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Thursday, February 4, 2016.

New York Times: "Pregnant women whose male sexual partners have spent time in a country with confirmed transmissions of the Zika virus should either abstain from sex or use condoms during intercourse for the duration of their pregnancy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced.'

New York Times: "Maurice White, the founder and leader of Earth, Wind & Fire, whose genre-defying music made it one of the most successful bands of the 1970s, has died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 74."

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New York Times (February 4): "Pregnant women whose male sexual partners have spent time in a country with confirmed transmissions of the Zika virus should either abstain from sex or use condoms during intercourse for the duration of their pregnancy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced.'

USA Today: "Women of childbearing age should avoid alcohol unless they're using contraception, federal health officials said Tuesday, in a move to reduce the number of babies born with fetal alcohol syndrome. 'Alcohol can permanently harm a developing baby before a woman knows she is pregnant,' said Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 'About half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, and even if planned, most women won’t know they are pregnant for the first month or so, when they might still be drinking.'"

New York Times (January 14): "Federal health officials are debating whether to warn pregnant women against travel to Brazil and other Latin American and Caribbean countries where mosquitoes are spreading the Zika virus, which has been linked to brain damage in newborn babies. Officials say it could be the first time the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises pregnant women to avoid a specific region during an outbreak." ...

     ... NYT Update (January 15): "Federal health officials on Friday advised pregnant women to postpone traveling to 13 Latin American or Caribbean countries and Puerto Rico where mosquitoes are spreading the Zika virus, which has been linked to brain damage in babies." ...

... The Washington Post reports on the crisis in Brazil.

Washington Post: "Media mogul Sumner Redstone has resigned as board chairman at CBS Corp. after a court battle raised questions about the 92-year-old executive’s mental competence. He was replaced by Leslie Moonves, the longtime CBS president and chief executive, CBS announced Wednesday. The transition took effect Tuesday when Redstone was appointed to the role of CBS chairman emeritus, CBS said."

... New York Timess: "A small 16th-century oil on panel largely kept in storage at a Kansas City, Mo., museum is a work by the Dutch Renaissance master Hieronymus Bosch, researchers [in the Netherlands] said on Monday, a finding that, if accepted by other scholars, would add to the tiny list of about 25 recognized Bosch paintings in the world. The painting, 'The Temptation of St. Anthony,' dated 1500-1510, had previously been attributed to the workshop of Bosch or to a follower of Bosch, known for his comic and surreal images of heaven and hell and the earthly moral purgatory in between."

Radio host Diane Rehm discusses her "retirement" plans with Karen Heller of the Washington Post.

Washington Post: "A lost story by famed British children’s author Beatrix Potter — the Tale of Kitty-in-Boots — has been discovered among her memorabilia and will be published this year more than a century after she wrote it. Jo Hanks, a publisher with Penguin Random House who made the discovery at London’s Victoria & Albert museum in 2013, called the story the biggest Potter discovery in generations and almost certainly the last, the London Times Newspaper reported Tuesday."

Boston Globe: "Late Night host (and New Hampshire native) Seth Meyers stars in this trailer for his fake movie, Boston Accent, which just laughs at all the devices used in every movie ever made in Boston":

Tim Egan's Confession: "I can no longer wait in a grocery store line, or linger for a traffic light, or even pause long enough to let a bagel pop from the toaster, without reflexively reaching for my smartphone."

Planet Nine. Caltech: "Caltech researchers have found evidence of a giant planet tracing a bizarre, highly elongated orbit in the outer solar system. The object, which the researchers have nicknamed Planet Nine, has a mass about 10 times that of Earth and orbits about 20 times farther from the sun on average than does Neptune (which orbits the sun at an average distance of 2.8 billion miles). In fact, it would take this new planet between 10,000 and 20,000 years to make just one full orbit around the sun. The researchers, Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown, discovered the planet's existence through mathematical modeling and computer simulations but have not yet observed the object directly." ...

... CW: Planet Nine, my ass. I will never abandon Pluto! But this is a mighty thrilling development. ...

... UPDATE. Rachel Feltman of the Washington Post interviews Mike Brown, one of the discoverers of Planet Nine. It turns out, as certainly every astronomer knows, that Mike Brown was also the guy who killed Pluto! Even his daughter is mad at him for that.

New York Times: "Five planets will parade across the dawn sky early Wednesday[, January 20,] in a rare celestial spectacle set to repeat every morning until late next month. Headlining the planetary performance are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter. It will be the first time in more than a decade that the fab five will be simultaneously visible to the naked eye, according to Jason Kendall, who is on the board of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York."

Los Angeles Times: "The backlash against this year's Academy Award nominations escalated Monday with announcements by director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith that they would boycott the Feb. 28 Oscars ceremony, citing the absence of people of color in all four acting categories for the second year in a row. If other prominent entertainment industry figures join the boycott, it has the potential to spoil Hollywood's annual showcase event."

Donald Trump playing Donald Trump in movies & on teevee shows:

New York Times: "#OscarsSoWhite, that damning hashtag that made the rounds last year, can again, unhappily, be revived for this year’s Oscar nominations, which were announced Thursday morning.... The only Academy nods for two of the year’s biggest films about African-American characters went to white people.... In all the lead categories — best director, picture, and all four acting categories — only Alejandro G. Iñárritu, the Mexican auteur who won best director and picture last year, for 'Birdman,' adds a note of diversity. This year he was nominated for 'The Revenant.'”

