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BLOG ARCHIVE: SEPTEMBER 16-30, 2006

WEEKEND NEWS UPDATE.

FLORIDA: CONGRESSMAN FOLEY RESIGNS IN ONLINE TEEN SEX SCANDAL.
In a period of less than 24 hours, Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL) went from strong re-election favorite to resigning in disgrace in a still developing online sex scandal involving underage teen boys. Foley first denied he engaged in any inappropriate conduct with a 16-year-old male former Capitol Hill page from Louisiana. Hours later, his staff tried to blame the entire incident as being a set-up by his Democratic opponent. Later on Friday afternoon ABC News published sexually graphic email and instant messaging communication between Foley and other under-aged teenage boys. That prompted Foley to submit his immediate resignation from Congress and withdraw from his race for re-election. Foley, who was the Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus for Missing & Exploited Children, helped lead the fight for tougher criminal laws to stop online sexual predators who target children. Ironically, those same laws he championed could possibly now be used to send Foley to federal prison. Florida law will allow to replace Foley with a new GOP nominee -- but Foley's name will remain on the ballot. That will force voters to cast a ballot for Foley to have it be counted for the GOP replacement nominee. Further, the new candidate would not be able to convert most contributions in any existing state campaign account into a federal account for the race because Florida candidates may accept corporate contributions while federal candidates are explicitly barred from accepting that same money. Because of all this, wealthy venture capitalist and former Republican Tim Mahoney must now be rated the likely winner of this CD-16 seat in November. In directly related -- and further disturbing news -- it appears Congressman Rodney Alexander (R-LA) promptly notified the Speaker Denny Hastert (R-IL) and the House Republican Leadership ten months ago of Foley's inappropriate communications with the Louisiana boy. Hastert apparently buried the sordid (and possibly criminal) matter entirely until it resurfaced on Friday. It looks like Speaker Hastert may have some serious explaining to do about why the Leadership protected this apparent pedophile.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.30.06 | Permalink |

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Your space to pontificate on anything and everything (except for the Foley scandal).

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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE.

FLORIDA: IS CONGRESSMAN FOLEY AN ONLINE SEX PREDATOR?
Check out this breaking story about this very disturbing email exchange between the personal email account of Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL) and a 16-year-old male Capitol Hill intern. The story is even more creepy because Foley is the Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus for Missing & Exploited Children. Read about it here and here and here (especially the emails where he keeps asking for additional pictures of the boy or emailed that one of the boy's teenage friends was in "really great shape"). If this story has legs, Foley could be an unexpected goner. Wealthy venture capitalist and former Republican Tim Mahoney is Foley's Democratic opponent. Foley quit the 2004 US Senate primary contest -- saying he wanted to spend more time caring for a sick parent -- immediately after he was outed as gay in some Florida newspapers.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.29.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: US SENATE RACES.
CONNECTICUT: US Senator Joe Lieberman (Independent) - 49%, businessman Ned Lamont (D) - 39%, former State Rep. Alan Schlesinger (R) - 5%. (Quinnipiac University). "I think [Lieberman is] very concerned that we're within striking distance of winning this," said Schlesinger on Wednesday.
MINNESOTA: Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar (D) - 51%, Congressman Mark Kennedy (R) - 43%, former public access TV organization executive director Robert Fitzgerald (Independence) - 2%, Ben Powers (Constitution) - 1%. (KSTP-TV/SurveyUSA).
NEW JERSEY: US Senator Bob Menendez (D) - 45%, State Senator Tom Kean Jr. (R) - 44%. (Rutgers University).
PENNSYLVANIA: State Treasurer Bob Casey Jr. (D) - 50%, US Senator Rick Santorum (R) - 41%, Carl Romanelli (Green) - 5%. (Strategic Vision-R).
WASHINGTON: US Senator Maria Cantwell (D) - 49%, insurance executive Mike McGavick (R) - 40%. (Strategic Vision-R).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.29.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: GOVERNOR RACES.
ALABAMA: Governor Bob Riley (R) - 54%, Lieutenant Governor Lucy Baxley (D) - 38%, Others - 1%. (WKRG-TV/SurveyUSA).
COLORADO: Former Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter (D) - 55%, Congressman Bob Beauprez (R) - 38%, accountant Dawn Winkler-Kinateder (Libertarian) - 3%, retired federal employee Clyde Harkins (Constitution) - 1%. (KUSA-TV/SurveyUSA).
CONNECTICUT: Governor Jodi Rell (R) - 63%, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. (D) - 30%. (Quinnipiac University).
MAINE: Governor John Baldacci (D) - 44%, State Senator Chandler Woodcock (R) - 39%, State Rep. Barbara Merrill (Independent) - 7%, radio talk show host Pat LaMarche (Green) - 6%. (WCSH-TV/SurveyUSA).
MINNESOTA: Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) - 45%, Attorney General Mike Hatch (D) - 44%, former State Finance Commissioner Peter Hutchinson (Independence) - 6%, Walt Brown (Quit Raising Taxes) - 2%, environmental activist Ken Pentel (Green) - 1%. (KSTP-TV/SurveyUSA).
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Governor John Lynch (D) - 59%, State Rep. Jim Coburn (R) - 29%. (American Research Group).
OREGON: Governor Ted Kulongoski (D) - 39%, former Portland School Board Member Ron Saxton (R) - 34%, retired TV news anchor Mary Starett (Constitution) - 4%, retired accountant Richard Morley (Libertarian) - 2%, environmental activist Joe Keating (Pacific Green) - 1%. (Portland Oregonian).
PENNSYLVANIA: Governor Ed Rendell (D) - 55%, former pro football player Lynn Swann (R) - 37%. (Strategic Vision-R).
SOUTH CAROLINA: Governor Mark Sanford (R) - 50%, State Senator Tommy Moore (D) - 46%. (WCSC-TV/SurveyUSA).

