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Friday Governors Line: The Govs Come To D.C.



A number of gubernatorial candidates (or potential candidates) could make a big splash in the 2009-2010 pool, including from left, Gavin Newsom (California), Sam Brownback (Kansas), Mary Fallin (Oklahoma), Andrew Cuomo (New York), and Terry McAuliffe (Virginia).

The nation's governors descend on the nation's capital today for their annual winter meeting, a gathering that will draw considerable attention thanks to the scads of pols contemplating national bids in attendance.

Friday Line

While the likes of Charlie Crist (Fla.), Bobby Jindal (La.), Mark Sanford (S.C.), Tim Pawlenty (Minn.) and Jon Huntsman Jr. (Utah), all potential 2012 candidates on the GOP side, and Kathleen Sebelius -- a strong candidate for the Health and Human Services opening -- are sure to draw most of the ink, there are also any number of governors looking to cement their political legacies in their final two years in office or win contested reelection races.

There are embattled governors like Jim Gibbons (R-Nev.) and David Paterson (D-N.Y.) and a collection of governors term-limited out of office in competitive states -- a list that includes Jennifer Granholm (D- Mich.), Don Carcieri (R-R.I.) and Brad Henry (D-Okla.) to name just three.

In short, the weekend -- and the entire 2009/2010 governors cycle when a total of 38 states will hold elections -- is an embarrassment of riches.

Whether you are planning to attend the festivities or just a pure political junkie, below we offer our take on the ten states most likely to flip partisan control over the next two years. As always the number one ranked race is the most likely to change party control.

Feel free to offer your own thoughts in the comments section below.

Dropping off the Line: Wyoming, Arizona
Coming onto the Line: New York, Tennessee

To the Line!

10. New York (D): Paterson turned the appointment of a Senate replacement for Hillary Clinton into a public relations problem at best and a farce at worst. He looked ineffectual and clueless. And, polling suggests he has incurred significant political damage as a result. A Quinnipiac survey shows Paterson trailed state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo by a whopping 33 points in a hypothetical Democratic primary matchup and tied with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) in a general election trial heat. If Paterson runs for reelection and Cuomo either passes on the race or loses the primary, this seat could be a major problem for Democrats in 2010. (Previous ranking: N/A)

9. Virginia (D): Republicans have to be feeling good about their chances of breaking an eight-year drought in the Commonwealth. State Attorney General Bob McDonnell (R) has no primary opposition and, as a result, has seen a cavalcade of national Republican stars in the state to help him raise campaign cash. Democrats, meanwhile, are already on course for a knock-down, drag out battle in advance of their June primary. So far former state Del. Brian Moran has been the most aggressive of the trio -- hammering former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe as a political opportunist of the first sort. State Sen. Creigh Deeds, the only one of the Democratic candidates not from northern Virginia, has largely avoided the mud-slinging. (Previous ranking: 8)

8. Michigan (D): Combine eight years of Democratic control of the governor's mansion with the dismal state of Michigan's economy and you have a recipe for a GOP pickup. Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land announced the formation of an exploratory committee for the race on Thursday, joining state Attorney General Mike Cox, Rep. Pete Hoesktra and former state Sen. Tom George in the GOP field. Lt. Gov. John Cherry appears to be the default Democratic nominee but he has drawn middling reviews as a candidate and may struggle to portray his election as a break from the tenure of Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) who is term limited. This race is a major trouble spot for Democrats. (Previous ranking: 9)

7. California (R): Former eBay president Meg Whitman's formal announcement that she will run for governor in 2010 sets up a terrific (and expensive) Republican primary battle between her and state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner. A majority of California's sharpest operatives seem to think Whitman is the favorite but we'll reserve judgment until we see what kind of candidate she becomes. On the Democratic side, everything remains static and will continue to be so until Sen. Dianne Feinstein makes a decision on whether or not she will run. Our guess is that she takes a pass -- a move that would set up a big primary fight between Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and state Attorney General Jerry Brown among others. (Previous ranking: 6)

