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


MI 2011 Archives


Catholics object to MI welfare cuts (Michigan Messenger, 8/25/11)
Poll: Snyder approval remains low (Michigan Messenger, 8/24/11)
Census confirms Michigan’s changing face (Center for Michigan, 8/24/11)
Squatting becomes common in Detroit (Michigan Messenger, 8/23/11)
Squatter problem balloons in Detroit (Detroit News, 8/23/11)
State unemployment rate soars (Michigan Messenger, 8/18/11)
State GOP takes risk by scheduling primary (Michigan Messenger, 8/16/11)
Gov. Rick Snyder OKs legislative districts (Detroit Free Press, 8/10/11)
JULY 2011
Snyder recall push mum on progress (Livingston Daily, 7/28/11)
SBA unveils new Venture Capital Fund (New York Times, 7/27/11)
State of Michigan, UAW start new contract talks (Bloomberg Businessweek, 7/26/11)
Financing for Michigan firms ready to roll (Wall Street Journal, 7/26/11)
Snyder recall effort raises less than $25,000 (Detroit Free Press, 7/25/11)
State budget isn’t done yet (Center for Michigan, 7/20/11)
Snyder, NYC mayor to tout immigrants (Detroit News, 7/15/11)
48-month welfare cap clears Senate (Detroit News, 7/14/11)
Is it worth $10M to recall Rick Snyder? (ConnectMidMichigan, 7/13/11)
Major energy firms target Michigan for gas (Center for Michigan, 7/13/11)
The campaign to fire Rick Snyder (, 7/9/11)
JUNE 2011
Corrections officers object to budget cuts (Michigan Messenger, 6/27/11)
The Emergency Manager law from A to Z (Michigan Messenger, 6/22/11)
State to run Detroit’s worst schools (Wall Street Journal, 6/21/11)
State’s retiree health liability bulges (Center for Michigan, 6/21/11)
Jeb Bush urges education reform in MI (Michigan Messenger, 6/20/11)
Emergency Manager repeal campaign goes live (Michigan Messenger, 6/20/11)
Dillon shoots down bankruptcy for Pontiac (Michigan Messenger, 6/15/11)
MI Legislature gets busy on redistricting (Detroit Fee Press, 6/11/11)
Revenue sharing cuts impact public safety (Michigan Messenger, 6/10/11)
Michigan needs an attitude overhaul (Center for Michigan, 6/8/11)
Snyder won’t attend Texas prayer event (Michigan Messenger, 6/7/11)
Lawmakers: July bridge vote tough (Detroit News, 6/3/11)
Video: Governor responds to Center report (Center for Michigan,6/2/11)
Group targets school reform (Livingston Daily, 6/2/11)
MAY 2011
GOP draft plan targets Peters, Levin (Detroit News, 5/28/11)
Snyder has his lab coat on (Center for Michigan, 5/18/11)
Democracy for sale. ALEC in charge in Michigan (Blogging for Michigan, 5/18/11)
Analysts say Gov. Snyder recall unlikely (Lansing State Journal, 5/16/11)
Commentary: Michigan’s revenue looking up? (Detroit Free Press, 5/16/11)
Tax reforms bring acclaim, apprehension (Livingston Daily, 5/15/11)
Snyder says business tax breaks will lead to jobs (Bloomberg Businessweek, 5/13/11)
Senate GOP passes Snyder’s tax legislation (Blogging for Michigan, 5/12/11)
Senate votes 20-19 on broad MI tax proposal (Bloomberg Businessweek, 5/12/11)
Showdown looming over Snyder’s tax overhaul (Detroit Free Press, 5/12/11)
Snyder’s attempt to shut you up (Blogging for Michigan, 5/12/11)
Local governments share a challenge (The Center for Michigan, 5/11/11)
Redistricting series gets underway (The Center for Michigan, 5/11/11)
Michigan has a new talent agent (The Center for Michigan, 5/11/11)
MEDC readies itself for life without tax credits (The Center for Michigan, 5/11/11)
Senate debates tax overhaul (Detroit News, 5/11/11)
Video: Gov. Snyder, are you listening? (Blogging for Michigan, 5/10/11)
MI House takes up school department privatization (Blogging for Michigan, 5/10/11)
Commentary: Snyder stays positive (The Morning Sunn, 5/9/11)
Wrapping up Michigan budget tough task (Detroit Free Press, 5/8/11)
MI House approves cuts in funding for education (Lansing State Journal, 5/6/11)
MI House votes to cut school aid 3.5% (Detroit Free Press, 5/6/11)
Pscholka pulls out of Blossomtime Parade (Blogging for Michigan, 5/5/11)
Commentary: Snyder seizes the moment (Center for Michigan, 5/5/11)
APRIL 2011
Election Board: Snyder recall working OK (Ann Arbor Chronicle, 4/29/11)
