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Political Roundup for December 5th, 2017

Check back at noon today for our preview and open thread for today’s mayoral election in Atlanta. We will start our liveblog at 7pm eastern.

Governor:

ME-Gov: Rep. Chellie Pingree (D) is considering a run for governor in 2018. Pingree has said she will decide by the end of the month whether to enter the race to succeed term limited Gov. Paul LePage (R).

MD-Gov, MD-LG: Gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous (D) has picked former Maryland Democrat chair Susan Turnbull as his running mate. Jealous is facing Baltimore CE Kevin Kamenetz (D), Prince George’s CE Rushern Baker (D), State Sen. Rich Maladeno (D), and others in the primary to take on popular Gov. Larry Hogan (R).

OH-Gov: Richard Cordray (D) will announce his candidacy for Governor today in his hometown of Grove City, OH. This comes as a complete shock to us because based on his blatant politicization of the CFPB we had assumed Cordray had been running for governor for some time. Luckily for Cordray the Governor of Ohio doesn’t get to handpick his successor on his last day in office. That is a power Cordray believes should only be saved for unelected directors of powerful and unaccountable bureaucratic federal agencies.

SC-Gov, SC-LG: Businessman John Warren (R) is considering a run for governor. If he runs Warren would be the fifth Republican in the race joining incumbent Gov. Henry McMaster, former Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill , Catherine Templeton and Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant. Meanwhile, McMaster has chosen upstate Some Dudette businesswoman Pamela Evette (R) as his running mate; the state is switching from separate election to Team Primaries for LG this cycle.

TX-Gov: Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez (D) says she’s still considering a run for governor, but that reports that she has resigned to run for governor are false. With incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott (R) sitting on over $41 million in cash and sporting sky high approval ratings Valdez may want to keep her day job and let Mr. Leather International be the sacrificial lamb instead.

Senate:

AL-Sen: With the Flight 93 election taken to its logical conclusion Roy Moore (R) leads Doug Jones by a 49% to 46% margin with write-in candidate Lee Busby at 5% in the latest Emerson College poll. President Donald J. Trump has gone all in in his support of alleged child molester Roy Moore because in 2017 we are long past the point in which anything matters anymore.

AL-Sen: Debbie Wesson Gibson has shared more evidence of the relationship she had with Roy Moore (R) when she was a 17 year old high school student and he was a 34 year old man. Gibson released a handwritten graduation card from Moore to her and recounted her experiences dating Moore in the early 1980s. After telling Sean Hannity that he remembered Gibson as a “good girl” Moore has backtracked and begun publicly claiming he did “not know any of these women”. It was this lie that prompted Gibson to come forward with more evidence of their relationship. In response to the latest evidence that Roy Moore dated underage girls the Republican National Committee has resumed their support of Moore because nothing matters anymore.

ND-Sen: State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt (R) has decided not to run for Senate. Schmidt was heavily recruited to run by the Club for Growth. They even released poll in September that showed Schmidt leading incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) by a 4 point 48% to 44% margin. Last week Border States Electric CEO Tammy Miller (R) also declined to run for Senate. So far state Sen. Tom Campbell is the only Republican in the race but Rep. Kevin Cramer could also switch the the senate race. Former Rep. Rick Berg, who narrowly lost to Heitkamp in 2012, is also considering a run.

NJ-Sen: Former Hillary Clinton campaign staffer Michael Starr Hopkins is exploring a primary challenge to defendant sitting Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez. Menendez recently escaped justice with a hung jury in his first federal corruption trial. Federal prosecutors plan to re-try him in 2018.

UT-Sen: Donald Trump is reportedly going all out to convince Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) to seek re-election in 2018. Apparently Trumpworld thinks an 83 year old Orrin Hatch would be easier to control than a principled Sen. Mitt Romney (R) unafraid to speak his mind as he does here.

House:

CO-3: Attorney and Glenwood Springs City official Karl Hanlon (D) is in and will take on State Rep. Diane Mitch-Busch (D) in the primary for the right to face Rep. Scott Tipton (R) in this R+6 seat.

HI-1: Honolulu City Councilman Ernie Martin (D) has entered the race for the open D+17 seat Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D) is vacating to run for governor. Martin will join state Sen. Donna Mercado Kim and state Rep. Kaniela Ing in seeking the Democrat nomination.

