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BLOG ARCHIVE: MAY 1-15, 2006

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MONDAY NEWS UPDATE.

BY THE NUMBERS: LATEST INDEPENDENT POLLS.
ARKANSAS - GOVERNOR: Attorney General Mike Beebe (D) - 49%, former Congressman Asa Hutchinson (R) - 38%. (Rasmussen Reports).
MISSOURI - US SENATE: US Senator Jim Talent (R) - 43%, State Auditor Claire McCaskill (D) - 40%. (Rasmussen Reports).
NEBRASKA - US SENATE: US Senator Ben Nelson (D) - 54%, former Ameritrade COO Pete Ricketts (R) - 35%. (Rasmussen Reports).
PENNSYLVANIA - GOVERNOR: Governor Ed Rendell (D) - 55%, retired pro football player Lynn Swann (R) - 33%. (Quinnipiac University).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.15.06 | Permalink |

UTAH: CONGRESSMAN CANNON LOSES AT CONVENTION, TO FACE PRIMARY.
In CD-3, five-term Congressman Chris Cannon (R) unexpectedly placed second this weekend at his District Republican Convention and was forced into a June 27 primary. Candidates were required to score a super-majority of 60% to avoid a primary. On the first ballot, bombastic former Congressman Merrill Cook finished third and was eliminated. On the second ballot, wealthy developer John Jacob won with 52%, followed by Cannon at 48%. Jacob -- who espouses an immigration position similar to the Frist/Tancredo line -- attacked Cannon as not being sufficiently conservative and supporting amnesty for illegal immigrants. Cannon gave a nuanced answer that didn't please many delegates: "We have to turn off the the sound bites and the pretending that there's an easy fix [to illegal immigration]." The CD-3 seat is safely Republican, so the winner of the Cannon-Jacob primary should be a safe bet for November. In CD-2, State Representative LaVar Christensen easily won the GOP nomination with 84% of the convention vote against two rivals. Christensen will next face Congressman Jim Matheson (D) in November. Race rating: DEM Favored. There were no nomination contests in CD-1.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.15.06 | Permalink |

FLORIDA: FEDERAL FILING CLOSES, HARRIS DRAWS 3 CHALLENGERS.
Florida has an oddly bifurcated filing process, with federal and judicial candidates filing for the primary in May and all other candidates filing in July -- although all of them are running in the same September 5 primary. Congresswoman Katherine Harris must get past three GOP primary foes before she can earn the right to face US Senator Bill Nelson (D) in November. Retired Navy officer LeRoy Collins Jr., the 71-year-old son of legendary Florida Governor LeRoy Collins (D), filed against Harris. Still, Collins cannot count on much inherited name recognition, as his progressive father died in 1991 and hadn't appeared on a state ballot since a failed US Senate run in the 1968. Wealthy developer Peter Monroe and attorney Will McBride also filed against Harris. McBride may benefit from some name confusion, as attorney Bill McBride -- unrelated -- was the Democratic nominee for Governor in 2002. Four Independents and two write-in candidates also qualified for the US Senate seat. The hot races to watch this fall include the contests in CD-8 (Keller vs. Hartage or Stuart), CD-9 (Bilirakis Jr vs. Busansky), CD-11 (open), CD-13 (open), CD-16 (Foley vs. Mahoney) and CD-22 (Shaw vs. Klein: one of the "Top 10" races in the nation). Four congressional incumbents were reelected without any opposition: Allen Boyd (D), Corrine Brown (D), Robert Wexler (D), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D). Click here to view the Florida filings.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.15.06 | Permalink |

NEVADA: FILING CLOSES, LOTS OF CROWDED CONTESTS.
Candidate filing for all races closed on Friday, with lots of crowded contests. In the open gubernatorial race, Congressman Jim Gibbons is a prohibitive favorite in the GOP primary against Lieutenant Governor Lorraine Hunt, State Senator Bob Beers, porn star Melody Damayo and retired janitor Stan Lusak. As a porn actress, Damayo is better known by the stage name of Mimi Miyagi. On the Democratic side, State Senate Minority Leader Dina Titus, Henderson Mayor Jim Gibson and liberal activist Leola McConnell are running. US Senator John Ensign (R) and Presidential scion Jack Carter (D) both are expected to easily win their primaries before meeting in November. In the open CD-2 race, three heavyweight Republicans and a viable Democrat filed. In CD-3, Congressman Jon Porter (R) drew a credible challenge from former congressional aide Tessa Hafen (D), but Porter remains favored. The conservative Independent American Party -- a state affiliate of the Constitution Party -- impressively filed a complete slate of candidates. Libertarians also filed for many offices, and the Greens filed a candidate for Governor. Click here to view the Nevada filings.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.15.06 | Permalink |

WISCONSIN: THOMPSON SKIPS GUV RACE, LOOKING AT TWO OTHERS.
Former four-term Governor Tommy Thompson (R) -- who later served as HHS Secretary in President George W. Bush's Cabinet -- announced Sunday he will not run against Governor Jim Doyle (D). Thompson finally ended his open musings about jumping in the race and endorsed Congressman Mark Green (R) for Governor. Thompson's spokesman said there will be another announcement later this week about Thompson's plans for the US Senate race. Republicans have tried to get Thompson interested in challenging incumbent Herb Kohl (D), although Thompson is expected to also pass on that race. Thompson instead emphasized this weekend that his real focus is on the 2008 White House contest. "I do want to run for President. I would love to be able to get my ideas [on health care] in front of a bigger audience, because I know I'm right ... It doesn't mean I'm going to run, but I want to," said Thompson.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.15.06 | Permalink |

NEW MESSAGE FROM RON: A CHANGE OF PLANS.
I've spent the past week thinking a lot about making a race for Broward County Court Judge here in South Florida. I received a great amount of support from elected officials, labor leaders, community leaders and others, and I collected a bunch of financial pledges -- and, at least as of this weekend, it still appears reasonably likely I would run unopposed. Clearly, 2006 appears likely to be my best chance to reach the bench. However, I'm NOT going to run for judge this year. As much as I would love to serve as a judge, my heart tells me I cannot and should not leave the world of politics at this crucial time. I have much to contribute to the political process -- both in campaigns and here in this blog -- in helping the Democrats regain control of our state and nation. I cannot sit back and watch civil liberties and privacies eroded; to read daily of the additional Americans tragically killed overseas in a war were mislead into fighting; and to see our nation rapidly slipping towards a reactionary future state that truly scares me. I need to continue fighting this fight on the proverbial "barricades" -- even if it means I may never get to realize my dream of someday serving on the bench. If that is my fate, so be it. But, as it says in the Bible, what will it profit a man to gain the whole world but lose his own soul? I would always feel guilty if I walked away from this fight for America's soul just for the personal gain of landing a great job. I want to work to elect a Democratic Governor here in Florida and a Democratic majority in Congress this year. I want to work to elect Russ Feingold President in 2008. So now it's back to the 2006 races and back to Politics1!

