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BLOG ARCHIVE: SEPTEMBER 1-15, 2006

FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE.

CONGRESS: NEY TO PLEAD GUILTY ON ABRAMOFF CORRUPTION CHARGES.
The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported Thursday night that Congressman Bob Ney (R-OH) -- former Chair of the House Administration Committee -- reached a plea bargain deal with federal prosecutors in which he will plead guilty to at least one felony corruption charge. Expect Ney's resignation to immediately follow the guilty plea. Corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff and three other lobbyists -- including Ney’s former chief-of-staff -- already pled guilty to criminal charges in the case. Ney's guilty plea is imminent, possibly coming as soon as Friday. In fact, the newspaper reported Ney canceled a plan for him to plead guilty on Thursday because he feared it would have interfered with the special GOP primary election to select a replacement nominee for him. State Senator Joy Padgett, Ney's endorsed candidate, won Thursday's primary (see below). Ney skipped all House floor votes on Wednesday and Thursday, reportedly because he was tied-up in making the plea deal. With all these guilty pleas from Abramoff and his corrupt cadre of political associates, other Abramoff "friends" like Tom DeLay, John Doolittle and Conrad Burns must be getting very nervous. Frankly, I'm slightly surprised by the timing of this news, as I expected "cold cash" Congressman Bill Jefferson to get indicted before Ney.

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BY THE NUMBERS: LATEST INDEPENDENT NUMBERS.
FLORIDA - GOVERNOR: Attorney General Charlie Crist (R) - 49%, Congressman Jim Davis (D) - 41%, Others - 1%. (WFLA-TV/SurveyUSA).
FLORIDA - US SENATE: US Senator Bill Nelson (D) - 53%, Congresswoman Katherine Harris (R) - 38%. (WFLA-TV/SurveyUSA).
INDIANA - CD-7: Congresswoman Julia Carson (D) - 55%, auto dealer Eric Dickerson (R) - 35%. (WISH-TV/Research 2000).
INDIANA - CD-8: Vanderburgh County Sheriff Brad Ellsworth (D) - 44%, Congressman John Hostettler (R) - 40%. (WISH-TV/Research 2000).
IOWA - CD-3: Congressman Leonard Boswell (D) - 52%, State Senate President Jeff Lamberti (R) - 41%. (KCCI-TV/Research 2000).
KANSAS - GOVERNOR: Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D) - 58%, State Senator Jim Barnett (R) - 38%, frequent candidate Carl Kramer (Libertarian) - 1%, physician assistant Richard Ranzau (Reform) - 1%. (KCTV-TV/SurveyUSA).
MASSACHUSETTS - GOVERNOR - DEM PRIMARY: Former US Assistant Attorney General Deval Patrick - 36%, venture capitalist Chris Gabrieli - 26%, Attorney General Tom Reilly - 19%. (State House News Service).
MICHIGAN - GOVERNOR: Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) - 50%, businesswoman Dick DeVos (R) - 42%. (Detroit News/EPIC/MRA).
MICHIGAN - US SENATE: US Senator Debbie Stabenow (D) - 53%, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard (R) - 34%. (Detroit News/EPIC/MRA).
MISSOURI - US SENATE: State Auditor Claire McCaskill (D) - 45%, US Senator Jim Talent (R) - 42%. (Rasmussen Reports).
MISSOURI - US SENATE: McCaskill (D) - 48%, Talent (R) - 47%, Frank Gilmour (Libertarian) - 1%. (KCTV-TV/SurveyUSA).
MONTANA - US SENATE: State Senate President Jon Tester (D) - 52%, US Senator Conrad Burns (R) - 43%. (Rasmussen Reports).
TEXAS - GOVERNOR: Governor Rick Perry (R) - 33%, State Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn (Independent) - 22%, Congressman Chris Bell (D) - 18%, musician/author Kinky Friedman (Independent) - 16%. (Rasmussen Reports).
TEXAS - US SENATE: US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) - 58%, attorney Barbara Ann Radnofsky (D) - 32%. (Rasmussen Reports).
WASHINGTON - US SENATE: US Senator Maria Cantwell (D) - 52%, insurance executive Mike McGavick (R) - 35%. (Rasmussen Reports).
VIRGINIA - US SENATE: US Senator George Allen (R) - 50%, former Navy Secretary Jim Webb (D) - 43%. (Rasmussen Reports).

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OHIO: PADGETT WINS CD-18 SPECIAL GOP PRIMARY.
There was no surprise in Thursday's special Republican primary in Ohio's CD-18, as State Senator Joy Padgett handily won the nomination with around 50% versus her four minor opponents. Padgett replaces scandal-tainted incumbent Congressman Bob Ney (R), who quit the race last month
. She was Ney's hand-picked successor and was endorsed in the primary by US House Majority Leader John Boehner and others. Padgett next faces liberal Dover Law Director Zach Space (D) in November. The district is heavily Republican, so the Padgett-Space contest must be rated Leans GOP. Then again this is Ohio, incumbent Governor Bob Taft (R) has among the lowest approval ratings ever recorded in polling history, and Padgett is a former Taft Administration official. In related news, Democrats vote Friday in a special primary in CD-3 to replace a nominee who quit after both she and her husband were arrested last month on spousal abuse charges after a fight.
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CONGRESS: SENATE COMMITTEE ACTS TO BLOCK TORTURE, PROTECT PRISONER RIGHTS.
I don't often praise Republicans, but kudos to US Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and John Warner of the Armed Services Committee for drafting a terrorism tribunal bill to protect the rights of "War on Terror" detainees
. The bill -- which passed the committee Thursday by a 15-9 vote over loud objections from the White House -- would block the Bush Administration's repeated attempts to weaken the legal protections guaranteed all prisoners of war under Article III of the Geneva Convention. Article III prohibits all forms of torture on prisoners of war. The committee's bill would also permit terror suspects to view the classified evidence prosecutors plan to use against them in trial, something the White House strongly opposes. Former Bush Administration Secretary of State Colin Powell unexpectedly waded into the controversy Thursday morning by sending McCain a letter endorsing his efforts. "The world is beginning to doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism. To redefine Common Article III would add to those doubts. Furthermore, it would put our own troops at risk," wrote Powell, who is also a retired four-star Army General. President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Bush political guru Karl Rove all traveled to Capitol Hill on Thursday to personally lobby against the McCain-Graham-Warner bill. One Bush ally, US Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, hinted to reporters he may simply ignore the committee's vote and instead bring the Bush Administration's version to the floor for a vote.
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FREE SPEECH ZONE.
Here's some political news of the bizarre: frequent candidate C.C. Reed, an independent candidate for Florida Governor, filed paperwork with the Secretary of State's office indicating a Miami man named only "Mr. T" is his runningmate for Lieutenant Governor
. So ... what else is going on in politics today?
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THURSDAY NEWS UPDATE.

BY THE NUMBERS: LATEST INDEPENDENT NUMBERS.
INDIANA - CD-9: Former Congressman Baron Hill (D) - 46%, Congressman Mike Sodrel (R) - 40%. (Fort Wayne News/Research 2000).
NEVADA - CD-2: Secretary of State Dean Heller (R) - 45%, University Regent Jill Derby (D) - 37%. (Reno Gazette-Journal/Research 2000).
VIRGINIA - US SENATE: US Senator George Allen (R) - 48%, former Navy Secretary Jim Webb (D) - 45%, businesswoman Gail Parker (Indep. Green) - 3%. (WUSA-TV/SurveyUSA).

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FREE SPEECH ZONE.
Colorful former Texas Governor Ann Richards (D) died in Wednesday at age 73 ... and the liberal Air America radio network announced plans to file for bankruptcy protection.

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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE.

