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Alan Greenblatt -- Staff Writer. Alan covers politics as well as policy issues for Governing. He is the coauthor of a standard textbook on state and local governments. He previously worked as a reporter for NPR and CQ and has written about politics and culture for many other outlets, print and online.

November 12, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Limits on Race in Gerrymandering

The ruling in two cases challenging Alabama's legislative maps could have an impact on congressional and legislative maps across the country.
November 5, 2014

What All the GOP Wins Mean for Governors

Democrats hoped to have the upper hand when it came to races for governor. Instead, Republicans pulled off some unexpected victories.
November 5, 2014

Cities Embrace New Mayors, Liberal Policies

Voters in a number of cities chose new mayors and supported ballot measures that were either green or worker-friendly.
November 3, 2014

Will Bipartisanship Bring Down Alaska's Gov. Sean Parnell?

Republican Sean Parnell expected to be easily re-elected, but the joined forces of Democrats and Independents and his slow response to recent challenges have put him in jeopardy.
November 3, 2014

Tom Wolf May Win Pennsylvania Easy, But the Job Won't Be

Pennsylvania's Tom Wolf is sure to become the governor, but he's unlikely to get his way once he's in office.
November 1, 2014

The Progress and Promise of Pittsburgh's Turnaround

After years of decline, the city is making gains, and Mayor Bill Peduto’s administration represents a new brand of politics that’s moving into big cities across America.
November 1, 2014

City Hall Drama Takes Center Stage in New Play

An interactive show casts theatre-goers as participants in a city council meeting.
October 29, 2014

Why So Many Incumbent Governors Are in Political Peril in 2014

It's likely that more incumbents will lose next week than at any time since 1990.
October 28, 2014

In Florida Governor’s Race, Attacks Overtake Issues

The race between Gov. Rick Scott and former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has been one of the year's most negative, dominated by personal attacks and enormous advertising budgets.
October 27, 2014

Why Illinois Has the Least Predictable Governor's Race in the Country

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, who carries clear liabilities on his record, has kept the contest a dead heat by attacking his opponent.
October 22, 2014

Maine Gov. Paul LePage Hopes to Make History in November

Even though a majority of voters don't want the Republican re-elected, he may become the first U.S. governor elected with less than 40 percent of the vote -- twice.
October 17, 2014

Recall Survivor Scott Walker Faces Toughest Challenge Yet in November

The Republican governor of Wisconsin survived a recall election two years ago, but recent ethics scandals and attacks on unions may have wrecked his chances for a second term.
October 15, 2014

Can Obama Carry Dan Malloy across Connecticut's Finish Line?

A poor economy and tax increases in one of the wealthiest states have made the Democratic governor one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the country.
October 13, 2014

Centrism Hurting Once-Popular Gov. Hickenlooper's Re-Election Hopes

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper's decisions that once seemed like triumphs or smart compromises have turned off many voters.
October 8, 2014

Why Massachusetts Might Elect Another Republican Governor

In the bluest of states, Democrat Martha Coakley, best known for failing to win Ted Kennedy's U.S. Senate seat, is polling evenly in this year's race against Republican Charlie Baker.
October 6, 2014

Sam Brownback Has Made Enemies, May Lose Election

The Kansas governor's policies are starting to look too conservative even for one of the reddest states, giving opponent Paul Davis a slight edge.
September 29, 2014

With Millions to Give, Foundation Takes Urban-Improvement Ideas from Anyone

The Knight Foundation begins accepting applications for its new Cities Challenge program Wednesday. Unlike other competitive grant programs, anyone can apply.
September 25, 2014

Arkansas Is Likely the Next State to Turn Red

Arkansas' outgoing Democratic governor is one of the most popular governors in the country, but his successor may be a Republican he's already beat.
September 23, 2014

Michigan GOP Gov. Rick Snyder Has Created an Opening for His Opponent

The self-proclaimed nerdy governor of Michigan has made some mistakes in the past few months that have turned his re-election race into a dead heat.
September 17, 2014

Kansas Democrats Seek to Oust Secretary of State Kris Kobach

The politician has long been a lightning rod for Democrats. This fall, they think they have a chance to beat him.
September 5, 2014

Andrew Cuomo Is Going to Win but Not with the Landslide He Wants

The New York governor is essentially guaranteed to win re-election but not by so much that he can secure his spot as a top contender for president.
September 1, 2014

From Vacant to Vibrant: Cincinnati’s Urban Transformation

How a lot of money and a little luck brought one of the nation’s most dangerous neighborhoods back to life.
August 15, 2014

Leadership Lessons from Ferguson

The chaos that erupted after a police officer shot an unarmed black teen showcases the need for strong leadership and how law enforcement can lead best in communities where life is already a daily struggle.
July 1, 2014

How Millennials Can Make Their Mark on Unions

Younger workers can bring a new energy to organized labor. But if unions want to attract millennials, they’ll have to change some of their ways.
June 1, 2014

ALEC Goes Local

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is expanding its reach beyond the states to local governments.
April 1, 2014

Rural Areas Lose People But Not Power

Rural lawmakers are dwindling in number as people continue to migrate to metropolitan areas. But the battle between urban and rural politics is as big as ever -- and those out in the country may be winning.
March 1, 2014

Politicians’ “Peanut Butter Problem”

Government officials are intensely aware of the political need to spread out resources equally but doing so means there probably won’t be enough to make a major impact anywhere.
February 1, 2014

Texas’ Next Governor? Meet Wendy Davis' Opponent, Greg Abbott

The Attorney General is poised to beat Democrat Wendy Davis in the state's nationally watched and heated governor's race, but most Texans know very little about him.
January 1, 2014

Corporate Entrepreneurs Are at the Heart of Downtown Revitalizations

Private-sector actors are reshaping the center of some cities in ways local governments no longer have the ability to do themselves.
January 31, 2013

What China's Unique Urbanization Can Teach America

Nineteen of the 20 fastest-growing cities in the world last year were in China. For more from Governing's first-ever International Issue, click here.
December 28, 2012

Newbies Infiltrate State Legislative Chambers

Thanks to term limits and anti-incumbent fervor, half the lawmakers across the country have less than two years’ experience.
December 28, 2012

The Era of Divided Government is Over

For the first time in a long time, one party holds both the legislature and governorship in 37 states.
December 28, 2012

States Double Down on Incentives to Woo Companies

In the wake of the recession and the long, slow recovery from it, state and local governments have been even more eager to offer incentives to the few projects they have hopes of landing.
December 28, 2012

Teachers Rack Up Wins Against Reform Efforts

Education reform ideas that have generally received widespread support are experiencing pushback in the states, including some surprising places.
November 30, 2012

Rural Areas Lose More Legislative Representation

With fewer state lawmakers representing rural districts, issues important to rural areas may go unheard.
November 30, 2012

What Did the Stimulus Do for States?

Governing interviewed Time correspondent Michael Grunwald, who argues in his new book that the stimulus has had more influence on domestic policy than any other piece of legislation in decades.
November 30, 2012

When Will Governments Hire Again?

Even where the fiscal picture has brightened, state and local officials are understandably wary about taking on new obligations.
October 31, 2012

When Governors Don’t Play Nice

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal doesn’t even bother working with the state Legislature. Does it matter?
October 31, 2012

One of the Most Segregated U.S. Cities Opens the Race Conversation

Cleveland has started a yearlong series of forums on race relations to educate citizens and city leaders.
October 31, 2012

In Vote-Counting, Human Errors Still Creep In

New York has been reluctant to embrace technology when it comes to counting votes. Could the state’s hesitation be the source for its recent election debacles? For full election coverage, go to Governing's Election Center.
September 28, 2012

Can You Separate Federal Issues from State Elections?

Many state candidates are asked less about their stance on issues affecting the state and more about federal matters they can do little about.
August 31, 2012

Transportation Plan? Atlanta Voters Say No Thanks

Voters in the Atlanta region rejected a ballot measure to raise sales taxes by a penny to fund some $6 billion in transportation projects.
August 31, 2012

Cloud Computing Taxes Up in the Air in States

A dozen states are debating whether they should and how they could tax cloud computing services.
August 31, 2012

Did Wisconsin End the Recall Wave?

Recalls have been on the rise. But after Gov. Scott Walker survived his election, two other high-profile recall attempts failed in Michigan and California.
August 10, 2012

More Incumbents Losing Grasp on State Legislature Seats

Voters aren't waiting until November to express their anger. With 14 states still to hold their primary contests, already 135 incumbent state legislators have lost their seats.
August 9, 2012

Pension Plan Changes Pose Challenges for Lawmakers

Lawmakers have become acutely familiar with the financial challenges caused by pension underfunding, and they're certainly aware of the political difficulties involved in trying to change pension formulas. But the legal hurdles involved in changing pension benefits can be formidable as well.
July 31, 2012

Counties: An Outdated Concept or the Future?

Hit harder by the economic downturn than either cities or states, counties are feeling pressure from all sides, leading many to reexamine county functions altogether.
June 29, 2012

Social Issues Overshadow Tennessee Legislative Session

Tennessee made a bid (again) to become the nation’s most socially conservative state by voting on bills regarding school prayer, sex education, climate change and abortion.
June 29, 2012

Los Angeles Transit Needs Taxpayers' Money to Rebuild

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is asking voters to pay a half-cent sales tax longer so he can finish his plans to improve the highway and subway systems quicker.
June 29, 2012

Does Drug Testing Welfare Recipients Save Money?

Seven states have enacted drug testing for welfare applicants in an effort to cut costs and combat fraud -- but it’s not clear the move does either.
May 31, 2012

The New Black South

After nearly a century of moving north, African-Americans are reshaping cities and suburbs in the South.
April 30, 2012

Governors Have 'The Best Job in Politics'

In his new book, political scientist Alan Rosenthal professes that no one gets what they want more than governors. Find out why.
April 30, 2012

Stockton, California’s Bankruptcy Makes 'Normal' Cities Nervous

Unlike many high-profile bankruptcies, Stockton’s financial woes are the result of many different factors that are not unusual for many localities.
April 30, 2012

Caucus System Cracks Revealed During 2012 GOP Primary Season

Several states were embarrassed by faulty counts in their caucuses, which are run by political parties rather than by public officials.
April 30, 2012

Citizens United’s Corporate Candidate

Now that private-sector groups are allowed to spend unlimited amounts of money in state elections, who’s really running for office?
March 30, 2012

Wisconsin Recall Elections Draw Lots of Attention -- and Cash

The recalls of Gov. Scott Walker, his lieutenant and four state senators could top $100 million, but that's just a prelude to the fall when the parties will fight for control of the state House.
March 30, 2012

GIS Mapping Helps Frogtown, Minnesota Track Neighborhood Data

Residents use geographic info systems to learn more about where they live.
March 30, 2012

Grease Disposal Laws Target Thieves

California and Virginia have passed statutes to regulate the disposal of cooking grease -- a hot commodity because of the demand for biofuel -- to keep people from stealing it from restaurants.
March 30, 2012

Tuition? UC Riverside Students Say Bill Me Later

A student group called “Fix UC” suggests colleges take a share of each student’s salary for the first 20 years after they graduate.
March 30, 2012

Sunday Alcohol Sales Making a Comeback

In the last decade, 15 states have repealed so-called blue laws that banned Sunday sales of beer, wine and liquor.
February 29, 2012

Kris Kobach Tackles Illegal Immigration

Kansas’ secretary of state is redefining immigration laws not only in his state, but in Arizona and elsewhere.
January 31, 2012

Conservatives Question the War on Drugs

Some surprising political figures like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have started questioning how effective U.S. drug policy is.
January 31, 2012

TED Prize Winner: City 2.0

For the first time, the TED Prize (which includes a cash prize) is being awarded to an idea, not a person. But cities will benefit.
January 31, 2012

Elected as a Democrat, Now Governing the City Like a Republican

Some liberal leaders are pursuing a conservative economic agenda.
January 31, 2012

Downtown Revitalization During a Recovery: Great Idea or Huge Mistake?

Only time will tell if Kansas City’s unusual and possibly risky move will pay off.
January 1, 2012

More State Workers Face Personnel Cuts

With the ballooning cost of benefits, a poor job market and more lean-government advocates in power, states are cutting personnel more than they have in the past.
January 1, 2012

In Kansas, It’s GOP vs. GOP

For years, there have been two kinds of Republicans in the Kansas statehouse: conservatives and moderates. This year, the conservatives want total control.
January 1, 2012

States Legislate in Response to News Headlines

In the current 24/7 news cycle, scandals often lead to bills in several statehouses.
November 30, 2011

ALEC Enjoys A New Wave of Influence and Criticism

The American Legislative Exchange Council’s conservative ideas are resonating in practically every area of state government. And its opponents aren’t happy about it.
November 30, 2011

Taxing the Rich Isn’t Always a Moneymaker

Several states increased taxes on the wealthy in recent years. The move brought in extra revenue but didn’t solve all of states’ budget problems.
November 30, 2011

St. Louis Wants to Control Its Own Police Force Again

In the nineteenth century, some states took control of local police forces. Today, St. Louis is the last big city whose force is still under state control.
November 30, 2011

America’s Least Active City Sits Down to Celebrate

After Lexington, Ky., earned the award for least active city, residents and the mayor took to the streets to boast their win in a Sedentary Parade.
November 30, 2011

California’s Money-Saving MVP

If finding ways to save money for a cash-starved state wasn’t enough, California’s Auditor Elaine Howle is adding the task of setting up a new redistricting commission to her to-do list.
November 30, 2011

Governments Abandon Fingerprinting for Food Stamps

Most states and cities stopped requiring that recipients be fingerprinted because it was costly and slowed the application process. New York City and Arizona are the last jurisdictions that still do it.
October 31, 2011

New Headaches for ‘No Child Left Behind’

New NCLB waivers may impact the classroom more than the old law they’re trying to escape did.
October 31, 2011

What Can Cities Learn from Wasps?

An evolutionary biologist adapts his theories to help local officials plan parks and improve schools.
October 31, 2011

States Cut Welfare Benefits -- Again

At a time when people need it the most, states are tightening work requirements, lowering payments and setting time limits for welfare recipients.
October 31, 2011

Can Redistricting Ever Be Fair?

Several states are setting up independent commissions in the hope of removing bias from the line-drawing process.
October 31, 2011

South Carolina Says It's a 'Great Day'

A new etiquette directive from Gov. Nikki Haley has state employees sounding more chipper.
September 30, 2011

Your Day in Court? Get in Line.

As San Francisco County closes more than a third of its courts, local lawyers are trying to find ways to raise more revenue.
September 30, 2011

South Carolina's Ethics Problem

Scandal and corruption have plagued Palmetto State politics for years. Some say it’s because it's virtually a one-party state.
September 30, 2011

Should Governments Start Borrowing Again?

The word "borrow" may be taboo still, but one economist says states and localities should take advantage of historic low interest rates.
September 27, 2011

Billionaires in the Classroom

Bill Gates and other philanthropists are reshaping public education policy with private cash. Can they succeed at making schools perform to their liking?
July 29, 2011

Light at the End of a Scandal

After six were indicted for underfunding San Diego’s pension system, the city made some changes to close deficits with the unions on their side.
July 29, 2011

Kansas City Businesses Want to End the ‘Economic Border War’

Businesses are tired of jumping across state lines for wasted tax incentives.
July 29, 2011

Will Education Cuts Lead to More Lawsuits?

States that are cutting their K-12 budgets by billions of dollars can expect more lawsuits, but they may not have an immediate impact.
June 30, 2011

Are the Unions Winning the Fight?

Governors and mayors say their workers are demanding unsustainable benefits. Union rebuttals are not turning the tide.
May 31, 2011

Fixing Bridges ... Or Not

The lack of money for bridge repairs is symptomatic of a larger problem: Transportation projects in general are going to slip behind.
May 31, 2011

States Roll Back Early Voting, Enforce Voter ID Laws

Democrats complain that GOP legislators are seeking to disenfranchise vulnerable groups of voters. Republicans say they're merely protecting the sanctity of the ballot.
May 31, 2011

Pink Slips Affect the Future of the Teaching Profession

Massive teacher layoffs have led to concerns that young people will shy away from entering the suddenly less-than-secure profession.
May 31, 2011

Rahm Emanuel Takes on Chicago

Chicago's Richard M. Daley is a tough act to follow. But Rahm Emanuel is determined to make his own mark.
April 29, 2011

New Governors Time Their Battles

Unpopular governors have good chances of winning re-election -- as long as they push their most controversial policies early on.
April 29, 2011

Detroit's Disappearing Population -- and Revenues

With the loss of 25 percent of its residents, Detroit could also lose its ability to levy higher income taxes.
April 29, 2011

Does the Popular Vote Matter?