PS - Thank you, Dana, for publishing the site for the past week! I particularly liked Dana's way of doing the daily polls (although I'll do it with a slight modification in the layout of the results when there are variant polls). All in all: a job well done, Dana!
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.15.06 | Permalink |

FREE SPEECH ZONE.
Just my two cents, but whatever respect I once had for John McCain's political "independence" and "courage" is now entirely exhausted after his weekend love-fest with Jerry Falwell ... Conservative media mogul and Fox News Channel owner Rupert Murdoch is hosting a fundraiser for the reelection of US Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY). As HRC remains the leading villain on Fox, and Murdoch was part of the "vast right-wing conspiracy" HRC once blasted, this event is utterly inexplicable ... and, finally, kudos to State Assemblyman Richard Brodsky (D-NY), who announced this weekend he is ending his race for Attorney General in order to donate a kidney to his ailing 14-year-old daughter.

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.15.06 | Permalink |

WEEKEND OPEN THREAD.

FREE SPEECH ZONE.
Stay tuned for a surprise coming for Politics1 on Monday.
Posted by Dana Buker - 05.13.06 | Permalink |

FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE.

BY THE NUMBERS: LATEST INDEPENDENT POLLS.
ARIZONA - US CONGRESS (CD-5): Congressman J.D. Hayworth (R) - 50%, State Sen. Harry Mitchell (D) - 45%. (SurveyUSA/KPNX/TV).
CALIFORNIA - US HOUSE (CD-50 SPECIAL ELECTION):
Ex-Congressman Brian Bilbray (R) - 45%, college professor Francine Busby (D) - 45%, Others - 9%. (SurveyUSA/KGTV-TV).
MICHIGAN - GOVERNOR:
Billionaire businessman Dick DeVos (R) - 46%, Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) - 45%. (EPIC/MRA).
NEW YORK - GOVERNOR: Attorney General Eliot Spitzer (D) - 70%, ex-Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld (R) - 20%. Spitzer - 70%, ex-State Assembly Minority Leader John Faso (R) - 20%. (Marist College/WNBC).
NEW YORK - US SENATE: US Senator Hillary Clinton (D) - 63%, Ex-Yonkers Mayor John Spencer (R) - 33%. (Marist College/WNBC).
NEW YORK - US SENATE - REPUBLICAN PRIMARY: Ex-Yonkers Mayor John Spencer - 26%, Ex-Defense Department official Kathleen McFarland - 14%, attorney Bill Brenner - 13%. (Marist College/WNBC).
OREGON - GOVERNOR - DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY: Governor Ted Kulongoski - 49%, Ex-State Treasurer Jim Hill -25%, Lane County Commissioner Pete Sorenson - 15%. (SurveyUSA/KATU-TV).
OREGON - GOVERNOR - REPUBLICAN PRIMARY: Ex-Portland School Board Member Ron Saxton - 40%, Ex-State Republican Chairman Kevin Mannix - 27%, State Sen. Jason Atkinson - 17%, Others - 11%. (SurveyUSA/KATU-TV).
PENNSYLVANIA - US SENATE - DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY: State Treasurer Bob Casey Jr. - 62%, college professor Chuck Pennacchio - 4%, attorney Alan Sandals - 2%. (Quinnipiac University).
VERMONT - GOVERNOR: Governor Jim Douglas (R) - 53%, ex-State Sen. Scudder Parker (D) - 15%. (Research 2000/WCAX-TV).
VERMONT - US SENATE: Congressman Bernie Sanders (Independent) - 61%, businessman Rich Tarrant (R) - 24%. Sanders - 64%, USAF veteran Greg Parke (R) - 22%. (Research 2000/WCAX-TV).
WEST VIRGINIA - US SENATE: US Senator Robert C. Byrd (D) - 57%, businessman John Raese (R) - 34%. (Rasmussen Reports).
Posted by Dana Buker - 05.12.06 | Permalink |

CONGRESS: NEW CORRUPTION PROBE TARGET.
Powerful US House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis (R-CA) is apparently the latest target the widening federal political corruption probe, according to the Los Angeles Times. The newspaper reported the Lewis investigation is an outgrowth of the investigation that started with now-imprisoned former Congressman Duke Cunningham (R-CA). Federal prosecutors have already "issued subpoenas in an investigation into the relationship between Lewis and a Washington lobbyist linked" to Cunningham. Lewis claimed he has no knowledge the feds are investigating him. "For goodness sake, why would they be doing that," he asked the Times. The lobbyist at issue is former Congressman Bill Lowery (R-CA). Lowery served in Congress from 1981-93. Lowery represented defense contractor Brent Wilkes, an unindicted co-conspirator in the Cunningham case. Some more details from the Times: "Wilkes and his companies have given Lewis at least $60,000 in campaign contributions over the years, making them among the lawmaker's largest contributors. At the same time, Wilkes has paid Lowery's firm more than $160,000 in lobbying fees ... Lewis has earmarked at least $70 million in federal funds for a mapping software company in Redlands. The company, Environmental Systems Research Institute Inc., is one of Lowery's largest clients and has paid more than $320,000 in lobbying fees ... Investigators are said to be particularly interested in the intermingling of Lewis' and Lowery's staffs and whether it led to favorable treatment for Lowery's clients in securing government contracts." Other Congressional corruption news: Indicted Congresssman Tom DeLay (R-TX), who previously announced he would resign from Congress on an unspecified date, picked June 9 as his departure date.

Posted by Dana Buker - 05.12.06 | Permalink |

KENTUCKY: GOVERNOR FLETCHER & EX-AIDE INDICTED.
A special grand jury investigating state hiring practices on Thursday indicted Governor Ernie Fletcher (R) on three misdemeanor charges of conspiracy, official misconduct and political discrimination.
Fletcher is the first sitting Kentucky Governor to ever be indicted. Former Fletcher Cabinet official Sam Beverage was indicted on a felony count of perjury, related to the investigation. State newspaper are also reporting the grand jury also delivered 14 additional sealed indictments in the case to the presiding judge. Some of the indictments may cover Fletcher aides -- already given blanket pardons by Fletcher -- for any criminal acts committed before he issued the pardons in August 2005. Fletcher did not pardon himself last summer. The charges all relate to allegations Fletcher and his aides violated the state's civil service protection laws by hiring, firing, promoting and demoting lower-ranking state employees based upon political affiliations. Fletcher says the entire investigation is a political witchhunt led by Attorney General Greg Stumbo (D). Stumbo is a likely candidate against Fletcher in 2007.
Posted by Dana Buker - 05.12.06 | Permalink |

FREE SPEECH ZONE.
The daily open thread.

Posted by Dana Buker - 05.12.06 | Permalink |

THURSDAY NEWS UPDATE.

