And CD 8 will elect a Democratic congresswoman...I mean, congressperson...Dean is predicting a primary win for Francine Schacter, definitely.|W|P|115167789013166798|W|P|Howard Dean Endorses...?|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org
WOLF BLITZER: So do the Tom Tancredos, the [Jim] Sensenbrenners, do they lose as a result of Chris Cannon's win? PAUL BEGALA: Yes! If, (pause) I love it when Republicans fight, it’s the Neanderthals versus the Cro-Magnons, OK? And so what happened here is the slightly more moderate position, the Bush position, on immigration prevailed. I didn't just prevail, it prevailed, as Tony [Snow, White House Press Secretary] said, by 12 points in a Republican only primary in Provo, Utah! Well, if bein', if having the mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging position can't win you a primary in Provo, it's not going to save like say, J.D. Hayworth in Arizona who has a tough Democratic opponent.Okay, here are some possible ways to compare Cannon's win to Hayworth's situation: Cannon was running in, what can be argued, is one of the most conservative Republican constituencies in the country, but won despite a more "moderate" stance on immigration, generally supporting President George Bush's plan. If a hard core anti-immigration conservative with that much money could still lose a Republican primary by a pretty decent margin (56-44), how good of an issue is this to run on? Of course, the counterspin is that the candidate, businessman John Jacob, lost for any number of reasons. Bush campaigned on Cannon's behalf, Jacob often equivocated on his anti-immigration position and towards the end, Jacob made some bizarre statements about some, uh, paranormal help that Cannon was getting for his campaign. (I'm sure that the claim that Lucifer was on board with him was unrelated to Bush helping Cannon) (Conservatives were unhappy with Jacob's campaign. Check the link for a nickname for Jacob I wish I'd thought of first) Also, despite this district being infra-red, it had been represented by a Democrat, Bill Orton, until 1996. One of the other things to consider is that Utah has a very high percentage of people who have spent time in other countries because of the large number of young Mormons that do foreign missionary duty. It is probably harder to stir up anti-immigrant sentiment among folks who have spent time abroad. Still, this was a Republican primary where the true believers vote, and the anti-immigrant (and anti-Bush) position did not carry the day. I heard a few snippets from a Cannon-Jacob debate a couple of weeks back. When it came to the immigration issue, Cannon was a master of finding the inconsistencies in Jacob's rhetoric and policy proposals. Harry Mitchell would be well advised to look up the transcripts. I don't think that this result is the equivalent of the sinking of the Titanic, as some in Mitchell's camp seem to be selling it, but it can't be good news for Hayworth, or for like minded candidates like Randy Graf. NB - I have tried to stay away from this all to easy "Red-Blue" metaphor. I went ahead and used it here. I appologize to my readers, friends and family, but most of all, God and my country. Oh, the "Blitz Woofer" thing is a tribute to Mike Royko and his creation, Slats Grobnik.|W|P|115159442958846520|W|P|Paul Begala on the CD 5 Race|W|Pemail@example.com
|W|P|115150673810722165|W|P|Weiss Challenges Huffman|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.orgWeiss Calls on Huffman to Return Lobbyist Funds Republican Legislator was "Wined and Dined" to the Tune of Almost $5,000TUCSON, ARIZ. – In a series of news articles about lobbyist influence at the Arizona State Legislature, it was reported that lobbyists spent almost $5,000 on District 8 Congressional candidate state Rep. Steve Huffman (R-26) for food, beverages, travel and entertainment. These funds came from lobbyists representing many interests including tobacco companies, out-of-state electric utilities and real estate developers who had a stake in legislation on which Huffman voted. "If this is not an example of pay-for-play, I don't know what is," said District 8 Democratic Candidate Patty Weiss. "We need representatives in Washington who will stand up to the corporate special interests, not line their pockets with gifts from lobbyists. Rep. Huffman should immediately return these funds." In the course of her campaign to become Congressional District 8's Citizen Representative in Washington, Weiss has proposed an ethics reform package that includes airtight bans on gifts and dramatically-discounted flights on corporate jets, and publicly-funded Congressional elections based on Arizona's Clean Elections model.