While some states offer extra protection for statutes enacted by popular vote, legislatures can still overturn ballot initiatives in most states.
March 31, 2011

States Handing Off More Responsibilities to Cities

States are asking cities to take charge of more programs, but they may not provide enough support.
February 28, 2011

The Troubled State of Mental Health Funding

States have cut mental health funding by more than $2 billion. Things may get worse this year.
February 28, 2011

The Immigration Enforcement Divide

Legislators are trying to pass laws requiring immigration checks, but they're running into resistance from the people who would enforce them.
February 28, 2011

School Vouchers Are In ... Again

Different circumstances and a favorable political climate make school vouchers more attractive than before.
January 1, 2011

Voters to Decide Fate of Earnings Tax

Two Missouri cities may soon be facing a huge drop in tax collections.
January 1, 2011

The Increasing Opposition to the New Health-Care Law

Attorneys general in several states are seeking to overturn the federal health-care law.
January 1, 2011

Christie's Hands-On Approach With Local Government

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is playing an extremely active role in local government affairs.
June 1, 2010

Playing Dumb

Liability rather than serendipity is the focus of playground design. Some are trying to change that.
May 1, 2010

Death From Washington

Federal prosecutors are increasingly eager to invoke capital punishment--even in states that don't like it.
May 1, 2010

Greenhouse Shift

By one vote, the U.S. Supreme Court has altered the politics of air pollution.
May 1, 2010

Horrendous Honeymoon

It's hard to imagine a worse start than the one Nevada's governor is off to.
May 1, 2010

New Clout In a Big County

L.A. County supervisors have done something unusual--given up power voluntarily.
May 1, 2010

Property Dilemma

Florida property taxes badly need reform. But it has to be sensible reform.
May 1, 2010

King of Swing

In an all-but-deadlocked Montana House, iconoclast Rick Jore holds the balance of power.
December 31, 2009

In Wisconsin, Partisan Battles Rule the Legislature

In this January 2010 feature from our archive: State legislatures may not be as partisan as Congress, but they're getting closer.
November 30, 2009

The Standardizing of Classroom Standards

How well can Johnny add? Right now, states try to answer that question in troublingly disparate ways. According to one recent federal study, a fourth-grade...
November 30, 2009

Bending the Law on Slots

Gambling interests seeking permission to move into a state like to tell voters that neighboring states are already profiting from casinos and lotteries, so they...
November 30, 2009

California Voters and the Water Spigot

California has just enacted a huge and enormously complicated package of bills meant to put an end to the state's longstanding water wars. But the...
November 30, 2009

Local Government and Recall Fever

The printed agenda for meetings of the county board in Monroe County, Wisconsin, always reminds elected supervisors to wear name tags, because "it helps visitors."...
November 16, 2009

Weekend Update: Governors

Two big events in 2010 gubernatorial news this weekend. The first was Saturday's announcement by Kay Bailey Hutchison that she will not resign her U....
November 12, 2009

Suozzi Sounds Off

Politico blogger Ben Smith had an interview today with Thomas Suozzi, the Nassau County, New York, executive who is currently down 500 votes in the count ...
November 10, 2009

Spending Election Night Online

I have to admit that I'm a very late adopter. I'm a big music fan, but all my friends had iPods before I ...
November 4, 2009

For New York's Mayor, a Surprisingly Narrow Win

As the votes were counted in mayoral races across the country, the biggest shock of the night occurred in a race that turned out just...
November 3, 2009

Legislative Outcomes

Despite Chris Christie's win, New Jersey Democrats will maintain control of the state Assembly. It's clear that in Virginia, Republicans will add to ...
November 3, 2009

Gay Marriage Losing in Maine

The gay marriage repeal is leading, 52 to 48 percent. The count still has a ways to go but it's been the repeal side that's ...
November 3, 2009

Garamendi Holds Early Lead in House Race

John Garamendi, the Democratic lieutenant governor of California and a perennial candidate, holds an early lead in a special congressional election in Northern California. He'...
November 3, 2009

McGinn Up Early in Seattle

Environmentalist Mike McGinn is leading cell-phone executive Joe Mallahan in the Seattle mayor's race, but just barely. With 38 percent of precincts reporting, McGinn has 50.5 ...
November 3, 2009

Bell Wins in Toledo

Mike Bell, Toledo's long-time fire chief, has won election as mayor. Bell ran as an independent and defeated Democrat Mike Wilkowski. Bell will replace ...
November 3, 2009

Ravenstahl Wins Full Term

Luke Ravenstahl, the youthful mayor of Pittsburgh, took 55 percent of the vote today in his successful quest to win a full term. Ravenstahl became mayor ...
November 3, 2009

Norwood-Reed Runoff

In the Atlanta mayor's race, Mary Norwood has 43 percent of the vote, with 93 percent of the precincts reporting. She'll be headed for a ...
November 3, 2009

Elsewhere in Upstate

posted by Alan Greenblatt Stephanie Miner was elected as the first woman mayor of Syracuse today. Albany Mayor Gerald Jennings easily won a fifth term. ...
November 3, 2009

Rybak Looking Strong

For all the possible merits of instant runoff voting, it seems to be slowing down the count in Minneapolis. With just 11 percent of the vote ...
November 3, 2009

Christie Wins By 5

The vote counting is just about done in New Jersey. Chris Christie has taken 49.2 percent to Corzine's 44.4 percent, with Chris Daggett finishing at 5.6 percent.
November 3, 2009

Gay Marriage Slipping Behind in Maine

With 60 percent of precincts reporting in Maine, the yes votes for repeal of gay marriage are now ahead, 51.58 to 48.42 percent. More clear outcomes on tax ...
November 3, 2009

McDonnell's Crushing Win

Bob McDonnell's almost-final vote total in Virginia is 59 percent to Creigh Deeds' anemic 41 percent. For all the talk of a referendum on Obama (to ...
November 3, 2009

Houston: Headed to Runoff

The Houston mayor's race was always expected to go to a runoff, but there looks to be a surprising cast of characters in the ...
November 3, 2009

Cincinnati's Mallory Winning Second Term

Mark Mallory, the Democratic mayor of Cincinnati, looks like he's cruising to a second term. He's got 57 percent of the vote with 55 percent ...
November 3, 2009

Chris Coleman Reelected in St. Paul

Chris Coleman, who unseated a St. Paul mayor four years ago, won a second term in that office today. Coleman, a Democrat who recently ruled ...
November 3, 2009

Bloomberg's Narrow Win?

MSNBC has retracted its call of the New York City mayor's race, but The New York Times is still calling it for Bloomberg. With 89 ...
November 3, 2009

NY-23: Dem Up, Still Close

To make it a trifecta, Repubilcans are rooting for Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate, to win the special congressional election in upstate New York. ...
November 3, 2009

Looks Like an Upset in Dayton

Counting has stalled at 98.7 percent of the precincts in Dayton, but challenger Gary Leitzell may have already run up an unbeatable lead against incumbent Mayor ...
November 3, 2009

New Florida Mayors

Tomás Regalado has triumphed in the Miami mayor's race, taking 72 percent of the vote. Fellow city commissioner Joe Sanchez has conceded. In St. ...
November 3, 2009

Norwood Ahead But Not Mayor

As expected, Councilwoman Mary Norwood is leading in Atlanta's mayoral contest. She has 47 percent of the vote, with 19 percent of precincts reporting. She would ...
November 3, 2009

NJ Gov: Christie Ahead

With 44 percent of precincts reporting, Republican Chris Christie is leading Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine of New Jersey, 50 to 44 percent.
November 3, 2009

Maine: Gay Marriage Barely Ahead

With 22 percent of precincts reporting, Maine's ballot measure to repeal the state's gay marriage law is barely trailing, with 55,569 "no" votes ...
November 3, 2009

Other NYC Races

Despite apparently voting in a Republican for mayor for the fifth time in a row, New York City is otherwise living up to its bona ...
November 3, 2009

Bloomberg Wins Third Term

With just 17 percent of the precincts in and a close count so far, The New York Times is nonetheless calling the New York City mayor'...
November 3, 2009

A Real Race in Dayton

Dayton, Ohio, Mayor Rhine McLin is ahead in her race for a third term, but not by much. With 80 percent of the precincts counted, McLin ...
November 3, 2009

Wasting No Time

At least six of the nine members of the Monroe County, Wisconsin, board were recalled last month. One may have survived, pending a recount of ...
November 3, 2009

Instant Runoff in the Twin Cities

Instant-runoff voting, in which voters would mark their first, second and third choices for an office, made its first appearance on Minneapolis ballots today. Over ...
November 3, 2009

Jackson Out in Front

Polls have just closed in Cleveland, where Mayor Frank Jackson is expected to cruise to a second term. He had outpaced his opponent, former city ...
November 3, 2009

A New Direction for Miami?

Polls are closed in Miami, which will elect a new mayor to replace Manny Diaz. It looks like it might be quite a replacement. Tomá...
November 3, 2009

That Was Fast

The Washington Post isn't calling the Virginia race yet, but one of their columnists in an online chat says "I believe McDonnell is ...
November 3, 2009

The Expectations Game

There's certainly no getting around the "referendum on Obama" idea. It's the only thing holding these disparate races together. "What ...
November 3, 2009

Wait Till Next Year

Marc Ambinder at TheAtlantic.com, while dismissive about reading too much "meaning" into today's elections, looks ahead to 2010 and declares that races ...
November 2, 2009

Corzine-Christie: Last Round of Polls

Bunch of polls out today on the New Jersey governor's race: Monmouth/Gannett: Corzine 43, Christie 41, Daggett 8 SurveyUSA: Christie 45, Corzine 42, Daggett 10 Democracy Corps: Corzine 41, Christie 37, ...
November 2, 2009

Anticipating Hoffman Fallout

With Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman opening up a big lead (or smaller but still sizable lead) heading into tomorrow's special congressional election in ...
November 2, 2009

Are Third Party Candidates Viable?

Given public unhappiness with the two major parties -- which seems almost to be a constant in our politics -- the question always arises as ...
October 31, 2009

Miami's Visionary Zoning Plan

When it comes to building and construction, Miami has always been a wide-open town. That's about to change. Last month, the city council approved a...
October 31, 2009

Tribal Trouble in Tennessee

Given the limited number of Native Americans, it would be natural to expect that today's tribes would welcome the recognition of any new group with...
October 31, 2009

The Search for Interstate Cooperation

In desperate budget times, more and more local governments are turning to their neighbors, hoping to save money by sharing services and equipment. This kind...
October 30, 2009

Monroe County Wipeout

Lots of Americans are worried about keeping their jobs these days, but if you're Dennis Hubbard you have special reason to worry. Hubbard is ...
October 29, 2009

Latest SC Euphemism for Sex...

... is "going to the cemetery." Roland Corning, a former South Carolina state legislator, was fired from his job as a deputy assistant attorney ...
October 29, 2009

Another Former Rising Star

Erie County Executive Chris Collins was considered a rising star in New York Republican politics, talked up as a potential candidate for governor next year. ...
October 26, 2009

Republican Comeback in the Suburbs

Last year, when I wanted to write a story about how the suburbs -- especially older, inner-ring, dense suburbs -- were trending Democratic, I traveled ...
October 26, 2009

The United Not-States

There's been a debate of sorts in recent days in the liberal blogosphere on the question of whether states should be eliminated. Matthew Yglesias, ...
October 23, 2009

Bai's Take

Matt Bai has a very long and Corzine-centric but worthwhile account of the New Jersey governor's race in the New York Times magazine. Neighboring ...
October 23, 2009

Will Republicans Squander a House Seat?

Along with the races for governor in Virginia and New Jersey, the marquee race in the country is next month's special election for a ...
October 23, 2009

White House Sticks a Fork in Deeds

President Obama will campaign for Creigh Deeds, the Democratic candidate for governor in Virginia, next week. But sensing his likely defeat, the White House is ...
October 22, 2009

Could Chris Daggett Win?

The latest poll in the New Jersey governor's race, this one from Eagleton-Rutgers, shows Jon Corzine, the Democratic incumbent, opening up a three-point lead ...
October 20, 2009

Why Deeds Is Losing

Creigh Deeds, the Virginia state senator who is the Democratic candidate for governor in next month's election, has never gotten his act together. He ...
October 20, 2009

Dayton Foreclosure Update

I wrote a cover story early last year on foreclosures, looking at Dayton, Ohio, to give a sense of what the effects were like in ...
October 19, 2009

Suburban Diversity

The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University on Long Island will be hosting a big academic conference later this week on the increasing ...
October 16, 2009

New Jersey: Not Loving the Choices

Democrat Jon Corzine and Republican Chris Christie take turns holding slim leads in the latest polls in the New Jersey governor's race. According to ...
October 16, 2009

In the End, It Wasn't Close

As expected, A C Wharton Jr. was elected mayor of Memphis yesterday in a special election. Wharton had led all comers in polls but won ...
October 15, 2009

Branstad Getting Ready

Terry Branstad, a former four-term governor of Iowa, has been a little bit coy about plans to run again. But it looks like he's ...
October 15, 2009

Peterson Opens Campaign

Bill Peterson, a former majority leader in the South Dakota House, has formally launched his bid for Sioux Falls mayor. Peterson is the first to ...
October 14, 2009

Republican Momentum

It seems more than likely that Republicans will do better in next year's elections than they did in 2006 and 2008. And, while I'm deeply ...
October 14, 2009

Hyperlocal New Jersey

If you're following the news about the news, you've probably heard that many media companies are hoping to find successful niches in so-called ...
October 14, 2009

Postcard From New Mexico

I spent several days in New Mexico last week, speaking at the Council of State Governments' western regional meeting and enjoying much of the stunning ...
October 2, 2009

How Politicians Get Their Money

I was just talking with Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey about a legislative matter but since he's running for governor next year I asked ...
October 2, 2009

Smokers Need Not Apply

Nothing is certain but death and taxes. That doesn't mean they have to occur in the same place. Anne Gannon, the tax collector in ...
September 30, 2009

What is the Age of Responsibility?

Justin McNaull grew up in a hurry. By the time he was 23, McNaull had graduated from college, married and gone to work for his local...
September 30, 2009

For Louisiana's Governor, Jolts from Washington

No one really thinks of Bobby Jindal and Barack Obama as personal or even political rivals these days. But it seems like at every turn,...
September 30, 2009

Disappearing Dues in Kansas

Bankers, barbers and doctors in Kansas, who pay a fee to support the state organizations that monitors their professions, might want to take a close...
September 30, 2009

A Spending Spree in Kentucky

Like governments everywhere, cities and counties in Kentucky seem to realize that the current budget environment requires them to keep a close watch on spending....
September 30, 2009

Corzine Still Stuck at 39

A new Quinnipiac poll out today shows New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine still trailing in his reelection bid, but not by as much. Republican Chris ...
September 30, 2009

A Real Mensch

Pennsylvania state Rep. Bob Mensch easily won yesterday's special state Senate election. Our friends at the Republican State Leadership Committee say that Mensch's ...
September 29, 2009

Wharton for Mayor

AC Wharton Jr., our September cover subject, has been leading a big field in the Oct. 15 special election for mayor of Memphis. He won't ...
September 29, 2009

Polanski Case Deserves an Ending

I'll admit to feeling some ambivalence about the Roman Polanski case, but my bottom line is that if he's extradited and serves time, ...
September 24, 2009

Wilder Doesn't Endorse Deeds

Doug Wilder, the former Virginia governor and Richmond mayor, announced today that he will not endorse either candidate in this year's gubernatorial contest. Anita ...
September 23, 2009

Declining Democratic Enthusiasm

Thinking about this year's two elections for governor, one thing stands out -- Democratic voters have been lacking enthusiasm for their candidates. That seems ...
September 23, 2009

'Julie & Julia' and Bureaucrat Bashing

I finally got around to seeing Julie & Julia. No one told me how anti-government-work it is.
September 22, 2009

Where to Meet the Mayor

Before I went to Memphis for our September 2009 cover story on Shelby County, Tennessee, Mayor A C Wharton Jr., at least two people had told ...
September 17, 2009

Why Washington, D.C. Is Rich

To live in Washington, D.C., is to have friends and family in other parts of the country. And while talking to people I know ...
September 16, 2009

Passing on Rumors

The ironically titled "I Love You Gavin Newsom!" blog has a perhaps wishful post speculating that San Francisco's mayor will soon drop ...
September 16, 2009

Why Tourists Are Sustaining Local Culture

I've had the chance this year to visit Chicago and Memphis and in both cities I took in at least one blues show. Judging ...
September 15, 2009

Blogging Metros

One of the positive developments in the fracturing of the media world is that real experts are now blogging on just about every subject, obviating ...
September 10, 2009

Stateline's Take

Our friends at Stateline.org have posted their big preview piece on the two races for governor this year, in New Jersey and Virginia. In ...
September 9, 2009

Two Towns, One Street, One Way, Both Ways

This story is about a week old but it's too amusing not to pass on. In fact, I first heard about it on NPR'...
September 8, 2009

Corporate Cash Decision

I should have gone up there myself, but instead I've been waiting to read other people's accounts of the oral arguments in the ...
September 2, 2009

Kitzhaber Comeback?

Former Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber of Oregon*, who served from 1995 to 2003 and has been promoting health care ideas ever since, ended any doubts by announcing ...
September 1, 2009

Corzine Still Losing

Two polls out today show continuing trouble for Jon Corzine, the Democratic governor of New Jersey, who is trailing his Republican challenger. According to Quinnippiac, ...
August 31, 2009

New Jersey's 'Non-Operating' School Districts

New Jersey has just 21 counties, but it has more than 600 school districts. Although merging small districts is a problem everywhere, New Jersey's system is so...
August 31, 2009

Abdicating the Budget Role to the Governor

Legislators in many states this year, faced with huge budget shortfalls and difficult choices, must have been tempted to just sign off on any plan...
August 31, 2009

In Memphis, a Plea for Regionalism

The mayor of Shelby County, Tennessee, is one of the relatively few local officials in America who regularly conducts business across state lines. As mayor...
August 31, 2009

Scandals at Home Weaken New Mexico's Governor

When federal officials let it be known that New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson would not be indicted in the pay-to-play scandal that cost him a...
August 31, 2009

Perata's Prostate

Don Perata, a former California state Senate president who is running for mayor of Oakland, has been treated for prostate cancer, apparently successfully. Perata got ...
August 31, 2009

The Draft Mitch Movement

During his reelection run last year, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels kept insisting that it was going to be his last election ever. And good on ...
August 31, 2009

Expensive Minnehaha Race

South Dakota state Sen. Scott Heidepriem is running for governor, which means that the race for his Senate seat next year will likely be the ...
August 27, 2009

Douglas Steps Down

James Douglas, Vermont's Republican governor, announced today that he will not seek a fifth term next year. Vermont is one of the bluest states ...
August 11, 2009

Deeds Mixes Things Up

The Virginia governor's race has been a sleepy affair since the two candidates won their nominations a couple of months back. For the first ...
August 10, 2009

Sanford Grounded

You probably saw the news last week that Jenny Sanford has moved out of the governor's mansion in South Carolina. Today, the Associated Press ...
August 6, 2009

Bad News for the GOP

Yesterday, I promised to post some bad news for the GOP, to leaven the good news. But maybe this isn't really news -- people ...
August 5, 2009

The Good News for the GOP

I'm going to have two posts about the prospects of the Republican Party today, one containing good news and one bad. As these things ...
July 31, 2009

A Call to Order

People complained for decades that the New York State Senate was dysfunctional. But that was before it shut down altogether. In April, a special committee...
July 31, 2009

Taming of a Deficit

San Diego just closed an $83 million hole in its budget and is looking at a shortfall conservatively estimated at $115 million next year. For a place...
July 31, 2009

Mind Your Meters

Parking has gotten worse in Chicago, and many see Mayor Richard Daley's decision to privatize parking meters as the culprit. Daley has been a privatization...
July 31, 2009

A Succession Question

South Carolina is one of the most Republican states in the country, but picking a successor to Governor Mark Sanford is going to be a...
July 31, 2009

Off to a Great Start

As expected, Kay Bailey Hutchison announced this week that she'll resign her U.S. Senate seat in order to challenge Texas Gov. Rick Perry ...
July 30, 2009

Watch Herenton Retire

Many people in Memphis have said lately that they'll believe long-time Mayor W.W. Herenton will retire when they see it. Well, you can ...
July 30, 2009

Cash-Strapped Zoo: "Give Us Money or the Gorilla Gets It"

I was up in Boston earlier this week, so of course I heard lots of talk about the Henry Louis Gates/Officer Crowley controversy. But ...
July 29, 2009

Who Resigns and Who Doesn't (Updated)

I've long been fascinated by the question of why certain politicians don't resign from office even when it's clear to all around ...
July 29, 2009

Stanley Resigns

A week ago, news broke that Tennessee state Sen. Paul Stanley had had an affair with a 22-year-old legislative intern in his office. Last night, ...
July 29, 2009

NCSL: Too Liberal?

The National Conference of State Legislatures' Grasscatcher blog, being a good sport, links to a Paul Rolly column looking at how legislators in Utah and ...
July 14, 2009

Check Your Gubernatorial Scorecard

Everybody who attends meetings of the National Governors Association wears a name tag imprinted with a photograph. Everyone, that is, except governors. But as governors ...
July 13, 2009

Memphis Musical Chairs

The Shelby County, Tennessee, Commission just voted, 8-0, to elevate Joyce Avery to the chair. Incumbent chair Deidre Malone had sought a second year, but ...
July 13, 2009

Obama's Urban Policy Gets Going

It's not getting much attention here in Washington, with all eyes on the Sotomayor hearing, but President Obama's Office of Urban Affairs held ...
July 9, 2009

NY Senate to Flip Again

The buzz around Albany this afternoon is that Democrats are about to regain control of the New York State Senate, breaking a month-long stalemate. Pedro ...
July 6, 2009

Destroy the Party in Order to Save It

David Frum makes a point similar to what I wrote about on Saturday. And yet - bitter irony - Palin's self-immolation today may yet do ...
July 4, 2009

GOP Running Out of Options

Remember the main dynamic of the GOP presidential primary season in 2007-08? It was like musical chairs. One candidate after another would emerge as the ...
July 4, 2009

Retreating, Not Advancing

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin offers a sobering variation on the Peter Principle -- the idea that because talented people are usually promoted, they "rise ...
July 2, 2009

Sanford Saga: No Crime Involved

Saying his agency doesn't "intend to be used in a political battle about the governor," Reggie Lloyd, head of South Carolina's ...
July 1, 2009

Palin's Profile

Todd Purdum has published a lengthy piece on Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin -- "the sexiest and riskiest brand in the Republican Party" -- ...
July 1, 2009

Under Pressure

Always finding new ways to look bad, S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford is backing away from a promise to release financial records relating to his ...
July 1, 2009

SC Senate President Calls for Sanford Resignation

Glenn McConnell, Senate President Pro Tempore, joins the chorus: "That decision is his alone. I do believe, however, that the Governor has lost the ...
July 1, 2009

Will Sanford Be Forced Out?

