SENSE OF THE NEW TEXAS MAPS. It took
some extensive research, a bunch of emails ... and even a bit
of guesswork ... but we were finally able to sort out who is running
where under the new Texas Congressional redistricting plan. Some
-- like Congressman Jim Turner (D) -- aren't sure they'll even
run for re-election next year under new lines certain to ensure
their defeat. Turner, for his part, says he may pass on re-election
and instead run for Governor or US Senate in 2006. Others -- like
Congressmen Lloyd Doggett (D) and Charlie Stenholm (D) plan to
run in districts other than those in which they currently live.
Democrats are suing to block the maps, alleging that the new plan
violates civil rights laws by reducing by one the total number
of minority districts. Obviously, if the courts or DOJ strike
down the maps as unlawful, we'll likely return to the old 2002
lines for the 2004 vote. But, until then, you can see who is now
running where on our Texas page. [Note:
The Allan Shivers button is from the 1954 gubernatorial race.]
DEAN TIED IN NEW IOWA POLL. Dick Gephardt and Howard Dean
continue to exchange the leader position in the see-sawing Democratic
contest to win the Iowa Presidential caucuses in January. The
latest independent poll now has the two men tied at 26% apiece.
John Kerry was third with 15%, followed by John Edwards at 8%.
Joe Lieberman and Wesley Clark -- who both announced earlier this
month that they would not actively compete in Iowa -- were tied
for fifth place with 3% each. Dennis Kucinich, Al Sharpton and
Carol Braun trailed behind. In related news, the poll also showed
that President Bush would currently defeat either Gephardt, Dean
or Kerry in the state in the general election. The poll was conducted
for KCCI TV-8 in Des Moines.
NEVER HEARD OF YOU, EITHER. This is the first installment
of a new (but sporadic) feature that will profile a bunch of the
Presidential contenders you've
never heard of ... and, in many cases, likely will never hear
of again. Some are serious, some are funny, and a few seem completely
insane. Today we'll introduce you to Bill
Wyatt of California -- a rather unorthodox candidate opposing
President Bush for the GOP nomination. Wyatt -- a peace candidate
-- has already qualified for the Missouri primary ballot, and
is now seeking ballot status in additional states. If Howard Dean
is the political Internet pioneer, then Wyatt is clearly trying
to be the pioneer of using t-shirts in campaigns. "I plan
to get my message out using t-shirts. I would rather distribute
editorial based t-shirts than to spend money on inane, self-promoting
advertisements," he explained to Politics1. Wyatt's website
promises to send you a free campaign t-shirt -- lots of different
messages to select from -- if you'll pay for the postage. Wyatt
vows "No new wars." He also wants to create an online
"Alternative Government Network" by using a message
board to encourage the public to help build his administration.
Wyatt was recently a candidate for California Governor in the
the October 7th recall election, but his t-shirt strategy didn't
seem to work very well. He finished 131st place with 264 votes.
You can find out more about Wyatt -- and lots of other Presidential
hopefuls -- on our Presidency 2004 page.
UPDATED TODAY: Iowa, Minnesota,
North Carolina, Texas,
P2004: Dean, P2004:
Edwards, and Calendar.
SEN ENDORSES BUSH. US Senator Zell Miller (D-GA) is crossing
party lines to endorse the re-election of President Bush. Miller
-- a conservative Democrat who has frequently broken with his
party to support the President in key votes -- told the Weekly
Standard that Bush is "the right man at the right time"
to govern the country. The two men have been friends for nearly
a decade. Miller earned much scorn from Dem leaders last month
for his new book -- A
National Party No More -- in which Miller criticized
the party for being too liberal, too elitist, and too subservient
to special interest groups to win any more Presidential elections.
As an aside, Democratic leaders have also been frustrated by their
inability over the past ten months to recruit a viable candidate
for Miller's open Senate seat.
