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Leading Off:

FL-07, FL-06: So GOP Rep. John Mica confirmed what had been a whole bunch of rather fragmentary reports and announced that he would indeed seek re-election in the redrawn 7th CD, setting up an incumbent-vs.-incumbent battle in the Republican primary with freshman Sandy Adams, who represents the old 24th. And it's already juicy: Adams is claiming that last month, Mica told her "not to worry" because he'd run in the 6th. Mica obviously disputes Adams' version of events, claiming he only told Adams that they "both could win in either district." Ya gotta wonder if Adams, who has a lot less cash-on-hand and a lot less seniority, will budge, though our redistribution analysis suggests that Mica actually represents a lot more of the 6th than she does, while she represents more of the 7th. (So why is Mica doing this? His home is in the new 7th.) But if Adams sticks with her plans, this ought to be fun!

Senate:

AK-Sen, AK-AL: Joe Miller reiterates what he's said before: it's "unlikely" he'll take on Rep. Don Young in the GOP primary this year, but he does sound more interested in going after Dem Sen. Mark Begich in 2014. This reminds me of the chat I had with Begich at Netroots Nation last year—I asked him who he thought he might face when he seeks re-election. Suffice it to say the list he rattled off was extremely, extremely long... but perhaps that's actually a good thing for Democrats, if it leads to a messy primary—and especially if the abominable Miller is in the mix.

MI-Sen: Christian private schools entrepreneur Clark Durant has been struggling to gain traction in his primary fight with the odious Pete Hoekstra, so it makes sense that he's out with a new ad trying to capitalize on his opponent's huge stumble with his offensive "Debbie Spend-it-now" spot. A caption labels Hoekstra's ad as "demeaning," then goes on to call him a hypocrite on spending. No word on how big of a buy Durant is launching, though.

Hoekstra, incidentally, is also out with a new ad. This one isn't overtly racist like the first one, but he's still doubling down on his bizarre "spend-it-now/spend-it-not" rubric. The first is an extremely childish play on words based on Sen. Debbie Stabenow's surname, of course, while the latter sounds like some kind of ridiculous nursery-rhyme. I mean, no actual speaker of contemporary English uses the construction "[verb] it not." What a freakshow. (Anyhow, you can watch both ads at the link.)

And we should also note that Hoekstra is denying that he's pulled his first ad in favor of the newer spot, though Dems are accusing him of just that... but what's not in dispute is that he yanked down the accompanying website, which managed to be even more offensive than the original ad in the first place. His spokesman's claims about why the campaign did this are, shall we say, a bit strained.

NM-Sen, NM-01: Well, there you go: Republican Lt. Gov. John Sanchez is, as expected, finally pulling the plug on his go-nowhere Senate campaign, and he also won't drop down to the open 1st Congressional District race either. This gives ex-Rep. Heather Wilson a clear shot at her party's senatorial nomination, but since she was very likely to be the nominee anyway, this probably doesn't change things much. As for NM-01, while Sanchez had proven to be no great shakes, he could well have wound up being a stronger candidate than the decidedly "meh" GOP field in the race so far, so I suspect Dems caught a bit of a break here.

House:

AZ-08, AZ-02: As expected, Ron Barber, ex-Rep. Gabby Giffords' former district director, announced on Thursday that he'd run for Giffords' old seat in this year's special election. (Barber was also wounded in last year's rampage in Tucson by Jared Lee Loughner, in which he killed six people and shot Giffords in the head.) More surprising is news that he may not merely serve as a caretaker for the remainder of Giffords' term and could run again in November if he wins in June. Indeed, NBC reports that two unnamed sources in the Arizona Democratic Party say it's very possible that Barber will seek a full term, something the party apparently would like to see happen.

Following Barber's entry, state Rep. Matt Heinz (the only declared Democrat in the race before Thursday), dropped out of the AZ-08 special and endorsed Ron Barber instead, as he promised he would. Heinz, however, is continuing with his plans to run in the regular election later this year (in the district that will get renumbered as AZ-02), something he also said he'd do when talk of a Barber bid first surfaced last week. But as we noted above, we just don't know whether Barber wants to serve only as a caretaker for the rest of Gabby Giffords' term, or if he'd run again if he won in June.

