Michael Bennet a Juicy Target, But Does GOP Have a Candidate?
Public Policy Polling today releases the results of its most recent survey in Colorado. They find that little has changed since their last poll in April: appointed Senator Michael Bennet is extremely beatable – if the GOP can find the right candidate. More than halfway through his first year in the Senate Michael Bennet continues to sport weak approval numbers, Public Policy Polling’s newest Colorado | Read More »
Democrat Melancon: I Cosponsored Card Check Because I Opposed It
I worked on Capitol Hill for 10 years, and this is the first time I’ve heard anyone make this claim: In turn, Melancon, a co-sponsor of EFCA, is seeking to change the bill. An aide to Melancon said the lawmaker is working on a “bipartisan solution” that would bring labor and business together… Melancon is an EFCA co-sponsor, but said he was working on making | Read More »
HuffPo Wants to Give Specter the Lieberman Treatment
A writer at Huffington Post makes precisely the points I expected they would: In this past election, we won the fight for a Democratic majority. We now need to win the fight for a progressive majority who will stand up for the interests of the American people over the corporate lobbyists and their millions in campaign contributions…
Breaking:Senator Bunning Will Not Seek Reelection
This report is from Roll Call: In a move that signals a retirement announcement from Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) is imminent, Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson (R) has formed an exploratory committee to run for Senate. In making the announcement, Grayson reiterated that he has “no plans to run against Senator Bunning” — and one Republican political strategist confirmed Thursday that Bunning did in | Read More »
Sarah Steelman Shows Why Republicans Shouldn’t Trust Labor Unions
Sarah Steelman is one of two contenders for the Republican nomination to face Democrat Robin Carnahan in Missouri’s open Senate seat next year. (Roy Blunt is the other.) To the surprise of absolutely no one, Jimmy Hoffa was in Missouri today to endorse the Democrat Carnahan: Robin Carnahan appeared with Teamsters president Jim Hoffa in KC this afternoon after picking up the union’s endorsement for | Read More »
Senate Democrats Dropping Burris Fight?
Roll Call reports that Senate Democrat leaders have basically decided that they won’t succeed in getting Roland Burris to resign anytime soon:
Bunning Saga Gets Weirder and Weirder
Jim Bunning is in an increasingly nasty fight with the Senate Republican leadership over his 2010 re-election campaign. While NRSC Chair John Cornyn and GOP Leader Mitch McConnell would be happy if he steps aside, they will not publicly acknowledge it. For his part, Bunning has said that he will seek re-election next year. But many wonder if the incumbent can win. He has raised | Read More »
Democrats Lose Top Senate Recruits
The 2010 elections are a long way off, but it’s interesting that the Democrats have already lost their top recruits for Senate races in New Hampshire and Florida. In New Hampshire, Democrats had hoped to make it a race against three-term incumbent Judd Gregg. Instead, Democratic Governor John Lynch will seek re-election: There’s no doubt that Lynch would be the strongest Democrat the party could | Read More »
Paterson Downplays Kennedy’s Chances
I’m beginning to think that New York Governor David Paterson really doesn’t intend to name Caroline Kennedy to succeed Hillary Clinton in the Senate: Caroline Kennedy’s lack of elected office experience “does not help her” in her quest to represent New York in the U. S. Senate, Gov. David A. Paterson told The Buffalo News on Thursday. “The notion that I have to take Caroline | Read More »
Is Caroline Kennedy the Best NY Democrats Can Do?
Far be it from me to question the appointment of Caroline Kennedy to the Senate, but is this really the direction that New York Democrats want to go? In a solidly Democratic state, she’s the only prospective nominee who’s never sought elective office. Most first-time candidates make mistakes; is a Senate race the best place to test one’s campaign skills? As long-time New York Democratic | Read More »
Harry Reid Gears up for a Tough Re-election Bid
Harry Reid will spend the next two years as the face of Congressional Democrats and the chief Congressional caretaker of the Obama agenda. There’s a good chance that agenda won’t be all that popular in a purple state like Nevada, so he is likely to be a top GOP target in his 2010 re-election bid. With that in mind, Reid is doing all he can | Read More »
Will New York Send a King to the Senate?
Long Island Congressman Peter King yesterday announced his intention to seek the Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Clinton. New York Governor Paterson is expected soon to appoint an interim successor, who will hold the seat until a special election in 2010: Republican Rep. Peter King of Seaford plans to run for the U.S. Senate in 2010, challenging whomever replaces Hillary Rodham Clinton. “I definitely | Read More »