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.29.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: US HOUSE RACES.
NEW YORK - CD-26: Congressman Tom Reynolds (R) - 45%, businessman Jack Davis (D) - 43%, Christine Murphy (Green) - 8%. (WGRZ-TV/SurveyUSA). Update: The NYS Elections Board disqualified Murphy from the ballot on Tuesday.
PENNSYLVANIA - CD-6: Congressman Jim Gerlach (R) - 45%, attorney Lois Murphy (D) - 38%. (Keystone Poll).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.29.06 | Permalink |

EDITORIAL: A CIVILIZED NATION DOES NOT TORTURE. EVER.
Based upon what is happening in DC this week with the debate on torture, I'm ashamed to call myself an American citizen. Why? Reason #1: read this great New York Times editorial, which succinctly explains why we are entering a terrible, shameful chapter in our nation's history. I endorse that editorial 100%. And, before you accuse me of coddling terrorists, I have a message for you. Stop rationalizing why it would be okay for the US to sorta, kinda torture suspected terrorists because they'd treat US prisoners brutally. If we start acting like the terrorists, then we become terrorists. Just read this great article about "waterboarding" -- a leading method of torture used by Cambodia's genocidal Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Civilized nations do not engage in torture. No exceptions. Ever.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.29.06 | Permalink |

FREE SPEECH ZONE.
Since the GOP went this week with Minneapolis for the '08 convo, let me weigh in
with a plug for the Dems to select Denver for the 2008 convention. It will help showcase all of the gains we're making in the West again. It will give us a great opportunity to showcase our Western Dems like Governors Brian Schweitzer, Bill Ritter, Janet Napolitano, Dave Freudenthal and Bill Richardson and US Senators Ken Salazar, Jon Tester, Max Baucus, Harry Reid, Jeff Bingaman, and possibly several new Members of Congress from the Class of '06.
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THURSDAY NEWS UPDATE.

BY THE NUMBERS: US SENATE RACES.
ARIZONA: US Senator Jon Kyl (R) - 49%, former State Party Chair Jim Pederson (D) - 38%, former Graham County Sheriff Richard Mack (Libertarian) - 2%. (KAET-TV/Arizona State Univ.).
CALIFORNIA: US Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) - 55%, former State Senator Dick Mountjoy (R) - 35%, Others - 1%. (KABC-TV/SurveyUSA).
FLORIDA: US Senator Bill Nelson (D) - 59%, Congresswoman Katherine Harris (R) - 31%. (Strategic Vision-R).
VIRGINIA: US Senator George Allen (R) - 49%, former Navy Secretary Jim Webb (D) - 44%, USAF veteran Gail Parker (Indep. Green) - 2%. (WUSA-TV/SurveyUSA).
WASHINGTON: US Senator Maria Cantwell (D) - 54%, insurance executive Mike McGavick (R) - 42%, former Black Panther activist Aaron Dixon (Green) - 3%, educator Bruce Guthrie (Libertarian) - 1%. (KING-TV/SurveyUSA).

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.28.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: GOVERNOR RACES.
ARIZONA: Governor Janet Napolitano (D) - 64%, Religious Right activist Len Munsil (R) - 28%, businessman Barry Hess (Libertarian) - 2%. (KAET-TV/Arizona State Univ.).
ARKANSAS: Attorney General Mike Beebe (D) - 55%, former Congressman Asa Hutchinson (R) - 40%. (KTHV-TV/SurveyUSA).
CALIFORNIA: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) - 48%, State Treasurer Phil Angelides (D) - 31%. (Public Policy Institute of California).
CALIFORNIA: Schwarzenegger (R) - 44%, Angelides (D) - 34%, Others - 7%. (Field Poll).
CALIFORNIA: Schwarzenegger (R) - 52%, Angelides (D) - 38%, Others - 1%. (KABC-TV/SurveyUSA).
FLORIDA: Attorney General Charlie Crist (R) - 50%, Congressman Jim Davis (D) - 40%, term-limits activist Max Linn (Reform) - 2%. (Strategic Vision-R).
GEORGIA: Governor Sonny Perdue (R) - 51%, Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor (D) - 38%, computer consultant Garrett Hayes (Libertarian) - 4%. (Strategic Vision-R).
PENNSYLVANIA: Governor Ed Rendell (D) - 55%, former pro football player Lynn Swann (R) - 39%. (Quinnipiac University).
WISCONSIN: Governor Jim Doyle (D) - 45%, Congressman Mark Green (R) - 40%. (Wisconsin Policy Research Institute).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.28.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: US HOUSE RACES.
MINNESOTA - CD-2: Congressman John Kline (R) - 55%, retired FBI Agent Coleen Rowley (D) - 35%, frequent candidate Doug Williams (Independence) - 5%. (KSTP-TV/SurveyUSA).
NEW HAMPSHIRE - CD-1: Congressman Jeb Bradley (R) - 52%, Democratic activist Carol Shea-Porter (D) - 33%. (Univ. of New Hampshire).
NEW HAMPSHIRE - CD-2:
Congressman Charlie Bass (R) - 46%, attorney Paul Hodes (D) - 36%. (Univ. of New Hampshire).
WASHINGTON: Congressman Dave Reichert (R) - 50%, former Microsoft executive Darcy Burner (D) - 48%. (KING-TV/SurveyUSA).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.28.06 | Permalink |

FREE SPEECH ZONE.
It looks like the Republican have picked Minneapolis as the site for their 2008 national convention
. No choice yet by the Dems.
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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE.

BY THE NUMBERS: US SENATE RACES.
FLORIDA: US Senator Bill Nelson (D) - 56%, Congresswoman Katherine Harris (R) - 33%. (Rasmussen Reports).
NEBRASKA: US Senator Ben Nelson (D) - 55%, online investment executive Pete Ricketts (R) - 32%. (Rasmussen Reports).
NEVADA: US Senator John Ensign (R) - 58%, businessman Jack Carter (D) - 35%, State Party Chair Brendan Trainor (Libertarian) - 1%. (Las Vegas Review-Journal/Mason-Dixon).