Los Angeles Times: "Nominations for the 88th Academy Awards have been announced, and 'The Revenant' is leading with 12, including for best picture. Other nominees for best picture are 'The Big Short,' 'Bridge of Spies,' 'Brooklyn,' 'Mad Max: Fury Road,' 'The Martian,' 'Room,' and 'Spotlight.' All the snubs, surprises and reactions from nominees coming below." Full coverage via the linked page.

Christian Science Monitor: "... thanks to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Purdue University, the lowly incandescent bulb is getting a jolt of new life. The six-researcher team says it has found a way to boost the bulb's efficiency twenty-fold, which would leave today's favored compact fluorescents (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in the dust, according to a paper published Monday in the journal Nature Nanotechnology." ...

     ... CW: If these bulbs go into production, it should make Rand Paul very, very happy. If only MIT could do something about his big-shit problem. Science does have its limits.

Los Angeles Times: "A 21-year odyssey came to an end Tuesday when National Football League owners voted to allow the St. Louis Rams to move to Los Angeles for the 2016 season and gave the San Diego Chargers an option to join the Rams in Inglewood."

** Washington Post: "In a paper published in the open-access journal eLife this week, researchers say they have pinpointed what may well be one of evolution’s greatest copy mess-ups yet: the mutation that allowed our ancient protozoa predecessors to evolve into complex, multi-cellular organisms.... Incredibly, in the world of evolutionary biology, all it took was one tiny tweak, one gene, and complex life as we know it was born." The paper is here. ...

... CW: Sorry, fundies, this is a lot more exciting than a trip to the Noah's ark amusement park or whatever it is.

The Los Angeles Times' Golden Globe coverage is here.

New Yorker: More Pluto!

New York: "Lumosity is one of these 'brain training' programs, and yet, according to the Federal Trade Commission, many of those claims aren’t backed up by science. On Tuesday, Lumos Labs — the company behind Lumosity — agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission for $2 million for misleading consumers on claims that playing these mental games would help with cognitive performance and prevent mental decline as we age. 'Lumosity preyed on consumers’ fears about age-related cognitive decline, suggesting their games could stave off memory loss, dementia, and even Alzheimer’s disease,' Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement. 'But Lumosity simply did not have the science to back up its ads.'”

New York Times: "Twitter is experimenting with introducing a longer form of tweet, according to two people familiar with the company’s plans, in what would be another gradual move away from the simplistic design sensibility that the service was originally founded upon. The project, which internally has been referred to as 'beyond 140,' is still in its testing phase and is not set to be introduced until at least March...."

Washington Post: "Four newly discovered elements managed to squeak their way in[to the periodic table] just before the end of 2015, filling up the table's seventh row and marking the first additions since 2011." CW: Since I know squat about chemistry, let me say here -- in the fullness of my ignorance -- that the periodic table should stick with elements that occur in nature. If chemists want a "sub-periodic table" to show off their lab-created, unstable elements, let 'em have it. I don't see how an "element" can be artificial. Anyone who knows what s/he's talking about is free to set me straight.

TPM: "Twitter announced Thursday it's bringing back Politwoops, the popular gaffe-tracking transparency tool that tracked politicians' deleted tweets, after unceremoniously killing off the service earlier this year.... Twitter revoked developer API access for the project, a venture of The Sunlight Foundation and The Open State Foundation, in August 2015."

If you are interested in what George Lucas thinks about the "Star Wars" series & other stuff, you can find out here, presuming Charlie Rose doesn't monopolize the conversation (okay, silly presumption). ...

... Later Lucas said he was sorry he said some of those nasty things.

... Hank Stuever of the Washington Post: The "final episodes of 'Downton Abbey' are among the show’s best since the first season — and they’ll reassure those hoping for the happiest possible endings for nearly every character."

BBC News: "A monument from a temple in the ancient city of Palmyra destroyed by so-called Islamic State (IS) is to be recreated in London's Trafalgar Square. The 2,000-year-old arch is all that remains of the Temple of Bel, part of the Syrian Unesco World Heritage site, captured by militants in May. It will be recreated from photographs, using a 3D printer. The institute behind the project hopes the arch will draw attention to the importance of cultural heritage." ...

... John Brennan & Sarah Knapton of the (Irish) Independent: "Ireland's saints and scholars were descended from farmers and bronze metalworkers from the Middle East and modern-day Ukraine, scientists have found. Researchers have sequenced ancient Irish human genomes for the first time. They discovered mass migrations to Ireland thousands of years ago resulted in huge changes to the ancient Irish genetic make-up. A team of geneticists from Trinity College Dublin and archaeologists from Queen's University Belfast made the findings, which show a massive shift in our genetic mix over the course of just 1,000 years. They believe the genetic influxes brought cultural change such as moving to settled farmsteads, bronze metalworking - and may have even been the origin of western Celtic language." ...

... CW: One trouble with denigrating certain ethnic groups: we're all cousins. Sorry, "white" people.

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Minneapolis Star-Tribune, December 8: "Republican Tom Emmer conceded the governor's race to DFLer Mark Dayton Wednesday, bringing an end to the disputed election.... Emmer also waived his right to a recount, and the state Canvassing Board quickly certified the original election night results and declared Dayton the winner.... Dayton, a former U.S. senator, will become the first Democratic governor in Minnesota in two decades."...

... EXCEPT FOR JOE MILLER'S CHALLENGE IN ALASKA, THIS IS THE END OF THE 2010 ELECTION.

