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Holiday Open Thread I

by: shamlet

Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 20:00:00 PM EST


Hope everyone has a fun Christmas or whatever else it is you're celebrating. As the news (presumably) slows down for the holiday, the moderators are taking this time to think about possible changes to the site. We'd like to hear some input from you, our readers.

1. What kinds of cosmetic changes would you like to see to the site?

2. What kinds of other features would you like to see in addition to the daily roundups?

Thanks for your input, and we'll take any suggestions we recieve to heart as we explore changes.

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Answers~
1). Reduction to two columns. Roll the About, twitter box, and facebook box into a link called "FAQ" in the menu. Sack recent comments. This will make room for the search box and ads below recent diaries (you'll still see them frequently given the size of the threads and front page scrolling, even if it appears at first you're moving them to a less immediately visual placement.) Assuming you wish to keep Paypal at maximum visibility, put it in the currently empty whitespace in the top left.

Whatever you do, remember that simplicity is superior in web design (as it is in most things.) Usability should be the first priority.

2). Expanded focus to look at international elections too, even if as a clearly secondary priority.

(-9.38, -7.49), libertarian socialist, KY 01, "When smashing monuments, save the pedestals. They always come in handy."


-- Stanisław Lem


Sack recent comments sounds terrible.
Half the time I navigate the site that way.

For international elections, I'd probably prefer to keep that to the realm of diaries. Our moderators are great for giving insights about US politics, but do we have any specialists on international elections? If we do have an international section, it'd need to provide coverage that goes beyond what I could pick up with a quick look at Wikipedia and the Guardian.

It's not that I wouldn't be interested, but it'd need to be less "Which parties do exist in Israel?" and more "Is the surplus vote agreement between Labor and Yesh Atid a good or a bad thing for Labor?".


[ Parent ]
You're showing knowledge....


25, Male, R, NY-10

[ Parent ]
That would be nice
but I don't think it would necessarily have to contribute that level of insight and analysis to work. Given the forum-like atmosphere of RRH, I think it would be fine to just see how much interest there would be, and if there was interest, you'd see it rise to that level of discussion over time.

(-9.38, -7.49), libertarian socialist, KY 01, "When smashing monuments, save the pedestals. They always come in handy."


-- Stanisław Lem


[ Parent ]
Agree
The links to recent comments is almost entirely how I navigate the site. I usually enter a thread by clicking on a comment that sounds interesting. I suspect I'll rarely go into the threads otherwise, though that might be more of a reason to ditch them!

Democrat, NC-11

[ Parent ]
New posts
It would be great if it was easier to find them in larger threads. I don't know, maybe larger font, bold?

29/Male/Married/Father of One/Republican/CA-3

The red [new]
Doesn't do it for ya?

I am a Tom Rukavina Democrat.

[ Parent ]
It's okay when there are 50 or 60 posts
But when it or gets up over 100 and there is only a few new posts it gets difficult, especially on my phone, which is what I primarily use to read the site.

29/Male/Married/Father of One/Republican/CA-3

[ Parent ]
Newest posts on your right
click on the individual post

R, CA-37; hometown: PA-2

[ Parent ]
I found a great solution a while ago
control-f then type "[n"

It effectively cycles through the new comments, since they're the only posts with those two characters in order anyway.

23, Libertarian Republican CA-14

Liberals dream things that never were and ask why not.  Conservatives shout back "Because it won't work"


[ Parent ]
MA-State House
Stephen Smith (D-Everett) pleads guilty to voter fraud. http://www.boston.com/metrodes...

R - MD-7

Minor suggestions
1. Change the color of links so that they're more easily distinguishable from regular text.

2. Turn the '(C) RedRacingHorses' at the bottom of each page into a link back to the homepage.

Democrat, NC-11


Bipartisanship
This Republican agrees on both counts.

35, conservative R, lives in PA-14, grew up in TX

[ Parent ]
Ditto on 2


MI-6: Fed up with Fred Upton

[ Parent ]
I agree with both of these
One thing I wouldn't change is the font size of the text and the horizontal margins of the paragraphs.  I wouldn't want this site to look like Daily Kos Elections with its very narrow paragraphs.