NEW JERSEY: State Senator Tom Kean Jr. (R) - 41%, US Senator Bob Menendez (D) - 40%. (Rasmussen Reports).
PENNSYLVANIA: State Treasurer Bob Casey Jr. (D) - 54%, US Senator Rick Santorum (R) - 40%. (Quinnipiac University).
PENNSYLVANIA: Casey (D) - 49%, Santorum (R) - 39%. (Temple University).
VERMONT: Congressman Bernie Sanders (Independent) - 64%, software executive Rich Tarrant (R) - 32%. (Rasmussen Reports).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.27.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: GOVERNOR RACES.
ARIZONA: Governor Janet Napolitano (D) - 56%, Religious Right activist Len Munsil (R) - 38%. (Rasmussen Reports).
COLORADO: Former Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter (D) - 50%, Congressman Bob Beauprez (R) - 34%. (Rasmussen Reports).
FLORIDA:
Attorney General Charlie Crist (R) - 45%, Congressman Jim Davis (D) - 40%. (Rasmussen Reports).
FLORIDA: Crist (R) - 51%, Davis (D) - 36%. (Orlando Sentinel/Mason-Dixon).
MASSACHUSETTS: Former US Assistant Attorney General Deval Patrick (D) - 57%, Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey (R) - 24%. (Rasmussen Reports).
NEBRASKA:
Governor Dave Heineman (R) - 72%, publishing executive David Hahn (D) - 18%. (Rasmussen Reports).
OKLAHOMA: Governor Brad Henry (D) - 64%, Congressman Ernest Istook (R) - 33%. (KFOR-TV/SurveyUSA).

VERMONT: Governor Jim Douglas (R) - 52%, former State Party Chair Scudder Parker (D) - 38%. (Rasmussen Reports).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.27.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: US HOUSE RACES.
COLORADO - CD-7: Former State Senator Ed Perlmutter (D) - 54%, State Higher Education Commission Chair Rick O'Donnell (R) - 37%, State Party Chair Dave Chandler (Green) - 2%, businessman Roger McCarville (Constitution) - 1%. (KUSA-TV/SurveyUSA).
DELAWARE - CD-AL: Congressman Mike Castle (R) - 61%, attorney Dennis Spivack (D) - 22%. (Fairleigh Dickinson University).
FLORIDA - CD-9: State Representative Gus Bilirakis (R) - 61%, former Hillsborough County Commissioner Phyllis Busansky (D) - 32%. (WFLA-TV/SurveyUSA).
NEVADA - CD-2: Secretary of State Dean Heller (R) - 45%, University Regent Jill Derby (D) - 42%. (Las Vegas Journal-Review/Mason-Dixon).
VERMONT - CD-AL: Senate President Pro Tem Peter Welch (D) - 51%, State Adjutant General Martha Rainville (R) - 43%. (Rasmussen Reports).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.27.06 | Permalink |

PENNSYLVANIA: STATE JUDGE DISQUALIFIES GREEN FROM US SENATE RACE.
State Treasurer Bob Casey Jr.'s (D) campaign gained more momentum in the US Senate race this week after Carl Romanelli (Green) was kicked off the ballot by a state judge. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Commonwealth Court Judge James Kelly ruled that Romanelli was 9,000 signatures short of 67,070 needed to qualify for the November ballot. Several weeks ago, Democratic lawyers filed a lawsuit alleging Romanelli did not have enough valid signatures for ballot status. Romanelli, who has received significant funding by Republican donors and received praise from GOP incumbent US Senator Rick Santorum's campaign, was considered a potential "spoiler" by drawing votes from pro-choice Democrats dissatisfied with Casey’s socially conservative stance. The Romanelli campaign will make a final attempt to reduce the high signature requirement in an appeal to the State Supreme Court, but legal observers say the odds do not favor Romanelli on the appeal.
Writer: David Jimenez - 09.27.06 | Permalink |

VIRGINIA: SENATOR ALLEN'S N-WORD PROBLEM.
As if the “macaca” and "I'm not Jewish (okay, maybe I am)" incidents weren’t bad enough, more stories are surfacing about US Senator George Allen's (R-VA) youth attitudes towards race issues. Three college football teammates told Salon magazine that Allen showed obvious racial prejudices and attitudes during college. "Allen said he came to Virginia because he wanted to play football in a place where 'blacks knew their place,'” said radiologist Dr. Ken Shelton, who played football with Allen on the University of Virgina team. Another anonymous teammate noted that Allen frequently used the "N-word" to describe African-Americans. Respected political scholar Larry Sabato, who was also at the school when Allen attended, stated he knows "for a fact" that Allen used the N-word while in college. Shelton also reported Allen called him “Wizard” because he shared the same last name with Robert Shelton, unrelated, who was the Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Classmate Shelton also told Salon that during a hunting trip with Allen and a fellow football player, the future Senator stuffed the decapitated head of a deer into the mailbox of a local black family. Allen has apologized for wearing a Confederate flag pin in the past, but he vigorously denies ever holding racist views, ever uttering the N-word, or anything related to the deer-head allegations. Allen's campaign noted that other former teammates do not recall Allen showing any racist tendencies, nor did any others corroborate Shelton's account. Allen, a potential 2008 Presidential candidate, is facing an increasingly competitive challenge from former Navy Secretary James Webb (D).
Writer: David Jimenez - 09.27.06 | Permalink |

HAWAII: GOP PICKS REPLACEMENT NOMINEE FOR US SENATE RACE.
Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle (R) selected
State Representative Cynthia Thielen to be the replacement GOP nominee against US Senator Dan Akaka (D) in November. Thielen -- an attorney and 16-year veteran of the state legislature -- replaces decorated military veteran Jerry Coffee. Coffee withdrew several weeks ago after suffering serious medical problems but, with Lingle's endorsement, still won last weekend's primary. The new nominee surprisingly embracing her party label openly in this Dem-leaning swing state: "Iím not a place holder -- Iím in this race to win. I am running to be Senator in a Republican Congress and Administration." Akaka is still rated safe for the general election, but Thielen will be a credible candidate.
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FREE SPEECH ZONE.
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TUESDAY NEWS UPDATE.