RHODE ISLAND: CHAFEE SURVIVES CHALLENGE FROM THE RIGHT.
In a Republican primary that saw a heavy turnout, GOP centrists helped US Senator Lincoln Chafee survive a bruising primary challenge from populist arch-conservative Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey. Chafee -- virtually a poster child for the right-wing epithet of "RINO" -- is one of the most liberal Republicans in Congress. From flirting with switching parties a few years ago to announcing in 2004 he did not vote for President Bush, Chafee is a regular annoyance to the Bush Administration. Despite this, the NRSC invested heavily in saving Chafee in the primary because polls showed Chafee was the only Republican who had any chance of winning in November. The anti-tax Club for Growth spent liberally in support of Laffey, but in the end it wasn't enough. Chafee defeated Laffey by a 54% to 46% vote. Former Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse won the Dem nomination in a landslide and will face Chafee in November. Chafee-Whitehouse race rating: Toss-Up. In CD-2, pro-life Congressman Jim Langevin (D) easily deflected a primary challenge from liberal college professor Jennifer Lawless by a 24-point margin.
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MARYLAND: CARDIN DEFEATS MFUME, SARBANES LEADS IN CD-3, WYNN SEEMINGLY WINS.
Due to various primary day glitches, Maryland results were slowly trickling in on on election night. With two-thirds of the votes counted, Congressman Ben Cardin moved over to a solid lead over former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume in the Democratic primary to replace retiring US Senator Paul Sarbanes (D). Cardin had 47% to Mfume's 37%. Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele won the GOP primary for US Senate, capturing 87% against nine opponents. Cardin-Steele race rating: Leans Dem. Cardin's open CD-3 was another crowded race. With 63% of the vote counted, attorney/congressional scion John Sarbanes appeared to be winning with 32%, versus Baltimore Health Commissioner Peter Beilenson at 25% and State Senator Paula Hollinger at 22%. The CD-3 seat is safely Dem. In CD-4, progressive challenger Donna Edwards was trailing pro-business Congressman Al Wynn by 12-points, with 53% of the vote tabulated.
82-year-old State Comptroller (and former Governor) Don Schaefer was in last place in his Dem renomination primary, trailing by a few points, but the race was still too close to call at 1:00 am.
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MINNESOTA: ELLISON WINS OPEN CD-5 CONTEST, TO BE FIRST MUSLIM IN CONGRESS.
In the race for retiring Congressman Martin Olav Sabo's open CD-5 seat, State Representative Keith Ellison won the crowded seven-candidate DFL primary with 41%, followed by former Sabo chief of staff Mike Erlandson at 31% and former State Senator Ember Reichgott Junge third with 21%. Ellison overcame attacks about his former -- and later abandoned -- affiliation with the Nation of Islam (before Ellison became a more mainstream Muslim). As a candidate, Ellison positioned himself as a progressive who is staunchly anti-Iraq War, pro-choice, pro-gay rights, and pro-universal health care. The district is solidly Democratic, so Ellison is assured of becoming the first African-American elected to Congress from Minnesota and the first Muslim-American to ever serve in Congress. Meanwhile, there were no surprises in the statewide contests. Governor Tim Pawlenty (R), Attorney General Mike Hatch (DFL) and former State Finance Commissioner Peter Hutchinson (Independence) each won lopsided victories in their respective gubernatorial primaries.
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ARIZONA: GIFFORDS, GRAF WIN CD-8 RACES; MUNSIL WINS GOP GUV PRIMARY.
In a mild surprise, attorney and Religious Right activist Len Munsil won the GOP primary for the right to face popular Governor Janet Napolitano (D) in November. Financial consultant Don Goldwater -- nephew of the late US Senator Barry Goldwater -- lead in the polls for months, largely on the strength of his family name. Munsil defeated Goldwater by a 50% to 40% vote. The most watched Arizona races were the very competitive primaries for retiring Congressman Jim Kolbe's open CD-8 seat. With over 90% of the vote counted, hardcore conservative former State Representative Randy Graf apparently defeated centrist State Representative Steve Huffman by a vote of 43-37 in the GOP primary. Graf is an ally of anti-immigration Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO). The NRCC and Kolbe both endorsed Huffman as the most electable GOP candidate in this swing district, arguing Graf was far too conservative to win in November. Other centrists in the primary split Huffman's base, allowing Graf to edge into the lead. On the Democratic side, former State Senator Gabrielle Giffords won 55% of the vote against five opponents. Her closest opponent -- retired local TV news anchor Patty Weiss -- lagged 24-points behind. If Graf's lead holds, move the Graf-Giffords race into the Leans Dem category.
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NEW YORK: SPITZER, HILLARY, SPENCER, CUOMO, TOWNS, CLARKE WIN.
Attorney General Eliot Spitzer (D) scored a landslide victory in the Democratic primary for New York Governor, defeating Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi by a vote of 81% to 19%. Spitzer is a safe bet to defeat former State House Minority Leader John Faso (R) in November. Former Clinton Administration HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo won the Democratic primary for Attorney General, capturing 53% of the vote against three opponents. In the US Senate race, incumbent Hillary Clinton rolled over peace candidate Jonathan Tasini by a lopsided vote of 83% to 17% in the Dem primary. Former Yonkers Mayor John Spencer captured 60% of the vote in the GOP primary for US Senate. With most of the vote counted in CD-10, Congressman Ed Towns (D) appears to have captured 45% of the vote, versus 39% for NYC Councilman Charles Barron and 16% for State Assemblyman Roger Green. Towns previously announced his next term will be his last in Washington. That will leave Barron and Green immediately free to launch their '08 runs for the seat. The open CD-11 race was a hotly contested battle for the seat of retiring Congressman Major Owens (D). With nearly all votes counted, NYC Councilwoman Yvette Clarke seemingly won with 31%, NYC Councilman David Yassky was second with 27%, State Senator Carl Andrews had 22%, and Congressman Owens' son Chris Owens was last with 20%. Clarke was an unsuccessful primary challenger against the incumbent two years ago.

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WISCONSIN: LAUTENSCHLAGER TRAILING; GARD & KAGEN WIN IN CD-8.
With more than 80% of the vote counted, Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager (D) was trailing in her primary for renomination. Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk was leading the incumbent by a 53% to 47% vote. Lautenschlager was arrested last year and quickly pled guilty to DUI charges. In the open CD-8 race for the swing seat being vacated by gubernatorial candidate Congressman Mark Green (R), State Assembly Speaker John Gard scored a landslide 71-29 victory over State Assemblywoman Terri McCormick in the GOP primary. On the Dem side, wealthy physician Steve Kagen spent over $1.5 million from his own pocket to win a convincing victory. The vote: Kagen - 47%, business consultant Jamie Wall - 29%, former Brown County Executive Nancy Nusbaum - 24%. We'd rate the Gard-Kagen match-up as Leans GOP.
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OTHER SIGNIFICANT TUESDAY PRIMARY RESULTS.
DELAWARE: Law professor Jan Ting -- the GOP endorsed candidate for US Senate -- barely won his primary. Ting defeated airline pilot and frequent candidate Mike Protack by a margin of less than 300 votes. In the Democratic Congressional primary, attorney and party endorsed candidate Dennis Spivack easily won by a 20-point margin. Turnout was below 8%.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: As expected, energetic young City Councilman Adrian Fenty won the Democratic primary for Mayor over DC Council President Linda Cropp. Fenty captured 57%, Cropp had 31%, and five others trailed far behind. Mayor Anthony Williams (D) is retiring.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: CD-1 Congressman Jeb Bradley (R) and CD-2 Congressman Charlie Bass (R) each cruised to landslide primary victories. In CD-1, Democratic activist and peace candidate Carol Shea-Porter defeated State House Minority Leader Jim Craig by a margin of 18-points in an upset.

