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


FL: McCollum ~ Kettle, Meet the Pot

By · Jul, 08 2010

From the “How Do They Say This With a Straight Face?” File, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum denounced the DOJ lawsuit challenging Arizona’s new immigration law as “highly political.” (h/t Florida Independent)

“I think the amended Arizona immigration law is fine. I have no problem with it at all. I support it,” McCollum said. “With regard to the president’s challenge, I think it’s a mistake on his part. I think it’s highly political. I think this administration has failed to adequately use the laws on the books to enforce immigration, especially on the border … I think he’s wrong. I think he’ll lose in court. I think states have the right to enforce their own laws.”

This, from the man who brought us the health-care lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the landmark legislation on the flimsiest of legal arguments. As the Florida Independent points out McCollum’s “lawsuit contains no references to legal precedent or Supreme Court decisions.

Nothing at all political when only Republicans have pushed the challenge hoping to ride the astroturfed anger over “socialized medicine” to victory at the ballot box this November.

I’m sure it didn’t cross McCollum’s mind that keeping voters agitated over a divisive issue might help him win Florida’s governorhip. Nosirree, Bob.

McCollum’s motives were as pure as the Gulfstream waters.

I’m a firm believer in the following maxim: if a Republican is denouncing a political rival of some nefarious backroom wheeling and dealing it’s a pretty safe assumption that the said politician is actually in fact doing that himself.  While it’s not exclusively a GOP affliction, it does seem (from my admittedly left-of-center perspective) to afflict Republicans more frequently, especially when they’re the minority party.

Bill McCollum is today’s Exhibit of “GOP Hypocrisy on Display.”

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