In response to my persistent begging, you guys responded terrifically! Lieutenant Colonel and State Representative Rick Noriega is up to eight contributions and $375 on the Expand the Map! ActBlue page. Thank you so much! Currently, on the EtM! page, Noriega has 8 contributions, State Senator Andrew Rice has 27 and former Congressman Larry LaRocco has 19. I really like numbers that end in zero, so we have a new goal: by the end of the week, let's get Rice to 30 contributions, LaRocco to 20, and Noriega to 10. That means we need 3 more contributions for Rice, 1 more for LaRocco, and 2 more for Noriega by the end of the week. I know you can do it. You guys are awesome. Any amount you can contribute, please help out if you can!
Alaska: Senate Democrats are aggressively courting Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich to run for Senate in 2008 against Ted Stevens, who takes the expression "appearance of impropriety" to new heights. I'll sweeten the pot a little for Mayor Begich; as soon as he announces for Senate and has an ActBlue page up, he'll immediately join the Expand the Map! ActBlue page. What do you say, Mayor Begich? Meanwhile, the FBI investigation into Ted Stevens' earmarks has been expanded to an investigation into legislation Stevens filed as well.
Mississippi: Republican Thad Cochran will make an official announcement regarding his 2008 electoral plans following Mississippi's November 6 statewide elections. I'm still expecting him to run for re-election, for the time being anyway; but, yeah, $44,000 is a seemingly very low amount to have raised in Q3 if he was serious about re-election. If he does retire and popular Democratic former state Attorney General Mike Moore does enter the race, Mississippi will actually see a first tier competitive Senate race. Stay tuned - we should know in a couple weeks.
New Mexico: Despite the denials, could Bill Richardson still be considering a Senate run?
Minnesota: I don't know if we need to start sounding the dirty tricks alarm, but we ought to be on dirty tricks watch.
Georgia: Tondee's Tavern will be offering lengthy Q&A's with the Democratic Senate candidates looking to oust Spineless Saxby Chambliss. First up: businessman Josh Lanier. The best line:
10. What is the single biggest difference between you and Saxby Chambliss on national security issues?True.
He supports whatever George Bush does. I support our security, our troops and our Constitution.
South Carolina: Tim Carnes, a South Carolina Republican challenging Lindsey Graham to a primary, is now challenging Graham to a series of primary debates. I absolutely think Graham should debate Carnes. (And before you accuse me of simply trying to make partisan hay, I'll remind you that I suggested that Democratic Massachusetts Senator John Kerry ought to debate his primary opponent "to promote the integrity of the democratic process.") What say you, Lindsey? Ready to fight for re-nomination? Graham also has a second announced primary opponent in the person of Republican Air Force veteran John Cina. Perhaps Mr. Cina would be interested in joining the call for debates.
Texas: Democratic former state Comptroller John Sharp puts to rest any rumors that he is considering a 2008 Senate bid. (HT: Stop Cornyn) Meanwhile, State Representative and Lieutenant Colonel Rick Noriega sends this thank you to the netroots.
Colorado: Do we already have a 2010 GOP primary on our hands? Shortly after Tom Tancredo hinted that he'd consider a 2010 challenge to Senator Ken Salazar, conservative radio personality Dan Caplis says that he, too, is looking at a 2010 bid.