CA-47: Los Alamitos Mayor Troy Edgar is dropping out of the race for CA-47 and will instead run for state Assembly. That still leaves two Republicans in the running, Long Beach City Councilman Gary DeLong and ex-Rep. Steve Kuykendall. State Sen. Alan Lowenthal, who had a somewhat better but hardly great fundraising quarter than his miserable 3Q haul, is still the only Democrat in the contest.

FL-02: You may remember former state Sen. Al Lawson as the guy who nearly unseated then-Rep. Allen Boyd in the Democratic primary in 2010, losing by just three points, despite getting out-spent almost 10-to-1. (And we're talking big sums here: Boyd shelled out well over $2 million before the primary... though he went on to get spanked in the general, losing 54-41 to GOPer Steve Southerland.) In any event, Lawson says he wants to try again, though first he'll have to contend with state Rep. Leonard Bembry for the Democratic nomination; Bembry was named to the DCCC's "Emerging Races" list in January.

IL-13: The Illinois AFL-CIO just gave its endorsement to Greene County State's Attorney Matt Goetten, who faces physician David Gill in the Democratic primary. The winner will take on GOP Rep. Tim Johnson in November.

NC-12: Ten-term Dem Rep. Mel Watt says he's undecided about whether to seek re-election this fall, but adds that he expects to make up his mind this weekend. Watt's seat is safely blue—indeed, Republicans packed it with even more Democratic voters in redistricting, sending it all the way to a 78% Obama district. Even if he doesn't retire now, it doesn't sound like Watt, who is 66, plans to stick around a whole lot longer: He openly mused that it may be "fairer to let someone who is planning to stay 10 more years develop those new relationships" occasioned by the addition of new territory to the 12th.

NM-01: A pretty high-profile get for Bernalillo County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham in the three-way Democratic primary for the open House seat in New Mexico's 1st CD: Former Lt. Gov. (and 2010 gubernatorial nominee) Diane Denish is offering her endorsement. Grisham and her two rivals, state Sen. Eric Griego and former Albuquerque mayor Marty Chavez, all raised almost identical sums in the fourth quarter and have similar amounts of cash-on-hand, so it really feels like anybody's race.

NY-22: So if, as rumored earlier on Thursday, Democrat Carolyn McCarthy's district is on the chopping block, that almost certainly has to mean the 22nd—home to another Dem, Maurice Hinchey—will get preserved, even though Hinchey is retiring. (I mean, I just can't imagine Shelly Silver agreeing to a map that nukes two Dem seats, can you? But who the hell knows.) That might help explain the recent interest in this district, which everyone assumed would get dismantled as soon as Hinchey announced his departure. Two Democrats are already running here (attorney Leslie Danks Burke and former Ulster County part chair Julian Schreibman), and now another says he's potentially interested, Tompkins County Legislator Nathan Shinagawa. (Ulster County Executive Mike Hein is considering the race, too.)

Grab Bag:

Chamber of Commerce: God help us all: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching a $10 million moneynuke in 20 races (12 House, 8 Senate) around the nation, some of which are negative ads against Dems and some of which are positive ads on behalf of Republicans. The Hill has 18 of the spots at the link, arrayed in two unholy Brady Bunch-style 9x9 panels. (KingofSpades points out, though, that in this mega-blast, one ad is actually pro-Dem, on behalf of Rep. Jim Matheson in UT-04.)

NRCC: Some more NRCC "Young Guns" additions, on the very bottom rung. Click through if you want to find out.

Redistricting Roundup:

FL Redistricting: As expected, Florida's state Senate signed off on the congressional plan passed by the House last week, with a 32-5 vote in favor. (That means a whole bunch of Democrats once again crossed lines to support the GOP's gerrymander—something their colleagues in the House pointedly did not do.) The map (which you can view here) now goes to Gov. Rick Scott for his signature, which he is expected to provide. Now that everything is finally settled, we'll bring you a detailed review of the new district lines on Friday.