MA-3: Banker and former Cambodian refugee Bopha Malone (D) is in and now we have 12 Democrats running to replace Rep. Niki Tsongas (D) in this D+9 seat! Luckily for the Democrats Massachusetts doesn’t have California top two style jungle primary so the clown car is unlikely to hurt them all that much.

NC-2: Distillery owner Sam Searcy is dropping out of the Democratic primary for this R+7 seat held by Rep. George Holding (R) and will run for the state Senate instead. The wealthy Searcy has been self funding his campaign. Tech executive Ken Romley and former state Rep. Linda Coleman are both still seeking the Democrat nomination.

TX-6: Tarrant County Assessor Ron Wright (R) has filed to run for the R+9 seat photogenic Rep. Joe Barton (R) is retiring from. Wright once served as Barton’s chief of staff.

TX-21: Bexar GOP chair Robert Stovall has announced he is running to replace retiring Rep. Lamar Smith (R) in this R+10 seat. State Rep. Jason Isaac (R) is so far the only other prominent candidate for the seat.

TX-29: Riceland Health Care CEO Tahir Javed (D) filed papers to run for the D+19 seat of retiring Rep. Gene Green (D). Javed joins state Sen. Sylvia Garcia, Dominique Michelle Garcia, teacher Hector Morales, and attorney Roel Garcia in seeking the Democrat nomination.

PPP-Polling: A new poll from PPP shows Gene Ric (D) leading Republican incumbents in CA-25, IA-1, CO-6, VA-10, ME-2 and NY-24. Now all Democrats need to do is find one person named “Gene Ric” who lives in each of these six districts and convince them to run for Congress.

WATN: Former Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL) has been sentenced to five years in prison for funneling money into a sham charity she looted.

RIP: Former Rep. John Anderson has passed away at age 95. Anderson was a Rockefeller Republican from Illinois who served 20 years in the House and ran an Independent campaign for President in 1980 and won just under 7% of the vote.

State, Local & Other:

CT-AG: State Rep. William Tong (D) is exploring a bid for the open Attorney General spot and ex-State Rep. John Shaban (R) is in. Meanwhile, there’s some chatter about changing the 10-year practicing law requirement, which makes it one of the strictest offices in the nation to qualify for.

MN-AG: St. Paul City attorney Samuel Clark (D), a former Klobuchar aide, is considering a run for Attorney General. He would join Dayton admin official Mike Rothman (D), State Rep. Debra Hillstrom (D) and ex-State Rep. Ryan Winkler (D).

NM-Auditor: Gov. Susana Martinez (R) has picked Bernalillo County commissioner and unsuccessful 2017 Albuquerque Mayoral candidate Wayne Johnson (R) to fill the Auditor’s seat for the rest of the term. Tim Keller (D) resigned as Auditor last Thursday after he was elected to become the new Mayor of Albuquerque; State Rep. Bill McCamley (D) is in the race for Dems.

NM-LG: Former independent Albuquerque mayoral candidate Michelle Garcia Holmes has changed her voter registration to Republican and will seek the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor next year. Holmes’ announcement comes after former state Indian Affairs Secretary Kelly Zunie withdrew from the race, leaving the Republican Party without a potential candidate. Zunie had tax and residency problems. Rep. Steve Pearce is the only Republican currently running for governor in the shotgun-wedding primary.

ND-SoS: GOP official Will Gardner (R) is primarying longtime incumbent Alvin Jaeger (R), who has announced he will seek an eighth term.

NV-Treas: Ex-State Rep. Andrew Martin (D), who lost a race for Comptroller in the 2014 wave, is running for the open Treasurer seat; incumbent Dan Schwartz (R) is running for Governor.

OH-Treas: 2006 nominee and ex-Ashtabula County Auditor Sandy O’Brien (R) is running again for Treasure. O’Brien probably doesn’t have much chance against State Rep. Robert Sprague (R) in the primary, as she has lost multiple primaries and only won in ’06 against an incumbent closely tied to the toxic Gov. Taft. Former Cincinnati Mayoral candidate Rob Richardson (D) is the likely D nominee.

MA-State Senate President: Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D) is temporarily stepping down from his position after bombshell sexual misconduct allegations against his husband Bryon Hefner have come to light.

CA-AD 45: Yuck! Assemblyman Matt Dababneh (D) is allegedly one sick SOB!

