Welcome to another week.
NE-Sen, NE-Gov, NE-1, NE-Aud: State Auditor Mike Foley (R) is considering all of these races. I guess that means he wants to move up but is looking for the easiest opportunity to do so.
More NE-Sen: Gov. Dave Heineman (R) is continuing to send out very loud signals that he will only be dragged to the Senate kicking and screaming.
MA-Sen: State Rep. Dan Winslow (R) has collected 25K signatures, well more than enough to make the ballot barring a McCotteresque situation. There is some question over whether ex-US Attorney Michael Sullivan (R), relying on an all-volunteer signature gathering force, will be able to make Wednesday's 10K signature threshhold for placement on the ballot.
More MA-Sen: Gabriel Gomez (R) sought the interim Senate appointment from Gov. Deval Patrick. I'm not exactly sure what conclusions to draw from that.
Even More MA-Sen: Rep. Ed Markey now joins Joe Biden in the club of Dem pols who have made awkward slavery references, comparing Citizens United to Dred Scott vs. Sanford.
IA-Sen, IA-Sen '16: Gov. Terry Branstad (R) is openly advocating Rep. Tom Latham as Republicans' Senate candidate over fellow Rep. Steve King. However, Branstad is very careful not to disparage King and suggests he might support King in 2016 if Grassley retires (as seems likely). It doesn't take much dot-connecting to suspect there may be a deal being brokered between Branstad, Grassley, and the two congressmen for Latham to run this year and King to run in 2016.
KY-Sen: I don't actually think Democrats realize that Ashley Judd is thinking about running in Kentucky and not California. Fresh off attacking McConnell for not supporting Obamacare's contraception mandate, they're at him again with a withering attack over his support for gun rights.
ME-Sen: I'd chalk this one up to bored reporter syndrome. Ex-Treasurer Bruce Poliquin (R) called himself a "candidate for US Senate" in an e-mail promoting his new newspaper op-ed column. Naturally, eager reporters pounced on this as a sign he was gearing up to primary Susan Collins. Polqiuin later clarified that he was merely referring to his unsuccessful 2012 primary candidacy.
SD-Gov: 81-year old multimillionaire and maverick Republican State Sen. Stan Adelstein of Rapid City is considering a bid for Governor, incensed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R)'s rejection of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion. However, Adelstein doesn't sound terribly enthusiastic; the moderate Republican might stand a better chance as an Independent or Democrat than trying to primary the sitting Governor from the left.
RI-Gov: Treasurer Gina Raimondo (D) has hired 2002 nominee Myrth York's Chief of Staff as she prepares for her own run for Governor. The CW seems to be pointing towards a Chafee bid as an I rather than a D, which helps our odds greatly.
AR-Gov: A new poll shows ex-Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R) in strong position against declared candidate and ex-LG Bill Halter (D) as well as possible candidate and ex-Rep. Mike Ross (D). Ross is considerably stronger than Halter though and may be Dems' only good hope of keeping this seat.
MA-Gov: Bay State Republicans are hoping to have their 2014 dish both baked and browned, hoping that the two biggest names in the party will join together in a Brown-Baker ticket. I personally think Baker's talents would be wasted on the LG slot and he'd be better off targeting the (probably open) Treasurer's race, where his resume and name rec would make him a very strong contender.
PA-Gov: State Sen. Tony Williams (D-Philadelphia) endorses Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D)'s prospective bid, while Treasurer and possible primary challenger Rob McCord (D) is less excited about Schwartz's entry.
NY-Gov: Are the wheels coming off the Cuomo freight train? The previously highly politically-adept Governor has been beset by alternating criticism of tacking too far or not far enough to the left.
IL-2: Snow is in the forecast for Tuesday's primary, raising the slight possibility of very low turnout upsetting Robin Kelly (D)'s coronation.
AR-4: State Sen. Bruce Maloch (D-Magnolia) is interested in this seat... but only if Rep. Tom Cotton (R) vacates it to run for the Senate. Maloch brands himself as a Blue Dog and would likely be a strong candidate, but will inevitably face a tough fight for the very red seat.
CA-7: 2012 Senate nominee Elizabeth Emken (R) is mulling a move from Danville to Sacramento to challenge Rep. Ami Bera (D). Our bench is fairly thin in this seat so Emken might be a decent option.
State & Local:
PA-LG: Bradford CE Mark Smith (D) becomes the second Dem to announce his candidacy for LG. Given Bradford County's small size, Smith has quite some work to do to expand beyond his NEPA base.
CA-SD-16: State Sen. Michael Rubio (D-Shafter) is resigning to take a position with Chevron, triggering a low-turnout special in a D-leaning Central Valley seat.
MD-AA-CE: The Anne Arundel County Council has chosen technocrat Laura Neuman (R) to be the interim County Executive. Neuman, formerly a economic development director for Howard CE Ken Ulman (D), was the choice of the 3 Dems on the board along with one of four Republicans. Neuman will likely run for re-election in 2014, but will face a tough primary fight against State Del. Steve Schuh (R), who already has a large warchest.
WA-Snohomish-CE: Snohomish CE Aaron Reardon (D) will resign in May, amidst allegations of Reardon using his position to harrass his political rivals and using county money for an extramarital affair.
MI-Dems: Longtime MI Dem chair Mark Brewer was ousted by Lon Johnson this weekend, while MIGOP chair Bobby Schostak was re-elected.