Republican in deep blue MI-14

[ Parent ]
Header
I still think the header should be replaced by a .png image, to eliminate the jpeg artifacts.

25, M, VA-11, moderate R

Simple fix
I will take care of that in short order.

28, Republican, PA-6

[ Parent ]
2013/2014 Governor Races
Which gubernatorial races do you think are most likely to flip political parties?http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/12/21/what-rick-snyder-can-learn-from-scott-walker/
This link provides some commentary about the races. I hope Scott isn't the nominee in Florida but even if he is, I don't think it will be most likely to flip. I think Maine will. LePage appears to be a lot like Christie but I think that style works better in New Jersey than Maine. Also, LePage has very poor approval ratings. Florida is more Republican leaning than Maine so that's another reason why Maine would be my number 1 state on the list.

Rating MI
Aaron Blake appears to be overeacting to the PPP poll that shows Snyder in trouble.  What he doesn't seem to be taking into account is the weak statewide Dem bench.  Their best possible candidate, Mark Hackel, says he likes Snyder and definitely won't run.  Mike Duggan is running for Detroit mayor.  Debbie Stabenow is getting older and doesn't seem interested in Lansing anymore.  Who does that leave?

Also incumbents don't have to be popular to win reelection comfortably - just look at Granholm in 2006.

I would put Michigan in the top 15 most vulnerable but just barely.

Republican in deep blue MI-14


[ Parent ]
Wait, who?
Who is Mark Hackel? Mike Duggan? Hackel and Duggan aren't serious candidates at this point because they have no name recognition. Heck, has anybody even talked about them running?

Isn't Gary Peters the most likely Michigan Democrat to run? I expect Peters wants to run for the Senate, but will run for governor if Levin runs again. He was obviously promised higher office for winning the black majority seat in Detroit this year.  


[ Parent ]
Hackel is the Macomb County Exec
He's been mentioned on here a few times.  I think Peters is the best Dem candidate; he's more centrist than Whitmer; she'd be better as a Senate candidate for an Open seat in my opinion.

Age 21, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (college)
politicohen.com.
Idiosyncratic, pro-establishment. Liberal but not progressive.  For the poor, the children, the planet, and the rule of law.

Berkeley Class of 2015.


[ Parent ]
Peters is more of a desperate last option
He lost the 2002 AG race to then little known Mike Cox despite Granholm winning the Governors race that year so he isn't a great candidate.

Peters also is no centrist.  He has been a straight down the line liberal Democrat in Congress.  He would get hammered by outside groups for his votes in Washington.  I live in his new district and received all of his campaign literature - trust me, he ran a hard left campaign to win a majority black district this year.

Recently he hired Kwame Kilpatrick's former chief of staff and convicted bribe taker Kandia Milton.  Last week Peters was named to a DCCC leadership position.  Those really are the actions of someone looking to stay in the US House a long time.

Republican in deep blue MI-14


[ Parent ]
Oh, I didn't realize that...Thanks!
Convicted bribe taker Kandia Milton? What the heck? And Kwame Kilpatrick's former chief of staff...does he have a criminal background? Do you think he can get reelected to a black majority district?

What kind of campaign did Peters run in 2010? More centrist because it was a more Republican district? Can he replicate that on the state level?

Also, what do you think of Whitmer?  


[ Parent ]
Answers
If Steve Cohen can do it, Gary Peters can probably stay in a majority black district for some time.  Being associated with former Detroit mayor and prison inmate Kwame Kilpatrick probably won't hurt in a Democratic primary for a safe seat but would be toxic in a statewide run.

Peters did run a much more careful 2010 campaign and even talked about deficit reduction then.  He since has abandoned that talk.  You're correct that this was because his 2010 district was highly competitive and the new MI-14 is deep blue.  Part of why he hung on in 2010 was due to his Republican opponent, Rocky Raczkowski, getting sued by his former business partner in fall 2010.  Anti-Rocky ads hit him hard for this and probably made the difference in this race.  Other than being a good fundraiser, I don't think Peters is good as a candidate.

