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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Quick Hits, Wednesday 5/19/10

By · May, 19 2010

California: Seems that every time Steve puts more of his money into the primary battle, MegaBucks rummages about, finds a little more spare change in her purse and antes up.

Iowa: A sure sign campaign ’12 is right around the corner: Former Gov and presidential wannabe Mitt Romney endorsing former Gov and guber wannabe Terry Branstad’s quest to reclaim his former office in the Hawkeye State.

Massachusetts: It looks like Deval Patrick is unlikely to face a primary challenge, as it appears social activist Grace Ross’ petition effort is far short of the total required to make the Democratic ballot. Ironically, her absence could cost Patrick, who stands to lose $750K in public financing if he doesn’t have a primary opponent.

Minnesota: Cutting out the tradmed completely, Matt Entenza will tweet his DFL running mate once a choice has been made.

New York: GOP guber wannabe Carl Paladino plans to embark on an unusual Upstate campaign swing from Albany to Buffalo, by houseboat.

Pennsylvania: Something noteworthy was absent in yesterday’s voting – voter anger. Could it be the Flyers’ surprising Stanley Cup playoff run has turned down the volatility in a city infamous for it’s ability to vent? Or might it be this whole voter anger thingy is a media-driven narrative created to fill cable screamfests? My vote is on the latter.

Virginia: UVa’s scientific and academic community is rallying against AG Ken Cuccinelli’s investigation into the research of a former university climate change scientist “saying Cuccinelli’s investigation is a political action that could have a chilling effect on cutting-edge scientific research.” Cuccinelli believes the research may have been fraudulent, which justifies his conservative crusade against academic freedom.

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