States in Alpha Order


Alabama, Governor, Congress

NBC News projects that Alabama Republican Robert Bentley will win the gubernatorial race.

NBC News projects Republican Sen. Richard Shelby will win re-election to the Alabama Senate seat. 8:02 pm ET.

Politico: "Alabama state Rep. Robert Bentley has defeated Bradley Byrne in the state’s Republican gubernatorial runoff, the AP reports. Byrne, the former chancellor of the state’s two-year college system, finished first in the June 1 primary and had the support of much of the state’s GOP establishment, including Gov. Bob Riley." Per the Washington Post, "Bentley, a retired Tuscaloosa physician, spoke with some tea party groups but was generally seen as a moderate willing to work with Democrats."

... Also from the Washington Post: "In the state's 7th District, Terri Sewell, a Harvard-educated lawyer from Birmingham, likely will be the first black woman elected to Congress from Alabama. She won a Democratic runoff Tuesday in a solidly Democratic district and will face Republican Don Chamberlain of Selma in November."

Washington Post: Mo Brooks, a county commissioner, "soundly defeated" Alabama Rep. Parker Griffith, who switched from the Democratic to the Republican party last year, in the Republican primary for Alabama's 5th District.

AP: Ron Sparks, "Alabama's agriculture commissioner, overwhelmed a congressman [Artur Davis] trying to become the first black to win Alabama's Democratic nomination for governor, while four candidates ran a close race for the Republican nomination."


Alaska, U.S. Senate, Governor

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Arizona, Governor, U.S. Senate, House

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Arkansas, U.S.Senate

NBC News projects that Democratic Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe will retain his seat.

NBC News projects that Republican Rep. John Boozman has defeated incumbent Democrat Sen. Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas. Arkansas Democrat Gazette story here.

Carl Hulse of the New York Times: "On a primary election night when the heralded anti-incumbency sentiment was expected to again demonstrate its strength, Senator Blanche Lincoln proved there were clear limits to its power."

AP: "Embattled Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas narrowly won nomination to a third term Tuesday night, overcoming a labor-backed challenger and defying a nationwide anti-establishment tide that dealt defeat to Republican Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons and forced a veteran South Carolina congressman into a runoff."


California, U.S. Senate, Governor

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Colorado, U.S. Senate, Governor

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Connecticut, U.S. Senate, Governor

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Delaware, U.S. Senate

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Florida, U.S. Senate, Governor, House

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Georgia, Governor

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "Republican Nathan Deal claimed victory Tuesday night in Buckhead. He said he had spoken with Democrat Roy Barnes on the phone before making his speech at about 11:45 p.m."

NBC News projects Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson will win re-election to the Senate seat in Georgia. 8:08 pm ET.

Aaron Gould Sheinin of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution examines the campaign finance reports of Georgia gubernatorial candidates; the money quote on the money reports:

Karen Handel, the former secretary of state whom Deal beat in the Aug. 10 Republican runoff, spent more than $100,000 to bring Sarah Palin to town to campaign on her behalf.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Karen Handel has conceded the Georgia gubernatorial election to Nathan Deal. "Deal will represent the GOP and face Democrat Roy Barnes and Libertarian John Monds."

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "The Georgia Republican gubernatorial runoff will stretch into Wednesday and perhaps the rest of the week as Nathan Deal led Karen Handel by fewer than 3,000 votes when Tuesday ended in a race too close to call."

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "Just hours before the polls open for the GOP runoff for [Georgia] governor, Sarah Palin and Karen Handel rallied the faithful in Buckhead while Nathan Deal crisscrossed the state in search of last-minute support."

"I'd rather be with these folks." Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 2: the President of the United States was in town to raise money for him, but Democratic gubernatorial nominee (& former Georgia governor) Roy Barnes didn't show up.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 21: "Former Gov. Roy Barnes successfully completed the first step of his political redemption tour Tuesday, handily winning the Democratic nomination for his old job."

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 21: "Riding the strength of Sarah Palin's endorsement and a boatload of votes from metro Atlanta, Karen Handel on Tuesday bolted to the top in the race for the Republican nomination for governor. Nathan Deal finished second and will face Handel in a runoff Aug. 10."


Hawaii, U.S. Congress

NBC News: it appears Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye will retain his Senate seat, denying Republicans a Senate majority. No link.

Honolulu Advertiser: "Former Congressman Ed Case, sacrificing his ambition for his political party, withdrew from the Democratic primary for Congress yesterday to prevent a divisive clash with state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa that could have weakened the party's chances against U.S. Rep. Charles Djou, R-Hawai'i, in November."

AP: "Republicans scored a midterm election victory Saturday when Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou won a Democratic-held House seat in Hawaii in the district where President Barack Obama grew up...."


Idaho, Various

NBC News projects that Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo will retain his Senate seat.

Politico has full Idaho primary election results. AND here's the Idaho Statesman's report. ...

... NPR: "The Republican primary in Idaho's 1st Congressional District yesterday ended with state Rep. Raul Labrador, who wasn't the choice of GOP leaders but did have the support of local Tea Party enthusiasts, the winner over one-time frontrunner Vaughn Ward. Labrador outpaced Ward by about 10 percentage points." ...

... AP: Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo easily won the Republican primary; his Democratic challenger will be Tom Sullivan.


Illinois, U.S. Senate

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Indiana, U.S. Senate

NBC News projects Republican Dan Coats will win the Indiana Senate seat. Indianapolis Star report here.