KS Redistricting: On Wednesday, the full Kansas Senate passed the new congressional redistricting map that cleared a committee last week, without any amendments, despite objections from conservatives. "Moderate" Republicans (15 of them) united with all eight Democrats to thwart the will of the chamber's 17 conservatives. The new plan puts all of Lawrence, a blue-leaning college town, into the 2nd CD (it's currently split between the 2nd and 3rd), but moves Manhattan (another college town) from the 2nd into the gigantic, heavily rural 1st. Conservatives were opposed to both changes, and in the House, where they hold more sway, there's a good chance they'll pass a different plan. If that happens and no agreement can be reached, it's possible this will all wind up in court. (Hat-tip: reader PG)

NY Redistricting: Citing unnamed "insiders," the Daily News says that Dem Rep. Carolyn McCarthy's Long Island-based 4th Congressional District may be targeted for elimination by merging it with fellow Dem Rep. Gary Ackerman's 5th, supposedly "in a way that favors Ackerman in a potential primary." That would mean that Bob Turner's NY-09 would almost certainly survive, which in turn would require that an upstate Republican seat get whacked. Believe it when I see it, I guess.

RI Redistricting: Add one more state to the "done" pile: Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed Rhode Island's new redistricting maps into law on Wednesday, both legislative and congressional. There had been some question as to whether Chafee, an independent, would go along with the wishes of the Dem-held legislature, but since Democrats control both chambers by veto-proof majorities, resistance was futile.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 05:00 AM PST.

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  •  twohundertseventy (6+ / 0-)

    posted a link which shows 2000-2010 growth, 2010-2011 growth, and projecting 2010-2020 growth based on 2010-2011.

    Good news in Oregon-nearly all of the projected growth is in the Portland and Salem metro areas, including more than 20% growth projected in Multnomah County, and 18% in Washington County, the two most populous counties in the state.  No county east of the Cascades has projected growth more than a point beyond the state's average, and many show declines.  Growth in Jackson County has declined, and while it may have the fastest growth in the east, Deschutes County growth is projected to slow from about 36% in the last decade to about 13% this decade.

    Even if these don't hold, just the 2010-2011 numbers were great.  Portland's home county having the strongest growth in the state is awesome.

    I changed by not changing at all, small town predicts my fate, perhaps that's what no one wants to see. -6.38, -4.15

    by James Allen on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 05:07:32 AM PST

    •  Almost all rural areas are shrinking in population (4+ / 0-)

      The decline is rather startling too.

      Here we are now Entertain us I feel stupid and contagious

      by Scarce on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 05:19:36 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yes, but in Ohio (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        bear83, stevenaxelrod

        despite the fact that more than 75% of people live in urban areas, the Republican map shattered and destroys the political voice of most of the state's urban areas. While it finally gave Columbus a district of its own (this rapidly blueing city was starting to threaten the suburban fiefdoms they sliced up last time), they took a wrecking ball to Cincinnati, Dayton, Toledo, Canton and especially Akron and Cleveland — the largest population base, and the largest Democratic population base. That was no accident. I understand we should know if a couple of weeks what is going on with a potential constitutional amendment for nonpartisan redistricting. They just went too far this time.

        Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

        by anastasia p on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 06:42:29 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Splitting up urban areas is a national strategy (1+ / 0-)
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          KingofSpades

          by Republicans. My home county in NC - Durham - lies entirely within NC-4 now. Under the new plan drawn by our GOP-dominated legislature, Durham County is split up among:
          NC-1, which stretches along the Virgina border almost to the coast,
          NC-4, which now stretches almost 100 miles south to Fayetteville,
          NC-6, which stretches along the Virginia border into the mountains, and
          NC-13, which spreads southeastward.

          All this in an effort to seperate out Democratic-leaning areas and then pack them into the fewest possible districts, leaving the surrounding area as white as possible.

          Republicans clearly understand that their future lies entirely with white voters.

          http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/...

      •  preparation for the next vulcano, no doubt. (0+ / 0-)

        Or the Yellowstone Caldera.

        Any specific reason for the rural decline? Economic, social, too many republicans crowding out the nice people?

        What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

        by agnostic on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 06:44:46 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  The decline's been going on for a long time. (0+ / 0-)

          It's common to developed countries.

          Not so many people are willing to farm nowadays. More, and less physical, jobs in cities.

        •  I don't know, but it's been happening for decades. (0+ / 0-)

          Urbanization is just a huge trend in any western country. I mean, check out Nebraska's Congressional Districts over the last decades, where you have an excellent relatively urban vs. 100% rural divide: The rural one has been shrinking continuously for 40-50 years now.

