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Cook Political Moves Five Gov. Races Toward GOP, Three Toward Democrats (Cook Political Report, Nat'l Journal, 10/29/10)
October 29, 2010
The Cook Political Report made ratings changes in eight gubernatorial races. Here is a breakdown.
Toward The GOP:
Texas Governor -- Toss Up to Lean R: GOP Gov. Rick Perry has successfully turned back a very competitive challenge from former Houston Mayor Bill White.
Georgia Governor -- Toss Up to Lean R: Despite carrying some heavy ethical baggage, former GOP Rep. Nathan Deal appears well-positioned to defeat former Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes. The question is whether Deal can get the 50 percent of the vote needed to avoid a run-off.
Wisconsin Governor -- Toss Up to Lean R: Aided by the political environment and an aggressive campaign, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker (R) has opened up a lead in the high single digits over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D).
New Mexico Governor -- Toss Up to Lean R: While Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish has run a solid campaign against Dona Ana County District Attorney Susana Martinez (R), she has had to fight against the political environment and her role as outgoing Gov. Bill Richardson's (D) second in command. Martinez is poised to become the state's first woman governor.
South Dakota Governor -- Likely R to Solid R: Nothing to see here. Republican Lt. Gov. Dennis Daugaard will win big.
Maryland Governor -- Toss Up to Lean D: Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley has opened up a lead over former GOP Gov. Bob Ehrlich, and seems assured of a second term.
New Hampshire GOvernor -- Toss Up to Lean D: Democratic Gov. John Lynch appears likely to avoid being a casualty of the Republican wave and will win an unprecedented fourth term.
Iowa Governor -- Likely R to Lean R: Polls show this race have closed. Former GOP Gov. Terry Branstad remains a clear favorite to unseat Democratic Gov. Chet Culver, but the outcome may be closer than many expect.
-- Edited by Eminence on Friday 29th of October 2010 06:22:33 PM
October 27, 2010Read @ AP.org
NJ governor stands by decision to kill tunnel
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- The biggest public works project in the U.S. - a $9 billion-plus train tunnel connecting New Jersey and New York City - is dead in its tracks. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday he is sticking by a decision announced earlier this month to kill the project because of runaway costs. He rejected a variety of financial proposals offered by the federal government to salvage the tunnel under the Hudson River, saying none of them fully relieved New Jersey of responsibility for overruns.
"It's a dollars-and-cents issue. I cannot place upon the citizens of the state of New Jersey an open-ended letter of credit," Christie said.
The decision to abandon construction more than a year after it began burnished the Republican governor's reputation as a cost-cutter but was criticized as foolishly shortsighted by transportation advocates, train riders, union leaders and some Democrats. It also leaves New Jersey with nothing but a $600 million hole in the side of the hill.
Continues @ AP.org
This, I believe, is a mistake. I like a lot of things Gov.Christie has done since getting elected... but this one, a flat no.
The NJ economy is hurting, bad. NJ people are hurting beyond belief, even as its companies are doing gangbusters great with the benefit of outsourcing job.
Travel to and from work in NJ is horrendous; the smog is growing.
If Gov.Christie thinks this will both save dollars for the NJ budget AND lead to job creation in NJ, he is wrong on that. He could have raised state level debt from public financing specifically for the project and repaid it with income from the proceeds of the tunnel and trains.
A couple of weeks ago, he had said he was killing the tunnel project; then at the urging of many economists, he said he would reconsider.
Stock market is doing quite good. Companies are making record profits and are doing just fine. Are there more jobs in the world? You betcha! They are not being created in the U.S. though.
Is the thought/rationale of Gov.Christie is that not creating the tunnell will lead to people working from home in NJ? Dream on Governor! They will be working from home in India (Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi and many more cities), Philippines, Puerto Rico, Ukraine, Latvia, .... Jobs are leaving the country by the thousands every day! I am serious! This is a fact.
Jobs that cannot be outsourced, that build and/or ease the infrastructure in the U.S. and make people's life a bit more liveable is what we need.
RI Gov Candidate Frank Caprio To Obama: Take Your Endorsement And "Shove It" (WPRO-AM, RCP Audio clip, 10/24/10)
October 25, 2010RI Gov Candidate To Obama: Take Your Endorsement And "Shove It"
WPRO-AM: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio is livid after the Providence Journal reported Monday morning President Obama would not endorse Caprio during his visit to the state today.
Continues at the link above where there is audio clip of the radio interview.
Go Frank Caprio!
October 25, 2010
President Barack Obama won’t endorse the Democratic nominee for governor in Rhode Island “out of respect” for Lincoln Chafee, the race’s independent candidate and former Republican senator, a White House spokesman said today.
We may remember that Frank Caprio was a strong Hillary supporter, so that may be one reason why Obama is siding with Chafee here, instead of the Democrat.
But as I kept looking at the name Chafee, I realized....that name is familiar to me. Then, it clicked. More about Obama and how he chafes for the Chafees. From FireDogLake, March 2010, regarding Obamacare:
Heritage Foundation plan from the '90s
So, first Obama sells out Democrats and Democratic values of universal health care….and instead saddles the country with a plan from ~ 20 years ago that was put forward by Republican John Chafee. The plan that Hillary REJECTED.
