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BLOG ARCHIVE: JUNE 16-30, 2006

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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE.

RHODE ISLAND: CHAFEE NABS GOP ENDORSEMENT BY DEFAULT.
US Senator Lincoln Chafee this week killed rumors he planned to bolt from the GOP to seek reelection as an Independent by filing for reelection as a Republican. Further, conservative Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey -- who is challenging Chafee in the GOP primary -- announced he will not compete with Chafee for the party's endorsement at Thursday's state GOP convention. Laffey said the state's GOP leaders secretly agreed to back Chafee when they accepted $500,000 last year from the national party. "The state party made clear last September they prefer the insider candidate over the reformer and I have no interest in participating in their charade of a convention," said Laffey.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 06.30.06 | Permalink |

ALABAMA: SIEGELMAN CONVICTED ON CORRUPTION CHARGES.
Former Governor Don Siegelman (D) -- who was acquitted in 2004 on bid-rigging charges -- was convicted Thursday on federal charges of bribery, conspiracy and obstruction of justice, and three counts of mail fraud. Siegelman was acquitted on 26 other counts. Co-defendant Richard Scrushy, former HealthSouth Corp. CEO, was convicted on all counts. Former Siegelman Chief of Staff Paul Hamrick and former State Highway Director Mack Roberts
were found not guilty of all charges. The evidence covered acts that took place from Siegelman's 1994 election as Lieutenant Governor through when he departed the Governor's Mansion after his 2002 re-election defeat. Lieutenant Governor Lucy Baxley defeated Siegelman for Governor in the June 6 primary by a 60% to 37% vote -- as Siegelman was forced to spend the final weeks of the campaign sitting as a defendant in the courtroom.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 06.30.06 | Permalink |

WISCONSIN: EVERYONE TAKES SIDES ON GAY MARRIAGE BAN AMENDMENT.
In November, Wisconsin voters will decide a A fair Wisconsin votes NOproposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage
and, seemingly, civil unions. The amendment reads: "Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state." Governor Jim Doyle (D) opposes the amendment, while his challenger Congressman Mark Green (R) supports it. This week former Governors Pat Lucey (D), Martin Schreiber (D), Lee Dreyfus (R) and Tony Earl (D) released a joint statement saying the proposed amendment "runs contrary to the values of freedom and fairness that make Wisconsin great." Former Governor Scott McCallum (R) supports the ban, while former Governor Tommy Thompson (R) has yet to offer any position. As for me, you can pretty much guess where I fall on the issue.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 06.30.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: LATEST INDEPENDENT NUMBERS.
FLORIDA - GOVERNOR - (Quinnipiac University):
Attorney General Charlie Crist - 41%, Congressman Jim Davis - 39%.
Davis (D) - 42%, State CFO Tom Gallagher (R) - 35%.
Crist (R) - 42%, State Senator Rod Smith (D) - 35%.
Smith - 39%, Gallagher (R) - 36%.
FLORIDA - GOVERNOR - DEM PRIMARY:
Davis - 32%, Smith - 16%. (Quinnipiac University).
FLORIDA - GOVERNOR - GOP PRIMARY:
Crist - 49%, Gallagher - 21%. (Quinnipiac University).
FLORIDA - GOVERNOR
- (Rasmussen Reports):
Attorney General Charlie Crist - 49%, Congressman Jim Davis - 35%.
State CFO Tom Gallagher (R) - 43%, Davis (D) - 39%.
Crist (R) - 46%, State Senator Rod Smith (D) - 36%.
Gallagher (R) - 44%, Smith - 36%.

WASHINGTON - US SENATE: US Senator Maria Cantwell (D) - 47%, insurance executive Mike McGavick (R) - 43%. (Strategic Vision-R).
WEST VIRGINIA - US SENATE: US Senator Robert Byrd (D) - 59%, businessman John Raese (R) - 30%. (Charleston State Journal/RMS).

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 06.30.06 | Permalink |

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FREE SPEECH ZONE.
The US Supreme Court on Thursday struck down the military commissions the Bush Administration created to try suspected terrorists. The ruling sharply rejected President Bush's claim of executive power upon which the military tribunals were based. "The Executive is bound to comply with the Rule of Law," wrote Justice John Paul Stevens.