6. Hawaii (R): Republican strategists insist we aren't giving Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona (R) his due as a candidate. We're willing to be convinced on that front but the fact remains that a GOP-held open seat in a state President Obama won with 72 percent of the vote is a major Democratic pickup opportunity. Rep. Neil Abercrombie, state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, state Sen. Malama Soloman and Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann are also weighing the contest. Any one of them would likely start the general election as the favorite over Aiona. (Previous ranking: 4)

5. Tennessee (D): Democrats saw their chances of holding the Volunteer State governorship weakened considerably when Rep. Lincoln Davis (D) took a pass on the race. Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D) isn't running either -- although he has yet to say so publicly -- and there isn't a terribly deep bench for Democrats. Former Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell, who is currently the director of Harvard's Institute of Politics is an intriguing potential candidate but he currently lives in Massachusetts. Any Democratic candidate will start behind either Rep. Zach Wamp or Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslem -- the two leading Republican candidates. (Previous ranking: N/A)

4. Oklahoma (D): Candidates continue to circle this race. The latest is state Sen. Randy Brodgon (R) who joins Reps. Mary Fallin and Tom Cole as potential candidates on the Republican side. The Democratic field is slightly more settled with Lt. Gov. Jari Askins in the race and state Attorney General Drew Edmondson weighing the contest but not expected to make a decision until the fall. The strong Republican nature of Oklahoma means that the GOP nominee starts the general election as a favorite. But, term-limited Gov. Brad Henry's (D) electoral success in 2002 and 2006 suggest that this seat isn't entirely out of reach for Democrats. (Previous ranking: 5)

3. Kansas (D): Two things make this race a very likely pickup for Republicans. First, popular Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D) is term limited out of office after eight years. Second, Sen. Sam Brownback (R) is coming back to the state to run for governor. Even if Sebelius winds up leaving office early to take a post in the Obama administration, her lieutenant governor -- Mark Parkinson -- has said he will not run for governor in 2010. The Democratic base in the state is thin and no top tier candidates have come forward. (Previous ranking: 3)

2. Rhode Island (R): Candidate recruitment is still ongoing but there doesn't appear to be another Don Carcieri coming down the pipe for Republicans. Carcieri, the Republican governor who is term limited out of office in 2010, campaigned as an outsider with a pragmatic perspective on government and managed to win two terms in this decidedly Democrat state. In 2010, all of the energy appears to be on the Democratic side. State Treasurer Frank Caprio is setting the early pace with more than $1 million in his campaign warchest but Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts, state Attorney General Patrick Lynch and Providence Mayor David Cicilline are also considering the contest. (Previous ranking: 2)

1. Nevada (R): Republicans and Democrats agree on a simple fact: If Gov. Jim Gibbons (R) runs for a second term in 2010, it's a near-certainty he will lose. Gibbons' travails over his first three years in office are too numerous to document here (if you want a full accounting, make sure to read Fix friend Jon Ralston) but the following headline says it all: "Governor Gibbons hopes to delay proceedings in civil trial." Not good. Rory Reid, the chairman of the Clark County Commission and eldest son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), is raising money for the race and state Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley is also interested. Gibbons has given no indication he is thinking about retiring. If he doesn't, this seat is a party switch. (Previous ranking: 7)

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 20, 2009; 2:30 PM ET
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Comments

What about John Corzine in NJ? From everything this Democrat can see, he's in for a very tough race against Chris Christie.

Posted by: TheRoss-Man | February 24, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

President Barack Obama, to Mr. McCain quote...
"You know, he and I had very good debates about these issue's,"Obama said- an understatement to be sure and one that drew laughter. He also praised the Arizona senator as "extraordinary consistant and sincere about these issue's.

McCain, quote....
"Well, thank you, Mr. President," McCain said and quickly delved into the issue of cost overuns on large government buys. "Your helicopter is now going to cost as much as Air Force One."

