Archive for the 'Competitive Races' Category

Kennedy Sees the Light

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Not that Kennedy.  This Kennedy!  That’s right.  Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy has fulfilled the first part of the Vitter prophecy by switching to the GOP.  Kennedy announced the switch on the website of his reelection campaign.  Kennedy has been heavily recruited by Karl Rove to challenge Sen. Mary Landrieu, possibly the Senate’s only vulnerable Democrat, next […]

“Senator Larry Craig Caught With His Pants Down”

Monday, August 27th, 2007

No, that’s not my headline.  It’s the Nation’s.  Yes, we have yet another Republican sex scandal.  As if Senator Vitter’s six year old excapades weren’t bad enough, Sen. Larry Craig has piled on.  While Craig’s activities on their own fall into the same category as Vitter’s, they are politically much more damaging for a number […]

Kerrey Looks Likely to Run

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Former Sen. Bob Kerrey now appears likely to launch a bid for the seat expected to be vacated by Sen. Chuck Hagel.  Kerrey has said that he will not run against Hagel, but that he also expects that Hagel will call it quits.  A Kerrey candidacy would put the seat in play while maintaining a […]

Where Principle and Pragmatism Converge

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Alaska state Rep. Mike Kelly has written a letter to the editor calling on Senator Ted Stevens, among others, to announce their retirements in light of recent scandals.  He does not delve into the details of the scandals surrounding those toward whom the letter is directed, but he does make it clear that they no […] Kickoff

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

The first of a few GOP responses to, is up and running.  Unlike ActBlue, will select candidates through a process that begins with a stump speech and comments and ends with an up-or-down vote on the inclusion of those proposed.  Members of the site are currently voting on the inclusion of Rep. Marilyn […]

Rumors of Kennedy’s Decision Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Monday, August 13th, 2007

As reported here last week, Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy announced that he would seek reelection this November.  Some interpreted that as a decision that he would not challenge Sen. Mary Landrieu next year.  After a few days, it has become clear that Kennedy’s decision was not meant as a statement that he would not run […]

Rep. Baker Bows Out

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Rep. Richard Baker announced that he will not challenge Sen. Mary Landrieu.  Baker’s name was one of several that has been bandied about for the seat.  Most consider Democrat State Treasurer John Kennedy the GOP’s best chance, and Sen. David Vitter has already said that Kennedy will change parties to make the bid.  As such, Baker’s […]

LA Secretary of State Expects Full Recovery

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

Louisiana Secretary of State Jay Dardenne expects a full recovery after a serious accident Monday night.  Dardenne was responsible for the accident, but was not intoxicated nor using an electronic device at the time.  He will not be ticketed.
Dardenne’s name has come up in some discussions about a Republican challenger to Sen. Mary Landrieu next […]

OR Dems Finally Find Challenger

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

After several swings and misses, Oregon Democrats have finally found a challenger to Sen. Gordon Smith.  Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives Jeff Merkley declared his candidacy yesterday.  Merkley was well down on the Democrats’ wish list and was only recruited after a former Governor and the every Democrat Congressman passed on the race.
Although Merkley […]

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

A day after his home was raided by the FBI and the IRS, Sen. Ted Stevens threatened to place a hold on Senate ethics legislation.  While the legislation is seriously flawed in that it does not include true earmark reform, Sen. Stevens should have absolutely nothing to say about ethics.  If he had any integrity […]