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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AZ- Voters Pass Jan’s Tax Hike

By · May, 19 2010

Voters in Arizona went to the polls Tuesday and sent a message to political leaders around the nation. By an overwhelming margin (64-36%), they voted to impose a temporary one-cent sales tax on themselves to help the state overcome it’s fiscal problems.

All that anti-tax, anti-big government anger may be nothing more than the sound and fury of a frustrated electorate who feels leaders aren’t doing the jobs they’ve been elected to. When Arizona’s voters understood what was at stake, they opted to fund their government’s basic services.

And the leader who advocated tax increases – Republican Jan Brewer – may reap political rewards.

The big political winner in this election is Jan Brewer, who went against her party’s anti-tax ideology and staked her political future on the vote’s outcome. The overwhelming victory (which may have been assisted by her pandering to the GOP base on immigration) lessens the power of her primary challengers’  anti-tax messages.  All of the GOP candidates were opposed to the initiative.

Democratic AG Terry Goddard, who refused to take a position on the ballot question until the closing days of the campaign, is now facing an emboldened incumbent who has an impressive political victory under her belt. Goddard’s lack of political courage on the question could severely weaken his ability to win the seat from Brewer in November.

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