VERMONT: Socialist Congressman Bernie Sanders (Independent) -- with the direct collusion of the Vermont Democratic Party and the DSCC -- ensured Tuesday he will face no Democratic opposition on the November ballot. Sanders vowed he would decline the nomination if he won the primary, thus enabling him to appear on the November ballot only as an Independent with no real obstacles to winning the general election. Sanders captured the Democratic nomination with an amazing 94% of the vote over four candidates who actively sought the Dem nomination. Sanders has vowed to caucus with the Senate Democrats when he is elected -- just as does retiring US Senator Jim Jeffords (I-VT). In the GOP primary, wealthy software executive Rich Tarrant won the US Senate primary by a 2-to-1 margin over conservative military veteran Greg Parke.

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BY THE NUMBERS: LATEST INDEPENDENT NUMBERS.
ALABAMA - GOVERNOR: Governor Bob Riley (R) - 55%, Lieutenant Governor Lucy Baxley (D) - 34%. (Birmingham News).
ARKANSAS - GOVERNOR: Attorney General Mike Beebe (D) - 49%, former Congressman Asa Hutchinson (R) - 38%. (Rasmussen Reports).
CALIFORNIA - GOVERNOR: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) - 47%, State Treasurer Phil Angelides (D) - 33%. (Rasmussen Reports).
CONNECTICUT - US SENATE: US Senator Joe Lieberman (Independent) - 51%, businessman Ned Lamont (D) - 38%, former State Representative Alan Schlesinger (R) - 7%, Others - 1%. (WABC-TV/SurveyUSA).
ILLINOIS - GOVERNOR: Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) - 45%, State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka (R) - 39%, attorney Rich Whitney (Green) - 6%. (WGN-TV/Chicago Tribune).
MASSACHUSETTS - GOVERNOR - DEM PRIMARY: Former US Assistant Attorney General Deval Patrick - 45%, venture capitalist Chris Gabrieli - 29%, Attorney General Tom Reilly - 21%. (WBZ-TV/SurveyUSA).
NEW MEXICO - GOVERNOR: Governor Bill Richardson (D) - 57%, former State GOP Chair John Dendahl (R) - 38%. (Albuquerque Journal).
SOUTH CAROLINA - GOVERNOR: Governor Mark Sanford (R) - 51%, State Senator Tommy Moore (D) - 38%. (Rasmussen Reports).
TENNESSEE - GOVERNOR: Governor Phil Bredesen (D) - 63%, State Senator Jim Bryson (R) - 30%, Others - 1%. (WBIR-TV/SurveyUSA).
TENNESSEE - US SENATE: Congressman Harold Ford Jr. (D) - 48%, former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker (R) - 45%, Others - 1%. (WBIR-TV/SurveyUSA).
WASHINGTON - US SENATE: US Senator Maria Cantwell (D) - 52%, insurance executive Mike McGavick (R) - 35%. (Rasmussen Reports).
WEST VIRGINIA - US SENATE: US Senator Robert C. Byrd (D) - 63%, former State GOP Chair John Raese (R) - 30%. (Rasmussen Reports).

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TUESDAY NEWS UPDATE.

RHODE ISLAND: PRIMARY PREVIEW.
The marquee race of Tuesday is moderate US Senator Lincoln Chafee's hot GOP primary
battle for renomination against arch-conservative Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey. Chafee could not possibly have done more to annoy his party's conservative base: he announced in 2004 he would not vote for President Bush, he frequently defies the Bush Administration, he supports gay marriage, he initially supported censoring Bush over the unwarranted domestic surveillance program, and just last week helped block the Senate confirmation of Acting UN Ambassador John Bolton. The Club for Growth is heavily backing Laffey, while the NRSC is solidly behind Chafee. In fact, the NRSC has run harsh attack spots against Laffey -- and they've made it clear they will not help Laffey if he ousts Chafee because they view Laffey as unelectable in November. Although Dems (yours truly, included) are hoping for Chafee to get Lieberman'ed, I don't see it happening. Look for Chafee to score a tepid victory. Former Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse faces an earnest -- but minor -- challenge from USMC veteran and peace activist Carl Sheeler and one other in the Democratic primary for US Senate. Also, pro-life Congressman Jim Langevin (D) should easily deflect an energetic primary challenge in CD-2 from liberal college professor Jennifer Lawless. Other races to watch: competitive primaries for Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State.
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NEW YORK: PRIMARY PREVIEW.
In the race to succeed retiring Governor George Pataki (R), Attorney General Eliot Spitzer will cruise to a landslide victory in the Democratic primary. Former State House Minority Leader John Faso is unopposed for the GOP nomination. Former Clinton Administration HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo is well positioned to win the Democratic primary for Attorney General. In the US Senate race, incumbent Hillary Clinton -- despite her votes for going to war with Iraq and her rather ambiguous current views on the war -- will smash peace candidate Jonathan Tasini by a gigantic margin. Former Yonkers Mayor John Spencer is expected to handily defeat former Defense Department official K.T. McFarland in the GOP primary, winning the right to face Clinton in November. Spencer and McFarland, however, both hold third party ballot lines for November regardless of who wins the GOP contest. In CD-10, Congressman Ed Towns should be able to hold off a tough primary challenge from NYC Councilman Charles Barron and State Assemblyman Roger Green -- winning what Towns promises will be his final term in Washington. That will leave Barron and Green immediately free to launch their '08 runs for the seat. The open CD-11 primary is a wild fight in which any of the four Dems could reasonably win retiring Congressman Major Owens' (D) seat. The last independent poll showed a four-way tie between NYC Councilmembers Yvette Clarke and David Yassky, State Senator Carl Andrews and health care executive Chris Owens. Candidate Owens is the son of the outgoing incumbent. Yassky, the only white candidate running in this minority district, could score an upset victory with the sizable black vote split by the other three hopefuls. The Dem primary in CD-19 is also worth watching.

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MARYLAND: PRIMARY PREVIEW.
Several good contests on tap for Tuesday. Eighteen Democrats and ten Republicans are running for retiring US Senator Paul Sarbanes' (D) seat. Congressman Ben Cardin and former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume agree on most issues, so the Dem fight is largely one of personalities and GOTV organizational skills. Polls have shown the lead swinging back and forth in recent weeks, but Cardin seems to have the momentum in these final days needed to win. Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele (R) will have no problem in his primary. Cardin's open CD-3 is another crowded race, with attorney/congressional scion John Sarbanes, Baltimore Health Commissioner Peter Beilenson, State Senator Paula Hollinger and former TV news reporter Andy Barth as the leading contenders. My guess for the winner: Sarbanes. Meanwhile, the sleeper race of the day is progressive challenger Donna Edwards' surprisingly strong Dem challenge to pro-business Congressman Al Wynn in CD-4. Edwards is endorsed by the Washington Post, the Sierra Club, the Teamsters, MoveOn, Democracy for America, ACORN, and several prominent national liberal leaders. Edwards attacked Wynn for supporting the Bush Administration on some key votes and having few accomplishments to show for his time spent inside the Beltway. She has momentum and vitality, and has drawn close to Wynn in the final days, but it is hard to gauge if she will be able to score what would be an incredible upset.
One other race of note: look for current State Comptroller and former Governor Don Schaefer (D) to lose his primary. His campaign has consisted of a trail of gaffes that make the aging Schaefer look like a cranky old man who more belongs sitting on a park bench spouting his sexist and offensive remarks.
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MINNESOTA: PRIMARY PREVIEW.
Governor Tim Pawlenty (R),
Attorney General Mike Hatch (DFL) and former State Finance Commissioner Peter Hutchinson (Independence) will cruise to easy victories in their respective gubernatorial primaries. Ditto for Congressman Mark Kennedy (R) and Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar (DFL) in the US Senate primaries. In the race for retiring Congressman Martin Olav Sabo's open CD-5 seat, the winner of the DFL primary will win this safe Dem seat. Eight Democrats are competing in the CD-5 primary, but only three of them have a shot at winning: State Representative Keith Ellison, former State Senator Ember Reichgott Junge and former Sabo Chief of Staff Mike Erlandson. Ellison, the DFL-endorsed candidate, would be the first Muslim elected to Congress if he wins. ERJ, a '98 candidate for Attorney General, is the only woman in the crowded field. Erlandson, the former DFL State Chairman, is Sabo's endorsed candidate. Just a hunch, but I'd peg Erlandson to win the primary.
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BY THE NUMBERS: LATEST INDEPENDENT NUMBERS.
DC - MAYOR - DEM PRIMARY: Councilman Adrian Fenty - 52%, City Council Chair Linda Cropp - 28%, Verizon CEO Marie Johns - 9%, Councilman Vincent Orange - 4%, Others - 4%. (WUSA-TV/SurveyUSA).
MARYLAND - US SENATE - DEM PRIMARY: Congressman Ben Cardin - 47%, former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume - 38%, developer Josh Rales - 7%, Others - 1%. (WMAR-TV/SurveyUSA).
MINNESOTA - GOVERNOR - DEM PRIMARY: Attorney General Mike Hatch - 77%, State Senator Becky Lourey - 19%. (KSTP-TV/SurveyUSA).

