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Seattle Mayor: The marquee electoral event in Washington on Tuesday was the Seattle mayoral primary, and it played out pretty much like SurveyUSA's final poll of the race predicted: State Sen. Ed Murray finished first at 30, and incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn finished second at 27, meaning they advance to the November general election. Ex-City Councilor Peter Steinbrueck and City Councilor Bruce Harrell are at 16 each; this being Washington, there are still piles of ballot left to count, but they have basically no shot at catching up.

If Murray wins in November (and it's likely he will, as he'll probably pick up the majority of the Steinbrueck/Harrell votes), he'll be Seattle's first openly gay mayor. If you're wondering how Murray and McGinn stack up ideologically... well, you're not likely to get a satisfactory answer on that, since they'd both be the most progressive candidate in just about any other city's mayoral election. But PubliCola offers a good explainer on the wonky differences between their competing flavors of urbanism. (David Jarman)

Detroit Mayor: Despite a 16-candidate field and one high-profile write-in campaign, fears that Detroit's mayoral primary wouldn't yield results for weeks have proven unfounded, and former Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan and Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon will advance to the November general election. Write-ins comprised 53 percent of the vote, and those almost certainly went overwhelmingly to Duggan, while Napoleon took 30 percent to finish in second; no other candidate won more than 6 percent.

Duggan's performance tells a remarkable comeback story, since Duggan was thrown off the ballot in June because he wasn't officially a Detroit resident when he filed petitions to get on the ballot earlier this year. (He moved into the city two weeks later.) After Duggan decided to wage a write-in effort, a barber by the name of Mike Dugeon—pronounced the same way—also put his name forth as a write-in candidate, in an unsuccessful attempt to mess with ballots cast for Duggan. (For extra clarity, one voter wrote in "the white guy Mike Duggan"; Dugeon is African-American.)

The saga's not over yet, since there's still a legal challenge pending over Duggan's write-in candidacy. But if he can stay on the ballot, Duggan, with the continued backing of the city's business community, will likely remain the front-runner in this fall's election.

Senate:

AR-Sen: As expected, GOP Rep. Tom Cotton made his candidacy against Sen. Mark Pryor official on Tuesday night.

KY-Sen: Businessman Matt Bevin is already firing back against Sen. Mitch McConnell's new attack ad with one of his own. He features a clip of McConnell declaring, right after the bailout passed, that the legislation represented "the Senate at its finest." (Oh how I'll bet McConnell wishes he could unsay that.) The rest of the spot is devoted to highlighting the work of "fact checkers" (such as the Washington Post... and FOX News) who've called out "Mudslinging Mitch" for his "misleading" hits on Bevin. The buy is reportedly for $161,000.

As Jed Lewison observes, these kinds of attacks are almost non-partisan, and if McConnell survives the GOP primary, Alison Grimes can build on the narrative that Bevin's laying down. And a new analysis from Harry Enten suggests that, at least ideologically, McConnell (and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham) are in better shape than other senators who lost, or nearly lost, primary challengers. Vulnerable incumbents like Joe Lieberman and Lincoln Chafee were all much closer to ideological center of the Senate (and thus on the far edge of their party's spectrum), whereas both McConnell and Graham are in the middle of the GOP pack. That's no guarantee against losing, but it helps put these contests in historical perspective.

NJ-Sen: For what I'm guessing is their final New Jersey poll, Quinnipiac switched to a likely voter model, but it hasn't changed how things look in next week's Democratic primary. Newark Mayor Cory Booker continues to crush the field, taking 54 percent, while Rep. Frank Pallone is a distant second at 17, Rep. Rush Holt sits at 15, and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver brings up the rear with 5. And for what it's worth, Booker smashes likely GOP nominee Steve Lonegan 54-29 in the October general election.