The number of Republican senators signing Majority Leader Harvey Peeler's petition for South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford to resign is up to 12, out of 27 ...
July 1, 2009

Resignation Drumbeat Deepens

If S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford hoped to quiet his personal controversy by laying out more of his past indiscretions, the strategy hasn't worked. ...
June 30, 2009

Coal-Fired Compromise

No one expected Mark Parkinson to pursue an aggressive agenda as governor of Kansas. When he took over on an interim basis in April, after...
June 30, 2009

Too Broke to Fix?

Fiscal shortfalls in the tens of billions of dollars are virtually an annual occurrence in California. But this year, the state's voters seem even more...
June 30, 2009

Stalled Trains

Transportation might seem like the one issue best suited for local, state and federal cooperation. No transit system is built without affecting the planning process...
June 30, 2009

Vacuum in Oakland

Ron Dellums never really wanted to be mayor of Oakland. He expressed doubts when civic leaders recruited him to run in 2006, and ever since then,...
June 30, 2009

Shortfall Shock

Given a climate of national recession, Maine's budget process went pretty smoothly in 2009. Despite some scary revenue shortfalls, the legislature passed a $5.8 billion budget bill...
June 30, 2009

Court Rules for Franken

Possibly ending the longest-running recount battle in memory, the Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in favor of Democrat Al Franken in what looks to ...
June 30, 2009

Keep the Noise Down at Fundraisers

Officers from the San Diego County sheriff's department busted up a Democratic congressional candidate's fundraiser Friday, in response to a noise complaint from ...
June 30, 2009

Sanford Fuels Fire

Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post suggests that Mark Sanford's AP interview today, in which he admitted to non-line-crossing encounters with additional women and ...
June 30, 2009

McGreevey's Second Act

A blog called Shankbone outlines former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey's good works: McGreevey volunteers at Exodus Ministries at the Church of Living Hope ...
June 30, 2009

Sanford Tells AP of Earlier Meetings With Chapur

AP has interviewed Gov. Mark Sanford: South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said Tuesday that he "crossed lines" with a handful of women other than his ...
June 30, 2009

Bauer Makes His Case

The State uses its turn to interview South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer to profile the man and his career. Bauer confirms yesterday's news ...
June 29, 2009

Rudy Officially on the Fence

Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani says today maybe he will and maybe he won't run for governor next year. "I don't know if I'm ...
June 29, 2009

Sanford Lays Out Reasons for Not Resigning

Mark Sanford has posted an open letter on his Web site offering apologies and offering a spiritual explanation for staying in office. Immediately after all ...
June 29, 2009

Maybe He Can Go Hiking

New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch says he'd consider furloughing himself as part of the state's budget-cutting efforts. "I think we are all ...
June 29, 2009

Sanford: Week Two Begins

The lead story in The State brings us up to date on the latest buzz on lawmakers wanting Gov. Mark Sanford to resign. As has ...
June 28, 2009

"Women?! Women?!"

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford tells the Associated Press today that he has considered resigning but won't. "Resigning would be the easiest thing ...
June 27, 2009

NYT: Jealous Boyfriend Source of Emails

New York Times : A business associate of Mr. Sanford's Argentine mistress said Friday that private messages between the two lovers had been sent anonymously to ...
June 26, 2009

Chris Christie's Ashcroft Connection

Chris Christie, the Republican nominee to take on New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine this fall, appeared before a congressional subcommittee yesterday to answer charges stemming ...
June 26, 2009

Setting a Good Example for the Boys

Washington Post : "I go back to this larger voyage we're all on, and so you take everything a day at a time," ...
June 26, 2009

Bauer, Knotts Refuse to Call for Resignation

South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer has issued a cagey statement that does not call for Gov. Mark Sanford to resign: However, do not look ...
June 26, 2009

"Puttin' Y'all in a Bad Spot"

AP is reporting that Gov. Mark Sanford wanted more time and meetings in Argentina during last year's trade mission, citing a state Commerce Department ...
June 26, 2009

Will Sanford Survive?

Here's a sure sign that the Sanford story may start cooling off: Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer tells The Associated Press in an interview this ...
June 25, 2009

More Calls for Resignation

I have to admit that when I heard the news about Sanford taking time out from an official trade mission to meet up with his ...
June 25, 2009

Hunting for the Governor

South Carolina state troopers didn't know where Sanford was during his absence and couldn't find out from staff, the Washington Post reports. The ...
June 25, 2009

Politico: Sanford Planned 10-Day Trip

Update: Gossip site TMZ quotes Guido's owner Carlos Soto as saying he's seen Sanford and Maria Belen Chapur in his place several times ...
June 25, 2009

Sanford Had Dalliance During Trade Mission

Every time I stick my neck out for this guy, more bad news follows. As noted earlier, Sanford went to Buenos Aires on a trade ...
June 25, 2009

Spartanburg Paper Calls for Resignation

The Spartanburg Herald-Journal calls for Sanford's resignation: Mark Sanford cannot navigate a deep and painful personal crisis and lead the state through its economic ...
June 25, 2009

A Previous Encounter?

On the misuse of funds watch, here's a tidbit from CNN: Sanford visited Argentina in June 2008 as part of a state-funded trade mission, according ...
June 25, 2009

Gov. Sanford: Don't Resign

Josh has a post over at Ballot Box suggesting that Sanford's viability, like that of any politician caught in a big scandal, depends on the depth of the reservoir of popularity and goodwill he may have enjoyed before getting caught out.
June 25, 2009

Sanford Mid-Afternoon Update

Gov. Mark Sanford has flown out to Sullivan's Island to be with his wife and sons, AP reports. That's a shot of a ...
June 25, 2009

Other Cheaters Weigh In

Former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey was booked on the Today show and says honesty is Sanford's best policy. Says McGreevey: "He can be ...
June 25, 2009

Emails May Have Triggered Confession

In its story today, The State of Columbia, S.C., indicates that although the paper had emails between Gov. Mark Sanford and his lover since ...
June 25, 2009

Paper Was Tipped About Flight

Gina Smith of The State has expanded her story from yesterday about her Atlanta airport interview with Gov. Mark Sanford, turning it into "how ...
June 24, 2009

Haley Erases Sanford

Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer helped push the "Where's Sanford" story along, letting it be known that he was indignant that he hadn'...
June 24, 2009

Where's Sanford

SC Gov. Mark Sanford will hold a must-see news conference at 2 pm. I've been trying to keep on top of the twists and turns ...
June 24, 2009

Don't Miss the Emails

In case you're joining us late, another link to the emails between Gov. Sanford and "Maria" at The State.
June 24, 2009

CNN Interviews Tom Davis

Campbell Brown got an interview with Tom Davis, the South Carolina state senator and former top Sanford aide whom Sanford repeatedly apologized to during his confessional news conference.
June 24, 2009

Sanford's Appreciation of Argentina

DemConWatch notes that Sanford has traveled to and referred to Argentina quite often, including in two State of the States. hat tip: Ben Smith
June 24, 2009

Sanford Lied to Staff

From Sanford's post-news conference statement: I apologize to my staff. I misled them about my whereabouts, and as a result the people of South ...
June 24, 2009

Are Sanford's Enemies Working the Press?

A theme in our coverage here and on Ballot Box has been that South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has been the type of politician to ...
June 24, 2009

Here Come the Emails

The State has some of the emails between Gov. Sanford and Maria, the woman with whom he's had an affair. The paper has removed ...
June 24, 2009

Sanford's Wife: We're Separated

During his news conference, Sanford kinda sorta ducked the question of whether he and his wife Jenny are separated. South Carolina's first lady has ...
June 24, 2009

Sanford Then and Now

Mark Sanford was elected to Congress as part of the "Republican Revolution" Class of 1994. If you were a reporter, he was always great ...
June 24, 2009

More Unresolved Sanford Questions

If I were a reporter in South Carolina, I would be tracking down Sen. Tom Davis and some of the other Sanford friends that the ...
June 24, 2009

Sanford Fallout

If you scroll down, you'll see that I tried to be a willing dupe for Sanford as long as I could. I took his ...
June 24, 2009

Sanford Resigns as RGA Chair

Update: Here's video of Sanford's announcement, if you missed it: 2:33 - Sanford announces he will resign as chair of Republican Governors Association, both ...
June 24, 2009

Live Blogging the News Conference

2:10 - hasn't started. crowded hallway space not good optics. 2:12 - someone just said, "guys, it's going to be about 15 minutes, just to ...
June 24, 2009

Sanford Enemies Go to Town

South Carolina Sen. Jake Knotts, the lead whistleblower/critic of Gov. Sanford's disappearance, tells MSNBC: "Lies. Lies. Lies. That's all we get ...
June 24, 2009

Lessons in PR from Mark Sanford

If there's one thing Mark Sanford's trip down South America way illustrates, it's the notion that public officials need to get out ...
June 24, 2009

The Skeptics Were Right

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has spent the last several days in Argentina, he tells The State. Sanford said he had considered hiking on the ...
June 23, 2009

Where's Sanford Been Hiding?

Plenty of chatter questioning whether SC Gov. Mark Sanford really was on the Appalachian Trail during his absence from Columbia/duty. TPM has been on ...
June 23, 2009

Governors Gone Wild: Sanford's Not the First Governor to Go AWOL

The news that Gov. Mark Sanford had taken off without telling even his wife where he was -- and not letting Lt. Gov. Andrew Bauer ...
June 22, 2009

Yet Another Bailout

The Supreme Court released its highly-anticipated decision in a voting rights case today. But the decision opens the door to further questions. It its 8-1 ...
June 18, 2009

But Will the Mormons Bankroll Them?

Opponents of Maine's new gay marriage law have hired the same PR firm that ran California's Proposition 8 last year to run their ballot ...
June 18, 2009

Separating Mayors From the Administration

In case you hadn't heard, pickets by firefighters angry over negotiations with Providence Mayor David Cicilline kept Vice President Joe Biden and other administration ...
June 18, 2009

Policy Making Through Budget Cuts

Everyone in government knows about the Washington Monument strategy. When budget times are tough, you threaten to shut down the most visible and popular programs ...
June 17, 2009

Backing the Conservative

Jim DeMint, a Republican U.S. senator from South Carolina, held a news conference yesterday to endorse Marco Rubio, the former Florida House Speaker who ...
June 17, 2009

The Whole World Is Twittering

The central role of Twitter in helping to organize the protests in Iran and getting news and pictures out of that country despite the ban ...
June 15, 2009

New York Senate to Flip Again

posted by Alan Greenblatt NY Times : ALBANY -- A week after Republicans wrested power of the State Senate away from Democrats, their thin majority appeared ...
June 14, 2009

The Tiananmen of Our Time

Events in Iran are well outside the scope of this space, but as a political blog it's impossible not to note the election there ...
June 12, 2009

Cities and Counties Find Common Cause

Fans of regionalism and metro cooperation will want to read a column that William Stafford has up on Citiwire.net. Stafford is president of the ...
June 8, 2009

VA-Gov: Democratic Primary Preview

With this year's hottest contest taking place tomorrow -- the three-way Democratic primary for governor between Terry McAuliffe, Brian Moran and Creigh Deeds -- ...
June 3, 2009

Coleman Comeback?

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's announcement yesterday that he won't seek a third term has already triggered political maneuvering. Marty Seifert, the Republican leader ...
June 2, 2009

Pawlenty Not Running for Reelection

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is expected to announce in about two hours that he will not run for a third term next year. Speculation turns ...
June 2, 2009

3rd Generation, 3rd State

Josh Romney, son of Mitt and grandson of George, tells the Deseret News he's looking at the soon to be vacant lieutenant governor slot ...
June 1, 2009

GOP to Pick Corzine Challenger

Today's marquee race is the GOP gubernatorial primary in New Jersey, where Chris Christie (to the right) and Steve Lonegan are squaring off for ...
June 1, 2009

Two for Number Two

Virginia attorneys general are more or less guaranteed to run for governor, but lieutenant governors are only slightly less likely to make the run. Outgoing ...
June 1, 2009

Tax What You Love

While I was in Arkansas recently to report this profile of Gov. Mike Beebe, I visited Searcy, where he practiced law for many years. Beebe ...
May 31, 2009

The Job of a Lifetime

Things were starting to go sour for Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe. Earlier this year, both chambers of the state legislature quickly passed a new 3-cent...
May 31, 2009

The Corzine Chase

Despite his abysmal poll ratings, it might be a mistake to rule out Governor Jon Corzine for reelection in New Jersey. This coming month may...
May 31, 2009

The Full-Count Press

With the census less than a year away, cities across the country are gearing up fast. Although the census is a constitutional responsibility of the...
May 31, 2009

Arne's Cashbox

Education Secretary Arne Duncan has something none of his predecessors have had: billions of dollars in discretionary funds. The question is whether they will be...
May 31, 2009

George Tiller Shot, Killed

George Tiller, a Kansas doctor who was one of the few physicians in the country to perform late-term abortions, was shot dead today as he ...
May 29, 2009

Virginia's Democrats

With the Democratic primary coming up, The Washington Post has been profiling the party's three major candidates for Virginia governor in recent days. (The ...
May 29, 2009

Lawn Chairs in Times Square

Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker, posted this picture on his blog of Times Square, through which car traffic on Broadway is now ...
May 28, 2009

Rants Gets Ready to Go

Christopher Rants, a former speaker of the Iowa House, is making all the noises a prospective gubernatorial candidate might make, suggests the Des Moines Register.
May 27, 2009

Mitch Daniels, Rising Star

My friend Matt Tully of the Indianapolis Star notes the trend of national media turning its attention to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels as a potential ...
May 26, 2009

Bloomberg's March to a Third Term

Ben Smith links to news reports suggesting that Congressman Anthony Weiner will get out of the New York City mayoral race.
May 18, 2009

Big Cities Still Attract

Creative class guru Richard Florida is guest blogging in Andrew Sullivan's space this week. His first entry ponders where college grads, facing an uncertain ...
May 15, 2009

Huntsman Shocker

AP is reporting that President Obama will name Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., a Republican, his ambassador to China on Saturday. Huntsman has been mentioned ...
May 14, 2009

Hendren Keeps Digging

From TPM: Arkansas state Sen. Kim Hendren, who is currently the only announced Republican candidate for U.S. Senator against Democratic incumbent Blanche Lincoln in 2010, ...
May 13, 2009

Sink Makes It Official

Alex Sink, Florida's CFO and the expected Democratic nominee to succeed Gov. Charlie Crist, has made her race official. From her statement: Today, I'm ...
May 13, 2009

California, Prepare to Borrow

The Sacramento Bee has a story up predicting low turnout for next Tuesday's special election, when California voters will decide the fate of a ...
May 13, 2009

State Budgets Get More Grim

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has updated its report on state budgets. Not surprisingly, the news is pretty bad. According to the Center, ...
May 12, 2009

Crist Scrambles the Field

Gov. Charlie Crist's decision to run for Senate will create a free-for-all in Florida politics next year. State Attorney General Bill McCollum (pictured), CFO ...
May 12, 2009

Corzine's Chances

I've been talking with people in New Jersey about the governor's race there. Among lobbyists, pundits and other observers, there's a pretty ...
May 11, 2009

Crist Gets In

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist will announce tomorrow that he is running for the U.S. Senate, raising Republican expectations of holding onto that seat. As ...
May 7, 2009

Ridge Says No

Tom Ridge, the former governor and Homeland Security secretary, has decided against running for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Arlen Specter.
May 7, 2009

Hard to Call

I talked this morning with Clay Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, about the New Jersey Republican gubernatorial primary coming up next ...
May 7, 2009

Palin Poll Drop

Via Ben Smith: A new poll from Hays Research in Anchorage says Gov. Sarah Palin now has 54 percent positive and 41. 6 percent negative rating in Alaska. ...
May 6, 2009

Steele's Troubles Mount

posted by Alan Greenblatt You know you're in a bad position where your worst criticism comes from your nominal allies. That's the position ...
May 6, 2009

Politicians on the Court

I realize that headline, appearing today, might make you think I'm talking about former hoopsters turned mayor, with Dave Bing taking over in Detroit ...
May 5, 2009

Gay Marriage Momentum

I have a piece in our May issue about how the political dynamics have shifted on the question of same-sex marriage, with momentum suddenly on ...
May 4, 2009

Speaking of Pennsylvania

Despite expectations that Pat Toomey would have a clear shot as the GOP nominee to take on Arlen Specter in the fall of 2010, there's ...
May 4, 2009

Problems for Pennsylvania Republicans

Terry Madonna, a Franklin and Marshall political scientist, along with strategic consultant Michael Young, pivots off Arlen Specter's defection to look at the deeper ...
May 4, 2009

Safe and Sorry

Martin O'Malley is looking good for a second term as governor of Maryland, despite the downturn and his record as a tax-increaser. The state ...
May 1, 2009

"A Bureaucratic Nightmare"

Dayo Olopade, a reporter with The Root Web site, has written a story suggesting that President Obama's Office of Urban Affairs, and his urban policy ...
April 30, 2009

Gay Rights: The Not-So-Lethal Issue

Last month, the Iowa Supreme Court threw out a state law banning gay marriages, while the Vermont legislature overrode a gubernatorial veto to allow same-sex...
April 30, 2009

A Little Bit of Gun Control

A flurry of gruesome shootings nearly always brings the issue of gun control back into public debate. That's happening again, in the wake of cop...
April 30, 2009

Slumping Slots

Gambling proponents typically overstate the amount of revenue that lotteries and casinos will generate for state treasuries. But the numbers rarely fall as far short...
April 30, 2009

Virginia Firebrand

Jeff Frederick won't give up. Ousted as chairman of the state Republican Party last month, he may seek the post again at the party convention...
April 30, 2009

The Time Has Come for National Standards

State education officials have adopted a new mantra: "Fewer, clearer, higher." The term refers to education standards -- what each state feels its ...
April 29, 2009

NJ: Christie No Longer a Lock

It seemed certain heading into the year that Chris Christie, the former U.S. attorney who has convicted more than 100 New Jersey politicians, would be ...
April 29, 2009

"I'm Calling About My Light Bill"

The Washington Post ran a long article about Greenwood, South Carolina, looking at how the community is faring thus far in the age of Obama (...
April 28, 2009

Hollow Gesture

State Sen. Roy Ashburn, one of six Republican legislators who voted for California's tax-raising budget deal, has become the first official target of a ...
April 28, 2009

Now, That's Harsh

One of today's popular apocalyptic fantasies is to imagine the world without human beings. This premise has been the subject of a bestselling book ...
April 28, 2009

Journalism Implosion Watch

Only one of last week's Pulitzer winners had already been laid off. Here's this week's early winner for the cheap irony award ...
April 21, 2009

Schwarzenegger Sells Access

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is selling seats to a pair of fundraisers at his Brentwood home for donors willing to cough up six-figure checks, the ...
April 14, 2009

How the Accidental Governors Are Faring

The nation currently has three "accidental governors." Each came to power because of a vacancy. Each inherited a big budget mess. Now all of them ...
April 13, 2009

Weekend Reading

The least surprising headline in yesterday's Washington Post was bannered across the top of the front page: "At Nationals Park, District of Dreams ...
April 9, 2009

Conway's In

Just got the release from Jack Conway, Kentucky's attorney general, that he's officially in the race for Senate. Conway's a Democrat and ...
April 9, 2009

Demanding Assimilation

The Texas legislature is debating voter identification requirements. Republican State Rep. Betty Brown thinks Asians would make the whole process a lot easier if they'...
April 7, 2009

SWAT Regulation

Last night, the Maryland Senate unanimously cleared a bill for Governor O'Malley's signature that would allow the state to oversee local deployment of ...
March 31, 2009

Obama and the Cities

For the past 40 years, through the Great Society initiatives of Lyndon Johnson, the Enterprise Zone programs of HUD Secretary Jack Kemp, and the Hope VI...
March 31, 2009

Digging for Dollars

It's boom time for grant writers. Cities across the country are lining up to collect their share of the $787 billion federal stimulus package, and they're...
March 31, 2009

Tanks for the Memories

The gas tax is, as you may have heard, about to run out of gas. It's not hard to see why this is happening. Motorists...
March 31, 2009

Wild West Budgeting

It's like one of those thrillers where one thing blows up after another. Trying to patch big holes in the state budget earlier this year,...
March 31, 2009

Just Say No. Then Shut Up.

