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.

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2010 NH Political Person of the Year, Gov. John Lynch (WMUR, 12/31/10)
Lynch, GOP leaders working on education amendment to NH constitution (Concord Monitor, 12/31/10)
NH GOP resurgence sweeps Dems in 2010 (Bloomberg, 12/30/10)
GOP leaders seek State House gun ban repeal (Concord Monitor, 12/30/10)
Social matters in the new State House (Front Door Politics – NH, 12/30/10)
Former GOP candidate Binnie setting up NH media empire? (NH Journal, 12/30/10)
Sale of state properties to balance budget reaches less than 10% of goal (NH Journal, 12/30/10)
GOP seeks to expand NH deadly force law (Boston Globe, 12/28/10)
Repealing RGGI on NH GOP agenda (Front Door Politics – NH, 12/28/10)
Media inquiries lead to cancellation of anti-Islam New Year’s rally (NH Journal, 12/28/10)
GOP to use huge majority to fulfill ‘fiscal mandate’ (NH Journal, 12/28/10)
NH town rallies  for one of its own (Boston Globe, 12/25/10)
Fallout from GOP’s crowded 2012 primary calendar (Manchester Union-Leader, 12/24/10)
Speaker’s backing gives Kimball early edge for GOP chair (Manchester Union-Leader, 12/23/10)
A Tea Party takeover of the NH GOP? (NH Journal, 12/22/10)
GOP Chair race heats up (Manchester Union-Leader, 12/22/10)
Editorial: Surplus? What Surplus? (Manchester Union-Leader, 12/21/10)
Census: NH fastest-growing New England state (Manchester Union-Leader, 12/21/10)
Fiscal Policy Institute urges legislature to raise taxes as part of budget solution (Front Door Politics – NH, 12/21/10)
NH joins NY & NJ in raiding cap-and-trade fund to pay its bills (Concord Monitor, 12/20/10)
Budget trimming starts with State House staff (Front Door Politics – NH, 12/20/10)
Tea Party leader Kimball to run for NH GOP chair (WMUR Political Scoop, 12/20/10)
Opinion: The way forward… (Foster’s Daily Democrat, 12/18/10)
Effort to ‘Free Bird’ continues (The Citizen of Laconia, 12/18/10)
First female NH Chief Justice sworn in (Boston Globe, 12/15/10)
Lynch: balancing budget is top priority (Bloomberg, 12/14/10)
Selling state assets easier said than done (Front Door Politics – NH, 12/13/10)
Dalianis named NH first female Chief Justice (Front Door Politics – NH, 12/9/10)
Conservationists making case to save program from budget cuts (Front Door Politics, 12/8/10)
End near for investigations into FRM scandals? (Front Door Politics, 12/7/10)
NH Council to take up Supreme Court nominations (Boston Globe, 12/6/10)
Hildreth departure only ‘looks like’ a settlement (Manchester Union Leader, 12/5/10)
Hildreth reaches deal to retire (Nashua Telegraph, 12/3/10)
Finances are top concern for Republicans (Concord Monitor, 12/2/10)
NH legislators install new Republican leadership (Manchester Union Leader, 12/1/10)
Republicans take gavels at Statehouse (Nashua Telegraph, 12/1/10)

Chief Justice nominee praised as fair, tough (Manchester Union Leader, 11/30/10)
Lynch pushes Council to approve new justices (The Dartmouth, 11/30/10)
Hearings begin to decide fate of embattled banking commissioner (Nashua Telegraph, 11/30/10)
NH’s banking chief fights removal from office (Bloomberg Businessweek, 11/30/10)
Prosecutor: Banking Commission knew of problems at FRM for years (Manchester Union Leader, 11/29/10)
Dept heads list obstacles to cutting budget (Manchester Union Leader, 11/23/10)
Editorial: A growing crisis: Lynch’s deficit denial (Manchester Union Leader, 11/23/10)
Editorial: Politics must not delay justice (Foster’s Daily Democrat, 11/22/10)