Atlanta-Mayor: Ahead of today’s mayoral runoff election a new Channel 2 Action News/Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll shows City Councilwoman has Mary Norwood (I) at 51.3 percent and Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) at 45.1 percent.

Political Roundup for October 19th, 2017

Check back at 3p ET this afternoon for our preview and open thread of this weekend’s elections in Japan, Argentina, and the Czech Republic.

Big Picture

Party-Building: This discussion between Tomas Edsall and Henry Olsen about the changing coalitions of both parties and their current strategies is a pretty good. It’s a birds-eye view of contemporary politics with some historical context.

Congress

MS-Sen:  Questions are mounting as to the mental state of Sen. Thad Cochran (R). Multiple reports in recent days paint a picture of a man who doesn’t always know where or who he is. I’m not quite sure how you handle this situation. On the one hand, it’s pretty hard to force someone to resign, even if they’re not in their right mind. On the other hand, if this is true, then he needs to be replaced with someone more for for office. Of course, it would have been best for everyone involved if he had just stepped aside in 2014, when a lot of us saw something like this coming.

WY-Sen: Blackwater founder Erik Prince (R) looks to be moving ahead with a primary challenge to sen. John Barasso (R). Prince has confirmed that he’s owned a home in Wyoming for 25 years and has a Wyoming driver’s license. So, I guess this absolutely unnecessary  primary can proceed without residency questions being raised. Whoopee.

DCCC/NRCC: It appears that Democratic donors are in a giving mood. The D-trip regularly outrages the NRCC, but the gap was larger than usual this quarter at $9 million, or about 75% more than the Republican haul. republican donors end to give more directly to candidates, but this should still be somewhat concerning.

IN-06: Well, it looks like after initial rumors trailed off into uncertainty, we now have an answer: Greg Pence (R), brother of Vice President Mike, is likely running for Congress to succeed Rep. Luke Messer (R). This is a bit interesting from a conflicts-of-interest  standpoint, because Pence is also the head of the fundraising team for Messer’s Senate campaign. Pence has to raise his own money as well, so I have to wonder if the two jobs will interfere with each other.

MA-03: This one is getting pretty crowded. folks. Steve Kerrigan (D), 2014 Lt. Gov nominee and past aide to both the Clintons and the Obamas, has jumped into the primary for right to succeed retiring Rep. Nikki Tsongas. Kerrigan is the seventh(!) serious Democrat to enter the race, following right on the heels of Westford school board member Terry Ryan (D), who entered earlier this week. Kerrigan’s big-name ties shouldn’t hurt his fundraising, and with a few other candidates already raising money quickly, this primary could get very expensive.

OH-12: Late last night, Rep. Pat Tiberi (R) surprisingly announced his resignation. This suburban Columbus and rural central Ohio seat should be a fairly easy GOP hold; click through for our updated Great Mentioner.

PA-06:  Rep. Ryan Costello (R) would appear to have a fight on his hands, at least in the realm of fundraising. Costello did manage to outrages his challenger, Chrissy Houlahan (D) in the third quarter, but only by 9k. Both candidates raised over 300k. Costello has a big advantage in CoH, but he should be fundraising a bit better than that in such a wealthy district in a big metropolitan area.

PA-07: Speaking of Philadelphia-area Democratic candidates seeking Republican-held swing seats, resident of Philadelphia Dan Muroff (D) raised 77k in his bid to unseat Rep. Patrick Meehan (R). He and his campaign staff hilariously tried to disguise the relatively meager haul by announcing that they had raised 306k since entering the race. Some outlets fell for it at first, but even that number didn’t look so big compared to the 400k that professional moonbat State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Bold Progressive) raised in the third quarter.

UT-04: Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams (D) has announced that he’s running against Rep Mia Love (R) in 2018. love has struggled in the past, but had a solid win in 2016. despite McAdams’ strengths and President Trump’s relative unpopularity in Utah, this will still be an uphill climb in such a Republican district.

Governor

VA-Gov: Former president Obama is being dispatched to make campaign swings in ongoing races, especially in next months off-year contests in Virginia. These seem fairly routine, but there are whispers behind the scenes that Democrats are worried about African-American turnout. Some Democrats are hoping that more appearances by the former President in the right places will help prop -up black turnout, but it didn’t work that well in 2016, so I’m skeptical.