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NEW HAMPSHIRE: PRIMARY PREVIEW.
The races worth noting Tuesday are the Dem primary in CD-1 and the GOP primary in CD-2. In CD-1, State House Minority Leader Jim Craig, Democratic activist Carol Shea-Porter and two others are fighting for the right to take on heavily favored Congressman Jeb Bradley (R) in November. Establishment candidate Craig is expected to win the primary. In CD-2, moderate Congressman Charlie Bass (R) faces a challenge from Berlin Mayor Bob Danderson and one other -- but Bass should easily win.

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WISCONSIN: PRIMARY PREVIEW.
Only two races really merit much attention in Wisconsin on Tuesday. Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager (D) was arrested last year and quickly pled guilty to DUI charges. She accepted responsibility, apologized, and tried to put the incident behind her. However, Dane County Executive and 2002 gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Falk is challenging Lautenschlager in the primary. The incumbent looked more vulnerable a few months ago, but recent polls show her surviving. In the open CD-8 race for the swing seat being vacated by gubernatorial candidate Congressman Mark Green (R), both parties are seeing important races. State Assembly Speaker John Gard and State Assemblywoman Terri McCormick are seeking the GOP nod. Gard, backed by Green and other GOP leaders, should comfortably win the primary. On the Dem side, the candidates are spending millions in the primary. Former Brown County Executive Nancy Nusbaum, wealthy physician Steve Kagen and business consultant Jamie Wall are fighting for the Dem nomination. Nusbaum is backed by EMILY's List and has raised over $1 million. Kagen is spending over $1.5 million from his own pocket. Wall is solidly backed by the labor unions and neighboring Congressman Dave Obey (D), and has raised over $650,000. Any of the three Dems could prevail. This district went 55% for Bush in 2004, so the GOP nominee will be a slight favorite in November.

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MASSACHUSETTS: PRIMARY PREVIEW.
Let's knock out this September 19 preview early. As independent polls show that Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey (R) is unlikely to defeat any of the Democrats running for Governor, the Democratic primary will likely decide who will succeed outgoing Governor Mitt Romney (R). Attorney General Tom Reilly started the race as the solid frontrunner, but his inept campaign was able to largely squander Reilly's early advantage over the past few months. Former US Assistant Attorney General Deval Patrick -- the most liberal candidate in the race -- won the party's endorsement at the state convention a few months ago. Venture capitalist Chris Gabrieli jumped into the contest late after he became annoyed with how Reilly publicly toyed with selecting him as a runningmate before tapping someone else. Polls show Patrick and Gabrieli both running ahead of Reilly -- and have Gabrieli performing best against Healey in November -- but look for Patrick to win the primary with the help of an energized liberal base. Wealthy businessman Christy Mihos (Independent) and others are also running for Governor. Dems will also see a competitive primary for Lieutenant Governor. Republicans have an inconsequential two-man primary for US Senator, as seven-term incumbent Ted Kennedy (D) is safe.
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MONDAY NEWS UPDATE.

P2008: GORE CRACKS OPEN THE DOOR A LITTLE BIT.
Former Vice President Al Gore (D)
on Sunday seemed to slightly reverse his previous statements expressing total disinterest in running for President in 2008, slightly opening the door to making a third White House. While on On a trip to Australia to promote his environmental film An Inconvenient Truth, Gore said "I haven't completely ruled out running for President again in the future, but I don't expect to ... I offer the explanation not as an effort to be coy or clever. It's just the internal shifting of gears after being in politics almost 30 years." Those words are certainly going to encourage the folks who believe Gore is the only Democrat capable of defeating US Senator Hillary Clinton for the 2008 Democratic Presidential nomination.
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ARIZONA: PRIMARY PREVIEW.
While popular Governor Janet Napolitano (D) is unopposed for renomination, four Republicans are essentially competing on Tuesday for
the right to lose to her in November. Of the four, financial consultant Don Goldwater -- nephew of the late US Senator Barry Goldwater -- will likely ride the family name to victory in the GOP gubernatorial primary. There are no primaries in the US Senate race between incumbent Jon Kyl (R) and former State Democratic Chair Jim Pedersen -- and Kyl remains favored in November. The hottest Arizona races of the day are the very competitive primaries for retiring Congressman Jim Kolbe's open CD-8 seat. On the GOP side, former State Representative Randy Graf -- a social conservative who never stopped running after losing to Kolbe in the 2004 primary -- remains the frontrunner for the nomination. State Representative Steve Huffman -- a GOP centrist -- is backed by Kolbe and the NRCC. However, former State GOP Chair Mike Hellon is also running, and splitting the large moderate base with Huffman. The NRCC endorsement of Huffman also created some bad blood, in the Graf, Hellon and the two other minor hopefuls called a press conference last week to denounce the NRCC as "idiots" for meddling in an open seat primary. In the end, the centrist split should enable Graf to score an unimpressive plurality win in the five-candidate primary. On the Democratic side, former State Senator Gabrielle Giffords will cruise to a wide victory over retired local TV news anchor Patty Weiss and four others. If Graf is the GOP nominee against Giffords, we'd rate this swing seat Leans Dem. However, if Huffman can edge past Graf on Tuesday, then we'd rate a Giffords-Huffman general election contest a toss-up.
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BY THE NUMBERS: LATEST INDEPENDENT NUMBERS.
PRESIDENT - 2008 - DEM: US Senator Hillary Clinton - 37%, former Vice President Al Gore - 20%, US Senator John Kerry - 11%. former US Senator John Edwards - 11%, US Senator Russ Feingold - 3%, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson - 3%, former Virginia Governor Mark Warner - 3%, US Senator Evan Bayh - 2%, US Senator Joe Biden - 2%, Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack - 1%. (CNN/Opinion Research ).
PRESIDENT - 2008 - GOP: Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani - 31%, US Senator John McCain - 20%, former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich - 12%, US Senator George Allen - 7%, US Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist - 5%, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney - 5%, New York Governor George Pataki - 4%, US Senator Sam Brownback - 1%. (CNN/Opinion Research ).
ALASKA - GOVERNOR: Former Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin (R) - 52%, former Governor Tony Knowles (D) - 38%. (Rasmussen Reports).
NEW YORK - GOVERNOR - DEM PRIMARY: Attorney General Elliot Spitzer - 79%, Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi - 14%. (WNBC/Marist College).
NEW YORK - GOVERNOR - DEM PRIMARY: Spitzer - 75%, Suozzi - 15%. (Sienna College).
NEW YORK - US SENATE - DEM PRIMARY: US Senator Hillary Clinton - 88%, peace activist Jonathan Tasini - 10%. (WNBC/Marist College).
NEW YORK - US SENATE - DEM PRIMARY: Clinton - 78%, Tasini - 16%. (Sienna College).
NEW YORK - US SENATE - GOP PRIMARY: Former Yonkers Mayor John Spencer - 39%, former Defense Department official K.T. McFarland - 16%. (WNBC/Marist College).
NEW YORK - CD-11 - DEM PRIMARY: NYC Councilwoman Yvette Clarke - 20%, NYC Councilman David Yassky - 20%, State Senator Carl Andrews - 19%, health care executive Chris Owens - 19%. (Martilla & Kiley-D).
NEW YORK - ATTORNEY GENERAL - DEM PRIMARY: Former HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo - 52%, former NYC Public Advocate Mark Green - 30%. (WNBC/Marist College).
NEW YORK - ATTORNEY GENERAL - DEM PRIMARY: Cuomo - 47%, Green - 27%. (Sienna College).
TENNESSEE - GOVERNOR: Governor Phil Bredesen (D) - 58%, State Senator Jim Bryson (R) - 31%. (Rasmussen Reports).
TENNESSEE - US SENATE: Former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker (R) - 45%, Congressman Harold Ford Jr. (D) - 44%. (Rasmussen Reports).
VIRGINIA - US SENATE: US Senator George Allen (R) - 46%, former Navy Secretary Jim Webb (D) - 42%. (Roanoke Times/Mason-Dixon).
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9/11: FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY.
A bit of editorializing on this fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. I have some questions for you to ponder. Has Osama Bin Laden been captured yet? Are the Taliban and their war lord allies in Afghanistan again resurgent? Does the US-backed, Afghan government of President Hamid Karzai effectively control anything outside the Kabul region? Is Iraq more stable and less of a threat to western interests now versus five years ago? Is Iran closer to being a nuclear threat now versus five years ago? Are US relations, in general, with foreign nations better or worse than five years ago? As Americans, have our civil liberties been incrementally reduced over the past five years? So ... is all of this the new definition of "we're winning" the War on Terrorism?