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 06.30.06 | Permalink |

THURSDAY NEWS UPDATE.

TEXAS: SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS DeLAY CONGRESSIONAL REMAP.
A sharply divided US Supreme Court ruled that former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's (R-TX) controversial 2004 re-redistricting was generally constitutional. In a very minor victory for the Democrats, the Supremes said the CD-23 lines were unconstitutional and needed to be redrawn because it disenfranchised Hispanic voters. However, the Court's majority ruled a state may redraw district lines as often as it wishes so long as it does so at least once every ten years to comply with the Constitution's decennial reapportionment requirements. DeLay's cynically strategic remap plan -- coming just two years after the 2002 reapportionment -- enabled the Republicans pickup six additional US House seats due to the redrawn boundaries. It is unclear how the CD-23 lines can now be redrawn without a significant impact on other districts, but the ruling opens the doors to legislatures around the nation to start redrawing lines anytime to gain a partisan advantage. The Supreme Court just opened a Pandora's Box that should make many on both sides of the aisle quite uncomfortable.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 06.29.06 | Permalink |

MINNESOTA: IS PAWLENTY COLLEGE PLAN A POLITICAL STUNT OR REAL DEAL?
Governor Tim Pawlenty (R), facing a tough battle for re-election, this week announced a new plan to provide two years of free college tuition at the state's public colleges and universities to nearly all Minnesota high school students who graduate in the top 25% of their class. Families making up to an adjusted gross household income of $150,000 would be eligible. The proposed program is estimated to cost the state at least $56 million per year. According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Attorney General Mike Hatch (D) bashed the proposal as merely a political stunt to distract attention away from Pawlenty's record of "gashing" educational spending for the past four years. Some private colleges in the state said the proposal was unfair because it excluded them from participating. Independent Party gubernatorial candidate Peter Hutchinson said the plan was "fabulous public policy improvisation. But is this just the idea du jour because [Pawlenty is] running for reelection?" University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks called Pawlenty's proposal an "admirable goal that the University of Minnesota embraces." However, the conservative Minnesota Taxpayers League denounced the concept as "a big fat entitlement program" at odds with Pawlenty's claims of fiscal conservatism.

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 06.29.06 | Permalink |

TEXAS: WILL LAMPSON WIN CD-22 WITHOUT GOP OPPOSITION?
Former GOP Congressman Steve Stockman (Independent) failed to qualify for the ballot in the CD-22 race. The Secretary of State determined petitions submitted by Stockman failed to produce the 500 valid signatures required by state law. "Someone who couldn't find 500 people in a [in a district of 600,000 residents] probably wasn't going to have much of an impact," joked a spokesman for former Congressman Nick Lampson (D). In related news, US District Court Judge Sam Sparks has yet to rule whether or not the Republicans will be allowed to replace resigned Congressman Tom DeLay on the ballot. If the court finds DeLay intentionally "withdrew" from the contest, the GOP will not be allowed to replace him -- and then only Lampson and the Libertarian nominee will appear on the November ballot. If DeLay, however, was found to have been "disqualified" because of his move to Virginia, the GOP will be allowed to name a new replacement nominee. Although the Judge did not yet rule, during this week's hearing he openly remarked that DeLay apparently "withdrew" from the race. Stay tuned.