VA-Gov Continued: Speaking of the Virginia Governor’s race that’s coming up in a few weeks, we have another edition of Dueling Polls! Q thinks Northam is ahead by fourteen points, while Fox thinks he’s ahead by seven points. Those are the RV numbers for the Fox poll and LV numbers for the Q poll. Funnily enough, the Q poll actually gets better for Gillespie with RV. Other polls have suggested a much closer race. Either way, someone’s going to have egg on their face come early November.

State/Local

OH-SD-01: Well, this is an unusual level of candor. State Sen. Cliff Hite (R), who resigned unexpectedly the other day, has clarified that the resignation was due to ‘inappropriate behavior’ with a state employee who worked near his senate office. This is the guy who started his own son over Big Ben when he coached a high school football team, so making good decisions based on personal feelings seems to be a problem for him. The district isn’t in danger, though – it’s one of the most conservative senate districts in Ohio.

OH-SoS, OH-Treas: Two statewide Republican contenders abruptly dropped their Row Officer campaigns this week; Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo (R) dropped his bid for Treasurer to clear the field for State Rep. Robert Sprague (R), while State Rep. Dorothy Pelanda (R) dropped her bid for SoS to clear the field for State Sen. Frank LaRose (R). As Mingo lives in OH-12 and Pelanda lives a few miles outside of it, it seems rather possible that they both got word of Tiberi’s impending resignation and may refocus to that race. The Ohio GOP now looks set to have no serious Row Officer primaries, with Auditor Dave Yost (R) for AG and State Rep. Keith Faber (R) for Auditor already not facing serious intraparty opposition.

OH-12: Pat Tiberi (R) is Resigning

The New York Times is reporting that Rep. Pat Tiberi (R) of Ohio has decided to resign his seat, triggering a special election. The 12th district is based in the northern suburbs and exurbs of Columbus, but also has a finger into the city itself and two arms going north and east into rural and small-city Ohio (Mansfield and Zanesville). It has a two-election PVI of R+7 and went 53-42 Trump-Clinton last year. There should be ample interest from local Republican officeholders and other possible candidates. Democrats may take a run at the seat, though they’ve recently been burned by investing heavily in special elections with little to show for it. We’ll bring you more news as it comes.

Ohio uses regular partisan primaries and generals for special elections, so this is likely to be a crowded GOP field. To start the great mentioner, two fairly obvious possibilities are two candidates who made surprise drops from statewide races just this week: Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo (R) and State Rep. Dorothy Pelanda (R) (who lives one county outside the seat but represents a chunk of it). Both have just abandoned their campaigns for Treasurer and SoS respectively, and the surprise dropouts with strange synchronicity could signal that they were tipped off about this race.

From the legislature, State Sens. Kris Jordan (R), Dave Burke (R), Stephanie Kurze (R), Dave Balderson (R), and (not that) Kevin Bacon (R) all live in or near the district and represent pieces of it. From the State House, State Rep. Jim Huges (R) and ex-State House Speaker Larry Householder (R) could be possibilities, along with close to 10 others. From local office, Franklin County DA Ron O’Brien (R) could be a name worth watching. Democrats have no legislators in the district, though a couple urban Columbus members may represent tiny pieces of it. Possible Dems could include ex-State Rep. Jay Goyal (D), who retired in 2012, and Franklin County commissioner John O’Grady (D).

Political Roundup for June 27th, 2017

Big Picture

Democrats: Rasmussen has found that 58% of democrats want new party leadership. That’s not too surprising given the level of Sanderism in the party and the unusually-advanced age of many of its leaders. Still, it’s likely that most of them will only go out feet first.

The Suburbs: Here’s a retrospective on the GA-06 special focusing n the GOP’s suburban problem. It’s a tad alarmist, but that doesn’t mean that the problem doesn’t exist.

Congress

AL-Sen: In what must have been a somewhat surreal scene, minor Senate candidate Randy Brinson (R), head of the Alabama chapter of the Christian Coalition, broke bread in a mosque at the end of Ramadan. It’s quite a campaign stunt. We’ll see if anything major comes of it.

