As he seeks another term, Alabama Attorney General Troy King probably will lose in today's Republican primary. The biggest reason why is that he's gotten on the wrong side of Alabama Republican heavyweights on the number one issue in the state: electronic bingo.
Everyone knows that the American people hate bailouts right now. So, there's only one possible explanation for why Rhode Island lawmakers bailed out a casino and the big banks that own it: They believed it was the right thing to do.
As the man who drove Charlie Crist out of the Republican Party, former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio is a rising star. He may very well be elected to the U.S. Senate in November. He could even be a future vice president or president. But, if Florida were like the 35 states that don't have legislative term limits, you'd never have heard of Marco Rubio.
First, Democrat Jerry Brown had a solid lead in the California governor's race. Then, Republican Meg Whitman surged into a tie. Now, Brown's back ahead. But, the ups and downs so far probably don't mean all that much
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, a Republican, pushed a controversial gas tax increase last year. Idaho Republicans are big Tea Party supporters. So, why is Otter expected to easily prevail in the Republican primary for governor?
In Illinois, the places that are growing the fastest are also the ones that are up for grabs between Democrats and Republicans. Does this growth in Chicago's suburbs and exurbs mean that the state's politics will be more competitive after redistricting?
With all of the action around the country yesterday, you'd be forgiven for not paying attention to the Republican primaries for state attorney general, state auditor and state treasurer in Arkansas. You'd be forgiven because there weren't any candidates. Why do Democrats still often win in conservative places in the South and in Appalachia?
The political world is focused today on U.S. Senate primaries in Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Kentucky. But, the best test of what voters are thinking actually is a ballot measure to temporarily raise the sales tax in Arizona. The question: Do voters want to see governments balance their budgets through a combination of tax increases and spending cuts or exclusively through deep spending cuts?
Of all the people across the country who have a legitimate chance to be elected governor this year, none probably has as interesting a background as Les Otten. The Maine Republican is a former ski resort mogul, former part-owner of the Boston Red Sox and most recently founded a company that sells boilers powered by wood pellets. That eclectic background makes his conventional plans for office even more striking.
Conservative state attorneys general have gotten a lot of attention for battling the White House over health care reform and greenhouse gas regulations. But, on preemption issues in financial reform, President Obama is the best ally that AGs have.