BY THE NUMBERS: LATEST INDEPENDENT POLLS.
MINNESOTA - GOVERNOR: Attorney General Mike Hatch (D) - 49%, Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) - 39%. State Sen. Becky Lourey (D) - 43%, Pawlenty - 40%. State Sen. Steve Kelley (D) - 43%, Pawlenty - 38%. (Rasmussen Reports).
MINNESOTA - US SENATE: Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar (D) - 45%, Congressman Mark Kennedy (R) - 43%. Kennedy - 44%, veterinarian Ford Bell (D) - 33%. (Rasmussen Reports).
PENNSYLVANIA - US SENATE: State Treasurer Bob Casey Jr. (D) - 49%, US Senator Rick Santorum (R) - 36%. (Quinnipiac University).
SOUTH CAROLINA - GOVERNOR: Governor Mark Sanford (R) - 52%, State Sen. Tommy Moore (D) - 33%. Sanford - 55%, Florence Mayor Frank Willis (D) - 28%. (Rasmussen Reports).
VERMONT - CONGRESS: State Senate President Pro Tem Peter Welch (D) - 26%, State Adjutant General Martha Rainville (R) - 17%. (Research 2000/WCAX-TV).
Posted by Dana Buker - 05.11.06 | Permalink |

FLORIDA: BENSE OUT, HARRIS TO BE GOP SENATE NOMINEE.
Florida Republican leaders did not want Congresswoman Katherine Harris (R) as their nominee against US Senator Bill Nelson (D). Governor Jeb Bush, the White House, and other prominent GOP leaders failed twice in their attempts to recruit State House Speaker Allan Bense into the primary against Harris. Months ago, Bense backed away from the contest. In the past two weeks, Governor Bush and others made public statements that Harris was unelectable and Bense should reconsider. However, on Wednesday, Bense again said he would not run against Harris. "My decision came down to the fundamental question of whether I was willing to spend the next six, 12 or possibly 18 years of my life away from my family and my home serving Florida in the US Senate. After much thought and prayer, I realized the answer to that question is 'no,'" explained Bense. With federal candidate filing in the state closing Friday, Republicans must now put months of sniping behind them and rally on behalf of a nominee they did not want.

Posted by Dana Buker - 05.11.06 | Permalink |

TEXAS: STRAYHORN, FRIEDMAN QUALIFY FOR GOVERNOR BALLOT.
State Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn (Independent) this week qualified for the general election ballot. She was only required to collect approximately 45,000 valid voter signatures. However, she turned in 223,000 signatures, enough to certainly guarantee she will qualify for the ballot. Colorful musician and author Kinky Friedman (Independent) announced he collected over 100,000 signatures, which he will turn in by the Thursday. Strayhorn suffered a setback this week with the state's labor unions. She wanted the AFL-CIO endorsement, but the group instead endorsed former Congressman Chris Bell (D).

Posted by Dana Buker - 05.11.06 | Permalink |

FREE SPEECH ZONE.
The daily open thread.

Posted by Dana Buker - 05.11.06 | Permalink |

WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE.

BY THE NUMBERS: LATEST INDEPENDENT POLLS.
ALABAMA - GOVERNOR: Governor Bob Riley (R) - 49%, Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley (D) - 37%. Riley - 59%, Ex-Gov. Don Siegelman (D) - 32%. Baxley - 47%, Ex-Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) - 40%. Moore-44%, Siegelman-43%. (Rasmussen Reports).
ARIZONA - US SENATE: US Senator Jon Kyl (R) - 52%, ex-State Democratic Chair Jim Pederson (D) - 37%. (SurveyUSA/KPNX-TV).
MAINE- GOVERNOR: Governor John Baldacci (D) - 44%, Ex-Congressman Dave Emery (R) - 36%. Baldacci - 44%, State Sen. Peter Mills (R) - 36%. Baldacci - 46%. State Sen. Chandler Woodcock (R) - 33%. (Rasmussen Reports).
MICHIGAN - GOVERNOR: Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) - 44%, businessman Dick DeVos (R) - 43%. (Rasmussen Reports).
MICHIGAN - US SENATE: US Senator Debbie Stabenow (D) - 54%, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard (R) - 34%. Stabenow - 57%, minister Keith Butler (R) - 32%. Stabenow - 57%, minister Jerry Zandstra (R) - 32%. (Rasmussen Reports).
WYOMING - CONGRESS: Congresswoman Barbara Cubin (R) - 47%, Teton County School Board Chair Gary Trauner (D) - 43%. (Rasmussen Reports).
Posted by Dana Buker - 05.10.06 | Permalink |

NEBRASKA: PRIMARY RESULTS.
Incumbent Governor Dave Heineman (R) was an underdog in his attempt to hold onto the job he inherited last year. Conventional wisdom said Congressman and legendary college football coach Tom Osborne was going to destroy Heineman. Voters, however, shocked the political experts by favoring Heineman over Osborne by a 50%-45% vote. In the Democratic primary, publishing executive David Hahn easily defeated his convicted felon opponent by a 9-to-1 margin. In the US Senate race, former Ameritrade C.O.O. Pete Ricketts spent freely from his deep pockets and comfortably won the Republican primary. Ricketts was first with 47%, ex-Attorney General Don Stenberg had 35%, and ex-State Republican Chair David Kramer was last with 17%. Ricketts will face incumbent Ben Nelson (D) in November. The other race of interest was the Republican primary for Congress for Osborne's open CD-3 seat. State Senator Adrian Smith (R) won the five-way primary with 38%, finishing 8-points ahead of his nearest rival. Democratic candidate Scott Kleeb is unopposed. State Treasurer Ron Ross (R) lost his primary in a landslide to financial consultant Shane Osborn. Osborn gained world attention as a Navy pilot in 2001 when the Chinese military forced down his spy plane and held his crew captive.

Posted by Dana Buker - 05.10.06 | Permalink |

WEST VIRGINIA: PRIMARY RESULTS.
US Senator Robert C. Byrd (D) easily won his renomination primary with 85% of the vote. On the Republican side, steel company owner John Raese won the nomination. Raese had 59%, attorney and veteran Hiram Lewis had 24%, and four others trailed behind. Raese previously lost two campaigns for statewide office in the 1980s. Polls show Byrd holding a wide lead over Raese.

Posted by Dana Buker - 05.10.06 | Permalink |

FREE SPEECH ZONE.
A daily open thread.

Posted by Dana Buker - 05.10.06 | Permalink |

TUESDAY NEWS UPDATE.