NV-Sen: There are a few things going on here. First of all, the DSCC apparently doesn’t understand the meaning of the word ‘no.’ Sen. Dean Heller (R) has announced that he’s a ‘no’ vote not the new healthcare bill currently in front of the Senate. However, hours after he announced this, the DSCC started running Google ads telling voters not to ‘be fooled’ by Heller’s stance. I’m honestly confused by this. We live in a world where communications staff can twist words, but they’re flat-out accusing Heller of lying. I don’t see how they’ll back it up. Oh yeah, and Danny Tarkanian might be challenging Heller in the primary. That’s just what we need in this race.

NV-Sen Continued: Speaking of problems that Dean Heller doesn’t need, there’s a poll out that shows him trailing Rep. Jacky Rosen (D) by a point, 41-42. That’s BEFORE he goes through a likely-divisive primary challenge. Geez.

MO-02: The Post-Dispatch has a useful rundown of three Democrats who might run for this seat, whether Rep. Ann Wagner (R) run for Senate or not. They’re all Some Dudes, but all have solid professional careers, two are veterans, and one is actually the stepson of Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R).

Governor

CT-Gov: State Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr. (D-Yes, THOSE Kennedys) has declined to run for the open governor’s mansion in Connecticut. Speculation always surrounds the political scion, but he’s largely preferred to just remain in the background so far.

FL-Gov: It seems that former Rep. Gwen Graham (D) is making some coalition-building headway in her quest to become Governor. Graham has been endorsed by State Sen. Victor Torres (D) of Orlando. This is significant because Torres is Puerto Rican. Puerto Ricans are a fast-growing group in both the the Democratic primary and the wider Florida electorate.

FL-Gov Continued: Over on the Republican side, State Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater may be getting ready to enter the gubernatorial race as well. Latvala is well-known as a libertarianish moderate. He’ll have to contend with Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, whom he’s already attacking and characterizing as a ‘career politician.’

PA-Gov:  State Sen. Scott Wagner (R) just can’t seem to catch a break; first he has an incident with a Democratic tracker, and now he can’t even hold a hearing without getting a mob scene. Wagner was holding the meeting about the Philadelphia soda tax in that fair city, but pro-tax and anti-Wagner forces made such a racket that the hearing had to be rescheduled for Harrisburg. Wagner’s campaign limps onward.

State/Local

OH-Aud/Treas/WATN: Democrats have scrounged around their very thin Buckeye bench and managed to come up with two non-embarrassing candidates for statewide office. Rob Richardson, Jr (D), who came out of nowhere to take 20% in the Cincinnati mayoral primary, is running for Treasurer. The bigger news, though, is that former Rep. Zack Space (D) is running for Auditor. Both men face an uphill climb in a state that took a definite rightward turn in 2016, but at least they’re not Some Dudes.

PA-Redistrict: This is sort of a ‘no shit, Sherlock’ situation, but the AP did analysis of the Keystone State’s congressional map and found under the efficiency gap standard that it is one of the most gerrymandered in the country. This illustrates exactly why this whole movement to use this standard is idiotic – even if the map weren’t gerrymandered, Democrats would probably only get, say, 7 of 18 districts in most years. In order for this standard to be met, you’d actually have to baconstrip Philadelphia because Democrats are so tightly packed into the city. That is, of course, what proponents of the standard want, which shows it for the naked power grab that it is.

Political Roundup for May 12, 2017

Senate:

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.

Governor:

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.

House:

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.

Other:

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).

 

Political Roundup for March 31, 2017

Senate:

NV-Sen: Rep. Dina Titus (D) said yesterday she is thinking about running for US Senate against Sen. Dean Heller (R). She says she thinks that the demographics of the state will favor Democrats and a lively open seat governors race will help turn out Democratic voters. She will decide in the next few months whether to run.

RI-Sen: Former State Supreme Court Justice Robert Flanders (R) has taken the first step to run for the US Senate, forming an exploratory committee. State Rep. Robert Nardolillo (R) is expected to formally announce his candidacy in May-setting up the possibility of a Republican primary in a seat that is considered one of the longest of longshots for Republicans. Flanders is considered a moderate while Nardolillo is more conservative.

WI-Sen: As several Republicans weigh runs for Senate against Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D), a new name has appeared on the scene. Nicole Schneider, who is the daughter-in-law of the founder of Schneider National, Inc. a trucking company, seems to be strongly considering a bid. She has the ability to self-fund a campaign. Other Republicans who are looking at the race include businessman Eric Hovde, who finished second in the 2012 Republican Senate primary, state Sen. Leah Vukmir, state Rep. Dale Kooyenga, Marine veteran and businessman Kevin Nicholson, and state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald.

