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.

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Must-Read, Saturday: SEIU Goes “All In” on 2010 Governor’s Races

By · May, 08 2010

Anyone who doubts how important the 2010 gubernatorial contests are should check Ben Smith’s post over at Politico about the SEIU upping their investment in governor’s races and the redistricting process in the current cycle.

Newly elected SEIU President Mary Kay Henry said the union would intensify its commitment to politics under her leadership, “moving forward in an even bigger way on organizing, politics and restoring our relationships throughout the American labor movement.”

Henry, whose election today was expected after her victory over her predecessor Andy Stern’s protege in an internal battle, paid tribute to Stern and pledged to continue his priorities while mending fences with other unions. The SEIU voted today to allot $4 million each to a new fund for private-sector organizing, and $4 million for governors races in seven states.

The contests the union will be targeting include Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, New York, Ohio, and Florida. All are expected  to be competitive, except New York, where AG Andrew Cuomo is heavily favored to win.

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