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 06.29.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: LATEST INDEPENDENT NUMBERS.
FLORIDA - GOVERNOR - (Strategic Vision-R):
Attorney General Charlie Crist - 49%, Congressman Jim Davis - 41%.
State CFO Tom Gallagher (R) - 40%, Davis (D) - 40%.
Crist (R) - 49%, State Senator Rod Smith (D) - 40%.
Gallagher (R) - 41%, Smith - 39%.
FLORIDA - GOVERNOR - DEM PRIMARY:
Davis - 39%, Smith - 33%. (Strategic Vision-R).
FLORIDA - GOVERNOR - GOP PRIMARY:
Crist - 53%, Gallagher - 31%. (Strategic Vision-R).
FLORIDA - US SENATE:
US Senator Bill Nelson (D) - 61%, Congresswoman Katherine Harris (R) - 26%. (Strategic Vision-R).
GEORGIA - GOVERNOR -
(Strategic Vision-R):
Governor Sonny Perdue (R) - 50%, Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor (D) - 44%.
Perdue (R) - 53%, Secretary of State Cathy Cox (D) - 40%.
GEORGIA - GOVERNOR - DEM PRIMARY: Taylor - 46%, Cox - 42%. (Strategic Vision-R).
GEORGIA - LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR - GOP PRIMARY: Political consultant Ralph Reed - 44%, State Sen. Casey Cagle - 41%. (Strategic Vision-R).
MARYLAND - GOVERNOR: Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley (D) - 51%,
Governor Bob Ehrlch (R) - 40%. (Washington Post).
MASSACHUSETTS - GOVERNOR - (WHDH-TV/Suffolk University):
Former US Assistant Attorney General Deval Patrick (D) - 38%, Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey (R) - 25%, former State Turnpike Authority Board Member Christy Mihos (Ind.) - 10%, Affordable housing activist Grace Ross (Green) - 1%.
Attorney General Tom Reilly (D) - 40%, Healey (R) - 27%, Mihos (Ind.) - 10%, Ross (Green) - 2%.
Businessman Chris Gabrieli (D) - 42%, Healey (R) - 23%, Mihos (Ind) - 7%, Ross (Green) - 1%. (WHDH-TV/Suffolk University).
MASSACHUSETTS - GOVERNOR - DEM PRIMARY: Patrick - 31%, Reilly - 25%, Gabrieli - 22%. (WHDH-TV/Suffolk University).
VIRGINIA - US SENATE: US Senator George Allen (R) - 56%, former Navy Secretary Jim Webb (D) - 37%, businesswoman Gail Parker (Ind. Green) - 2%. (WDBJ-TV/SurveyUSA).

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 06.29.06 | Permalink |

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Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 06.29.06 | Permalink |

WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE.

UTAH: CANNON SURVIVES TOUGH PRIMARY CHALLENGE.
Five-term Congressman Chris Cannon successfully fought off an aggressive GOP primary challenge on Tuesday from wealthy developer and immigration reform advocate John Jacob by a 56% to 44% margin. The challenger ran a one-issue campaign, repeatedly bashing Cannon for being insufficiently conservative on immigration reform. Jacob was backed by Congressman Tom Tancredo's (R-CO) Team America PAC, which funded TV spots attacking Cannon for supporting the guest worker plan to grant amnesty to some illegal aliens. Cannon fought back with endorsements from President Bush and other prominent conservatives. In the end, Jacob's bizarre comments in the final days -- such as claiming he believed "dark forces" and "Satan" were working against his campaign -- helped derail his momentum. (And, FYI -- for those of you who like to repeatedly claim Tancredo fully supports legal immigration to the US and only wants to crack-down on illegal immigration -- how do you explain this photo of a smiling Tancredo posing with an "America Is Full" t-shirt?)
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 06.28.06 | Permalink |

SOUTH CAROLINA & MISSISSIPPI: RUN-OFF RESULTS.
Tuesday was a low-key primary day in South Carolina. Republican voters helped controversial, young Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer score a 51% to 49% comeback over gubernatorial scion Mike Campbell. Campbell placed ahead of Bauer in the June 13 primary. In Mississippi, Democrats handed State Representative Erik Fleming -- a former follower of political cult leader Lyndon LaRouche -- the honor of getting destroyed by US Senator Trent Lott (R) in November. Fleming won his primary by a wide margin over business consultant Bill Bowlin.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 06.28.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: LATEST INDEPENDENT NUMBERS.
NEW JERSEY - US SENATE: US Senator Bob Menendez (D) - 46%, State Senator Tom Kean Jr. (R) - 40%. (Rasmussen Reports).
OHIO - GOVERNOR:
Congressman Ted Strickland (D) - 50%, Secretary of State Ken Blackwell (R) - 37%. (Rasmussen Reports).
OHIO - US SENATE: US Senator Mike DeWine (R) - 46%, Congressman Sherrod Brown (D) - 39%. (Rasmussen Reports).
RHODE ISLAND - GOVERNOR: Governor Don Carcieri (R) - 44%, Lieutenant Governor Charlie Fogarty (D) - 39%. (Brown University).
RHODE ISLAND - US SENATE - (Brown University):
Former Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse (D) - 38%, US Senator Lincoln Chafee (R) - 37%.
Whitehouse (D) - 55%, Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey (R) - 25%.
RHODE ISLAND - US SENATE - DEM PRIMARY: Whitehouse - 60%, peace candidate Carl Sheeler - 8%. (Brown University).

