, he ran The Bridge, a student-run crisis hotline, and organized help from Stanford students for youth in East Palo Alto.[8] After Stanford, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford, where he earned an honors degree in U.S. history in 1994 as a member of The Queen's College.[7] Booker received a Juris Doctor in 1997 from Yale Law School, where he operated free legal clinics for low-income residents of New Haven. At Yale, he was a founding member of the Chai Society (now the Eliezer Society).[9] He was also a Big Brother and was active in the National Black Law Students Association.[10] Booker lived in Newark during his final year at Yale.[11]
        That along with his political career as Newark Mayor has future presidential candidate written all over him.  If I had to guess who our second black president would be, Booker is by far at the top of the list.

        NC-06/NC-04; -9.12, -8.62; Yellow Dog Democrat

        by sawolf on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 06:47:06 PM PST

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  •  Hawaii Senate (4+ / 0-)

    Appears some people here are putting race and gender before ideology.  Schatz is more progressive than Hanabusa. She DOES NOT support marriage equality. That to me disqualifies her. We should not support candidates who don't support that plank in the Democratic platform.

  •  the next Lt. Gov of Hawaii (1+ / 0-)
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    itskevin

    you know... if Tsutsui turns the job down, and Calvin Say gets it... then the whole fight between Say and Joe Souki would be resolved in a way where Souki gets to be Speaker again and Say gets a nifty job.

    So that might be something to look out for.

    And vacancies in the Hawaii legislature are filled in the same way that the US Senate seat was filled. I think the 3 names thing started with Linda Lingle appointing someone who was barely a Dem to a House seat.

    The Republican Party isn't a party of small government, it's a party of a government for the few. @bhindepmo

    by RBH on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 12:53:03 PM PST

  •  MN-Local (0+ / 0-)

    Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Ryback will not run for re-election, as reported by Minnesota Progressive Project.

    Elizabeth Warren on the Senate Banking Committee is a BFD!

    by DownstateDemocrat on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 12:53:14 PM PST

  •  Rep Hanabusa wants to primary Abercrombie (1+ / 0-)
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    because he didn't appoint her to the Senate? I can't imagine that playing all that well with the voters.  Actually I think Abercrombie is innoculated from a primary challenge from Colleen for this reason.  And Hanabusa could primary Schatz in 2014, but will she risk her House seat to do it?  

    The NRA is the Gun Manufacturer Lobby. Nothing more. Their pontification about the second amendment is nothing more than their ad jingle. They're the domestic version of the Military Industrial Complex.

    by Jacoby Jonze on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 01:31:33 PM PST

  •  Any women do ppl see runnin for senate in '14? (0+ / 0-)

    and when I say women I mean Democratic women. I think there will be a bunch running for governorships next year, but I don't see that much or if at all running for senate.

    Moderate Progressive, Born in Cairo, Raised in NY-11, Living in NJ-13.

    by BKGyptian89 on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 02:28:28 PM PST

    •  Well off the top of my head (5+ / 0-)
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      for NJ Governor there's state senator Barbara Buono already in the running, Sheila Jackson (EPA head) who just resigned is a possible candidate.

      For the US Senate there's Rep. Chellie Pingree if Susan Collins retires in Maine.
      For Kentucky there's Ashley Judd of course, but in terms of serious candidates there's former Auditor Crit Luallen, though she'll probably run for governor in 2015 instead.  There's also SoS Alison Lundergran Grimes, though she'll probably pass too.

      If Max Baucus retires there's School Superintendent Denise Juneau.
      If Tim Johnson retires there's of course former Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin.
      If Jay Rockefeller retires there's SoS Natalie Tennant.
      If Carl Levin retires there's state senate minority leader Gretchen Whitmer, who could also run for governor.
      If Tom Harkin retires Christie Vilsack might run, but Bruce Braley is our best candidate and likely nominee in that event.

      NC-06/NC-04; -9.12, -8.62; Yellow Dog Democrat

      by sawolf on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 02:35:30 PM PST

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      •  Oh and if Dick Durbin retires (1+ / 0-)
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        there's freshman Reps. Cheri Bustos, an ally of his, and Tammy Duckworth, as well as Attorney General Lisa Madigan though she'll probably run for governor instead hopefully.

