AL-Sen: Rep. Mo Brooks (R) plans to make a firm decision by Sunday and announce by Monday whether he will run for Senate. He would join what is already becoming a crowded field-in addition to appointed Sen. Luther Strange (R), 3 other candidates are already in for the Republican primary, suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, state Sen, Ed Henry, and Christian Coalition of Alabama head Randy Brinson.
More AL-Sen: Democrats have their first prominent candidate for the August special election-former US Attorney Doug Jones. Jones was involved in the 2002 prosecution of the perpetrators of the 1963 Birmingham church bombing. Two other Democrats are running-medical marijuana activist Ron Crumpton, and Robert Kennedy, Jr of Mobile. State Democrats are not familiar with Kennedy and do not know if he is related in any way to the assassinated US Senator.
AL-Gov: Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington (R) announced yesterday he will run for governor. He joins Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle (R) and former Morgan County Commissioner Stacy George (R) in the race. Public Service Commissioner Twinkle Cavanaugh (R) is also considering running. Gov. Kay Ivey (R) has not yet announced whether she plans to run for the office she succeeded to last month upon the resignation of former Gov. Robert Bentley (R).
CT-Gov: Attorney General George Jepsen (D) said yesterday he will not run for governor. Jepsen was always considered less likely to run for governor than run for re-election as AG, but had been still considering the race. Although he did not announce his plans, he is likely to run for re-election.
GA-Gov: Former Acting US Attorney General Sally Yates is being encouraged to run for governor next year. She has become a popular figure among “the Resistance” after she was fired in January when she refused to defend the first travel ban in court and after her testimony this week about warning the Trump administration about ties between Michael Flynn and Russia. The pressure and excitement for her to run seems to be mostly from the outside however, and most state Democrats say they have seen no sign that she is interested in running. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says he hopes she will give the race strong consideration, but also said he hasn’t spoken to her about a bid.
CA-26: Actor Antonio Sabato, Jr. (R) is running for Congress against Rep,. Julia Brownley (D). Sabato is a fairly obscure actor, appearing on daytime and nighttime soap operas and reality shows. He gained a little more fame last year as a vocal endorser of Donald Trump, and had a speaking slot at the 2016 Republican National Convention. Republicans were competitive in the seat in Brownley’s first two elections in 2012 and 2014, but she won by 20 points last year.
ID-1: Potential candidates are starting to line up for this open seat. Ex-LG and AG David Leroy (R) filed for the seat yesterday. Leroy is a name from the past in Idaho politics-he served as AG from 1979-83, then as LG from 1983-87, lost a close race for governor in 1986 and finished a distant second in the 1994 ID-1 primary. Former State School Superintendent Tom Luna (R) says he is strongly considering a run. State Sen. Bob Nonini (R) of Coeur d’Alene, Rep. Luke Malek (R) also of Coeur d’Alene and House Majority Leader Mike Moyle (R) of Star(Boise area) are said to be interested in running as well. Nonini and Moyle are said to lean more conservative. Leroy is described as “center right”.
NE-1: Former Democratic gubernatorial nominee Bill Hoppner is considering taking on Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R) next year. Hoppner was the last Democrat to run a competitive gubernatorial race in Nebraska, taking 46% against Mike Johanns (R) in 1998. He also ran for governor in 1990, losing in the Democratic primary to Ben Nelson by just 42 votes. Hoppner was once considered a rising star in Nebraska Democratic politics and would represent a step up from the usual “Some Dude” that Democrats get for this seat, but he suffers from a similar problem that Bob Kerrey(whom he served as chief of staff when Kerrey was governor) did in his comeback attempt for US Senate in 2012-he hasn’t been on the ballot in 20 years and is completely unknown to a generation of voters.
NJ-11: Navy veteran and federal prosecutor Mikie Sherrill has announced a bid for this seat, currently held by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R). This district has re-elected Frelinghuysen easily since his first election in 1994, but Democrats sense an opening here after the district was barely won by Donald Trump last year. The DCCC has met with state Assemblyman John McKeon (D) after Democrats in the state delegation identified him as someone who they would like to see run. McKeon is still considering running.
WV-3: State Del. Rupie Phillips (I) is planning to run for Congress as a Republican. Phillips, who was first elected in 2010 was a Democrat until January when he switched from Democrat to independent, saying the Democratic Party had become too liberal for his district. He does have a potential problem with his past-he was arrested and charged with domestic battery in 2012. He joins ex-Del. Rick Snuffer (R) who announced on Wednesday. WV GOP Chairman Conrad Lucas is also considering running. State Sen. Richard Ojeda (D) also filed yesterday. Ojeda, who received attention last year for being beaten in an attack that appeared to have been politically motivated(he was in a tough primary fight with an incumbent senator) is probably Democrats’ best chance to hold the seat, but will still be an underdog.
State & Local:
FL-SD-40: Former state Rep. Ana Rivas Logan announced yesterday she is running as a Democrat for the seat left open by the resignation of Sen. Frank Artiles (R). Logan served one term in the state House as a Republican from 2010-2012 and then disavowed the party and became a Democrat in 2014. She also ran for the seat last year, losing in the Democratic primary to former state Sen. Dwight Bullard (D). She joins two other Hispanic women running in the Democratic primary, state Rep. Daisy Baez (D) and former LG nominee and FL-26 candidate Annette Taddeo.
ID-LG: Former Idaho GOP Chairman Steve Yates will run for LG next year. He joins a crowded Republican primary including state Sen. Marv Hagedorn (R), state Rep. Kelly Packer (R), businesswoman Janice McGeachin and former Constitutional Party gubernatorial candidate Steve Pankey. No Democrats have yet filed to run. Current LG Brad Little (R) is running for governor.
OH-Treas.: Newark City Councilman Jeremy Blake (D) says he is considering running for state Treasurer. No other Democrats have yet announced they plan to run. Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo and state Rep. Robert Sprague (R) have announced on the Republican side.
WATN?: Former Rep. Corrine Brown (D) has been found guilty of fraud involving a bogus charity set up for use as a slush fund for her. She was indicted on federal corruption charges last July and lost the Democratic primary in August to now Rep. Al Lawson (D).