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 06.28.06 | Permalink |

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FREE SPEECH ZONE.
The US Senate correctly rejected the Republican leadership's foolish proposed constitutional amendment to ban flag burning. A few weeks ago, the Senate sensibly rejected the Republican leaderships hateful proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. It would be great if they spend some of their valuable time trying to solve real problems, as we sure have enough of 'em. Health care for all Americans? Nope, nothing going on with that. Adopting a living wage for American workers? Nah! Ending the Iraq War and bringing the soldiers home? Fuhgeddaboutit. Real campaign and lobbying reforms to fix ethically-challenged DC politicians? No f***ing way! Just pathetic.

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 06.28.06 | Permalink |

TUESDAY NEWS UPDATE.

UTAH: CANNON FACES TOUGH PRIMARY CHALLENGE.
Five-term Congressman Chris Cannon is facing an aggressive GOP primary challenge on Tuesday from wealthy developer John Jacob. In last month's District Republican Convention, Jacob defeated Cannon by a 52% to 48% vote. Jacob -- who espouses an immigration position similar to the Frist/Tancredo line -- is largely running a one-issue campaign attacking Cannon for purportedly supporting amnesty for illegal immigrants. Jacob, who is backed by Tancredo's Team America PAC and other immigration reform groups, slams Cannon as the "King of Amnesty." Cannon's campaign manager told the Deseret Morning News that "Cannon is against any path to citizenship for illegal immigrants." Cannon says he supports a guest-worker program that would allow some illegal immigrants to remain in the country for up to three years, possibly with some extensions, but would not be eligible for US citizenship. Jacob says that proposal is just another form of amnesty. Cannon is now firing back with TV spots blasting Jacob and Team America for running a "vicious smear campaign" against him. Cannon also scored endorsements within the past week from both President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) -- one of the most vocal critics of the Senate amnesty bill -- recorded a spot for Cannon. "Long before it was fashionable, Chris Cannon was working with me to stop illegal immigration," says Sensenbrenner in the message. A Salt Lake Tribune poll released Monday shows Cannon leading Jacob by a 44% to 41% vote. A Deseret Morning News poll last week showed Cannon holding a wider lead. Turnout is expected to be very light, with a lower turnout seemingly favoring Jacob. The CD-3 seat is safely Republican, so the winner of the Cannon-Jacob primary should be a safe bet for November. Prediction: Cannon squeaks out a slim primary win (setting himself up to be a major primary target yet again in 2008).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 06.27.06 | Permalink |

SOUTH CAROLINA & MISSISSIPPI: PRIMARY RUN-OFF DAY.
South Carolina Republicans vote in two statewide primary run-offs on Tuesday. The most watched race is the contest between embattled Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer and businessman and gubernatorial scion Mike Campbell. Campbell placed first in the primary, and appears likely to narrowly defeat Bauer again in the run-off. Dems will pick a nominee in the largely meaningless CD-1 contest. In Mississippi, Democrats will select nominees to face US Senator Trent Lott (R) and Congressman Roger Wicker (R) in November -- but those races are both Safe GOP seats in November.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 06.27.06 | Permalink |