BY THE NUMBERS: LATEST INDEPENDENT POLLS.
OKLAHOMA - GOVERNOR: Governor Brad Henry (D) - 50%, Congressman Ernest Istook (R) - 39%. (Rasmussen Reports).
WASHINGTON - US SENATE: US Senator Maria Cantwell (D) - 47%, insurance executive Mike McGavick (R) - 25%, Aaron Dixon (Green) - 2%. (Elway Poll/Seattle Post-Intelligencer).
WYOMING - CONGRESS: Congresswoman Barbara Cubin (R) - 47%, Teton County School Board Chair Gary Trauner (D) - 43%. (Rasmussen Reports).
Posted by Dana Buker - 05.09.06 | Permalink |

NEBRASKA: PRIMARY PREVIEW.
Congressman and legendary college football coach Tom Osborne started the race for Nebraska Governor as a heavy favorite. He is facing incumbent Governor Dave Heineman in Tuesday's Republican primary. Heineman as Lieutenant Governor moved up last year to the big job when President Bush picked incumbent Governor Mike Johanns (R) for a Cabinet spot. Heineman unexpectedly made the primary very competitive, but news reports say Osborne remains a slight favorite. Heineman is supported by US Senator Chuck Hagel, the Farm Bureau, Nebraska Right to Life, and the NRA. Osborne is endorsed by US Senator John McCain, several of the state's largest labor unions, and the four biggest state newspapers. In the US Senate race, multimillionaire investment executive Pete Ricketts, ex-Attorney General Don Stenberg and ex-State Republican Chair David Kramer are all competing for the Republican nomination to face incumbent Ben Nelson (D) in November. Polls showed Stenberg started the favorite in the primary, but Ricketts spent millions from his pocket to close the gap. The other race of interest is the Republican primary for Congress for the open CD-3 seat. Five Republicans are competing in the primary. Democratic candidate Scott Kleeb is unopposed.
Posted by Dana Buker - 05.09.06 | Permalink |

WEST VIRGINIA: PRIMARY PREVIEW.
US Senator Robert C. Byrd (D) is expected to easily win his renomination primary. Businessman John Raese and attorney Hiram Lewis are the leading candidates for the Republican nomination against Byrd. The only other race to watch on Tuesday is the Democratic primary in CD-2. Former State Democratic Chair Mike Callaghan, State Del. Mark Hunt, and South Charleston Mayor Richie Robb are are seeking the Democratic nomination. The winner will face Congresswoman Shelley Capito (R).
Posted by Dana Buker - 05.09.06 | Permalink |

MINNESOTA: DISTRICT CAUCUSES (CONTINUED).
Former US Senator Rod Grams confirmed he will make a comeback attempt. He won the Republican endorsement for Congress this past weekend at the district convention. Grams is running against veteran Congressman Jim Oberstar (D).
Posted by Dana Buker - 05.09.06 | Permalink |

CALIFORNIA: CD-50 SPECIAL ELECTION.
Former Congressman Brian Bilbray (R) appears stronger this week. Businessman Eric Roach, his leading Republican primary opponent, withdrew from the race this week. Roach had continued running radio spots and sending campaign mailings in the few weeks since the special election primary. Bilbray faces college professor Francine Busby (D) on June 6 for the vacant seat.
Posted by Dana Buker - 05.09.06 | Permalink |

FREE SPEECH ZONE.
Thank you for the encouraging comments you posted yesterday. Some of the emails enquired about how I can write the site when I don't particularly follow politics. The answer is simple: the keys are visiting various news sites (Ron gave me a list), read the stories/tips emailed to me by readers, and writing simple news digests that appropriate attribute the original news source. It is not much different from writing a site about Azerbaijan: research, write, post online, repeat. An example is the Nebraska story above. I didn't know anything about Nebraska politics (and still don't know much), and never followed college football, so I had never heard of Tom Osborne. If you ask me in a week, I doubt I will remember much about him. But, with a succinct writing style, I can evaluate stories and encapsulate the events. Long term, I don't plan to remain the site editor. This experience is entertaining, educational and time-consuming. However, either Ron will eventually return or he'll find someone "political" to permanently run the site. Until then, I'm gladly willing to keep the site running and updated.
Posted by Dana Buker - 05.09.06 | Permalink |

MONDAY NEWS UPDATE.

BY THE NUMBERS: LATEST INDEPENDENT POLLS.
ALABAMA - GOVERNOR - DEM PRIMARY: Ex-Governor Don Siegelman - 47%, Lieutenant Governor Lucy Baxley - 39%. (SurveyUSA/WKRG-TV)
ALABAMA - GOVERNOR - GOP PRIMARY:
Governor Bob Riley - 66%, Ex-Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore - 30%. (SurveyUSA/WKRG-TV)
GEORGIA - GOVERNOR:
Governor Sonny Perdue (R) - 48%, Secretary of State Cathy Cox (D) - 42%. Perdue - 51%, Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor (D) - 36%. (Rasmussen Reports).
IOWA - GOVERNOR: Secretary of State Chet Culver (D) - 46%, Congressman Jim Nussle (R) - 40%. Nussle 43%, Ex-State Economic Development Director Mike Blouin (D) - 41%. Nussle - 44%, State Representative Ed Fallon (D) - 36%. (Rasmussen).
KANSAS - GOVERNOR: Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D) - 50%, Ex-State House Speaker Robin Jennison (R) - 33%. Sebelius - 49%, State Senator Jim Barnett (R) - 37%. (Rasmussen).
MASSACHUSETTS - GOVERNOR - DEM PRIMARY: Attorney General Tom Reilly - 32%, venture capitalist Chris Gabrieli - 29%, Ex-US Assistant Attorney General Deval Patrick - 28%. (SurveyUSA/WBZ-TV).
TENNESSEE - US SENATE: Ex-Congressman Ed Bryant (R) - 44%, Congressman Harold Ford Jr. (D) - 36%. Ex-Congressman Van Hilleary (R) - 47%, Ford - 36%. Ex-Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker (R) - 43%, Ford - 39%. (Rasmussen).
Posted by Dana Buker - 05.08.06 | Permalink |

MINNESOTA: DISTRICT CAUCUSES NARROW CONGRESSIONAL FIELDS.
Democrats and Republicans around Minnesota held the first round of congressional district caucuses this past weekend. The results narrowed some primary fields. In the open CD-5 race, State Rep. Keith Ellison won the DFL nomination on the third ballot. Five rivals were eliminated by the endorsement and agreed to abide by the outcome. Retiring Congressman Martin Sabo's (DFL) endorsed successor withdrew from the endorsement process during his speech and hinted he planned to run in the September primary. Ex-State Senator Ember Reichgott Junge, Minneapolis City Councilman Paul Ostrow and Minneapolis Park Board Member Jon Olson also skipped the convention and plan DFL primary challenges to Ellison. Management consultant Alan Fine captured the GOP endorsement in CD-5. In the open CD-6 race, social conservative State Sen. Michelle Bachmann secured the Republican endorsement on the third ballot. Businessman Jay Esmay, State Rep. Jim Knoblach and State Rep. Phil Krinkie were eliminated at the convention and agreed to support Bachmann. CD-6 Congressman Mark Kennedy (R) is running for US Senate. The DFL CD-6 endorsement convention is next weekend.
Posted by Dana Buker - 05.08.06 | Permalink |

OHIO: PRIMARY LOSER FILES COMPLAINT IN CD-13.
On Tuesday, former State Rep. Betty Sutton (D) won the 8-candidate Congressional primary with 31%. On Friday, former Congressman Tom Sawyer filed a complaint against Sutton with the Federal Elections Commission. Sawyer was third in the primary with 22%. The Akron Beacon-Journal reported Sawyer "alleges 16 violations of election law in his six-page complaint. His complaint can result in the payment of a civil penalty but cannot change the outcome of the election." Sawyer alleged the pro-choice Emily's List group and an Ohio affiliate unlawfully coordinated their purportedly independent mailings with Sutton's campaign.

