The Ledes

Friday, October 31, 2014.

Reuters: "The ringleader of a beating ritual that led to the death of a Florida college marching band member was convicted on Friday of manslaughter and felony hazing, the first case to go to trial in an incident that drew national attention to hazing abuses. A jury convicted percussionist Dante Martin, 27, for his role in a November 2011 ritual involving the Florida A&M University's celebrated 'Marching 100' band that led to the death of Robert Champion, a 26-year-old drum major." ...

... CW: Why are these college students so old?

Los Angeles Times: "Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, part of a commercial space venture founded by British billionaire Richard Branson, crashed during testing Friday, according to a Mojave Air and Space Port spokesperson and the FAA. At least one person was killed." MSNBC is saying two were injured as well.

New York Times: "Less than a day after restricting the movements of a nurse who treated Ebola victims in West Africa, a judge in Maine has lifted the measures, rejecting arguments by the State of Maine that a quarantine was necessary to protect the public. Within an hour of the decision, state troopers who had been parked outside the nurse’s house for days had left. The order, signed on Friday by Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere, the chief judge for the Maine District Courts who serves in Kennebec and Somerset counties, said the nurse, Kaci Hickox, 'currently does not show symptoms of Ebola and is therefore not infectious.' The order requires Ms. Hickox to submit to daily monitoring for symptoms, to coordinate her travel with state health officials, and to notify them immediately if symptoms appear. Ms. Hickox has agreed to follow the requirements.” Thanks to James S. for the link.

AP: "Eric Frein, 31, appeared gaunt and battered as he answered yes or no questions and listened as a judge read the criminal complaint detailing the Sept. 12 attack that killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson and critically wounded Trooper Alex Douglass."

Washington Post: "Russia agreed Thursday to resume selling natural gas to Ukraine, ending a cutoff.... The stopgap deal will secure critical energy supplies for Ukraine through March and will also help assure European countries that their own natural gas supply will not be disrupted during chilly winter months."

The Wires

The Ledes

Thursday, October 30, 2014.

Philadelphia Inquirer: "Eric Frein, the suspected cop-killer who for six weeks has been the target of a Poconos manhunt involving more than 1,000 law-enforcement officers, surrendered Thursday without incident, officials said.Frein, accused of killing one trooper and wounding a second, was captured in an unused airplane hangar at the Pocono Mountains municipal airport just outside of Tannersville, two sources confirmed. He was unarmed and surrendered when confronted by a search team led by U.S. Marshals, the sources said."

Washington Post: "The U.S. economy grew at a 3.5 percent annualized rate between July and September, the government said Thursday morning, providing fresh hope that a wobbly recovery could be gaining some stability. The latest gross domestic product figure, released by the Commerce Department, slightly exceeded analyst predictions and caps America’s strongest six-month period of expansion since 2003."

Boston Globe: "Thomas Michael Menino, who insisted a mayor doesn’t need a grand vision to lead, then went on to shepherd Boston’s economy and shape the skyline and the very identity of the city he loved through an unprecedented five consecutive terms in City Hall, died Thursday. He was 71 and was diagnosed with advanced cancer not long after leaving office at the beginning of this year."

New York Times: "The Israeli authorities closed off all access to a contested holy site in the Old City here on Thursday for the first time in years, a step that a Palestinian spokesman denounced as amounting to 'a declaration of war.' The action came after Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man who was suspected of involvement in an attempt on Wednesday to assassinate a leading agitator for more Jewish access to the site, which Jews call the Temple Mount and Muslims call the Noble Sanctuary. The closure prevented Muslims from worshiping at Al Aksa mosque, one of the three holiest sites in Islam." ...

     ... UPDATE. New Lede: "Under heavy pressure and the threat of new Israeli-Palestinian strife, Israel announced on Thursday that it would reopen a contested holy site in the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday morning, a day after closing it for the first time in years."

Guardian: "Nato aircraft have been scrambled to shadow Russian strategic bombers over the Atlantic and Black Sea and fighter planes over the Baltic in what the western alliance called an unusual burst of activity as tensions remain elevated because of the situation in Ukraine. In all, Nato said, its jets intercepted four groups of Russian aircraft in about 24 hours since Tuesday and some were still on manoeuvres late on Wednesday afternoon. 'These sizeable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European air space,' the alliance said."

Sports Illustrated: The San Francisco Giants are once again the champions of baseball. On Wednesday night, the Giants downed the Royals, 3-2, in Game 7 of the World Series in Kansas City to capture the team's third title since 2010."

