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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Guber Quick Hits, Sat 5/22/10

By · May, 22 2010

Alabama: The phone lines “blew up” on Paul Finebaum’s radio show over the hottest topic in the GOP gubernatorial primary this week. Was it immigration? The oil spill threatening the state’s coast? Those incessant attack ads? Nope. Was Crimson Tide football.

“It’s the most engaged they (callers) have been in regards to Alabama politics in a long time, but of course we’re talking about something bigger than Alabama politics — Nick Saban,” Finebaum told The Birmingham News tonight.

For the record Tim James doesn’t plan of firing the championship coach. Not that he could.

Arizona: Gov. Jan Brewer’s decision to sign the state’s notorious immigration legislation has put her Democratic guber rival into a political straitjacket. AG Terry Goddard is the one who will defend the law in court, despite his personal opposition.

Connecticut: Home-state poller Quinnipiac deserted the Nutmeg State this week, as it diverted polling resources from surveying the nomination contests for the open Governor’s race in favor of the red-hot Sestak-Specter primary. With the Blumenthal stunner rocking the political establishment, I wonder if they’re second-guessing the decision. The Q-Poll’s most recent Connecticut survey was taken in March and showed huge numbers of undecided voters in both guber races.

Illinois: GOP Light Guv hopeful Jason Plummer is defending his decision to withhold his income tax returns, arguing it would put his family’s businesses at a competitive disadvantage. He accused Gov. Pat Quinn of making it an issue to divert attention from his failed record as governor. ”It’s really frustrating to have an enabler of Rod Blagojevich try to question your ethics or transparency,” Plummer said.  The twenty-seven year old newcomer knows how to play hardball.

Minnesota: DFL-endorsed guber hopeful Margaret Anderson Kelliher picked budget wonk John Gunyou as her Light Guv dance partner. As the Speaker, she’s been intimately familiar with the state’s fiscal woes and this pick certainly signals she wants to get serious about tackling the state’s budget challenges. Or, with a name like that, maybe she’s targeting the NRA vote?

Utah: Not sure if Gov Gary Herbert and the state leg heard about what happened to Robert Bennett a few weeks ago, but I’m not sure how going along with healthcare reform is going to go over with the Tea Party. I’m guessing not well.

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