Posted by Dana Buker - 05.08.06 | Permalink |

FREE SPEECH ZONE.
How did I do with my first day as the new site editor? My writing style is, obviously, drier than Ron's chatty style. Of course, we each are different personalities. I'm not yet ready to start the online polls. They seem more complicated to set-up than I thought, but I will get back to them
when I feel more comfortable with writing the daily postings. I'm also not yet ready to designate "Sites of the Day" until I first visit a good range of current political sites. If you don't know what I'm talking about, please read the next story below about Ron's leave of absence from Politics1.
Posted by Dana Buker - 05.08.06 | Permalink |

WEEKEND NEWS UPDATE.

A MESSAGE FROM RON.
The bill creating 55 new elected state judgeships passed the Florida Senate 40-0 and the Florida House 111-4 on Friday, the final day of the annual legislative session. Presuming Governor Bush does not veto the bill, that means I'll soon be an official candidate for Broward County Court Judge (filing closes July 14; primary September 5; run-off, if needed, in November). This is very exciting news on a personal level, but it also will impact Politics1. As a judicial candidate I'll now fall under the same political speech restrictions as applies to sitting judges. That gave me two options: (1) close down the site or (2) take a leave-of-absence and give daily control to someone else. I went with Option #2. I will step back from the day-to-day operations of the site and let my other half -- Dana Buker -- take charge of the daily publishing. You can expect to see the daily news stories continue (likely in either a less opinionated, more abbreviated form of news digests with related links); the reader comment sections will continue; and the state pages will continue to be regularly updated. I've taught Dana the basics of using the Dreamweaver program (the easiest way for him to maintain site), so all he'll need to do is cut, past and write -- with no fancy design skills needed. I'll keep the publisher@politics1.com email address active as everyone's been using it to contract me there for nearly nine years now (note: soon you'll be able to contact me through my new campaign site at gunzburger.com). I'll happily forward on to Dana any of the political news items and updates for the site. So ... wish me luck!

PS - Dana will let you know when I file the paperwork and the campaign committee may begin collecting contributions.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.06.06 | Permalink |

FREE SPEECH ZONE (AKA: DANA'S FIRST POSTING AS THE NEW SITE EDITOR)
This my first post as Politics1's new Editor-in-Chief. Let's get started with some news ... Porter Goss resigned as CIA Director on Friday. No official reason given for the abrupt departure. USAF General Michael Hayden will be named Monday as Goss' replacement ... Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) checked himself into a clinic to deal with a substance abuse problem related to pain pills ... and Ron showed me how to set up the online polls so they'll be coming up within the next few days. I'm still learning Dreamweaver, so my apologies in advance for any formatting errors that will appear until I get the hang of it. This program uses WYSIYG, so it seems fairly easy and much like using Microsoft Word. I'm a quick study with things like this program, although I'll readily concede I lack Ron's depth of political knowledge. Fortunately, Ron gave me a list of contacts I can call upon for guidance as to the various races around the country. I also have some ideas of my own for the site which I think you'll like, so please hang in there with me as I try some things out over the next week or two. Although I share Ron's general political outlook, I'd like to return the tone here to the pre-2004 version of clean, bare-bones reporting without editorializing. Like Ron wrote above: wish me luck, too.
Posted by Dana Buker - 05.06.06 | Permalink |

FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE.

POLITICAL QUICK TAKES.
It's been a long day, so just a quick review of the political news ... Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) was involved in a 3:00 am auto accident two blocks from the Capitol. Kennedy reportedly crashed his car into a barrier, staggered while walking around, and told police he was rushing to get to "a vote." According to the Providence Journal, Capitol Police officers complained that higher ranking officials interfered with their investigation by whisking Kennedy home without administering a sobriety test. Kennedy denied alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash, suggesting two sleep medications he was taking may have caused the accident ... Congresswoman Katherine Harris (R-FL) responded to suggestions from the White House and Governor Bush via a new TV spot she launched this week. In the ad -- and directly responding to her GOP critics who want her to get out of the race before the May 12 filing deadline -- Harris said she's not a quitter. "I never give up and I never give in," vows Harris in the spot. Party leaders would like State House Speaker Allan Bense (R) to jump into the race, but he doesn't want to do so unless Harris first exits the contest ... Finally, here's some news on a level of races I don't usually cover (but this explains the brevity of today's report): County Court Judge. If HB-113 is signed into Florida law in its current form of creating six new elected judgeships for Broward County, I'm seriously thinking of running for County Court Judge. Running for a County Court seat seems a wiser idea, as I'm already on record (repeatedly) as opposing the death penalty (and that would get me disqualified from hearing any capital cases). I'll keep you apprised when I make a decision (and, if I do, anything you guys could do to generously support my non-partisan judicial campaign would be greatly appreciated). Stay tuned.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.05.06 | Permalink |

FREE SPEECH ZONE: POLITICIANS ... HOT OR NOT (CONT.)
Yesterday's announcement that we plan to again publish our popular online polls to determine the hottest looking woman and man in US politics drew lots of comments. So much so that I'm continuing the thread here (consider it Part 2) as I prepare to post the first part -- the men -- next week. Before we create our short-list of then for the contest, submit any names you'd like. The rules: the "candidates" in the poll must be either elected officials or 2006/08 candidates
for elective office. Our 2004 winners -- Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth (04 results) and then-US Senator John Edwards (04 results) -- automatically earned repeat spots in the new 2006 poll. So, who should be the other contestants? Put aside you partisanship and think HOT!! We're talking politicians gone wild (or that we wish would go wild). Give us your suggestions.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.05.06 | Permalink |

THURSDAY NEWS UPDATE.

LOUISIANA: "I BRIBED CONGRESSMAN JEFFERSON," SAID TECH EXEC.
Kentucky technology company executive Vernon Jackson pled guilty Wednesday to paying $400,000 in bribes to Congressman Bill Jefferson (D-LA). In exchange, Jefferson promised to held the company win federal governmental certification and contracts. In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors agreed Jackson would be sentenced to only 7-9 years in federal prison instead of the 20 years recommended by sentencing guidelines. Jefferson has denied he accepted bribes or acted improperly. "I take full responsibility for what I have done," said Jackson. Former Jefferson legislative director Brett Pfeffer pled guilty earlier this year to aiding and abetting bribery of a public official. The only question now is which Congressman gets indicted first on bribery and corruption charges: Jefferson for this scandal or Bob Ney (R-OH) for the Abramoff scandal? This writer's opinion: They both belong in prison, not Congress. Look for the voters to cure both of these problems in November.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.04.06 | Permalink |