        NC-06/NC-04; -9.12, -8.62; Yellow Dog Democrat

        by sawolf on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 02:37:01 PM PST

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        •  Hypothetical Bustos vs. Duckworth primary (0+ / 0-)

          Bustos would have to run up enormous margins outside the Chicago metro area and not get blown out in Cook County and the Collar Counties in order to get elected.

          Duckworth would probably have Rahm Emanuel's backing in such a primary and Bustos would probably have Dick Durbin's backing.

          I'd vote for Bustos over Duckworth in such a primary, as Duckworth comes across to me as a female Rahm Emanuel, and I despise Rahm.

          Elizabeth Warren on the Senate Banking Committee is a BFD!

          by DownstateDemocrat on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 04:59:14 PM PST

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          •  I wouldn't be so sure about that (1+ / 0-)
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            I could see Duckworth performing far worse than you might expect in Chicagoland in a primary.  I know Joe Walsh's allies did end up putting their money where their mouths were, but her performance this year was less than impressive given the district and Walsh being a deadbeat crazy.  I wouldn't mind seeing Duckworth take on Kirk in 2016 and Bustos run when Durbin retires in 2020 though.  I certainly have no problem with either of them ideologically (yet).

            NC-06/NC-04; -9.12, -8.62; Yellow Dog Democrat

            by sawolf on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 06:33:03 PM PST

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      •  The only ones of those ppl you mention (2+ / 0-)
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        I see running is Tennant. I don't think that Stephanie Herseth Sandlin will take on Rounds. The only retirements I see happening are in West Virginia and South Dakota. And I think we'll have a much better shot in WV than in SD.

        Every six years that always the question with Levin, wil he stay or will he go? I think stays, but if he goes we shouldn't have a problem holding Michigan. I see Whitmer possibly running if Peters is too strong in the Gov primary.

        Bustos will be a senator in 2020, succeding Durbin. He known her since she was a little girl. He'll tap her to hold that seat when he retires. I dont think he going to hanf it up this upcoming cycle. That the "Downtown state in Illinois. I dont see anyone from Chicagoland running for that seat.

        Moderate Progressive, Born in Cairo, Raised in NY-11, Living in NJ-13.

        by BKGyptian89 on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 02:47:21 PM PST

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      •  Granholm could run in Michigan as well. (1+ / 0-)
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        abgin

        The NRA is the Gun Manufacturer Lobby. Nothing more. Their pontification about the second amendment is nothing more than their ad jingle. They're the domestic version of the Military Industrial Complex.

        by Jacoby Jonze on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 02:47:43 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  Lisa Jackson, not Sheila Jackson (Lee) (3+ / 0-)

        sometimes I don't know how I keep track of all these thousands of names.

        NC-06/NC-04; -9.12, -8.62; Yellow Dog Democrat

        by sawolf on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 02:47:57 PM PST

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      •  Crit Luallen (1+ / 0-)
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        Has already said nix to a McConnell run.

        Political Director, Daily Kos

        by David Nir on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 11:29:28 PM PST

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    •  Natalie Tennant in WV if Rockefeller retires... (2+ / 0-)
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      ... Denise Juneau in MT if Baucus retires. If Durbin retires, there are a number of IL Democratic women who could run -- Lisa Madigan, Cheri Bustos, Tammy Duckworth. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin could run if Tim Johnson retires in SD (although she seems likelier to run for governor at some point). If Susan Collins quits, either Chellie or Hannah Pingree would be strong potential candidates for her seat. I don't know if there are any women being talked about for the MI seat if Levin retires.

      There has also been some speculation about Carmen Ortiz in Massachusetts regarding the special election for Kerry's seat.

      There are a few in Kentucky who are potential candidates against Mitch McConnell (Ashley Judd, Crit Luallen, Allison Lunderman-Grimes), though I don't personally think they have a great shot.

      So basically it depends a lot on retirements. We don't have a lot of offense in 2014.

    •  For the senate it is difficult to see new faces (0+ / 0-)

      in 2014, because most of the seats are for defense, and I hope very few retirements.

      I wish to see C Pingree running for the senate. Even if S Collins retires not.

  •  Youngest Senior Senator? (3+ / 0-)
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    Since Schatz has been sworn in before Hirono, that means he'll be the Senior Senator from Hawaii.

    Would he be the Youngest Senior Senator?