Then, when it comes time to support the Democrat in the RI gubernatorial race, Obama again sides with the ‘Republicans’, except this time it's John Chafee’s son, Lincoln Chafee.
GMAFB, what a load of crap!!! Get this phØny off the stage.
-- Edited by Eminence on Monday 25th of October 2010 08:08:59 PM
-- Edited by Eminence on Monday 25th of October 2010 08:15:45 PM
October 2, 2010
I know which one I would want representing me.
-- Edited by VotedHillary on Saturday 2nd of October 2010 02:02:24 PM
September 29, 2010This is such BS. The woman presented to the agency she was hired from both a SS card and CA drivers license. As someone who used to have to ask employees for ID that they were eligible for hire, both these documents the housekeeper provided are considered when provided in tandem proof they can be hired by INS rules.
I have no stake in the dog and pony show in CA as I am not a citizen of that state. But this is the same kind of crap that was thrown Hillary's way every time there was a surge for her.
Gloria Allred should be disbarred.
"As he investigates pension padding, AG Andrew Cuomo requests payroll data from 3 more CNY governments"(Syracuse,7/9/10)
July 10, 2010Read @ Syracuse.com
As he investigates pension padding, AG Andrew Cuomo requests payroll data from 3 more CNY governments
Published: Thursday, July 08, 2010, 6:20 PM Updated: Friday, July 09, 2010, 7:40 AMMichelle Breidenbach / The Post-Standard
Syracuse, NY - Attorney General Andrew Cuomo stopped on the Onondaga Community College campus Thursday to announce that there is enough evidence of pension padding by public employees in New York state that he has expanded his investigation.
Cuomo did not name any specific public employees, but said preliminary research shows that workers across the state are significantly, and possibly fraudulently, inflating their salaries with overtime in order to boost their pension payments after retirement.
Earlier this year, Cuomo collected payroll data from 64 state agencies, local agencies, municipalities and public authorities that participate in the Common Retirement Fund. His staff analyzed data from 50 of those entities and found that more than half showed patterns of pension padding.
He gave some examples without naming names. A highway maintenance employee went from no overtime in earlier years to working 539 hours of overtime in the final years before retirement. A firefighter went from no overtime in early years to working more than 2,000 hours of overtime in his final years.
Cuomo’s staff said it was a just a coincidence that Cuomo appeared on the OCC campus to talk about pension padding six months after a Post-Standard report about a sheriff’s deputy who boosted his overtime by working at the Central New York Police Academy at OCC.More at the link above.
Fraud like that simply takes more tax money from the taxpayers to pay their pension.
There is a fundamental problem in calculation of pension if it considers overtime in the final years. It is simply an invitation to defraud. If Overtime is to be considered, it should be the average overtime of their life's work or perhaps the last 15 years.
Meanwhile, I think AG Andrew Cuomo is very likely to win the Gov election in NY.
-- Edited by Sanders on Saturday 10th of July 2010 12:28:54 PM
May 14, 2010Read @ The Hill
N.J. gov. sets tone for US
05/12/10 05:45 PM ET-
In a movie version of this important story of our time, the bold, undaunted officeholder would look much like the boyish, handsome David Cameron — Great Britain’s new Conservative prime minister — who called on his countrymen Tuesday to embrace an “age of austerity.”
But this is America. So the fearless leader willing to be honest with voters, to part with what cannot be paid for, is actually not dashing, nor is he eloquent. He is an overweight Bruce Springsteen devotee, a former prosecutor with a remaining trace of a Turnpike accent who is intent on rescuing New Jersey. If he succeeds, Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) could become a major political force in the years to come, whether he likes it or not.
As the United States watches a debt crisis in Greece like a fiscal oil spill, waiting to see where it will spread first and when it will make landfall on our shores, Christie is tackling the nation’s worst state deficit — $10.7 billion of a $29.3 billion budget. In doing so, Christie has become the politician so many Americans crave, one willing to lose his job. Indeed, Christie is doing something unheard of: governing as a Republican in a blue state, just as he campaigned, making good on promises, acting like his last election is behind him.
Upon taking office Christie declared a state of emergency, signing an executive order that froze spending, and then, in eight weeks, cutting $13 billion in spending. In March he presented to the Legislature his first budget, which cuts 9 percent of spending, including more than $800 million in education funding; seeks to privatize numerous government functions; projects 1,300 layoffs; and caps tax increases.
I have spoken in person with a couple of people who said the austerity measures in NJ are brutal. People who never thought their jobs were at risk are being let go. It is cutting straight all the way into the bones of their government structure. But NJ's state of affairs seems to call for it. If this succeeds, it will set a new standard, for sure... but the going is not going to be pretty.. It is not pretty anywhere already.. so what's cutting down to the stumps may just give it the shock needed to revive it for a longer life.