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: PRIMARY PREVIEW.
Mayor Anthony Williams (D) is not seeking re-election, setting off a crowded contest to replace him. Seven Dems are seeking the mayoral nomination, including City Council Chair Linda Cropp, Councilmen Adrian Fenty and Vincent Orange, and former Verizon CEO Marie Johns. Fenty -- an attorney and former congressional aide with a record of populist community activist -- moved out to a huge lead a few months ago. While Cropp has worked in recent weeks to rapidly narrow the gap, Fenty's lead appears to be holding. Look for Fenty to win the primary. Two Democratic City Council members -- Kathy Patterson and Vincent Gray -- are seeking to replace Cropp as the city's elected Council Chair.
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VERMONT: PRIMARY PREVIEW.
Self-proclaimed socialist Congressman Bernie Sanders (Independent) is a near lock to win the Green Mountain State's open US Senate seat in November. On Tuesday he is expected to win the Democratic nomination -- something he doesn't want -- over four Democrats who actually want to be the Dem nominee. The State Democratic Party and the DSCC are both backing Sanders, who promised to caucus with the Senate Democrats if he wins. To help Sanders in November, they convinced him to run in the primary, just so he can renounce the nomination after winning it. That means there will be no Democrat on the ballot against him in the general election. Wealthy software executive and GOP centrist Rich Tarrant is the heavy favorite to win the US Senate nomination over conservative USAF veteran Greg Parke and marijuana legalization activist Cris Ericson. In the race for Sanders' open House seat, State Adjutant General Martha Rainville will easily dispatch a primary challenge from State Senator Mark Shepard. Senate President Pro Tem Peter Welch is unopposed for the Democratic nomination.
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DELAWARE: PRIMARY PREVIEW.
The two federal primaries on Tuesday are largely meaningless, as the incumbents in both races are very safe in November. Three Republicans are seeking the nomination against US Senator Tom Carper (D). Former INS Assistant Commissioner and law school professor Jan Ting is the Delaware Republican Party's officially endorsed candidate in the race, but he's facing a challenge from airline pilot Mike Protack and Religious Right activist Christine O'Donnell.
In the race for the state's lone US House seat, Congressman Mike Castle (R) faces no primary opposition. Attorney Dennis Spivack and children's rights advocate Karen Hartley-Nagle are competing for the Democratic nomination. Spivack is endorsed by the party. Hartley-Nagle, meanwhile, is guaranteed a spot on the November ballot because she is also the nominee of the Independent Party of Delaware -- a liberal group that backed Nader for President in 2004.
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FREE SPEECH ZONE.
According to Orwellian comments Vice President Dick Cheney made on NBC's Meet the Press, US allies in Afghanistan and Iraq "have doubts [America will finish the job there] and those doubts are encouraged, obviously, when they see the kind of debate that we've had in the United States. Suggestions, for example, that we should withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq simply feed into that whole notion, validates the strategy of the terrorists." Forget the first amendment, the executive-legislative-judicial balance of powers, and all of those other pesky parts of the constitution. Yup, if you insist on exercising your constitutional rights, then the terrorists will win.
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BY THE NUMBERS: LATEST INDEPENDENT NUMBERS.
ARIZONA - CD-8 - DEM PRIMARY: Former State Senator Gabrielle Giffords - 46%, retired TV news anchor Patty Weiss - 29%, airline pilot Jeff Latas - 5%, Three Others - 4%. (Arizona Daily Star).
ARIZONA - CD-8 - GOP PRIMARY: Former State Representative Randy Graf - 33%, State Representative Steve Huffman - 25%, former State GOP Chair Mike Hellon - 10%, Two Others - 4%. (Arizona Daily Star).
MICHIGAN - GOVERNOR: Businessman Dick DeVos (R) - 48%, Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) - 46%. (Rasmussen Reports).
MICHIGAN - US SENATE: US Senator Debbie Stabenow (D) - 51%, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard (R) - 43%. (Rasmussen Reports).
WISCONSIN - GOVERNOR: Governor Jim Doyle (D) - 49%, Congressman Mark Green (R) - 40%, community activist Nelson Eidman (Green) - 1%. (WISC-TV/Research 2000).