          •  ND (1+ / 0-)
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            North Dakota has a more extreme version of that. Its 2010 population was 672k, about equal to its peak of 681k in 1930. In 2010 there were 387k people (57.5% of the total) in the 5 urban counties containing the Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks, and Minot areas and 285k in the rest of the state. In 1930 there were 154k (22.6%) in the urban counties and 527k in the rural ones.

            36 of the 48 rural counties are down at least 40% from their peak, and 23 of these are down at least 60%.

            SSP poster. 42, CA-5, -0.25/-3.90

            by sacman701 on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 08:06:26 AM PST

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        •  I've heard economic flight (0+ / 0-)

          people are heading where there's more reliable jobs and support networks.

          I changed by not changing at all, small town predicts my fate, perhaps that's what no one wants to see. -6.38, -4.15

          by James Allen on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 06:50:17 AM PST

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          •  I misunderstood. I read it as being a recent (1+ / 0-)
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            James Allen

            event, not a general trend over the decades.

            What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

            by agnostic on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 07:01:36 AM PST

            [ Parent ]

    •  Wow, in WI the two biggest counties (4+ / 0-)

      with growth in absolute numbers would be Milwaukee at 43,000 and Dane at nearly 80,000.  While the former may be ambiguous due to where the growth is in the county, the latter will very likely help Dems.

      All Wisconsin, All the Time, Social Democrat, currently NY-22 (College), WI-05 (Home)

      by glame on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 07:18:59 AM PST

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      •  if the projections pan out (3+ / 0-)

        it'd be very good for Dems here, too, in that we'd get another state house seat in Portland, and Republicans would probably lose one downstate.

        I changed by not changing at all, small town predicts my fate, perhaps that's what no one wants to see. -6.38, -4.15

        by James Allen on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 07:27:41 AM PST

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        •  In Oregon, yes, but not always generally (0+ / 0-)

          Exurban growth is often associated with declining rural populations, which is a move of R strength from one area to another.

          In Oregon, there aren't a lot of areas that fit exurban characteristics -- some of the candidate areas that do fit are on the WA side (e.g. Hazel Dell, Woodland).

          "I hope; therefore, I can live."
          For SSP users, see my Tips for Swingnuts diary

          by tietack on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 07:36:50 AM PST

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          •  well I didn't look at other states (2+ / 0-)
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            tietack, supercereal

            I'm only talking about ours.  The numbers in Washington County may be exurb heavy, in places like Forest Grove, Sherwood, even Hillsboro, and the Clackamas County growth could, like the last decade, be more in exurban communities like Damascus, Sandy, and Canby than suburbs Lake Oswego and Milwaukie, but that Multnomah County is projected to have the highest growth is unquestionably awesome.  There're no exurbs there.  Even the most conservative part, Gresham, is still like D+3.

            I changed by not changing at all, small town predicts my fate, perhaps that's what no one wants to see. -6.38, -4.15

            by James Allen on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 07:49:33 AM PST

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            •  Yup, maybe Yamhill Co (0+ / 0-)

              But I think of the other towns listed as more conventional suburbs. In Washington County, they have more characteristics of Silicon Valley. I'm less sure about the Clackamas areas. But even Yamhill has artistic characteristics that will keep it from becoming too exurban R in the national sense.

              I did cite the WA areas, as they are Portland exurbs.

              "I hope; therefore, I can live."
              For SSP users, see my Tips for Swingnuts diary

              by tietack on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 08:01:05 AM PST

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    •  Fastest growing county in Indiana (0+ / 0-)

      Is Hamilton (aka Indiana's Circle of Ignorance). Unsure if that's a good or bad sign, if growth will equal bluening.

      24, Solid Liberal Democrat (-4.75, -4.51), DKE Gay Caucus Majority Leader, IN-02; Swingnut. Gregg for Governor! Donnelly for Senate! Mullen for Congress!

      by HoosierD42 on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 08:30:06 AM PST

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  •  Looks like the Mica race is getting chippy. (3+ / 0-)
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    Setsuna Mudo, Odysseus, pademocrat

    I think I've reached my capacitance for dumb jokes today.

