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


AZ: Will Voters Back Brewer’s Sales Tax Hike?

By · May, 18 2010

The media is fascinated by a handful of high-profile elections today. How potent will the Tea Party prove to be in the Bluegrass State? Will Democratic voters reject a long-serving Senator who switched parties to save his own career? Will a conservative Southern Democrat fend off a challenge from her left? What will all this mean to the White House? Will today’s results provide a look into what November’s midterms may hold?

All of this is fascinating, but there’s an election going on out west that might be a more important measure of the electorate’s temperament.

In what just may be the MOST overlooked election in a day that has quite a few (is anyone mentioning the PA gubernatorial contest or the Kentucky Democratic Primary?) Arizona voters will help determine the

Will they choose to increase taxes to pull  the state back from the edge of a fiscal precipice? Or will they reject a temporary one-cent sales tax increase backed by Gov. Jan Brewer, pushing the state’s finances into a deeper hole?

Long before she became the center of the immigration debate, the Accidental Governor had upset her fellow Republicans by advocating a temporary one cent sales tax hike to solve the state’s fiscal problems.  The argument could be made she chose to sign the strict “If You’re Brown, Hit the Ground” immigration law to shore up support among the base she had lost over the tax issue.

It’s questionable whether or not there’s anything Brewer could do to convince the GOP’s anti-tax base to vote in favor of the measure. But there is no question the state faces dire choices if the voters reject her proposal.

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