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


UT 2010 Archives



In the News:

Opinion: GOP state party leadership fight roiling conservatives (Salt Lake Tribune, 12/31/10)
Immigration: At what cost to schools? (Salt Lake Tribune, 12/31/10)
Utah lawmakers may run single immigration bill (KSL, 12/31/10)
Do immigrants receive more tax money than they give? (Salt Lake Tribune, 12/31/10)
Herbert’s inauguration to serve as Natl Guard training (KSL, 12/29/10)
‘Wildlands’ decree could affect 6 million acres in Utah (Salt Lake Tribune, 12/24/10)
Dem, GOP lawmakers hope to agree on immigration (Salt Lake Tribune, 12/24/10)
Salazar directs BLM to designate ‘wild’ lands (Deseret News, 12/24/10)
Herbert already raising money for next election (Deseret News, 12/23/10)
Herbert picks new chief of staff, budget boss (Salt Lake Tribune, 12/22/10)
Herbert: Californians are ‘fleeing’ to Utah (KCPW, 12/21/10)
Herbert, state and federal officials discuss Uintah Basin air quality concerns (Deseret News, 12/16/10)
UT governor seeking donations for inauguration (Daily Herald, 12/16/10)
Herbert full speed ahead on fundraising (Salt Lake Tribune, 12/16/10)
Opinion: Budget poker (Salt Lake Tribune, 12/16/10)
UT House GOP blows $130M hole in Herbert budget (Salt Lake Tribune, 12/14/10)
Utah educators ‘encouraged’ by Herbert’s budget proposal (Deseret News, 12/14/10)
Budget backs schools, health (St. George Daily Spectrum, 12/11/10)
Herbert wants more dollars for schools in budget proposal (Deseret News, 12/10/10)
Herbert proposes $11.9 billion budget (Bloomberg Businessweek, 12/10/10)
Gov’s budget expected to show first signs of growth (Salt Lake Tribune, 12/9/10)
GOP blocks fiery immigration resolution (Salt Lake Tribune, 12/6/10)
Editorial: Utah’s sensible approach to immigration (New York Times, 12/4/10)
Herbert’s chief of staff stepping down (Salt Lake Tribune, 12/3/10)
Opinion: For Corroon, what goes around comes around (Salt Lake Tribune, 12/2/10)


UDOT audit taking longer than expected (Deseret News, 11/30/10)
Herbert to release proposed budget December 10th (Deseret News, 11/28/10)
Voter turnout best since ’94, but still bad (Salt Lake Tribune, 11/23/10)
Opinion: Herbert should embrace independent redistricting issue (Standard-Examiner, 11/21/10)
Opinion: Federal money debate sign of contentious times to come (Salt Lake Tribune, 11/19/10)
Lawmakers OK $101 million in federal stimulus money for education (Bloomberg Businessweek, 11/18/10)
Judge signs stalking injunction against guv’s son (Salt Lake Tribune, 11/17/10)
Peter Corroon – what in the world happened? (One Utah, 11/15/10)
Governor rejects Matheson’s call for redistricting commission (Salt Lake Tribune, 11/13/10)
Herbert calls special session on education funding (Salt Lake Tribune, 11/11/10)
Matheson calls for redistricting commission (Salt Lake Tribune, 11/11/10)
Opinion: GOP, only more so (Salt Lake Tribune, 11/8/10)
A look at why Corroon lost so resoundingly (KSL, 11/3/10)
A big day for Utah GOP (Deseret News, 11/3/10)
Herbert crushes Corroon to retain governor’s office (Salt Lake Tribune, 11/2/10)
Herbert in on his own term (Standard-Examiner, 11/2/10)
Election cycle an ugly one this year (Deseret News, 11/2/10)