    But nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady.

    by Rich in PA on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 06:06:09 AM PST

  •  Chamber already in Ohio (1+ / 0-)
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    stevenaxelrod

    hitting wonderful progressive senator Sherrod Brown on behalf of utterly useless big-money stooge Josh "The Empty Suit" Mandel.

    Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

    by anastasia p on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 06:39:08 AM PST

  •  Republicans Looking For More Not-Romney's (0+ / 0-)
  •  proof positive the GOP is delusional (1+ / 0-)
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    ChadmanFL

    this am on MSNBC, they interviewed the chief GOP spokesmoran in Indiana. In one breath, he blamed all the state's woes on Barack Obama, promising that he is incredibly unpopular and will lose because of the damage he did to the state. In the same moronic breath, he lauded Mitch Daniels and how the state is doing just rosy. To add fool to the pyre, he then said that Willard Rmoney will carry Indiana easily because he brandished his conservative ideas as governor of Mass.

    actually, the last poll I saw had Rmoney and Obama in a virtual tie. If Rmoney governed as a conservative in Mass, then my farts are filled with gold dust and diamonds.  

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 06:42:44 AM PST

  •  Scotty's on Fire! (1+ / 0-)
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    LordMike

    Today.  Probably should make this diary, but after his loaded polling question the other day:

    The requirement to provide contraceptives for women violates deeply held beliefs of some churches and religious organizations. If providing such coverage violates the beliefs of a church or religious organization, should the government still require them to provide coverage for contraceptives?

    39% Yes
    50% No
    10% Not sure

    He's out with a tut-tut piece on how Obama dissed Catholics, and how Obama has suffered a "stunning" drop in Catholic support.

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/...

    What does he base that on?  That Obama is only received 39% job approval from Catholics after receiving 54% (I think it might have been 52%) support from them in '08.  Apples?  Oranges?

    Oh, and to top it off, in the same breath, Scotty reports that Obama's overall approval is 51% and that leads Romney by 10%.

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/...

  •  Mica is one of those the Dems should work hard to (1+ / 0-)
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    walja

    defeat. Even if he gets replaced with a one term blue dog, he should be put under pressure.
    It might not be something progressives would want to spend a lot of money on, but it should be part of the strategy to keep Boehner, Cantor, Ryan and a couple dozen others guessing as to whether they can keep their seats.

    •  no guessing (1+ / 0-)
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      walja

      Boehner and Cantor can.  Ryan is the one who might be vulnerable, given the right circumstances.

      I changed by not changing at all, small town predicts my fate, perhaps that's what no one wants to see. -6.38, -4.15

      by James Allen on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 06:52:38 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Throw a blue dog at them. (0+ / 0-)
        •  to say it would be difficult would be (2+ / 0-)
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          Christopher Walker, LordMike

          an understatement.  Boehner's district is R+14, which I think is redder than all but one currently Democratically held district, Matheson's UT-02, and Boehner could spend 10x as much to protect himself as any other member of the House if he were really threatened.  Cantor also has enormous resources and is in a somewhat weaker R+9 district, but it's still intensely Republican.  Even while Obama outperformed most Democrats in the state, he still lost this district 53-46.

          I changed by not changing at all, small town predicts my fate, perhaps that's what no one wants to see. -6.38, -4.15

          by James Allen on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 07:21:04 AM PST

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          •  Boehner could be taken out... (1+ / 0-)
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            stevenaxelrod

            ...with a legitimate third party challenge.  He's not well liked in the district, and has terrible numbers in the state as a whole.  Some strong libertarian-type could suck up enough votes for the dem to win, or the libertarian could win outright.  For a bright red district, his winning margins haven't been very impressive.

            GODSPEED TO THE WISCONSIN FOURTEEN!

            by LordMike on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 10:07:36 AM PST

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  •  The Obama compromise should include that men who (0+ / 0-)

    are spouses of the women who cannot get contraceptives under the plan should not be able to get Viagra or its equivalent or vasectomies.  No male in their system should be able to get Viagra or its equivalents, including the priests, to help protect women and Altar Boys.  That might help solve more than one problem and both should be in keeping with the Catholic church directives from The Vatican.

    The Catholic church stand on this has no Biblican basis whatsoever unless you want to include the part of the Old Testament in which men are instructed as to how much they may sell their wives and children to other men as slaves.  It is all about control of women.