2010 Gov-SC -- Jenny Sanford to campaign for Nikki Haley (R) for Gov, following outgoing Gov. Sanford (5/12/10)
May 12, 2010MSNBC Story
S.C. governor meets Argentine lover in Fla.
Affair ruined his marriage, wrecked his political career
On Friday, Jenny Sanford will campaign for state Rep. Nikki Haley in her GOP primary bid to replace Sanford and become the state's first woman chief executive.
Corrected title. Note that Gov. Sanford is term-limited and is not running.
-- Edited by Sanders on Thursday 13th of May 2010 11:20:51 PM
May 10, 2010
May 10, 2010
link to Ben Smith's comment on Politico.com
Who knows, in CA this may help Meg Whitman due to the high immigrant population there.. but by and large, people do support the AZ law and right to defend its order of illegal activities.
-- Edited by Sanders on Monday 10th of May 2010 04:42:05 PM
May 8, 2010
New York State’s No. 2 Is Stewing on the Sidelines
By DANNY HAKIM, Published: May 7, 2010ALBANY — While Gov. David A. Paterson met inside his office with aides to prepare for a recent news conference, his lieutenant governor, Richard Ravitch, was milling around outside, waiting for the appearance to begin.
“I don’t know what he is going to say,” Mr. Ravitch told a reporter.
A few minutes later, an aide beckoned Mr. Ravitch to join the governor in the office. But the door turned out to be locked, leaving the lieutenant governor of New York fumbling with the knob as cameras rolled. A week later, Mr. Ravitch referred to the episode as “the day that I couldn’t get through the door.”
Ten months after he was brought aboard the administration to bring it new seriousness and depth, Mr. Ravitch, 76, has been relegated to the sidelines, an awkward position for a man accustomed to being at the center of the action.
He has been unable to spur progress on the key assignment Mr. Paterson handed him: a long-term restructuring of how the state spends its money. The fiscal year ended a month ago, and it is unclear whether lawmakers will enact his plan.
Mr. Ravitch played a key role in the rescue of New York City from the brink of bankruptcy in the 1970s and hoped to offer similar assistance in the state’s hour of need. But an interview found him frustrated, impatient and at times almost astonished by how little alarm there was in the Capitol about the state’s grim financial outlook.
“This is like slow strangulation,” Mr. Ravitch said this week.
“Sure, I’m frustrated,” he added, “because, as of today at least, we’re not very close to solving this problem, and the problem compounds itself day to day, week to week, and there’s no way of avoiding pain.
“I don’t like to be the Cassandra all the time. It’s not fun.”
The lieutenant governor spends his days talking to lawmakers, budget staff members, labor leaders — corralling them in his lofty office abutting the Senate chamber or in the halls of the Capitol.
In March, Mr. Ravitch released his five-year financial rescue plan for the state, a broad proposal that called for a number for changes, including requiring the state to balance the budget under tougher accounting rules.
But to Mr. Ravitch’s consternation, much of the attention accorded the plan has focused on one aspect of it — a provision that would allow the state to borrow up to $2 billion this year to deal with its short-term financial distress. He says the plan is not simply a green light to borrow.
Though Mr. Paterson asked him to develop the plan, the governor never fully embraced it, setting off speculation in the Capitol that the relationship between the men was strained.
Mr. Ravitch and Mr. Paterson, who not so long ago was himself the lieutenant governor, say they have maintained a cordial personal relationship and socialize, often having dinner or drinks together at the Executive Mansion.
"This fractured leadership team is all too obvious to the NY-ers. Frankly, it was a bit of a hurried appointment of Lt.Governor last time when Gov.Patterson needed an extra vote for tie-breaker on his budget move. As to whether he is serious taking into consideration what is on the table from the good Lt.Governor for improving our expenditure patterns, we have absolutely no clue.. All I see is that local school budget is slashed so much that it is the equivalent of their ENTIRE physical education/sports department -- now that is county tax contributions being withdraw. Of course they inherit their headaches from the state tightening the screws. So, guess the impact on property taxes. It is atrocious!
April 14, 2010Read @ DailyKos.com
CA-Gov: Now The News...With Meg Whitman!
by Steve Singiser, Wed Apr 14, 2010 at 05:40:05 PM PDT
If California's TV news directors are lazy enough, and the Whitman for Governor campaign is industrious enough, expect to see a lot of MegTV on your local newcasts in the Golden State:
My goodness, how charitable of them.
There is precedent, of course, for giving news channels pre-packaged video news releases for consumption as actual news. Corporations (and the Bush administration) have used this practice in the past, leading to some unwanted attention from the FCC, who worried that such video news releases were often undisclosed by the news stations that ran them.
The Whitman campaign is claiming that they are trying to provide the state's media outlets with a service, one that will release them from the burden of sending reporters scrambling across the state.
This is, of course, bull****. And transparent bull****, at that.
The primary concern of Team Whitman is that their candidate is quite clearly deathly afraid of unscripted environments, particularly with the media.