CONGRESS: THE BIG PICTURE.
National Journal's Hotline released its newly revised list of the 50 "Most Vulnerable" US House seats on Monday. Of the 50 seats on the list, 40 are currently GOP-held seats. In fact, of the "Top Ten" list, the top nine most vulnerable are all GOP seats.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 06.27.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: LATEST INDEPENDENT NUMBERS.
PENNSYLVANIA - GOVERNOR: Governor Ed Rendell (D) - 50%, retired pro football player Lynn Swann (R) - 36%. (Rasmussen Reports).
PENNSYLVANIA - US SENATE: State Treasurer Bob Casey Jr. (D) - 52%, US Senator Rick Santorum (R) - 37%. (Rasmussen Reports).
TEXAS - GOVERNOR:
Governor Rick Perry (R) - 35%, musician/author Kinky Friedman (Independent) - 21%, former Congressman Chris Bell (D) - 20%, State Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn (Independent) - 19%. (KEYE-TV/SurveyUSA).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 06.27.06 | Permalink |

KANSAS: GOP GOV PROSPECTS GROW DARKER WITH KNIGHT.
Former Wichita Mayor Bob Knight, a 2002 GOP candidate for Governor, is tepidly jumping into the race against Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D) as an Independent. Knight also formerly served as the President of the National League of Cities. Knight told the Wichita Eagle he authorized supporter to begin collecting the 5,000 signatures needed to place him on the November ballot as an Independent. "I've allowed them to test whether or not there are other people in Kansas who are as frustrated as I am with our political system today ... [because of] a general frustration in the state with the federal, state and local decision-making," said Knight. Polls already show Sebelius holding comfortable leads over any of the seven GOP primary candidates. With this latest move more likely to siphon votes away from the GOP nominee, we'd rate this contest as DEM Favored.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 06.27.06 | Permalink |

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FREE SPEECH ZONE.
Since it's been a few weeks since I made one of my entirely gratuitous plugs for Senator Russ Feingold's likely 2008 Presidential campaign, it thought it was time again. That said, Russ did a great job on Meet the Press on Sunday. It's nice to see a thoughtful, principled and articulate Democrat who espouses the views of the "Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party."
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 06.27.06 | Permalink |

MONDAY NEWS UPDATE.

MARYLAND: DUNCAN QUITS GOV RACE.
In a surprising development, Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan (D) abruptly ended his race for Governor on Thursday. Duncan divulged he had recently been diagnosed as suffering from clinical depression. "For people who have not suffered from this illness, or lived with a love one who does, they may not understand just how difficult this can be. It is difficult. And it is difficult for me to announce today that I will no longer be a candidate for Governor of Maryland, but it is the right decision for me, my family and for the Democratic Party," he explained. Duncan immediately endorsed Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley for the Democratic nomination to face Governor Bob Ehrlich (R) in November. Duncan's move significantly helps O'Malley by avoiding a costly and divisive September primary. Peace activist Ed Boyd (Green) is also running. Race rating: Toss-Up.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 06.26.06 | Permalink |

NEW MEXICO: GOP SWITCHES GOVERNOR NOMINEES.
In another unexpected campaign development last week, GOP gubernatorial nominee J.R. Damron quit the race to apparently allow his party an opportunity to field a stronger candidate. Damron, a physician and political unknown, had zero-chance of defeating Governor Bill Richardson (D) in November. The state party leadership immediately substituted former GOP State Chair and businessman John Dendahl as the new nominee. Dendahl -- who lost the GOP primary for Governor in 1994 -- is known for a combative and negative campaign style exhibited during his subsequent eight years as State Chair. Dendahl acknowledges a need to change his image for this year's race. Speaking this weekend to the AP, Dendahl vowed he would be "likable personally [as a candidate], and put forward some ideas that are good." Acknowledging Richardson's $7.5 million campaign treasury, Dendahl described the race as "a huge uphill battle." While Dendahl has little chance against the incumbent, the challenge will cause Richardson to spend a bit more money and time campaigning in New Mexico instead of stumping nationally to promote his likely 2008 Presidential run.