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CONGRESS #1 : FBI LOBBYING PROBE LOOKS AT "NO-SHOW JOB" FOR DeLAY'S WIFE.
According to the Wall Street Journal, FBI agents are investigation if the wife of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) was paid $115,000 for a purportedly "no-show" job with a DC lobbying firm. The firm -- Alexander Strategies -- was run by former DeLay aide Tony Rudy, who already pled guilty to felony corruption charges tied to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Rudy, who is now cooperating with federal agents, admitted in court he accepted bribes while he worked for DeLay and later conspired to bribe other congressmen when he was a lobbyist. According to the newspaper, "investigators also asked about $144,000 that Mrs. DeLay received from one of Mr. DeLay's fund-raising committees, the Americans for a Republican Majority Political Action Committee, which was housed at the lobbying firm's offices." Mrs. DeLay was a "key adviser to her husband and her employment at Armpac and Alexander Strategy was real and valuable," explained a DeLay family spokesman.
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CONGRESS #2: GOP INCUMBENTS WANT MORE DEBATES.
Traditionally, it is challengers who insist upon holding debates with incumbents and the incumbents who try to dodge debates. The theory is a debate give a challenger free attention. This year the concept is out the window. The Hotline reports that Congressman Chris Shays (R-CT) agreed to debate challenger Diane Farrell (D-CT) a whopping 11 times over the next month. Yup, eleven debates! Congresswoman Thelma Drake (R-VA) started challenging her opponent to debates back in June. Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and his challenger Patrick Murphy -- an Iraq War veteran -- already debated four times. Now comes the news Fitzpatrick is insisting Murphy agree to a series of additional debates. Most amusingly was the recent debate between Congressman Mike Sodrel (R-IN) and former Congressman Baron Hill (D-IN). The two argued about holding more debates during their first debate, with the challenger saying he would not agree to additional meetings unless Sodrel would agree that each debate would focus in detail on separate and specific issues. By contrast, Congressman Leonard Boswell (D-IA) has not agreed to any debates against State Senate President Jeff Lamberti (R-IA). For now, Boswell is non-committal about participated in a single televised October debate. In Illinois, Congresswoman Melissa Bean (D) already held the fourth and final agreed debate with wealthy challenger David McSweeney (R) this week -- held in the summer before most voters even started paying attention to the race -- and with no debates during the remaining two months.
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CHICAGO: CONGRESSMAN JACKSON JUMPS INTO '07 RACE AGAINST MAYOR DALEY.
Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (D) on Wednesday launched his run against five-term incumbent Chicago Mayor Rich Daley in 2007 by forming an exploratory committee. Jackson also kicked-off a "listening tour" of the city. Daley (D) is expected to seek reelection next year, but has yet to make a formal announcement. Cook County Clerk of Courts Dorothy Brown (D) and former mayoral aide Bill "Dock" Walls (D) were already announced candidates against Daley in the non-partisan February 2007 primary. Daley has cruised to landslide wins in most his runs. He scored a 3-to-1 victory in 1999, for example, over Congressman Bobby Rush (D).
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BY THE NUMBERS: LATEST INDEPENDENT NUMBERS.
NEW MEXICO - CD-2: Congressman Steve Pearce (R) - 54%, minister Al Kissling (D) - 29%. (Albuquerque Journal).
NEW MEXICO - CD-3: Congressman Tom Udall (D) - 71%, engineer Ron Dolin (R) - 18%. (Albuquerque Journal).
OKLAHOMA - GOVERNOR: Governor Brad Henry (D) - 54%, Congressman Ernest Istook (R) - 33%. (Rasmussen Reports).

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FLORIDA: REPUBLICANS NOT RALLYING AROUND HARRIS.
If this is any indicator, Congresswoman Katherine Harris' victory in Tuesday's GOP primary for US Senator is not going to put an end to the attacks on Harris from her own party. The latest example is the post-primary statement issued Wednesday by primary candidate, wealthy developer and former GHW Bush Administration official Peter Monroe. Here are just a few excerpts from his written statement: "Yesterday, Florida Republicans selected Katherine Harris as their nominee to take on Senator Bill Nelson this November. Name recognition, no matter how unfavorable, trumped substance and character ... To date, I have supported all Republican nominees. I fully and enthusiastically support [Governor nominee] Charlie Crist, [Attorney General nominee] Bill McCollum and [State CFO nominee] Tom Lee. However, I cannot support Katherine Harris as the Republican Party's nominee. Her anti-Semitic statements made to the Florida Baptist Witness were the last straw in a string of misdeeds during our race. They are indicative of a person who is unfit to serve in public office ... She is an embarrassment to Florida, the Republican Party, our nation, and herself." It goes on, but that gives you the flavor of it. By contrast -- despite the bitter nature of the GOP gubernatorial contest -- primary loser Tom Gallagher plans to campaign with winner Charlie Crist on Friday. No such public rapprochement yet from the Democratic gubernatorial candidates.
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FLORIDA: CRIST CRUSHES GALLAGHER; DAVIS, HARRIS, BUCHANAN, CASTOR WIN.
There were no major surprises in Tuesday's Florida primary. In GOP race for Governor, Attorney General Charlie Crist cruised to a landslide victory over State CFO Tom Gallagher. The numbers: Crist - 64%, Gallagher - 34%. Gallagher's repeated social conservative attacks on Crist for purportedly being a moderate never inflicted any significant damage on the frontrunner. Instead, the attacks probably made Crist stronger going into the general election by bolstering his credentials as a centrist. The Democratic slugfest was equally nasty, although the punches were more personal in nature by impugning each other's political integrity. The vote was also much closer than the Republican contest, with Congressman Jim Davis defeating State Senator Rod Smith by a vote of 47% to 41%. GOP primary turnout also outpaced the Democratic total. Both nominees must now designate Lieutenant Governor runningmates, decisions that could nominally influence the outcome in a close race.

In the GOP race for US Senate, Congresswoman Katherine Harris won the nomination with 49% -- leading her nearest opponent by nearly 20-points. Republicans -- from Governor Jeb Bush to NRSC officials -- have already openly distanced themselves from Harris. US Senator Bill Nelson is safe in his November race against Harris.

In the Democratic primary for Davis's open CD-11 seat, Hillsborough County Commissioner Kathy Castor easily won with 53% against her four opponents. The district is solidly Democratic, so Castor is assured of victory in November. In CD-13 -- the race for Harris' open seat -- wealthy auto dealer Vern Buchanan (R) raised a record-breaking $4.1 million in the primary (much from his own deep pockets) and won with 32%. State Representative Nancy Detert -- who by contrast only raised around $250,000 -- was second with 26%. Wealthy banker Christine Jennings won a 2-to-1 victory in the Democratic primary and will face Buchanan in the general election. CD-13 Race Rating: Leans GOP. Congressman Ric Keller (R) easily turned back an aggressive primary foe in CD-8, winning in a 3-to-1 landslide. Business consultant Charlie Stuart won the Dem primary in CD-8, but Keller will be favored in November. State Representative Gus Bilirakis scored an easy win in the CD-9 GOP primary -- but will face a fairly competitive challenge from former Hillsborough County Commissioner Phyllis Busansky (D). FYI: The hottest US House race in the state in November was not even on the primary ballot: the CD-22 fight between 13-term Congressman Clay Shaw (R) and State Senator Ron Klein (D). To date, Shaw raised $3.4 million and Klein raised $2.8 million -- making Klein the best financed challenger in the nation. Shaw continues to make the pitch to voters he needs to be reelected because he's going to be the next Ways & Means Committee Chair, even though House insiders unanimously agree Congressman Jim McCrery (R-LA) is a lock to win the powerful gavel.

One primary race that drew some national attention was Randall Terry's GOP primary run against centrist State Senator Jim King. Terry -- founder of the 1990's pro-life Operation Rescue group and spokesman last year for the parents of Terri Schiavo -- handily lost by a 2-to-1 margin. Also, centrist State Senator Alex Villalobos (R) narrowly survived a bitter primary challenge from a GOP conservative who was actively backed by Governor Jeb Bush. The Miami Herald called the contest "Florida's meanest and most expensive State Senate race." Bush targeted the incumbent for defeat when Villalobos broke with the Republican Senate Leadership a few months ago and helped derail Bush's attempt to repeal a voter-approved class size reduction amendment to the state constitution. Click here to view all of the Florida nominees.
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BY THE NUMBERS: LATEST INDEPENDENT NUMBERS.
FLORIDA - GOVERNOR: Attorney General Charlie Crist (R) - 45%, Congressman Jim Davis (D) - 41%. (Rasmussen Reports).
FLORIDA - US SENATE: US Senator Bill Nelson (D) - 57%, Congresswoman Katherine Harris (R) - 34%. (Rasmussen Reports).
NEW JERSEY - US SENATE: State Senator Tom Kean Jr. (R) - 44%, US Senator Bob Menendez (D) - 39%. (Rasmussen Reports).
NEW MEXICO - CD-1: Congresswoman Heather Wilson (R) - 45%, Attorney General Patricia Madrid (D) - 42%. (Albuquerque Journal).
RHODE ISLAND - GOVERNOR: Lieutenant Governor Charlie Fogarty (D) - 46%, Governor Don Carcieri (R) - 41%. (Rasmussen Reports).
RHODE ISLAND - US SENATE: Former Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse (D) - 44%, US Senator Lincoln Chafee (R) - 42%. (Rasmussen Reports).
RHODE ISLAND - US SENATE: Whitehouse (D) - 58%, Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey (R) - 31%. (Rasmussen Reports).