So afraid is she of being confronted, on any topic, by reporters, that she is now offering the production services of her campaign staff as a substitute for having them even show up. It'd be funny if it weren't so sad.
I particularly do not like when those with aspiration of rising to political office take on news media channels in guise. If they want, they should spend their money and make it advertisement. To make them 'news' or stories or talk shows anchored/hosted by a political-hopeful or worse a candidate is just plain wrong.
We have to worry about this whether it is self-funded or sponsored. It creates lopsided 'news' that other media will be forced to cover simply because they are candidates/hopefuls. In other words, their "show" becomes news and that is not a good thing for the electorate.
If they want exposure, let them face the UNSCRIPTED forums where they are interviewed by journalists.
-- Edited by Sanders on Wednesday 14th of April 2010 10:11:37 PM
March 24, 2010ABC News - WJLA.com
Source: Robert Ehrlich to Run for Governor
posted 03/24/10 4:22 pm producer: Markham Evans
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Former Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich (web | news | bio) has decided to make another run for the governor's office, an informed source tells ABC 7 News.
A spokesman for Ehrlich said he could not confirm or deny our source's information.
"I think everybody is expecting the former governor will enter the race,' he said. "Everybody is prepared and everybody looks forward to a debate on the issues."
Ehrlich was elected governor in 2002, becoming the first Republican chief executive in a generation. He lost his 2006 re-election bid to the state's current governor, Martin O'Malley.
"He was OK, but I'm happy with present governor," said Susan Hottle-Schultz.
Continues @ WJLA.com
March 11, 2010
Meg Whitman Can Run a Company, But Can She Govern?By Debra Saunders, March 11, 2010
It took me five months to get my first interview with former eBay CEO and California GOP gubernatorial hopeful Meg Whitman, and when I did, it was after a press event where the news reporters were not allowed to ask questions. Swell.
Her supersize campaign has been rolling her out like an Easter egg. She has been in a shell -- for which she has paid handsomely. She has contributed nearly $40 million to her campaign, yet she told me she and her husband, Griff Harsh IV, fly coach, "because it's cheaper."
The big question is: Can she govern? She has a background that might help. Her book, "The Power of Many," co-written with Joan O'C. Hamilton, presents a methodical troubleshooter whose first job as a newly minted Harvard MBA was to figure out how big the hole should be on a shampoo bottle. She trained to become the kind of management consultant "who can go into virtually any kind of business, analyze the situation and come up with an effective plan to solve problems and achieve goals." When working with a food-service company, her team studied the "physical movements of cooks and waitstaff" and came up with "a method to save hours of food preparation time by washing potatoes in dishwashers."
It's this creative yet methodical approach that is lacking in the administration of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, for whom budgeting has been a matter more of art -- well, of special effects -- than of science.
But can a former CEO who once cut costs by fiat learn how to cut deals with a big-spending liberal Legislature? Whitman and Harsh plan to move to Sacramento, buy a house and put down roots. She wants get to know all the lawmakers by name. Could she name some lawmakers with whom she could work? State Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Thousand Oaks, and Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego. But she believes she can help Democrats by making them "heroes" if they work with her to keep employers from leaving California.
Whitman acknowledged that she recently told KNBC that she would "veto virtually" all bills that do not advance her three priorities of creating jobs, slashing government and reforming public schools.
Whitman believes the key to balancing the budget is boosting the economy, but she also wants to pare state government by some 40,000 employees -- by the most popular method of all, attrition.
Have you ever negotiated with unions? Whitman answered, "I have not directly negotiated with unions; we had union members when I worked at Hasbro."
There were no eBay unions. What is more, Whitman never has gone toe to toe with the public employee unions who have blocked Schwarzenegger's reforms in the past.
This is where Whitman's "right person, right job, right time" management mantra comes in. When I asked about the public furor likely to follow if she were perceived as a veto-happy obstructionist governor, Whitman replied, "Or not. I actually think the public might be thrilled to death."
"If your ratings go down, it's OK," she said. And: "You will never be popular in a turnaround." Yet her model of an executive-turned-politician is New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg -- and he is popular. And in her mind, California needs a turnaround. After she had been at eBay a few years, Whitman said, the executive staff began to wonder: If we had to start eBay all over again, would we do it in California?
Which state would you pick? I asked. She answered, "Probably Texas."
"Full article @ RCP
Hmm... I am getting a mixed read. A management consultant who does motion studies and root cause analysis... but has no expertise in labor negotiation.. and believes she can cut CA state employment by 40k heads by attrition.. she wants to increase businesses in CA but would have started in Texas instead? She donates $40M to campaign and calls travelling economy a cost consideration.... She comes across as pretentious.
eBay's business model is NOT rocket science. There is NO manufacturing there. No major core competencies... She has really lucked out in moving a garage sale into an online venture and expanding that into an online selling service for all things old as well as "new". eBay is indeed the intermediary. I am sure she has the same type of issues to handle as any executive in an internet based service provider company - but hers is the lightest of them all as there is no manufacturing, in-house product warehousing.. no inventory management...
We may have an issue of how much she really knows about governing and tough negotiations. Union relations is very hard!
