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


Guber Quick Hits, Monday 5/24/10

By · May, 24 2010

Florida: McCollum is calling in the “big guns” already. Don’t think they expected to need Jeb Bush in the primary, but here he is, calling the AG a “principled conservative with a record of doing what’s right for Florida.”

Iowa: Bob Vander Plaats’ resume is coming under fire just two weeks before the Hawkeye State primary. The Sioux City Journal reports the GOP guber wannabe was allegedly fired from Opportunities United, a non-profit group he led in the early 2000s. Not the kind of news you want as the underdog in a campaign against a former governor running ahead of you in the polls.

Maryland: Gov. Martin O’Malley is fully embracing the Obama Administration as he starts his reelection effort. It’s a complete departure from Creigh Deeds’ approach in last year’s Virginia guber contest. Granted, Maryland is far more Democratic than the Old Dominion, but O’Malley seems to understand his success depends on an energized base, as AU’s Alan Lichtman wrote recently.

Massachusetts: Boston radio station WRKO has rescheduled a mid-June debate to accommodate Gov. Deval Patrick’s schedule. The new time, however, means independent Timothy Cahill won’t be participating due to a prior engagement. It could be a good thing for Cahill, a former Dem-turned-indy, who has been the target of a sustained RGA-led media campaign. The radio and television attacks have taken a toll. Cahill’s numbers have plummeted in a three-way guber matchup. While being on the outside looking in is not usually the advised political strategy, it may serve him well this election cycle. For the Cahill camp having Baker and the GOP direct their fire toward the incumbent can’t come soon enough.

Minnesota: DFL guber hopeful (and former US Senator) Mark Dayton picked his Light Guv dance partner today. He went north to Duluth for his choice, Yvonne Prettner Solon, who joins the list of best candidate names of the 2010 cycle, but doesn’t top Margaret Anderson Kelliher’s pick, John Gunyou.

New Jersey: A crowd estimated at 35,000 angry protesters converged on Trenton vowing to vote legislators out of office if they fail to overturn Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of the “millionaire’s tax.”

The rally, organized by unions and other groups, was held two days after Christie vetoed the “millionaire’s tax” just moments after the Legislature approved it. He maintains that it would be a temporary fix, and that New Jersey has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.

Pennsylvania: Now that BonusGate figure Brett Cott has been sentenced to five years in prison, AG Tom Corbett has withdrawn a subpoena seeking the identities of two twitter accounts that had been critical of the guber wannabe’s handling of the case. Was the decision that the real reason, or was it because Corbett’s camp realized they had started a political firestorm among privacy advocates?

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