Please check back this afternoon for a preview and open thread for tomorrow’s Dutch election.
Snow: Because it’s 2017 it is now the job of the President of the United States to shovel snow.
Trump administration: The Trump administration has more than 1,900 vacancies to fill. Trump named only 20 sub-Cabinet level positions (including 2 who withdrew) and has a huge list of ambassadorships, counsel positions, and commissioners to fill. Trump’s Office of Presidential Personnel had only 18 people working in it (one-fifth the number employed by President Bill Clinton at this point in his presidency). This ghost office is captained by 38-year-old John DeStefano, a former political director for former House speaker John Boehner. His only major personnel experience has been advising newly elected 2010 tea-party members on whom to hire. Considering Donald Trump takes 15 episodes to hire 1 intern this slow pace of hiring should have been entirely expected.
Cuomo: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has hired two fundraisers from Florida to help plan events and connect him with donors in the state. Hiring fundraisers in the swing state sources say shows he is laying the groundwork for a presidential campaign in 2020. He already has raised $22 million for his re-election bid next year and over the weekend Donald Trump fired the biggest threat to Andrew Cuomo’s political career (Preet Bharara).
AL-Gov: State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) has released a new book called “The Making of the People’s Governor 2018″ and is openly contemplating a run for Governor in 2018. Zeigler has been a very vocal critic of scandal tarred Gov. Bentley (R) and has filed a lawsuit trying to force Alabama to hold a special election for US Senate seat Bentley appointed Luther Strange (R) to before 2018.
GA-Gov: Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) will run for Governor next year. The field to succeed a term-limited Gov. Nathan Deal (R) is wide-open and many other candidates could join the race.
MA-Gov: Former Governor Michael Dukakis (D) has agreed to serve on the campaign finance committee for Newton Mayor Setti Warren (D) possible gubernatorial run.
MD-Gov: Former State Dept. official Alec Ross (D) said he would decide whether he plans to challenge Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan “in the next month.”
NJ-Gov: Democrat Tim Johnson has launched a seven figure cable TV and internet ad buy. Johnson is the first candidate to qualify for public matching funds so New Jersey taxpayers will underwrite a portion of this campaign. Johnson is a huge underdog in the Democrat primary against Goldman Sachs moneybags Phil Murphy.
OH-Gov: Ex-state Rep. Connie Pillich (D) announced she will run for Governor. Pillich lost the 2014 State Auditor race to Josh Mandel (R) by 14 points so Pillich is hoping to fail up. Pillich is the third Democrat to enter the gubernatorial race joining Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni and former Rep. Betty Sutton.
VA Gov: NARAL endorses Lt. Gov Ralph Northam (D) for Governor over former Rep. Tom Perriello (D).
CA-Sen: Arnold will not be back. Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) put out a statement statement indicating he will not run for Senate in 2018. Schwarzenegger may have been the GOP’s best hope of preventing a liberal Democrat from winning this seat in 2018.
DE-Sen: Sen. Tom Carper (D), who will be 71 on election day 2018, has told the National Journal that Donald Trump makes him more likely to seek re-election. Carper indicated that he was leaning towards retirement when the thought Hillary Clinton would be president. Carper only has $245,000 in his campaign war chest but should be an easy favorite for re-election if he chooses to run again.
NRSC fundraising: The NRSC raised $5.1 million last month, the best month of fundraising they’ve had in an off-year February in the past 16 years. They have raised $9.3 million this year and have $10.3 million cash on hand. the DSCC has not released February fundraising figures yet, but they trailed the NRSC in January fundraising.
IA-4: For the sake of his political career Rep. Steve King (R) needs to learn when to STFU.
NE-2: Former 1 term Rep. Brad Ashford (D) has ruled out trying to regain the seat he lost to Rep. Don Bacon (R) last fall but his wife has not. Ann Ferlic Ashford (D) is considering running for the House seat her husband lost last year.
SC-5: The filing deadline for the special election to succeeded Mick Mulvaney (R) has closed. Seven Republicans, three Democrats and five third party candidates have filed. The party primaries will be held on May 2, a primary runoff if need will be on May 16 and the special election will be on June 20th. Republicans are heavily favored to hold this seat.
VA-10: Virginia state Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D) is being recruited to run for congress against Rep. Barbara Comstock (R).
State, Local & Other:
CO-AG: State Rep. Joe Salazar (D) has filed paperwork to run for Colorado Attorney General. Incumbent Attorney General Cynthia Coffman (R) is considering a run for governor next year, but could seek another term as Attorney General. Salazar is not related to former Sen. Ken Salazar (D) but could benefit from the name confusion. Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett (D) is also considering a second run for Colorado Attorney General. Garnett lost to then Attorney General John Suthers (R) in 2010.
VA-State House: Democrats in Virginia are claiming the “Trump resistance” is leading to a surge in candidates running for the state house. Democrats said they had candidates running in 43 of the 66 House districts that Republicans currently represent, more than double the 21 GOP districts Democrats contested in 2015. Democrats also have challengers in all 17 GOP-held districts that went for Clinton.
NY-SD 30: The Harlem Democrat political machine choose real estate developer Brian Benjamin to be the Democrat candidate and the next state Senator pending the May 23rd special election. Benjamin is a close ally of New York County party Chariman Keith Wright. Once Benjamin wins this heavily Democrat district Democrats will once again have 32 elected members of the New York State Senate which is governed by 31 Republicans in alliance with 1 Democrat and the Independent Democrat Caucus. Benjamin has flirted with possibly joining the IDC.
Atlanta-Mayor: A WSB-TV poll conducted by Landmark Communications and Rosetta Stone find City Counclor Mary Norwood (D) leading with 28.6% of the vote. No other candidate breaks 9%.