Archive for December, 2006

Bond and Hagel to Retire?

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

Rumor has it that Sen. Kit Bond will retire from the Senate to take a position at the University of Missouri.  According to the rumor, Gov. Blunt would then make a similar mistake to former Sen. Frank Murkowski, who appointed his daughter to fill his seat.  Blunt, however, would go one step further and appoint […]

Merry Christmas

Monday, December 25th, 2006

Sen. Johnson Suffers Possible Stroke

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) has suffered what at first appearance seems to have been a stroke.  His prognosis could determine control of the Senate for the next two years, and possibly more.  Should he die or be unable to continue his service, Gov. Mike Rounds would appoint his replacement.  Hopefully he would not follow Alaska Governor […]

Owens, er, Drops Out?

Monday, December 11th, 2006

Colorado Gov. Bill Owens said Monday that he is not looking at a possible Senate bid should Sen. Wayne Allard decide to retire.  The statement was somewhat odd insofar as those supporting candidates for reelection, as Owens is supporting Allard, generally don`t make hypothetical comments about a possible retirement.  Owens` verbiage did leave the door […]

Michigan Slips Away

Monday, December 4th, 2006

Michigan Sen. Carl Levin has decided to seek another term.  Some Republicans may kid themselves that we have a shot at taking this seat, but Levin is safe.  All those who passed up the chance to take on Sen. Stabenow in hopes of Levin retiring may be kicking themselves now, as they will not defeat […]

Brownback Takes the Plunge

Monday, December 4th, 2006

Sen. Sam Brownback today announced that he is forming an exploritory committee for a 2008 Presidential bid.  Unlike the other candidates, Sen. Brownback has consistently stood at the forefront of the values debate, taking on the gay rights movement and the abortion lobby.  He has supported conservative judicial nominees, as well as opposing those, like […]

Oregon Dems Swing and Miss

Monday, December 4th, 2006

Heavily recruited former Gov. John Kitzhaber has decided not to challenge Sen. Gordon Smith in 2008. Kitzhaber was heavily recruited and was the only top-tier candidate the Democrats had to offer.  His decision leaves the opportunity to several B-listers, including a couple of the state’s members of Congress.  It is somewhat unlikely, though, that any […]

Cleland says No; Chambliss Looks Safe

Friday, December 1st, 2006

Former Sen. Max Cleland has decided not to seek a rematch against freshman Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who took the seat from him in 2002.  With Democrats struggling to remain relevant in the state, the decision comes as a severe, probably fatal, blow to their chances of getting back either of the state`s Senate seats.  Count […]