FLORIDA: JEB LOSES LEG FIGHTS, GOP MAJORITY LEADER DUMPED.
Governor Jeb Bush (R) unexpectedly suffered a series of defeats in the GOP-dominated state legislature during these waning days of the annual session. First the State Senate rejected Jeb's request to repeal the school class-size cap adopted by voters in 2002. The Governor argued the idea was too costly. The biggest defeat, however, came this week when the State Senate rejected by one vote Jeb's attempt to revise his beloved school vouchers program. A court had struck down the voucher program, and the new proposal was designed to withstand a new legal challenge. The proposals were defeated when State Senate Majority Leader Alex Villalobos (R) and three other GOP Senators joined with the Democrats to kill Jeb's proposal. Minutes after the voucher vote, State Senate President Tom Lee (R) fired Villalobos as Majority Leader for working against him. "My legacy, whatever it is, was not going to be that I helped bring down public education in the state of Florida. And if I have to lose my position in the Senate because of that, then that's fine. And if I don't get to come back as a senator, then that's fine, too. I will not sell my soul or sell my vote," said Villalobos to the Miami Herald. Villalobos, a GOP centrist, is married to a public school teacher. Villalobos was also supposed to be the next Senate President, but his GOP colleagues dumped him as President-Designate in a coup earlier this year. "This wasn't a vote about school choice. Trust me. It was about people's feelings being hurt, it was about personal pride, it's about a dysfunctional Republican caucus. That's what it's about," complained Jeb. "I guess you're not allowed to vote your conscience up here. You're only supposed to do what people tell you. I'm sick of it. We have constituents back home. We represent them," responded State Representative Evelyn Lynn (R) to the Herald. Jeb is now reportedly trying to convince a State House member to challenge Villalobos in this year's GOP primary.

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.04.06 | Permalink |

PENNSYLVANIA: SANTORUM UP, SWANN DOWN .... MAYBE.
A new Franklin & Marshall University/Keystone Poll shows US Senator Rick Santorum (R) narrowing his deficit with State Treasurer Bob Casey Jr. (D). The numbers: Casey-47%, Santorum-41%. In the gubernatorial contest, the same poll shows Governor Ed Rendell (D) widening his lead over retired pro football player Lynn Swann (R) by a 49% to 35% vote. However, neither of these polls seem in accord with any other recent independent polls, as most show Casey leading by a double-digit lead and Swann and Rendell virtually tied. Translation: Either the Keystone poll is detecting a trend all the others are missing ... or they are really off the mark.

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.04.06 | Permalink |

GAY MARRIAGE BAN: "SILLY" SAYS EX-GOP US SENATOR.
Yeah, I know I'm biased on this issue (especially as Dana and I are getting married in Canada next month) but I love this quote: "Some historian should really look at all of the proposals that have been forth throughout the history of our country for possible constitutional amendments. Maybe at some point in time there was one that was sillier than this one, but I don't know of one," said Episcopal minister and retired US Senator Jack Danforth (R-MO) in a speech this week.

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.04.06 | Permalink |

SITE OF THE DAY.
Our Politics1 Site of the Day winner is Marie Johns for DC Mayor (D) -- a great look and feel, solid content, and a great overall campaign site.

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.04.06 | Permalink |

FREE SPEECH ZONE: POLITICIANS ... HOT OR NOT.
It's rapidly approaching that time again when Politics1 briefly becomes utterly superficial, flippant and puckish ... we morph into the People magazine of US politics ... yup, time again for our popular online polls to determine the hottest looking woman and man in US politics. The rules: the "candidates" in the poll must be either elected officials or 2006/08 candidates
for elective office. Our 2004 winners -- Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth (04 results) and then-US Senator John Edwards (04 results) -- automatically earned repeat spots in the new 2006 poll. So, who should be the other contestants? Put aside you partisanship and think HOT!! We're talking politicians gone wild (or that we wish would go wild). Use this thread to give us your suggestions, so we can pick ten men and ten women for the polls.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.04.06 | Permalink |

WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE.

OHIO: SCHMIDT, REGULA, NEY SURVIVE PRIMARY CHALLENGES.
GOVERNOR: While Congressman Ted Strickland (D) easily won his gubernatorial primary with 78% of the vote, the GOP contest was must more competitive and dirty. With much of the vote counted, Secretary of State Ken Blackwell appeared to have defeated Attorney General Jim Petro by a 57% to 43% vote. The two men spent millions on costly TV attack spots that trashed each other. Petro congratulated Blackwell for running a "masterful campaign" but did not yet offer him an endorsement. Race rating: Leans DEM. US SENATE: In the US Senate race, incumbent Mike DeWine (R) won renomination with 72% and Congressman Sherrod Brown (D) won his primary with 78% of the vote. Race rating: Leans GOP. CONGRESS: In CD-2, gaffe-prone Congresswoman Jean Schmidt fended off the GOP primary challenge from social conservative former Congressman Bob McEwen by a 48% to 42% vote. Schmidt is pretty safe in November in this GOP district. In the open CD-4 contest, State Senator Jim Jordan won the GOP primary over banker Frank Guglielmi by a 51% to 30% vote, with the remainder split among four others. The seat is reliably Republican, so Jordan can start planning his move to Washington. In CD-6, the NRCC ran TV spots which unsuccessfully tried to derail the primary write-in campaign of State Senator Charlie Wilson (D). It didn't make a difference, as Wilson won the Dem primary on write-in votes with 66% against two opponents. State House Speaker Pro Tempore Chuck Blasdel unimpressively won the GOP primary with 49% against three nominal foes. Race rating: Leans DEM. In the open CD-13 race, eight Democrats and six Republicans ran for this Dem-leaning seat. Former State Representative Betty Sutton captured by the Democratic nomination with 31%, followed by shopping mall heiress Capri Cafaro at 25%, former Congressman Tom Sawyer at 22%, and five others trailed behind. On the GOP side, Lorain Mayor Craig Fortin won the primary by a 15-point margin over his nearest opponent. Race rating: DEM Favored. In CD-18, Congressman Bob Ney (R) won renomination in the face of a looming corruption indictment over little-known GOP challenger James Harris by a 68% to 32% vote. On the Democratic side, Dover Law Director Zach Space defeated Chillicothe Mayor Joe Sulzer by a 38% to 26% vote. The Ney-Space race will be a hot race to watch in November. Race rating: Leans GOP. CD-16 was a race not on anyone's radar: 17-term Congressman Ralph Regula's GOP primary, however, was surprisingly close. At one point, with what appeared to be all votes counted, the 81-year-old Regula held a bare 205 vote lead over 29-year-old Ashland County Commissioner Matt Miller. Later in the evening, the numbers changed to reflect quite a bit more votes. The revised totals showed Regula winning by a 58% to 42% vote. THE TAFT TAINT: State Treasurer Jennette Bradley (R), who had the misfortune of being Governor Bob Taft's Lieutenant Governor runningmate before Taft appointed her Treasurer two years ago, lost her GOP primary to Ashtabula County Auditor Sandra O'Brien by a 52% to 48% vote.
Bradley was not linked to any of Taft's scandals, but the mere taint of the former close connection to the unpopular Taft was hard for Bradley to overcome even among Republican voters.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.03.06 | Permalink |

INDIANA: NO SURPRISES IN US HOUSE PRIMARIES.
As expected, all Congressional incumbents easily turned away primary challengers. In CD-7, Congresswoman Julia Carson (D) captured 81% of the vote against four challengers including a cross-dressing ex-felon and a neo-nazi activist named "Hippie Joe." Wealthy auto dealer Eric Dickerson easily won the GOP primary for the right to face Carson. The incumbent is favored over Dickerson, but he has the resources to run a real campaign. In an upset, powerful State Senate President Pro Tempore Robert Garton (R) outspent his "new ideas" primary opponent by a 3-to-1 margin but still lost his race for a tenth term. Tuesday was the first state-wide Indiana election to test a new state law requiring photo identification to vote. No major problems were reported. Click here to view the Indiana nominees.

