The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

The Current Line-Up

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The Sixtieth Vote – Deval Dodges a Minefield

By · Sep, 24 2009

Politico is reporting Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will select former Kennedy aide and DNC Chair Paul Kirk as the Bay State’s interim Senator, assuring Democrats a 60 vote majority for the anticipated health care votes over the next few weeks.

Considering the recent fate governor’s facing US Senate appointments (think Paterson’s bumbling that pushed his approval numbers off a cliff or Blago’s indictment on charges of selling Obama’s vacant seat), he seems to have manuevered a potentially tricky path without hurting the Democratic coalition or offending any of the commonwealth’s ambitious powerbrokers.

He managed to shepherd a┬áblatantly political revision of Mass’ election law through a notoriously confrontational legislative branch in a matter of weeks. The fact that no one from the Kennedy clan expressed interest in either the caretaker appointment or running for the balance of the late Senator’s term may have made it easier for Patrick because, even with the selection of a close family friend, the charges of dynasty and nepotism aren’t likely to be made. Perhaps the Kennedy’s witnessed the trouble caused in New York (and the rejection among some Dems over the ‘annointment’ of Caroline as an unelected senator) and realized that by keeping their powder dry at this moment was the best way to keep Teddy’s dream of healthcare reform on track.

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