AP, May 15: the Indiana Democratic Central Committee selected Rep. Brad Ellsworth as the candidate for U.S. Senate on Saturday.

NPR May 5: NPR: "Former Sen. Dan Coats, an Indiana Republican who left office in 1998, [won] the GOP Senate nomination for the seat being vacated by two-term Democratic incumbent Evan Bayh."


Iowa, U.S. Senate

Firedoglake: "The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) won a hard-fought victory in Iowa today, getting three of the judges who ruled for marriage equality in Iowa booted from that state’s Supreme Court.

NBC News projects that Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley will retain his Senate seat.


Kansas

NBC News projects that Kansas Republican Sam Brownback will win the governorship.

NBC News projects that Kansas Republican Rep. Jerry Moran will will the Senate race.

Wichita Eagle: "U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran on Tuesday narrowly defeated Rep. Todd Tiahrt in the contentious Republican primary race for the U.S. Senate.


Kentucky, U.S. Senate

For news on Kentucky, go to Kentucky on the dropdown menu under Campaign 2010, or click here to go to the California page.


Louisiana, U.S. Senate, Congress

NBC News projects that Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter will retain his seat.

President Obama makes his Campaign 2010 ad debut in this spot for Cedric Richmond running in Louisiana's Second Congressional District:

     ... Here's a related New York Times item.

Times-Picayune: "First-term incumbent U.S. Sen. David Vitter easily won the Republican nomination for re-election tonight, with U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon also cruising to victory for the Democratic nod."

Talking Points Memo: "Chet Traylor, a former Louisiana Supreme Court Justice well-connected in Louisiana Republican political and business circles circles..., surprised everyone ... by qualifying at the witching hour to challenge [Sen. David] Vitter" in the Republican primary.

NBC's Chuck Todd on Lousiana Sen. David Vitter's continued employment of a staffer covering women's issues (Vitter denies this) & abortion (Vitter offers this, apparently thinking it isn't a women's issue) who brutally battered a woman:

     ... Here's the backstory from ABC News.


Maine, Governor

Where Do You Live, Mr. LePage? New York Times, September 14: "Paul LePage, the Republican candidate for governor in Maine..., walked out of his own news conference Monday in Augusta after reporters asked whether his wife was a permanent state resident.... Later in the day, Mr. LePage was caught cursing on camera when a reporter asked whether his children had paid in-state tuition at a college in Florida. The questions stemmed from a report in the Kennebec Journal last week that Mr. LePage’s wife, Ann, got permanent-resident tax exemptions on homes in both Maine and Florida last year, a violation of tax law." CW: the kind of candidate the tea party brings you.

AP: "A...tea party-backed contender, Paul LePage, won the Republican nomination for governor in Maine."


Maryland, Senate, Governor

NBC News projects that Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley will retain the governorship. Baltimore Sun story here.

NBC News projects Demcratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski will win re-election to the Senate in Maryland. 8:08 pm ET.


Massachusetts, Governor, House

Boston Globe: "Barney Frank, the irascible powerbroker who has survived scandal, repeated redistricting, and the ups and downs of the Democratic Party, yesterday easily beat back his strongest challenge in years."

NBC News projects that Massachusetts Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick will retain the governorship. Boston Globe story here.

New York Times: "Representative Barney Frank, who barely had to raise a finger in past re-election efforts, is fending off a surprisingly strong challenge from a political newcomer who has benefited from a surge of out-of-state donations in the campaign’s final weeks. The Republican challenger, Sean Bielat, has been a frequent guest on national conservative radio and television shows, which has helped him raise more than $1 million in his quest to end Mr. Frank’s long political career."

Barney Frank campaign press release, October 29: "Congressman Barney Frank today received the endorsement of Edward McCormick, III – his Republican opponent in the 1992 election.  Mr. McCormick and Congressman Frank engaged in a series of robust, but respectful and focused debates in the 1992 election cycle."

Edward Mason of the Boston Herald, October 24: Sean Bielat, Barney Frank's Republican opponent, says that gays are just like short people -- neither has a right to serve in the military. Mason observes, "Hmm. ... On the other hand, vertically challenged people are not forced to pretend they’re tall, then drummed out once it’s discovered they’re short in spite of their service record."


Michigan, Governor

NBC News projects that Michigan Republican Rick Snyder will win the race for governor. Detroit Free Press story here.

"One Tough Nerd" wins the Republican gubernatorial primary:

Detroit Free Press: "Ann Arbor venture capitalist Rick Snyder rode his offbeat "tough nerd" TV commercials -- and $6 million of his own money -- to win the Republican primary Tuesday.... Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero -- dubbed America's "Angriest Mayor" for his national rants favoring federal bailouts to General Motors and Chrysler  -- was routing Democratic rival House Speaker Andy Dillon, 59%-41%."

Detroit Free Press: "State Sen. Hansen Clarke staged a stunning upset victory Tuesday night over seven-term Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick."

I saw Mike Cox getting a lap dance from one of the female exotic dancers while he was present at the party. -- Unidentified witness in an affidavit

       ... Cox is the Michigan attorney general & is in a tight Republican primary race for governor. Via Jonathan Martin of Politico. in an item titled, "Sentences that are never helpful for candidates."


Minnesota, Governor

Minneapolis Star-Tribune, December 8: "Republican Tom Emmer conceded the governor's race to DFLer Mark Dayton Wednesday, bringing an end to the disputed election.... Emmer also waived his right to a recount, and the state Canvassing Board quickly certified the original election night results and declared Dayton the winner.... Dayton, a former U.S. senator, will become the first Democratic governor in Minnesota in two decades."