    For the Catholic Institutions, it is all about discrimination against women who are seeking employment there since it does not affect men who are seeking employment.  The EEOC should get involved in this as these institutions typically try to keep women out of mathematics, sciences, engineering, as well as being doctors and administrators.  Now the institutions will say they have to hold their costs down since they would have to pay for contraceptives as part of their insurance, so they will use this as an excuse that they cannot hire women in these typically male professions.  This is probably one of the main reasons they are fighting it so hard.  Note that the men can get their Viagra and any surgery their doctor prescribes, including vasectomies for whatever reason they think they should be prescribed.

    What is Obama thinking??????!!!!!!!!!  We would like to know as we have not heard anything except what Santorum says about Church's rights.  The Church's do not have rights.  The people have rights to worship as they please.  Unless the Catholics on the Supreme Court want to declare them as Super Pacs.  Since the Catholics are getting into politics, I am thinking that maybe they should lose their tax status.

  •  Continuing to overstay my welcome... (2+ / 0-)
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    James Allen, Audrid

    A continuation of my Doubling the House series:

    Nebraska and Missouri

    24, Solid Liberal Democrat (-4.75, -4.51), DKE Gay Caucus Majority Leader, IN-02; Swingnut. Gregg for Governor! Donnelly for Senate! Mullen for Congress!

    by HoosierD42 on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 07:07:18 AM PST

  •  OH-Sen/Crappy Poll (2+ / 0-)
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    James Allen, LordMike

    "Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive." -Vice President Joe Biden

    by drhoosierdem on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 07:11:29 AM PST

  •  Redistricting Rubics Cube (0+ / 0-)

    Most election years its difficult to determine which swing districts we need to defend and where we should go on offense.  But in years like this one where redistricting is involved, it seems to be almost impossible at this point.  

    For districts that are possibly on the chopping block or new districts that must be created, you really can't start any campaigning or fund raising until those districts are abolished or created.  Even in other States that aren't required to add or subtract districts, it is difficult to pick Dem. incumbents to defend or Republican incumbents to challenge when you don't know what the district lines will look like.

    I hope the folks here at DailyKos will start to draw up lists of swing districts as lines get drawn and give some direction as to where we need to donate and help.  I think the party that figures out this rubics cube first will have a head start and it better be us.    

    "Some men see things as they are and ask, 'Why?' I dream of things that never were and ask, 'Why not?"

    by Doctor Who on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 07:25:00 AM PST

  •  KY-Redist: Huzzah, no court battle ahead! (4+ / 0-)

    http://mycn2.com/...

    Senate Republicans spurn Thayer's objections and agreed with Dems to shore up Ben Chandler.

    Sh*t politicians say: "I'm Pete 'Spend It Not' Hoekstra and I approve this message." -'Police State' Pete

    by KingofSpades on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 08:26:47 AM PST

  •  Looking at some polls in some states since tuesday (1+ / 0-)
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    itskevin

    Santorum seems to be performing as well if not better than Romney against Obama. Wow. Didn't expect that.

    North Carolina: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/... (Warning PFD)

    Ohio
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/...

    What a strange world we live in

  •  *sigh* And here in TX-Redistricting, (0+ / 0-)

    will we ever get a primary election date?  Not that I care about the R primary being relevant to their Presidential contest, but we DO have other races her in the second-most-populous state.

     Our GOP state Lege members who have jacked around with the redistricting deserve to be shot, then hung (or maybe the other way 'round).  Anfd I am normally not an advocate of violence.  

    They are actively obstructing the representative process, democracy, and the mechanics of voting here, and I can't see that the DoJ is doing a whole lot about it.  It will render the state nearly irrelevant in the Presidential election, and may well hamstring us for the next ten years insofar as Congressionala representation goes, not to mention our state Reps and Senators, and the state Board of Education, and a few other elected positions.

     'Course, Rick Perry has filled every possible gubernatorially-appointed position with his cronies, ONLY after they contribute to his campaign(s).

    Other than those things, nothiing much to see here in Texas...

    Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

    by tom 47 on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 09:04:28 AM PST

  •  Almost every one of those damn CoC adds begins (0+ / 0-)

    with hating Obamacare. Sheesh.

    I still don't get why this resonates with people.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 05:16:11 PM PST

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