Gubernatorial:

GA-Gov: The gubernatorial portion of PPP's new Georgia poll finds some serious improvement for GOP Gov. Nathan Deal, compared to where things stood for him in February. Deal's job approval rating has bounced up from 36-41 to 44-32, and he leads a trio of potential Democratic challengers by wide margins:

• 47-34 vs. state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams

• 48-33 vs. state Sen. Jason Carter

• 48-28 vs. state Rep. Scott Holcomb

Carter, a grandson of Jimmy, is the only candidate PPP tested last time, and Deal's edge was a narrower 46-38 then. What's odd is that PPP's sample is actual a bit bluer in this latest poll, so it's rather hard to say why Deal is seeing this upswing. It's possible that this survey is a bit of an outlier: PPP was also in the field last December, and back then, Deal's approvals were similar to what they found in February. I also have an untested pet theory that state officials poll worse during legislative sessions, when the sausage-making process is on full display, and lawmakers were indeed at work when PPP last polled. So maybe with the session many months in the past now, things are looking brighter for Deal.

Certainly he's doing just fine among GOP voters: Deal takes 71 percent in hypothetical primary matchups with Superintendent of Schools John Barge and Dalton Mayor David Pennington. But while I'd like to see what the next poll brings before concluding that Deal's doing better, it ultimately won't matter much. Even if Democrats can put Georgia's Senate race into play, there are too many good options elsewhere on the gubernatorial front for Deal to look like an attractive option.

MA-Gov: Massachusetts's State Ethics Commission has issued a ruling saying that Democratic state Sen. Dan Wolf cannot run for governor—in fact, cannot even serve as state senator—because the airline he founded and owns part of, Cape Air, has two contracts with the state that allow it to service Boston's Logan Airport. Wolf's choices, say the commission, are to (a) divest from Cape Air; (b) terminate its contracts with the state; or (c) drop out of the governor's race and resign from the legislature.

Wolf doesn't sound keen to sell his stake, considering that Cape Air's been his life's work for a quarter century, and he says that ending flights to and from Logan would "destroy" the company, which is a small regional airline. Obviously door number three isn't enticing, either, so Wolf says he "will be working to rectify" the board's decision, which presumably would involve some sort of appeal, whether at the commission itself or in the courts.

House:

LA-05: On Wednesday, as Nathan Gonzales first reported, Gov. Bobby Jindal officially tapped GOP Rep. Rodney Alexander to serve as the next head of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, starting next month. Alexander had announced his retirement from Congress on Tuesday, but this new development means that he'll instead resign on Sept. 26, prompting a special election. Under Louisiana's unique rules, all candidates from all parties will run together on a single ballot, and unless someone clears 50 percent, the top two vote-getters will advance to a runoff.

And contenders are already lining up to run. On the Republican side, state Sen. Neil Riser, an early establishment favorite, says he's "100 percent in"; he already has endorsements from Rep. John Fleming and state Sen. Mike Walsworth, who says he won't run himself. But others are looking at the race, including Alexander chief of staff Adam Terry. Another possibility is Alexander's state director, Jonathan Johnson, which could set up an unusual battle of the congressional aides.

Even though the 5th is a very red district, several Democrats are considering bids, too, among them Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo and state Rep. Marcus Hunter. State Sen. Rick Gallot is another possibility, and Roll Call's Abby Livingston also mentions state Rep. Katrina Jackson. Livingston also suggests Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy, but as a possible Republican candidate, which is a bit odd, since he's a Democrat. But of course, party switching is common in Louisiana, so perhaps he's being courted by the GOP.

Other Races:

NYC Comptroller: Interesting. In a tidbit at the end of a Wall Street Journal piece on the city comptroller's race, Scott Stringer's campaign refused to say whether Stringer would challenge Eliot Spitzer in the general election on the Working Families Party line if Spitzer wins the Democratic primary. Republicans actually have a candidate running here (finance executive John Burnett), and most of the Democratic establishment is backing Stringer, so he doesn't really have a lot of appeal to more conservative voters. But could there be enough anti-Spitzer sentiment outside of the primary electorate to lead to an unexpected outcome? I'd love to see this scenario polled.

SD Mayor: The latest allegation against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is so incendiary, I'm just agape:

They are also among at least eight female veterans and members of the National Women's Veterans Association of America (NWVAA) in San Diego who have made accusations against the mayor. Almost all of the women were victims of sexual assault while they were in the military.