Poll: GOP enjoys solid leads in top Utah races (Daily Herald, 10/30/10)
Latest poll shows movement in Utah’s key political races (KSL, 10/29/10)
Endorsement: Gary Herbert for governor (Standard-Examiner, 10/29/10)
Gov race: the mayor who would be governor (Salt Lake Tribune, 10/26/10)
Herbert uses team approach to governing (Salt Lake Tribune, 10/25/10)
Utah gubernatorial campaign takes sharp turns to negative territory (Deseret News, 10/23/10)
Herbert wants wider immigration reform (Salt Lake Tribune, 10/23/10)Final gubernatorial debate covers familiar territory (Deseret News, 10/19/10)
Poll shows Corroon ads giving boost to Herbert (Deseret News, 10/18/10)
Corroon, Herbert talk to teachers after dual UEA endorsement (Salt Lake Tribune, 10/18/10)
Corroon:  Herbert’s office functions like Blagojevich’s (Salt Lake Tribune, 10/15/10)
Both guber candidates say they support term limits (Standard-Examiner, 10/14/10)
Blagojevich comparison ignites heated exchange in gubernatorial contest (Deseret News, 10/14/10)
Ads attacking Corroon have been made, but Herbert doesn’t want them to air (Deseret News, 10/13/10)
Corroon wants state to accept $101 million in education funds (Deseret News, 10/10/10)
Bob Henrie: the man who has the governor’s ear (Salt Lake Tribune, 10/10/10)
Opinion: What Utah politics needs is a little rabble-rousing (Salt Lake Tribune, 10/9/10)
Bungled campaign? GOP sharks circling Herbert (Salt Lake Tribune, 10/7/10)
Herbert, Corroon debate over education at UVU (Standard-Examiner, 10/7/10)
Editorial: Campaign gifts show need for donation caps (Salt Lake Tribune, 10/7/10)
Former GOP leader sues Corroon alleging he violated county campaign laws (Salt Lake Tribune, 10/6/10)
Gubernatorial candidates see shift in race’s tone (Deseret News, 10/6/10)
Apparent break-in at Corroon headquarters (Salt Lake Tribune, 10/5/10)
Corroon mixes up the bag for Utah governor (Daily Herald, 10/3/10)
Corroon reaches $2 million fundraising in guber campaign (Deseret News, 10/3/10)
Opinion: Herbert should reveal everything about bid payout (Salt Lake Tribune, 10/2/10)
Herbert, Corroon trade barbs over UDOT flap (Salt Lake Tribune, 10/1/10)


Corroon, Herbert tangle over taxes, ethics (KSL, 9/30/10)
Council to mayor: why didn’t you consult us on switch? (Salt Lake Tribune, 9/29/10)
E-mail raises new questions about influence of Herbert campaign contributions (Deseret News, 9/28/10)
Corroon embraces Bennett, Huntsman (Politico, 9/27/10)
EnergySolutions attacks Corroon in newspaper ad (Salt Lake Tribune, 9/27/10)
Corroon, Herbert clash in first debate (Daily Herald, 9/24/10)
Utah voters show political concerns in debate questions, poll results (KSL, 9/23/10)
Herbert, Corroon both say education is a top priority (Deseret News, 9/23/10)

Corroon addresses issues involving federal government (Standard-Examiner, 9/20/10)
Corroon to Herbert: Let’s give back large donations (Salt Lake Tribune, 9/23/10)
$13 million settlement wasn’t a total shock to Herbert (Salt Lake Tribune, 9/22/10)
Herbert answers ‘below the belt’ allegations over contributions (KSL, 9/20/10)
Donors pour $700K into Herbert’s campaign (Salt Lake Tribune, 9/19/10)
Protesters picket Gov. Gay Herbert over ‘pay-to-play’ system (Deseret News, 9/19/10)
AG may investigate controversial $13M payout but won’t look into meetings with campaign donors (Deseret News, 9/18/10)
Despite allegations of favors for big donors, Herbert fundraiser to proceed (Salt Lake Tribune, 9/17/10)
Corroon criticizes governor; Herbert strikes back with letter (Deseret News, 9/17/10)
Corroon spokesman ‘blew it’ with email misstep (Salt Lake Tribune, 9/17/10)
Ogden company defends contribution to Herbert, recent tax credit (Standard-Examiner, 9/17/10)
Poll shows Herbert with 21-point lead over Corroon (Deseret News, 9/15/10)
Herbert stalking cse involved state security team (Daily Herald, 9/15/10)
Video: Herbert defends accepting contributions from contractors (KSTU, 9/14/10)
Herbert gets spun at his own spin meeting (Deseret News, 9/14/10)
Corroon: Guv’s big donors may be getting favors (Salt Lake Tribune, 9/11/10)
Contributions to Herbert raise questions and prompt a pledge from Corroon (Deseret News, 9/11/10)
Herbert says Utah is growing jobs in aerospace industry (Deseret News, 9/10/10)
Herbert launches campaign with $1 million in TV, radio ads (Deseret News, 9/9/10)
Teachers union endorses both Herbert and Corroon (Salt Lake Tribune, 9/3/10)
Herbert schedules energy hearings (Deseret News, 9/3/10)
Corroon is raking in, burning through, money (Salt Lake Tribune, 9/1/10)


