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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Aug
27

Guber Quick Hits, TGIF 8/27/10

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Alaska: While GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski’s shocking primary loss (pending absentee ballots) dominated Alaska political news, Gov. Sean Parnell cruised to a primary victory under the radar. Unhappy with the results, Bill Walker, one of his vanquished opponents, is considering a write-in candidacy.

Idaho: Democratic guber challenger Keith Allred has made Butch Otter’s education funding cuts a central focus of his candidacy, arguing that Otter overstated the severity of the state’s budget problems in making severe cuts. New numbers showing Idaho in better-than-anticipated revenue numbers appear to validate his view.

Maine: Democratic guber wannabe Libby Mitchell has withdrawn from two candidate forums, citing the omission of two unenrolled candidates – Shawn Moody and Kevin Scott. The first of those forums, a discussion about cross-border issues facing the state, went on without her Thursday.

Michigan: Detroit Mayor Dave Bing endorsed his fellow mayor and Democrat Virg Bernero’s guber bid.

Ohio: Gov. Ted Strickland is getting help from an unusual source for most Democrats. The Buckeye Firearms Association has sent a bus out on the campaign trail touting their support of Strickland’s reelection bid against Republican John Kasich.

Texas: Bill White has been practically frothing at the mouth to take on Rick Perry in a Lone Star debate but the incumbent has been setting preconditions (and running out the calendar) so it comes as no surprise that White accepted an invite from Texas media outlets while the incumbent declined.

Utah: Gov. Gary Herbert’s 39-year-old son has been accused of stalking and harassing a the younger sister of a woman he was once charged with stalking and assaulting in 2005.

Vermont: The three-way photo finish in the Democratic primary is heading to a recount, as Peter Shumlin edged out Doug Racine by a razor-thin margin of 197 votes. Deb Markowitz finished in third – less than 700 votes behind Shumlin.

Aug
17

Guber Quick Hits, Tues 8/17/10

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California: MegaBucks Whitman must be wishing everyone was so easy to buy. Last March, just two days after donating $10,000 to the ‘independent’ Small Business Action Committee the organization endorsed her gubernatorial bid. They’re now airing ‘issue advocacy’ ads attacking her Democratic rival, AG Jerry Brown.

Florida: As the Republicans continue tearing each other down in the bitter last weeks of the gubernatorial primary, Democrat Alex Sink picks former guber candidate Rod Smith as her Light Guv dance partner.

Florida II: Rick Scott may be way behind eMeg’s level of personal investment in her gubernatorial quest, but he’s doing his best to buy the Sunshine State’s GOP guber nod. He’s planning on spending $3.7 million on ads in the primary’s final week.

Maryland: Newcomer Brian Murphy’s fundraising totals  - Sarah Palin’s surprising pick in the Maryland GOP guber primary – trail the two guber heavyweights Republican Bob Erhlich and Democrat Martin O’Malley by a nearly 10-to-1 margin. But he tells the WaPo he’s right on track to upset Ehrlich in the September 14th primary.

Ohio: GOP guber candidate John Kasich – a wealthy man from his days at Lehman Brothers – also pulled in an impressive $50,000 annual income during his seven years as a “presidential fellow” at his alma mater, Ohio State University. Fifty grand may not seem like a huge sum to many, but considering that since 2002, Kasich has worked between one to four days a month – making each day on campus worth $4,000 to Ohio taxpayers.

Pennsylvania: John Krupa,  a self-proclaimed Tea Party gubernatorial candidate has dropped his bid after the state GOP successfully challenged the validity of his signatures. The Keystone State is one of a handful (the others being New Jersey, Florida and Michigan) where Republicans have accused Democrats of pushing bogus Tea Party candidates to lure voters away from the GOP.

Texas: Tea Party fave Debra Medina’s surprising (yet brief) surge in the GOP guber primary last spring was fueled by the potent libertarian streak  that lurks beneath the surface of Lone Star State politics. Following in Medina’s footsteps,  Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Kathie Glass is traversing the state hoping to turn tap into the Tea Party anti-government energy.

Aug
14

Guber Quick Hits, Sat 8/14/10

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Arizona: Democrat Terry Goddard is spending his Clean Elections grant for the primary at a much slower pace than his Republican counterpart, Jan Brewer.

Iowa: Former Des Moines School Board member Jonathan Narcisse – who flirted with running in the Democratic primary against Gov. Chet Culver – reports he’s gathered the required signatures to qualify for the ballot as an independent.

Iowa II: Campaigning like it’s 1982. Embattled Democratic Gov. Chet Culver, trailing former GOP Gov. Terry Branstad by large margins in every publicly released poll of the contest, has turned to his father – a former US Senator – to help him on the campaign trail.

Maine: Talk about party unity. Democratic guber nominee Libby Mitchell has enlisted the support of her former primary foes to head her policy committees.