A three-quarters majority is required to raise taxes in Arkansas, but the legislature has done it twice in the past year. How did that happen?...
March 25, 2009

Anyone Can Clean Up Litter

Will Kempton, California's transportation chief, said that the state can't bar a group from its Adopt-a-Highway anti-litter program based on distaste for the ...
March 19, 2009

Mayors Want Service

Lots of mayors support a proposal, which the U.S. House approved yesterday, to expand national service programs. The bill would boost the number of ...
March 18, 2009

Reid Running

I'm not one to get much worked up about media bias but I've certainly noticed that as more and more journalists seek professional ...
March 18, 2009

We Don't Get No Stinking Chiefs of Staff

This year's Washington meeting of the National League of Cities was all about the love from the Obama administration. Multiple cabinet secretaries addressed the ...
March 3, 2009

More Bad News For Paterson

I just got a poll from Marist on New York Gov. David Paterson, our March cover subject. Not looking too good: New Yorkers are sending ...
March 2, 2009

How to Select Judges

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case tomorrow regarding conflicts of interest for judges. The case resolves around a West Virginia justice who ...
March 2, 2009

Government Uncovered

Yesterday's Washington Post was filled with stories about the decline of the newspaper business, with two stories touching directly on state and local government ...
February 28, 2009

A Metro View

I talked with Steve Heminger, head of the Bay Area's regional transportation agency and a member of a bipartisan commission that recommended overhauling the federal...
February 28, 2009

Intense Rheeaction

As superintendent of schools in Washington, D.C., Michelle Rhee has become the most celebrated - and controversial - schools chief in the country. Her...
February 28, 2009

Austin's Surprise Speaker

Everybody in the Texas House of Representatives knew Joe Straus was one of its brightest newcomers, but nobody expected him to become speaker this year...
February 28, 2009

Predators' Reprieve

Congress passed the Adam Walsh Act in 2006 to create uniform national tracking standards for sex offenders. President Bush signed it amid White House fanfare. But...
February 26, 2009

Drip, Drip, Drip...

Chicago Sun-Times: The son of embattled Sen. Roland Burris is a federal tax deadbeat who landed a $75,000-a-year state job under former Gov. Rod Blagojevich ...
February 26, 2009

I Knew Installing a Water Park Was a Mistake

I just read a story about a man charged $27,000 in Internet access fees for watching a football game on his laptop. That's nothing. Yesterday, ...
February 26, 2009

Medicare Scare

For all their problems paying for Medicaid, state employee health benefits, SCHIP and retiree plans, the one source of soaring health costs states don't ...
February 25, 2009

What Jindal's Fall Says About Politics

I'm going to reserve judgment about Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's performance last night in response to Obama's speech. But I'd be ...
February 25, 2009

Can Congress Change Infrastructure Policy?

Much of the National Governors Association's winter meeting here in Washington this past weekend was devoted to discussions about infrastructure. The message out of ...
February 23, 2009

No on Taxes

One of the political dynamics that's fascinating to watch right now is the Republican Party's adamant refusal to raise taxes despite the enormous ...
February 19, 2009

Is This The Onion?

Michael Steele, the Republican Party chairman, recognizes that the GOP needs to retool his image. Judging by the interview he gave to the Washington Times, ...
February 18, 2009

Not All Schools Are Created Equal

The Washington Post ran a story the other day that was quite revealing about the politics of school closures. Everyone knows it's politically difficult ...
February 17, 2009

Burris As Bad Acorn

Drip, drip, drip goes the Roland Burris saga. After denying he raised funds for Rod Blagojevich, now he says he did. Or he tried. But ...
February 9, 2009

Assessing the Republican Strategy

About 10 days ago, I attended part of the Republican National Committee's winter meeting here in Washington. I talked only to a fraction of the ...
February 9, 2009

Special Election Tomorrow

Bowling Green, Kentucky, residents will go to the polls tomorrow to pick a new state senator to replace Brett Guthrie, who's been elected to ...
February 9, 2009

Not Quite Blago

Corruption charges against former Puerto Rico Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila never quite caught the public's imagination the way Rod Blagojevich's did, although they ...
February 5, 2009

Can Christie Win?

Quinnipiac has a poll out showing Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine of New Jersey trailing Republican Chris Christie, 44 to 38 percent. Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post ...
February 2, 2009

Readings Elsewhere

I suppose it would be the bloggy thing to link to a piece I had in yesterday's Hartford Courant about the indictment of Mayor ...
January 31, 2009

Getting to Know You

There's a joke in Georgia about what folks in different cities ask strangers as a conversation starter. In Atlanta, people are likely to ask, "What...
January 28, 2009

Get the Popcorn Ready

As the Illinois Senate prepares to wrap up Gov. Rod Blagojevich's impeachment trial tomorrow, the governor has made a surprise request to make a ...
January 27, 2009

Eddie Perez Starts His Long Fall

Mayor Eddie Perez probably won't be going on "The View" and talking over his legal troubles with Barbara Walters. But it appears he's going to ...
January 15, 2009

Mayor, True to His Team, Changes His Name

The Pittsburgh Steelers are playing the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday in the AFC title game. Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl found that, under the circumstances, he ...
January 12, 2009

Rendell on Building Well

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has made infrastructure the centerpiece of his presidency of the National Governors Association and, along with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and ...
January 8, 2009

Minorities Coming to Power

The Denver Post records a notable moment: History caught up with Rep. Terrance Carroll on Wednesday morning as the rising political star became the first ...
December 31, 2008

Reformer in Power

If you want to understand how Joe Hackney operates as speaker of the North Carolina House, it's worth thinking about the other things that he...
December 30, 2008

Confronting Carbon

California lawmakers are finishing another ordinary year. Once again, their budget is a mess, with lawmakers and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger arguing about how to close ...
December 29, 2008

Is Caroline Kennedy That Bad?

The Caroline Kennedy boomlet has been pretty interesting to watch. Some people are outraged that a person with no prior record in public office considers ...
December 29, 2008

Some Nerve

You might have missed this story over Christmas. James Marzilli Jr. was a long-time veteran of the Massachusetts legislature. But this year, he decided not ...
December 29, 2008

After Kwame

Quite a few major cities will be electing mayors in the coming months. But the stakes may be highest in Detroit, where voters will go ...
December 23, 2008

Moving South and West

Politico notes that reapportionment after the next census will continue longstanding trends, with more congressional seats moving to the South and West. The study, from ...
December 22, 2008

Who's Best for the Salazar Seat?

Colorado has been a funny place in Democratic politics. It was pretty Republican just a few years ago, but now the Democrats have everything -- ...
December 19, 2008

Grim Headline

Here's the darkest headline I can remember seeing on a press release: Cities Officials Hold the Worst Outlook in the Nation's Direction in ...
December 17, 2008

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Blago Challenge

The Illinois Supreme Court has refused, without comment, to hear state Attorney General Lisa Madigan's petition that Gov. Rod Blagojevich be removed due to ...
December 16, 2008

GOP Field Opens Up in Michigan

Yesterday, Republican Congressman Pete Hoekstra announced he won't be seeking reelection in 2010. Most people expect him to run for governor instead. With Democratic Gov. ...
December 16, 2008

"Smells Like Nixon and Watergate"

Gawker : In 1980, a vacationing Rod Blagojevich camped in front of Richard Nixon's home, with a friend, until the pariah ex-president emerged and this picture ...
December 16, 2008

Splitting the Difference With Duncan

Barack Obama managed to find someone acceptable both to teachers unions and the education "reform" crowd with his selection of Arne Duncan, the ...
December 15, 2008

SNL Lands Low Blows

Here's "Saturday Night Live's" strikingly offensive skit featuring Fred Armisen playing New York Gov. David Paterson: Paterson has objected to the ...
December 12, 2008

Blagojevich Aide Resigns

AP reports that John Harris, chief of staff to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, and his alleged co-conspirator, has resigned.
December 12, 2008

State Senator: Blagojevich Shakedown Common Knowledge

New York Times from yesterday: In a rare firsthand account of how Mr. Blagojevich, a two-term Democrat, went about the selection process, an Illinois state ...
December 12, 2008

Denham for LG

Add to the What Doesn't Kill Me Makes Me Stronger file: Sacramento Bee: Republican Sen. Jeff Denham, whose statewide profile grew during the failed ...
December 11, 2008

Tobacco Turns Into Porn

The British government plans to force merchants to keep cigarettes and other tobacco products under the counter and ban their public display. If this policy ...
December 10, 2008

Jindal: Count Me Out

AP: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday he's not interested in a 2012 Republican presidential bid and will seek a second term as governor in 2011. ...
December 10, 2008

Bad News for George Ryan

Reading Newsweek last night, I was struck by a little piece rating the likely odds that some high-profile offenders would receive late pardons from President ...
December 10, 2008

Blagojevich Reaction

Reaction to the alleged crimes of Rod Blagojevich has been unusually strong -- not surprisingly. John Kass: Political corruption in the state that has made ...
December 10, 2008

Granholm to Energy?

More state and local officials joining the Obama caravan to Washington, according to The Wall Street Journal: WASHINGTON -- Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Nancy Sutley ...
December 10, 2008

NY Senate Deal Back on Life Support

A week ago, it appeared that New York State's Senate Democrats had finally made a deal with their renegade caucus members, allowing them to ...
December 10, 2008

Obama Calls for Blagojevich to Step Down

TPM: The President-elect agrees with Lt. Governor Quinn and many others that under the current circumstances it is difficult for the Governor to effectively do ...
December 10, 2008

No Quick Solution

The NY Times' round-up story on Blagojevich includes this paragraph about a bill to take appointment powers to the Senate away from the governor: Cindy ...
December 10, 2008

If He Won't Quit...

If Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich won't quit and the legislature fails to impeach him, state Attorney General Lisa Madigan is threatening to take him ...
December 10, 2008

The Most Corrupt States

Lots of news outlets take up FBI Agent Robert Grant's implicit challenge to figure out whether Illinois is the nation's most corrupt state. ...
December 9, 2008

Fresh Start for Siegelman?

Amidst today's Blagojevich hubbub, it's easy to overlook Don Siegelman's appellate hearing today. The former Alabama governor has already been released from ...
December 9, 2008

Rahm: It Wasn't Me

Talking Points Memo cites a source "close to" Rahm Emanuel denying stories that Obama's chief of staff and outgoing Chicago congressman had ...
December 9, 2008

Change to Win's Statement

The union where Blagojevich wanted to work has put out a statement: "No one connected with Change to Win ever considered, discussed or promised ...
December 9, 2008

Rich Miller Asks Some Good Questions

The Capitol Fax Blog is one place I'll be checking in coming days for further news on the Blagojevich front. Rich Miller asks three ...
December 9, 2008

Not Learning From History

Just yesterday, Rod Blagojevich said at a press conference that he was not troubled by reports the feds were recording him: If anybody wants to ...
December 9, 2008

What Does Obama Do With Fitzgerald?

Today's criminal complaint against Rod Blagojevich raises the question of the future of his prosecutor, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is not only ...
December 9, 2008

Is There Something Different About Illinois?

"If it isn't the most corrupt state, it's certainly one hell of a competitor." -- Robert Grant, FBI, 12/9/08 Rod Blagojevich is ...
December 9, 2008

Blagojevich's Downfall

Although shocking, the news that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat, was arrested this morning along with his chief of staff was not all that ...
December 5, 2008

California AG Field Shaping Up

Republican state Sen. Tom Harman has filed papers to run for attorney general in California, the Sacramento Bee reports. Several politicians are looking at the ...
December 5, 2008

Another Recount

A final result is due Sunday in an Indiana state House seat in Warren and Tippecanoe counties. Twenty-six votes separate Republican Randy Pruitt from Democrat ...
December 5, 2008

City Council Weighs in on Torture

John Yoo provided the legal justification and framework for the Bush administration's torture policies as head of the Office of Legal Counsel, but he ...
December 4, 2008

Spitzer Rehab Watch

Since writing one piece for the Washington Post led to speculation that his political career could be revived, is it any wonder Eliot Spitzer has ...
December 4, 2008

How to Replace a Senator

Impatient with Rod Blagojevich's "dilly dallying" in picking a replacement for Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate, Chicago Tribune columnist Eric ...
December 3, 2008

State of the VA Race

The four leading contenders to succeed Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine in next year's election appeared at their first forum yesterday in Richmond. Attorney General ...
December 3, 2008

Jeb May Run for Senate

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tells Politico he's considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Mel Martinez.
December 2, 2008

Can She Unseat a Second Murkowski?

Will Sarah Palin -- who campaigned for Sen. Saxby Chambliss in Georgia yesterday -- seek a Senate seat of her own? That has seemed less ...
November 30, 2008

Squeezing the Cops

These days, even cops can't get immunity. Given state and local budget woes, governments are taking a serious look at cutting programs they'd rather hold...
November 24, 2008

The Curse of Corporate Sponsorship

Unlike my colleague Chris Swope, I still am uncomfortable with the whole trend of corporate naming rights -- naming stadiums and high school hallways after ...
November 21, 2008

Daily City's Hometown Pride

Daily City was featured in Life magazine in the 1950s as a classic postwar suburb (see image).
November 20, 2008

Jan Brewer, Arizona Secretary of State

Learn about Jan Brewer, Secretary of State for Arizona and possibly its next Governor.
November 20, 2008

Nepotism Central

I just got a press release from the Democratic Governors Association announcing, "Glendening Named DGA National Political Director." Naturally, I thought at first ...
November 20, 2008

Obama May Tap Napolitano

The cabinet pick trial balloon du jour is Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano for Homeland Security. The AP story quotes Napolitano's remark that building a 50...
November 20, 2008

Napolitano's Successor?

I put up a very quick sketch on our other blog of Jan Brewer, the Arizona secretary of state who would fill Janet Napolitano';s ...
November 20, 2008

Waxman Beats Dingell

Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, has ousted John Dingell as chairman of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. This has repercussions for state ...
November 19, 2008

The Election's Nearly Over

It looks like Missouri finally falls into the McCain column, leaving Obama with a total of 365 electoral votes. With Begich the winner over Stevens, that ...
November 19, 2008

Palin At Home and Nationwide

Anchorage Daily News: As Sarah Palin settles back into her job as the state's chief executive, a new ethics complaint filed Tuesday says she'...
November 18, 2008

Voting for a Full Slate

An analysis by the Nashua Telegraph shows that most people voted for candidates all the way down the New Hampshire ballot on Nov. 4, putting to ...
November 18, 2008

Can Spitzer Stage a Comeback?

Eliot Spitzer's prostitution scandal and resignation as New York governor seem like a long time ago now, but it was just this past May. ...
November 18, 2008

Christie Gets Ready

Chris Christie, the U.S. attorney in New Jersey, has announced that he's leaving his post on Dec. 1. All signs indicate that he'll ...
November 17, 2008

Weingarten Willing to Talk

The election of Randi Weingarten as president of the American Federation of Teachers this past summer signaled a greater willingness from that union to accept that new ideas and education "reforms" are inevitable.
November 13, 2008

Anchorage Mayor, Giant Slayer

At some point yesterday, it became clear that Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich had erased Ted Stevens' election-night lead in their Senate race and was ahead ...
November 13, 2008

How Do Republicans Rebuild?

I confess that I haven't read all the many, many articles and blog posts wondering whither the GOP, but I've seen enough to ...
November 12, 2008

Prusi Takes the Helm

Michigan Senate Democrats have elected Mike Prusi as their new leader. His predecessor, Mark Schauer, is coming here to Washington after a successful congressional run. ...
November 12, 2008

GOP's Southern Success

The South was for Republicans last week what the rest of the country was for Democrats. Republicans made some gains in state legislative seats leading ...
November 12, 2008

Farewell, Reagan Democrats

Stan Greenberg, the pollster who made his name studying the Reagan Democrats of Macomb County, Michigan, had a piece in the NY Times the other ...
November 11, 2008

More Women Than Ever

More women than ever have been elected to state offices, according to the Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers. There will now by 1,784 ...
November 11, 2008

IA House GOP Picks New Leader

Yesterday, Iowa House Republicans replaced Minority Leader Christopher Rants with Kraig Paulsen. Iowa Defense Alliance: This is the first step of what is shaping up ...
November 11, 2008

Upcoming PA Leadership Fight

One certain leadership fight will take place next week in the Pennsylvania House. Democrats expanded their majority from one seat to five so they'll ...
November 11, 2008

Val Kilmer for N.M. Gov?

Actor Val Kilmer tells the New York Post that he's thinking about running for governor. "I know I'm not yet qualified for ...
November 11, 2008

Where Michigan Dems Gained

Michigan Liberal chews over the results of state legislative contests, noting that Democrats added to their House majority through big gains in the Detroit area, ...
November 11, 2008

Recriminations in Florida

Democrats made almost no gains in the Florida legislature last week, despite Obama moving the state into the Democratic win column. Florida is home to ...
November 10, 2008

Can Obama Corral Congressional Dems?

We've been negligent in not linking to a column our own Alan Ehrenhalt published today in The New York Times. He offers a reminder ...
November 10, 2008

Can Rudy Save NY GOP?

New York Republicans facing the wilderness after the loss of the state Senate are hoping that former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani will step in and ...
November 10, 2008

Palin Speaks

Gov. Palin will be on Fox with Greta Van Susteren tonight. Meanwhile, the Anchorage Daily News has put up its interview with the governor, in ...
November 10, 2008

Purpling of the Exurbs

Pace Josh, Charlie Mahtesian notes that Obama made significant inroads in the nation's fastest-growing counties, which were formerly near-pure Bush territory: Four years after ...
November 7, 2008

Obama's Urban Policy

London's Center for Cities lays out likely highlights in urban policy from an Obama White House.
November 7, 2008

Hope for the GOP?