NJ Gov Chris Christie "A leader opts for painful honesty in the Garden State" (Ron Smith, The Baltimore Sun, 3/5/10)
March 5, 2010"
In these times of economic distress, massive job losses, shrunken businesses, bloated governments and runaway public spending, we've been waiting for some politician (other than Ron Paul) to stand and tell the truth. Politicians excel at "kicking the can down the road" -- that is, postponing the inevitable reckoning for unsustainable spending until they are either safely out of office or dead.
But behold! The newly elected governor of New Jersey, Republican Chris Christie, stood in front of 200 of his state's mayors last week and told them basically that there is no more road down which to kick that proverbial can. In his speech at the New Jersey League of Municipalities, Mr. Christie began by calling the legislature's $29 billion budget something out of "Alice in Wonderland." He told the collected hizzoners that the old game of tax and spend was over. He described unhappy meetings in his treasurer's office, where he was presented with 378 possible freezes and lapses to be used to balance the budget. He accepted 375 of them. (Emphasis added)
More @ The Baltimore Sun
I am impressed with Gov.Chris Christie of NJ. It takes guts to do that. I was impressed with him during his campaign.. This is faster move than even I had expected. Good on Gov.Christie!
We shall see what all he has cut! Wow 375 of 378 possible freezes! Yikes! It's going to be a rough road for NJ, but Gov.Christie sure seems committed to getting NJ's budget back into shape.
2010 Gov-NY "It's time to go, Dave" (NYPost 2/26/10) "Paterson drops his re-elect bid" (Washington Examiner 2/26/10)
February 26, 2010
"It's time to go, Dave" (Front page headline this morning)
Editorial, Last Updated: 8:53 AM, February 26, 2010, Posted: February 26, 2010
It's time for David Paterson to close out his role in one of the strangest episodes in New York history -- and turn over the affairs of state to his lieutenant governor, Richard Ravitch.
We don't prescribe this lightly.
But new developments make it painfully clear that the accidental governor lacks the credibility to effectively see New York through its current crises.
And that he has no hope of gaining it.
"More . . .
Paterson drops his re-elect bid
By: David Freddoso
February 22, 2010
"Politics in Texas
Rick Perry is poised to win Texas’s Republican primary for the governorship—for the third time. Where might that take him next?
Feb 18th 2010 | PLANO | From The Economist print edition
ON FEBRUARY 15th several hundred conservative activists gathered in Plano, a suburb of Dallas, for a town-hall meeting. It was the sort of crowd where people discuss how to make their own ammunition because bullets are so expensive. In a side room Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, chatted to The Economist as he got ready to make his speech. He mocked Barack Obama’s expensive stimulus package, and said if he was in charge of federal spending the departments of energy and education would be the first to go. When he went on, the crowd loved him.
Mr Perry faces a gubernatorial primary on March 2nd. A Rasmussen poll on February 1st gave him a 15-point lead over his closest opponent for the Republican nomination, the state’s senior senator, Kay Bailey Hutchison. As Mr Perry puts it, “It has followed the game plan rather closely.”
What was supposed to be a showdown between two Republican heavies has turned into a rout. A year ago Mrs Hutchison was the most popular politician in Texas, a moderate serving her fourth term in the Senate. Mr Perry was in his third term, having ascended from the lieutenant-governor’s seat in 2000 when George Bush won the presidency. But he was re-elected in 2006 with just 39% of the vote, earning only a plurality in a field split between himself, a Democrat, a conservative independent and a singing Jewish cowboy, Kinky Friedman, now angling for agriculture commissioner.
In recent years Mr Perry had angered his conservative base by suggesting that schoolgirls should get mandatory vaccines against the human papilloma virus, which is sexually transmitted, and that toll roads would be the solution to Texas’s transport woes. Early polls showed Mrs Hutchison well ahead. She reeled in big endorsements from most of the leading newspapers and much of the Republican establishment. Republicans and Democrats alike were openly scoffing at Mr Perry’s prospects. No longer. Barring something bizarre, Mr Perry will cruise through the primary in his bid to remain governor of America’s second-largest state.
Blame or thank Washington for that. A year ago, the nation was aflush with Obama fever, the District of Columbia was briefly gilded with glamour and Mr Perry’s insistence that Mrs Hutchison was too tied to the federal capital did not resonate much. Over the months his argument has come to look obvious. Conservatives around the country are howling about federal spending and the growth of the state. In Texas those arguments have a special force: unemployment has been well below the national average since the recession started, and although the state has received some $7 billion of federal stimulus to patch up the budget, there is still $9 billion untouched in its “rainy day” fund.
To be sure, some Texas Republicans are sick of both options. That became clear when Debra Medina entered the race. Mrs Medina is a nurse who worked for the presidential campaign of Ron Paul, a libertarian. She packed an entire political career into just a few months, moving from unknown to underdog to phenomenon to flame-out. At one point there was even speculation that she could force a Perry-Medina run-off. But then, on February 11th, Mrs Medina went on Glenn Beck’s radio show and said that some good questions had been raised about the American government’s role in the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001.