Whitmer is probably the best choice among those who can win a primary and are likely to run.  If Democrats really want to nominate someone whose has been elected to something larger than a State Senate seat though, they would probably have their best chance with Rep. elect Dan Kildee.  He doesn't have any voting record to pick apart, has a good last name, is young enough, has significant experience in a large county, has no skeletons that I can find, and is sufficiently liberal across the board to unify the party.  The problem with him is the percecption that first term Congressmen shouldn't run for other offices.

Republican in deep blue MI-14


[ Parent ]
too early to rate
I'm interested next year when this RTW dies down.  If Hackel isnt running, that is a good sign.

MI-08 - Chairman - Livingston County Republican Party Since 2013 - Opinions are my own and not that of LCRP.  

[ Parent ]
By likelihood to flip
Likely to flip -----
MA (if Brown runs)
FL
ME
Lean flip -----
IL (if Quinn wins the primary)
MI
RI (assuming Chafee becomes a Democrat)
VA
AR
PA
Tossup -----
SC
OH
Lean retention -----
NH
AZ
IA
NJ
Likely retention -----
MN
NM
CT
NV
WI
AK
OR
IL (if Quinn loses the primary)
HI
CO
TX
CA
MA (if Brown does not run)
GA
AL
MD
SD
NY
OK
ID
WY
TN
VT
KS
NE

(-9.38, -7.49), libertarian socialist, KY 01, "When smashing monuments, save the pedestals. They always come in handy."


-- Stanisław Lem


[ Parent ]
Mostly agree
But I think you're not giving incumbents enough credit across the board. A Governor (unless s/he has very low likeability like Scott or keeps stumbling like Purdue) has a lot more ability to rebound from a bad stretch than a Senator because they can drive news cycles easily on their own.

R - MD-7

[ Parent ]
For some of these Governors
(Scott, LePage, Quinn, Chafee) it hasn't been a bad stretch, its been a bad two years. Incumbency is a great perk, but when you have Governors who have been -10 or worse since their first days, reelection tends to look grim regardless.

(-9.38, -7.49), libertarian socialist, KY 01, "When smashing monuments, save the pedestals. They always come in handy."


-- Stanisław Lem


[ Parent ]
Kirk visits Capitol Hill
Says he will return to work 1/3. http://www.nbcchicago.com/blog...

R - MD-7

Carl Wimmer
This post from his Facebook is certainly a bold declaration.

Carl Wimmer
As a law enforcement officer let me be the first to say: Mr. Obama, if your administration passes further federal gun restrictions on law abiding citizens, I WILL NOT enforce them. My allegiance is to the constitution and to the free people of this state, and nation.
Like · Comment · Share · 23 minutes ago via mobile ·


Sounds like he's getting ready to throw his name into the UT-04 hat again


21, Male, Conservative Republican, TN-08 (home), VA-01 (college)

[ Parent ]
Didn't he get a job as Head of another state party?


[ Parent ]
Not that I've heard, but I haven't been following his career.


21, Male, Conservative Republican, TN-08 (home), VA-01 (college)

[ Parent ]
He was hired as political director for the NVGOP...
... but was quickly fired: http://www.deseretnews.com/art...

It would be hard to win a UT-04 primary/general after trying to leave the state.

(-9.38, -7.49), libertarian socialist, KY 01, "When smashing monuments, save the pedestals. They always come in handy."


-- Stanisław Lem


[ Parent ]
wouldn't it be illegal to not enforce laws?


Age 21, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (college)
politicohen.com.
Idiosyncratic, pro-establishment. Liberal but not progressive.  For the poor, the children, the planet, and the rule of law.

Berkeley Class of 2015.


[ Parent ]
State law enforcement?
A better question is really whether a state agency has to enforce federal laws.  There is nothing requiring state law enforcement to enforce federal laws and vice versa.  Explicitly saying so seems like pure crass partisan politics though.

28, Republican, PA-6

[ Parent ]
Other issues
It also makes it difficult to for the agency to receive federal support and funds as receipt of those funds and assistance is tied to aiding the feds.

28, Republican, PA-6

[ Parent ]
Not neccesarily
In Printz v. United States the Supreme Court upheld that state and county sheriffs do not need to perform background checks on firearm purchases as the Brady Bill requires.  The Court has consistently through the years backed the state's policing powers and has multiple times found that local law enforcement does not need to enforce federal laws.  The feds can obviously swoop in and enforce but local police do not need to.