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 06.26.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: LATEST INDEPENDENT NUMBERS.
ALABAMA - GOVERNOR: Governor Bob Riley (R) - 51%, Lieutenant Governor Lucy Baxley (D) - 40%. (WKRG-TV/SurveyUSA).
ALABAMA - GOVERNOR:
Riley (R) - 54%, Baxley (D) - 40%. (Rasmussen Reports).
KANSAS - GOVERNOR -
(Rasmussen Reports):
Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D) - 51%, former State House Speaker Robin Jennison (R) - 31%.
Sebelius (D) - 49%, State Senator Jim Barnett (R) - 36%.
MAINE - GOVERNOR:
Governor John Baldacci (D) - 45%, State Senator Chandler Woodock (R) - 43%. (Rasmussen Reports).
MAINE - US SENATE:
US Senator Olympia Snowe (R) - 66%, liberal activist Jean Hay Bright (D) - 26%. (Rasmussen Reports).
MASSACHUSETTS - GOVERNOR - DEM PRIMARY:
Former US Assistant Attorney General Deval Patrick - 36%, Attorney General Tom Reilly - 31%, businessman Chris Gabrieli - 23%. (WBZ-TV/SurveyUSA).
MISSOURI - US SENATE: State Auditor Claire McCaskill (D) - 49%, US Senator Jim Talent (R) - 43%. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch).
MICHIGAN - GOVERNOR:
Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) - 44%, businessman Dick DeVos (R) - 42%. (Rasmussen Reports).
NEW JERSEY - US SENATE:
US Senator Bob Menendez (D) - 42%, State Senator Tom Kean Jr. (R) - 38%. (Rutgers Univ.).
SOUTH CAROLINA - GOVERNOR:
Governor Mark Sanford (R) - 51%, State Senator Tommy Moore (D) - 39%. (Rasmussen Reports).
VIRGINIA - US SENATE:
US Senator George Allen (R) - 51%, former Navy Secretary Jim Webb (D) - 41%. (Rasmussen Reports).
WISONSIN - GOVERNOR: Governor Jim Doyle (D) - 49%, Congressman Mark Green (R) - 37%. (Wisconsin Policy Research Institute/Diversified Research).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 06.26.06 | Permalink |

SITE OF THE DAY.
Our Politics1 Site of the Day winner is Team Minnesota, the official website of the Independence Party's endorsed ticket of statewide candidates. While this site is somewhat derivative of Peter Hutchinson's old campaign site
we recognized last year, we wanted to honor this revamped version as a great example of a third-party effort. Also, a cool design and unique use of colors.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 06.26.06 | Permalink |

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FREE SPEECH ZONE.
Happy 75th birthday wishes today to my Dad.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 06.26.06 | Permalink |

WEEKEND OPEN THREAD.

FREE SPEECH ZONE.
I'm back from Toronto -- a bit later than planned -- and here's a new open thread for you while I wade through all of the emails, news, etc.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 06.23.06 | Permalink |

THREADS TO KEEP YOU BUSY WHILE RON IS ON VACATION.

A Brief Message.
First, you can find my Friday, June 16, postings below. Now I'm now off to Toronto for a vacation -- and, as I previously mentioned, Dana and I are getting legally married there next week on our 19th anniversary. I'll be back online with new postings on Friday, June 23. Until then, use these open threads to update each other on (and argue about and spin) the political news of the day, but save one for each new day (including this one for weekend). Oh yeah, and be sure to shun whomever jumps in days early with the insipid "first" posting.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 06.17.06 | Permalink |

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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE.