President Barack Obama, reminded Mr. McCain, quote...
"The helicopter I have now seems perfectly adequate to me," Obama said wryly, inciting more laughter. "Of course, I've never had a helicopter before. So, you know, maybe I've been deprived and didn't know it."
______________________________________
RICHARD PRYOR....EAT YOUR HEART OUT!

NO...RICHARD PRYOR LAUGHING HIS BUTTE OFF!
_______________________________________

Eric Cantor's wife's Job/Bank a "Manager of Bank"...her banking firm applied and accepted over $256 million dollars of Stimulus money.

SHAME ON YOU ERIC CANTOR....THOSE DARN REPUBLICANS!
______________________________________

I'm still selling tickets to that meeting that president Barack Obama had with your (R)Minority Leaders yesterday in the White House.

It was funny see'n President Obama feeding these ladies/gents some GERBER cookies. The funniest was Eric Cantor who didn't know what to do with himself.

Obama knew, that Cantor knew, that Obama knew, that Cantors wife, JOB/Bank "Manager of a Bank" took some Stimulus money.

fuuuuuuuuuunny

Posted by: opp88 | February 24, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Eric Cantor's wife's Job/Bank a "Manager of Bank"...her banking firm applied and accepted over $256 million dollars of Stimulus money.

SHAME ON YOU ERIC CANTOR....THOSE DARN REPUBLICANS!
______________________________________

I'm still selling tickets to that meeting that president Barack Obama had with your (R)Minority Leaders yesterday in the White House.

It was funny see'n President Obama feeding these ladies/gents some GERBER cookies. The funniest was Eric Cantor who didn't know what to do with himself.

Obama knew, that Cantor knew, that Obama knew, that Cantors wife, JOB/Bank "Manager of a Bank" took some Stimulus money.

fuuuuuuuuuunny!

Posted by: opp88 | February 24, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse


DrainYou -

You fool - the only one draining anyone is the government.
So you think rich pols like Pelosi are going to redistribute their wealth?
The poor will remain poor. The common working class guy will be forced into poverty with 60-70% of his income taxed and his savings worthless through inflation. That leaves the rich elites and the poor class. The only fun that the elites can have after they shape the classes is the usually re-education,purges, torture and mayhem that happen under totaltarian socialism.

Posted by: leapin | February 23, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

As a Democrat in NY I wouldn't want Cuomo or Paterson to be our candidate. What about Suozi?

Posted by: gjz22 | February 23, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

OPPONENTS OF RADIATION WEAPONRY WORLDWIDE

THANK 'MARK_IN_AUSTIN' FOR ALERTING THEM

TO THURSDAY'S DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS FETE IN LONDON.


http://www.nowpublic.com/world/u-k-e-u-humanists-head-london-protest-radiation-weapons

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are disabled/corrupted):

http://www.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 23, 2009 3:11 AM | Report abuse

H.B.O. SPECIAL, RIGHT AMERICA:FEELING WRONG. McCain/Palin run for the president.

You need to watch this Special on H.B.O. called
"Right America:Feeling Wronged" This is some startling shyd, whats going on here in our own backyard, dude.

John McCain's running mate Sarah "hop scotch mom" Palin played on these poor people's fears and hatred.

What was so shocking was this 13-14 yr. old kid claimed that if Barack Obama wins the Presidency. The kid said he was going to move to Canada. see ya! Lots of radicolous stuff.

If you look at this film, it shows how bad, race feelings, still exist amongst whites, toward blacks here in America.

Other groups of people are mentioned in this film but the fact that Barack Obama, a black man, is on the verge making U.S. history...black and white were the main focus...so...and we know the rest of the story.

All that shyd being said.

Whats up with Sarah Palin, Rush Limpballs and others who claimed to be concerned about this Countries future?

RNC, Michael Steele's "first black guy" and his RNC hip hop platform? Bling Bling?