Corroon is first on the air in guber race (Deseret News, 8/30/10)
Corroon running mate denounces mixing of religion in politics (Salt Lake Tribune, 8/28/10)
Herbert supports rewriting the 14th Amendment (Salt Lake Tribune, 8/27/10)
Herbert implies Corroon would do away with Seminary (Deseret News, 8/27/10)
Herbert’s son accused of stalking, harassment (Salt Lake Tribune, 8/26/10)
Corroon to Herbert: ‘Don’t attack my kids’ (ABC4, 8/25/10)
Herbert meets with LGBT leaders (Salt Lake Tribune, 8/25/10)

Corroon urges end to ‘Band-Aid’ approach to education (Deseret News, 8/23/10)
Former Gov. Walker won’t endorse any gov candidate this year (Salt Lake Tribune, 8/13/10)
Herbert skips clean air challenge he promoted (Salt Lake Tribune, 8/11/10)

Utah ranks #2 in ‘pro-business’ states (Bloomberg Businessweek, 8/10/10)
Corroon: state needs to do more for education (Cache Valley Daily, 8/10/10)
Corroon proposes Utah clunkers rebate program (Bloomberg Businessweek, 8/5/10)
JULY 2010
Corroon weighs in on immigration (Salt Lake Tribune, 7/9/10)
Governor to convene summit on immigration (Salt Lake Tribune, 7/2/10)
JUNE 2010
Corroon wants tax breaks for businesses (Salt Lake Tribune, 6/9/10)
MAY 2010
Realtor group’s Herbert donations reach $100K (Bloomberg Businessweek, 5/22/10)
AZ immigration law influences debate in Utah (New Mexico Independent, 5/17/10)
Allen explains why she joined Dem ticket (Davis County Clipper, 5/6/10)
Democrats approve Corroon’s bipartisan choice (Ogden Standard-Examiner, 5/4/10)

Huntsman keeps his options open (Politico, 5/1/10)