With modest gains Tuesday building on their sweep in 2006, Democrats are nearly back where they were in terms of state legislative seats in 1994, before that ...
November 6, 2008

More Polarized?

Scattered notes on red and blue America: It looks like only eight states are going to have divided legislatures, where the two main parties each ...
November 6, 2008

Spitzer Walks

AP reports that former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer will not be charged in the prostitution case that led to his political downfall: "In ...
November 6, 2008

McCain Country

Ben Smith and other bloggers are starting to post some interest maps. He compares the two below. The first shows counties where McCain did better ...
November 6, 2008

Palin Revisionism Watch

Newsweek reports that Sarah Palin and her family were not as frugal as she claimed: One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin ...
November 6, 2008

Blueburbs

A point we've been writing about this year -- that the suburbs are going more Democratic -- appears to have been borne out by ...
November 6, 2008

Gordon Smith Concedes

Gordon Smith, Oregon's Republican senator, has conceded, meaning Oregon House Speaker Jeff Merkley will be coming to the U.S. Senate. NCSL updates the ...
November 6, 2008

Turnout in Alaska and the Nation

Shannon Moore, a Democratic blogger in Alaska, questions official figures that show turnout was down this year in the state. (Hat tip: Andrew Sullivan) This, ...
November 6, 2008

Well, That Makes More Sense

Everyone I've talked to about why Bev Perdue was able to prevail in the North Carolina governor's race has pointed to the organization ...
November 6, 2008

Hawaii GOP About Wiped Out

John McCain took just 26.5 percent of the vote in Hawaii and the party managed to lose a couple more seats in the legislature. They're ...
November 5, 2008

Gay Marriage Ban Leads in California

Backers of Proposition 8, which would ban gay marriage in California, are declaring victory, while opponents say it's still too early to concede. With 90 percent ...
November 5, 2008

Coleman Leads in Minnesota

Republican Norm Coleman has a fractional lead against Democrat and comedian Al Franken in the closest U.S. Senate race. With 4,129 of 4,130 precincts reporting, Coleman ...
November 5, 2008

Can Palin Go Home Again?

The Anchorage Daily News previews what promises to be a fascinating story in 2009 -- how Gov. Sarah Palin will be received in Juneau. "All ...
November 5, 2008

Power Sharing Continues in Alaska

It appears that Alaska Democrats gained a state Senate seat yesterday, pulling the chamber into a 10-10 tie. The two parties have shared power in ...
November 5, 2008

Oregon House Democrats Get to 2/3

Oregon Democrats picked up at least five state House seats, bringing them to supermajority status. They lost a seat in the state Senate, but retain ...
November 5, 2008

California Dems Post Modest Gains

Votes are still being counted in close races but California Democrats may have gained three or four Assembly seats. They fell short of the 2/3 majority ...
November 5, 2008

Dem Wave in Nevada

Review-Journal: Democrats took control of the state Senate for the first time since 1991 as two Clark County Republican incumbents, Bob Beers and Joe Heck, succumbed ...
November 5, 2008

Dems Sweep Wisconsin

Wisconsin State Journal: Wisconsin Democrats won control of the state Assembly Tuesday night, giving them control of both the state Legislature and the governor's ...
November 5, 2008

Another Fight for Craddick

Texas Democrats made their first gain in the state Senate in a decade, AP reports, while picking up a probably three House seats. That's ...
November 5, 2008

Minnesota Dems Fall Short of 2/3

Minnesota Democrats failed to gain the five House seats they needed to win a veto-proof majority in both chambers. House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher said ...
November 5, 2008

So Much for Turnout

It looks like turnout nationwide is actually going to be down from 2004. Will be fascinating if it's largely Republicans who stayed home. Update: Whoops ...
November 4, 2008

Dems Fall Short in St. Charles

When I went out to Missouri to write a story about legislative elections recently, I was told Democrats were targeting three House seats in St. ...
November 4, 2008

Attorneys General: No Change in Party Control

Darrell McGraw, the Democratic attorney general of West Virginia, won a fifth term in a squeaker, taking 50.3 percent of the vote. That was the closest ...
November 4, 2008

Legislatures: No Great Democratic Wave - Updated

Few legislative chambers changed hands Tuesday. Those that did reflected the increasingly regional nature of the major parties' strength. Democrats won the biggest prize of ...
November 4, 2008

TN Legislature - GOP Seizes Control

Tennessee Republicans will control the legislature for the first time since Reconstruction. In perhaps the biggest surprise of the night in legislative voting, they have ...
November 4, 2008

Democrats Gain One Governorship

Democrats made a net gain of just one governorship yesterday, with Jay Nixon's victory in Missouri. But they had surprisingly easy wins in two ...
November 4, 2008

Ohio House Races

We're still watching the Ohio House, where Republicans hold a four-seat edge. Here are current results in a few key races: Repeat candidate Nancy ...
November 4, 2008

U.S. Senate Check-In

Polls are about to close in Alaska where most prognosticators expect longtime Sen. Ted Stevens to lose to Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich, following his conviction. ...
November 4, 2008

What to Watch at 1 am

The power-sharing arrangement in the Alaska Senate will probably come to its end, if Republicans can retain their  majority. (Half the seats are up.) Republicans ...
November 4, 2008

IN House Remains Tight

Ed Feigenbaum, our man in Indianapolis, offers this update on the Indiana House, which Democrats currently hold by a 51-49 margin: Things may be tightening ...
November 4, 2008

DC Council Results

Despite slow release of returns, it appears that Washington at-large Councilman Kwame Brown will win reelection. Longtime Councilwoman Carol Schwartz, however, appears to have fallen ...
November 4, 2008

PA House Still Close

Pennsylvania Democrats went into the election with a one-seat state House majority. Those numbers aren't likely to shift much. Democrats have picked up two ...
November 4, 2008

DE-House Goes Democratic

Delaware Democrats have taken control of the state House for the first time since 1984, giving the party undivided control of the government.
November 4, 2008

OK-Sen Goes Republican for First Time

Oklahoma Republicans are poised to break a tie in the state Senate and take control of the chamber for the first time in history, the ...
November 4, 2008

TN-Sen: Going to the GOP

The Nashville Tennessean reports that Republicans look likely to gain a couple of seats in the state Senate, giving them an 18-14-1 majority.
November 4, 2008

Breaking Barriers

All day, I read blog posts about elderly black people casting their first votes for Barack Obama. But at my own polling place, my thoughts ...
November 4, 2008

Shays Concedes

This space is taking a pass on U.S. House races tonight, but I wanted to note that Connecticut Republican Chris Shays -- incidentally the ...
November 4, 2008

What to Watch at 11

Update: We wrote this in advance, but clearly the thing to watch is Obama going over 270 thanks to California. The marquee race in this time ...
November 4, 2008

IN House Update

Ed Feigenbaum comes through with notes from the field: HOUSE AND SENATE : We're only watching one Senate races, SD 05, and Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R) ...
November 4, 2008

DeWeese Locked in Tight Race

Bill DeWeese, leader of the House Democrats in Pennsylvania, is locked in a tight race, AP reports. DeWeese is up 52-48 over Republican Greg Hopkins, ...
November 4, 2008

Cover Girl Winning

Jeanne Kirkton, our October cover girl, is winning in her state House race in Webster Groves, Missouri, just west of St. Louis. She leads Randy ...
November 4, 2008

Missouri Down Ballot

With Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon headed for the governor's mansion, Republicans have a chance to take over his old job. Mike Gibbons, the ...
November 4, 2008

Governors Races to This Point

Eight of this year's 11 governor's races have already been called. In Vermont, incumbent Republican Jim Douglas is leading with 56 percent of the vote (44 ...
November 4, 2008

MT-Gov: Schweitzer Wins Easily

Brian Schweitzer has pulled off a rare two-fer. His longtime efforts at raising his national profile paid off with a widely-touted speech at the Democratic ...
November 4, 2008

UT-Gov: Huntsman By a Mile

We can now bring to a close one of the least suspenseful races of the year: Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. has won a second ...
November 4, 2008

What to Watch at 10

Will Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman earn the biggest victory margin of any governor tonight? Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer will also win handily, but his party ...
November 4, 2008

Charlie's Heart Not in It

From CQ: Fla. Gov. Charlie Crist skipping GOP "Victory Party" in St. Petersburg, citing a need to return to Tallahassee to address legal ...
November 4, 2008

Turn Out the Lights

The networks call Ohio for Obama.
November 4, 2008

IN House - Dems May Hold

State legislative results have been coming in maddeningly slowly, but I'm told that it looks like the Democrats may hold onto the Indiana House. ...
November 4, 2008

U.S. Senate: Four So Far

Democrats have picked up four U.S. Senate seats thus far tonight. The caucus ranks will include two former governors (Mark Warner of Virginia and ...
November 4, 2008

Color the Upper Midwest Blue

Watching the top of the hour network projections, it was striking how the Upper Midwest -- Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan -- went blue. Remember when that ...
November 4, 2008

ND-Gov: Hoeven Elected to Third Term

Continuing our tour of gubernatorial races that played out as expected, Republican Gov. John Hoeven has prevailed in North Dakota. He will be the state'...
November 4, 2008

What to Watch at 9

Will Democrats end the GOP's 40-year-plus stranglehold on the New York Senate? We'll know fairly soon at this point. Democrats will also be ...
November 4, 2008

MO-Gov: Nixon Takes It

The one governor's mansion that has been certain to switch party control this year just switched. Democratic Attorney General Jay Nixon has beaten Congressman ...
November 4, 2008

What to Watch at 8:30

Arkansas comes in. The state has a couple of interesting ballot measures. One would create a state lottery. The other would bar unmarried couples (including ...
November 4, 2008

Prez: Some Surprise Calls

Wow. I was just flipping around some of the stations at the top of the hour and saw that NBC has already called Pennsylvania for ...
November 4, 2008

Bellwethers: More Dem Early Voters in Columbus

This matters because four of the most contested seats in the battle for control of the Ohio House are in Franklin County. The Washington Post ...
November 4, 2008

What to Watch at 8

Lots of states come in at this hour. New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat, is a sure winner. The Missouri governor's race will ...
November 4, 2008

Prez: Waiting on Northern Virginia

McCain currently leads in Virginia, but NoVa counties such as Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William haven't come in yet.
November 4, 2008

Every Day Has Been Election Day

538: 31,268,357 voters have cast votes early in America, which represents 25.3% of the total of all ballots cast in 2004. Nobody doubts we are headed for an absolute ...
November 4, 2008

Exit Polls

Exit polls posted by Gawker suggest an Obama blowout. Earlier exit polls suggested a tighter race than expected in key states. Your results may vary.
November 4, 2008

Bellwethers: Vigo Goes for Obama

Vigo County, Indiana, the celebrated bellwether that has called the presidential vote more accurately than any other county in modern history, is going strongly for ...
November 4, 2008

Good Night for Our Guys

Two Governing "Public Officials of the Year" have been declared winners so far tonight -- current honoree Mitch Daniels, the Republican just reelected ...
November 4, 2008

What to Watch at 7:30

Polls close on the North Carolina governor's race. We're both predicting Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory beats Democratic Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue in the ...
November 4, 2008

What to Watch at 7 PM

Results at last. Indiana GOP Gov. Mitch Daniels should be declared winner at the top of the hour. Most of the state stopped voting at 6 ...
November 4, 2008

Exit Polls: Not Results

One of the odd things about exit polls is that although most people have learned to be cautious about their precision in calling states for ...
November 4, 2008

Mahtesian's Counties to Watch

There are races to watch lists and anticipatory hourly breakdowns all over the Internet. Imagine what will happen in about 10 minutes when exit polls start ...
November 4, 2008

All GOP Govs in 2012?

On his Wash Post chat today, Chris Cillizza fielded the inevitable question about 2012. Actually, I think he was asked about 2016, but only went as far ...
November 4, 2008

Lunchtime Lines

The line at my precinct was negligible a little while ago. At a neighboring precinct in Silver Spring, Maryland, folks snaked around the library parking ...
November 4, 2008

Dispatch from the Other Side of Obama's Family

From National Review's The Corner: Kogelo, Kenya -- Here at the home village of Obama's father, there are some 50 members of the international ...
November 4, 2008

Early Voting

posted by Alan Greenblatt For what it's worth, Dixville Notch closed its traditional midnight voting with a win for Obama, 15-6. That's roughly ...
November 4, 2008

Some Final Predictions

I expect that Indiana Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels will be the first person declared a winner tonight. Most of Indiana, along with most of Kentucky, ...
November 4, 2008

Legislative Seats by the Numbers

Some stats courtesy of Tim Storey of NCSL: Total U.S. state legislative seats:  7382 Total seats having 2008 regular elections: 5823 Pre-election number of Democratic controlled legislatures:  23 ...
November 3, 2008

Rounding Up the Races

Stateline.org has put out its overview of state races and ballot measures.
November 3, 2008

As Goes Terre Haute...

Josh has been helpfully posting tips on counties to watch for important ballot measures and state races, but Maureen Groppe (a friend) suggests that the ...
October 31, 2008

The Stuttgart Solution

If you want to see how regional consolidation works when it really works, you might take a look at Stuttgart, the manufacturing capital of southwestern...
October 31, 2008

Carnival of Democracy

After this month's elections, President Bush is likely to end up with a large memorial in San Francisco to visit during his retirement. It's neither "...
October 31, 2008

The Myth of Red and Blue States

The Washington Post's political chat just featured this exchange: New York: In at least nine states, the governor of that state is of a ...
October 31, 2008

Watching the New York Senate

The divided government argument that some Republicans are employing in federal elections is also being put to good use in New York State. Democrats only ...
October 31, 2008

Why California?

By now, it's been widely reported that Mormons are providing the bulk of the funding in support of California's Proposition 8, which would ban ...
October 29, 2008

Will Republicans Turn Out?

One thing I've been wondering about regarding this election is how much Republican turnout goes down. If the polls hold steady as they've ...
October 29, 2008

AP's Take on Legislatures

The Associated Press has put out its round-up of state legislative races. This is a 30,000-foot view that touches on the expected highlights -- close ...
October 29, 2008

Daniels Snubs Palin

Josh Marshall notes about Mitch Daniels: Unlike almost every other Republican in the country this November, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels appears on track for a ...
October 29, 2008

Candidates Get Ideas From States

The Washington Post devotes a sizable chunk of its front page today to comparisons of health coverage plans put out by John McCain and Barack ...
October 28, 2008

Crist Extends Voting Hours

Last year, I wrote a long feature about how Republican Gov. Charlie Crist was willing to work with Democrats -- not just to be a ...
October 28, 2008

Voting Early If Not Often

My old buddy Michael McDonald of George Mason University and the Brookings Institution -- by which I mean we've appeared on several conference panels ...
October 28, 2008

Michigan House to Stay Democratic

At the start of the year, the Michigan House looked to be one of the more competitive chambers. Democrats narrowly captured control in 2006 and hold ...
October 27, 2008

What About Ben Stevens?

The conviction of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens yesterday on corruption charges leads me to wonder about his son. Ben Stevens, the former president of ...
October 23, 2008

Postcard from the Carolinas

My in-laws voted the other day in Greenville, South Carolina. The county has set up eight machines for early voting, which has proven to be ...
October 21, 2008

Could Crist Have Made the Difference?

Florida hasn't joined the ranks of states presumed lost to McCain, but Republicans there are worried. Newsweek has a piece about the GOP's circular blame ...
October 20, 2008

It's Wilson's Fault

It's pointless pointing out the points that people like to make commenting on Web sites, but this one, from the CBS.com video of McCain's ...
October 17, 2008

Supreme Court Okays New Ohio Registrants

The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected a suit brought by Ohio Republicans to challenge hundreds of thousands of new registrants. AP: Ohio Republicans contended ...
October 16, 2008

AP on McCrory

AP takes a look at the North Carolina governor's race, where Republican Pat McCrory looks like a fairly good bet to pull off an upset ...
October 16, 2008

What Republicans Face

A case can be made that state-level politics will offer Republicans rare glimmers of good news on election night. When you think about the few ...
October 16, 2008

Migden and FPPC Settle

A political battle that turned legal out in California was settled yesterday. State Sen. Carole Migden and the state's Fair Political Practices Commission got into ...
October 15, 2008

City Can Limit PAC Dollars

A federal judge has tossed a challenge brought against San Jose's law limiting candidate donations from political action committees. The ruling will likely have an ...
October 2, 2008

So, How'd She Do?

Sarah Palin did not crash and burn in last night's debate, as she had in her interviews with Katie Couric. There was a lot of ...
October 2, 2008

McCain's Map Shrinks

With 45 minutes to go before the Palin-Biden debate -- and maybe even after it -- the most important political news of the day is that ...
October 2, 2008

What's at Stake for Palin

The general commentariat pre-debate buzz is that Gov. Sarah Palin will do better in tonight's debate than in her disastrous interviews with Katie Couric. I'm ...
September 30, 2008

Blueburbs

Jeanne Kirkton was out canvassing a few weeks ago along Lilac Avenue in Webster Groves, an old rail-line suburb 5 miles west of St. Louis. Lilac...
September 30, 2008

Ohio House Remains a Toss-Up

Democrats had a big night in Ohio two years ago, capturing the governorship and three of the other four statewide offices. But they fell short ...
September 30, 2008

Bloomberg: And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going

NYT: After months of speculation about his political future, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg plans to announce on Thursday morning that he will seek a third ...
September 30, 2008

Daniels Back on Top

Survey USA has a new poll out today showing Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels with a 53-37 polling lead over Democrat Jill Long Thompson. This is ...
September 29, 2008

S.C. Mayor Wonders if Obama Is Antichrist

Charlotte Observer: FORT MILL, S.C. -- Fort Mill Mayor Danny Funderburk says he was "just curious" when he forwarded a chain e-mail suggesting Democratic ...
September 29, 2008

A Boon for Reform?

California voters have repeatedly voted down initiatives that would take redistricting out of the hands of legislators. But supporters of this year's version are hopeful ...
September 29, 2008

A Racial Schism in Maryland Suburb

AP has an interesting piece about Greenbelt, Maryland, a suburb with a minority-dominated population -- but which has never elected a minority to the city ...
September 29, 2008

The Truth About "Truth Squads"?

Both the McCain and Obama campaigns have "Truth Squads" in most if not all states, made up of state and local officials on ...
September 26, 2008

Obama Camp Denies Deal With Daniels

Fascinating he said, he said, from the Post-Tribune : CROWN POINT -- A staffer for Barack Obama's presidential campaign promised to deliver votes for Republican Gov. ...
September 19, 2008

Small State, Big Clout

Andrew Gelman, author of Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State , speculates about why small-state governors tend to have high approval ratings: It seems ...
September 19, 2008

What Goes Around

California's prison guards union is always described as politically powerful. No doubt they are. I wonder whether they're getting a little carried away with themselves, ...
September 19, 2008

Good Poll for Long Thompson

An Indianapolis Star poll shows Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels holding a narrow lead against Democrat Jill Long Thompson, 46-42. That's in contrast to other polls ...
September 18, 2008

California Gay Marriage Ban Trailing

It looks like Jerry Brown's strategy paid off. The ballot proposition that would ban gay marriage in California is losing badly, according to a new ...
September 18, 2008

Govs Races to Watch

Lou Jacobson at Stateline.org offers a state of play roundup of the races for governor. There's not much to argue with in his analysis. ...
September 18, 2008

Rare Statewide Recount

From the St. Paul Pioneer-Press : In a rare statewide recount, votes will be tabulated again in the primary election for the number four seat on ...
September 16, 2008

State Employees Won't Testify in Palin Investigation

I'm starting to wonder what Sarah Palin's life as governor will be like if the Republican ticket loses in November. I understand that the legislature's ...
September 16, 2008

Four More Years of Mitch

Tonight, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will square off against his Democratic challenger, former Congresswoman Jill Long Thompson, in their first debate. Somehow, I doubt it's ...
September 16, 2008

Does Romney Think McCain Lies?