BY THE NUMBERS: US SENATE RACES.
MARYLAND: Congressman Ben Cardin (D) - 51%, Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele (R) - 40%. (Baltimore Sun/Potomac Inc.).
MINNESOTA: Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar (D) - 52%, Congressman Mark Kennedy (R) - 37%, former public access TV organization executive directorRobert Fitzgerald (Independence) - 1%, nurse Michael Cavlan (Green) - 1%. (St. Paul Pioneer Press/Mason-Dixon).
MONTANA: State Senate President Jon Tester (D) - 50%, US Senator Conrad Burns (R) - 43%. (Rasmussen Reports).
NEW JERSEY: State Senator Tom Kean Jr. (R) - 44%, US Senator Bob Menendez (D) - 38%. (Monmouth University).
WASHINGTON: US Senator Maria Cantwell (D) - 48%, insurance executive Mike McGavick (R) - 42%. (Rasmussen Reports).

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.26.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: GOVERNOR RACES.
ILLINOIS: Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) - 47%, State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka (R) - 37%, attorney Rich Whitney (Green) - 4%. (Copley News Service/Mason-Dixon).
MARYLAND: Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley (D) - 50%, Governor Bob Ehrlich (R) - 44%. (Baltimore Sun/Potomac Inc.).
NEVADA: Congressman Jim Gibbons (R) - 45%, State Senate Minority Leader Dina Titus (D) - 36%, computer consultant Christopher Hansen (Independent American) - 5%, environmental activist Craig Bergland (Green) - 1%. (Las Vegas Review-Journal/Mason-Dixon).
PENNSYLVANIA: Governor Ed Rendell (D) - 60%, former pro football player Lynn Swann (R) - 33%. (Temple University).
VERMONT: Governor Jim Douglas (R) - 53%, former State Party Chair Scudder Parker (D) - 38%. (WCAX-TV/Research 2000).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.26.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: US HOUSE RACES.
INDIANA - CD-8: Vanderburgh County Sheriff Brad Ellsworth (D) - 47%, Congressman John Hostettler (R) - 32%. (Evansville Courier & Press/Indiana State University).
NEVADA - CD-3: Congressman Jon Porter (R) - 47%, former Congressional aide Tessa Hafen (D) - 37% construction worker Joshua Hansen (Independent American) -2%, teacher Joe Silvestri (Libertarian) - 1%. (Las Vegas Review-Journal/Mason-Dixon).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.26.06 | Permalink |

FREE SPEECH ZONE.
Congressman Mike Castle (R-DE) suffered what is reported to have been two minor strokes on Saturday. "He is expected to make a full recovery with little to no lingering side effects," said Castle's doctor ... In Ohio's CD-18, State Senator Joy Padgett's (R) campaign released its own poll on Monday showing she is "only" trailing attorney Zach Space (D) by 2-points (versus the double digit margin Space's poll shows for his lead over Padgett). Space is bashing Padgett in TV spots as the "Taft-Ney" candidate for the open seat.

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.26.06 | Permalink |

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MONDAY NEWS UPDATE.

HAWAII: AKAKA, HIRONO, HOGUE WIN (AND SO DID THE GUY WHO QUIT THE SENATE RACE).
82-year-old US Senator Dan Akaka turned back an aggressive primary challenge by a nine-point margin on Saturday from ambitious Congressman Ed Case. Akaka, one of the more liberal members of the Senate, was solidly supported by the state's powerful Democratic establishment. Case, a centrist "Blue Dog" Democratic, argued age instead of issues. Case, 53, suggested his relative youth would let Hawaii start building new seniority in the Senate in anticipation of the day when the two octogenarian incumbents are gone. Some pundits believed Case never thought he could win the primary, but was instead attempting to jump ahead of Congressman Neil Abercrombie (D) for whichever one of the two Senate seats comes open first. In his concession speech, Case said he had no regrets about having run for the Senate this year. In the GOP primary, former Vietnam War POW Jerry Coffee -- who withdrew from the race after major health problems developed -- easily won the primary over four others who were actively seeking the nod. The Hawaii Republican Party must now decide whether they will replace Coffee on the ballot -- although leaders acknowledge they do not have any viable candidates this year for the seat. Governor Linda Lingle (R) and former State Senator Randy Iwase (D) easily won their respective gubernatorial primaries, although Lingle is heavily favored in November. In the CD-2 primary for Case's open House seat, former Lieutenant Governor Mazie Hirono narrowly edged out State Senator Colleen Hanabusa in the ten-candidate contest. Hirono won 20.7% to Hanabusa's 20.0% -- a difference of just 799 votes. State Senator Bob Hogue scraped past former State Representative Quentin Kawananakoa in the contentious GOP primary by a margin of only 199 votes. Hirono is a safe bet to defeat Hogue in November in the solidly Dem district.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.25.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: US SENATE RACES.
OHIO: Congressman Sherrod Brown (D) - 47%, US Senator Mike DeWine (R) - 42%. (Columbus Dispatch).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.25.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: GOVERNOR RACES.
FLORIDA: Attorney General Charlie Crist (R) - 49%, Congressman Jim Davis (D) - 43%. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel/Research 2000).
GEORGIA: Governor Sonny Perdue (R) - 52%, Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor (D) - 32%, computer consultant Garrett Hayes (Libertarian) - 6%. (InsiderAdvantage).
MASSACHUSETTS: Former US Assistant Attorney General Deval Patrick (D) - 64%, Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey (R) - 25%, former State Turnpike Authority Member Christy Mihos (Independent) - 5%, affordable housing activist Grace Ross (Green) - 1%, Others - 3%. (WBZ-TV/SurveyUSA).
MINNESOTA: Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) - 42%, Attorney General Mike Hatch (D) - 39%, former State Finance Commissioner Peter Hutchinson (Independence) - 5%. (St. Paul Pioneer Press/Mason-Dixon).
OHIO: Congressman Ted Strickland (D) - 52%, Secretary of State Ken Blackwell (R) - 33%, Others - 1%. (Columbus Dispatch).

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.25.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: US HOUSE RACES.
ARIZONA - CD-8: Former State Senator Gabrielle Giffords (D) - 48%, former State Representative Randy Graf (R) - 36%, former LP national chairman David Nolan (Libertarian) -1%, businessman Jay Quick (Independent) - 1%. (KVOA-TV/Arizona Daily Star/Zimmerman & Assoc).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.25.06 | Permalink |

FREE SPEECH ZONE.
According to the New York Times, the classified National Intelligence Estimate -- a document prepared by the governmental spy agencies -- actually found that the US war on Iraq has made the US substantially less safe today than had we not ever gone into Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein. The NIE reports are "the most authoritative documents that the intelligence community produces on a specific national security issue, and are approved by John D. Negroponte, director of national intelligence." According to the report, the US attack on Iraq caused Islamic radicalism to rapidly gain supporters around the globe. Supporters, I'd note, the radicals did not have beforehand. At least it finally answers what President Bush meant by "Mission Accomplished." Click here to read more.
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WEEKEND OPEN THREAD.