APRIL 2010
MARCH 2010
Herbert signs bill to seize federal lands (Los Angeles Times, 3/28/10)
Tea Party folks looking fondly at Corroon? (Salt Lake Tribune, 3/26/10)
Corroon, Herbert spar over school funding (Salt Lake Tribune, 3/26/10)
Utah sues to stop health reform (Deseret News, 3/23/10)
Could tax issues actually help Corroon? (Salt Lake Tribune, 3/19/10)
Herbert launches election campaign (Salt Lake Tribune, 3/18/10)
Corroon, Herbert file campaign papers (Business Week, 3/17/10)
Corroon calls on Herbert to cut salary (Salt Lake Tribune, 3/2/10)
Herbert sticks to no tax increase plan (Salt Lake Tribune, 2/24/10)
Herbert to get primary challenge from political neophyte (KIFI – Local News 8, 2/16/10)
Opinion: Herbert needs to start taking tough political positions (Deseret News, 10/2/09)
Still opposed to campaign funding limits, Herbert will post donations online (Deseret News, 10/1/09)
Editorial: Budget commission shouldn’t be meeting behind closed doors (Salt Lake Tribune, 10/1/09)
Corroon 2010 Governor run looming? (Fox13Now, 10/1/09)
Dems raising money for a Corroon run (Utah Policy, 10/1/09)
Herbert rejects plea to ban uraniam shipments to Utah (Salt Lake Tribune, 9/25/09)
Gov doesn’t want Utah to be gun-permit clearinghouse (Salt Lake Tribune, 9/24/09)
Herbert v the NRA? (Salt Lake Tribune, 9/24/09)
Herbert won’t lead ethics reform (Salt Lake Tribune, 9/24/09)
Herbert opposes campaign caps (Salt Lake Tribune, 9/17/09)
Herbert quickly changing Utah’s direction (San Jose Mercury News, 9/12/09)
Matheson urges Herbert to reject nuclear waste in state (Salt Lake Tribune, 9/11/09)
Time for a nuke deal? (Salt Lake Tribune, 9/5/09)
Herbert, Hatch hammer climate bill (Salt Lake Tribune, 9/4/09)
Urquhart positioning himself for GOP gov run? (Utah, 9/4/09)
Herbert creates budget-cutting commission (Salt Lake Tribune, 9/3/09)
Corroon raising money, mum on future plans (Deseret News, 9/1/09)
Utah leaders suggest priorities for new gov (Utah, 8/31/09)
Disclosures show Gov has friends (in energy) with money (Deseret News, 8/31/09)
Herbert: debate over human cause of global warming not over (Washington Examiner, 8/28/09)
Herbert opposes “special protected status” for gays (AP, 8/27/09)
Herbert won’t budge on new taxes in 2010 (abc4, 8/27/09)
Corroon, Hansen sign redistricting petition (KCPW, 8/12/09)
Herbert stepping into challenging role (Salt Lake Tribune, 8/9/09)
Huntsman’s legacy includes liquor and tax policy changes (Salt Lake Tribune, 8/9/09)
One third of Utahns want Herbert to be moderate, 39% would vote for him (Deseret News, 8/7/09)
Herbert picks Greg Bell as new Lt. Gov (Salt Lake Tribune, 8/6/09)
Being Governor will be Herbert’s final office (Deseret News, 8/1/09)
Herbert being pressured to pick conservative Lt. Gov (Deseret news, 8/1/09)
JULY 2009
Utah political parties weigh in on Lt Gov pick (KSL-TV, 7/31/09)
Beattie won’t run for GOP nod (LocalNews8, 7/30/09)
Matheson’s decision shifts focus to Corroon (KCPW, 7/30/09)
Matheson decides to stay in Congress, no guv run (ABC4News, 7/29/09)
Herbert needs to establish own identity as governor (Deseret News, 7/26/09)
Doesn’t anyone want to be Lt. Gov? (Salt Lake Tribune, 7/26/09)
Good time for moderate GOPers to take a sabbatical (Deseret News, 7/24/09)
Huntsman step closer to China (Deseret News, 7/23/09)
Plans ready for upcoming gubernatorial transition (KSL-TV, 7/17/09)
Huntsman’s Senate hearing next Thursday, 7/23/09 (Deseret News, 7/16/09)
Next governor supports schools, but not with new taxes (Salt Lake Tribune, 7/16/09)
Matheson raises $1million – not clear which race he might run (Salt Lake Tribune, 7/16/09)
GOPers getting ready; expect Matheson to go for higher job (Deseret News, 7/14/09)
Will Huntsman hurt Herbert? (Salt Lake Tribune, 7/12/09)
Gary Herbert: Prelude to leadership (Salt Lake Tribune, 7/12/09)
Huntsman’s low profile & transition create awkward governing situation (Salt Lake Tribune, 7/10/09)
Two Republicans contemplating primary challenges to Herbert (Deseret News, 7/2/09)
JUNE 2009
Utah Dems hope to make inroads (Salt Lake Tribune, 6/19/09)
Herbert questions validity of global warming (Deseret News, 6/15/09)