More WI-Sen: A super PAC to support a run by Marine veteran and businessman Kevin Nicholson has received a $2 million donation from businessman Richard Uihlein. Uihlein is encouraging others to join him and avoid a repeat of the divisive 2012 Republican Senate primary which left ex-Gov. Tommy Thompson short on money for the general election campaign.

Governor:

AL-Gov: Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle is currently evaluating whether to make a run for governor. He says he expects to make a decision by next month. Huntsville mayor is a nonpartisan position, but Battle says he would run as a Republican. He also considered running in 2012 but decided not to. He was elected to a third term as mayor last year with over 80% of the vote.

More AL-Gov: Twinkle Cavanaugh (R), chair of the Public Service Commission seems to be planning a run for governor. She is one of the first people to indicate that they actually plan to run. Others said to be considering a run include State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R), Secretary of State John Merrill (R), Senate President Del Marsh (R), suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) and former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville.

GA-Gov: State Sen. Hunter Hill (R) is said to be considering a run for governor. Although he would appear to be an underdog to LG Casey Cagle (R), who is currently considered the frontrunner, he has two things going for him. He represents a district in the wealthy Buckhead area of Atlanta that could give him a connection to wealthy donors, and he has a compelling resume as a West Point graduate who served in combat roles in Afghanistan and Iraq.

IL-Gov: Chicago Treasurer Kurt Summers (D) is considering joining a growing list of Democrats running for governor. Summers would be the only black candidate in the race. Businessman Chris Kennedy, Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar, state Sen. Daniel Biss, and downstate school Superintendent Bob Daiber are running. Billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker has also set up an exploratory committee.

IA-Gov: Johnson County Supervisor Mike Carberry (D) is considering a run for governor. Carberry was an early endorser of Bernie Sanders and is hoping to tap into that support in a possible run. One thing possibly standing in his way is he is also up for re-election as a supervisor next year and cannot run for both offices. Carberry joins the list of fairly low-level Democratic names running or considering a run-former Dept. of Natural Resources Director Rich Leopold is running as is 2014 State Auditor nominee Jon Neiderbach. State Rep. Todd Prichard (D) has set up an exploratory committee to consider a run and state Sen. Nate Boulton (D), former state party chair Andy McGuire and Davenport alderman Mike Matson are also said to be considering runs.

UT-Gov. 2020: Josh Romney, son of Mitt Romney and a real estate developer based in Salt Lake City is said to be interested in running for governor in 2020. That was bolstered this week by an interview where his mother, Ann Romney said she thinks he will run and thinks he should “go for it.” He had been seen as a possible candidate for US Senate in 2018, but he had said back in December that he was more interested in the governor’s race.

WI-Gov: A group is trying to draft former Green Bay Packers football player, Mark Tauscher into running for governor. Tauscher, who also played at Wisconsin, lives in the Madison area and has done radio commentary for both Wisconsin and Green Bay football since retiring and also co-owns a publishing company. Presumably, people want him to run as a Democrat, but he has never declared a political affiliation in the past.

State & Local:

CA-LG: Dr. Asif Mahmood, a Pakistani-born doctor announced on Wednesday that he is running for Lieutenant Governor as a Democrat. He describes himself as a “proud Muslim” who loves America. The platform Mahmood plans to run on however doesn’t seem to fit the largely ceremonial LG office. He wants to help save the Affordable Care Act, provide free community college education and fight “Donald Trump’s hate”. State Sen. Ed Hernandez (D) is the only other announced candidate for LG so far.

OH-Treas.: Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo (R) has announced a run for State Treasurer. He joins state Rep. Robert Sprague (R) in the Republican primary. Current Treasurer Josh Mandel (R) is running for US Senate. No Democrat has yet announced they plan to run.

Corpus Christi Mayor: Just a day after a court confirmed his eligibility to run, former Councilman Mark Scott (R) is dropping his bid for mayor. At issue was whether Scott had been term limited on the council and thus ineligible to run. An appellate court ruled that a shortened 18 month term due to the moving of election dates meant that he had not reached his term limit and could run. Scott says that the possibility of the decision being appealed to the Texas Supreme Court and running the question of his eligibility into early voting meant that he should drop out. He says he still plans to run for mayor in 2018 when he would be eligible to run again anyway.

 

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