New York Times, December 3: "Tom Emmer said Friday that he would withdraw thousands of ballot challenges deemed frivolous in order to speed the recount in the Minnesota governor’s race, but that he had not decided whether he would sue if he lost the election. Mr. Emmer, a Republican, had trailed the Democrat, Mark Dayton, by nearly 9,000 votes going into the recount, which began Monday."

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune (November 30) reports on the recount, which began yesterday, in the close Minnesota governor's race. The Uptake is livestreaming the recount here.

Ha ha. Gov. Tim Pawlenty of California wants to get out on the presidential campaign trail in the worst. But Michael Shear of the New York Times reports that he will be stuck in the governor's mansion after his term would normally expire on January 3, 2011, if the winner of the November 2 gubernatorial race is not declared by then.

CW: before the polls had closed, I predicted the November 2 election would produce a Franken/Coleman-style recount. Little did I know it would be in Minnesota.

ABC News, November 5: "Unofficial results from Tuesday's gubernatorial race between Democrat and former Sen. Mark Dayton and Republican businessman Tom Emmer give Dayton a 8,781-vote lead, or less than one half of one percent of the vote. If the slim margin holds after election officials finalize the tally and no candidate concedes..., it would trigger an automatic statewide recount of all ballots."


Mississippi

Bobby Bright is a Mississippi Democrat. Whyever is he picturing himself together with John Boehner?


Missouri

NBC News projects that Missouri Republican Roy Blunt will win the Senate race.

Think Progress Hypocrisy Watch: Vicky Hartzler, a Missouri Republican nominee for Congress, wants "the government to leave us alone here in Missouri's 4th." But, gosh, Hartzler & her husband haven't minded collecting almost three-quarters of a million dollars in farm subsidies.

Sonia K. Katyal & Eduardo M. Peñalver in Slate: why Fox "News"' copyright infringement suit against Senate Democratic nominee Robin Carnahan of Missouri is bogus.

Washington Post: "The Fox News Network has filed suit against Missouri Democratic Senate candidate Robin Carnahan's campaign for an ad that, the network claims, makes it appear as if Fox News Host Chris Wallace endorsed Carnahan." Here's the ad Roy Blunt doesn't want you to see & the is the subject of Fox's lawsuit:

Think Progress: "Senate candidate Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO) posted a YouTube video to his campaign website, which simply played audio of his opponent, Robin Carnahan (D), explaining why she doesn’t oppose the Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero.... Carnahan’s words were played over a graphic image of smoldering wreckage from the Twin Towers." Blunt took the ad down, replacing it with one that did not include the 9/11 footage. With video of original ad.

New York Times: "Missouri voters on Tuesday easily approved a measure aimed at nullifying the new federal health care law, becoming the first state in the nation where ordinary people made known their dismay over the issue at the ballot box." ...

... BUT as Steve Benen explains, almost all those voting were Republican primary voters: "If this was about 'sending a signal,' then we've learned a valuable lesson -- Republican primary voters in a 'red' state are inclined to believe right-wing rhetoric about the Affordable Care Act."


Nebraska

NBC News projects that Nebraska Republican Dave Heineman will win the governorship.


Nevada, U.S. Senate, Governor

For news on Nevada, go to Nevada on the dropdown menu under Campaign 2010, or click here to go to the Nevada page.


New Hampshire, Various

NBC News projects that New Hampshire Democratic Gov. John Lynch will retain his seat.

NBC News projects Republican Kelly Ayotte will win the Senate seat in New Hampshire. 8:01 pm ET. Manchester Union Leader story here.

AP: "In the last turn of a tumultuous primary season, former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte narrowly won her state's Republican Senate primary, to the relief of party officials in Washington."

Think Progress: "Every single Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) is a global warming denier."

Ouch! Joseph McQuaid in a front-page editorial in the conservative New Hampshire Union-Leader: "former Gov. [Sarah] Palin isn't making these endorsements because, as she claims, she has spent time in New Hampshire and thus knows that the people here are a lot like Alaskans. She spent a few hours here on one day during the 2008 Presidential election. That's still more time than she spent getting to know [U.S. Senate candidate Kelly] Ayotte...."

Susan Milligan of the Boston Globe reports on New Hampshiire's Republican primary race to replace Sen. Judd Gregg, who is retiring.

Alex Seitz-Wald of Think Progress finds the most outspoken, disgusting bigot in country who is running for political office, & he's running in what is probably the whitey-whitest state in the U.S.: New Hampshire. (CW: Seitz-Wald tries to identify Ryan Murdough with the tea party, but I don't think that's fair.)


New Mexico, Governor, House

NBC News projects that New Mexico Republican Susana Martinez will win the governorship.

Republican National Security Plan: We Could Blow up Mexicans. AP: Tom Mullins, "the Republican nominee for a northern New Mexico congressional seat, suggested during a radio interview that the United States could place land mines along the Mexican border to secure the international boundary."

Albuquerque Journal: "Susana Martinez, a prosecutor from southern New Mexico, won the Republican nomination for governor and will face Democrat Diane Denish in a general election race deciding who becomes New Mexico's first woman governor."


New York, Governor, Senate, House

For news on New York, go to New York on the dropdown menu under Campaign 2010, or click here to go to the Nevada page.


North Carolina, Various

NBC News projects that North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr will win re-election.