Lynch’s court nominees said to be good picks (Manchester Union Leader, 11/21/10)
State GOP House picks Tea Party candidate as Speaker (Concord Monitor, 11/19/10)
Tough budget choices ahead, Lynch tells agencies (Boston Globe, 11/19/10)
No delay in vote for high court nominees (Manchester Union Leader, 11/18/10)
Lynch’s nominee would be first female NH Chief Justice (SeaCoastOnline, 11/17/10)
Lynch begins reaching out to Republicans (Concord Monitor, 11/14/10)
Lynch raises $2 million to win gov’s race (Nashua Telegraph, 11/11/10)
Lynch’s court trick: Delay while claiming urgency (Manchester Union Leader, 11/9/10)
Lawmakers: gaming debate to be revived (Eagle-Tribune, 11/7/10)
With GOP wave in NH Legislature, how did Stephen lose? (Manchester Union Leader, 11/7/10)
Dems, GOP make final push for votes (Nashua Telegraph, 10/31/10)
Gubernatorial candidates have final debate (Washington Post, 10/31/10)
Giuliani stumps for Stephen (Nashua Telegraph, 10/31/10)
The case for Stephen: Why Lynch is scared (Manchester Union Leader, 10/31/10)
Election forecast – Granite State expected to turn purple (Manchester Union Leader, 10/31/10)
Editorial: 4th terms is one too many for Gov. Lynch (Manchester Union Leader, 10/31/10)
Guber hopefuls bring in the heavy hitters (WMUR, 10/30/10)
Lynch loans campaign $350K for reelection bid (Boston Globe, 10/30/10)
Stephen: Jobs, spending, safety (Manchester Union Leader, 10/29/10)
Lynch loans his campaign $350K  to fund the final days of his reelection bid (Manchester Union-Leader, 10/26/10)
Candidates urged to focus on state budget issues (Manchester Union Leader, 10/26/10)
AG rejects complaint over ads targeting Stephen (Manchester Union Leader, 10/26/10)
GOP hits Lynch on finances (Concord Monitor, 10/25/10)
Endorsement: Lynch for Governor (SeacoastOnline, 10/24/10)
Jindal stumps for Stephen; downplays possible presidential run (Foster’s Daily Democrat, 10/15/10)
Stephen criticizes Lynch for spending (Foster’s Daily Democrat, 10/15/10)
State chiefs, sheriffs split on governor (Concord Monitor, 10/14/10)
Lynch decries parole bill posturing (Laconia Citizen, 10/12/10)
Poll: Lynch leads Stephen by 10 points (Concord Monitor, 10/12/10)
Flood of GOP and outside interest group ads makes governor’s contest competitive (Nashua Telegraph, 10/10/10)
Stephen giving Lynch a stiff challenge (Nashua Telegraph, 10/10/10)
Political committees invest millions in local air time (Manchester Union-Leader, 10/9/10)
Lynch warns spending cuts  would ‘decimate’ health and education programs (Manchester Union Leader, 10/1/10)
Analysis: Gloves are off in governor’s race (Manchester Union Leader, 10/1/10)
Lynch performs well in latest poll (WMUR, 10/1/10)
GOP governor’s group takes on Lynch and his lack of ‘no’ (Manchester Union Leader, 10/1/10)
Lynch to confront critics of early parole (Manchester Union Leader, 9/29/10)
Lynch under fire over state parole law (Manchester Union Leader, 9/29/10)
Sharp words at NY gubernatorial debate (Manchester Union Leader, 9/28/10)
Destination New Hampshire – GOP 2012 hopefuls coming to help Stephen’s guber bid (LA Times, 9/25/10)
Scott Brown raising money for NH’s Stephen (, 9/23/10)
Biden’s NH visit to include fundraiser for 3 Dems (Manchester Union Leader, 9/22/10)
Poll shows governor’s race a close one (Foster’s Daily Democrat, 9/21/10)
Lynch hasn’t earned a GOP endorsement (Concord Monitor, 9/21/10)
Republicans promote unity heading into general election (Manchester Union Leader, 9/20/10)
Democrats waste no time teeing up on Stephen (Concord Monitor, 9/19/10)
