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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Wednesday Quick Hits

By · May, 05 2010

Illinois: This has to make Grover Norquist’s list of least favorite states. Fifteen thousand people demanding higher taxes.

Massachusetts: With oil gushing through the Gulf and lethal floodwaters rampaging in Tennessee, a water main break that leaves a major metropolitan area without safe drinking water becomes below-the-fold news. But, as Rachel Maddow likes to say, “infrastructure isn’t sexy, but it’s pretty darned important.” Especially when you can’t brush your teeth from the tap. How this plays out for Deval Patrick’s re-election bid could be interesting.

Minnesota: As two-term incumbent Gov. Tim Pawlenty prepares a 2012 Presidential run he seems to have one of the central GOP talking points down. After nearly two full terms of running the state, Minnesota’s failure to be among the nation’s top growth states isn’t his fault.

New Jersey: In a scathing editorial, the Newark Star-Ledger describes Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to deny NJ Supreme Court Justice John Wallace his worst.

Pennsylvania: Shooting guns at a fundraiser – what kind of message is that?

Virginia: AG Ken Cuccinelli is on another one of his “family values” crusades.

Wyoming: As the nation shudders at the tragic consequences of a deep sea oil drilling going horribly wrong, Wyoming wonders if the answer to America’s energy needs the is blowing in the wind? If so, could the high plains become the next OPEC?

GOP 2012: The RNC is scheduled to make a final recommendation for their 2012 National Convention. The three finalists are Tampa, Salt Lake City and Phoenix. In the aftermath of the “Drop to the Ground if You’re Brown” immigration law’s passage, does anyone think the GOP is tone deaf enough to pick the Arizona site?

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