Maryland: Former Gov. Bob Ehrlich has proposed a series of five debates (three on the radio, two on the TeeVee) against Democratic incumbent Martin O’Malley. O’Malley, clearly hoping to elevate the profile of long-shot candidate Brian Murphy,  says he’s happy to debate the Republican nominee  - once the GOP primary determines a winner.

Texas: Rick Perry has steadfastly refused to debate Democratic challenger Bill White until White releases every scintilla of his personal financial and tax information. Now, he’s announced he won’t meet with any Lone Star State editorial boards prior to the election.

Wyoming: Matt Mead has invested nearly $900K of his own money in his effort to win the GOP guber nod in the Cowboy State. That’s a huge sum in the nation’s least populous state, where a closely contested primary victory could require less than 50,000 votes.

Democrat Bill White continues banging away at Rick Perry’s work ethic.

His latest web ad uses the Todd Rundgren classic anti-work anthem (h/t Texas Tribune):

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Aug
04

Guber Quick Hits, Wed 8/4/10

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California: Democrat Jerry Brown’s guber campaign is the model of fiscal conservatism, especially in comparison to the profligate spending by his opponent, MegaBucks Whitman. Brown reports having $23.2 million in the bank and having spent only $633,205 thus far. Of course, that doesn’t count any of the money being spent by labor and special interest groups supporting the Democrat’s bid.

California II: Is Loretta Sanchez banking on a Whitman victory this fall? She’s already filed paperwork with the CA Secretary of State to raise cash for a possible 2014 gubernatorial bid.

Florida:   The Orlando Sentinel’s Central Florida Political Pulse blog points out that GOP guber wannabe Bill McCollum’s ‘statewide’ Hispanic team is mostly from Miami. Anyone familiar with Florida politics understands that means it’s dominated by Cuban Americans – a traditional Republican voting bloc and not representative of any broad-based support that McCollum (or the GOP) may or may not have among the many other Hispanic communities in the the state.

Hawaii: Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann has stashed away $2 million for his gubernatorial race. Former US Rep. Neil Abercrombie, who is spending money at a much faster clip than his rival has under $500K.

Minnesota: Margaret Anderson Kelliher won the backing of liberal icon Paul Wellstone’s son David in her bid to win the DFL nod.

New Mexico: After winning an online contest, GOP guber nominee Susana Martinez will be getting more help from 2012 presidential contender Tim Pawlenty. The Minnesota governor will be appearing on the campaign trail with Martinez, soliciting funds via email and hosting a Facebook town-hall meeting live from New Mexico.

Rhode Island: Former US Senator Lincoln Chafee’s independent run for governor may be getting all the national media attention, but it’s Democrat Frank Caprio who has a huge fundraising lead over the former Republican. His $1.7 million bank account dwarfs Chafee’s $420,000.

Texas: Want to win a lunch with Karl Rove? That’s one of the prizes in a raffle Rick Perry is running to raise money and grow his donor base.

Jul
20

Guber Quick Hits, Tues 7/20/10

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Iowa: GOP guber nominee Terry Branstad is setting a frantic fundraising pace, as he’s raised $2.1 million in six weeks, although at least $500K is from Uncle Haley’s RGA.  But Branstad isn’t the only Hawkeye feeling the national love. A full third of the money incumbent Gov. Chet Culver has raised since 2009 has come from the DGA.

Kansas: Sam Brownback is cruising to the Republican gubernatorial nomination according to a new Survey USA poll. The most surprising thing is that Joan Heffington is actually garnering almost 20% of GOP primary voters. It begs the question, “what’s the matter with Kansas?”

Kentucky: Bluegrass State voters won’t be electing a governor until 2011, but rumors are already circulating about potential GOP candidates who might take on Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear.

Maryland: Everyone who’s anyone in Maryland politics will be on the Eastern Shore Wednesday at the 34th annual J. Millard Crab & Clam Bake in Crisfield.

Michigan: GOP guber wannabe Pete Hoekstra is joining Michele Bachmann’s Tea Party caucus.

Minnesota: The state chapter of the National Organization for Women, which had earlier endorsed Matt Entenza in the DFL guber primary contest, decided to add Margaret Anderson Kelliher to their endorsement slate. It seems strange that if they had planned on multiple endorsements all along, why weren’t they announced at the same time?

Ohio: Gov. Ted Strickland picked up the support of the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio in his reelection effort.

Texas: President Obama is planning a Lone Star State fundraising road trip to Houston and Austin. Gubernatorial candidate Bill White won’t be at his side, as his spokeswoman says the former Houston mayor’s schedule that week is “jam packed.”

Jul
15

Guber Quick Hits, Thurs 7/15/10

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Alabama: On one side much of the attention was on the notorious ads that went viral. On the other, the focus was on the historic nature of a candidate who shunned his base. Overlooked in the Alabama gubernatorial contest – the nice guys finished first. It has people hoping for a positive, issues-oriented campaign this fall.

California: Term-limited incumbent Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is now just as unpopular as Gray Davis was when he was dumped by California voters in summer 2003.

Colorado: This is what a campaign death spiral looks like.