FREE SPEECH ZONE.
Happy Rosh Hashonah to our Jewish readers. Greetings for Ramadan to our Muslim readers.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.23.06 | Permalink |

FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE.

HAWAII: PRIMARY PREVIEW.
The lengthy 2006 primary season finally comes to an end on Saturday in Hawaii (of course, this excludes the bizarre November primaries in Louisiana and a handful of Texas Congressional districts). The Aloha State will see two hot Democratic primaries, with the marquee race being the US Senate primary between 82-year-old incumbent Dan Akaka and Congressman Ed Case. Akaka is one of the more liberal members of the Senate, while Case is a member of the centrist Blue Dog Democratic Caucus. While Akaka has come under criticism for a lack of effectiveness, powerful US Senator Dan Inouye, the DSCC and the state's Democratic establishment have solidly rallied behind Akaka. Case avoids making much direct criticism of Akaka, but instead makes more of an age-based pitch that his youth would let the state start building new seniority in the Senate in anticipation of the day when the two octogenarian incumbents are gone from DC. Hawaii Dems are very loyal to their incumbents, so look for Akaka to defeat Case by a margin of several points (or more). In the GOP primary, the party's candidate of choice -- former Vietnam War POW Jerry Coffee -- withdrew from the race after major health problems developed, although his name remains on the ballot. The remaining Republican hopefuls are so insignificant that Governor Linda Lingle publicly stated she will still vote for Coffee even though he quit. The other important race is the CD-2 primary for Case's open House seat. Among the ten Democrats seeking the seat are former Lieutenant Governor Mazie Hirono, State Senators Ron Menor, Colleen Hanabusa, Gary Hooser and Clayton Hee, former State Senator Matt Matsunaga, State Representative Brian Schatz, and Honolulu City Councilman Nestor Garcia. EMILY's List has helped Hirono -- the 2002 Dem nominee for Governor -- raise around $650,000, making her the top fundraiser in the race. Hanabusa is endorsed by the Honolulu Advertiser, and has also raised a respectable amount of money. With this crowded field of candidates who largely agree on the issues, look for this primary to produce a winner -- likely Hirono -- by an unimpressive plurality. The GOP primary in CD-2 features a contest between two credible candidates -- State Senator Bob Hogue and former State Representative Quentin Kawananakoa -- but the district's Democratic voting history would present an almost insurmountable obstacle for either man in the general election.
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BY THE NUMBERS: US SENATE RACES.
OHIO: Congressman Sherrod Brown (D) - 52%, US Senator Mike DeWine (R) - 42%. (WCPO-TV/SurveyUSA).
PENNSYLVANIA: State Treasurer Bob Casey Jr. (D) - 49%, US Senator Rick Santorum (R) - 39%. (Rasmussen Reports).
PENNSYLVANIA: Casey Jr. (D) - 45%, Santorum (R) - 38%. (Keystone Poll).
VERMONT: Congressman Bernie Sanders (Independent) - 58%, businessman Rich Tarrant (R) - 33%. (Barre-Montpelier Times Argus/Research 2000).
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BY THE NUMBERS: GOVERNOR RACES.
MINNESOTA - GOVERNOR: Attorney General Mike Hatch (D) - 44%, Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) - 42%, former State Finance Commissioner Peter Hutchinson (Independence) - 9%. (University of Minnesota).
OHIO: Congressman Ted Strickland (D) - 56%, Secretary of State Ken Blackwell (R) - 35%, newspaper editor Bob Fitrakis (Green) - 2%, retired college professor Bill Peirce (Libertarian) - 2%. (WCPO-TV/SurveyUSA).
PENNSYLVANIA: Governor Ed Rendell (D) - 56%, former pro football player Lynn Swann (R) - 36%. (Rasmussen Reports).
PENNSYLVANIA: Rendell (D) - 52%, Swann (R) - 34%. (Keystone Poll).
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BY THE NUMBERS: US HOUSE RACES.
ARKANSAS - CD-2: Congressman Vic Snyder (D) - 56%, former state economic development official Andy Mayberry (R) - 42%. (KTHV-TV/SurveyUSA).
COLORADO - CD-4: Congressman Marilyn Musgrave (R) - 46%, State Representative Angie Paccione (D) - 42%, former Reagan Administration official Eric Eidsness (Reform) - 8%. (KUSA-TV/SurveyUSA).
KANSAS - CD-4: Congressman Todd Tiahrt (R) - 63%, engineer Garth McGinn (D) - 30%, Joy Holt (Reform) - 4%. (KWCH-TV/SurveyUSA).
NEW MEXICO - CD-1: Congresswoman Heather Wilson (R) - 51%, Attorney General Patrician Madrid (D) - 46%. (KOB-TV/SurveyUSA).
VERMONT: Senate President Pro Tem Peter Welch (D) - 45%, State Adjutant General Martha Rainville (R) - 39%. (Barre-Montpelier Times Argus/Research 2000).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.22.06 | Permalink |

FREE SPEECH ZONE.
According to the Miami Herald, the State of Florida paid $50,000 to a woman two years to settle an age discrimination
lawsuit she had filed against her former employer, State Representative Jeff Kottkamp (R). Kottkamp was selected a week ago as Attorney General Charlie Crist's runningmate for Florida Lieutenant Governor. Kottkamp declined to comment, while Crist told the newspaper he had no knowledge of the lawsuit.
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THURSDAY NEWS UPDATE.

