Skip to main content

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest banner
Want the scoop on hot races around the country? Get the digest emailed to you each weekday morning. Sign up here.
Leading Off:

OH-Gov: Can't say I'm surprised at all: Dem Rep. Tim Ryan announced on Friday morning that he will not, in the end, run for governor. Ryan has long had "rising star" attached to his name, and he's often been mentioned for higher office, but he hemmed and hawed for quite a while over this one and just never seemed enthused about the prospect of running against Gov. John Kasich. Instead, he'll be able to seek re-election to his safe House seat in northeastern Ohio. Ryan did not endorse any other candidates.

But there are still three other notable Democrats in the mix: Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, former state AG Richard Cordray, and ex-Rep. Betty Sutton. FitzGerald has formed an exploratory committee while Cordray is awaiting Senate confirmation to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. If that doesn't pan out—Republicans are extremely hostile to him and the agency—running for governor may be his fallback plan. But Fitz seems to have the most enthusiasm behind him: Ohio Dems held their big annual dinner in Columbus on Friday night, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer dubbed FitzGerald the "true headliner." Sutton doesn't seem to have made a splash at the event, and Cordray is busy in D.C., so with Ryan out, FitzGerald does indeed seem to be Democrats' top choice at the moment.

Senate:

LA-Sen: Good news: Louisiana's Republican lieutenant governor, Jay Dardenne, has finally confirmed that he is "not going to run" next year against Dem Sen. Mary Landrieu. Dardenne has long seemed to have his eye on the governor's mansion, but a recent PPP poll showed him as the strongest potential GOP candidate for the upcoming Senate race. That prompted a brief moment of speculation, combined with a vague expression of possible interest on Dardenne's part. But now that door is firmly shut, and Pelican State Republicans will have to turn back to the mess of current and former congressmen who are all eager for a promotion.

NJ-Sen: While the "Dominican prostitutes" story now looks like utter b.s., Bob Menendez's ethics woes are apparently not over. Reports the Washington Post: "A federal grand jury in Miami is investigating Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), examining his role in advocating for the business interests of a wealthy donor and friend, according to three people aware of the probe."

Grab Bag:

DCCC: Obama Alert! The POTUS is making good on his promise to help the DCCC with their efforts in the 2013-14 election cycle and will headline a major fundraiser in San Francisco on April 4 along with Nancy Pelosi. Tickets start at $1,000, and for a cool $32,400, you can join the president for brunch with only 30 other people. (Some of the events will also help retire the DNC's outstanding debt.) In addition, reports The Hill's Justin Sink, "The White House has confirmed that the president intends to hold at least 14 fundraisers for Democratic congressional candidates, with 10 of the events set for outside of Washington D.C."

North Carolina: Really finding it hard to say much about PPP's March batch of Tarheel miscellany, but hey, there is one new question I like which Tom Jensen ought to ask in every one-party state: "Do you approve or disapprove of the job Republicans as a whole are doing of running state government?" The answer is 38 percent of voters approve while 52 percent disapprove. The North Carolina GOP might have gerrymandered itself into the majority, but you can't gerrymander popularity.

Redistricting: Could the GOP have sacrificed their long-term health for short-term political gain in the House? Veteran political analyst Charlie Cook makes a pretty intriguing case to that effect in a new column for the National Journal.

Cook notes that even as the nation has grown more diverse, with a 5-point drop in the non-Hispanic white population between 2000-2010, the districts represented by the GOP in that time span have actually become more white, going from 73 percent white to 75 percent white in the same time frame. Which, as Cook opines, is a potentially huge liability for the GOP down the line:

What do all these numbers boil down to? House Republicans have done a remarkable job of "sequestering" Democrats into the minority, but in the process they've also reduced their own incentive to reach out to groups their party badly needs if it wants to stay relevant beyond the Southern confines of the Capitol.
It's a piece worth reading in full. Aside from one muffed detail (saying that Republican Dan Webster won "easily," when he prevailed by just a 52-48 in 2012), there are a ton of observations here that are spot on. (Steve Singiser)

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 05:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site