The women, like Fernandez, say the former chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee used his significant power and credentials to access military sexual assault survivors, who they say are less likely to complain.

Wow.

• WA-St. Sen: One other Washington race offers some troubling news, though, in the form of a potential setback to Democratic hopes of breaking the 25-24 "majority caucus" (of Republicans plus several renegade Dems) that controls of the state Senate. Swingy SD-26, a 49-48 Obama seat in the exurbs between Tacoma and Bremerton, was vacated earlier this year by now-U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer. Democrat Nathan Schlicher was appointed to replace Kilmer, and he faces a special election in November to retain his seat.

However, Tuesday's top-two primary found him losing to Republican state Rep. Jan Angel, and not just by a small amount, but by a wide 57-43 margin. The two face a rematch in November, but primary results in Washington are usually pretty predictive of the general election. (Fortunately, even if Angel wins, Dems would get another shot at her in the regularly-scheduled 2014 election, hopefully with better turnout.) (David Jarman)

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 05:00 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

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    by David Nir on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 05:00:19 AM PDT

  •  I really hope Mike Duggan can pull this off (8+ / 0-)

    No doubt he benefited from a low voter turnout, but the fact he so clearly won the first round as a write-in candidate in a field that big (and with so many dirty tricks thrown at him), I think that shows a real enthusiasm for him.  I think it also shows they city is not going to fall into a trap of blind racial politics, and are ready to consider Duggan as potentially the best person for the job.

    I love the city of Detroit.  I've been there several times, have friends who at times have lived in the city, and what's happened to it over the past several decades is just heartbreaking.  At the beginning, I had high hopes for Kwame Kirkpatrick.  I thought he brought a breath of fresh air to the city government, and really did care about Detroit -- until he turned out to be a crook who cared even more about being a faux bad boy celebrity than a chief executive.

    •  My guess is (4+ / 0-)
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      dkmich, Stude Dude, marvyt, MetroGnome

      Napoleon will come up short.  Hey-yo.

      Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

      by Loge on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 06:06:02 AM PDT

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    •  I find it strange (2+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY, MetroGnome

      that when black people elect black candidates, we call it "blind racial politics." But we don't call it that when white people vote, again and again, for white candidates.

      As for the election, only about 17% of Detroit's eligible voters turned out to vote. If Duggan managed to get all the write-in votes, that means he won the primary because he was able to inspire about 8% of Detroit's eligible voters to come out and vote for him.

      It's definitely an interesting story, especially for a write-in candidate. But the story becomes less remarkable when you learn Duggan outspent Napoleon by at least 4 to 1.To me, the main story is that around 80% of eligible voters in Detroit did not believe the election was worth the effort.

      There were plenty of white crooks who ran the city for decades before our first black mayor, and long before Kwame. Again, we only focus on the "crooks" when they are Black, apparently.  

      Finally, Duggan is probably qualified, but that doesn't mean he'll be a good mayor. He was a member of the school board of the Education Achievement Authority, a new state-run district in Detroit that is steeped in accusations of corrupt governance and rampant civil rights violations. Lots of folks here call it the "Jim Crow" district, or the Education Apartheid Authority. He also worked successfully to break a union organizing drive at the Detroit Medical Center. So based on that, I guess he's as good a Democrat as we're likely to get these days. (snark)

      I don't mean to sound like an asshole...I get what you're saying, and I appreciate the hopes for this city. But as a person who was born and raised in and around this city, and is choking on all the misinformation and thinly-veiled racism coming from the white elite and white suburbanites, I have little patience for anything anymore. Peace and love to you.

      Never be deceived that the rich will permit you to vote away their wealth. - Lucy Parsons

      by cruz on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 07:23:49 AM PDT

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      •  Nobody is saying Duggan is Elizabeth Warren. (1+ / 0-)
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        MichaelNY

        What Detroit needs is residents and revenue.   Whichever candidate can do that one thing the best is what Detroit needs "now".      

