Wisconsin Democrats Decline to Put Up Spoiler Republicans

By: Sunday June 12, 2011 5:27 am

Yesterday we looked at the potential responses from Democrats in Wisconsin to the dirty trick from Republicans, who plan to run “spoiler” candidates in the recall elections to force primaries and move the general recall elections out to August. Democrats had a couple options, ranging from taking the high road to retaliating with spoiler candidates [...]

Wisconsin: Democrats Mull Response to Republican Dirty Tricks in Recall Elections

By: Saturday June 11, 2011 4:55 am

By now, it’s pretty clear that Wisconsin Republicans will run multiple “spoiler” candidates in recall elections set for July 12. Because of the peculiar rules of the recall, these spoiler candidates, basically Republican operatives, would run as Democrats, creating a Democratic primary election on July 12 against the official Democratic challenger. This moves back the [...]

Wisconsin: Three Recalls Against Senate Dems Certified; Spoiler Candidates Could Be Illegal

By: Thursday June 9, 2011 7:05 am

Wisconsin will see three recall elections against Democratic state Senators, after a protracted debate by the Government Accountability Board yesterday. The GAB took seriously the charges of fraud from the state Democratic party, but ultimately decided that, even throwing out the clearly fraudulent signatures, there were enough remaining to meet the threshold for the recall. [...]

NY-26: Hochul Wins By Tarring Corwin With the GOP Medicare Phase-Out Budget

By: Wednesday May 25, 2011 6:10 am

Democrat Kathy Hochul’s victory in NY-26 last night shows the impact of a tremendous House GOP overreach, one that could easily cost them control of the chamber next year. The fact that third-party candidate Jack Davis only took 9% of the vote, and yet Hochul still was able to win comfortably, shows that he was [...]

CA-36: Republican Craig Huey Leading for Runoff with Janice Hahn; Debra Bowen 206 Votes Back

By: Wednesday May 18, 2011 6:50 am

Last night, in a mild upset, self-funded Republican businessman Craig Huey is headed to the runoff as of right now in the special election in CA-36, the first under the new “jungle primary” rules. With all precincts reporting, LA City Councilwoman Janice Hahn took 24.7% of the vote, with Huey at 21.9%, beating Secretary of [...]

NY-26: Democrat Hochul Takes the Lead in Poll

By: Monday May 9, 2011 12:03 pm

In a poll from Daily Kos and SEIU, Democrat Kathy Hochul has taken the lead in the NY-26 special election which will be held on May 24. The election replaces Craigslist Chris Lee, who resigned earlier in the year. Republican Jane Corwin was considered a shoo-in for the seat in the historically Republican district, but [...]

NY-26: Corwin Sagging Under Weight of Paul Ryan Medicare Plan

By: Friday May 6, 2011 12:35 pm

Though the New York Times article doesn’t get around to the presence of the Tea Party’s Jack Davis being a major factor in the closeness of the NY-26 race in upstate New York until the very end of the article, they’re not wrong in writing that Paul Ryan’s Medicare privatization plan, since shelved by the [...]

NV-02: GOP Files “Stop Sharron Angle” Lawsuit in Nevada Special Election

By: Friday May 6, 2011 8:00 am

The special election for Nevada’s 2nd Congressional district, replacing Dean Heller, who was called up to the Senate to replace the disgraced John Ensign, is an object lesson in the problems Republicans can have with their purity-seeking base. We leaned in Nevada in 2010 a central lesson: do not present Sharron Angle to voters as [...]

WV-Sen: After Getting Law on Her Behalf, Capito Decides Not to Run

By: Wednesday July 21, 2010 8:16 am

Shelley Moore Capito, the House Republican from West Virginia who, under the special election law to replace the late Robert Byrd could have run for her House seat and a Senate seat at the same time, has decided not to use that privilege, according to sources with the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake. This virtually assures [...]

Manchin, As Expected, to Run for WV-Sen Seat

By: Tuesday July 20, 2010 8:03 am

Joe Manchin, the Governor of West Virginia, officially announced he will run for Senate in the just-finalized 2010 special election for Robert Byrd’s old seat, moments after singing the bill setting the terms of the election. Manchin was apparently so set on getting the election in November 2010 that he gave in to all Republican [...]

WV-Sen: The Democratic School for Negotiating to Get What Your Opponent Wants

By: Tuesday July 20, 2010 6:15 am

I mentioned this in yesterday’s Roundup, but I’m still marveling at it, just as an example of how not to run a negotiation. Democrats in West Virginia originally wanted to follow the law by waiting until 2012 for a special election to replace the late Robert Byrd. Republicans howled about the deception of an interim [...]

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