BY THE NUMBERS: US SENATE RACES.
ARIZONA: US Senator Jon Kyl (R) - 50%, former State Democratic Chair Jim Pederson (D) - 39%. (Rasmussen Reports).
CONNECTICUT: US Senator Joe Lieberman (Independent) - 47%, businessman Ned Lamont (D) - 45%, Others - 3%. (American Research Group).
MARYLAND: Lieutenant Governor Michale Steele (R) - 48%, Congressman Ben Cardin (D) - 47%, progressive activist Kevin Zeese (Green) - 4%. (WMAR-TV/SurveyUSA).
NEW JERSEY: State Senator Tom Kean Jr. (R) - 48%, US Senator Bob Menendez (D) - 45%. (Quinnipiac University).
OHIO: Congressman Sherrod Brown (D) - 51%, US Senator Mike DeWine (R) - 47%. (University of Cincinnati).
OHIO: Brown (D) - 45%, DeWine (R) - 44%. (Quinnipiac University).
RHODE ISLAND: Former Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse (D) - 45%, US Senator Lincoln Chafee (R) - 40%. (American Research Group).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.21.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: GOVERNOR RACES.
MAINE: Governor John Baldacci (D) - 44%, State Senator Chandler Woodcock (R) - 39%. (Rasmussen Reports).
ILLINOIS: Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) - 45%, State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka (R) - 39%, attorney Rich Whitney (Green) - 7%. (KSDK-TV/SurveyUSA).
MARYLAND: Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley (D) - 51%, Governor Bob Ehrlich (R) - 44%, peace activist Ed Boyd (Green) - 2%, Chris Driscoll (Progressive) - 1%. (WMAR-TV/SurveyUSA).

OHIO: Congressman Ted Strickland (D) - 50%, Secretary of State Ken Blackwell (R) - 38%. (University of Cincinnati).
OREGON: Governor Ted Kulongoski (D) - 47%, former Portland School Board Member Ron Saxton (R) - 38%. (Rasmussen Reports).
SOUTH CAROLINA: Governor Mark Sanford (R) - 54%, State Senator Tommy Moore (D) - 41%. (WCSC-TV/SurveyUSA).
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BY THE NUMBERS: US HOUSE RACES.
FLORIDA - CD-5: Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite (R) - 56%, nurse John Russell (D) - 40%. (WFLA-TV/SurveyUSA).
OHIO - CD-2: Congresswoman Jean Schmidt (R) - 45%, physician Victoria Wulsin (D) - 42%. (WCPO-TV/SurveyUSA).

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.21.06 | Permalink |

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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE.

MASSACHUSETTS: PATRICK WINS DEM GOV PRIMARY IN LANDSLIDE.
Former US Assistant Attorney General Deval Patrick -- the most liberal Democrat in the race for Governor -- won the party's endorsement at the state convention a few months ago. On Tuesday, he romped to victory in the primary over wealthy businessman Chris Gabrieli and Attorney General Tom Reilly. Reilly started the race as the solid frontrunner, but his inept campaign was able to largely squander his early advantage over the past few months. Gabrieli jumped into the contest after having a spat with Reilly. The networks all projected Patrick as the winner early in the evening. Incomplete vote totals showed Patrick at 49%, Gabrieli at 28% and Reilly at 23%. Independent polls show Patrick leading Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey (R) and wealthy businessman and former Republican Christy Mihos (Independent). Governor Race Rating: DEM Favored. In the Republican primary for US Senate, language school owner Ken Chase was leading former Wakefield Selectman Kevin Scott by a 51-49 vote, with about 85% of the vote counted. It doesn't really matter which man wins, as neither would have any chance against entrenched incumbent Ted Kennedy (D) in November. Senate Race rating: Safe DEM.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.20.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: US SENATE RACES.
ARIZONA: US Senator Jon Kyl (R) - 48%, former State Democratic Chair Jim Pederson (D) - 43%, former Graham County Sheriff Richard Mack (Libertarian) - 2%. (KPNX-TV/SurveyUSA).
CONNECTICUT: US Senator Joe Lieberman (Independent) - 45%, businessman Ned Lamont (D) - 43%, former State Representative Alan Schlesinger (R) - 5%. (Rasmussen Reports).
MICHIGAN: US Senator Debbie Stabenow (D) - 51%, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard (R) - 44%. (Strategic Vision-R).
NEW MEXICO: US Senator Jeff Bingaman (D) - 56%, physician Allen McCullough (R) - 32%. (Rasmussen Reports).
RHODE ISLAND: Former Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse (D) - 40%, US Senator Lincoln Chafee (R) - 39%. (Brown University).

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BY THE NUMBERS: GOVERNOR RACES.
ARIZONA: Governor Janet Napolitano (D) - 56%, Religious Right activist Len Munsil (R) - 40%, businessman Barry Hess (Libertarian) - 3%. (KPNX-TV/SurveyUSA).
CONNECTICUT: Governor Jodi Rell (R) - 60%, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano (D) - 32%. (Rasmussen Reports).
MICHIGAN: Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) - 47%, businessman Dick DeVos (R) - 46%. (Strategic Vision-R).
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Governor John Lynch (D) - 73%, State Representative Jim Coburn (R) - 23%. (WBZ-TV/SurveyUSA).
NEW MEXICO: Governor Bill Richardson (D) - 61%, former State GOP Chair John Dendahl (R) - 26%. (Rasmussen Reports).
OHIO: Congressman Ted Strickland (D) - 55%, Secretary of State Ken Blackwell (R) - 34%. (Quinnipiac University).
RHODE ISLAND: Governor Don Carcieri (R) - 50%, Lieutenant Governor Charlie Fogarty (D) - 38%. (Brown University).
TEXAS: Governor Rick Perry (R) - 35%, former Congressman Chris Bell (D) - 23%, musician/writer Kinky Friedman (Independent) - 23%, State Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn (Independent) - 15%, software analyst James Werner (Libertarian) - 2%. (KEYE-TV/SurveyUSA).
WISCONSIN: Governor Jim Doyle (D) - 46%, Congressman Mark Green (R) - 42%. (Strategic Vision-R).