        What we need is a Democrat in the White House. Warren 2016

        by dkmich on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 07:45:11 AM PDT

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      •  Mostly Agree (1+ / 0-)
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        Mike has his own issues, though, for me, they aren't so bad as to get me to support Napoleon, who I feel is a crook-in-waiting, but more importantly, someone who's been floating around Detroit for years with very little to show for it.  In my mind, Mike started out as part of the McNamara county machine, but was smart enough to seperate himself from it a decade or so ago and go his own way.

        What I completely agree with you on is the narrative by the local media, most conservatives, and even some liberals that something racially amazing happened the other night.  I find that this is mostly projection from white people, if I'm to be frank.  If even indirectly, it plays into this bizarre belief meme by many folks that "blacks are the real racists."

        Detroit politics are insular - as as the politics of most big cities.  There is and has been a racial angle to the politics since at least the 30's or 40's.  But, only the media and outsiders seem to be surprised by the results.  The media didn't cover Mike busting his ass to get every vote he could.  Only recently has it been reported after the results that Benny has been running a very lethargic campaign.  Never is it reported that until relatively recently, the president of the Detroit City Council had been a little, old white woman from Iowa, and that the only time the council was without a white member is this current term.

        Again, I feel like a lot of this has been projection.

  •  Bevin's ad against McConnell is so effective that (3+ / 0-)
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    Grimes needs to develop a good Plan B for running against Bevin in the general election.

    If Bevin spends a lot on ads like this and McConnell still limps through, Grimes is going to be in a great position.

  •  Nothing against Napoleoon, but (2+ / 0-)
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    I think Duggan is the best bet for the city.  

    First, he's white.   That will immediately remove white bias against the city and give it a fighting chance to resurrect.  If something goes wrong, or slow, or gets corrupted, there will be nobody to blame but the white guy.  

    Second and in the category of also sad but true, Duggan is a CEO and connected.   That will give the city greater access to money and power.  

    Detroit last elected a white mayor, Roman Gribbs, in 1969. The Detroit City Council has seated just two white members since 1990 and none since 2009. Southwest Detroit, home to most of the city’s Latino population, has never had a representative in city government. And the racially charged rhetoric during local campaigns, which began in earnest under longtime mayor Coleman Young, who served five terms from 1974 to 1994, can at times border on the absurd. During last year’s Democratic primaries, for instance, former U.S. congressman Hansen Clarke had the ethnicity of his dead mother challenged in a political ad by an unnamed foe.

    So why is Duggan’s candidacy suddenly viable? In short: the city’s dismal financial state—with a reported debt of $14 billion, it now faces the prospect of bankruptcy and on Friday—has made Duggan’s business background a powerful selling point.  link

    Mid-town is in the process of a come back.  Downtown can do it too.  Now all we need to do is get Snyder and Orr the hell out of there so they can fix the schools without the sound of cash registers clanging in everyone's ears.

    What we need is a Democrat in the White House. Warren 2016

    by dkmich on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 06:23:40 AM PDT

    •  You think Detroiters should vote for a white guy (4+ / 0-)
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      because of prejudice against black guys? I consider that a very poor reason to base a vote on - it's enabling prejudice, and it could be used to argue against voting for people of color or women every single fucking time, including 2008 and 2012.

      I'm more sympathetic to the rest of your points, but your second paragraph really rubs me the wrong way, and I suspect it came out in a way you didn't intend.

      Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

      by MichaelNY on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 06:32:05 AM PDT

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      •   If you have no Detroit history, (0+ / 0-)

        you really just don't understand Detroit.   I don't understand how NY keeps electing a rich white guy that stops and frisks people of color just to harass them, changes the rules so he can run again, buys office and politicians, and gets re-elected.  

        My comment has everything to do with resurrecting Detroit and nothing else.  If Detroit doesn't do something, there will be no one left in the city to be mayor of.  

        What we need is a Democrat in the White House. Warren 2016

        by dkmich on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 06:48:41 AM PDT

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        •  How would electing a white CEO (4+ / 0-)
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          resurrect Detroit?   I see your point from some sort of an "esoteric" point of view but he wasn't even a resident of Detroit initially!   I don't see him as really being able to do much of anything except go along with Snyder and Orr and pick up whatever pieces are left.  I'm skeptical about using his business experience as proof positive that he can somehow turn things around for Detroit.