    •  And his junior senator (3+ / 0-)

      is old enough to be his mom

    •  yes (2+ / 0-)
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      Hirono is old enough be be his Mom. Even though they have exactly seven days of seniority, I believe she'll be 3 slots behind him, when she's sworn in next Thursday. But from a legislative stand point and based on Hirono's experience and resume, it will be the other way around. Hirono is most likely to help guide him in Washington. Even though on paper he is technically the senior senator

      Moderate Progressive, Born in Cairo, Raised in NY-11, Living in NJ-13.

      by BKGyptian89 on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 03:15:22 PM PST

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      •  5 slots behind (0+ / 0-)

        I think it might be 5 slots behind (if I've done the calculations correctly)

        Seniority rank for incoming freshman senators:

        1. Baldwin
        2. Flake
        3. Donnelly
        4. Murphy
        5. Hirono
        6. Heinrich
        7. Kaine
        8. King
        9. Cruz
        10. Warren
        11. Fischer
        12. Heitkamp

        •  thanks (0+ / 0-)

          I knew I forgot Baldwin and Flake. I was putting Hirono behind Donnelly and Murphy ahead of cause all three came to the house in '06, but Indiana and Connecticut has more people than Hawaii.

          Moderate Progressive, Born in Cairo, Raised in NY-11, Living in NJ-13.

          by BKGyptian89 on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 05:34:28 PM PST

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        •  How is seniority determined (0+ / 0-)

          For freshmen? Obviously with the first six, all of them served in the House, so that's easy to evaluate. But how does the rest work? Why does Kaine, for instance, outrank King, who served two terms to Kaine's one?

          And after them, how are things decided after that? Size of state? (That would also explained Kaine ahead of King, but hrm.)

          Political Director, Daily Kos

          by David Nir on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 11:31:56 PM PST

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          •  Wikipedia says the criteria for determining (1+ / 0-)
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            jncca

            seniority are as follows (in order of preference):

            1. Former U.S. senator
            2. Former U.S. representative
            3. Former president
            4. Former vice president
            5. Former Cabinet member
            6. Former state governor
            7. Population of state based on the most recent census when the senator took office
            8. Alphabetical by last name (in case two senators came from the same state on the same day and have identical credentials)

            So, Kaine and King are both former Governors, but Virginia is bigger than Maine, so Kaine wins that tie.

            •  Hah, wow (1+ / 0-)
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              MichaelNY

              So if a former pres or VP joined the Senate, they'd rank behind some former one-term member of the House?

              Political Director, Daily Kos

              by David Nir on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 10:28:04 AM PST

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              •  Almost! (1+ / 0-)
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                MichaelNY

                The current seniority rules don't account for the possibility that a President or VP might (re)join the Senate, but they did create a new position when Hubert Humphrey came back in 1971: Deputy President Pro Tempore.

                24, Practical Progressive Democrat (-4.75, -4.51), DKE Gay Caucus Majority Leader, IN-02; Swingnut. Defeat Wacky Jackie for 2014!

                by HoosierD42 on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 11:34:22 AM PST

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            •  Wouldn't King beat Kaine (0+ / 0-)

              Because he was Governor for 8 years and Kaine only for 4?

              24, Practical Progressive Democrat (-4.75, -4.51), DKE Gay Caucus Majority Leader, IN-02; Swingnut. Defeat Wacky Jackie for 2014!

              by HoosierD42 on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 11:35:15 AM PST

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              •  No I believe not (0+ / 0-)

                because Virginia has more people compared to Maine. Plus it's not Tim Kaine's fault he was only a 4 yr Governor. That a stupid law that most of the Southern states had way back in the day, when Governors can only serve a non-consecutive 4 yr term, and wait another 4 yrs if they want to serve again. Most of the all the the Southern staes changed that law except for VA.

                Moderate Progressive, Born in Cairo, Raised in NY-11, Living in NJ-13.

                by BKGyptian89 on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 01:38:02 PM PST

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  •  Re: RI-Gov (1+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY

    I've also seen Brendan Doherty's name bandied about as a potential Republican candidate. And I think Scott Avedisian (moderate Warwick mayor - just like Chafee!) may also be interested, though that one I'm less sure about.

    Living in Kyoto-06 (Japan), voting in RI-01, went to college in IL-01.

    by sapelcovits on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 02:45:16 PM PST

  •  And in New York (6+ / 0-)

    via Ballot Access News:

    New York State Board of Elections had hoped to have the state’s final election returns available on December 27. However, a large snow storm in upstate New York has caused difficulties, and now the returns aren’t expected until next week.
    Yep!

