Clinton: It seems like the Clinton campaign is tepidly trying to expand the Presidential map, with some feeler money going into Arizona and Texas.
Josh Barro: The notably “Centrist” “Republican” has formally announced that Trump has caused him to leave the GOP and join the Democrats. I’m not sure Trump can afford to lose many more Obama voters if he wants to make headway in Upper Manhattan.
Trump-Wisconsin: Trump is spending a noticeable amount of time in Wisconsin bashing Paul Ryan and the other members of the state party that have refused to support him. It’s worth reminding people that had the GOP “Dumped Trump” at the convention, he would have been spending four months doing this non-stop, and the GOP would probably be looking at triple-digit losses in the house as Trump’s supporters fully abandon the party down-ticket (Not to mention an even bigger Presidential loss).
Trump-TV: Trump’s son-in-law has reportedly approached some media people about setting up a “TrumpTV” in the likely event that Trump loses the Presidential election next month. Such a move would pour cold water on the (ludicrous, IMO) beliefs that Trump is going to go away quietly after November, and that the GOP will just purge all of his supporters and then act like he never existed, though actually getting a “TrumpTV” network off the ground is harder than it sounds.
Waiting for Trumpocalypse: It seems that Trumpocalypse will not be coming today, but surely tomorrow. After all, there is nothing to be done. Such is politics, I suppose.
NY-4: A story came out recently that the Republican running for this Hempstead-based Long Island Congressional District was arrested for Domestic Battery in 2010 while vising his ex-girlfriend and their daughter. Not that this seat was on anyone’s radar this year, but this probably removes any hope the GOP had of a surprise upset in a theoretically-winnable D+3ish seat.
FL-Sen: The first FL-Sen debate was last night, and broadly followed the pattern of Murphy continuing to insist that the debate be about Donald Trump as opposed to him or Rubio, with Rubio taking shots at Murphy’s resume “exaggerations” and utter lack of accomplishments in the House. Rubio also pledged to serve a full 6-year term in the Senate if elected, which he will probably stick with right up until he doesn’t want to anymore.
State & Local:
CA-Gov-18: Tom Steyer is already laying the foundations for a possible 2018 run for Governor. The Billionaire Environmentalist Mega-donor will face stiff competition from a number of Democrats eager to claim the top prize in California’s musical-chairs political system, but Steyer’s staking himself out as the true Progressive candidate, and can self-fund to a level that would make Meg Whitman blush. I initially was going to brush him off, given that he’d be already running against some of CA’s biggest names (in some cases officially, already), but given how CA’s Progressives are hungering for some real change (Jerry Brown is, believe it or not, a relatively moderate Democrat by CA’s standards, who’s been squashing some of the Progressive’s stupider ideas), I wouldn’t put it past him to ride his way to an upset on a massive pile of cash. It’s not like he’s lacking in Moonbat Street Cred after all, and if the Biz-Libs go for Newsom, the Hispanics go for Villaraigosa, and the Asians go for Chiang, Steyer might be able to ride CA’s Coastal Moonbats to the Governorship.
CT-Gov: Mark Boughton (R), the Danbury mayor who flirted with running for Governor in 2014 before backing out, has all-but announced he is making another attempt at the office.
Lackawanna-DA: Local Attorney Mark Powell has announced that he plans on running for the Lackawanna District Attorney’s office next year, in an attempt to break the GOP’s 4-plus-decades-long hold on the office.
MI-State-House: In a move that has become surprisingly common despite being really, really stupid, Democratic 106th House district candidate Robert Kennedy admitted to having torn down some of his opponent’s campaign signs. Because nothing says “I deserve to be your elected representative” more than petty vandalism.
MIGOP: MI Republican Party Grassroots vice-chair Wendy Day was removed from office after pointedly refusing to support Trump, taking the Cruz (@July 20th-Sept 23rd) position of “Voting her conscience”. Party Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel basically told Day to suck it up and do her job, and after Day refused and then refused to resign, McDaniel officially vacated her position in the party.
MO-Gov: Koster (D) has begun attacking Greitens (R) over a $1.9Million check from a PAC called “Seal for Truth” that Greitens received during the GOP primary, as the group missed an October 15th deadline requirement for revealing its donors.
WA-Gov: Democrats are up with their first negative spot in this race, attacking Bill Bryant in the “axe murderer” style of attack ads that’s become almost cliché nowadays. This is mostly just due diligence as no one thinks Jay Inslee is in serious danger of losing, especially with the RGA preoccupied on half a dozen more promising races elsewhere.
WATN: Louisiana PSC Clyde Holloway passed away at age 72 last night. Holloway was one of the people who helped build the LAGOP up from the post-Solid-South ashes, and had a long (if sporadic) political career in the state.