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


A Penny for the Future?

By · May, 06 2010

The missing back story to the national maelstrom created by the “If You’re Brown, Drop to the Ground” law, is the fact that Arizona voters will be going to the polls on May 18th and voting on a Jan Brewer-backed measure to temporarily  increase sales taxes by 1% to help the state weather the fiscal crisis.

Brewer’s tax-hike heresy had been a political albatross threatening her political viability among the GOP base. Now that she’s shored up her GOP support by proving how tough she is, will her tax hike proposal muster enough support? Or will she be staring into a financial abyss? Has she alienated Democrats who might have been more receptive to the ballot question by signing the bill? Will Latinos vote against anything that has her name attached to it simply to send a message?

The Arizona Republic has come to her aid with an editorial supporting a YES vote on Prop 100.

This temporary penny-per-dollar increase in the sales tax is vital to your future. It will stabilize the state budget and prevent devastating cuts to basic services, including education.

Voting against Prop. 100 would hurt students, parents, our health-care system, vulnerable Arizonans and local taxpayers, who would who have to support services the state pushed down to cities and counties. Arizona’s future would be dimmer for all of us.

It will be fascinating to see how Brewer campaigns on this ballot question over the next two weeks. Does she think she’s built up enough political capital to survive the crowded primary in late August?

I wonder if she’d accept a penny for her thoughts?

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