Your Typical Tea Party Candidate. Raleigh News & Observer: "Republican Congressional candidate William "Bill" Randall is suggesting that the Obama Administration and BP conspired to intentionally spill oil in the Gulf, resulting in 11 deaths and the worst environmental disaster in the nation's history":

Raleigh News & Observer: "Secretary of State Elaine Marshall easily captured the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate Tuesday.... Marshall, 64, who will face Republican Sen. Richard Burr in November, overcame considerable obstacles to win her party's nomination, including being ignored by her national party, having a money disadvantage and mourning the death of her husband during the campaign."

AP, June 22: "Harold Johnson defeated former body armor executive Tim D'Annunzio in the 8th Congressional District runoff and will take on first-term Democratic Rep. Larry Kissell, who beat Republican incumbent Robin Hayes two years ago. Johnson had 61 percent of the vote compared to 39 percent for D'Annunzio with 88 percent the precincts reporting, according to unofficial results." Plus results of other races.


North Dakota

NBC News projects North Dakoka Republican John Hoeven will win the Senate race.


Ohio, U.S. Senate, Governor

NBC News projects that Republican John Kasich will win the Ohio gubernatorial race.

NBC News projects Republican Rob Portman will win the Senate seat in Ohio. Cleveland Plain Dealer story here.

Fox 8 Cleveland: Ohio Rep. John Boccieri leaves the stage during President Clinton's speech when he learns that his wife Stacey had gone into labor. Baby Emma was born a few hours later:

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Lee Fisher, Ohio's Democratic candidate for Senate, "has given $100,000 to the Ohio Democratic Party for its final, aggressive get-out-the-vote drive." Fisher, who lags behind Republican Rob Portman in the polls, told "The Plain Dealer that he is not abandoning the campaign or giving up."

New York Times, August 24: in Ohio, Democrats are having a hard time tying Republican Senate candidate Rob Portman to George W. Bush's failed economic policies, even tho Portman was Bush's budget director.

Dan Balz of the Washington Post looks at two Ohio Republican candidates who are testing the Democrats' strategy of "running against Bush": Rob "Portman, who is running for the Senate, was the chief trade officer and White House budget director for President George W. Bush. [John] Kasich, a former congressman who is running for governor, spent a decade working for Lehman Brothers, the Wall Street firm whose collapse helped trigger the massive economic retraction."

NBC News: "The National Rifle Assocation made its first general election endorsement of the 2010 midterm cycle Monday, backing Ohio's incumbent Democratic governor [Ted Strickland] over a Republican former congressman."

Cleveland Plain Dealer, May 5: "Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher handily defeated his primary challenger, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, in Democratic primary race for the U.S. Senate seat now held by two-term Republican Sen. George Voinovich, who is retiring. Fisher will face Republican Rob Portman, a former Cincinnati congressman, who was unopposed in Tuesday's GOP primary."


Oklahoma, Various

Unfuckingbelievable. Salon: "A ban on U.S. courts considering Sharia law passed overwhelmingly in Oklahoma today."

NBC News projects that Oklahoma Republican Mary Fallin will win the governorship.

NBC News projects Republican Sen. Tom Coburn will win re-election to the Senate in Oklahoma. 8:01 pm ET.

The Oklahoman: U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin managed to win the Republican gubernatorial primary election without a runoff, garnering about 55 percent of the vote according to unofficial returns. State Sen. Randy Brogdon, of Owasso, got about 39 percent. Lt. Gov. Jari Askins won a nail-biter against Attorney General Drew Edmondson, as she won about 1 percent more of the votes."

Tulsa World: Incumbent U.S. Reps. John Sullivan & Dan Boren won their races against primary challengers.

AP: "Incumbent Republican Tom Coburn has defeated two challengers from his own party in a primary election for a U.S. Senate seat in Oklahoma."


Oregon, Governor, U.S. Senate

The Oregonian: "Democrat John Kitzhaber has taken the lead in the race against Republican Chris Dudley and will become Oregon's next governor."

NBC News projects that Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden will retain his Senate seat.

The Oregonian: "Former Gov. John Kitzhaber easily outdistanced former Secretary of State Bill Bradbury to win the Democratic primary. Political newcomer and former Trail Blazer center Chris Dudley won by a closer, but still hefty, margin in the Republican primary against high-tech business executive Allen Alley."


Pennsylvania, U.S. Senate & Special House Election

For news on Pennsylvania, go to Pennsylvania on the dropdown menu under Campaign 2010, or click here to go to the Pennsylvania page.


Rhode Island, Governor

NBC News projects that Rhode Island Independent Lincoln Chafee, a former Senator, will win the governorship.

NBC-10 in Providence, Rhode Island, October 28: "Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio seems to have lost support since telling the president to take his endorsement and 'shove it,' according to an NBC 10-Quest Research poll released Wednesday night.... Caprio lost 12 points since an NBC 10-Quest Research poll released Oct. 12 showed him in the lead with 37 percent, followed by [Independent Lincoln] Chafee and [Republican John] Robitaille."

Politico: "Bill Clinton will campaign this week for Rhode Island Democratic gubernatorial nominee Frank Caprio, providing a stark contrast to President Barack Obama's snub of Caprio earlier this week.... Clinton's ... endorsement could give a boost to Caprio the same week that the gubernatorial candidate said publicly that Obama could 'shove it' when it comes to a withheld endorsement."