Andrew Sullivan has a link up to video footage of Mitt Romney, posted a couple of days ago on YouTube, calling John McCain out as ...
September 15, 2008

That's S-C-H-W-A-R-T-Z

Carol Schwartz, a longtime fixture on the Washington city council and in D.C. politics in general, has decided to run as a write-in candidate ...
September 15, 2008

Dem Field Shaping Up in Virginia

Leaders of the Virginia Democratic Party on Saturday voted to choose the party's nominee for governor next year by primary. Virginia is a state where ...
September 15, 2008

Hoosier House Up for Grabs

Indiana Democrats are going to have a hard time defending their slim state House majority this year. They hold the chamber by the narrowest of ...
September 15, 2008

How to Pull Off a Convention

Laudatory praise of the logistics seems to reflect consensus opinion about the Democratic National Convention in Denver. To find out how the city pulled it off, GOVERNING spoke with Guillermo Vidal, Denver's deputy mayor and director of public works.
September 12, 2008

McCrory: Don't Aspire

It's always interesting how the statehouse races end up holding a funhouse mirror to the presidential contest. Josh posted the drill, baby, drill ad from ...
September 11, 2008

Same Old Democrats

Jim Scarantino, a columnist who co-chaired John McCain's 2000 campaign in New Mexico, has an interesting post up about why Barack Obama isn't running away with ...
September 11, 2008

Why Is This So Hard?

If you collect stories about voting machines going awry, you probably know we had a snafu in Tuesday's voting here in Washington, D.C. A ...
September 10, 2008

The Press Sours on McCain

Remember all the jokes John McCain used to make about the press being his "base"? That's no longer the case. Plenty of writers ...
September 10, 2008

More Term Limit Trouble

The front page of The New York Times today is graced by a story about efforts to abolish term limits -- along with two stories ...
September 10, 2008

Annals of Pettiness

If you talk to a politician opposed to term limits, chances are that person will use this soundbite: "We already have term limits -- ...
September 10, 2008

How Little They'll Miss Him

After all these months of waiting for Kwame Kilpatrick to finally go away, the Detroit city council is in no hurry to find his replacement, ...
September 10, 2008

Decline in Voting Rights

Few trends in American politics have been as strong over the course of my lifetime as the expansion of voting rights. The Voting Rights Act ...
September 9, 2008

State Politics: Too Rough?

I like reading the daily political "chats" at washingtonpost.com. Sometimes you can learn some new information, but in general it's useful as ...
September 8, 2008

Moving On

The Republicans' official choice of John McCain and Sarah Palin as their nominees means this is the first presidential election since 1972 in which the GOP ...
September 4, 2008

Getting Ready for McCain

If John McCain is to win over the millions who remain skeptical about Barack Obama -- but still remember their disapproval of President Bush, and ...
September 4, 2008

How She Played With Independents

Michigan may well turn out to be the decisive Ohio or Florida of this cycle. A focus group of Michigan independents, Ds and Rs convened ...
September 3, 2008

Palin's Star Rises

She's no Dan Quayle. Sarah Palin certainly knows how to deliver a speech, which she showed at her "debut" last Friday at Dayton ...
September 3, 2008

In Her Own Words

The Washington Independent digs through Wasilla city records and finds the above note from then-Mayor Sarah Palin extolling success in securing federal earmarks (including some ...
September 3, 2008

Succeeding Sanford

The Columbia State takes a look at some of the politicking going on at the RNC convention in St. Paul -- in this case, the ...
September 3, 2008

Palin Wants Legislature's Probe Dropped

Gov. Sarah Palin's new attorney continues his aggressive attacks on the legislative body investigating her administration in the "Troopergate" scandal. Palin took the ...
September 3, 2008

Schwartz in Trouble?

Next Tuesday, voters here in Washington will go to the polls in primary voting for half the city council. Carol Schwartz, a rare successful Republican ...
September 2, 2008

Palin Cut Spending for Troubled Teens

Earlier this year, Gov. Sarah Palin used her line-item veto authority to cut spending for a nonprofit that offers services to troubled teens, including a ...
September 2, 2008

The Palin Record in Wasilla

The New York Times offers an examination of Sarah Palin's record as mayor of Wasilla. The upshot of their account is that she succeed in ...
September 2, 2008

If Palin Were Replaced

Joshua Green gets the rundown on the mechanics of replacing Palin -- should McCain decide to go that route -- following her formal nomination tonight. ...
September 2, 2008

Palin's Foreign Policy Team

Plenty of former Bush aides are taking top positions with the Palin team, Newsweek reports. Steve Biegun, formerly Condoleezza Rice's No. 3 at the National Security ...
September 2, 2008

Don't Underestimate Palin

Christopher Orr at The New Republic posts an email from a friend in Alaska who cautions that Palin shouldn't be taken lightly. What the Republicans ...
September 2, 2008

LiLo Says Grow Up

Media circus veteran Lindsay Lohan says that the country is losing its focus with the unending focus on Bristol Palin's pregnancy and should stick to ...
September 2, 2008

What This Really Means

It's still too early to believe that polls matter, but the latest ones are interesting. Obama is up 51-45, according to Rasmussen, while Obama reaches 50 ...
September 2, 2008

Alaska Reporters Didn't Care

Michael Calderone at Politico has a piece looking at how Sarah Palin has been surprised by the glare of the national media spotlight. The interesting ...
September 2, 2008

Meanwhile, In Other News

Somehow I'd missed the news last month that Tom Cutsforth, the longtime district attorney in Wheeler County, Oregon, was recalled by voters angered by his ...
September 2, 2008

GOP's Midwest Woes

St. Paul was chosen as the site of the GOP convention this week because the Upper Midwest has been a big battleground in recent presidential ...
September 2, 2008

Quote of the Day

"I've always been a believer that God's not going to give us anything that we cannot handle," Palin said. That was last March, ...
September 2, 2008

The Blue Dress Standard

Yesterday came word that Sarah Palin has "lawyered up" for the Troopergate investigation, at state expense. Her new lawyer, Thomas Van Flein, has ...
September 2, 2008

More Bud Than Amstel Light

Charlie Mahtesian, my predecessor at Governing, lays out the contrarian point of view about Sarah Palin's problems. He says they may make her seem like ...
September 1, 2008

Some 72 Hours

As I write, the scandals surrounding Sarah Palin include the pregnancy of her unwed teenaged daughter; her husband's long-ago DWI; her directorship of the 527 group ...
September 1, 2008

That Time of Year

Maryland's Democratic Attorney General Doug Gansler rides in the Kensington Labor Day parade.
September 1, 2008

Quote for the Day

"It used to be that a lot of those smears and the crap on the Internet stayed out of the newsrooms of serious journalists. ...
August 31, 2008

A Union 'Yes'

Randi Weingarten likes to brag a little about the reading and math test scores posted this year at two New York City charter schools she...
August 31, 2008

Palin's Previous Firing

Andrew Sullivan has been hammering McCain nonstop over the Palin pick. He does point to an interesting nugget. On becoming mayor a decade ago, Palin ...
August 29, 2008

Sarah Palin's Problem

While Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will be touted as a "reformer" in her new role as John McCain's running mate, it's worth remembering ...
August 27, 2008

Goodbye, Rudy

One of the things people who follow big-city schools quickly realize is that there is a great tension surrounding superintendents who are brought in to ...
August 19, 2008

Hodge Podge

Florida Republican Rep. Trey Traviesa, an apparent shoo-in for reelection in the Tampa area, dropped out surprisingly last week. Rachel Burgin, his former aide, has ...
August 19, 2008

Obamacon Watch

I borrow my headline from Andrew Sullivan, who has been tracking Republicans coming out in favor of Obama. Jim Leach, a former longtime Republican congressman ...
August 19, 2008

It Gets Worse for Fumo

The noose is tightening around Vincent Fumo, the retiring Pennsylvania Democratic senator who is facing trial on multiple fraud indictments. Two of his aides pleaded ...
August 19, 2008

How Big a Bounce

With the summer speculation season about to give way to actual running mate picks and the national conventions, it's a fair time to ask how ...
August 19, 2008

Not That We Had Any Doubt

Jon Huntsman Jr. is both the incumbent governor of Utah and a Republican -- two good things to be in an election year. He also ...
August 14, 2008

Will $4 Gas Kill the Suburbs?

One of the most common points of speculation coming out of escalating gas prices has been that people won't want to pay $100 to fill their tank and drive from distant suburbs to their jobs every day.
August 13, 2008

Shooting at Arkansas Party HQ

AP: LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party was hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday, a party executive said. A television ...
August 13, 2008

Warner to Keynote

Mark Warner, the former Virginia governor who is heavily favored to win a U.S. Senate seat this year, will keynote the Democratic National Convention. ...
August 13, 2008

Connecticut Results

Several Connecticut state legislators turned back primary challengers yesterday, including Democratic Rep. Marie Kirkley-Bey, whose opponent had been endorsed by her party. The Hartford Courant ...
August 13, 2008

Curious Quote for the Day

U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey gave a speech Tuesday saying that people wrongfully passed over for Justice Department jobs due to the politicized hiring ...
August 12, 2008

Will DiFi Do It?

Every Democrat worth his statewide name recognition is contemplating a run for governor in 2010, when Arnold Schwarzenegger will be term-limited out. Right now, speculation holds ...
August 12, 2008

Blago's Multifront War

They're really getting along now in Illinois. Pat Quinn, the lieutenant governor, led picketing yesterday of a speech by his boss, Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The ...
August 12, 2008

Regola Quits

When a public official gets indicted, the standard response is to blame prosecutors and, where appropriate, the media. Protestations of innocence and a politically-motivated smear ...
August 6, 2008

Her Energy Policy Makes Sense

Paris Hilton responds to McCain's celebrity-defamation ad. Can you resist watching...
August 6, 2008

Get Your Results

The Michigan House, which Democrats captured two years ago, will be competitive again this year. Michigan Liberal offers numbers and outcomes on tons of state ...
August 5, 2008

Doster Ain't the Judge

It looks like Eric Doster, the Michigan GOP's longtime general counsel, won't be moving to a seat on the state's 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.
August 5, 2008

Hulshof Leading in MO Gov Primary

As expected, Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon has won the Democratic nomination for governor in primary voting today. It's still a little early to call ...
August 5, 2008

End of the Line for Kline?

Early returns show Steve Howe leading Phill Kline in the Johnson County, Kansas, district attorney's race, 65-35. Josh was kind enough to link earlier to ...
August 4, 2008

Party Loyalty

Jan Ting, a longtime member of the Delaware Republican state committee and the party's nominee for U.S. Senate in 2006, was asked to resign from ...
August 3, 2008

McCain's Turn to Be Lucky

After stumbling consistently during Barack Obama's widely-touted tour of Asia and Europe, John McCain and his advisors turned out to have perfect timing this past ...
August 1, 2008

Remember, Vermont Is a Cheap State

Democratic House Speaker Gaye Symington raised $205,000 in the first two months of her candidacy for Vermont governor, PolitickerVT.com reports. Symington says she's pleased, but ...
August 1, 2008

Party People

Eric Doster, who has served as general counsel to the Michigan Republican Party since 1992, is on next week's primary ballot for a seat on the ...
August 1, 2008

Ramaley Out

Pennsylvania state Rep. Scott Ramaley dropped out of a state Senate race yesterday. Keystone Politics reports that internal polling suggested Ramaley was bound to lose. ...
August 1, 2008

Newsom Seeks to Build a Team

According to campaign finance reports due yesterday, several candidates for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors have already surpassed the $100,000 mark for their races this ...
August 1, 2008

Wal-Mart Targets Democrats

The Wall Street Journal reports today that Wal-Mart is seeking help from store managers in defeating Democrats during this election cycle, worrying that putting that ...
August 1, 2008

Garamendi Goes for It

California Lt. Gov. John Garamendi has become the first official candidate for the Democratic nomination to succeed term-limited Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. He won't be the ...
July 30, 2008

How to Word a Gay Marriage Ban

California is the center of this year's round of gay marriage battles. In May, the state Supreme Court threw out a ban on same-sex marriages, ...
July 30, 2008

My Problem With Batman

The central question I tried to address in my recent feature in Governing ["The Corruption Puzzle," July 2008] is whether prosecutors step across a ...
July 29, 2008

Dellums Continues to Struggle

Chip Johnson of the SF Chronicle is sick of Oakland's celebrity mayors -- first former (and future?) Gov. Jerry Brown, now Ron Dellums, who has ...
July 29, 2008

Is Chris Bell Afraid of Being Associated With Kinky Politics?

The Houston Chronicle's politics blog offers a run-down on lobbyists supporting various candidates for the state Senate seat being abandoned by Kyle Janek, who's going ...
July 29, 2008

Encountering the Slots Lobby

Whenever political canvassers comes to my door, I try to be reasonably nice. I offer them something to drink or, more urgently, the chance to ...
July 29, 2008

How Not to Fire Someone

Yesterday, the Alaska legislature approved a $100,000 investigation into Gov. Sarah Palin's motivations in firing Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. Palin has drawn criticism due to ...
July 29, 2008

Is States' Rights a Cover?

The Tampa Tribune has an article looking at various issues on which presidential candidate John McCain has, in effect, punted, citing states' rights. These include ...
July 28, 2008

Will Corbett Survive to Indict More Legislators?

Pennsylvania bucks the nationwide tendency to elect more Democrats as state attorneys general. No Democrat has won the job since it became an elected position ...
July 28, 2008

The Young Voter's Natural Habitat

We've heard a lot this year about how young people are finally starting to vote and otherwise participate in the political process. In South Florida, ...
July 24, 2008

If You Can't Beat 'em, Hire 'em

I stole my headline from a story in yesterday's Columbus Dispatch, which notes that Gov. Ted Strickland has eliminated two strong Republican candidates for House ...
July 23, 2008

How Bad Is the PA Legislature?

The Brookings Institution just hosted a conference to discuss problems with the Pennsylvania legislature. One idea was to create a big cash prize for "...
July 23, 2008

Bloomberg Tells Gates Where to Spend It

It's not enough that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg kicked smokers out of restaurants and onto the curb. He wants them to kick the ...
July 14, 2008

Nixon Ahead

A new poll shows Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon, a Democrat, holding nearly 20-point leads against either of his likely Republican opponents in the governor's ...
July 14, 2008

"I'm drawing a blank, and I hate it when I do that, particularly on television"

It's probably unfair to make fun of politicians for forgetting their talking points on TV -- but I guess I'm finding it impossible to resist. ...
July 11, 2008

In Iowa, No Contest

John Deeth runs down the 37 Iowa legislative contests, out of 125, where incumbents or other candidates face no major-party opposition.
July 11, 2008

News to Come

Lots of rumblings in the blogosphere about an alleged scandal involving a state attorney general. A heads up to let you know we'll post something ...
July 11, 2008

All in the Family

The Detroit News looks at the Michigan House field in the Aug. 5 primaries and considers that term limits, which is forcing out 44 state reps, has ...
July 11, 2008

Who Are Those 13 Percent?

Rod Blagojevich of Illinois is the most unpopular governor in the country, according to Rasmussen. Only 13 percent rate his performance as good or excellent.
July 11, 2008

Diss on Crist

For the most part, I've left the VP speculation posts to Josh, but I was struck by a quote in this Pensacola News Journal story ...
July 11, 2008

Corruption Continues

I'm starting to get feedback to my feature about prosecutions of public officials, mainly from people who feel I didn't sufficiently buy into complaints that ...
July 9, 2008

Catching Up

Here are some stories that caught my eye as I struggled to catch up on the news after a week out of the country: The ...
July 9, 2008

Would They Care If He Weren't Term-Limited?

Some California Democrats are mad that their party has devoted record sums to help defray legal bills accrued by Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, ...
July 9, 2008

Living By the Sword

Tom Golisano is a billionaire who is fond of running for governor of New York. Since there is no governor's race this year, he announced ...
July 9, 2008

Is He?

Some years ago, at a friend's wedding, one of the other guests came up to me and said, "I understand you're also a member ...
June 30, 2008

The Corruption Puzzle

These are nervous days in Montgomery. Federal prosecutors, investigating corruption in Alabama's two-year college system, have subpoenaed legislators by the dozen -- in some cases...
June 27, 2008

Obama, Party Builder

By now it's old news that Obama is making efforts in states traditionally written off by Democrats, advertising and sending field staff to places like ...
June 26, 2008

Not Trying But Not Dying

Florida Democrats are disappointed that it looks like former Sen. Skip Campbell, the party's 2006 nominee for state attorney general, will drop out of his race ...
June 26, 2008

Black Pays Up

Jim Black, the former North Carolina House Speaker now serving time in federal prison on corruption charges, has paid a court-ordered $1 million fine, which will ...
June 26, 2008

Libertarians Unite (in Small Room)

You may have heard the spin from Obama strategist David Plouffe about how Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr might siphon enough votes from McCain to ...
June 26, 2008

Time to Call Oregon for Obama?

We're not posting a lot of U.S. Senate ads on this page -- not our beat -- but this one is fascinating. Oregon Sen. ...
June 26, 2008

An Argument for IRV

You may not have paid much attention to Tuesday's runoff election for labor commissioner in North Carolina. Not many people did -- even in North ...
June 26, 2008

Richardson: Already Ready for a Comeback?

A la Hillary, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is raising money to retire debts from his presidential campaign and to help other Democratic candidates. In ...
June 26, 2008

Winning Through Simplicity

Florida Governor Charlie Crist is not a details guy. No matter how big the issue, he leaves it up to others in the legislature or ...
June 25, 2008

Upheaval in Utah

"Change" has become the cliche word of this election cycle, but a clear anti-incumbent mood was on stark display yesterday in Utah. Republican ...
June 24, 2008

Will Pennsylvania Redo Redistricting?

It's already coming on crunch time for advocates of changing redistricting practices in time for the next round of map-making, set to start, of course, ...
June 24, 2008

Bill Daley for Governor?