What next? Mrs Hutchison has said that she will resign from the Senate after the primary, no matter what happens, leading to a possibly exciting Senate race. And after the primary Mr Perry will have to tweak his game plan. The vaccines and the toll roads are old news, and they will carry less weight in the general election than in the Republican primary. But Mrs Hutchison has raised some serious arguments against Mr Perry, particularly the idea that 14 years is too long for one person to hold power; Mr Perry is already the longest-serving governor in Texas’s history. (Emphasis added)
Sen.Kay Hutchison's DC home is already on the market. So, there is a TX Senate race to watch.
Do you think Gov.Perry might run for 2012? If so, what are his chances?
-- Edited by Sanders on Monday 22nd of February 2010 10:13:08 PM
February 21, 2010
"February 21, 2010
Governator to Governess?By Debra Saunders
Earlier this month, former Gov. Pete Wilson sent out a letter calling on good Republicans to "unite" behind former eBay CEO Meg Whitman's bid for governor. A largely Democratic effort had been formed to raise $40 million to defeat the billionaire candidate, which Wilson argued, forced Team Whitman to launch its general election campaign early.
It was an arrogant move -- calling the GOP primary before a single voter has cast a ballot in the June 8 election. Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner is still in the race. No wonder Poizner recently told me, "She wants to be ordained."
After pouring $39 million of her own money into her campaign, Whitman has blanketed the airwaves with commercials and, as a result, has been trouncing Poizner in the polls. Poizner, who is also rich and put about $19 million into his effort, has preferred to campaign using free media, including debates with former rival Tom Campbell (which Whitman skipped). Poizner wants to debate at the GOP convention in March. Whitman says no.
I reached Wilson on his cell phone Wednesday to ask: How can a candidate who never has run for office, and ducked every debate to date, dare to try to elbow out of the primary the one candidate who has won statewide office?Wilson answered that even though Whitman is skipping a debate at the March GOP convention, she has agreed to a later debate. I should understand, he said, that Whitman is doing what all savvy candidates, including the likely Democratic nominee, Attorney General Jerry Brown, do -- limiting debates and press interviews. "You don't accept every one," Wilson explained, using his why-do-I-even-have-to-say-this voice. "I think this is small potatoes, Debra."
is doing what all savvy candidates, including the likely Democratic nominee, Attorney General Jerry Brown, do -- limiting debates and press interviews. "You don't accept every one," Wilson explained, using his why-do-I-even-have-to-say-this voice. "I think this is small potatoes, Debra."
Indeed, protesters turned out to picket against Whitman on Tuesday night as she addressed the Commonwealth Club in Lafayette. Big Labor and big Democrats have put together an independent expenditure effort called Level the Playing Field 2010 -- an allusion to Whitman's supersize wealth, if an odd title for a group dedicated to outspending any entity that tries to introduce fiscal discipline to Sacramento.
Inside, the Commonwealth Club moderator was a chummy fellow who asked only one tough question about her spotty voting record. (Whitman responded with a mea culpa.)
In the course of some 100 minutes, Whitman proposed a moratorium on new regulations, loosening workplace rules and enacting "targeted tax relief" to keep businesses in California. She pledged to interview her top 300 appointees personally, with one-third coming from the private sector.
Like Poizner, Whitman argues that job creation will have to take care of the state's fiscal woes in the long run. In the end, I was skeptical of her call for tax cuts (in the face of a $20-billion state budget shortfall) and of her proposals for balancing the budget, in part through hiring attrition. But I also thought she understands what employers need to keep them in California, hopefully hiring more workers.
I still don't know why GOP voters are supposed to trust Whitman to take on Jerry Brown, when they don't even know if she can outtalk Poizner.
I wondered afterward if maybe Team Whitman should try to make a virtue out of her strong-arm tactics. After all, the next governor is going to have to cut state spending in ways that will invite the wrath of entrenched political forces that usually get their way. (Hence the growth in state government by about 30 percent under both Govs. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gray Davis.)
February 20, 2010
Beleaguered NY Gov. Paterson launches election bidBy FRANK ELTMAN , 02.20.10, 04:04 PM EST
or two weeks, aides have been wrestling unsubstantiated rumors about the governor's personal life and, in the past week, publicly criticized a lengthy New York Times profile that portrayed Paterson as distracted and disengaged.
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- David Paterson launched his campaign for a full four-year term as governor Saturday with a combative campaign speech that mocked recent reports about his job performance and personal life.
"After all you have heard, there's one rumor I will confirm: I am running for governor this year," Paterson said to a crowd of about 400 at Hofstra University. "They haven't knocked us down yet, and they never will."
Conceding he's had a "difficult past few weeks," Paterson said he intends to press ahead.
"Innuendo and ridicule and false rumors, they leave a long and lasting effect. And it's no surprise that it comes in the middle of a budget process where special interests have a lot to lose, and at the beginning of a campaign," Paterson said to cheers. "This is not about me. This is about the people of the state of New York."