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.03.06 | Permalink |

NORTH CAROLINA: DITTO, NO SURPRISE HERE.
In CD-4, Congressman David Price (D) had no problem turning aside challenges from a former Durham City Councilman and a social worker. Price captured 90% of the vote against the two. Congressman Charles Taylor (R) and retired pro-football quarterback Heath Shuler (D) likewise easily won their respective primaries, setting up what will be the most watched race in the state. Bombastic former Winston-Salem City Councilman Vernon Robinson (R) breezed to a primary win in CD-13, but will have almost no chance in November. Click here to view the list of all the November nominees.

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.03.06 | Permalink |

CONNECTICUT: RELL, LIEBERMAN STRONG.
A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Governor Jodi Rell (R) continuing to cruise to an easy win in November. Rell would defeat New Haven Mayor John DeStefano (D) by a 66% to 20% vote. She would also defeat Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy (D) by a nearly identical vote of 65% to 20%. In the US Senate race, incumbent Joe Lieberman (D) holds a wide 65% to 19% lead over businessman and peace activist Ned Lamont among Democratic primary voters. If, however, Lieberman would opt to seek reelection as an Independent, he would still win the general election by a big margin. The numbers: Lieberman (Independent) - 56%, Lamont (D) - 13%, and former State Representative Alan Schlesinger (R) - 10%.

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.03.06 | Permalink |

SITE OF THE DAY.
Our Politics1 Site of the Day winner is Rae Vogeler for US Senate (Green-Wisconsin) -- a nicely-designed, informative site and online campaign HQ from this third-party candidate.

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.03.06 | Permalink |

FREE SPEECH ZONE.
Have at it.

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TUESDAY NEWS UPDATE.

OHIO: PRIMARY PREVIEW.
GOVERNOR: The nastiest and most costly contest in the Buckeye State on Tuesday is the open GOP primary for Governor. Attorney General Jim Petro and Secretary of State Ken Blackwell have been slugging it out and spending millions on costly TV attack spots that accuse each other of dishonesty, hypocracy, corruption, etc. Petro is seen as more moderate than Blackwell and the one who was once more closely aligned with hated incumbent Governor Bob Taft (R). While the centrist record could help Petro in a general contest, the latter reason is why Blackwell will defeat Petro in the primary, likely by a margin of at least 15-points. The real questions are how long it will take for Petro to endorse Blackwell and how tepid will his endorsement sound. On the Democratic side, Congressman Ted Strickland will win the gubernatorial primary in a landslide -- and start the general election contest as the frontrunner and with lots of money still in the bank. US SENATE: In the US Senate race, incumbent Mike DeWine (R) and Congressman Sherrod Brown (D) will easily win their respective primaries by wide margins. FYI, in related news, the latest Cleveland Plain Dealer poll shows DeWine leading Brown by a vote of 47% to 36%. CONGRESS: There are lots of good congressional primaries to watch here on Tuesday. In CD-2, gaffe-prone Congresswoman Jean Schmidt will defeat social conservative former Congressman Bob McEwen by several points in the GOP primary. McEwen spent the last decade as a lobbyist in DC, and -- even though Bob and I are personal friends (he's very bright, but we agree on almost nothing) -- this is just not the year where having been a DC lobbyist will be seen as a "reform" message by voters. The Dem primary doesn't matter much as CD-2 is a heavily Republican district. In the open CD-4 contest, the winner of the GOP primary will be the next Congressman. Wealthy banker Frank Guglielmi spent freely from his own pocket and will perform well, but popular State Senator Jim Jordan is still expected to score a win in the GOP primary. In CD-6, the NRCC ran a smart psy-ops campaign here: airing TV spots attacking weak candidate Bob Carr (D) so as to build up his name ID and street cred with Dem primary voters. The reason: they're hoping he outperforms State Senator Charlie Wilson, who was forced to run a write-in campaign for Democratic nomination when he fell seven petition signatures short of qualifying for the primary ballot. The DCCC is solidly behind Wilson and he should be able to overcome the extra hurdles required to win the primary. State House Speaker Pro Tempore Chuck Blasdel should win the GOP primary. In the open CD-13 race, eight Democrats and six Republicans are running for this Dem-leaning seat. Former Congressman Tom Sawyer, former State Representative Betty Sutton, shopping mall heiress Capri Cafaro and Congressional sibling Gary Kucininch will lead the field, but there is no clear favorite which of these will in the nomination. Our predicted winner: Sutton, but not by much. On the GOP side, Lorain Mayor Craig Fortin should win the primary. In CD-18, Congressman Bob Ney (R) will win renomination -- even though everyone, including his own lawyer, openly expect Ney to soon be indicted on bribery and corruption charges related to the Abramoff lobbying scandal. If little-known GOP challenger James Harris breaks the 30% mark, it could be a bad omen for Ney in November. Three of the four Dems running against Ney are viable candidates, but the primary winner will be either Chillicothe Mayor Joe Sulzer or Dover Law Director Zach Space. Prediction: Space narrowly wins the primary. The CD-1 and CD-15 seats will be in play in November, but will not see any primaries on Tuesday.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.02.06 | Permalink |

INDIANA: PRIMARY PREVIEW.
Contested Congressional primaries here in every district in the state, and yet all of the contests are yawners. Frankly, none of them are competitive ... but a few are colorful. Leading the list is the Dem primary in CD-7, when Congresswoman Julia Carson faces challenges from a neo-nazi activist named "Hippie Joe" Stockett, convicted felon and sometimes cross-dresser Bob Hidalgo, and two others. No primary in the US Senate race, where incumbent Dick Lugar (R) will face -- and easily destroy -- retired fire battalion chief Steve Osborn (Libertarian) in November. No Democratic candidate is opposing Lugar.

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.02.06 | Permalink |

NORTH CAROLINA: PRIMARY PREVIEW.
The Tarheel State primaries on Tuesday are every bit as exciting as the Indiana primary races. The only real race in the state in November is the CD-11 contest, but nothing worth watching this week. Congressman Charles Taylor (R) and retired pro-football quarterback Heath Shuler (D) will easily dispatch their respective primary opponents, before they start their head-to-head fight. Bombastic frequent candidate and former Winston-Salem City Councilman Vernon Robinson (R) will likely win the GOP primary in CD-13, but the seat is safely Dem so he'll have zero chance in November. Several Dems are each running in the CD-5 and CD-8 primaries, but these two seats are reliably Republican.