Lynch, Stephen head to gubernatorial showdown (Manchester Union Leader, 9/14/10)
Testerman says state needs to back off (Manchester Union Leader, 9/6/10)
Many questions surround gubernatorial campaign aides (Manchester Union Leader, 9/5/10)
Stephen only GOPer to raise $1 million and has state govt experience (Nashua Telegraph, 9/5/10)
Kimball: Ax taxes, spending (Concord Monitor, 9/4/10)
Stephen clear front-runner for GOP nod (WMUR, 9/3/10)
Stephen hoping to unseat his former boss (Concord Monitor, 9/3/10)
Lawyer refuses to bar Lynch from Bodi proceedings (Manchester Union Leader, 9/2/10)
Lynch asks AG to rule on Stephen’s contributions (WMUR, 9/1/10)
Four fight to take on Lynch (NHPR, 9/1/10)
GOP’s Emiro says he’s ready to lead (Manchester Union Leader, 9/1/10)
The ins and outs of debating during primary campaign (Nashua Telegraph, 8/29/10)
Dollars from doughnuts fuel Stephen campaign (Manchester Union Leader, 8/29/10)
Lynch raises $1.3 million for campaign – $500K as a personal loan (Manchester Union Leader, 8/25/10)
GOP candidates discuss taxes, jobs at forum (Eagle-Tribune, 8/20/10)
Opinion: Testerman decides on a road less traveled (Foster’s Daily Democrat, 8/17/10)
Testerman: strong families equal a strong economy (Foster’s Daily Democrat, 8/16/10)
Lynch taunts Mass taxes on eve of holiday (Boston Herald, 8/13/10)
Lynch slams criticism of sex offender bill (Manchester Union Leader, 8/13/10)
John Lynch’s bananas and John Stephen’s apples – two economic views (New Hampshire Public Radio, 8/12/10)
Two recent polls differ on state of gov race (Manchester Union Leader, 8/10/10)
Editorial: Challenge dubious tax exemptions (Concord Monitor, 8/9/10)
Testerman: Government needs public servants (Nashua Telegraph, 8/8/10)
Editorial: Lynch’s cigarette tax increases have crossed a line (Manchester Union Leader, 8/8/10)
Spokesman for state’s rights to speak on Kimball’s behalf (Nashua Telegraph, 8/7/10)
Is NH GOPer Jack Kimball jumping on the nullification bandwagon? (Talking Points Memo, 8/6/10)
Opinion: Helicopter Politicians (NH Insider, 8/4/10)
Taxes don’t cross state lines in New England, but controversies do (New York Times, 8/4/10)
Editorial: Stephen brings a strong resume to the table (Foster’s Daily Democrat, 8/3/10)
Chamber of Commerce official to campaign with Stephen (Manchester Union Leader, 8/3/10)
Opinion: NH would be headed for largest property tax hike with Stephen plan (Foster’s Daily Democrat, 8/1/10)
JULY 2010
Stephen decries state erosion plan (Concord Monitor, 7/31/10)
Lynch maintains wide lead in governor’s race (WMUR, 7/30/10)
Stephen says he can control spending, lead (Foster’s Daily Democrat, 7/30/10)
GOP’s Kimball would cut as governor (Nashua Telegraph, 7/29/10)
Editorial: In defense of state’s rights and frugal government (Foster’s Daily Democrat, 7/29/10)
Kimball says he knows what’s good for small business (Foster’s Daily Democrat, 7/29/10)
Lynch improves standing in latest poll (Public Policy Polling, 7/29/10)
NH had 2nd best job growth over past year (Manchester Union Leader, 7/27/10)
Governor vetoes gun sales licensing bill (Manchester Union Leader, 7/27/10)
Stephen stresses state spending in his guber bid (Keene Sentinel, 7/22/10)
Lynch backs new health care initiative (SeaCoastOnline, 7/21/10)
Editorial: 5% – Lynch’s late cuts (Manchester Union Leader, 7/16/10)
Kimball says he’s rooted in Tea Party movement (Manchester Union Leader, 7/16/10)
GOP candidates talk taxes, small government at guber forum (SeaCoastOnline, 7/15/10)
Lynch team gets going early (NHPR, 7/15/10)
Lynch seeks spending cuts across the board (Nashua Telegraph, 7/14/10)