Michigan pushes for school choice (Wall Street Journal, 4/28/11)
Demonstrators: Benton Harbor is the new Selma (Michigan Messenger, 4/28/11)
Educators: Snyder’s plan for reform offers no new ideas (Livonia Observer & Eccentric, 4/28/11)
Education proposals and their prospects (Detroit Free Press, 4/28/11)
Financial Martial Law in Michigan (Bloomberg Businessweek, 4/28/11)
Michigan: The laboratory of autocracy (Huffington Post, 4/28/11)
MI gov outlines plans for improving education (Bloomberg Businessweek, 4/27/11)
Snyder signs bill expanding scope of jobs fund (Bloomberg Businessweek, 4/27/11)
Democrats push to protect Michigan school money (Bloomberg Businessweek, 4/25/11)
Differences emerge in early Michigan budget plans (Bloomberg Businessweek, 4/25/11)
Benton Harbor is a city we’ve failed (Blogging for Michigan, 4/25/11)
Benton Harbor/EFM news update (Blogging for Michigan, 4/21/11)
Michigan firefighters face dangerous cuts (Blogging for Michigan, 4/21/11)
Recall Snyder — update (Blogging for Michigan, 4/20/11)
Benton Harbor EFM gets right to work (Blogging for Michigan, 4/18/11)
New bill banning offshore wind power in Michigan (Blogging for Michigan, 4/1/11)
MARCH 2011
Video: Snyder’s first three devastating months (Blogging for Michigan, 3/31/11)
Drive begins to recall Snyder (Macomb Daily, 3/31/11)
Broad records request sparks controversy (Michigan Messenger, 3/30/11)
Granholm joins Pew as energy adviser (Detroit Free Press, 3/23/11)
Union members and supporters flood capitol (Michigan Messenger, 2/22/11)
Gov. Snyder unveils his budget plan (Michigan Messenger, 2/17/11)
Snyder’s budget (Blogging for Michigan, 2/17/11)
Governor’s immigrant push detailed (South Bend Tribune, 2/4/11)
Editorial: Give state term limits a tweak (Jackson Citizen Patriot, 2/3/11)
Business leaders react to draft of Snyder tax plan (Crain’s Detroit Business, 1/30/11)
Editorial: Where’s the MEA reform? (Detroit News, 1/28/11)
State looks to nurture local firms (Detroit Free Press, 1/28/11)
Snyder taps former governors in DRIC battle (Michigan Messenger, 1/27/11)
State extends benefits to unmarried partners (Michigan Messenger, 1/27/11)
Send in the Nerd (The Economist, 1/27/11)
Opinion: Revenue sharing change could be a plus (Lansing State Journal, 1/25/11)
Commentary: The governor’s new dashboard (Detroit Free Press, 1/22/11)
Snyder: ‘Job 1 is jobs’ (Detroit Free Press, 1/20/11)
Opinion: First create jobs, then get tax cuts (Detroit Free Press, 1/18/11)
State wages increasingly come under microscope (Lansing State Journal, 1/16/11)
Snyder to deploy economic development troops (Detroit Free Press, 1/16/11)
Editorial: We’re eager to see reinventor at work (Crain’s Detroit Business, 1/16/11)
Snyder’s “shared” sacrifice (Blogging for Michigan, 1/15/11)
State budget chief gets top salary at $250K (Detroit Free Press, 1/15/11)
Snyder releases staff salaries (Detroit News, 1/14/11)
New MI budget director to make $250,000 (Detroit Free Press, 1/14/11)
Michigan lawmakers draw on business experience (Lansing State Journal, 1/10/11)
Opinion: The state employee compensation problem (Traverse City Record-Eagle, 1/10/11)
Engler wants Snyder to tie one on (Detroit Free Press, 1/9/11)
GOP leaders make contrasting debuts (Detroit Free Press, 1/9/11)
Snyder puts investments into blind trust (Detroit Free Press, 1/8/11)
Snyder will pick new justice soon (Lansing State Journal, 1/7/11)
Poll: Mood of Michigan improving (Detroit News, 1/6/11)
What ‘shared sacrifice’ will Snyder make (The Conservative Media, 1/6/11)
Snyder releases list of inaugural donors (Michigan Messenger, 1/4/11)
Snyder sets ambitious budget goal (Detroit Free Press, 1/4/11)
Snyder not alone in facing budget problems (Michigan Messenger, 1/4/11)
Republicans take the reins in Michigan (Michigan Messenger, 1/3/11)
Editorial: Era of hope, sacrifice (Detroit Free Press, 1/2/11)
Snyder’s inaugural celebration continues (Detroit Free Press, 1/1/11)
Granholms reflect on 8 years in office (Detroit Free Press, 1/1/11)
How did Rick Snyder pull it off? (Motor City Liberal, 1/1/11)