Public Service Announcement

Washington Post, September 17: "Artificial sweeteners might be triggering higher blood-sugar levels in some people and contributing to the problems they were designed to combat, such as diabetes and obesity, according to new findings published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

New York Times, September 1: "People who avoid carbohydrates and eat more fat, even saturated fat, lose more body fat and have fewer cardiovascular risks than people who follow the low-fat diet that health authorities have favored for decades, a major new study [financed by the N.I.H.] shows."

White House Live Video
October 31

9:15 am ET: President Obama & Michelle Obama greet the kids for trick or treat (CW: looks like the time is wrong on this; the video has a countdown which shows the event won't occur for about 8 hours)

11:10 am ET: President Obama speaks about the economy

If you don't see the livefeed here, go to WhiteHouse.gov/live.

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Rolling Stone: Jon Stewart that NBC News approached him about hosting "Meet the Press.": "My guess is they were casting as wide and as weird a net as they could. I'm sure part of them was thinking, 'Why don't we just make it a variety show?'"

We're Fairly Wonderful, and the Boss Sucks. Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Jeremy Scahill & John Cook: "Matt Taibbi, who joined First Look Media just seven months ago, left the company on Tuesday. His departure ... was the culmination of months of contentious disputes with First Look founder Pierre Omidyar, chief operating officer Randy Ching, and president John Temple over the structure and management of Racket, the digital magazine Taibbi was hired to create. Those disputes were exacerbated by a recent complaint from a Racket employee about Taibbi’s behavior as a manager." ...

... CW: This article is an extraordinary exercise in using a publication's content to bitch about the publication's financial backer. Let's see if Omidyar just takes his own money & runs.

He Took the Money & Ran. New York Times: When Credit Suisse erroneously dropped $1.5MM in the business account of hedge-fund manager Joseph Galbraith, Galbraith kept the money & has moved to parts unknown. He has not completely disappeared as he's had contact with the New York Times (directly or indirectly): in an e-mail he called Credit Suisse's suit against him “ridiculous, bordering on laughable.”

Andrew Rice of New York: "Matt Taibbi, the star magazine writer hired earlier this year to start a satirical website for billionaire Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media, is on a leave of absence from the company after disagreements with higher-ups inside Omidyar's organization, a source close to First Look confirmed today. Taibbi's abrupt disappearance from the company's Fifth Avenue headquarters has cast doubt on the fate of his highly anticipated digital publication, reportedly to be called Racket, which First Look executives had previously said would launch sometime this autumn." CW: Ah, "creative differences." ...

     ... "UPDATE: Taibbi has left the company."

Ancient Grains! Jeez, people will buy anything. CW PS: Unless you're a scientist with specific knowledge about the benefits of ancient grains as opposed to say, oats, don't write in & bitch about my ignorance. We all have our pet peeves, rational & irrational. Fad foods -- in fact, fads in general -- are one of mine.

Washington Post: A "virtual autopsy" of King Tut suggests the boy king had "buck teeth, club foot and a pronounced overbite."

Stephen Colbert describes his workday:


No Surprise Here. Valerie Tarico of AlterNet, in Salon: "... online search traffic from behind closed doors in Jesusland suggests that the bad, nasty, sexual impulses righteous believers are trying so hard to shut down may be their own. And if Google search patterns mean anything, they’re not succeeding too well: studies consistently demonstrate that people in conservative religious states search for adult materials online far more often than people in blue states."

Jeffrey Frank reviews, for the New Yorker, a new biography of Nelson Rockefeller by Richard Norton Smith. The review is fairly entertaining & informative.

Michael Cieply of the New York Times: "... several of the companies behind 'Citizenfour' — which takes issue with Mr. Obama’s expansion of Bush-era surveillance, and his administration’s attempt to prosecute [Edward] Snowden for espionage — are led by some of the president’s close political allies. They include Harvey Weinstein, the Weinstein Company’s co-chairman, as well as Jeff Skoll, the founder of Participant Media, and Richard Plepler, the chief executive of HBO, who all have been major contributors to Mr. Obama’s political campaigns."

Washington Post: "President Obama's credit card was rejected last month at a restaurant in New York. 'I went to a restaurant up in New York when I was -- during the U.N. General Assembly, and my credit card was rejected,' Obama said Friday while signing an executive order to protect consumers from identity theft. 'It turned out I guess I don’t use it enough. They were -- they thought there was some fraud going on. Fortunately, Michelle had hers.'"

"Who's Gonna Stand Up & Save the Earth?" Not Stephen Colbert:

Novelist John Grisham recants his apologia for child porn. Good to know.