SPLIT IN SAN FRAN MAYOR RACE. In the open non-partisan race
for Mayor, Supervisor Gavin Newsom (D) continues to hold a commanding
lead with 36%, followed by Supervisor Matt Gonzalez (Green) at
15%, former Supervisor Angela Alioto (D) at 13%, Supervisor Tom
Ammiano (D) at 10%, City Treasurer Susan Leal (D) at 7%, and all
others -- including former Police Chief Tony Ribera (R) -- trailing
far behind. Newsom -- a moderate Democrat with heavy financial
backing from the business community -- recently won the endorsements
of the San Francisco Chronicle, US House Minority Leader
Nancy Pelosi, and US Senator Dianne Feinstein. Gonzalez, Alioto,
Ammiano and Leal are vocal liberals who are splitting that sizable
base. Gonzalez seems to have momentum in these final days, recently
pulling ahead of the others for the coveted run-off spot against
Newsom. If no candidate in the ten person field wins a majority
on Tuesday, the top two will meet in a December run-off.
CONGRESSIONAL DIVORCE GOES PUBLIC. The wife of Congressman
Steve LaTourette (R-OH) went to reporters with news about their
plans to divorce after 21 years of marriage. Accordingo to The
Hill, the Congressman told his wife he wants a divorce because
he is involved with another woman. Susan LaTourette told the newspaper:
"He called me on Friday and said he wants a divorce ... I
think Washington corrupts people ... He was a wonderful husband
and father, the best I ever saw, until he went there. I told him
I was trying to get him out of the dark side, all that power and
greed and people kissing up to them all time. Now he's one of
them. All they care about is getting reelected. I hate them all."
She explained she went public with the story in an attempt to
win her husband back. LaTourette's office declined to comment,
calling it "a private matter." To finish off a bad few
days for the Congressman, State Rep. Ed Jerse (D) announced he
would run against LaTourette next year because the Congressman
broke his term limits promise.
UPDATED TODAY: California, Illinois,
Michigan, Texas, Washington,
Virginia, West Virginia,
Wisconsin, P2004: Bush,
P2004: Dean, P2004:
Kerry, and Jobs.
NEW. We know we've been writing stories in blog news format
on our homepage since late 2001 ... but we finally decided to
preserve the stories in a dedicated blog section on Politics1.
Thus, today's entries begin the stories we'll be permanently archiving
SLAMS DEAN. Democratic frontrunner Howard Dean clearly rattled
Rev. Al Sharpton's
Presidential campaign this week by winning the endorsement of
Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL). Jackson is the son of civil
rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, a 1984 and 1988 Presidential
candidate. Rev. Jackson is also viewed as a longtime rival of
Sharpton within the civil rights movement. On Tuesday, Sharpton
attacked Dean for promoting an "anti-black agenda."
In support of that allegation, Sharpton noted a 1995 Dean comment
saying that Affirmative Action should look at class and not race
so as to help all underprivileged people. Sharpton further noted
Dean's support for the death penalty and his pro-gun rights record.
Sharpton also attacked Congressman Jackson: "Any so-called
African American leader that would endorse Dean despite his anti-black
record is mortgaging the future of our struggle for civil rights
and social justice." A Dean spokesman refused to directly
engage Sharpton, and instead merely noted Dean "has always
been a strong supporter of affirmative action." Jackson's
spokesman responded by saying the Congressman supported Dean because
Dean ''doesn't put his finger in the air to test the wind before
he takes a stand."
RUN OR NOT TO RUN, THAT IS THE QUESTION. US
Senator Bob Graham -- who earlier this month ended his Presidential
bid -- told reporters Tuesday that he has largely made his decision
on whether or not he will seek re-election next year. The catch:
he won't announce what that decision is until sometime soon, possibly
as soon as this weekend. Graham said his staff is making arrangements
for him to make the public announcement. According to people who
spoke with Graham this week -- including Dems urging him to seek
re-election to ensure the party holds his seat in 2004 -- Graham
was highly ambivalent. He described how much he enjoyed serving
in the Senate and how he understood the importance of the decision
from a party perspective, but that it was a "very personal
decision" and he was still not yet sure what he wants to
do with the rest of his life. Some who spoke with him came away
with the view he would run again. Others hold the opposite view.
Perhaps the problem is that Graham himself is still somewhat uncertain
what he wants to do.
UPDATED TODAY: California, Florida,
Illinois, Kansas, Montana,
Nebraska, North Carolina,
Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee,
Washington, P2004: Clark,
P2004: Dean, P2004:
Kucinich, Bookstore, Calendar,