The kicker as Ryan points out, is that the feds can easily withhold funding for failure to enforce their laws. South Dakota v. Dole firmly established that.

Saint Paul (MN-4)  


[ Parent ]
Agree
It is a two way street.  The Feds don't enforce state laws either.  When was the last time you saw the FBI enforcing the speed limit.

28, Republican, PA-6

[ Parent ]
NJ-SEN: Pallone may run in the event of a vacancy
Hi-Sen; Reid wants a rubber stamp vote ASAP
http://politicalticker.blogs.c...

Here's. thought: why doesn't Abercrombie select Hirono to replace Inouye, so that she can get a head start in terms of seniority, while also getting the historic distinctions that she wants. Hanabusa could then be appointed to Hirono's seat on Jan. 3rd like all the other incoming senators.

Of course they both would have to run in special elections in 2014, but given how much of a stranglehold Dems have on the state, it shouldn't be too hard for them. Also, Hanabusa would be the target regardless, not Hirono whether it's just her on the ballot or both of them.

29/Male/Married/Father of One/Republican/CA-3


That's crazy
Why would Hirono want to run in 2014 and again in 2016 when she doesn't have to run until 2018? If they want to give Hirono seniority Daniel Akaka can resign early and Abercrombie can appoint her to that seat. This has been done many times.  

R, CA-37; hometown: PA-2

[ Parent ]
All moot anyway
the HI Dem party needs to meet to rubber-stamp anyone, and they seem to be on Hirono's side as they aren't making their decision until the first.

R - MD-7

[ Parent ]
see my post below.
This is no longer an accepted practice to gain seniority.  Gramm left early to allow Cornyn a jump in 2002, and the Senate said no.  It was becoming a game in an effort to get better office space.

[ Parent ]
Cornyn didn't gain seniority
But he was sworn in early.

R, CA-37; hometown: PA-2

[ Parent ]
Yep
They can play the office space game, but they don't get seniority over the rest of their class. And the office space game has become less lucrative with the reshuffling of offices after each election. For example, Scott Brown moved into Kennedy's office in 2010, but had to surrender it and move into a freshman office at the start of this past Congress.

[ Parent ]
Better idea
Hirono appointed now, resigns 12/30, Hanabusa appointed 1/3 as Hirono takes the other seat.

R - MD-7

[ Parent ]
That won't work
They also want seniority over the other incoming senators.

29/Male/Married/Father of One/Republican/CA-3

[ Parent ]
they can't both get it
A Senator can no longer gain seniority by having the retiring previous Senator resign early.  Inouye's death after the election does provide an interesting loophole, but I don't think the Senate would grant seniority in that case.  

[ Parent ]
Weld
This piece from '06 is worth a re-read. Really encapsulates Weld well. http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/...

R - MD-7

Gr-leg: Golden Dawn linked to attempted murder of SYRIZA MP
Link: http://www.protothema.gr/greec...

(-9.38, -7.49), libertarian socialist, KY 01, "When smashing monuments, save the pedestals. They always come in handy."


-- Stanisław Lem


More information
Golden Dawn was previously suing Dimitris Stratoulis (the SYRIZA MP who was assaulted) for defamation when he blamed the attack on Golden Dawn and said they were a party of criminals. BBC infiltrated a secret XA party meeting and recorded Golden Dawn deputy John Hare talking about the attack: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Here's BBC's transcript of what he said:

"First of all, I want to express my displeasure about some of the newer members of Golden Dawn, who are all about shouting and being provocative. Three of them were beating up that poor fellow for half an hour and didn't even succeed in leaving a lump on his head. That's shameful." [laughter from other members]


(-9.38, -7.49), libertarian socialist, KY 01, "When smashing monuments, save the pedestals. They always come in handy."


-- Stanisław Lem


[ Parent ]
Greece
The fact Greece can elect such lunatics shows how far the place has fallen into chaos.

28, Republican, PA-6

[ Parent ]
Fun fact of the day
From 1930 to 1946, the MA Treasurer's office was held by four different unrelated people of both parties. They all had the last name "Hurley".