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FLORIDA: PRIMARY PREVIEW.
Voters go to the polls in Florida on to cast primary ballots in several competitive races. In the contest to replace term-limited Governor Jeb Bush (R), both parties have hot races. On the GOP side, Attorney General Charlie Crist grabbed a surprisingly early lead over State CFO Tom Gallagher and never looked back. The GOP affair largely consisted of Gallagher repeatedly attacking Crist as "pro-choice ... for amnesty for illegal aliens ... for civil unions for gays ... [and] for tax hikes." Crist -- who does in fact support civil unions, "a path to citizenship" for many illegal aliens, and opposes overturning Roe v. Wade -- has countered with TV spots describing himself as a "NRA-endorsed, positive, pro-life, Ronald Reagan Republican." Crist also hit Gallagher as a former pro-choice GOP centrist who entirely reinvented himself for his third primary run for Governor. Although Gallagher picked up endorsements from lots of prominent Religious Right activists, look for Crist to win by at least 10 points. By contrast, the Democratic primary was a nearly invisible affair until the last few weeks. That's when State Senator Rod Smith -- with nearly $2 million in TV assistance from 527-groups controlled by the "Big Sugar" Everglades polluters -- started blasting away at Congressman Jim Davis. Smith attacked Davis for missing key votes, failing to show up in July to cast a vote for a House resolution condemning Hezbollah, and for voting against a restitution package for two black men who had been railroaded and sent to death row on murder charges before being released and vindicated many years later. Polls show a close race, but Davis seems able to fend off the barrage and win by several points. Governor Race Rating: Leans GOP. In the GOP race for US Senate, Congresswoman Katherine Harris will win the nomination despite possibly setting an all-time record for most gaffes committed in a single campaign. Democrats will rejoice, because it places US Senator Bill Nelson in the "Safe DEM" category and places Harris as the top name on all November ballots statewide. The Democratic primary for Davis's open CD-11 seat will largely decide the November winner, as the seat skews heavily Dem. Hillsborough County Commissioner Kathy Castor -- the daughter of 2004 US Senate nominee Betty Castor (D) -- appears to hold a commanding lead in CD-11 over her four primary opponents. In CD-13 -- the race for Harris' House seat -- wealthy auto dealer Vern Buchanan (R) is breaking records by spending over $4.1 million in the primary. Banker Tramm Hudson isn't exactly a pauper, either, as he's spent over $1.1 million thus far in the GOP primary. State Representatives Donna Clarke and Nancy Detert and former State Representative Mark Flanagan are also competing in the primary. Buchanan's obscene level of spending should help him secure a plurality victory. Two Democrats -- banker Christine Jennings and attorney Jan Schneider -- are also in a hot primary fight in CD-13. Other races to watch include the Dem primary in CD-8 and the GOP primary in CD-9 (where State Representative Gus Bilirakis moves one step closer to his Dad's open seat).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.05.06 | Permalink |

CONGRESS: LATEST GOP WAR CRITIC IS A SURPRISE.
You can add another Republican Member of Congress to the pool of those who have parted ways with the Bush Administration on the Iraq War -- and we're not talking about another GOP centrist like Chris Shays or
Nancy Johnson running in a swing district. The latest critic is a longtime Bush ally from a generally Republican district: Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH). Here is what Tiberi said to the Columbus Dispatch: "I can’t defend how the President laid out the need for [going to war in Iraq]. I don’t support Rumsfeld ... If I were President, he would not be the Defense Secretary." However, he does not support setting a firm timeline for a US withdrawal. Tiberi also said he now believe the Bush Administration's secret domestic eavesdropping program "might have" been illegal. Another Ohio incumbent in a tough race -- Congresswoman Deb Pryce (R) -- is also distancing herself from the President. Last year she was an ardent supporter of Bush's plan to create private investment accounts as part of Social Security. According to the Dispatch, Pryce has totally reversed her position and describes her former support for privatization as "ancient history." The important question to ponder about all these candidates: How much of this purported newly discovered "independence" from the Administration will last beyond the November elections?
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PITTSBURGH: MAYOR BOB O'CONNOR DIES AFTER BRIEF ILLNESS.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bob O'Connor (D), 61, lost his two-month battle with brain cancer on Friday. His death came only nine months into his four-year mayoral term. O'Connor was credited with starting to turn around a city which has been on the brink of financial collapse. O'Connor was elected Mayor in 2005, on his third run for the job. He was a member of the Pittsburgh City Council from 1992-2003 and was Council President in 1998-2003. City Council President Luke Ravenstahl was sworn in as Mayor on Saturday. At age 26, Ravenstahl will be Pittsburgh's youngest mayor ever -- and also one of the youngest mayors of any large US city. Ravenstahl has pledged to continue O'Connor policies and goals during his term. There is little doubt that a legal fight will break out over the length of Ravensthal's term. The city's Legal Department issued an opinion that Ravensthal may hold office for the rest of the four-year term until 2009. Others argue a special election must be held in 2007 for final two years of the term..
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GUAM: GOV & A.G. PRIMARY RESULTS.
Guam Governor Felix Camacho easily turned back a GOP primary challenge on Saturday from his own 2002 runningmate. Camacho defeated Lieutenant Governor Kaleo Moylan by a vote of 64% to 36%. In the Democratic primary, former US Congressman Robert Underwood defeated former Governor Carl Gutierrez by a vote of 53% to 47%. Interestingly, there were a total of just 7,700 votes cast in the GOP primary versus 25,000 in the Democratic contest. The primary results set up a rematch of the close Camacho-Underwood gubernatorial race from 2002. (And, FYI, check out the Underwood and Camacho campaign websites, as both are unexpectedly better than many sites from major mainland candidates with lots more money to spend.) In the non-partisan race for Attorney General, incumbent Douglas Moylan placed third and was eliminated from the November run-off by Acting Chief Prosecutor Alicia Limtiaco and Civil Service Commission Executive Director Vern Perez.

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.05.06 | Permalink |

CONGRESS: CAMPAIGN SHORT TAKES.
TEXAS: Make up your friggin' mind, already. Former Congressman Ciro Rodriguez launched his campaign just over a week ago against Congressman Henry Bonilla (R) for the newly redrawn CD-23 special election in November. Then he quit the race last Wednesday "for personal reasons." Then, on Friday afternoon, Rodriguez ... umm ... un-quit and said he's still running because people "rallied" behind him.
NEVADA: After a one day hearing, State District Judge Bill Maddox "said there was no evidence election officials in Washoe County committed malfeasance when some voting locations opened late because polling workers didn't show up," the AP reported. With that, the judge denied State Assemblywoman Sharron Angle's (R) bid for a re-vote in the open CD-2 contest. Thus, Secretary of State Dean Heller -- who defeated Angle by 421 votes two weeks ago -- is now the undisputed GOP nominee.

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.05.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: LATEST INDEPENDENT NUMBERS.
IOWA - GOVERNOR: Secretary of State Chet Culver (D) - 42%, Congressman Jim Nussle (R) - 40%. (Rasmussen Reports).
MICHIGAN - GOVERNOR: Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) - 46%, businessman Dick DeVos (R) - 44%. (Detroit Free Press /Selzer).

