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May 3, 2011

TUESDAY'S CAMPAIGN ROUND-UP.... Today's installment of campaign-related news items that won't necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:

* Nevada election officials announced yesterday the special election in the 2nd congressional district will be "open to all candidates and not just nominees selected by the state's political party." In other words, it's going to be a free for all, and Republican officials won't be able to keep Sharron Angle off the ballot.

* The first debate of the cycle for Republican presidential candidates is just two days away, and it appears the stage won't have many credible contenders. Yesterday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney announced he isn't attending.

* In Wisconsin, Democrats and their allies hoped to force recall elections for eight state Senate Republicans, but it appears they'll fall short of the goal. With the deadline having come and gone, petition signatures weren't enough to force recalls of two GOP senators, leaving the total of vulnerable Republicans at six.

* Despite a recent poll showing Kathy Hochul (D) within striking distance in the upcoming New York special election in Buffalo, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee "has shown no signs of aiding Hochul, even though she has been an effective fundraiser who is running competitively in polling."

* In Ohio, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D) is likely to find that state policymakers have eliminated his district through the redistricting process. As hard as it seems to believe, the liberal Democrats is now reportedly running again anyway, only this time, he'd run in the state of Washington.

* Has reality-television show host Donald Trump already peaked? A new Fox News poll shows his support dropping in the field of GOP presidential hopefuls, slipping from 11% to 8%.

* It probably won't matter, but former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer (R) has officially moved beyond the exploratory committee and is now a full-fledged Republican presidential candidate.

* And it was a big day for politics in Canada yesterday, with the Conservative Party winning a long-sought majority. It was also an election that "decimated the Bloc Quebecois and humbled the Liberals," and made the New Democratic Party the Official Opposition for the first time ever.

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Kucinich has proven to be a less than stellar legislator. Perhaps it's time for another part of the country to learn this.

Posted by: Rich on May 3, 2011 at 12:10 PM | PERMALINK

Yes, it appears that Canadians have looked at what's been happening south of their border for the last 30 years and said, "Give us some O' DAT!!!"

What are they thinking?

Seriously, can a Canadian tell me WTF the people up there are thinking?

Posted by: c u n d gulag on May 3, 2011 at 12:11 PM | PERMALINK

...state policymakers have eliminated his district through the redistricting process...

I don't understand how this works. As long as he resides in Ohio, Kucinich resides in an Ohio congressional district.

I mean, I understand how it works: legislators claim certain districts for their own, and when the boundaries change, they lose their re-election advantage. But all that means is that legislators in new districts are on a par with other non-incumbents. Boo-frickin'-hoo.

Posted by: Grumpy on May 3, 2011 at 12:24 PM | PERMALINK

Seriously, can a Canadian tell me WTF the people up there are thinking?
Posted by: c u n d gulag on May 3, 2011 at 12:11 PM

I'll try but can't until this evening.

Posted by: Johnny Canuck on May 3, 2011 at 12:43 PM | PERMALINK

Why is it that only Republicans seem to have the right to re-district whenever they want to? And how can this crap be countered?

Posted by: June on May 3, 2011 at 12:45 PM | PERMALINK

c u n d gulag,

to understand last night's election, you need to understand the Canadian parliamentary system. The country is split up in to 308 ridings. Parties run candidates in each riding, the candidate that gets the most votes in a riding wins and the party that won the most ridings gets first crack and forming a government.

Thing is, Canada has one major right-wing party (Conservatives) and a number of big centre-left to left-wing parties (NDP, Liberals, Greens and the regional Bloc.) So, the vote splits. The Conservatives won 40% of the popular vote, but because the left votes were split, they took a lot of the ridings.

You saw the rise of the NDP, which has traditionally been a third place national party. That meant a lot more vote splitting as than we traditionally see, as in the past a lot of people have seen Dippers as a wasted vote.

On top of that, keep in mind that Canada has weathered the recession storm better than most other countries, so Conservatives were able to point to economic leadership. As well, they are a very good political organization, with massive GOTV structure. The NDP doesn't have that kind of experience yet.

Of course, a lot more went in to this election, but that's a brief oversimplification of what happened.

Posted by: Resident Canadian on May 3, 2011 at 1:13 PM | PERMALINK

Despite a recent poll showing Kathy Hochul (D) within striking distance in the upcoming New York special election in Buffalo, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee "has shown no signs of aiding Hochul, even though she has been an effective fundraiser who is running competitively in polling."

It is understandable that the DCCC will not support her. If you look closely at her web site, she appears to be some kind of a progressive and we know that the establishment dems never support progressives!

Posted by: SadOldVet on May 3, 2011 at 1:42 PM | PERMALINK

In Wisconsin, Democrats and their allies hoped to force recall elections for eight state Senate Republicans, but it appears they'll fall short of the goal. With the deadline having come and gone, petition signatures weren't enough to force recalls of two GOP senators, leaving the total of vulnerable Republicans at six.

Bear in mind that they only need to displace three Republican Senators to win a majority, so they are in pretty good shape at this point.

Posted by: tam1MI on May 3, 2011 at 9:08 PM | PERMALINK

"Has reality-television show host Donald Trump already peaked? A new Fox News poll shows his support dropping in the field of GOP presidential hopefuls, slipping from 11% to 8%."

Mr. Obama stuck a fork in Trump the other night at the correspondent's dinner.

Treat yourself if you haven't seen it. It's had over 6M views.

http://youtu.be/n9mzJhvC-8E

It was a significant smackdown of Trump, the buffoon, in a setting where he should have been living large. Obama called him out and put him in his place as a prevaricating circus act and basically dissed the hell out of him. It was excellent, made all the more so when the President wrapped up the weekend with the much bigger smackdown of OBL.

Trump is way too sensitive, (bullies always are), to set himself up for more of that. He'll stick with his teevee crap where he get's to play the badass with no backtalk permitted. Though he is incredibly well suited to being a republikan.

Posted by: burro on May 3, 2011 at 10:11 PM | PERMALINK
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