Paterson's announcement makes him the first Democrat in the race, but probably not the last.
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is expected to challenge Paterson in a primary. Cuomo is more popular in polls, among Democrats and, perhaps most importantly, with well-heeled campaign donors. He's sitting on a $16 million campaign account and hasn't even said yet whether he'll run; Paterson has about $3 million.
Leaked reports last September said President Barack Obama was among those who have pressured Paterson to step aside in the name of party unity.
Reflecting the possibility of an internal party fight, the lone politician on stage with Paterson on Saturday was the mayor of the village of Hempstead, Wayne Hall. Some Nassau County Democratic legislators and other local officials were in the audience.More . . .
February 17, 2010
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said yesterday she will not run for governor, ending months of speculation and clearing the Democratic primary field for Attorney General Jerry Brown.
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
A Rasmussen poll out yesterday found Feinstein and Brown performing about the same against Republicans Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner.
February 17, 2010
Zsa Zsa's husband wants to add a flamboyant touch to Calif. governor's race — himself
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - What the world already knows of Prince Frederic von Anhalt reads like a tabloid writer's dream: eighth husband of Zsa Zsa Gabor, lover (never confirmed) of Anna Nicole Smith, self-proclaimed member of European royalty.
The flamboyant socialite says he'll add a new title on Wednesday: California gubernatorial candidate.
Von Anhalt and his attorney said they will file his candidate papers in late morning at the secretary of state's office in Sacramento.
If he follows through, von Anhalt would be the only independent in a field that includes Republicans Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner and the presumed Democratic candidate, Attorney General Jerry Brown.
He already has a platform (titled "Return the Good Life to California") that is sure to win favor with a certain segment of California's electorate. He wants to lift the import ban on Cuban cigars, then tax them, and reduce vehicle-registration fees, making up the difference in part by taxing "bad drivers."
He also is offering what he says are realistic proposals that will have an immediate effect on California's $20 billion budget deficit.
One proposal is a "sin tax" on alcoholic beverages and cigarettes, as well as marijuana and prostitution, which, under his platform, would be legalized.
"Marijuana is a big industry already," von Anhalt said in a telephone interview from his home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Bel Air, where he cares for his 93-year-old wife. "Let's legalize it, tax it, make some money and put less people in jail."
A statewide initiative to legalize and tax marijuana is likely to appear on the November ballot.
He also favors repealing the ban on gay marriage, which voters wrote into the state constitution in 2008.
February 16, 2010
By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press, Posted on 02/16/2010
Lamont announces his candidacy for governor
HARTFORD: Ned Lamont announced Tuesday he is a candidate for Connecticut governor, vowing to build on the excitement of his 2006 Senate bid and rejuvenate the state's flagging economy.
Addressing more than 100 enthusiastic supporters, including many who backed his challenge of Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Greenwich businessman called on the crowd to join his latest political fight.
The Connecticut governor's race appears to be wide open since Gov. M. Jodi Rell, a Republican, announced she would not run for re-election. Besides Lamont, there are four other Democratic candidates -- former Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy, Simsbury First Selectwoman Mary Glassman, Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi and health care advocate Juan Figueroa -- seeking the party nomination.
The four still have exploratory committees and have not yet officially committed to running for governor. There are also at least eight Republicans, including Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele, who are running or considering a run for governor.
Some of Lamont's Democratic opponents criticized the wealthy businessman, who spent $16 million of his own money in the Senate race, for announcing Tuesday he is opting out of Connecticut's public campaign financing program.
"I'm a big believer in clean campaigns but I'm not going to go into this battle with one arm tied behind my back," said Lamont, who founded a cable television company that services colleges and universities.
At least one Republican candidate, Greenwich businessman Tom Foley, has opted out of the voluntary system -- which limits how much money candidates can raise and spend -- and committed to spending millions of his own money.
Malloy has called on Lamont to abide by the spending limits contained in the campaign financing law.
Glassman said she is proud to participate in the state's public campaign financing system, which is currently in limbo because of a federal court ruling.
"Most people in Connecticut aren't millionaires. They work for a living and so do I," she said. "The Democratic Party has always represented these people and I believe Democrats need to be certain our candidate will continue to represent all of Connecticut and not just a moneyed few."
A Quinnipiac Poll from January showed that 27 percent of registered Democrats would back Lamont in a primary.
February 16, 2010
Election 2010: California Governor
California Governor: Brown 43%, Whitman 43%
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman now runs dead even with likely Democratic nominee Jerry Brown in California’s gubernatorial contest.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely California voters finds Republican hopeful Whitman and Brown tied with 43% each. Six percent (6%) like some other candidate, and eight percent (8%) are undecided.
Brown continues to maintain a double-digit lead – 46% to 34% - over the other leading Republican in the contest, State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner. Seven percent (7%) like another candidate, and 13% are undecided. Last month, Brown was ahead 45% to 35%, and in November, he had a 43% to 32% lead over Poznier.