          Of course, since I live in NYC, I don't have a say. If you don't understand how NYC keeps electing Bloomberg with his stop and frisk program, consider that it's because of this stop and frisk program that appeals to certain aspects of the city's residents.

          •  appeals to certain aspects of the city's residents (1+ / 0-)
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            Yoshimi

            So there's your answer.  Detroit voters are 82.7% black

            What we need is a Democrat in the White House. Warren 2016

            by dkmich on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 07:13:35 AM PDT

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          •  I don't think it's a question of voting for him (3+ / 0-)
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            ...because he's white.

            The key will be the signal the voters send if they can elect him despite being white.  It's the attitude that there's an acceptance that competence is the important thing.

            Dennis Archer preceded Kwame and as I recall had all sorts of trouble, in part because there was a perception among some (perpetuated by some despicable people on the city council) that he wasn't "black enough".  Too cozy with the suburbs.  That has to stop.

            •  That might be better said (0+ / 0-)

              The suburbs are mostly white, and there is a racial message that has been coming from and into Detroit for years.   As the article said, going back to Coleman Young.   I think electing a white person will help to blunt all of the racial rhetoric from and to Detroit.     Most importantly, the new mayor cannot be a crook.  If s/he is, they might as well plow the whole place over.

              They also need to clean out Detroit's merit based employees.   While Kevin Orr said it badly, a 6th grade education really shouldn't qualify anyone for a job.

              What we need is a Democrat in the White House. Warren 2016

              by dkmich on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 07:40:41 AM PDT

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          •  There you go (1+ / 0-)
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            MichaelNY
            certain aspects of the city's residents.
            That sounds like enabling prejudice to me.
        •  So true (2+ / 0-)
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          Yoshimi, dkmich

            Unfortunately, everything in Detroit area politics has a racial component. That's how it's been since the 67 riots. Pointing out the potential effects of a white mayor doesn't make one a racist.  

          •  But calling for voting for one because he's white (0+ / 0-)

            is enabling bigotry.

            Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

            by MichaelNY on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 01:39:43 PM PDT

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          •  This is so wrong (1+ / 0-)
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            MichaelNY

            There is a racial component of elections in the area, but it starts WELL before the '67 riots.

            Honestly, you can always tell someone's views in this area by where they place the beginning of the city's decline.  Detroit had some seriously horrible mayors prior to the riots.  One later even served prison time after leaving office.  This was mostly covered over because Detroit grew in spite of its leadership.

        •  I'm happy to discuss New York politics (0+ / 0-)

          Do you think I'm here to personally represent the Mayor? However, your attempt to skate on your remark by diverting to New York politics won't fly with me. My remark is absolutely a general one, relating to your plea to vote for the white guy because of prejudice against blacks. I consider that plea pernicious.

          Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

          by MichaelNY on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 01:37:58 PM PDT

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      •  The same way we celebrated our first black (0+ / 0-)

        President and will celebrate our first female President, Detroit electing its first white mayor in 40 years will be celebrated an important step towards burying the past and closing the racial divide that exists in our city (SE MI).   Obviously not as monumental, but certainly as important to healing the racial politics that plague the city.  

        If Detroit is going to be successfully rebuilt, it has to be done on a base that is inclusive and multi-cultural.    If the racial divide persists, Detroit will die.  

        What we need is a Democrat in the White House. Warren 2016

        by dkmich on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 08:19:42 AM PDT

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    •  Really? (2+ / 0-)
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      Just like electing a black president made all white Americans lose their racial fears and hatreds? You're saying if black people want a chance at survival, they have to first sooth the racial anxieties of white people? I get a sense of snark from your comment, but am not sure...

      I think you're dead wrong - if Duggan fails, the vast majority of white people in the tri-county area will absolutely not blame him, they will blame the "uppity" blacks in Detroit who wouldn't give him a chance, and they will do that regardless of whether it's true or not.