New York Times: "CBS announced a new subscription Internet streaming service on Thursday that allows people to watch its live television programming and thousands of its current and past shows on demand without paying for a traditional TV subscription. The new 'CBS All Access' service, costing $5.99 a month, is the first time that a traditional broadcaster will make a near-continuous live feed of its local stations available over the web to non-pay-TV subscribers. At its start, the live stream will be available in 14 markets in the United States." ...

... New York Times: "HBO announced Wednesday that it would start a stand-alone Internet streaming service in the United States in 2015 that would not require a subscription to a traditional television service, a move that intensifies the premium cable network’s growing rivalry with Netflix. Just hours after HBO unveiled plans for its new service, Netflix announced that its subscriber growth was slower than expected...."

Joe Coscarelli of New York: "Following its initial mercy killing at the hands of Jon Stewart, Crossfire was rebooted last year with Newt Gingrich and Van Jones to dismal returns..., CNN ... scrapped it for good today [October 15] so that Newt can spend more time with his animals — and hopefully run for president again."

Joe Concha of Mediaite: "A well-placed source tells me MSNBC will be announcing major programming changes sometime in the next month, including the cancellation of Ronan Farrow‘s afternoon program, Ronan Farrow Daily." CW: I've caught a few minutes of Farrow's show a couple of times, & it was clear the guy was in way over his head. His performance was as embarrassing as the Russert kid's, though he isn't an obnoxious bro in the Russert-kid mold. I'm not sure if the suits will ever figure out that legacies & children-of-famous-people are usually not the best & brightest, perhaps because a lot of the suits themselves are legacies.

Philip Shenon in Politico Magazine: "If even Robert Kennedy was a conspiracy theorist, it is hard to see how millions of other Americans will ever be convinced to accept that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone."

Bill Carter of the New York Times: "MSNBC has seen its ratings hit one of the deepest skids in its history, with the recently completed third quarter of 2014 generating some record lows."

Snowden, The Movie:

... AND, Snowden's girlfriend is living with him in a Moscow apartment. David Harding of the New York Daily News: "His girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, moved into his apartment in the Russian capital in July, a detail that was revealed in the new documentary, 'Citizenfour.'” ...

... George Packer of the New Yorker on Laura Poitras & making the film "Citizenfour." ...

... Steven Zeitchik of the Los Angeles Times discusses the film. He attended the premiere at the New York Film Festival, where the documentary got a rare standing O. CW: I'm kinda sensing that "Citizenfour" can best be described as "documentary as hagiography." And, yes, I'm definitely seeing an Oscar here. Call me an oracle.

 

 

A video for Marco I'm-Not-a-Scientist-Man Rubio & Bobby I'm-Not-an-Evolutionary-Biologist Jindal, & all their non-scientist Republican friends:

"An FBI wanted poster shows William Bradford Bishop Jr. The image on the left shows how Bishop would look now. (Getty)"Dan Morse of the Washington Post: "For nearly 40 years, the legend of Bethesda fugitive William Bradford Bishop Jr. carried an air of not just evil brutality but refined sophistication. This was a man suspected of killing his family with a small sledgehammer in 1976 and setting their corpses on fire. Then he vanished, taking with him fluency in five languages, the experience of a world traveler for the State Department, and a fondness for playing tennis, flying airplanes and drinking Scotch. There were alleged sightings: a public park in Stockholm, a restroom in Sorrento, Italy, a train station in Basel, Switzerland. Now, in a potentiality stunning development in the case — centered in a municipally owned cemetery in the northeastern corner of Alabama — remains that were exhumed Thursday may tell a different story. Bishop could be the heretofore unidentified man called John Doe, who was struck by a car while walking down a highway in 1981, a person who appeared to be homeless, who’d worn several layers of heavy, dirty clothes and weighed just 155 pounds." ...

... CW: If you like mysteries & enjoy reading about how they're unravelled, you should find this a compelling story. ...

... UPDATE. Unsolved Mystery. Washington Post: "Human remains recently exhumed from an Alabama grave are not those of the notorious fugitive William Bradford Bishop, who is accused of killing five family members with a small sledgehammer in Montgomery County in 1976 and setting their bodies on fire, law enforcement officials said Wednesday. The FBI said that DNA taken from the unidentified body in Scottsboro, Ala., on Oct. 9 did not match Bishop, who is a member of the Ten Most Wanted list." Original story further down this column. Thanks to Haley S. for the lead.

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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

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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

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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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