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.02.06 | Permalink |

SITE OF THE DAY.
Our Politics1 Site of the Day winner is National Network of Immigrant and Refugee Rights -- very topical these days, and filled with lots of useful info.

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.02.06 | Permalink |

FREE SPEECH ZONE.
Your online space for everything else that I didn't discuss.

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.02.06 | Permalink |

MONDAY NEWS UPDATE.

NEW YORK: WELD SECURES NOVEMBER BALLOT SPOT.
The race for Governor will be at least a five-way contest in November, based upon this weekend's NY Libertarian Party convention. The NYLP nominated former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld (R) for Governor, guaranteeing him the party's ballot line in the general election. Weld faced opposition from 2004 US Senate nominee Don Silberger, but was able to secure the required two-thirds for the endorsement on the third ballot. Weld promised he will not withdraw as the NYLP nominee even if he loses the GOP primary. Attorney General Eliot Spitzer appears certain to win the Democratic and Working Families ballot lines, former State Assembly Minority Leader John Faso is a safe bet to win the Conservative Party line, bestselling author Malachy McCourt will likely be the Green Party nominee, and minister Jennifer Liese is the Right-to-Life Party candidate. Faso and Weld are also fighting it out for the GOP nomination. The NYLP also nominated retiree John Russell for US Senator, and two other statewide candidates.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.01.06 | Permalink |

GEORGIA: PRIMARY FILING CLOSES.
Candidate primary filing closed in Georgia on Friday. GOVERNOR: Incumbent Sonny Perdue (R) faces nominal primary opposition from Confederate heritage activist Ray McBerry. On the Democratic side, Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor and Secretary of State Cathy Cox will compete for the right to face Perdue in November. Retiree Mac McCarley is also running in the Dem primary. Race rating: GOP Favored. STATEWIDE RACES: Former Christian Coalition Executive Director Ralph Reed (R) is one of two Republicans and five Dems running for Lieutenant Governor. Former Congresswoman Denise Majette (D) filed as a candidate against incumbent State School Superintendent Kathy Cox (R). And, yes, that was not a typo: two of the current statewide elected officials are named Cathy Cox and Kathy Cox. CONGRESS: In the US House races -- and keep in mind the districts were redrawn again for the 2006 elections -- voters will see a competitive Dem primary in CD-4 and hotly contested general election races in CD-8 and CD-12. In CD-4, always controversial Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is facing an aggressive Dem primary challenge from DeKalb County Commissioner Hank Johnson and one other hopeful. The district is solidly Democratic, so the winner of the McKinney-Johnson primary is safe in November. In CD-8, former Congressman Mac Collins (R) filed to run against incumbent Congressman Jim Marshall (D). Collins is making a comeback after after losing the GOP primary for US Senate in 2004. Race rating: Leans Dem. Voters in CD-12 will see a rematch, as former Congressman Max Burns (R) seeks to reclaim his old seat from Congressman John Barrow (D), who defeated him last election. Race rating: Leans Dem. Congressman John Lewis (D) is the only federal incumbent not facing any major party opposition.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.01.06 | Permalink |

OHIO: NOT THE NEWS YOU WANT JUST BEFORE A PRIMARY.
According to the Washington Post on Saturday, "federal prosecutors signaled this week that they have decided to pursue a wide range of allegations about dealings between Rep. Robert W. Ney (R-Ohio) and lobbyist Jack Abramoff, rather than bringing a narrowly focused bribery case against the Congressman." Ney's attorney Mark Tuohey told the newspaper he "has been in talks with Justice Department officials and expects to know within a month or two whether Ney will face criminal charges."
Ney is favored over financial analyst James Harris in Tuesday's primary. Ney's real contest will come in November, when he faces the winner of the highly competitive Democratic primary. Race rating: Leans GOP.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.01.06 | Permalink |

CALIFORNIA: ANGELIDES WINS DEM CONVO ENDORSEMENT FOR GOV.
State Treasurer Phil Angelides scored a major win this weekend at the California Democratic State Convention. Angelides defeated State Comptroller Steve Westly by a lopsided vote of 67% to 28% to win the party's official endorsement. In the end, all the endorsement means for Angelides is some money from the state party plus the right to claim in advertisements he is officially endorsed by the party. Angelides -- who is favored by organized labor and party insiders -- needed the boost because recent polls showed Westly had narrowed the gap or possibly even moved narrowly ahead of Angelides, with a large block of undecideds remaining. The endorsement is a boost for Angelides, but not a guarantor of the nomination in the June 6 primary, as several endorsed candidates have lost past Dem primaries.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.01.06 | Permalink |

PENNSYLVANIA: THREE-WAY GOV RACE NUMBERS.
The latest Rasmussen Reports poll shows an interesting picture of an increasingly complicated race. In a two-way contest, retired pro-football player Lynn Swann (R) leads Governor Ed Rendell (D) by a 44% to 41% vote. However, when recording studio owner Russ Diamond (Independent) -- who organized the popular anti-legislative pay raise campaign last year against the Republican leadership who pushed for the raise -- is added into the mix, the outlook significantly changes. Diamond announced his candidacy two weeks ago. The numbers: Rendell-40%, Swann-36%, Diamond-16%. The poll did not include progressive attorney Marakay Rogers (Green) or conservative building contractor Hagan Smith (Constitution). Diamond must collect 67,000 valid petition signatures by August 1 to qualify for the November ballot.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.01.06 | Permalink |

DELAWARE: TING WINS GOP ENDORSEMENTS FOR US SENATE.
Law professor, former Bush Administration immigration official and attorney Jan Ting easily won the GOP endorsement for US Senate at Saturday's state convention. He defeated airline pilot, '02 candidate and '04 gubernatorial candidate Mike Protack by a vote of 268-53. Protack -- who denounced Ting as "unfit to serve and highly unelectable" and "the [party] insiders' choice" -- said he will not abide by the vote and will continue his challenge in the September 12 primary. Two months ago Protack had promised to drop a primary challenge if he lost at the convention. According to the Delaware State News, State GOP Chair Terry Stine quickly denounced Protack's new plans: "The 83% majority for Jan Ting is so overwhelming that I think it should be clear to anyone that the party is strongly behind Jan Ting. I think any attempt at a primary would be seen as vindictive and ill advised." The winner of the primary will face US Senator Tom Carper (D) in the general election. Race rating: Safe Dem. FYI: Governor George Pataki (R-NY) was the keynote speaker at the convo, as Delaware is an early Presidential primary state.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.01.06 | Permalink |

SITE OF THE DAY.
Our Politics1 Site of the Day winner is Cindy Chavez for San Jose Mayor -- great design, good use of multimedia, and decent content.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.01.06 | Permalink |

FREE SPEECH ZONE.
Happy May Day! Today was the original International Labor Day (or International Workers Day, depending upon the translation) -- the date selected by the international trade union movement in honor of the memory of Chicago's framed Haymarket martyrs --
but the date of the formal Labor Day in the US was later moved when this day become associated too closely with the Labor Day celebration around the globe by sponsored by socialist and communist parties.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.01.06 | Permalink |

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