      Suburban Detroit is a place where white people pride ourselves on thinking and believing things that have no basis in fact, even the proof is put right in front of us. We live for hating on black Detroiters, and a white mayor ain't gonna stop us.

      Never be deceived that the rich will permit you to vote away their wealth. - Lucy Parsons

      by cruz on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 07:29:00 AM PDT

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      •  No. (2+ / 0-)
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        dkmich, MichaelNY

        You say you grew up in and around Detroit so you must know of the racial divide at 8 mile. Look at all that money just sitting north of that divide. Why doesn't it want to wander south?

        You know the answer.

        •  I know many answers... (1+ / 0-)
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          MichaelNY

          Racism, disinvestment, capital flight, white flight, discrimination in jobs, education, and housing, a state government that consistently underfunds the city or refuses to pay what it owes, a criminal justice system that targets and abuses people of color...there are a lot of answers, but these are the most important as far as I'm concerned.

          Never be deceived that the rich will permit you to vote away their wealth. - Lucy Parsons

          by cruz on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 07:45:14 AM PDT

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          •  Nobody disagrees with any of that. (2+ / 0-)
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            Yoshimi, MichaelNY

            But to ignore the racial issues involving Detroit will not help.    We need Detroit to be diverse - not a poverty stricken and devastated wasteland in which to dump poor and mostly black people.   Hispanics in the city aren't even represented.    

            While all of your points are valid and true, it is akin to saying that passing Lilly Ledbetter is equal to fixing income inequality.   Both are good but not the same.  If you want to blur the line at 8 Mile, race relations will have to be addressed.

            What we need is a Democrat in the White House. Warren 2016

            by dkmich on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 07:59:52 AM PDT

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            •  Pretty much everything in that comment (1+ / 0-)
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              MichaelNY

              is about race and racism. I'm not ignoring the racial issues involving Detroit, I'm up to my f*cking neck in them. So I think you're missing what I'm saying.

              You're talking about "racial issues" as if there were two equal sides, bearing equal responsibility for where we are now. That's not the case; the city and its residents have been wronged, consistently and for decades. Not saying there aren't negative attitudes that make progress difficult, but I see it far more from white suburbanites.

              Never be deceived that the rich will permit you to vote away their wealth. - Lucy Parsons

              by cruz on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 09:33:32 AM PDT

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              •  I am not measuring or assigning blame at all (1+ / 0-)
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                Yoshimi

                I am simply saying that race is an issue and needs to be healed.  I think white bias against detroit is a major problem for Detroit and Duggan will help cross that divide.  

                What we need is a Democrat in the White House. Warren 2016

                by dkmich on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 09:59:15 AM PDT

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  •  straight ticket voting (3+ / 0-)
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    Woody, ChadmanFL, Odysseus

    If NC passed a shitty voting law, I imagine it's also been passed in other R controlled states.  The provision overlooked that is most likely to cause the most pain--slow down--is the elimination of straight ticket voting.  No longer can you check off a single box to vote for all candidates in the party of choice.  Thus, voters will be in the booths longer---causing long lines--dissuading many from voting.  Assuming booth placing games will be played in D districts, this will be the worst of the provisions.

    Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite. John Kenneth Galbraith .

    by melvynny on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 06:35:56 AM PDT

  •  any more info about Duggan (2+ / 0-)
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    Amber6541, dkmich

    what are his politics?  I assume (hope?) he isn't some kind of teabagger, but I haven't seen much about him other than the biographical bits about his business experience.  

    •  He was on the school board (2+ / 0-)
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      Short Bus, MichaelNY

      of the Education Achievement Authority, a state-run district in Detroit that has taken over property and buildings from Detroit Public Schools. It is steeped in controversy over poor conditions in the schools, terrible governance, and civil rights violations.

      Duggan was also CEO of the Detroit Medical Center, where he successfully busted a union organizing drive. So yeah, he's a strong Democrat. ;)

      Never be deceived that the rich will permit you to vote away their wealth. - Lucy Parsons

      by cruz on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 07:31:44 AM PDT

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    •  Not a bagger at all. And a Democrat. (3+ / 0-)
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      He was a former Deputy County Exec and prosecuting attorney.