He can take his endorsement and really shove it as far as I'm concerned. -- Frank Caprio on President Obama. Caprio is Rhode Island's Democratic gubernatorial nominee, but he is running against Obama supporter & former Republican, now Independent, Lincoln Chafee, & the President -- who is in Rhode Island today -- has declined to endorse. You can listen to the audio here.

     ... Pool Report: The White House sort of responds to Caprio's tasteful remark.


South Carolina, Governor, U.S. Senate

For news on South Carolina, go to South Carolina on the dropdown menu under Campaign 2010, or click here to go to the South Carolina page. 


South Dakota, U.S. Senate, Governor

NBC News projects that South Dakota Republican Dennis Daugaard will win the gubernatorial race.

NBC News projects that South Dakoda Republican Sen. John Thune will retain his Senate seat.


Tennessee, Governor, Congress

NBC News projects that Tennessee Republican Bill Haslam will win the gubernatorial race.

The Hill: Tennessee state Sen. Roy Herron, "a Democratic candidate for Congress, accused the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) of pulling its support for his campaign because he said he wouldn't support Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as House Speaker.

The Tennessean: "Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam claimed victory in the Republican gubernatorial primary Thursday night, setting up a November face-off with Jackson beer distributor Mike McWherter."


Texas, Governor, Other

NBC News projects that Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry will retain the governorship.

Melanie Mason of the Dallas Morning News: "Republican congressional candidate Stephen Broden stunned his party Thursday, saying he would not rule out violent overthrow of the government if elections did not produce a change in leadership. In a rambling exchange during a TV interview, Broden, a South Dallas pastor, said a violent uprising 'is not the first option,' but it is 'on the table.' That drew a quick denunciation from the head of the Dallas County GOP, who called the remarks 'inappropriate.' Broden, a first-time candidate, is challenging veteran incumbent Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson in Dallas' heavily Democratic 30th Congressional District."

Sometimes acting like a complete asshole will be used against you. We the People publishes some (fill in an adjective) photos of Texas' 27th Congressional District Republican nominee Blake Farenthold. He's the chubby fellow on the right in the rubber-ducky jammies. Here's Democratic incumbent Rep. Solomon Ortiz' oppo ad:

It's pretty hard to believe Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas won't get an abuse of copyright complaint on this ad against his opponent for governor, Democrat Bill White:

Dirty Tricks, Texas Republican-Style. Austin American Statesman: "Mike Toomey, a lobbyist and former chief of staff to Gov. Rick Perry, personally paid for an aborted effort to qualify the Green Party of Texas for the ballot, according to court testimony ... from Garrett Mize.... He said Toomey paid him $2,000 a month for about six months with a personal check." A subsequent petition gathering effort, paid for by an out-of-state corporation called Take Initiative America, was successful. "It is unclear where the money for that $500,000 effort came from.... Democrats contend that the in-kind contribution from Take Initiative America is an illegal corporate contribution that should preclude the Greens from qualifying for the ballot."


Utah, U.S. Senate

NBC News projects that Utah Republican Gary Herbert will win the governorship

Crazy Senator Alert. Salt Lake Tribune: "... attorney Mike Lee won a hard-fought victory over businessman Tim Bridgewater, clinching the Republican nomination and likely a spot as Utah’s next U.S. Senator. Lee led Bridgewater 51 percent to 49 percent with 97 percent of the precincts reporting."

Time: in Utah's U.S. Senate race, "whoever wins Tuesday's GOP nomination should cruise to victory in November in heavily Republican Utah. A Democrat hasn't won a U.S. Senate race here since 1970."

Salt Lake Tribune, June 22, on Utah's primary runoff races.


Vermont, U.S. Senate

Politico: "Republican Brian Dubie concedes the Vermont governor's race to Democrat Peter Shumlin."

NBC News projects Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy will win re-election to the Vermont Senate seat. 7:07 pm ET. AP report here.


Virginia

CBS News projects that Robert Hurt will defeat Rep. Tom Perriello in Virginia's 5th District. No link.


Washington, U.S. Senate

The Seattle Times projects that Democratic Sen. Patty Murray has won re-election to a 4th term. "Sen. Patty Murray has won a fourth term, riding a wave of strong Democratic support in King County to defeat Republican challenger Dino Rossi. As of Thursday evening, Murray was leading Rossi by more than 45,000 votes, taking 51 percent to Rossi's 49 percent. That's up from a 14,000-vote lead on Election Day. According to a Seattle Times analysis, Rossi would need to get about 54 percent of the estimated 591,000 uncounted ballots statewide to overcome Murray's lead."

Really Stupid Voters. Bill Rigby of Reuters: "Washington [state] voters knocked down plans for a state income tax on the wealthy intended to fund education and health spending, ending a fight pitting Bill Gates against other Seattle tech billionaires...."

The Washington State Senate race remains too close to call. Seattle Times: "Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray held a lead Tuesday night over challenger Dino Rossi, raising hopes among her supporters that she would survive the national GOP wave." The count Wednesday at 10:00 am ET was Murray 722,396, Rossi 708,391 -- don't know what % of votes counted that is.

Politico, October 17: "With polls showing Democratic Sen. Patty Murray pulling ahead, Sunday evening's debate presented one of the last, best chances for Washington Republican Dino Rossi to change the course of the race." C-SPAN has the video (begins a minute in).

AP: "Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Republican challenger Dino Rossi formalized their November matchup Tuesday, emerging as expected from Washington state's 'top two' primary by comfortable margins.... Washington's unusual primary lists all candidates on a single ballot and winnows the field to two for the general election, regardless of the candidates' party. Conservative Republican Clint Didier, a former NFL tight end who attracted support from tea party activists, was in third place with about 10 percent of the vote."


