On the eve of the Massachusetts special Senate election to Replace John Kerry (D) things are looking very good for Democrats. The latest polls all find Democrat Rep. Ed Markey with a solid lead over Republican Gabriel Gomez.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday June 4, 2013 4:22 pm|
Governor Chris Christie (R) decided to move as fast as possible to let the people of New Jersey choose a replacement for Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D) who recently passed away. During a press conference Tuesday afternoon Christie announced that the special election would take place on October 16th, with the primary to be held on August 13th.
|By: Jon Walker Monday May 6, 2013 8:00 am|
With the special election for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional district taking place tomorrow the race couldn’t be closer. According to a new PPP poll former Gov. Mark Sanford holds a single point lead over Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch.
|By: Jon Walker Monday April 22, 2013 6:30 pm|
Despite the strong Republican leanings of South Carolina’s 1st district it looks like Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch is on track to win the special election. According to a new PPP poll she holds a nine point lead over former Gov. Mark Sanford.
|By: David Dayen Friday December 21, 2012 9:42 am|
Former Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry will become the next nominee for Secretary of State, replacing Hillary Clinton and creating another Senate vacancy.
President Obama will formally announce the nomination today at the White House, according to sources. He is not expected to face much resistance in the Senate for confirmation. Kerry will likely recuse himself from the confirmation hearings, since they would take place at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which he chairs. But there’s no word on when or if Kerry will step down from the Senate, the timing of which triggers a series of vacancy laws in Massachusetts.
|By: David Dayen Saturday December 15, 2012 1:00 pm|
Former Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry has been chosen to serve as Secretary of State, according to a Chicago Sun-Times columnist who heard it from an unidentified White House source.
This doesn’t exactly come from left field. Kerry, the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was rumored to be on the short list for the job, along with UN Ambassador Susan Rice. Rice took herself out of the running this week.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday September 14, 2011 6:42 am|
People are straining for rationales to this one, but I think it’s pretty simple – the election took place in an environment with a very unpopular Democratic President. That popularity may be in the midst of bouncing back after the jobs address, but that was too late to save Weprin.
|By: David Dayen Thursday July 7, 2011 5:37 pm|
Unions filed a new lawsuit to stop the anti-union law, but given the cravenness of David Prosser Who Will Choke You and the state Supreme Court, I don’t see much chance for overturning it. The ballot box is the alternative, for now, and it will take years to actually win back the necessary votes to repeal. It starts with the recalls.
|By: David Dayen Sunday June 12, 2011 7:40 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 of their own. The final decision reflected mostly a high road approach.
|By: David Dayen Saturday June 11, 2011 11:00 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 general elections against six state Senate Republicans to August 9.