    The Republican Party isn't a party of small government, it's a party of a government for the few. @bhindepmo

    by RBH on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 02:47:37 PM PST

  •  I cojuld see Ryback in the Obama Cabinet (4+ / 0-)
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    or working for the DNC, maybe even chairing it.  I suspect he'll wait to see what Dayton's plans are.  I hope Franken runs for re-election, though I suspect he'll get the Sherrod Brown treatment from the superpacs this cycle.  

    The NRA is the Gun Manufacturer Lobby. Nothing more. Their pontification about the second amendment is nothing more than their ad jingle. They're the domestic version of the Military Industrial Complex.

    by Jacoby Jonze on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 02:53:24 PM PST

  •  Of some possible interest (3+ / 0-)
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    itskevin, Xenocrypt, MichaelNY

    Schatz votes with the liberals (losing) twice today.

    link and link. No, this isn't definitive, and no, I never expected Abercrombie to appoint a conservative.

    Ok, so I read the polls.

    by andgarden on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 04:14:52 PM PST

    •  Also voted with most Democrats. (2+ / 0-)
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      andgarden, MichaelNY

      On the third vote, he again voted with a majority of Democrats--but aagainst what would seem to be the "most liberal" faction on this issue (plus the libertarian-y Republicans):

      Baucus (D-MT)
      Begich (D-AK)
      Cantwell (D-WA)
      Heller (R-NV)
      Lee (R-UT)
      Merkley (D-OR)
      Paul (R-KY)
      Stabenow (D-MI)
      Tester (D-MT)
      Udall (D-NM)
      Webb (D-VA)
      Wyden (D-OR)
      Begich has been pretty consistent on these kinds of issues, which is pretty interesting.  I wonder if he'll play them up when he's running for re-election.

      27, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-10 (formerly PA-02/NY-12, then PA-02/NY-14).

      by Xenocrypt on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 06:51:00 PM PST

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  •  R.T. Rybak. (1+ / 0-)
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    itskevin

    I am disappointed to see him leave the mayor's office, which is actually where I dipped my first toe in the political waters after his 2005 election. But I am sure he has something lined up either with Obama or with the DNC (he is currently Vice-Chair.)

    Here is a brief list of possible replacements, and I fully expect this to be a large field for the IRV affair. All candidates are DFL unless otherwise noted:

    Rybak's CoS Tina Smith

    Councilwoman Betsy Hodges

    Councilman Cam Gordon (Green) (no ally of Rybak's and is a frequent thorn in the sides of the otherwise all-DFL council)

    Councilman Gary Schiff (no ally of Rybak's and was running before this announcement)

    Former University of Minnesota President  "Fun Bobby" Bruininks

    Former State Senator Linda Berglin (I really doubt she runs, but I have heard her name floated)

    Exiting State Senator Linda Higgins

    Exiting State Senator Ken Kelash

    Exiting State Representative Marion Greene

    •  He can run for Gov in '18 (0+ / 0-)

      if Dayton doesnt seek a third term. But thats if he can beat Swanson in a primary who will be very formidable. And if Im correct Minnesota has never elected a woman Governor.

      Moderate Progressive, Born in Cairo, Raised in NY-11, Living in NJ-13.

      by BKGyptian89 on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 06:13:34 PM PST

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      •  Swanson, if she runs for AG this year (0+ / 0-)

        Would be a prohibitive favorite for governor in 2018 after 12 years as AG. I don't want to see Rybak take her on.

        I think if he doesn't get a cabinet appointment, he should run for SoS if Richie doesn't run for a 3rd term.

  •  HI LG (4+ / 0-)
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    itskevin, DCal, abgin, MichaelNY

    Tsutsui accepts the LG position. LGs run separately in the primary so even if Abercrombie loses the nomination or retires he will still be able to be the nominee, assuming he wins the primary.

    http://www.khon2.com/...

  •  RI-Gov. My gosh. (3+ / 0-)
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    DCal, David Nir, MichaelNY

    If Chafee runs as a Democrat and Raimondo runs as an independent, that would be...a political trivia question for the ages.  So I hope that happens.

    27, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-10 (formerly PA-02/NY-12, then PA-02/NY-14).

    by Xenocrypt on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 06:47:10 PM PST

  •  Ok with Culver (1+ / 0-)
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    I will glad if he runs again.

    If someone else runs, also ok.

    It is to find the strongest vs Branstad.