Some Democrats have speculated that Senator Dianne Feinstein would make a stronger Democratic gubernatorial nominee. But Feinstein, who has expressed no public interest in the race, runs comparably against both Republicans.
The senator earns 45% of the vote to Whitman’s 43% and leads Poizner 48% to 36%. This is a marginally stronger showing for Feinstein that a month ago. In both contests, five percent (5%) or less prefer another candidate, and roughly 10% are undecided.
Feinstein’s partner in the Senate, incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer, is in surprisingly tight reelection races with three potential Republican challengers for the second month in a row.More . . .
February 12, 2010
Election 2010: Pennsylvania Governor
Pennsylvania Governor: GOP’s Corbett Well Head of Three Potential Opponents
Thursday, February 11, 2010
State Attorney General Tom Corbett continues to hold big leads over three potential Democratic rivals in this year’s race for governor in Pennsylvania.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state shows Corbett leading former Congressman Joe Hoeffel 51% to 29%. Against Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato, he leads 52% to 26%. When State Auditor Jack Wagner is his Democratic opponent, Corbett is ahead 49% to 28%.
However, in all three match-ups, at least 15% of voters remain undecided at this point.
Last month, Corbett, by far the leading GOP gubernatorial contender, held roughly two-to-one leads over four potential Democrats but earned less than 50% support in every match-up.
Incumbent Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter remains barely over 50% but still holds a 15-point lead over his Democratic Primary challenger, Congressman Joe Sestak. Little is changed this month in Pennsylvania’s overall race for the Senate, with Republican hopeful Pat Toomey still ahead of Specter by nine points.
Both parties will choose their Senate and gubernatorial candidates in May 18 primaries.
Male voters favor Corbett by substantial margins over any of the Democrats. Women voters also prefer the Republican by anywhere from seven to 13 points. Voters not affiliated with either major party support Corbett by sizable double-digit margins.
Corbett is viewed very favorably by 17% of Pennsylvania voters, while only five percent (5%) hold a very unfavorable opinion of him. Eighteen percent (18%) have no opinion of him yet.
Ten percent (10%) have a very favorable opinion of Onoroato, while the identical number (10%) view him very unfavorably.
Hoeffel is viewed very favorably by eight percent (8%) and very unfavorably by 14%.
For Wagner, very favorables total five percent (5%) and very unfavorables seven percent (7%).
One-in-three Pennsylvania voters don't know enough about any of the Democratic candidates to give even a soft favorable or unfavorable opinion of him at this point.More . . .
February 13, 2010
Dave the Camelot killer
Last Updated: 4:19 AM, February 13, 2010
Posted: February 13, 2010==========================
Dont give all the credit to Dave Paterson, now! How about Patrick Kennedy's dinging of Scott Brown victory as a "joke"? It was not the kind of foo-foo you expect from a power center/dynasty's sole rep. He failed to carry the water for the rest of them... who were already fading out. Hmmm... Perhaps Ted Kennedy knew he needed Caroline Kennedy to rescue the dynasty. Yeah, Dave may have some thinking to do. Perhaps so does Caroline!! LOL.
-- Edited by Sanders on Saturday 13th of February 2010 01:40:14 PM
February 12, 2010
Debra Medina’s Texas-size momentumBy DAVID CATANESE | 2/12/10 4:45 AM EST
-- Edited by Sanders on Friday 12th of February 2010 10:08:53 PM
February 10, 2010
David Paterson tries to turn rumors to his favorBy BEN SMITH | 2/9/10 7:02 PM EST More . . .
February 9, 2010
by Ben Smith, February 08, 2010
Governor David Paterson will sit down for an interview with The New York Times tomorrow, a person familiar with the plan tells me, as his state chatters about an as-yet unpublished retrospective of his difficult year in office.
Paterson's style of running his public and private life have been issues since long before Eliot Spitzer made him lieutenant governor.
But the New York Post's Fred Dicker today summed up the state of play in Albany: complaints from insiders — growing noisier in the wake of the award of a gambling contract to a key state politico — about Paterson's "lack of focus on critical issues, his poor work habits and late-night, booze-fueled 'disappearances' at trendy nightclubs and undisclosed locations — when even his state police bodyguards don't know where he is [and] his penchant for spreading false rumors about aides and a peculiar reliance on two little-known assistants."
I don't have any first-hand reporting on what the Times is working on, and a spokeswoman for the paper, Diane McNulty, declined to comment.The Times's internal standards, it's worth noting, require the kind of tight sourcing that would make allegations like those in Dicker's piece, particularly anonymous ones, about personal behavior hard to get into print. "
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February 8, 2010
Palin backs Perry over Hutchison
02/08/10 11:13 AM ET-
Sarah Palin knocked Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) as a Washington insider during a rally with Gov. Rick Perry (R) in Houston Sunday.
"So on March 2 you have a clear choice," Palin said during her first campaign appearance of 2010. "I want to hear Texas, what's it gonna be: the way they operate in D.C. or the way y'all get things done in Texas?"
Perry, already the state's longest-serving governor, is seeking a third term. He faces Hutchison in next month's GOP primary.