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


Archive for Terrorism

Another Republican has gone back to the Rove/Giuliani mid-decade playbook. A couple of weeks ago it was Rick Lazio demagoguing about the mosque in Lower Manhattan.

Now, it’s Tennessee Lt. Gov Ron Ramsey who has taken the “terrorist under every turban” mantra a step further by questioning whether or not Islam is a “cult.”  Trailing Bill Haslam and secessionist C Streeter Zach Wamp in next week’s GOP primary, Ramsey is desperately trying to gain traction among the GOP base.

Someone needs to point out that Rudy Giuliani’s “9/11, verb, 9/11″ shtick didn’t work in 2008. Why do they think it might work now?

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Former Democrat Tim Cahill continued his lurch to the extreme right fringe this past week when he accused Gov Deval Patrick of “pandering” to Muslims after meeting with leaders of the Muslim community last weekend.

In a statement clearly influenced by the McCain staffers on his campaign team, Cahill used the recent attempted car bombing in Times Square to justify demonizing Muslims and accuse Patrick of coddling terrorists.

Governor Patrick should stop playing politics with terrorism and focus on protecting all the citizens of this Commonwealth. It’s time for all of us to come together as Americans to prevent a tragedy before it occurs.

The overwhelming majority of Muslim-Americans are peaceable people who love this land, but the bottom line is, someone in Boston knew about this before it happened and didn’t speak up. That has to change.
There have been three attempted terrorist attacks on American soil in the last six months.  If, God forbid, one of these attacks is ever successful, the grief and suffering that follows will visit us all without discrimination as to ethnicity or religion.
Now is the time for Governor Patrick to look radical Islamic terrorism full in the face, call it what it is, and make sure that federal law enforcement officials who are tracking the Times Square case give our local law enforcement the information they have in real time.

Just to make sure he checked off all of the right-wing xenophobic boxes in the GOP campaign handbook, Cahill also made sure to throw in a gratuitous “Secure the Borders!” rant, railing against the Bay State’s refusal to embrace Arizona’s tough new immigration law.

Somewhere in his undisclosed location, Dick Cheney is sneering in pleasure at good ol’Timmy Boy!