  •  This is an amazing tweet by Grover Norquist (3+ / 0-)
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    I guess this is the flip side of "the polls are skewed."

    •  oh yeah I forgot that obscure part of the (6+ / 0-)

      constitution which says that a supermajority of governors can mandate the president do what they want.

      ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

      by James Allen on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 10:30:39 PM PST

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    •  Oh sweet, sweet, stupid Grover. (2+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY, askew

      Gerrymandering made it extremely hard (absent a Dem tidal wave) to retake the House.  Even so, Dems gained respectably in both houses.  We were originally en route to likely losing the Senate in 2012, but we gained 2 seats to 55-45.  (Also most competitive R-held Guv seats were not up for election this year)

      Age 23. Voting in NJ-03. Lived most of life in NJ-01. Had Rush Holt represent me during my undergrad years and am now represented by Frank Pallone in my grad school.

      by KingofSpades on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 10:45:17 PM PST

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      •  I also saw another tweet from him (2+ / 0-)
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        MichaelNY, askew

        where he says the House just passed a Ryan budget thing recently and then says "Senate? WH? We wait."  Who's this "we" that he is talking about?  He's not in Congress.  He could also have a Gollum disorder where his internal monologue includes more than one personality./s

        Age 23. Voting in NJ-03. Lived most of life in NJ-01. Had Rush Holt represent me during my undergrad years and am now represented by Frank Pallone in my grad school.

        by KingofSpades on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 10:52:12 PM PST

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    •  Skewing is more rampant than you think. (2+ / 0-)
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      LordMike, jj32

      I found out the other day that some colleges skew all of their students scores on a scale.  As Sapelcovits said, we need to fix them all so their grades become Romney +2.

      Age 23. Voting in NJ-03. Lived most of life in NJ-01. Had Rush Holt represent me during my undergrad years and am now represented by Frank Pallone in my grad school.

      by KingofSpades on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 10:48:17 PM PST

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    •  Is this what David Nir tells us not to do? (3+ / 0-)
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      wwmiv, David Nir, jj32

      Because this diary is tough on my iPad...

      Town Planner, 30 years Old, Election Junkie, "If you agree with Bush's economic policy, Cheney's foreign policy, and Santorum's social policy, you loved Romney's speech" - James Carville (aka the Ragin Cajun) on the Colbert Report

      by CF of Aus on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 11:09:44 PM PST

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    •  ... (3+ / 0-)
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      Embedding tweets is a no-no.

      23 Burkean Post Modern Gay Democrat; NM-2 (Raised), TX-20 (B.A. & M.A. in Political Science), TX-17 (Home); 08/12 PVIs

      by wwmiv on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 11:11:32 PM PST

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    •  Actually it seems JJ32 that you are a serial (0+ / 0-)

      offender... If it is all the same to you please stop doing this, it makes looking at DKE diaries incredibly annoying and at times impossible.

      I would say that this is the single biggest problem on DKE...

      So if you are unaware of the effect it has it basically makes reading everything painfully slow.

      It makes commenting quite tough.

      So please don't do it...

      Town Planner, 30 years Old, Election Junkie, "If you agree with Bush's economic policy, Cheney's foreign policy, and Santorum's social policy, you loved Romney's speech" - James Carville (aka the Ragin Cajun) on the Colbert Report

      by CF of Aus on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 11:32:42 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I apologize (1+ / 0-)
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        CF of Aus

        I didnt know about this.

        The rule as I understood it was not embedding photos in liveblogs, because that messes things up. But I guess the same is true of tweets.

        Again, I'm sorry, and I wont do it again.

        •  Thanks for that, much appreciated. NT (0+ / 0-)

          Town Planner, 30 years Old, Election Junkie, "If you agree with Bush's economic policy, Cheney's foreign policy, and Santorum's social policy, you loved Romney's speech" - James Carville (aka the Ragin Cajun) on the Colbert Report

          by CF of Aus on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 12:56:11 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  Joe Kennedy (0+ / 0-)

    I've been hearing some rumors that Joe Kennedy II might run for Governor of MA in 2014. Does anyone know more about this? I haven't been able to find a credible source.

    If he does run, would he face a primary challenge from Grossman, Coakley, etc? Or would his name rec mean he would be given a free pass in the primary?

    Student, Proud Progressive, Science Nerd, and Skeptic. Born and raised in CT-03.

    by betelgeux on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 09:20:04 AM PST

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