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BY THE NUMBERS: US HOUSE RACES.
INDIANA - CD-2: Attorney Joe Donnelly (D) - 50%, Congressman Chris Chocola (R) - 42%. (South Bend Tribune/Constituent Dynamics).
KENTUCKY - CD-4: Former Congressman Ken Lucas (D) - 48%, Congressman Geoff Davis (R) - 44%. (WCPO-TV/SurveyUSA).
RHODE ISLAND - CD-1: Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D) - 60%, children's social service counselor Jon Scott (R) - 25%. (Brown University).
RHODE ISLAND - CD-2: Congressman Jim Langevin (D) - 60%, former State Representative Rod Driver (Independent) - 21%. (Brown University).

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PENNSYLVANIA: GREEN US SENATE CANDIDATE WINS INTERIM COURT RULING.
Retired family court official Carl Romanelli (Green) won a minor but significant court victory Monday, as the State Supreme Court agreed to hear his emergency appeal
to block his disqualification from the November ballot. The Republican Party admitted it largely funded Romanelli's petition drive earlier this year, and now will not answer media inquiries whether or not the party is financing Romanelli's legal costs. US Senator Rick Santorum (R) wants Romanelli on the ballot in the hope that -- in a close race -- he will siphon away liberal voters from State Treasurer Bob Casey Jr. (D). Dems have aggressively challenged Romanelli's petitions, showing that even though Romanelli submitted over 100,000 signatures there were so many invalid signatures as to fall thousands short of the 67,000 required for ballot placement. Romanelli argues the signature requirement total should be reduced to a more reasonable threshold. All parties to the lawsuit must submit legal briefs by September 28. Stay tuned.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.20.06 | Permalink |

FREE SPEECH ZONE.
There was another bizarre moment in Virginia's US Senate debate this week. US Senator George Allen (R) referenced in his remarks about the "macaca" incident that he is sensitive to diversity, explaining his own grandfather had been "incarcerated by the Nazis."
When a debate panelist later asked if in fact his grandfather Felix (for whom the Senator was in part named for) and his mother were actually Tunisian Jews, Allen suddenly became angry and blasted the reporter for "making aspersions" on him. He went on a rant for almost two minutes because of the question. Just because she asked him if he was part Jewish? WTF!! This guy has no business even thinking of running for President. Click here to read more.
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TUESDAY NEWS UPDATE.

BY THE NUMBERS: US SENATE RACES.
MICHIGAN: US Senator Debbie Stabenow (D) - 54%, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard (R) - 41%, David Sole (Green) - 2%, attorney Leonard Schwartz (Libertarian) - 2%, retired automotive engineer W. Dennis FitzSimons (US Taxpayers) - 1%. (WDIV-TV/SurveyUSA).
MINNESOTA: Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar (D) - 56%, Congressman Mark Kennedy (R) - 32%, Robert Fitzgerald (Independence) - 3%, Others - 1%. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune).
MONTANA: State Senate President Jon Tester (D) - 52%, US Senator Conrad Burns (R) - 43%. (Rasmussen Reports).

OHIO: Congressman Sherrod Brown (D) - 47%, US Senator Mike DeWine (R) - 41%. (Rasmussen Reports).
RHODE ISLAND: Former Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse (D) - 51%, US Senator Lincoln Chafee (R) - 43%. (Rasmussen Reports).
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.19.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: GOVERNOR RACES.
ILLINOIS: Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) - 56%, State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka (R) - 26%, attorney Rich Whitney (Green) - 3%. (Chicago Sun Times/KRC Communications).
MASSACHUSETTS - DEM PRIMARY: Former US Assistant Attorney General Deval Patrick - 46%, venture capitalist Chris Gabrieli - 29%, Attorney General Tom Reilly - 22%. (WBZ-TV/SurveyUSA).
MASSACHUSETTS - DEM PRIMARY: Patrick - 37%, Gabrieli - 29%, Reilly - 21%. (WHDH-TV/Suffolk University).
MICHIGAN: Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) - 47%, businessman Dick DeVos (R) - 47%, engineer Doug Campbell (Green) - 2%, hospital worker Greg Creswell (Libertarian) - 1%, engineer Bhagwan Dashairya (US Taxpayers) - 1%. (WDIV-TV/SurveyUSA).
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Governor John Lynch (D) - 61%, State Representative Jim Coburn (R) - 24%. (Concord Monitor/Research 2000).
NEW YORK: Attorney General Eliot Spitzer (D) - 72%, former State Assemblyman John Faso (R) - 21%. (Siena Research).
OHIO: Congressman Ted Strickland (D) - 54%, Secretary of State Ken Blackwell (R) - 35%. (Rasmussen Reports).
RHODE ISLAND: Governor Don Carcieri (R) - 47%, Lieutenant Governor Charlie Fogarty (D) - 45%. (Rasmussen Reports).

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BY THE NUMBERS: US HOUSE RACES.
ARIZONA - CD-5: Congressman J.D. Hayworth (R) - 52%, former State Democratic Chair Harry Mitchell (D) - 40%, businessman Warren Severin (Libertarian) - 4%. (KPNX-TV/SurveyUSA).
COLORADO - CD-3: Congressman John Salazar (D) - 52%, pottery company owner Scott Tipton (R) - 41%, mechanical engineer Bert Sargent (Libertarian) - 3%. (KUSA-TV/SurveyUSA).
IOWA - CD-1: Attorney Bruce Braley (D) - 44%, restaurant chain CEO Mike Whalen (R) - 37%. (Des Moines Register/Selzer & Co).
MINNESOTA - CD-6: State Senator Michele Bachmann (R) - 50%, child safety activist Patty Wetterling (DFL) - 41%, former construction project manager John Binkowski (Independence) - 5%. (KSTP-TV/SurveyUSA).
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Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.19.06 | Permalink |

WASHINGTON: PRIMARY PREVIEW.
Okay, Washington State (and Massachusetts) are holding primaries on Tuesday. We previewed the Massachusetts race last week -- and there isn't much to write about in Washington.
US Senator Maria Cantwell (D) and insurance executive Mike McGavick (R) are locks to win their respective primaries before their scheduled battle in November. There are also a few Congressional primaries to select challengers against various entrenched incumbents but ... hey, who cares ... none of those primaries will matter in the least come November when this week's winners get blown away.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.19.06 | Permalink |

FREE SPEECH ZONE.
Congressman Bob Ney (R-OH)
agreed to a plea bargain Friday on bribery and corruption charges but, to the major consternation of his GOP colleagues, he has yet to submit his resignation. So far, all he's been willing to do is quit his committee assignments. Is he daring them to expell him? What's the story here?
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MONDAY NEWS UPDATE.

