The Dutch General Election is over, and Wilders & Co. came in second with 20 seats, just ahead of the christian-democratic CDA at 19 seats. The Center-right VVD, led by Prime Minister Rutte is again the largest party with 33 seats (actually a loss of eight) and will form the next coalition. Many European leaders can’t contain their excitement, though they’ll likely be much less excited when they realize that Rutte won by basically being Wilders-lite. Anyway, on to the rest of the news!
IA-2020: Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Human Sleep Aid) is floating a poll showing him one point ahead of Sen. Cory Booker (D-Ambition), 18-17, in the 2020 IA caucus. I have no clue why he’d do such a thing this early, but someone should probably tell him the that early frontrunner only gets the nomination if they came in second last time, have complete control of the party, or are the sitting Vice President.
MA-08: The Times did an interview with MA-08 hopeful Brianna Wu (D-Bold Progressive), and she sounds scarily sane (at least in terms of strategy). Now, I don’t think for a minute that she’s going to beat Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Dublin) in the primary, but telling her party to sound less elitist and mimic the emotionality of Trump’s appeals is a decent bit of advice. She definitely sounds more well-informed than the interviewer, who apparently has no concept of what GamerGate was.
NC-03: This is from a few weeks ago, but it’s interesting. Rep. Walter Jones (R-The Nearest Conspiracy Theory) is publicly considering retirement at the end of this cycle. There would be a lot of people who would both love and hate to see him go, depending on how much they prattle-on about the military-industrial complex. He would have no shortage of contenders for succession to his safely Republican seat in Eastern North Carolina.
VA-10: It appears that Fairfax County Supervisor Kathy Smith (D-Rapidly Diversifying Suburbs) has been approached by several groups, including multiple unions, to run against Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Was Probably Rooting For Hillary). If she runs, it could set up a primary with State Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Already Diverse Suburbs), who is also mulling a run.
NJ-Gov: Well, this is expected but depressing; Goldman alum and gubernatorial hopeful Phil Murphy (D-Second Coming Of Corzine) trounces his rival Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R-Shackled To Christie) 47-25 in a new Q poll. Both candidates lead in their respective party primaries.
TN-Gov: Life is pretty good if you’re Tennessee State Sen. Mark Green (R-Badass). You’re a former SpecOps medic, a prominent state senator, the best gubernatorial candidate that the state party’s antiestablishment wing has had in ages, and you might even get to be Secretary of the Army. After Vincent Viola withdrew his name from consideration, Team Trump started vetting Green. If he gets the job, he’ll exit a primary that he had a decent chance of winning due to multiple establishment candidates’ splitting the vote at the moment.
AL-Referendum: Legislators in the Yellowhammer State want to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot that completely bans abortion in case Roe v. Wade ever gets overturned. Yay, I guess?
Detroit-Mayor: A new poll commissioned by MIRS shows incumbent Mayor Mike Duggan (D-McNamara) leading his challenger State Sen. Coleman Young II (D-Please, Not Again) 46-21.
NJ-SD-02: The Democrats have pulled a switcheroo in this competitive race for an open Atlantic City-area state senate seat. Both of the district’s state assemblymen, one of each party, were running against each other. Now, Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-Torricelli) is being replaced with former Atlantic County Freeholder Collin Bell (D-Lautenberg) after Mazzeo said some unfortunate things about immigrants in a Facebook post.
PA-Judges: In Pennsylvania, candidates can get multiple ballot lines by petition. Sometimes, both parties will endorse the same candidate, especially for judicial positions (making it easier to petition onto their ballot line). That did not happen to Allegheny Magisterial Court Judge Mary Murray (who is running for Superior Court), but she wanted the Republican ballot line anyway, so she petitioned onto it. The PAGOP is now challenging her signatures.
VA-LD-28: Former Stafford County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Susan Stimpson (R-Better Off Her Meds) is returning to politics. Stimpson, who has a, let’s say, colorful history involving a Wegman’s, JFK Airport, and diet pills is returning to politics. She’s running for retiring Speaker Bill Howell’s seat. This should be interesting.
Scotland: Scotland seems to be barrelling towards another independence referendum, and everyone wants control over the terms; the SNP wants control over it that it doesn’t have, the Tories want it to be after the Brexit negotiations, and Labour, as per usual, knows it wants something, but isn’t quite sure what that is.