Weekly Address

The President's Weekly Address

White House: "In this week’s address, the President continued his call for our nation to rally around an economic patriotism that says rather than protecting wasteful tax loopholes for a few at the top, we should be investing in things like education and job training that grow the economy for everybody":

The Ledes

Saturday, July 26, 2014.

AP: "The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said."

Washington Post: "Large Palestinian protests against Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip spread across the West Bank on Friday, as U.S.-led talks to secure a lasting truce sputtered. But a brief 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire did begin as promised Saturday and ambulances rushed into no-go zones to look for dead and wounded." ...

... AP: "Israeli aircraft struck 30 houses in the Gaza Strip early Friday, killing a leader of the militant Islamic Jihad group and two of his sons, as Israel's Security Cabinet was to decide whether to expand its operation or consider ideas for a cease-fire."

AP: "The European Union on Friday extended its Ukraine-related sanctions to target top Russian intelligence officials and leaders of the pro-Russia revolt in eastern Ukraine, official documents showed."

The Wires

The Ledes

Friday, July 25, 2014.

** New York Times: "Russia has increased its direct involvement in fighting between the Ukrainian military and separatist insurgents, moving more of its own troops to the border and preparing to arm the rebels with ever more potent weapons, including high-powered Tornado rocket launchers, American and Ukrainian officials said on Friday."

New York Times: "Secretary of State John Kerry has proposed a two-stage plan to halt the fighting in the Gaza Strip that would first impose a weeklong truce starting Sunday, an official involved in the negotiations said on Friday. As soon as the truce took effect, Palestinian and Israeli officials would begin negotiations on the principal economic, political and security concerns about Gaza, with other nations attending." ...

     ... Update: "Israel agreed to halt its military offensive in Gaza for 12 hours starting Saturday morning amid intense international efforts to seal a broader cease-fire deal and a new explosion of violence in the West Bank.... The announcement by the military came early Saturday, hours after Israel’s security cabinet rejected Secretary of State John Kerry’s proposal for a seven-day cease-fire in Gaza and further talks...."

... AFP: "Israeli fire Friday pushed the Palestinian death toll in Gaza to above 800, as Washington pressed Israel and Hamas to agree a week-long humanitarian ceasefire and thrash out a durable truce."

AFP: "The United States on Thursday said it had evidence Russian forces were firing artillery from inside Russia on Ukrainian troops, in what officials called a 'clear escalation' of the conflict. Moscow is also planning to 'deliver heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers' to the pro-Russian separatist forces in Ukraine, US deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said." ...

... AFP: "Ukraine's prime minister resigned after his governing coalition collapsed, plunging the former Soviet state into political limbo as it struggles to quell a deadly rebellion in the east.... Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said he was stepping down over the "dissolution of the parliamentary coalition and the blocking of government initiatives" after several parties walked out on the ruling group. The collapse of the ruling coalition paves the way for early elections to be called by President Petro Poroshenko within 30 days."

New York Times: "As a detachment of French soldiers reached the crash site in Mali of an Air Algérie jetliner, officials in Paris said Friday that the accident was most likely weather-related and that the distribution of the wreckage over a limited area suggested that the plane probably hit the ground intact."

 

Guardian: "The Washington Post's correspondent in Tehran has been arrested along with his Iranian wife and two American photojournalists. Iranian judicial offficials confirmed on Friday that Jason Rezaian, who holds dual American and Iranian citizenship, had been detained and is under investigation."

Public Service Announcement

Washington Post, May 29:"The ongoing measles outbreak in the United States has reached a record for any year since the disease was  eliminated in this country 14 years ago, with 288 cases of the potentially deadly infection reported in 18 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday."

White House Live Video
July 25

1:00 pm ET: Josh Earnest's press briefing

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

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Washington Post: "On July 23, 2012, the sun unleashed two massive clouds of plasma that barely missed a catastrophic encounter with the Earth’s atmosphere.  These plasma clouds, known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), comprised a solar storm thought to be the most powerful in at least 150 years. 'If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces,' physicist Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado tells NASA."

New York: "Governor Cuomo and CBS announced Wednesday that The Late Show will continue to be shot at New York's Ed Sullivan Theater, its home of 21 years, when David Letterman retires and Stephen Colbert takes over in 2015. While it had been assumed that the show would be staying put, CBS only made it official today, announcing that it had received $11-million in state tax credits and $5-million in renovation money for the theater in exchange for staying in NYC and guaranteeing the continuation of 200 jobs surrounding the show's production." ...