R - MD-7

Crapo arrested for DUI
well
Idaho's had some interesting Senators recently

Age 21, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (college)
politicohen.com.
Idiosyncratic, pro-establishment. Liberal but not progressive.  For the poor, the children, the planet, and the rule of law.

Berkeley Class of 2015.


[ Parent ]
He should resign
It is unacceptable behavior, especially for a US senator.

29/Male/Married/Father of One/Republican/CA-3

[ Parent ]
Unacceptable behavior
but DUIs are common enough that they're usually forgiven.

As a teetotaller I think I wouldn't be able to vote for him, but I doubt this has the slightest impact (or anyone even remembers it) come 2016.

R - MD-7


[ Parent ]
That may be the case with voters
But my opinion is harsher.

29/Male/Married/Father of One/Republican/CA-3

[ Parent ]
Really? Slightest?
Isn't he Mormon?  I would bet this resonates with the base and he faces a stiff primary over it.

33/M/D/NY-01 DKE:Socks The Cat

[ Parent ]
Mormon
forgot about that angle. Yes, that could be problematic and probably earns him at least a "B" list challenger. Though I still think a single incident four years before an election is not a great line of attack to base a primary campaign on.

R - MD-7

[ Parent ]
Mormon element
I think he runs a good chance of being isolated within the church and the party over this.

I personally think he should resign ASAP.  I could forgive a youthful indiscretion back in the day when DUI was far more common and did not carry a social stigma.  DUI is socially unacceptable in 2012 America.

28, Republican, PA-6


[ Parent ]
I agree
It's not a huge deal for me if someone had a DUI in college, but that's unacceptable behavior for an elected official. I don't think he'll resign, but he should.

[ Parent ]
You guys are a bit harsh!
This is hardly a hanging offense. All the man did was have a few drinks at a Chrismas party and drove himself home! Was it stupid? Yes. Could he have hurt someone? Sure. But other than getting caught nothing bad really happened. There are A LOT of other Congressman & Senators who did a heck of a lot worse things than this and are still in Congress. Granted I would be quite happy seeing Crapo replaced with Raúl Labrador but unless another shoe drops this story is nothing more than a minor traffic incident.

[ Parent ]
You're missing the point,
our elected officials should be our representatives of how the law should be best, followed.

Sure, they are normal, regular people, but they should know the law better than most. We should hold them to a higher stander, imo, because of that.

This is a major mess up for him, and especially because he is Mormon, and they are to abstain from alcohol. We can't allow Democrats to even get close to taking this, and he should step down now, for the good of the party.

Also, as you mentioned, it shows a lack of judgement on his part, he drove, while drunk. He could have killed a family, grandparents, etc. That is not acceptable for anyone, especially our elected officials.

Hopefully the Republican leadership handles this correctly.  

22, Conservative, NC-02 (SC-04 college) Matt 6:25-34    


[ Parent ]
Crapo isn't up until 2016
He is not going anywhere.

27, R, PA-07.

[ Parent ]
I get the higher standard thing
but this was a one-time deal without any extenuating factors. His BAC wasn't all that far over the limit (.11) and he doesn't have a history of this. It's a mistake and he should pay for it, but in the list of screw-ups an elected official  should make this is close to the lowest level you can get. People are generally willing to forgive.

It would be nice if we can shame him into retirement, but realistically this isn't all that big deal for him.

R - MD-7


[ Parent ]
* screw ups an elected official can make
that was a bad typo there.

R - MD-7

[ Parent ]
You're probably right,
but the point that it was that low makes it even worse imo.

He should have known it he was intoxicated enough, that he could do something he wouldn't normally do, and if he had killed someone, we wouldn't be having this conversation.

Maybe I just take this stuff more personally than others.  

22, Conservative, NC-02 (SC-04 college) Matt 6:25-34    


[ Parent ]
I think you are extremely right.
This man needs to resign. The Republican leadership should come down as hard on him as they did Larry Craig. He could have murdered somebody with his actions. Not the behavior a person in office should get away with.

26, Republican, WA-03 (represented by wonderful Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler).

[ Parent ]
If you want to see Crapo replaced with Labrador
you best hope he runs again and Labrador primaries him. The IDGOP establishment doesn't seem to like RL very much and would probably muscle him out for Simpson or Otter in an open seat situation.