      He's a local guy, not a carpetbagger as some stories may hint.  Graduated from Detroit Catholic Central.

      He was part of the McNamara regime, which I'm sure will come up, but he seems to have escaped that pretty cleanly.

      What I do know is that the Detroit Medical Center was in pretty bad shape when he took over and he did a pretty fantastic job of what seemed to be a ground-up restoration of the culture there, the facilities, process and procedures, etc.  Not just cosmetic stuff.  The DMC was bought by Vanguard a couple of years ago, but the terms of the deal included enormous investment in the city, including subsidized loans to encourage employees live within the city.

      I honestly think he cares and can work with State government without giving up the farm

      Another thing that I think will be beneficial is that the City Council will no longer be elected "at large", meaning that they will actually have to represent their own precincts for a change.  You care more about the streetlights not working when it's your own street.

  •  No mayor that uses violence against protestors (2+ / 0-)
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    can be considered a "progressive".

    Mayors that ordered attacks against Occupy protestors need to pay a political price. I don't even consider those mayors to be Democrats anymore and I will never vote for any of them if they run for higher office.

    Occupy Seattle is where an 84-year lady was pepper sprayed. When I looked into it though, it appears that Mayor McGinn called her and apologized, and questioned the use of excessive force, unlike mayors like Republican Rahm Emmanuel who attacked protestors without remorse.

    Still, the buck stops at the mayor's desk.

    We haven't forgotten about how many Democratic mayors ordered attacks against peaceful Occupy camps. It really showed which mayors stand for progressive values and which ones simply seek power for its own sake.

  •  WA-26 (0+ / 0-)

    Jan Angel-R is very popular in South Kitsap. I suspect the district was redrawn in her favor in 2010. And she is the state head of ALEC so has pretty much unlimited funds. she will be bad in the state senate and will run for gov someday. Derek Kilmer took care of Kitsap and was very supportive of the military, taught well by Norm Dicks.  This Nathan Schlicher hasn't really made himself known in Kitsap that I'm aware of.  The 26th is made of south Kitsap county and some of Pierce county.   You have to take care of both if you want to survive. Schlicher is from Pierce county and it shows.

    This will make the legislature even less effective than last year. They took two extra sessions to pass a budget because them r's wanted to kill the teachers union and do a bunch of ALEC work. As a condition of the budget.  WA is not as blue as people think. I am a bit afraid for the state.

    Be bold. Be courageous. Americans are counting on you. Gabby Giffords.

    by Leftleaner on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 11:14:11 AM PDT

    •  I think Schlicher will do better in Nov (0+ / 0-)

      and he has improved his standin even in the primary with late votes coming in. The race is now 54-45 with more Pierce County votes to be tallied today.

      The Democratic turnout in primaries is low and closing a 9 point gap in the months remaining could be difficult but not impossible. Schlicher has made himself quite  well known in parts of Kitsap and has a solid ground organization with alot of help from UFCW 141/21 (staff nurses).

      Health care cuts advocated by Angel will be a huge issue in the fall and UFCW and SEIU will be much more active in the fall campaign. The Harrison Hospital(Bremerton) merger with Franciscan Health Care announced today, will keep healthcare, especially women's healthcare in the district news. Schlicher, an emergency room doc and ally of the nurses in their labor battles with Franciscan will get some much needed free media.

      •  I hope you're right (0+ / 0-)

        but Jan Angel is formidable.  

        I used to see stuff about Kilmer in the Sun frequently, but haven't seen much about Schlicher at all.  I don't live in South Kitsap, so I hope I'm missing the action.  But 54-45 is not a good set of numbers.

        Be bold. Be courageous. Americans are counting on you. Gabby Giffords.

        by Leftleaner on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 05:43:26 PM PDT

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  •  Publicola? (0+ / 0-)

    (facepalm)  The now two Seattle Mayoral candidates actually have records.  Publicola is a gossip rag reporting on the various noises the candidates make to get votes.  Publicla's journalistic cred is pretty much nil...Oh well shilling for panderers is par for the course with so called media today.

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