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    Midterm Races in Kentucky

    Two weeks from Election Day, I am reminded of Duane Bobick, the former heavyweight contender once dubbed the “great white hope.”  While the childish jackasses at DailyKos are dancing on the grave of Republican Terri Lynn Land’s chances in the Michigan senatorial race, they seem to have forgotten that their “great female hope” in Kentucky is also going down in flames.  Unlike Michigan, however, which | Read More »

    Midterm Races in Michigan

    Let’s first dispense with this silly notion that Michigan is a purple state.  Every four years I hear of how Michigan is in play only to have it go for the Democratic nominee for President.  Yes, there are pockets of conservative/Republican areas as there are in the bluest of blue states.  This year, we have a gubernatorial race, an open Democratic-held Senate seat and the | Read More »

    Midterm Races in Minnesota and Ohio

    First up in this entry- Ohio where there is a gubernatorial race and congressional races.  In the gubernatorial race, Democrats had very high hopes here with Ed FitzGerald.  The Republican incumbent John Kasich looked endangered back in July and held precariously low advantages in polls.  Revelations since then- being parked in a car with a woman that was not his wife late at night, driving | Read More »

    Midterm Races in New Jersey and Pennsylvania

    In the homestretch now, and things start to get more interesting.  Today, I turn to my home state, New Jersey, and its neighbor, Pennsylvania. Besides the congressional races, there is a Senate race in New Jersey where incumbent Corey Booker, who won a special election to replace the deceased Rep. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), will square off against Republican Jeff Bell.  In | Read More »

    So Why DID the Supreme Court Take a Pass on Gay Marriage?

    The Supreme Court surprised the world of constitutional law groupies and pundits and on October 6th refused to grant review on six petitions before the Court addressing SSM bans in several states.  As I have noted here many times, although not always a guarantee, but one’s chances of having a case heard are enhanced if there is a difference of opinion among two or more | Read More »

    Midterm Races in Oregon and Hawaii

    I included these races later rather than sooner in this series for different reasons.  In Oregon, there is a gubernatorial, congressional and Senate race this year.  First, the Governor’s race where incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber will face Republican state representative Dennis Richardson.  Historically, Oregon was Republican-leaning although more on the progressive side than conservative side.  Once the Democratic Party absorbed the progressives, the state has | Read More »

    Midterm Races in Idaho, Wyoming and Montana

    I originally scheduled this race for later in the series because of Montana.  But, let’s start in the other less competitive states of Wyoming and Idaho.  In Idaho, there is a considered lack of Democratic talent which that Party will readily admit.  Besides the two congressional seats at stake, there is a Governor’s race and a Senatorial race.  None of these races are “under the | Read More »

    Midterm Races in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia

    Maryland has a gubernatorial election this year for an open Democratic seat.  On the Democratic side is Anthony Brown, the favorite of outgoing Governor O’Malley and heir apparent.  On the Republican side is Larry Hogan, a former state cabinet secretary.  No one is making any bones about this race.  A closer than expected loss by Hogan in Maryland would be a small victory for the | Read More »

    Midterm Races in North and South Dakota and New Mexico

    In North Dakota, the only race of importance this year is the at-large congressional seat.  In 2013, it was reported in the Bismarck Tribune that both parties were confident in their chances in 2014.  However, a funny thing happened on the way to this election- the Democrats found it difficult to come up with a viable candidate against Republican incumbent [mc_name name=’Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND)’ | Read More »

    Midterm Elections in Illinois

    Besides the congressional races, we have a gubernatorial and Senate race in Illinois this year.  As for the Governor’s race, incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn is probably the most unpopular governor seeking reelection this year.  He is running against Bruce Rauner who looked like a shoo-in a few months ago, but has slipped of late.  This may be indicative of Illinois politics in general which tend | Read More »