THE HOTTEST MAN IN US POLITICS: MARTIN HEINRICH.
An astounding 3,661 of you cast votes in our entirely superficial (but fun) poll to name the "Hottest Man in US Politics." On the last day, different folks organized different strategies. Bolstered by news stories Thursday in Roll Call and the Wall Street Journal Online, we got lots of new visitors. Conservatives over at Free Republic actually used a message board there to organize an effort to "Freep the poll" for US Senator John Thune (R-SD) -- and it moved him up a notch to fourth place before the voting closed. Congressional candidate Scott Kleeb (D-NE) saw his cowboy look push him to an early lead, although he eventually slipped into third. 26-year-old DC City Council candidate Sam Brooks (D-DC) stayed in second place throughout. That brings us to our 2006 winner: Albuquerque City Council President Martin Heinrich (D-NM). Click here to view the complete results. Stay tuned, as early next month we'll do a new version of our "Worst Hair in Congress" poll. Use this thread to nominate your favorite comb-overs, cheap hairpieces and overall tonsorial nightmares in the House and Senate.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 06.16.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: LATEST INDEPENDENT NUMBERS.
MICHIGAN - GOVERNOR: Businessman Dick DeVos (R) - 48%, Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) - 40%. (EPIC/MRA).
MICHIGAN - US SENATE:
US Senator Debbie Stabenow (D) - 48%, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard (R) - 34%. (EPIC/MRA).
NEVADA - GOVERNOR - DEM PRIMARY:
Henderson Mayor Jim Gibson - 43%, State Senate Minority Leader Dina Titus - 34%, liberal activist Leola McConnell - 5%. (KVBC-TV/SurveyUSA).
NEVADA - GOVERNOR - GOP PRIMARY: Congressman Jim Gibbons - 50%, State Senator Bob Beers - 18%, Lieutenant Governor Lorraine Hunt - 15%, Others - 2%. (KVBC-TV/SurveyUSA).
NEW JERSEY- US SENATE: US Senator Bob Menendez (D) - 43%, State Senator Tom Kean Jr. (R) - 36%. (Quinnipiac Univ.).
RHODE ISLAND - GOVERNOR:
Lieutenant Governor Charlie Fogarty (D) - 41%, Governor Don Carcieri (R) - 40%. (Rasmussen Reports).
TEXAS - GOVERNOR:
Governor Rick Perry (R) - 38%, singer/author Kinky Friedman (Ind) - 20%, State Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn (Ind) - 19%, former Congressman Chris Bell (D) - 14%. (Rasmussen Reports).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 06.16.06 | Permalink |

CONNECTICUT: LIEBERMAN-LAMONT FIGHT HEATS UP.
Wealthy businessman and peace candidate Ned Lamont (D) is making rapid gains in his Dem primary fight against US Senator Joe Lieberman. Lamont has a solid base of anti-war voters who criticize the centrist incumbent for being too friendly with the Bush Administration. Lieberman counters that his record is one of results gained through bipartisan cooperation. In a blow to Lieberman, the state's two big teacher unions -- AFT-CT and the Connecticut Education Association -- both endorsed Lamont. The groups never endorsed Lieberman in the past, but neither actively worked against him before. There's lots of buzz now about Lieberman seeking reelection as an Independent -- but this is nothing new. We reported on Lieberman openly speculating about the Indy option back as early as April 10. The whole thing is starting to look much more likely these days with Lamont's rising poll numbers and Lieberman's campaign chair unabashedly insulting Lamont supporters as "left-wing weirdos." Lamont says he'll endorse Lieberman if Lieberman wins the primary, but Lieberman won't make the reciprocal pledge. Polls show Lieberman would win the general in a landslide if he runs as an Independent, a move that was bolstered this week when US Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said the DSCC would support Indy Lieberman over Dem Lamont in a general election. Forgotten amid the Dem crossfire is former State Rep. Alan Schlesinger (R), who is proving to be a total non-factor in the race.
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FLORIDA: UNUSUAL TACTIC TO BLOCK ANTI-GAY MARRIAGE AMENDMENT.
Religious Right groups are actively working to collect the signatures needed to place an proposed state constitutional amendment on the ballot to ban same-sex marriage in Florida. The language of the amendment also appears to possibly ban civil unions, domestic partner recognition, and anything else bestowing rights similar to marriage. Now a liberal religious group -- Christ Church of Peace -- is wading into the fight with a very unusual tactic. Under Florida law, the certified names of valid ballot petition signatories are a matter of public record. Christ Church launched a new website -- KnowThyNeighbor -- which posted online a searchable list of all the names and home addresses of everyone who signed the gay marriage ban petitions. Supporters of the amendment say it is an unfair intimidation tactic. Christ Church counters their move merely adds accountability so people can know what their friends and neighbors really believe.
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