What will these people have to offer in terms of results?

Address this calamity.

Posted by: opp88 | February 22, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Obama is spending three times what a non lib would spend. Never fear, despite the hype. Next year he will cut the deficit in half- by only spending twice the usual amount. Lib math.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 22, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Conservatives are running around in circles like chickens with their heads cut off.


They don't know what to do. They know that everything they believe in, everything that they stand for, got us into this mess. And they know that pulling out of it is going to require everything that they have always railed against.


The one and only one thing they're right about is that the government simply can't continue to spend absurd amounts of money indefinately. But even then, Republicans realize that the 7 trillion dollars that Iraq is going to wind up costing them in the long term (factoring in treating the veterans and amputees of the war) is something that they cheerleaded for for the last eight years. So they know they're in no position to complain.


So what's a loyal, blood oath Republican to do? They obstruct, anything and everything that the govt. tries to do. They know that the democrats will pass the stimulus anyways. They know that a governor (Piyush Jindal) turning down the funds means nothing, since the state legislature can and will accept them regardless. So the only rational choie they see is to whine and complain as loudly and obnoxiously as they can.

Posted by: DrainYou | February 22, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Some very interesting stuff this morning. See two good videos here:
Arnold on the Stimulus:
http://gotchamedia.blogspot.com/2009/02/arnold-wants-more-stimulus.html
Jindal on 2012:
http://gotchamedia.blogspot.com/2009/02/david-gregory-and-booby-jindal-talk.html

Posted by: mjwilstein | February 22, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Not sure if it's going to flip to R, but New Mexico is shaping up to be an interesting contest, given that Bill Richardson is term limited. It looks like Lt. Gov. Diane Denish may be forced into a primary against Batman/Iceman/Jim Morrison doppleganger Val Kilmer for the Dem line, for the right to face former US Rep. Heather Wilson (or maybe loser-to-Tom-Udall for Senate) Steve Pearce.

No predictions, other than fireworks all around.

Posted by: OliverKlozov | February 22, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Meg Whitman's first questions from the press will ask her answer to the Republican "no tax" dogma. She can't dodge it. The Republicans in the state Senate held the budget hostage for 106 days, costing the state economy billions of dollars in a lower bond rating and lack of confidence.

Whitman will have to choose between a myopic ideology that wins the primary thereby alienating the moderate voters she'll need in the general election, or bringing reality to Republicans and spending $100 million of her own money to win the primary.

Schwarzenegger never could do math. Whitman can't honestly believe she can balance a state budget merely with cuts that is so reliant upon the variable business cycle.

Posted by: boscobobb | February 22, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

nice one broadwayjoy -- don't forget the winner Ahnold gov of Californea, who has scolded the R governmors for their cheap trick of not accepting money for the unemployed in their states -- sayng he'd take it to keep Calfornian families from going under and losing their homes.

But not the R govs -- ideology trumps humanity, common sense and even self=preservationn.

Posted by: drindl | February 22, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

scrivener50, what's it about? Let's start off with a three step program and take it from there...

Signed,

Reality
__________

Winners this past week

Jack Bauer and Chloe from 24

BHO

Kathleen Parker (for great Post column on Air Force One and BHO's family; welcome back to the post-"Gone With the Wind" 21st century, KP; lot's happened since the War between the States)

Eugene Robinson (for the final word on "Burris's Final Act")

Support for the Fairness Doctrine

Michael Steele (for announcing a "Hip Hop" strategy for expanding the GOP base; keepin' it real, word)

William J. Clinton (for his welcome "keep hope alive" encouragement of BHO)

Writer and Army veteran David S. Broder (for a good book review of Gwen Awfu-, er, Ifill's book on BHO in the Post today)

Losers

Alan Keyes (for being the latest winner of the Ward Connerly/Michelle Maglagang "Pride" award for unending idiotic attacks on BHO as a non-citizen)

Gov. Piyush Jindal (for turning down badly needed federal aid from the stimulus package for his economically devastated state to curry favor with Rush-bo extremists; enjoy your last term as gov.)

