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


Quick Hits, Monday 5/10/10

By · May, 10 2010

Colorado: The New York Times reports that the Democratic Party’s Mile High hopes for turning Colorado into a permanent part of their coalition have dimmed.

The unstable situation facing Mr. Obama and his party is a stark contrast to the mood less than two years ago at the national convention. Democratic strategists believe their party’s popularity will rise as the health care law begins taking effect and the economy improves.

But registered Democrats have fallen by 30,000 since November 2008, a drop of about 4 percent, according to the Colorado secretary of state. And since April, when the state began allowing new voters to register online, more Republicans than Democrats have done so. As of May 1, the state had 849,572 Republicans, 813,126 Democrats and 752,503 voters not affiliated with either party.

Florida: A new Mason-Dixon poll shows that Floridians have swung dramatically against offshore drilling. A year ago, residents supported oil drilling off the coast by a 55-31 margin. This week, as oil swirls around in the Gulf of Mexico, the numbers have flipped. Only 35% support more drilling while 55% are opposed.

Nevada: Nothing, I mean absolutely nothing comes close to the ineptitude of Nevada’s celibate Governor. The fact that Jim Gibbons still has an outside chance of winning the GOP nomination speaks volumes about Silver State politics.

New Jersey: Chris Christie’s Education Commissioner dismissed the news that NJ ranked at the top of national rankings in student performance in both reading and math as “irrelevant.”  He went on to describe public education as a “wretched system” in need of a total overhaul.  That’s what people want from their officials. Take a system that’s working and “reform” it. Buyer’s remorse, yet, New Jersey?

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