... Nice announcement, but not as long as Cuomo's 13-page response to a New York Times article that showed Cuomo is a pompous, corrupt, two-faced hypocrite.

Lunar Landing, Cable News Version. Slate: "In 2009, Andrew Bouvé imagined what it would be like if the moon landing happened today, unleashing cable news on the event.... This Sunday marks the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing."

 

New Yorker illustration.

The New Yorker has opened up its archives for the summer. An excellent opportunity to get in on some fabulous reading.

 

CW: Jordan Weismann of Slate presents this audio as an unusual customer service horror story. It is a nightmare, to be sure. But as someone who has had to deal with stopping & starting various utility & communications services recently, I can attest that it is par for the course for an American U.S. customer service rep. Dealing with non-Americans, who increasing represent U.S. companies, is worse. These reps all work from scripts, but the non-Americans don't understand my English, so their "responses" are even more non-responsive than are those of the Comcast guy there:

 

Airborne Dinosaur. USA Today: Paleontologists have discovered in China a new species of dinosaur that "had long feathers not just on its wings but also on its hind legs, making it one of only a handful of 'four-winged' dinosaurs. It also had big, sharp teeth and sharp claws, indicating it was carnivorous.... Scientists were surprised to find something so large that could take to the skies so early in the history of flying creatures." ...

     ... CW: Charles Pierce's take: "The Christianists have been wrong all these years. It's not Intelligent Design. It's Abstract Design. God The Dada."

Houston Chronicle: "The Palm Beach mansion known as President JFK's Winter White House has hit the market for a staggering $38.5 million. That price is even more gasp-worthy considering the same property sold for $4.9 million in 1995 and a mere $120,000 in 1933." More photos, including interior shots, at the linked page.

Heller McAlpin reviews Marja Mills' book The Mockingbird Next Door, a memoir of the writer's friendship with Harper Lee & her sister Alice Finch Lee, for the Washington Post.

According to this Daily Beast headline, the "World Awaits LeBron James' Decision." CW: Even though I so often do the sports report, it turns out I am not of this world.

Smart Girls Don't Swear. Vanity Fair "cleaned up, pored over, and painstakingly transcribed" some of the Nixon tapes, "many of which were muffled and, at times, indecipherable." The post excerpts a few: Nixon on gays, Jews, swearing.

New York Times: Hillary Clinton's "memoir, 'Hard Choices,' has just been toppled from its spot on the best-seller list by a sensational Clinton account by her longtime antagonist Edward Klein. It is a powerful statement about today’s publishing realities that Mr. Klein’s book, a 320-page unauthorized and barely sourced account full of implausible passages, including one about a physical altercation between Mrs. Clinton and President Obama, has landed atop the New York Times best-seller list, knocking 'Hard Choices' to No. 2." ...

... If by chance you believe the major media are the exclusive haunts of "elite leftists," here's evidence it ain't so. Klein, the Times story notes, is "a former editor at Newsweek  and The New York Times Magazine."

Eleanor Clift of the Daily Beast interviews Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of the New York Times. Abramson still doesn't know what "management skills" means. Kinda makes you think maybe she doesn't have any.

Tim Egan: American children are too sheltered. The world isn't as scary as we think it is.

... Thanks to Bonita for the link. CW: I except you actually could purchase the materials at Hobby Lobby you'd need to make an IUD. However, Dr. Weader strongly advises against this do-it-yourself project.

New York Times: "The New Yorker is overhauling its website, making all articles it has published since 2007 available free for three months before introducing a paywall for online subscribers."

The New York Times Magazine publishes excerpts from a few of Warren Harding's love letters to Carrie Phillips. Also, he was a worse poet than he was a president. And Phillips was unfaithful to Harding; then she blackmailed him. Maybe it was because she was so turned off by all those letters where he personified his penis as "Jerry."

Guardian: A Princeton archaeologist has found what may be the world's oldest extant erotic graffiti on the Greek island of Astypalaia in the Aegean sea. Also, it is so gay.

Wherever in the U.S. you may live, if you missed your local news last night, we have it here. In fact, if you want to stay ahead of the curve, here's what will be on your local news tonight. Thanks to Bonita for the link:

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Newest Stuff:

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

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


Arizona, Governor, U.S. Senate, House

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


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

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


Colorado, U.S. Senate, Governor

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


Connecticut, U.S. Senate, Governor

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


Delaware, U.S. Senate

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


Florida, U.S. Senate, Governor, House

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


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

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


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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