R - MD-7

[ Parent ]
Thing is
I don't think that there is any elected official in Idaho that can beat Labrador in a primary. You can't outflank him and Simpson and Otter definitely won't beat him.
Would he be the first Puerto Rican senator?

25, Male, R, NY-10

[ Parent ]
They won't beat him
but they could force him out. ID has a decently strong GOP machine, which Labrador only beat because Ward turned out to be a grade-A idiot. It's not all-powerful which is why nuts like Sali can sometimes slip through the cracks, but it did, for example, keep Chenoweth out of the 1998 race.

I'm sure part of the strategy is that Risch is not likely to last past 2020. Labrador would have the choice of falling in line for Simpson or challenging him and ticking off everyone else in the state party and being a pariah for years to come. If I were him it would probably make more sense to wait.

R - MD-7


[ Parent ]
Could be
But being a senator is more worth than being beloved by some party hacks. Labrador vs. Simpson in a primary is a 65-35 affair at least.

25, Male, R, NY-10

[ Parent ]
Don't be so sure
these things can look different the closer you get to them. I think there is a chance Simpson could beat Labrador in a primary just due to parochial factors.

R - MD-7

[ Parent ]
Bad news for him
considering he's in contention for the most anonymous backbench member of the Senate, this is about the only thing people will think of when his name comes up. Other than that, a big mistake but only a big deal if this Fossellas on us.

R - MD-7

[ Parent ]
Anonymous
Among Republicans, Risch and Johanns both beat him out, but they're both younger.  Cochran is surprisingly anonymous for someone with his seniority, and Burr is pretty anonymous too.

Age 21, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (college)
politicohen.com.
Idiosyncratic, pro-establishment. Liberal but not progressive.  For the poor, the children, the planet, and the rule of law.

Berkeley Class of 2015.


[ Parent ]
Both are former Governors though
Plus Johanns was a former cabinet secretary, and Risch faced a sort-of-credible opponent in 2008. That earns them a few minor points. Crapo hasn't faced a seriously contested election since 1992, hasn't done much of anything notable legislative-wise, and isn't a real power broker.

R - MD-7

[ Parent ]
He needs to go, now.


22, Conservative, NC-02 (SC-04 college) Matt 6:25-34    

[ Parent ]
Eh, who cares
Being forced into giving up a Senate seat because of .11? Really?

As stupid as the claims that he should step down are, I'd gladly use this as an excuse to try and get Labrador into the Senate. Love that guy.

Saint Paul (MN-4)  


[ Parent ]
agree
Are people here, serious? Anybody over 25 who has ever drunk alcohol has driven with a 0.11. I don' recommend it but that level isn't drunk for most people. DUI is a misdemeanor, not a felony, and it's one of the few laws for not something you do, but what might happen as a result. He shouldn't drink and drive but people don't get fired from jobs for something like this.  

R, CA-37; hometown: PA-2

[ Parent ]
Around here
no one has ever driven with under .11

#Poland

My BAC yesterday was probably around .15 and I didn't feel particularly impaired (and no, I didn't drive).


[ Parent ]
I'm a teetotaler
and I would never say somebody should resign for one DUI. I've always been of the opinion that you get one such mistake. How you respond after that determines whether you are fit for office.

42, R, NE-1.

[ Parent ]
Here's another reason Crapo should resign
http://nationaljournal.com/blo...

29/Male/Married/Father of One/Republican/CA-3

[ Parent ]
Bill McBride has died
http://www.miamiherald.com/201...

24, MA-07, Rockefeller Republican. Visit me at http://twitter.com/polibeast

RIP
Not to sound too cold, but this probably impacts Sink's decision on whether to run in 2014, as she's going to likely need more time and money. I think she probably passes now.

R - MD-7

[ Parent ]
Romney campaign Recap
http://www.boston.com/news/pol...

Pretty thorough.

33/M/D/NY-01 DKE:Socks The Cat


MA-SEN: Ted Kennedy Jr. Out
http://www.politico.com/story/...

19, Republican, KS-03
Standing strong with Senator Roberts and Governor Brownback.


He wants to run for something in Connecticut
What exactly that is, at least in the near future, I haven't a clue of. Unless he's pining to primary Coons.