Gabby, Gabby, Gabby... [laughter] Gabby says she absolutely believes in clean elections. she says she has voted to protect arizona's clean elections laws. and that may be the case. in 2000, Gabby Giffords had the opportunity to run clean elections and chose to take special interest money. in 2002, gabby had opportunity to run clean elections and took special interest money. and in 2004, Gabby had the opportunity to run clean elections and took special interest money. This is the most important issue we have talked about today. Nothing good is going to be accomplished in Congress until we have publicly financed congresional campaigns. I have stood up for this issue since day one of my campaign and I pledge to you, I will run clean elections, I will fight for clean elections, because that is the only way we will be able to fight for you.Giffords was part of several efforts to turn back Republican legislation that would have defunded Clean Elections. Efforts sponsored, by the way, by Republicans who had run clean (some of whom are running Clean again!) By Patty's logic, sponsors of anti-Clean Elections legislation like Rick Murphy and Laura Knaperek are much better at protecting the system, since they've taken Clean Elections money. In the past, I've pointed out the times such as this that Giffords had turned back really gawdawful Republican legislation, and some of my readers have pooh-poohed this as parliamentary tricks or not really that important. Funny thing, given that whoever wins this race stands a pretty even chance of serving in the minority party, knowing ways to use the system to stop bad legislation will be a big part of the job desciption. By the way, Howard Dean opted out of the public financing in his last presidential campaign. I expect that Weiss will confront him about this when he visits on Thursday. Oh, I hope she brings her campaign manager, Frank Costanzo, with her. He did work for him, after all. I know that Weiss, given her previous occupation, was probably unable to give political contributions. But, while her husband was giving money to Jon Kyl's campaign, did he see fit to donate to the Keep It Clean committee when Clean Elections was under threat? Didn't think so. Weiss has a diary on Daily Kos where on Sunday she makes her point about this, but also demands that Giffords release her internal polls.
Is Gabby unwilling to stand up and defend her actions? Did she change her opinion of public financing when she saw the results of her issues poll that she won't make public? She certainly can't change her record.Giffords hasn't released her polls? Of course not. Weiss released the results of two questions on a rather detailed poll. Given she has only released the narrow slice of what she thinks is favorable to her, it is silly for her to criticize Giffords for not releasing her numbers. What is it on her poll, which shows her leading, that says that she has to go negative? The public needs to know, right? By the way, few campaigns release their internal polls. That's why they are called "internal." Another knock on this line is that Giffords won't tell her staff about the polling. I don't think this is true in this case, but it happens occasionally. Grijalva's campaign in 2002, for example, kept their polling very close to the vest, because they didn't want the staff to slack off if they found out how far ahead they were. In that diary, Weiss denies going negative. I don't live in a Political Cloudcuckooland; I know that "negative" is not always "bad." Pointing out what you percieve as flaws in your opponent's campaign is sometimes necessary and can be instructive to voters, it is still negative though. To deny this is just spin.|W|P|115142180008063526|W|P|Weiss Goes Negative?|W|Pemail@example.com
After meeting former newswoman Patty Weiss (D) recently, we are convinced that former state Sen. Gabrielle Giffords (D) is the stronger general-election candidate for Democrats in this southern Arizona open seat. EMILY's List, a group that provides financial support to Democratic women candidates who support abortion rights, apparently agrees, as it endorsed Giffords over Weiss last week.People that met Weiss early in the race were willing to give her a chance because she demonstrated a suprising grasp of the issues and a passionate defense of liberal values. I'm not sure what bad impression she had made with the Post that caused her to deserve this sort of dis (or even if she deserved the dis), or if despite her knowledge, she paled in comparison to the more politically savvy Giffords. So, the big question is, does this poll solidify Weiss's position as a "front runner," or is it just a demonstration that we have a long race to run here?|W|P|115117451712263269|W|P|Exploding. Plastic. Inevitable.|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org
“LCV is proud to endorse Gabrielle Giffords because we see her as an environmental champion in the United States Congress, as she has been back home in Arizona,” said LCV Political Director Tony Massaro. “She knows well that the key to reinvigorating America’s economy is through a sustained effort to develop and market new and renewable forms of energy. She knows it’s American ingenuity and the American work ethic that will solve our energy challenges.”Another interesting set of endorsements will be announced today. Harry Mitchell will be having a press conference today at 2:00 at his headquarters (115 E Baseline) to announce that "several prominent Republicans" are endorsing his candidacy. Who? What makes this fun is that we don't know yet. UPDATE: I recieved a release from Mitchell's campaign this morning saying that one of the endorsers will be former Attorney General Grant Woods. I had also heard about other names. I can't say who they are, but at least one really suprised me and they aren't all in the RINO camp.|W|P|115107283106145033|W|P|Endorsements|W|Pemail@example.com