NY Post (for its non-apology apology for a a cartoon comparing our 44th President to a rabid chimpanzee)

king_of_kook (for his Lifetime Non-achievement Award, shared with 37andO, dianne721, and thecanoli)

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 22, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

URGENT TO: ALL GOVERNORS / STAFF (please forward)

RE: Ongoing BUSH-CHENEY JUSTICE DEPARTMENT APPROVAL OF RADIATION WEAPONRY USE (read: TORTURE)...

...on "TARGETED" U.S. CITIZENS -- including those deemed "UNDESIRABLES" and POLITICAL "DISSIDENTS."


GOVERNORS: Silent, injury- and illness-inducing, potentially lethal "Directed Energy Weapons" are being used by security/intel/law enforcement operatives...

...via their nationwide vigilante "extrajudicial punishment network"...

...to inflict pain upon, and to degrade the health of, YOUR constituents, in YOUR communities.

These covert assaults are facilitated by so-called "organized community gang stalking" units whose citizen vigilantes are recruited from the ranks of federally-funded volunteer organizations; local public safety departments; community policing groups; public safety retirees and government/municipal employees and their families.

It appears this extrajudicial targeting and punishment, justified as "intelligence-based policing," is directed by, and/or tolerated by, federal and local officials representing multiple agencies.

WHEN WILL BARACK OBAMA AND ERIC HOLDER RESTORE THE RULE OF LAW IN BUCKS COUNTY, PA, PHILA., NYC, D.C. AND ALL ACROSS AMERICA?

GOVERNORS: Tell President Obama that he must issue an IMMEDIATE series of executive orders banning the Bush-Cheney "extrajudicial punishment vigilante network"...

...and its array of coordinated government "programs of personal financial destruction."

THESE UNCONSTITUTIONAL HUMAN/CIVIL RIGHTS ABUSES USURP LOCAL AUTHORITY AND VIOLATE STATES' RIGHTS.


GOVERNORS -- this methodical social genocide surely has contributed to the mortgage meltdown that spawned the global financial crisis.

The "Truth Commission" is needed.

But first, President Obama and Atty. Gen. Holder, end the crimes against humanity and the unconstitutional abuses of power.

IT IS DAY 34 OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

DO YOU R*E*A*L*L*Y KNOW WHAT YOUR SECURITY MULTI-AGENCY COORDINATION NETWORK IS UP TO?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-targets-terrorizes-u-s-citizens
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):
http://www.NowPublic.com/scrivener


Posted by: scrivener50 | February 22, 2009 12:05 AM | Report abuse

bsimon1: When Chris Cilizza first wrote the post, California had a (D) next to it. For some reason, Cilizza chose to correct the post without ever noting he had made a mistake, which is a pretty atrocious blogging practice, but whatever. The point is that the post as originally written was wrong and indicated that California was being governed by a Democrat.

Posted by: goaway41 | February 21, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey Chris,

Why haven't you mentioned Alaska? Isn't Sarah up for re-election and what do you think her chances are?

Posted by: Nevadaandy | February 21, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I was born and raised in Hawaii.

William F. Quinn was the first-elected governor of Hawai`i. He was also the last appointed governor. President Dwight Eisenhower appointed Quinn to the position in 1957. Quinn served as governor from 1957 to 1962. During his tenure Hawaii achieved statehood in 1959. Since that time there have been 5 governors - 4 were Democrats and Lingle, a Republican.

Since statehood, Hawaii has always been a Democratic state. Lingle's election came at a time when the term limited Democratic governor - Ben Cayetano, was not very popular. Lingle was a popular Mayor of the Island of Maui and savy politician who capitalized on the moment. Her Lt Governor, hasn't done anything remarkable that enhances his chances to win. The Democrats have a stronger field of candidates, with Abercrombie and Hanneman leading the field. Obama being from Hawaii is a plus, but since it's always been a Democratic state so it won't matter.