P2008: OBAMA TRIP TO IOWA INCREASES WHISPERS ABOUT '08 RUN.
Freshman US Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) was stumping in Iowa this weekend, with US Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) by his side. The ostensible purpose of the trip: promote Iowa Democratic candidates in the 2006 elections. First elected to the Senate just two years ago, the charismatic Obama previously discounted any interest in seeking the White House in 2008. His comments this weekend opened the door. "My only attentions right now are focused on '06. Whoever is looking toward 2008 without focusing on 2006 makes a mistake," said Obama, without disclaiming any interest in 2008. Also at the Harkin event was former Virginia Governor Mark Warner, who was more direct about his intentions. "You know and I know that it all starts in Iowa. Do your part. We're going to take back the Congress this year and then we're going to take back our nation," said Warner during his remarks to the crowd.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.18.06 | Permalink |

P2008: DESPITE DENIALS, BLOOMBERG IS EXPLORING INDY WHITE HOUSE RUN.
New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg -- a billionaire business news mogul and Democrat before he was elected in 2001 as a Republican -- repeatedly denies he has any interest in running for President in 2008. "I am not running for President, for the record," is his standard response to reporters. However, the WCBS-TV reported that Bloomberg held a secret meeting last month with some top political operatives and money people for "serious discussions about the viability of a White House run." According to the TV station, participants included Democratic Leadership Council leader Al From, legendary Wall Street hedge fund manager Michael Steinhardt, New York City Schools Commissioner Joel Klein, three NYC Deputy Mayors, and others. One participant, speaking anonymously, said Bloomberg was both intrigued and skeptical about making the race. At one point during the dinner, Bloomberg purportedly asked: "How likely is a 5' 7" Jew-from-New York, billionaire, who's divorced, and running as an independent, to become President of the United States?" WCBS reported Bloomberg told the participants he "reportedly thinks he has another year" to make a decision on the race and -- if he runs -- he's "considering" spending hundreds of millions from his own deep pockets.
Like I wrote back in May, I still believe the whole Unity 08 group is being assembled for Bloomberg.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.18.06 | Permalink |

BY THE NUMBERS: LATEST INDEPENDENT NUMBERS.
COLORADO - GOVERNOR: Former Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter (D) - 50%, Congressman Bob Beauprez (R) - 33%. (Rocky Mountain News).
HAWAII - US SENATE - DEM PRIMARY: US Senator Dan Akaka - 51%, Congressman Ed Case - 38%. (Honolulu Advertiser/Ward Research).
IOWA - GOVERNOR: Secretary of State Chet Culver (D) - 44%, Congressman Jim Nussle (R) - 44%, Others - 2%. (Des Moines Register/Selzer & Co).
IOWA - GOVERNOR: Culver (D) - 48%, Nussle (R) - 43%. (KCCI-TV/Research 2000).
MAINE - GOVERNOR: Governor John Baldacci (D) - 42%, State Senator Chandler Woodcock (R) - 41%, Others - 2%. (WCSH-TV/Voice of the Voter).
NEVADA - GOVERNOR: Congressman Jim Gibbons (R) - 45%, State Senate Minority Leader Dina Titus (D) - 38%. (Research 2000).
MASSACHUSETTS - GOVERNOR - DEM PRIMARY: Former US Assistant Attorney General Deval Patrick - 46%, venture capitalist Chris Gabrieli - 25%, Attorney General Tom Reilly - 18%. (Boston Globe/University of NH).
MINNESOTA - GOVERNOR: Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) - 42%, Attorney General Mike Hatch (D) - 42%, former State Finance Commissioner Peter Hutchinson (Independence) - 7%, Others - 4%. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune).
NEVADA - US SENATE: US Senator John Ensign (R) - 56%, businessman Jack Carter (D) - 35%. (Reno Gazette-Journal/Research 2000).
VERMONT - GOVERNOR: Governor Jim Douglas (R) - 59%, former State Demo
cratic Chair Scudder Parker (D) - 32%, website publisher Bob Skold (Liberty Union) - 2%. (American Research Group).
VERMONT - US SENATE: Congressman Bernie Sanders (Independent) - 55%, software executive Rich Tarrant (R) - 40%, frequent candidate Peter Diamondstone (Liberty Union) - 1%. (American Research Group).
VERMONT - CONGRESS: Senate President Pro Tem Peter Welch (D) - 48%, State Adjutant General Martha Rainville (R) - 45%, retired nurse Jane Newton (Liberty Union) - 2%. (American Research Group).

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.18.06 | Permalink |

GOVERNORS: QUICK TAKES.
MASSACHUSETTS: Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey (R) clearly doesn't want to face wealthy venture capitalist Chris Gabrieli (D) in the general election. How else to explain Healey running anti-Gabrieli attack spots last Thursday -- during the days before Tuesday's Democratic primary -- instead of afterwards. Gabrieli quickly responded with a spot answering the attack and defending his record in busines. Healey could probably have saved her money, as polls for the past few weeks show former US Assistant Attorney General Deval Patrick is much more likely to win the Dem primary.
ALASKA: Former GOP State Representative Andrew Halcro (Independent) will have to quickly find a new runningmate for Lieutenant Governor. Former GOP State Representative Ken Lancaster withdrew last week citing personal reasons.

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 09.18.06 | Permalink |

NEBRASKA: WITEK BACK ON BALLOT AS DEM.
A state court judge ordered Secretary of State John Gale (R) to place State Auditor Kate Witek on the ballot as a Democrat in her race for re-election. The conservative Witek -- who was a GOP candidate for Lieutenant Governor on Congressman Tom Osborne's ticket in the GOP primary earlier this year -- switched parties one day before the Democratic State Convention last month.
The Dems then nominated her to run again for her current post, as the party had nobody in that race. In a deal brokered by the Attorney General's office, Gale has agreed to list Witek as a Democrat and not appeal the court ruling. In exchange, Witek will only be listed once on the November ballot, even though she submitted sufficient signatures to also run as an Independent.
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