Stephen releases “First in the Nation” economic plan (, 7/13/10)
Lynch orders 5 percent cuts for next two years (Manchester Union Leader, 7/13/10)
Stephen rolls out economic plan (New Hampshire Public Radio, 7/12/10)
Anti-gambling activist says Lynch pitched casino (Nashua Telegraph, 7/7/10)
NH Democrats fight to maintain dominance (Boston Globe, 7/6/10)
Lynch’s rush to fill NH chief justice seat not necessary (Manchester Union Leader, 7/6/10)
GOP candidates get down to business over school funding decision (Manchester Union Leader, 7/2/10)
State revenues better than expected (Manchester Union Leader, 7/1/10)
JUNE 2010
Lynch set to to trim public works requests by 80% (Nashua Telegraph, 6/29/10)
Lynch signs 10-year transportation plan (SeacoastOnline, 6/28/10)
No bikinis for Stephen fundraiser (Manchester Union Leader, 6/26/10)
Lynch: budget a challenge, but balance possible (Nashua Telegraph, 6/25/10)
Stephen: budget fix has a $48M hole (Manchester Union Leader, 6/25/10)
Stephen hits Lynch on stalled Job Corps Center (Manchester Union Leader, 6/25/10)
Stephen raises more than $664K since March (WMUR, 6/23/10)
Editorial: Lynch’s rush to justice ill-advised (Manchester Union Leader, 6/21/10)
GOP hopefuls debate, explain policy goals (The Citizen of Lacona, 6/20/10)
NH Chief Justice retiring; Stephen asks Lynch to postpone nominating successor until after election (Keene Sentinel, 6/18/10)
Most on GOP ballot pledge to  hold line on taxes and spending (Nashua Telegraph, 6/17/10)
UNH political analyst: state could see shift away from Dems this November (Foster’s Daily Democrat, 6/15/10)
Opinion: John Lynch – steady leadership for NH (SeacoastOnline, 6/13/10)
Lynch faces challenges as he seeks unprecedented 4th term (Laconia Citizen, 6/13/10)
NH voters to have plenty of choices come November (Nashua Telegraph, 6/12/10)
Stephen eyes tax holidays to help tourism (Nashua Telegraph, 6/11/10)
Lynch OKs plan to erase deficit (Keene Sentinel, 6/11/10)
Lynch files for historic 4th term (Boston Globe, 6/11/10)
Is Governor facing a “Lynch” mob? (Manchester Union-Leader, 6/6/10)
GOP aims to take back control in Concord (Laconia Citizen, 6/5/10)
State budget compromise appears near (Nashua Telegraph, 6/5/10)
Lynch asks banking chief to step aside while removal effort is underway (Manchester Union Leader, 6/4/10)
Another poll shows Lynch under 50% (Manchester Union Leader, 6/2/10)
GOP, Dems hopeful as attention turns to election (Nashua Telegraph, 6/2/10)
Lynch targets banking chief for not stopping Ponzi scheme (Nashua Telegraph, 6/2/10)
MAY 2010
Editorial: John Lynch, no more Mister Nice Guy (Manchester Union Leader, 5/30/10)
Unceasing budget woes are Lynch’s burden (Manchester Union Leader, 5/30/10)
Panel: let panel draft tougher gambling rules (Nashua Telegraph, 5/27/10)
Expanded gambling might not be a moot point in NH (Eagle-Tribune, 5/26/10)
Lynch plan to fill budget gap with malpractice fund ruled unconstitutional (Manchester Union-Leader, 5/25/10)
NH Dems accuse outside groups of trying to distract attention from Stephen’s ethical lapses (NH Insider, 5/20/10)
Attack ads put Lynch on the defensive (, 5/20/10)
Hospitality industry opposed to tax proposal (SeaCoastOnline, 5/18/10)
Lynch gets a primary challenge from the left (, 5/17/10)
Not so easy this time around for Lynch (SeaCoastOnline, 5/16/10)
Lynch gets a primary challenge (Keene Sentinel, 5/15/10)
Lynch calls replacing Portsmouth’s Memorial Bridge a top priority (SeaCoastOnline, 5/13/10)
Lynch signs jobs plan into law (Bloomberg Businessweek, 5/11/10)