I live in Nevada and agree Gibbons is out. He's a clueless moron. I don't want another Reid in higher office. He has some political baggage. People are fed up with his father Harry. A father and son duo in the highest political offices would be disasterous for the state.

I think other than Reid and Buckley there are some other strong Democratic contenders like the Attorney-General- Catherine Cortez-Maestro, and the new leader of the State Senate - Steven Horsford. I think Horsford is an up and coming politician, somewhat like Obama, young African-Amerian. If he were to run, he'd have the Culinary Union backing, always a major plus for any candidate in this state and if he were to rally Obama's troops in Nevada, he could win. He is someone to keep your eye on.

On the Republican side, the Lt Governor like the Governor has unwanted baggage. The Republican candidates would depend upon who doesn't challenge Reid in his re-election bid. So far the former Attorney General - Dean Heller and former U.S. Rep John Porter are interested in going after Reid's Senate seat. If they did former Lt Gov Lorraine Hunt might be the Repubican frontrunner for the Governor's job.

Posted by: Nevadaandy | February 21, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

MARK_IN_AUSTIN'S 'CASABLANCA MOMENT'

(Attention, Governors' Staff: Please Forward to the Boss)


Mark: THANK YOU for providing a link that underscores my point:

The use of silent radiation weaponry poses serious health and ethical hazards to "subjects" and operators alike...

...and has NO PLACE in domestic security/intel/law enforcement applications where the general public and "innocent but targeted" persons may fall into the concentrated "DEW" beam path.

Governors need to know that these silent weapons of covert destruction are being used on THEIR people, with the complicity of THEIR law enforcement officials, officers and civilian volunteer "vigilante" recruits.

***

Mark, I didn't know you had it in you to supply that confirming link below.

Welcome to the world of the unjustly "targeted." Mark, this could be the start of a beautiful friendship.

Don't let them find my website URL on your computer -- or YOU, too, may find your telecommunications (and your life) subject to unconstitutional disruption and harassment.

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-targets-terrorizes-u-s-citizens
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted/disabled):

http://www.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 21, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

yeah, CC, what's with the 'democrat state'? ONLY republicans use that you-- givin yourself away.

I agree with earlier poster -- anti-republican sentiment very high in California -- any DEM is pretty much favored over any R. but I'd say Gavin Newsom is probably hottest right now.

And Patterson and Guilliani are about equal -- in that both of them are WILDLY unpopular in NY. Cuomo can't lose the primary, either-- his popularity has skyrocketed while Patterson's has sunk.

Posted by: drindl | February 21, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

GOVERNORS: For your convenience and immediate attention, here are links to the story that the paid internet disinformation agents so desperately want you to dismiss.


***

ATTENTION: GOVERNORS / STAFF

(please forward -- special attention, PA Gov. Ed Rendell; NY Gov. David Patterson; NJ Gov. John Corzine; DE Gov. Jack Markell)

RE: DOJ-approved RADIATION WEAPONRY (a/k/a "Directed Energy Weapons"...

...being used by security/law enforcement and their nationwide vigilante "extrajudicial punishment network"...

...to covertly, silently assault and TORTURE your constituents

ONGOING 'EXTRAJUDICIAL PUNISHMENT NETWORK'
DEGRADES HEALTH OF INNOCENT BUT TARGETED AMERICANS...

...WITH DOJ-APPROVED RADIATION WEAPONS AND GOV'T-SUPPORTED COMMUNITY GANG STALKING.

WHEN WILL BARACK OBAMA AND ERIC HOLDER RESTORE THE RULE OF LAW IN BUCKS COUNTY, PA, PHILA., NYC, D.C. AND ALL ACROSS AMERICA?