The Capitol Fax Blog reports that Bill Daley, the former U.S. Commerce secretary and brother of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, is considering a run ...
June 24, 2008

Unusual Housing Arrangements

Legislators in North Carolina are allowed to accept housing from lobbyists, as long as they pay market-rate rent. Nonetheless, the fact that two legislators have ...
June 24, 2008

Charlie's Slipping

A new Miami Herald poll indicates that Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's approval ratings, which have long defied gravity, are starting to come down in the ...
June 24, 2008

Quote of the Day

From a washingtonpost.com chatter: To get the money out of politics would require not a constitutional amendment, but God's remaking the universe.
June 24, 2008

How a Beery Joke Got Out of Hand

A group of San Francisco residents has been collecting signatures for a ballot measure that would rename the city's main sewage treatment facility after President ...
June 24, 2008

Old-Fashioned Multiple Balloting

Republicans in northeastern Indiana took six ballots to pick a replacement candidate for a state House race. Rep. Marlin Stutzman had been picked earlier this ...
June 24, 2008

Joe Bruno Stepping Down

The personal reasons sound convincing in this case, but I can't help but wonder whether the decision not to run again made by 79-year-old Joe ...
June 24, 2008

The Power of Place

Where you live seems to have an effect on how you vote -- but what about where you actually vote? In a not entirely convincing ...
June 24, 2008

Still Daniels' to Lose

Indiana Republican Mitch Daniels remains perhaps the most vulnerable incumbent governor in the country, among the admittedly small group of those running for reelection this ...
June 23, 2008

An Abortive Recall

Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee picks over the meaning of the failed recall attempt against California state Sen. Jeff Denham. Denham is a Republican ...
June 19, 2008

Back to Home Base

Indiana GOP state Rep. Jon Elrod has dropped his longshot bid for Congress in a strongly Democratic district in Indianapolis, instead announcing he'll run for ...
June 18, 2008

Douglas Makes the Rounds

Vermont Republican Gov. James Douglas kicked off his campaign against House Speaker Gaye Symington yesterday by beginning an "every county counts" tour of ...
June 18, 2008

Bad News for Fumo

I'll admit to tuning out a bit on the legal woes of Pennsylvania Sen. Vincent Fumo since he decided not to run for reelection -- ...
June 18, 2008

Moving on Up

Reporters are suckered as much by first impressions as anyone. North Carolina state Sen. Kay Hagan, who is challenging U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole this ...
June 18, 2008

Spreading the Word

A member of the Democratic Party's executive committee in Tennessee has apologized for saying Barack Obama has connections to terrorists. That's right, Democratic Party. Check ...
June 18, 2008

You Get What You Pay For

Seeing the pictures of same-sex marriages taking place throughout California puts me in mind of another "only in San Francisco" phenomenon I experienced ...
June 15, 2008

The Warner Factor

Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner made clear his disinterest in the Number Two spot on the national Democratic ticket, telling state party delegates that he ...
June 13, 2008

"Fair and Balanced Landscaping"

posted by Alan Greenblatt One of the famous political odd couples is California's Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and first lady Maria Shriver, a member of ...
June 12, 2008

Jindal: Exorcism Cures Cancer

One of the downsides of being mentioned in the veepstakes is getting vetted not only by sometimes disgraced vetters but by the media. Potential McCain ...
June 12, 2008

Measuring Hispanic Support

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows Obama with a six-point lead in the presidential race, with strong support from Hispanics: By 62% to 28%, ...
June 12, 2008

Look Out, Hudson County

The Star-Ledger chases down the "fun and interesting rumor" that CNN talking head Lou Dobbs will run for governor of New Jersey next ...
June 12, 2008

Rating Sebelius

Chris Cilizza of the Washington Post, even more obsessed with veep prognosticating than we are, lays out the case against Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius: No ...
June 10, 2008

From the County to Congress

Well, now I almost feel bad for suggesting yesterday that former Congresswoman Leslie Byrne of Virginia had a shot at regaining her old seat largely ...
June 10, 2008

Does Losing Help Political Careers?

Virginia voters head to the polls today to pick party candidates for congressional races. Perhaps the most important primary is being held just to our ...
June 10, 2008

Incumbent Protection Plan

It's hard for me to believe that anybody who watches government closely in California could favor term limits, which have had a particularly debilitating effect ...
June 9, 2008

Conservative Show of Strength in Kansas

Today is the filing deadline for political races in Kansas. The election season will get off to a fast start, with conservative Republicans planning to ...
June 9, 2008

Arguing About the Past

As we hear almost daily, this year's elections are about change and the future. Yet the U.S. Senate race in Virginia is shaping up ...
June 9, 2008

Ex-Legislator Dies in Crash

According to the AP, George Damschroder, who served in the Ohio House from 1973 to 1983, died in a plane crash. Damschroder, 86, was piloting the plane, which ...
June 5, 2008

Needing Friends in City Hall

The San Diego Union-Tribune examines Mayor Jerry Sanders' reelection victory on Tuesday through the prism of his need to keep campaigning in order to bring ...
June 5, 2008

Playing by the Rules

In a victory for grassroots GOP activists, a judge in Texas has ordered the state party to pick a convention chairman in advance of its ...
June 4, 2008

Rezko Guilty

Tony Rezko, a developer and embarrassing friend to Illinois Gov. Rod Blajojevich and Sen. Barack Obama, was found guilty today on 16 of 24 corruption counts brought ...
June 4, 2008

28 Percent

I've written a couple of times about California state Sen. Carole Migden on this blog -- about her big-money fight with the state's Fair Political ...
June 4, 2008

Obama's Path

I don't know about you, but I never thought I would live to see this day. When Jesse Jackson ran for president, he was so ...
June 4, 2008

Obama's Historic First

Okay, he's not the first -- but he'd be the first one in a long time. I'll save my big thoughts about the all-but-certain nomination ...
June 2, 2008

Corzine Dirt to Come

Last week, New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine lost a round in his legal battle to keep private his emails with Carla Katz, his former girlfriend. ...
May 30, 2008

It Gets Worse For Gibbons

The Las Vegas Sun reports on how support for Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons is weakening among state Republicans in the midst of his divorce fight. ...
May 30, 2008

Why Wait?

Two of my favorite strands in one item: a knock on Rod Blagojevich coupled with speculation about 2010. Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune advises Illinois ...
May 30, 2008

The Crazy Life

Seemingly washed up pop singers certainly have a lot of options these days. They can appear as a guest "mentor" on American Idol, ...
May 30, 2008

All Politics Is Super Local

Michigan is bound to be a battleground state in presidential voting this year, so the local media are already making their guesses about how local ...
May 29, 2008

Slow Count

Oregon's primary was on May 20, but it's still too soon to call the result on Measure 53, which seeks to clarify state law regarding seized crime-scene ...
May 29, 2008

Obama Was Right

Survey says Americans admit to being bitter. The workplace poll also found that nearly half (45.1%) of US workers admit to being "bitter" because "the political ...
May 29, 2008

Down the Road

Lou Jacobson previews some of the 2010 races for governor, looking largely through the lens of their potential effects on redistricting (which, as we all know, ...
May 29, 2008

Johnson County Jockeying

Several state legislators from Johnson County, Kansas' largest and wealthiest jurisdiction, have announced their resignations in recent weeks, opening up seats and causing the usual ...
May 29, 2008

Politics as Usual Draws Protests

Thomas V. Miller III has been appointed to serve as a district judge in Maryland. His dad, Thomas V. Miller Jr., is president of the ...
May 29, 2008

Looking for Number Two

Forget all the vice presidential speculation. Who's going to run with Jill Long Thompson? Long Thompson, a former member of Congress, is the Democratic nominee ...
May 29, 2008

McLellan's Roots

Advance Indiana teases out a thought that's been germinating in my mind since the story broke about former White House Press Secretary Scott McLellan's tell-all ...
May 29, 2008

Scott Runs for Congress

Michigan state Sen. Martha Scott has announced her bid for Congress against Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick. Former state Rep. Mary Waters was already in the race, ...
May 29, 2008

Ailing Santa Rosa Mayor Resigns

SF Chronicle: Santa Rosa Mayor Bob Blanchard, who has been diagnosed with cancer, announced his resignation Wednesday. Blanchard, 70, was first elected to the City Council ...
May 28, 2008

More Pension Debt for Illinois

This headline says a lot about Rod Blagojevich's administration -- and how it's perceived by this point in the Illinois media: "Gov says he ...
May 8, 2008

Bookshelf: Pensions

The NY Times review of Roger Lowenstein's book, While America Aged , makes it look worth reading for people in government. It's about pensions and although ...
May 7, 2008

Dissing the Mayor

Rush Limbaugh, recalling the honor of meeting Antonio Villaraigosa: "I shook [Clinton's] hand, he left, comes back [with] the mayor of Los Angeles," ...
May 6, 2008

IN Gov: Too Close to Call

Just after midnight, the Democratic gubernatorial primary in Indiana is too close to call. In fact, it's tied. With 88 percent of the vote in, Jill ...
May 6, 2008

North Carolina Gov. Match Almost Set

North Carolina, where Gov. Mike Easley is stepping down due to term limits, will host one of the few competitive gubernatorial races this year. The ...
May 6, 2008

Can't Lose for Winning

posted by Alan Greenblatt Raleigh News & Observer : In a bizarre election-night turn, Stan Morse won the Democratic primary for the state House District 40 even ...
May 6, 2008

O'Connor Against Judicial Elections

Sandra Day O'Connor, the only recent Supreme Court justice to have held elective office, discussed her opposition to judicial elections at the University of Minnesota's ...
May 6, 2008

Mr. Sensitive

The divorce trial of former NJ Gov. Jim McGreevey and his soon to be ex begins today in closed court. He always knows just the ...
May 6, 2008

Gibbons' Troubles Mount

The train wreck that is the Jim Gibbons governorship of Nevada is making a non-governmental but practically obligatory stop: divorce court. The filing has been ...
May 5, 2008

Dann Is Toast Watch

Will Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann last out the week? AP: Gov. Ted Strickland told reporters that Democrats will begin drafting an impeachment resolution against ...
May 5, 2008

So Which Is It?

AP: Poll: Voters approve of Obama's handling of Wright situation WASHINGTON -- Most voters think Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has done a good job ...
May 5, 2008

Cruz Cashes In

I just got a press release announcing that Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz, whom I wrote about in Governing's February issue, is leaving for private ...
May 2, 2008

Another Affair

Marc Dann, Ohio's Democratic attorney general, admitted today to an affair with a staffer, just hours after firing or letting top aides resign in the ...
April 29, 2008

Unindictable Character

Over the last several years, I've sometimes wished that the other candidate had won -- that we wouldn't have been saddled with a chief executive ...
April 28, 2008

Supreme Court Okays Voter ID Bill

Washington Post : The court ruled 6-3 that the requirements enacted by Indiana's legislature were not enough of a burden to invoke constitutional protections. Because the ...
April 28, 2008

Fighting Last Year's Battles

As California's budget shortfall continues to climb well past the $10 billion mark, some of the state's leading politicians are still fighting over last year's budget. ...
April 28, 2008

Pawlenty of Nothing

Josh has been skeptical about Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's prospects as a McCain running mate, despite the governor's early support for the Arizona senator and ...
April 28, 2008

Govs Agree Cowgill Not Qualified

Last fall, when I was working on a feature about how states are rethinking their approach to higher education, naturally I turned to Kentucky, which ...
April 25, 2008

Mitch Daniels: Let Go of the Gipper

Indiana Republican Governor Mitch Daniels is taking some heat from the conservative commentariat for suggesting in a speech that it's time for the GOP "...
April 24, 2008

Are Legislators Overpaid?

California's Citizen Compensation Commission the other day decided that it might be a good idea, in light of the state's ever-escalating deficit, to lower the ...
April 24, 2008

Can an Initiative Save Vallejo?

Visiting the Bay Area recently, I noted stories in the local papers detailing how the city of Vallejo is still teetering on the edge of ...
April 24, 2008

Failing Upwards

Diana Longrie, the controversial mayor of Maplewood, Minnesota, has filed to run against a sitting incumbent House member of her own party. This, despite the ...
April 14, 2008

How Conservatives Lost Their Way

Lately, I've been working on a project looking at political demographics and how voting patterns are shifting if you look at people by race, age, ...
April 14, 2008

Torturing the Truth

One consistent public relations response of the Bush administration when bad news leaks out is to deny the accuracy of the story and then later, ...
April 11, 2008

Reid Doesn't Like Term Limits

Harry Reid, the majority leader of the U.S. Senate, apparently doesn't like term limits in the legislature back home. Nevada's term limits law will ...
April 10, 2008

Department of Hidden Costs

Prince William County, Virginia, is our region's hotbed of immigration policy as enacted at the local level. Immigration was a particularly hot issue in political ...
April 9, 2008

Speier to Congress

As predicted in this space, former California state Sen. Jackie Speier easily won a special election yesterday to replace the late Bay Area Congressman Tom ...
April 9, 2008

Another AG Candidate

With Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter not running again, Republicans continue to eye the opportunity. Jon Costas, the mayor of Valparaiso, is the latest to ...
April 9, 2008

Sioux Falls Stays the Course

Voters in Sioux Falls were in a complacent mood yesterday, reelecting two city council incumbents along with two newcomers whose parents had been city leaders. ...
April 9, 2008

Bad Neighbor Policy

I've got to agree with Advance Indiana on this one. The Obama campaign has dumped as a delegate Linda Ramirez-Sliwinski, a village trustee in Carpentersville, ...
April 9, 2008

Memories of 1984

All the anxiety about the Olympic torch passing through San Francisco today -- will it elicit the same kind of disruptive protests seen in London ...
April 9, 2008

Wishful Thinking

Here is a story that demonstrates the triumph of governmental hope over experience as well as anything I've come across in a long while.
April 8, 2008

Leonard Greene Retires

posted by Alan Greenblatt Leonard Greene, a 12-year member of the Connecticut House, announced that he will not run for another term.
April 8, 2008

PA Race for Treasurer

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has endorsed former legislator John Cordisco in the four-way Democratic race for state treasurer.
April 7, 2008

First Expelled, Now Convicted

A jury has convicted former North Carolina Rep. Thomas Wright on three counts of obtaining property through lying. According to the Associated Press, Wright was ...
April 7, 2008

Notes From All Over

Here's some of the news I missed during a few days off from blogging. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter defends his support of Hillary Clinton: "There ...
April 7, 2008

If At First You Don't Succeed

The Sacramento Bee profiles Jackie Speier, a former local official in San Mateo County and longtime California legislator. Speier looks likely to triumph in tomorrow's ...
April 2, 2008

Banned Gambler Loses $10,000

Remember the policy set up in Iowa to ban those with addiction problems from casinos? The Des Moines Register has a fascinating story about a ...
April 1, 2008

Migden-FPPC Brawl Finds New Venue

The ever-escalating war of words between state Sen. Carole Migden and California's Fair Political Practices Commission will move formally into the judicial realm today, with ...
March 31, 2008

Two Faces of Foreclosure

The house at 608 Oxford Avenue is in bad shape, but its neighborhood is worse. Next door sit two vacant lots where condemned residences already have...
March 31, 2008

Nutter and Hope

Al Hunt compares Michael Nutter to Barack Obama and interviews Philadelphia's mayor about why he's supporting Hillary Clinton over Obama.
March 31, 2008

What Good Are Surrogates

As you probably heard, Chelsea Clinton was asked about Monica Lewinsky by a student in Indiana last week. Today, she was asked again by a ...
March 31, 2008

Start Planning Ahead

Republican state Sen. Bill Brady has announced his candidacy for governor of Illinois. In 2010. "The people of Illinois are with us, just as they were ...
March 31, 2008

Whatever Happened to Electronic Voting?

The Associated Press looks at the question of why so many states and counties keep running out of paper ballots, even though it's clear that ...
March 31, 2008

Down Ballot Effect

Pennsylvania voters are faced with only one contested primary among the statewide offices up for grabs this year. State Rep. Jennifer Mann, one of four ...
March 31, 2008

Running After Carter

In the wake of Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter's announcement that he won't run again, the Indy Star lays out the field: One potential candidate ...
March 31, 2008

Try, Try Again

South Dakota voters will again decide the fate of a ballot measure banning abortion. A group supporting such a ban claims to have collected twice ...
March 31, 2008

The Cost of Blocking a Bill

Plenty of committee chairs have killed legislation that they didn't like, but few have done so as publicly and boldy as Kathy Stein. Despite enormous ...
March 28, 2008

Kwame Doesn't Hear the Bell

Kwame Kilpatrick, Detroit's text-happy mayor, has lost the support of his city, conventioneers, the city council and prosecutors. Why does he vow to stay in ...
March 28, 2008

State Republicans Ahead in Dollars

Reid Wilson at Real Clear Politics answers a question I've been wondering about. If Democrats are outraising Republicans at the presidential and congressional levels, what ...
March 28, 2008

Taxing Gay Couples

Here's a wrinkle to the same-sex marriage debate I admit I hadn't thought of before reading about it in the Hartford Courant's Capitol Watch blog. ...
March 27, 2008

Dingell Forever

There's no state or local angle to this, but I thought it was worth nothing that Congressman John Dingell, a Michigan Democrat, filed today to ...
March 27, 2008

Double Dipping: Caught in the Crossfire

In the wake of Florida Sen. Evelyn Lynn's decision to forego a big salary from a university she'd sent earmarks toward, Mike Haridopolos is coming ...
March 26, 2008

The Jazz Vote

Hampton Dellinger, who admittedly is not a household name on this blog, is one of four Democrats seeking the post of lieutenant governor in North ...
March 26, 2008

Rouson Wins Florida Seat

St. Pete Times : Darryl Rouson, the hard-charging attorney and former head of the local NAACP, beat out two other contenders Tuesday in the Democratic primary ...
March 26, 2008

Vetoing the Veto

Wisconsin's line-item veto authority is so unusual that we write about it in our textbook on state and local government. During the 1990s, Gov. Tommy ...
March 26, 2008

No Special Help Required?

Having convinced Michigan voters to eradicate affirmative action in 2006, Ward Connerly and others are seeking to convince five other states to do the same this ...
March 26, 2008

Psst... Wanna Buy a Book?

To the dismay of Hoosier booksellers, Gov. Mitch Daniels has signed into law a bill to fine businesses that sell sexually explicit material. Their concern ...
March 26, 2008

Hiring From Outside

This story in the Washington Post is about federal employment, but I'd be surprised if the same dynamics didn't apply in the states, which will ...
March 25, 2008

Oh -- and Drugs...

David Paterson is running the table. Excerpted from an interview with New York 1: In a one-on-one interview with political anchor Dominic Carter, David Paterson spoke ...
March 25, 2008

The "Override Six"

Six Republican House members voted for a tax and transportation package that the Minnesota legislature recently passed over Gov. Tim Pawlenty's veto. They are paying ...
March 25, 2008

Tight Races in South Dakota

In advance of today's filing deadline, the Argus Leader previews South Dakota's eight most competitive Senate races. Republicans control the chamber, 20-15, but Democrats think ...
March 25, 2008

Vermont Ready for Four Years

Vermont voters are ready to give governors and other statewide officials four-year terms, according to a poll conducted by the Snelling Center for Government. Vermont ...
March 25, 2008

Memphis Mayoral Free-for-All

Following last week's surprise announcement that longtime Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton would step down this summer in hopes of taking over the city's troubled school ...
March 25, 2008

Clearly, Hookers Are Cheaper in Indiana

Assuming Eliot Spitzer hears about this, he'll kick himself for paying those New York prices: [Indianapolis] Deputy Mayor Olgen Williams is making no excuses for ...
March 25, 2008

Florida Conflicts of Interest

Sara Gonzalez, recently appointed by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to a lucrative state post, withdrew in the face of adverse publicity, the Miami Herald reports. ...
March 24, 2008

Carter Calls It Quits

Steve Carter, Indiana's Republican attorney general and the biggest vote-getter in Hoosier history among candidates for state office, has announced he won't run this year ...
March 20, 2008

Wright Is Out

As expected, the North Carolina House today voted to expell one of its members, Thomas Wright, who was accused of "mishandling" (aka embezzling) ...
March 20, 2008

Just What Does the Word "Nominate" Mean?

Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper has said that state Rep. Vince Dean, R-East Ridge, does not have to step down from ...
March 20, 2008

Vote Fraud Charges

Doc's Political Parlor: Gay Nell Tinker, former Hale County circuit clerk and now the ex-wife of state Senator Bobby Singleton (D - Greensboro), faces 13 felony ...
March 20, 2008

Too Much (Voter) Information

Just in time for the voter registration deadline, the commonwealth of Pennsylvania has shut down its registration site because of a design flaw that leaves ...
March 20, 2008

Crist: No Crossover

The St. Pete Times has a poll pouring water on Florida Gov. Crist's veep appeal: A new St. Petersburg Times/Bay News 9 statewide poll shows ...
March 20, 2008

Holden Seeks Another Term

Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden announced yesterday that he'll seek another term this fall. So far, he has no opponents but the GOP is confident ...
March 20, 2008

A "Hold" Year for Democrats

Lou Jacobson of Stateline.org predicts that Democrats are in good shape to consolidate their gains from 2006 in terms of controlling legislative chambers but doubts ...
March 20, 2008

Clinton Way up in PA

A new poll out from Franklin and Marshall College (formerly the Keystone Poll) has Clinton opening up a huge lead in Pennsylvania: Hillary Clinton has ...
March 20, 2008

Sex Scandal Fun

Paul Slansky has one of his occasional multiple-choice quizzes in The New Yorker, this time about political sex scandals. It's more fun to play online ...
March 19, 2008

Moore Catching Up

North Carolina Treasurer Richard Moore, who had been trailing badly behind Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, is now... still trailing badly. ...
March 19, 2008

Record Fine

As noted earlier, Carole Migden, a state senator from San Francisco, has been chastised by one of her primary challengers for trying to move money ...
March 18, 2008

"A Nice Story"

David Paterson's confessions of adultery are definitely getting much more of a libertarian reaction than Eliot Spitzer's prostitution scandal. NY Times: Senator Joseph L. Bruno, ...
March 18, 2008

Wilder Retiring

John Wilder, a 30-year veteran of the Tennessee Senate and a former lieutenant governor, announced he won't be running again.
March 18, 2008

Court to Rule on Racial Redistricting

The Supreme Court, which was extremely active in address overlapping issues of racial redistricting and minority representation during the 1990s, will return to the issue ...
March 17, 2008

Big Day in the Presidential Race

Florida Dems have officially pulled the plug on a primary election do-over, meaning the fight to seat delegates will continue to the convention (barring some ...
March 17, 2008

Oh, You're Kidding Me

David A. Paterson, New York's new governor, tells the New York Daily News that he and his wife have both had extramarital affairs. The thunderous ...
March 17, 2008

Butler Switches

Alabama state Sen. Tom Butler is switching parties. The erstwhile Democrat already caucused with Republicans in a minority coalition, but is now moving over to ...
March 17, 2008

Donkey Love

North Carolina state Rep. Tricia Cotham is engaged to Jerry Meek, the state Democratic Party chair. Clearly, she is the busier of the two: Meek, ...
March 17, 2008

More Than 1,000 Ballots Lost

Oh, Florida. More than 1,000 absentee ballots cast in a state House primary election have been lost, the St. Pete Times reports: Just nine days before ...
March 17, 2008

Rendell: Media Star

As could have been anticipated, National Public Radio's quiz show "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!" had a field day this week with Spitzer. ...
March 17, 2008

California Initiatives

The Kelo decision continues to elicit a backlash. California voters will decide on two separate iniatitives in June that would limit the ability of local ...
March 17, 2008

Races to Watch in California

The Sacramento Bee rounds up some primary matchups it finds intriguing, including an Assembly district that could result in a rare partisan switch in the ...
March 17, 2008

Up to His Old Tricks

I'll admit to not having paid much attention lately to Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons, who got off to such a rough start last year. But ...
March 17, 2008

Putting Lipstick on a Pig

SC Gov. Mark Sanford makes "the conservative case for John McCain" in The Wall Street Journal. His argument centers on the idea that ...
March 17, 2008

Bad Year for Congressional GOP

Jonathan Weisman of the Washington Post yesterday provided a handy roundup of the Republican Party's troubles lately in congressional politics. They lost a normally Republican ...
March 17, 2008

Bloomberg's Fortune

Robert Novak echoes Josh's point that NYC Mayor Bloomberg comes out looking like a winner in the wake of Spitzer's downfall: Lt. Gov. David Paterson, ...
March 17, 2008

Cleaning Up Alaska

Delegates to the Alaska Republican convention voted 167 to 133 to table, or kill, a resolution calling on state party chairman Randy Ruedrich to step down. Reform ...
March 14, 2008

A Novelist's Take

We're just about done with Spitzer postings -- promise -- but since novelist Richard Russo is a favorite here on the 13th Floor (that's him ...
March 13, 2008

"Parents, Talk to Your Kids About... Spitzer"

Here's the inevitable AP story about how parents and teachers are struggling to explain Spitzer's resignation and legal/sexual/marital troubles to children and young ...
March 13, 2008

Famous in Delaware

As I've previously noted, I've appeared in other outlets with the Spitzer story. I was interviewed on WDEL radio the other day and now see ...
March 13, 2008

Putting Ohio in Play

George Will makes the case for Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland as primo running mate for either Clinton or Obama.
March 13, 2008

Does It Hurt the Dems?

We're having an internal debate here at Governing about whether Spitzer's downfall will prevent the Democratic Party from ending the Republicans' 40-year lock on the ...
March 13, 2008

When in Disgrace With Fortune and Men's Eyes

Stateline.org provides a complete list of governors who have left office in disgrace. Spitzer makes 22, by their count.
March 13, 2008

Pretty Low

Somehow I read past this passage in Dina Matos McGreevey's "Stand By Yourself" piece yesterday. It struck me hard, reading it over again, ...
March 13, 2008

How Spitzer Compares

Peter Applebome in the NY Times compares Spitzer to Rowland and McGreevey and finds that not only do these disgraced governors have the tri-state area ...
March 13, 2008

Obama Gains NC Support

Beverly Perdue and Richard Moore, the two contenders in the North Carolina Democratic primary for governor, have both endorsed Obama in that state's upcoming presidential ...
March 13, 2008

CT Dems Lose Seat

Capitol Watch: The veto-proof majority has ended for the [Connecticut] Senate Democrats as Republican Robert Russo III won a special election Tuesday night in a ...
March 13, 2008

Fumo Retires

Long-time Pennsylvania state Sen. Vincent Fumo has decided to retire at the end of his current term. Fumo faced corruption charges and several challengers in ...
March 13, 2008

Wright's Days Are Numbered

North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley has called for a special session on March 20 to deal with the question of expelling Rep. Thomas Wright. A state ...
March 13, 2008

Spitzer's Call Girl

The New York Times hunts her down. Update: Here's her MySpace page.
March 12, 2008

Why Spitzer Mattered

Now that he's resigned, and thoughts turn to succession and the possibility of criminal charges, it's probably good to reflect for just a second about ...
March 12, 2008

Yet More Spitzer Coverage

In addition to coverage on our regular news pages, I did an online chat about Spitzer for the Washington Post Web site.
March 12, 2008

Spitzer's School for Scandal

Amidst all the coverage of Spitzer, what has been lost is any sense of why he was a "rising Democratic star," as he's ...
March 12, 2008

Crack Security

Washington Post: Spitzer was accompanied to Washington by members of his police detail, who were apparently unaware of the FBI surveillance even though an officer ...
March 12, 2008

She Wants Him to Stay

Looks like Mrs. Spitzer's call to Hillary may not have been a joke after all. NY Times: Close aides to the governor suggested on Tuesday ...
March 11, 2008

Responsibility Road

Spitzer's walk down "Responsibility Road," from a 2006 campaign spot:
March 11, 2008

3 am Call

I was wondering when we were going to start hearing some jokes. From Ragged Thots: 3 AM Call... The phone rings. Hillary Rodham Clinton picks it ...
March 11, 2008

Not a One-Time Thing

WNBC: New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer allegedly used an escort service for at least a year and spent more than $15,000 for meetings with women from ...
March 11, 2008

Paterson: I Haven't Heard

New York's governor-in-waiting: "The governor called me yesterday, he said he didn't resign for a number of reasons, and he didn't go into the reasons, ...
March 11, 2008

Loved or Feared?

The question of whether it's better for a leader to be loved or feared dates back at least to Machiavelli. And here comes in the ...
March 11, 2008

Another Lesson From Spitzer

Around election time, I'm sometimes been interviewed by other news outlets about the races for governor. There's one question I can always count on hearing: ...
March 11, 2008

In Case You've Just Joined Us

Here's a profile of New York Lieutenant Governor David Paterson, and here is our first take on the meaning of Spitzer's downfall.
March 10, 2008

It Was the Money, Not the Sex

It wasn't an investigation of prostitution that led federal investigators to Spitzer, it was instead Spitzer's suspicious financial activity that led them to the sex, ...
March 10, 2008

Resignation Tied to Plea Deal?

The New York Sun runs with a thought that I've been having today -- that Spitzer hasn't resigned yet so as to preserve that act ...
March 10, 2008

NY Pols: Spitzer Can't Recover

AP, via NY Post: "He has to step down. No one will stand with him," said Rep. Peter King, a Republican congressman from ...
March 10, 2008

Reaction Elsewhere

Wall Street cheers: The CNBC cable channel reported cheers coming from the floor of the NYSE as reports of the scandal first hit television screens ...
March 10, 2008

Corzine Statement

"These are serious and disturbing accusations that are completely at odds with the man I know. They come as a complete shock," Corzine said.&...
March 10, 2008

Spitzer's Schedule for Tuesday

UPDATED ADVISORY FOR MARCH 11, 2008 Tuesday, March 11 Governor Eliot Spitzer is in New York City and has no public schedule.
March 10, 2008

Letterman's Top Ten

Courtesy of Politico : "Eliot Spitzer Excuses"10. "Oh come on, like you were never involved in a prostitution ring."9. "Hookers is fun."8. "Just trying ...
March 10, 2008

Candidate Reaction

Hillary Clinton: "I don't have any comment on that, but I obviously am sending, you know, my best wishes and thoughts to the governor ...
March 10, 2008

Tedisco Calls for Resignation

Joseph Tedisco, leader of the New York Assembly Republicans, called today for Spitzer to resign: "Today's news that Eliot Spitzer was likely involved with ...
March 10, 2008

Spitzer to Resign?

The Internet is abuzz. From WCBS's site: Gov. Eliot Spitzer was not expected to continue as governor and may resign by Monday evening, sources told ...
March 10, 2008

For Further Reading

My earlier post includes links to most of Governing's major stories about Eliot Spitzer. For your convenience, here are some of the big recent magazine ...
March 10, 2008

Tri-State Cynicism

Recent gubernatorial disgraces in the tri-state area: In 2004, New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey resigns, calling himself "a gay American" and admitting his liaison ...
March 10, 2008

Spitzer's Morality Tale

Eliot Spitzer's remarkable career illustrates two recurring themes in American political life. The first is that those who rise fastest have the furthest to fall. ...
March 10, 2008

Spitzer Linked to Prostitution

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer has been linked to a prostitution ring, The New York Times reports. Spitzer is expected to address the issue shortly.
March 10, 2008

What's Next for Marco

Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio is not ruling out a run for Miami-Dade mayor.
March 10, 2008

Watching the Kansas Senate

Stay Red Kansas offers a roundup of contested primaries for Senate seats.
March 10, 2008

Voting Statewide

The Tennessee Senate is debating a proposal to allow direct elections for lieutenant governor and secretary of state. Love this argument against: But Sen. Douglas ...
March 10, 2008

Red-Meat Republicans

State Sen. Fred Smith has the edge in informal straw polling among North Carolina's GOP gubernatorial candidates, Under the Dome reports. He has won six ...
March 10, 2008

Registro al Voto

Elected officials and Hispanic leaders in Broward County are kicking off a formal effort to encourage Latinos to register and vote, the Sun-Sentinel says. More ...
March 10, 2008

Cities Want a Say

As I mentioned in this Governing feature, the National League of Cities is making a concerted effort to inform the presidential candidates about the issues ...
March 10, 2008

Gavin for Governor

I can remember when San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom used to talk about how his support for gay marriage doomed his chances for higher office. ...
March 10, 2008

Immigration Still a Dud

Sorry to keep flogging away on this point, but a new Houston Chronicle poll provides more fodder for Ballot Box's pet argument that immigration is ...
March 7, 2008

What About the Sub-Carpathian Ruthenians?

I realize that much of the political analysis of the presidential campaign has turned on demographics -- Latinos not liking a black candidate, women and ...
March 7, 2008

What's Off the Record?

Samantha Power, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Obama adviser, told The Scotsman that Hillary Clinton is a "monster." But look at the quote: &...
March 7, 2008

So Far, Not So Good

Sacramento Bee coverage of the mayor's race just getting underway: Sacramento Mayor Heather Fargo, who launched a grenade at challenger Kevin Johnson by accusing him ...
March 6, 2008

Wright's Days Are Numbered

The North Carolina House committee looking into allegations of fraud perpetrated by Rep. Thomas Wright finds a "breathtaking" level of it, according to ...
March 6, 2008

Mannix (Remember That Show?)

Kevin Mannix, a former five-term Republican member of the Oregon House and ballot initiative maven, announced his run for Congress. Mannix had considered another run ...
March 6, 2008

Women's History Month

Michigan Liberal profiles the 22 Democratic women in the Michigan legislature.
March 6, 2008

Which Way They Lean

Lou Jacobson surveys the political map and presents his best early guesses about which ways various states are likely to lean in the presidential race. ...
March 6, 2008

Party Switching in Ohio

Three Republican mayors in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, have switched to the Democratic Party, along with a juvenile court judge and another mayor who is a ...
March 6, 2008

Perdue in a Walk?

A new poll shows North Carolina Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue up, 52-25, over state Treasurer Richard Moore in their race for the Democratic nomination for ...
March 6, 2008

Lobbying Interferes With Legislating

Indiana state Sen. Jeff Drozda will announce his resignation today, the Indianapolis Star reports. Drozda is a lobbyist for a health insurance company (one that ...
March 6, 2008

GOP Official Involved in Anti-Culver Campaign

David Kochel, a former Iowa GOP executive director, is involved in a group that has been running ads for months critical of Gov. Chet Culver, ...
March 6, 2008

Another Judge in Legal Trouble

Philadelphia Judge Deborah Shelton Griffin sought to convince the Pennsylvania Supreme Court yesterday that she should be allowed to remain on the bench, despite a ...
March 6, 2008

Judge Elected Despite Charges

Horacio Favela, who faces felony voter fraud charges, was nevertheless elected to a municipal bench in New Mexico. It's not clear at this point whether ...
March 6, 2008

Mulder Out

Iowa Republican Sen. Dave Mulder has changed his mind, announcing that he will not run for reelection this year after all.
March 5, 2008

Indiana Senator Dies

Indiana state Sen. David Ford has died from complications related to pancreatic cancer. The Hartford City Republican was 59.
March 5, 2008

McClintock Makes It Official

State Sen. Tom McClintock, a prominent conservative in California politics, officially announced his bid to succeed Congressman John Doolittle in a Sacramento-area House seat.
March 5, 2008

Raise Taxes, Take a Hit

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's approval ratings continue to take a hit from the special session last fall that approved a set of tax hikes the ...
March 5, 2008

Like Iowa on Steroids

Keystone Politics looks ahead to the suddenly-crucial Pennsylvania presidential primary: "It could be like Iowa on steroids," said state Democratic Party chairman T.J. Rooney, ...
March 5, 2008

But I Need the Money!

State Sen. Carole Migden is suing California's Fair Political Practices Commission, the state's ethics and campaign finance arbiter, in hopes of being allowed to use $647,000 ...
March 4, 2008

Bugs vs. Daffy

Political analysis at its deepest.
March 4, 2008

Shoulda Pitched This Story to Them

I see The New York Times weighed in on Sunday with a big piece looking at the reasons why a hard line on immigration has ...
March 4, 2008

Westlund a Shoo-In

On perhaps the most significant day in politics this year so far, no doubt you are turning to a blog like this wondering -- where ...
March 4, 2008

Lots of Unopposed Legislators

Fifty-six North Carolina legislators face no opposition this year -- either in the primary or general elections -- including 14 senators and 42 House members, Under the ...
March 4, 2008

The View From Dayton

I spent some time last month touring around Dayton with Dean Lovelace, a city commissioner there. Inevitably, we got talking about politics. (That's an old-ish ...
March 4, 2008

Democrats' Nightmare Scenario

Really, it wasn't that long ago that conventional wisdom was convinced Democrats would have a lock on the White House this year. Take a look ...
March 3, 2008

Wright Closer to Expulsion

State Rep. Thomas Wright moved one step closer today to becoming the first member of the North Carolina House to be expelled since 1880. His attempt ...
March 3, 2008

Duelling Endorsements

Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers is stepping down. So far, no Republican has entered the race, so all the battling is between the two Dems, ...
March 3, 2008

Down Ballot Ohio

Here's a quick roundup of some "other" races in Ohio tomorrow: * The Dayton Daily News gives a notably tepid endorsement to state Sen. ...
March 3, 2008

Not Waiting His Turn

Knoxville News-Sentinel columnist Georgiana Vines talked with Tennessee Rep. Doug Overbey and Sen. Raymond Finney about their primary race for Finney's seat. Not surprisingly, Finney ...
March 3, 2008

Fumo's Continuing Travails

Pennsylvania Sen. Vincent Fumo suffered a heart attack while eating dinner at home last night. The Inquirer puts Fumo's latest bad health news -- he's ...
March 3, 2008

Tough Times in Florida

The Miami Herald looks at the prospects for Marco Rubio's last year as speaker, noting that a budget crisis will make his already difficult job ...
March 3, 2008

Ryan Moved

Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, serving time on corruption charges, has been transferred against his wishes from a federal penetentiary in Wisconsin to one in ...
March 3, 2008

Legislator for Mayor

Jack Seiler, a Florida state representative, has filed papers to run next year for mayor of Fort Lauderdale. Seiler will be term-limited out of office ...
March 3, 2008

Rezko Trial Underway

Jury selection begins today in the trial of Tony Rezko. This one is worth keeping an ear open about because of possible further bad news ...
March 3, 2008

Anyone But Gilmore

After impressing no one with his brief bid for the presidency, former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore appeared to have a clear shot at the GOP ...
March 3, 2008

Fahrbach to Step Down

Ruth Fahrbach, a Republican first elected to the Connecticut House in 1980, has announced she will not run for reelection. "I will have served 28 years ...
March 3, 2008

And They Say YouTube Is Free

Don't know whether you've been following Richard Moore's legal-Eagles trouble. The North Carolina state treasurer received complaints from the 1970s-era band for unauthorized use of ...
March 3, 2008

Three Dropped From Suit

A judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought by Florida state Rep. Paige Kreegel against three defendants. The court found no evidence that would convince ...
March 3, 2008

PA Follies

Linda Bebko-Jones, a former Pennsylvania legislator, and her chief of staff face arraignment this week. A grand jury accuses them of forging signatures in order ...
February 28, 2008

Florida Special Set

Voters in the St. Petersburg area will be picking a new House member on March 25 to replace Frank Peterson, who resigned to run the state ...
February 28, 2008

Downward Mobility

Matt Gonzalez, a former San Francisco