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BY THE NUMBERS: LATEST INDEPENDENT NUMBERS.
FLORIDA - GOVERNOR - DEM PRIMARY: Congressman Jim Davis - 34%, State Senator Rod Smith - 29%, retired teacher Carol Castagnero - 5%, businessman Glenn Burkett - 3%, attorney John Crotty - 2%. (Miami Herald/Zogby).
FLORIDA - GOVERNOR - GOP PRIMARY: Attorney General Charlie Crist - 59%, State CFO Tom Gallagher - 30%. (Miami Herald/Zogby).
FLORIDA - US SENATE - GOP PRIMARY: Congresswoman Katherine Harris - 39%, attorney Will McBride - 23%, retired Navy Admiral LeRoy Collins Jr. - 13%, developer Peter Monroe - 6%. (Miami Herald/Zogby).
ILLINOIS - GOVERNOR: Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) - 47%, State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka (R) - 39%, attorney Rich Whitney (Green) - 2%. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Research 2000).

KANSAS - GOVERNOR: Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D) - 48%, State Senator Jim Barnett (R) - 37%. (Rasmussen Reports).
MINNESOTA - GOVERNOR: Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) - 46%, Attorney General Mike Hatch (D) - 36%. (Rasmussen Reports).
MINNESOTA - US SENATE: Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar (D) - 47%, Congressman Mark Kennedy (R) - 40%. (Rasmussen Reports).
MISSOURI - US SENATE: State Auditor Claire McCaskill (D) - 47%, US Senator Jim Talent (R) - 46%. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Research 2000).

OHIO - US SENATE:
Congressman Sherrod Brown (D) - 46%, US Senator Mike DeWine (R) - 40%. (USA Today/Gallup).

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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE.

ILLINOIS: GREENS SURVIVE CHALLENGE, WIN SPOT ON STATE BALLOT.
The Illinois State Board of Elections ruled unanimously on Thursday to place the Green Party state slate, led by civil rights attorney Rich Whitney in the gubernatorial race, on the ballot this November. The slate also includes Illinois' first openly gay candidate for statewide office -- Congregationalist Minister Dan Rodiguez-Schlorff -- who is running for State Treasurer. To get on the ballot, the Green Party collected more than 39,000 signatures in an all volunteer effort over a 90-day period following the March primary. Democrats had filed a legal challenge to the Green petitions and objected to signatures, seemingly at random. Case in point, the Dems even challenged gubernatorial candidate Whitney's own signature. The Democrats failed in the challenge but succeeded in draining Green campaign money, as the legal challenge dragged on for nearly two months. A GOP challenge earlier this summer succeeded in knocking the Constitution Party's nominee off the state ballot, although the CP gubernatorial nominee is continuing as a write-in candidate. Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) is being challenged by State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka (R).
Writer: Patrick Kelly - 09.01.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: LATEST INDEPENDENT NUMBERS.
ARIZONA - GOVERNOR: Governor Janet Napolitano (D) - 55%, financial consultant Don Goldwater (R) - 32%. (Rasmussen Reports).
ARIZONA - GOVERNOR: Napolitano (D) - 52%, Religious Right activist Len Munsil (R) - 33%. (Rasmussen Reports).
ARIZONA - US SENATE: US Senator Jon Kyl (R) - 52%, former State Democratic Chair Jim Pederson (D) - 35%. (Rasmussen Reports).
ARKANSAS - GOVERNOR: Attorney General Mike Beebe (D) - 55%, former Congressman Asa Hutchinson (R) - 38%. (KTHV-TV/SurveyUSA).
ARKANSAS - LT. GOVERNOR: Former Social Security Commissioner Bill Halter (D) - 50%, State Senator Jim Holt (R) - 41%. (KTHV-TV/SurveyUSA).
CALIFORNIA - GOVERNOR: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) - 45%, State Treasurer Phil Angelides (D) - 32%. (Public Policy Institutite).
CALIFORNIA - GOVERNOR: Schwarzenegger (R) - 48%, Angelides (D) - 42%. (Rasmussen Reports).
CALIFORNIA - US SENATE: US Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) - 56%, former State Senator Dick Mountjoy (R) - 34%. (Rasmussen Reports).
FLORIDA - GOVERNOR - DEM PRIMARY: Congressman Jim Davis - 43%, State Senator Rod Smith - 32%. (Quinnipiac University).
FLORIDA - GOVERNOR - GOP PRIMARY: Attorney General Charlie Crist - 57%, State CFO Tom Gallagher - 32%. (Quinnipiac University).
FLORIDA - US SENATE - GOP PRIMARY: Congresswoman Katherine Harris - 38%, attorney Will McBride - 22%, retired Navy Admiral LeRoy Collins Jr. - 11%, developer Peter Monroe - 3%. (Quinnipiac University).
MARYLAND - US SENATE - DEM PRIMARY: Former Congressman Kweisi Mfume - 42%, Congressman Ben Cardin - 38%, developer Josh Rales - 7%, Others - 1%. (WUSA-TV/SurveyUSA).
MARYLAND - STATE COMPTROLLER - DEM PRIMARY: Anne Arundel County Executive Janet Owens - 42%, State Comptroller DOn Schaefer - 35%, State Delegate Peter Franchot - 15%. (WUSA-TV/SurveyUSA).
RHODE ISLAND - US SENATE - GOP PRIMARY: Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey - 51%, US Senator Linc Chafee - 34%. (Rhode Island College).
WASHINGTON - CD-2: Congressman Rick Larsen (D) - 58%, businessman Doug Roulstone (R) - 35%. (WUSA-TV/SurveyUSA).

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.01.06 | Permalink |

TEXAS: CIRO RODRIGUEZ QUITTING CD-23 RACE ... OR MAYBE NOT.
Former Congressman Ciro Rodriguez (D) lost a primary earlier this year to Congressman Henry Cuellar in CD-28, and his campaign still had an $80,000 debt. Now, with the court-ordered redrawn lines of several districts, Rodriguez filed earlier this month to run in CD-23 against Congressman Henry Bonilla (R). To Rodriguez's surprise, other Dems did not hand him a clear shot at Bonilla. Instead, five other Dems also filed to run against Bonilla in the November special election. Speaking to the AFL-CIO on Wednesday night, Rodriguez "I'm not going to be running and that's my decision based on family and personal reasons" Then, on Thursday, Rodriguez's spokeswoman said Rodriguez was "only considering his options and has not dropped out of the race," reported CQPolitics.com. She said people had pledged money to the campaign and reduced his debt to just $7,000. "I think it makes him look very indecisive and I have to wonder what kind of leadership he's trying to convey," said a spokesman for Bonilla. Rodriguez promises to make a final decision by the end of this week.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.01.06 | Permalink |

ALASKA: FBI RAIDS SIX STATE LEGISLATIVE OFFICES IN CORRUPTION PROBE.
The FBI on Thursday raided the offices of at least six state legislators as part of an ongoing corruption probe. According to the AP, the federal agents executed the warrants searching for evidence of unlawful gifts and others ties "between the legislators and [VECO], a large oil field services company." The six legislators: State Senate President Ben Stevens (R), Senate Rules Committee Chair John Cowdery (R), State Senator Donald Olson (D), State Representative Bruce Weyhrauch (R), State Representative Vic Kohring (R) and State Representative Pete Kott (R). "This morning, investigators from the FBI interviewed me in my office regarding an investigation of VECO," said Kohring, who said he is fully cooperating and believes he is not a target. The other five declined to comment. Stevens is the son of US Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK). The AP reports the FBI agents were seen leaving the various offices carrying boxes of seized items.
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