An IMMEDIATE series of executive orders banning the Bush-Cheney extrajudicial punishment vigilante network"...

...and its coordinated array of "programs of personal financial destruction"...

...could dismantle this American Gestapo -- and stop the persecution of untold thousands of unconstitutionally "targeted" U.S. citizens and their families...

...a methodical social genocide that surely has contributed to the mortgage meltdown that spawned the global financial crisis.

The "Truth Commission" is needed.

But first, President Obama and Atty. Gen. Holder, end the crimes against humanity and the unconstitutional abuses of power.

IT IS DAY 33 OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

DO YOU R*E*A*L*L*Y KNOW WHAT YOUR SECURITY MULTI-AGENCY COORDINATION CENTER IS UP TO?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-targets-terrorizes-u-s-citizens
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):
http://www.NowPublic.com/scrivener


Posted by: scrivener50 | February 21, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

BB, bsimon, TBN, Andy - Let us chip in and buy Vic Livingston [aka Scrivener50] a one-way ticket to the conference I link to here:

http://www.iqpc.com/ShowEvent.aspx?id=151250

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 21, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

IT IS STARDATE SOMETHING OR OTHER. FOLLOWING THE WEEKLY WORLD NEWS ENDING PUBLICATION, DO YOU REALLY KNOW WHAT THE SPACE ALIENS AMONG US ARE UP TO?

**** ******** ******* ******* ********
There's a man on the wing of this plane!
There's a man on the wing of this plane!
There's a man on the wing of this plane!

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/i_alone_can_save_you
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/the_supreme_court_justices_are_all_controlled_by_extraterrestrial_joysticks

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):
http://www.NowPublic.com/scrivener_and_savior_both_begin_with_an_s_and_end_with_an_r_I'm_just_sayin'

Posted by: scrivener60 | February 21, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: scrivener60 | February 21, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

DO YOU R*E*A*L*L*Y KNOW WHAT YOUR SECURITY MULTI-AGENCY COORDINATION NETWORK IS UP TO?

Yes. I do. Bwah-hah-hah-hah-hah-hah...


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | February 20, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

You say:
"The strong Republican nature of Oklahoma means that the GOP nominee starts the general election as a favorite."

Oklahoma certainly leans towards the GOP in presidential and congressional elections, but there is no "strong Republican nature" when it comes to statewide races.

There are far more registered Democrats than Republicans in Oklahoma. While these tend to be fairly conservative blue dog Democrats with conservative social values that manifest themselves in the form of GOP success on the national scale, gubernatorial races are far from a lock for Republicans.

The outgoing governor, Brad Henry, is a Democrat. Five out of the last seven Governors of Oklahoma have been Democrats. Before them, 17 of the state's 19 previous governors were Democrats, although I'm not sure partisan affiliations predating the 60s are really relevant.

Democrats hold 46% of the Senate's seats in Oklahoma.

Granted, Oklahoma was the only state in the U.S. to have every county turn red for McCain this past November. I just advise that you not let the cross-over voting in national elections shape your view of the competitiveness of statewide races.

Posted by: dford525 | February 20, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

California's Gov. Arnold S. is a joke as a leader of both his party and his state. There is no way that the GOP can hold on to the governor's chair in this very Dem state.

Gov. Patterson in NY is trying to lose both the Gov's seat and Hillary's old safe senate seat. He is even more of a joke than Arnold!

I would move both up into the top five.

Posted by: isart | February 20, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

New York should not be on the list. David Paterson is deservedly unpopular but even if Andrew Cuomo loses to him in a primary, the governorship will remain in Democratic hands either way. Rudy Giuliani has only become more unpopular since his run for president.

Oklahoma needs to be farther down the list as it will probably stay in Democratic hands. Similar to Arkansas and West Virginia, the Oklahoma Democratic primary is much different than the national Democratic party and is very popular. Furthermore, there is a very strong Democratic bench in Oklahoma.