Editorial: Lynch treating courts unfairly (Nashua Telegraph, 5/10/10)
Opinion Gov race promises to be interesting (Foster’s Daily Democrat, 5/3/10)
Lynch dips below 50% in newest poll (Manchester Union Leader, 5/3/10)
APRIL 2010
Kimball spreads his tax-cutting message (The Citizen of Laconia, 4/29/10)
Editorial: Dems making stuff up against Stephen (Manchester Union Leader, 4/25/10)
Poll shows Lynch still strong, but tougher road ahead (Manchester Union-Leader, 4/23/10)
Lynch launches first ad of campaign (WMUR, 4/21/10)
With nearly half undecided, Stephen leads GOP primary (Public Policy Polling, 4/21/10)
Opinion: Lynch is a Democrat unlike the DC variety (Citizen of Laconia, 4/19/10)
Budget numbers tossed around as political footballs (Concord Monitor, 4/18/10)
Lynch eyes history in launching campaign for 4th term (Manchester Union-Leader, 4/18/10)
National groups airing attack ads on Lynch (Nashua Telegraph, 4/18/10)
Tea tastes fine to many GOP candidates (Concord Monitor, 4/18/10)
At Tea Party, Kimball bemoans business taxes, describes it as “rape” (Concord Monitor, 4/18/10)
Gov Lynch seeks 4th term (SeacoastOnline, 4/16/10)
Lynch continues leading all GOPers in latest poll (Politics Daily, 4/13/10)
Dems hit back over anti-Lynch marriage equality ad (Manchester Union Leader, 4/14/10)
National group airs attack ad against Lynch (Nashua Telegraph, 4/14/10)
GOPers encouraged by poll showing Lynch’s support slipping (Manchester Union Leader, 4/11/10)
In budget cutting, Lynch uses surgeon’s scalpel (Manchester Union Leader, 4/11/10)
Lynch calls for cuts, layoffs to close budget gap (Nashua Telegraph, 4/9/10)
Lynch considering online fantasy gaming (New Hampshire Public Radio, 4/5/10)
Election fight over health care reform has already begun (SeaCoastOnline, 4/4/10)
Parties trade barbs over healthcare reform (NH Public Radio, 4/1/10)
MARCH 2010
Lawmakers looking at revenue side of budget (Manchester Union Leader, 3/30/10)
Lynch: more layoffs may be unavoidable (WMUR, 3/29/10)
Stephen claims health law will hurt NH economy (Seacoastonline, 3/27/10)
NH budget gap fuels fight over gambling (New York Times, 3/27/10)
Lynch’s proposed cuts double those from the House (Business Week, 3/26/10)
Lynch opposed to expanded gambling bill moving through legislature (Seacoastonline, 3/26/10)
GOP legislators preparing challenge to health care law (Manchester Union-Leader, 3/23/10)
Editorial: Lynch, “governor reversal” (Manchester Union-Leader, 3/22/10)
Kimball rallies with Tea Partiers against health care bill (Foster’s Daily Democrat, 3/21/10)
RI investigation into Stephen sounds familiar to NH Dem (Concord Monitor, 3/20/10)
Votes on marijuana and gay marriage are hot topics (Nashua Telegraph, 3/13/10)
Lynch still running strongly against challengers (Rasmussen, 3/11/10)
Lynch holds’em; right on gambling (Manchester Union-Leader, 3/9/10)
Waiting to hear Stephens’ proposals (Concord Monitor, 3/8/10)
Tea Party’s electoral impact remains unclear (The Citizen of Laconia, 3/7/10)
NH officials call toll plan a preemptive strike (Boston Herald, 3/5/10)
Editorial: Lynch owns I-93 toll plan (Manchester Union-Leader, 3/5/10)
Stephen: “State is broken” (Concord Monitor, 3/4/10)
Former HHS chief to challenge Lynch (Concord Monitor, 3/1/10)
Stephen to launch gov bid (WBZ -TV, 2/26/10)
Lawmakers ready to nix business tax (Nashua Telegraph, 2/25/10)
Lynch: Congress needs to stop squabbling (Foster’s Daily Democrat, 2/23/10)
Some govs dodge voter anger (Politico, 2/21/10)

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