West Virginia, Senate

NBC News projects that Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin will win the Senate seat in West Virginia. Charleston Gazette story here.

One problem with Palin's endorsement: Raese is running in West Virginia. It's not surprising Palin made the error -- Raese hired Pennslyvania actors to play West Virginians. And Raese's wife doesn't live in West Virginia, either. Hey, mistakes happen

Amanda Terkel of the Huffington Post, October 19: in a debate with Gov. Joe Manchin, West Virginia Republican Senatorial nominee John Raese reiterates his opposition to the minimum wage. With video.

CQ Politics: "... the wife of Republican businessman [and West Virginia gubernatorial nominee] John Raese is being purged from the state's voter rolls because she is also registered to vote in Florida.... Roll Call confirmed Friday that Elizabeth Raese is registered to vote in both states [West Virginia & Florida] but has not voted in West Virginia since 1998. But in an interview this week with Time magazine, she indicated that she would be -- and has been -- voting in West Virginia."

Gov. Joe Manchin answers the "hicky" ad:

We are going for a ‘Hicky’ Blue Collar look. These characters are from West Virginia so think coal miner/trucker looks.... Clothing Suggestions: ... jeans, work boots, flannel shirt, denim shirt, Dickie’s type jacket with t-shirt underneath, down-filled vest, John Deer [sic] hats (not brand new, preferably beat up), trucker hats (not brand new, preferably beat up). --  National Republican Senatorial Committee casting call for a West Virginia ad (abridged) ...

... Here's the resulting ad. "Hicky" enough for ya? Update: Ha, ha. The ad has been pulled. Here's Michael Shear of the New York Times with more. Update 2: Ah, fortunately, the ad is preserved for us elsewhere on YouTube:

Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette: "Gov. Joe Manchin [who is the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate] has scheduled a press conference Wednesday morning where he is expected to announce that the state is filing suit against the federal government over the Obama administration's crackdown on mountaintop removal coal mining." New York Times Update: so he did.

Watch Me Take a 180. CW: to get an idea of how 100% phony Republicans are, you just have to read the West Virginia GOP's "correction" of a "misquote" by the chairman of the West Virginia GOP.

Steve Benen: John Raese, the Republican nominee for Senate in West Virginia, "is rich, and wants to go to the Senate to help people just like him. In one of the nation's poorest states, it's a bizarre pitch." ...

... Meanwhile, the National Republican Senatorial Committee has dumped $1 million on ads like this one against Raese's opponent Joe Manchin:

AP: "Popular Gov. Joe Manchin won the Democratic nomination Saturday and will face GOP primary winner and wealthy businessman John Raese in the race to fill the Senate seat vacated by the late Robert C. Byrd."

AP: "The special election for the late Robert C. Byrd's U.S. Senate seat in West Virginia has attracted 15 candidates."

The Hill: West Virginia's Senator-designate Carte Goodwin will be sworn in Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Goodwin will provide the vote needed to advance the unemployment benefits extension, which GOP senators have opposed.

New York Times, July 16: "West Virginia’s governor, Joe Manchin III, announced on Friday that he had chosen Carte P. Goodwin, his former general counsel, to temporarily fill the Senate seat long held by Robert C. Byrd."


Wisconsin, Senate

NBC News projects that Wisconsin Repubican Scott Walker will win the gubernatorial race. Wisconsin State Journal story here.

** NBC News projects that Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson will defeat Sen. Russ Feingold. AP story here. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story here.

Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron Johnson has never been to Washington (until recently):

New York Times: "Michelle Obama burst back onto the campaign trail Wednesday with a highly personal, soft-sell appeal intended to prod Democratic voters — especially women — to set aside whatever disappointment they may have in her husband and go to the polls to 'finish what we’ve started.'”

Michelle Obama campaigns in Milwaukee for Russ Feingold. Clip:

C-SPAN has video of the Feingold-Johnson debate.

Wisconsin "Republican Senate candidate Ron Johnson, who has campaigned against government subsidies to business, employs up to nine prison inmates at his plastics factories whose health care costs are paid by the state, according to records obtained by The Associated Press."

Here's a pretty effective (& kinda funny) ad from Sen. Russ Feingold:

     ... Update: Oops! "The National Football League has asked the Russ Feingold campaign to take down a newly released ad that uses footage from NFL games. The Feingold campaign reacted quickly.  'We are making an edit to the ad to accommodate the NFL’s concerns,' campaign spokesman John Kraus told the [Milwaukee] Journal Sentinel."

AP: Ron Johnson, "a Wisconsin businessman who spent millions on a largely self-financed campaign, has breezed into a November matchup with incumbent Sen. Russ Feingold."

USA Today: "Scott Walker, the Milwaukee county executive who has made his frugality a central campaign theme, won the [Wisconsin] GOP gubernatorial nomination.... Walker will face Democrat Tom Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee. Incumbent Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat, is not seeking re-election."

AP: "Add Russ Feingold to the list of Senate Democrats who find themselves in unexpectedly tough races.... The Wisconsin Democrat faces a wealthy political newcomer [Ron Johnson] with early backing from tea party activists in a state that has many independent voters and is known for doing its own thing."


Wyoming

NBC News projects that Wyoming Republican Matt Mead will win the governorship.


General

If you vote in November, you'll be voting for somebody a lot like Clint Webb:

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