Hawai needs to rank much higher on the list. Duke Aiona has never won a state race without Lingle on the ticket and the GOP brand has taken significant damage in Hawaii. No matter which Democratic candidate wins the primary, once Obama campaigns in the state the race will be an easy Democratic win.

Posted by: fable104 | February 20, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

shouldn't it be "democratic", not "democrat" state, in your reference to rhode island?

Posted by: IMGoph | February 20, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

The Borgen Project has some good info on the cost of addressing global poverty.

$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$550 billion: U.S. Defense budget

Posted by: atsegga | February 20, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I think Wyoming fell off the list, at least temporarily, with the possibility that Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal might be able to run for a third term (I thought he was term limited?)

Freudenthal is personally popular in a GOP-leaning state, so he remains a clear favorite for now if it appears likely that he will run again. If not then the Republicans should be favored to recapture the office and that race reappears well up the Line.

Posted by: mkarns | February 20, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

ATTENTION: GOVERNORS / STAFF (please forward; special attention, PA Gov. Ed Rendell; N.Y. Gov. David Patterson; DE Gov. Jack Markell)

RE: DOJ-approved RADIATION WEAPONRY (a/k/a "Directed Energy Weapons"...

...being used by security/law enforcement and their nationwide vigilante "extrajudicial punishment network"...

...to TORTURE your constituents

ONGOING 'EXTRAJUDICIAL PUNISHMENT NETWORK'
TORTURES INNOCENT BUT TARGETED AMERICANS...

...WITH DOJ-APPROVED RADIATION WEAPONS AND GOV'T-SUPPORTED COMMUNITY GANG STALKING.

WHEN WILL BARACK OBAMA AND ERIC HOLDER RESTORE THE RULE OF LAW IN BUCKS COUNTY, PA, PHILA., NYC, D.C. AND ALL ACROSS AMERICA?

An IMMEDIATE series of executive orders banning the Bush-Cheney extrajudicial punishment vigilante network"...

...and its coordinated array of "programs of personal destruction"...

...could dismantle this American Gestapo -- and stop the persecution of untold thousands of unconstitutionally "targeted" U.S. citizens and their families...

...a methodical social genocide that surely has contributed to the mortgage meltdown that spawned the global financial crisis.

The "Truth Commission" can wait.

First, President Obama and Atty. Gen. Holder, end the crimes against humanity and the unconstitutional abuses of power.

IT IS DAY 32 OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

DO YOU R*E*A*L*L*Y KNOW WHAT YOUR SECURITY MULTI-AGENCY COORDINATION NETWORK IS UP TO?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-targets-terrorizes-u-s-citizens
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):
http://www.NowPublic.com/scrivener


Posted by: scrivener50 | February 20, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

How bout a most competitive line instead? There are many races that won't likely make this line that will still be competetive, such as MN, OR, and WI.

What happened to WY?

Posted by: AnthonyJBrady | February 20, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

"Um, last I checked, the Governator was still a Republican."

That's what the (R) means next to the 7. Converting the nomenclature to english might read "The California governorship, currently held by the GOP, is 7th most likely to change parties in the next election."

Posted by: bsimon1 | February 20, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Um, last I checked, the Governator was still a Republican.

Now, you can argue he has to work with Democrats a lot in California, much to the consternation of Republican-primary voters, but the fact remains that Ahnold is a member of the GOP. So there's no Republican "pickup" chance here -- in fact, if Feinstein runs, quite the opposite.

Posted by: georgejones5 | February 20, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Keep an eye on Minnesota. The Dems primary is going to be rough, but whoever ends up on top -- my bet is former State House Minority Leader Matt Entenza -- will have decent shot at taking the governors mansion from Tpaw.

Posted by: Minnesotastudent | February 20, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

oh poo chris....no arizona, uh?

i guess we won't talk about Jan Brewer yet until she messes up all the work we did for the last 5 years under Napilotano.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 20, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

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