Florida: Rick Scott is banging the nativist drums. He’s urging the state legislature to take up the issue of immigration during the upcoming special session called by Gov. Charlie Crist to address the BP oil spill.

Minnesota: The Minnesota Progressive Project calls Emmer’s wildly vacillating position on wages and taxes for tipped workers ‘incoherent.’

New York: Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino says he’s gathered the necessary signatures to put him on the GOP primary ballot this September.

Pennsylvania: The company at the center of GOP guber wannabe Tom Corbett’s claims that the unemployed are sitting on their couches happily eating bon-bons tells a far different story.

Rhode Island: It looks like Democrats may avoid a bitter primary fight if reports that Patrick Lynch is planning to end his guber bid as early as today are true.

Texas: Democratic challenger Bill White reports having $9 million in the bank as of the end of June.

Jul
13

Guber Quick Hits, Tues 7/13/10

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California: MegaBucks Whitman continues her efforts to whitewash her anti-immigrant rhetoric of the GOP primary, adding banner ads on Spanish-language websites as another avenue to connect with the Golden State’s Latino community.

Connecticut: Two court decisions – one federal, one state – were rendered today regarding Connecticut’s new Clean Elections public financing system. In a big blow to Republican Michael Fedele’s campaign against self-financer Tom Foley, the state decision struck down the provision’s “millionaire’s amendment.”

Florida: The last I heard, gluttony was considered one of the seven deadly sins.  Regardless of what it means in the afterlife, the RPOF’s binging could have political repercussions in both the US Senate and gubernatorial contests.

Illinois: Pat Quinn’s election effort is haunted by the specter of Rod Blagojevich.  The disgraced former governor’s corruption trial couldn’t be happening at a worse time for Quinn as he tries to win the governor’s mansion in his own name. Over the weekend, he signed a pair of ethics reform laws he hopes roots out corruption in Illinois and creates distance between the incumbent and the man he replaced.

Massachusetts: Deval Patrick is tweeting about the Bay State appearing as #5 in CNBC’s rankings of best state for business. It’s the first time a northeastern state has appeared in the media outlets Top 5.

Michigan: In the battle of establishment endorsements, House Speaker Andy Dillon picked up the support of former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer while his Democratic opponent Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero added two US Congressmen and former guber wannabe state Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith to his stable of endorsers.

Minnesota: For some inexplicable reason, GOP guber wannabe Tom Emmer keeps the “waiters make too much money” storyline going. Over the weekend, he decided to wait tables for a shift and on Wednesday he plans  town hall meeting with restaurant servers as the audience.

Minnesota II: With nearly a month to go before the August 10th primary DFL candidates and DFL-leaning groups have spent nearly $2.2 million in television advertising.

Texas: Lone Star state Democrats – who were stung by Tom DeLay’s unorthodox (and possibly illegal) mid-decade redistricting maneuvers – are already crying ‘foul’ over the state GOP’s ‘unprecedented’ changes to the state’s redistricting process for next year.

Jul
09

Guber Quick Hits, TGIF 7/9/10

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Connecticut: Democrat Dannell Malloy quickly praised a Massachusetts federal judge’s ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. Will this become an issue in the gubernatorial contests throughout New England?

Connecticut II: Republican Michael Fedele should soon be rolling in publicly-financed campaign dough. Due to receive a public grant of nearly $2.2 million, he proclaims he’s ‘ready to rock‘ in the GOP primary against Tom Foley and Oz Griebel. But Foley has filed a lawsuit to prevent the state from transferring the funds.

Florida: In redistricting news, a Leon County judge struck Amendment 7 from Florida’s November ballot. The Republican-backed amendment had been called a “poison pill” that would’ve undermined the intent of Amendments 5 and 6 which seek to reform the way the Sunshine State draws it’s legislative and congressional districts. Incoming State Senate President Mike Haridopolos responded to the decision by saying if 7 was flawed, it must mean Amendments 5 & 6 are as well and should be removed from the ballot.

Hawaii: Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann picked up the endorsement of one of Hawaii’s largest unions, the United Public Workers.

Massachusetts: Republican Charlie Baker’s gubernatorial campaign now has more money in the bank than either of his major rivals, Deval Patrick and Timothy Cahill, after Cahill spent more than $400K on campaign ads early this summer.

Minnesota: Tom Emmer’s campaign continues getting bashed over his ill-conceived proposal to cut waiters hourly wages.

Nebraska: Democrats are still searching for a gubernatorial candidate.

Texas: All the threads of evidence in the mystery about who provided the funding to get the Green Party certified on the Lone Star ballot point to Rick Perry’s camp. It turns out this might not be the first time Perry has employed this tactic.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently said, “If they’ve made anybody that can outwork me yet, please introduce me to him, or her.”

With state records showing Perry works approximately seven hours a week on official business, that was a relatively easy task. Bill White’s campaign took the governor up on the offer and produced this web video.

Best line by far “I’m absolutely positive he can under-work me and outspend me any day.”

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