24, MA-07, Rockefeller Republican. Visit me at http://twitter.com/polibeast

[ Parent ]
DeLauro's getting up there in years
She's what, 69? That's probably going to be an open seat within the decade.

R - MD-7

[ Parent ]
Yep; he'd be the favorite
NH Mayor John DeStefano's gone stale;  incoming House Speaker Brendan Sharkey unknown; former SOTS Susan Bysiewicz damaged goods & Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson too new on the scene  

[ Parent ]
Minnesota Legislature
State Representative Morrow will resign to take a job out of state. This is a safe DFL seat in and around Mankato, and he didn't even garner a Republican opponent in 2012.

http://www.minnpost.com/politi...

I am a Tom Rukavina Democrat.


Allen Quist might run
Quist was the GOP nominee in MN-01 this year. Let the adult bookshop jokes commence.

libertarian Republican, TX-14/MN-04

[ Parent ]
Quist
He lives in Mankato? And Quist would get destroyed in this kind of district.

I am a Tom Rukavina Democrat.

[ Parent ]
Abercrombie may nominate somebody other than
Does he have a political death wish?
Well, this probably guarantees that the State D party makes his other choices Mufi Hanemann and Irene Hiraono.

R - MD-7

[ Parent ]
Typo?
I presume you're referring to Irene Inouye, not Maize Hirono (unles Maizie has a sister).

Some of my best friends call me a "Demoncrat"

[ Parent ]
Believe she still uses her maiden name
which is Hiraono.

R - MD-7

[ Parent ]
Thanks, learned something new
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I...

Some of my best friends call me a "Demoncrat"

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Or maybe Abercrombie wants the senate seat for himself...


38, male, Roma ( Italia ), conservative

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So where are we at?
In: Lynch
Probably In: Capuano
On the Fence: Markey, Frank, assorted Kennedys

Is this right?

Age 21, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (college)
politicohen.com.
Idiosyncratic, pro-establishment. Liberal but not progressive.  For the poor, the children, the planet, and the rule of law.

Berkeley Class of 2015.


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The way I see it
In: Lynch
Probably in: Markey, Downing
On the fence: Capuano, Grossman, Wolf
Probably out but may jump in: Khazei, S. Warren, Ortiz.
Confirmed Out: Affleck, TK2.0, Coakley, McGovern.

Choices so far for the interim appointment: Frank, Vicki Kennedy, Kerry's state director.

R - MD-7


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How do you know you're a political Junkie?
When you can correct the intricacies of election-based videogames.

Barbra Lee is not a Republican, and Rodney P. Frelinghuysen is not in an overwhelmingly Democratic district starting down 35 points for re-election.

23, Libertarian Republican CA-14

Liberals dream things that never were and ask why not.  Conservatives shout back "Because it won't work"


PC Im assuming?
Also I've never heard of any election based video games...what's the name of this poorly researched videogame?

20-Cubano, R, CA-38
City Commissioner, College Republican Club President


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Yes
Its called "Congress Forever 20XX" and here's the link:

"http://270soft.com/us-election-games/congress-election-game/"

The company runs basically the same game model for a bunch of different country's elections.  Australia, UK, Canada, and Germany all have similar versions of it, and you can do US Senate, Congress, or Presidential elections including Primaries.

Though there are a ton of problems with it.  For one, Its entirely possible to abuse the primary process to snipe the other party's endorsers if you start with early momentum unopposed in a primary.  Running as Obama in 2012 for example, you can get endorsements not only from every Democratic officeholder but people like Walker, Kaisch, Scott, etc. just by spending points to sway them.  There are more but I have a Christmas dinner to get to right now :)

23, Libertarian Republican CA-14

Liberals dream things that never were and ask why not.  Conservatives shout back "Because it won't work"


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You need a logo.
A bright, red steed. Or something like that.
You also need a feature that informs posters via email that their posts have drawn responses.  

R/MA-9; hometown CT-2; lonely MSM conservative.

Maybe not email
But something on your profile screen might work.

(I also agree about the Logo)

23, Libertarian Republican CA-14

Liberals dream things that never were and ask why not.  Conservatives shout back "Because it won't work"


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