Senate 2008 Guru: Following the Races

Keeping a close eye on developments in the 2008 U.S. Senate races

Friday, January 18, 2008

Friday Quick Hits

  • State Representative and Lieutenant Colonel Rick Noriega is now only $78 away from the $1,000 mark on the Expand the Map! ActBlue page. Can you help by putting just $10 toward his crossing the $1,000 threshold?

  • Oregon: The Democratic Party of Oregon (DPO) gives us a twofer. First, the DPO highlights Gordon Smith's latest double-talk and empty rhetoric on Iraq. Second, the DPO offers five questions that Smith should be asked in a debate.

  • Mississippi: Cotton Mouth highlights some of Roger Wicker's lousy ratings from veterans groups, including:

    2006 Senator Wicker supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 50 percent in 2006.

    2006 In 2006 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave Senator Wicker a grade of C+.

    2006 Senator Wicker sponsored or co-sponsored 21 percent of the legislation favored by the The Retired Enlisted Association in 2006.

    2005 Senator Wicker supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 0 percent in 2005.

    2004 Senator Wicker supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 0 percent in 2004.

    2004 Senator Wicker supported the interests of the The Retired Enlisted Association 33 percent in 2004.

    2003-2004 Senator Wicker supported the interests of the Vietnam Veterans of America 38 percent in 2003-2004.
    Over the last few years, Wicker has voted pretty terribly on veterans' issues. It still infuriates me when Republicans like Wicker pay lip service to supporting the troops and looking out for our veterans when they clearly don't vote that way.

  • Louisiana: 1996 Republican Senate candidate Woody Jenkins, who narrowly lost to Senator Mary Landrieu in her first Senate victory, is opting for a Congressional run instead of a Senate run, in which he had earlier expressed interest.

  • Nebraska: Former state legislative candidate and air force veteran Larry Marvin says he'll enter the 2008 Senate Democratic primary.


    Blogger Michael Westmoreland-White, Ph.D. said...

    In today's Daily Kos, Lt. Col. Andrew Horne announced, "I am Mitch McConnell's Exit Strategy." A Google group, Netroots for Horne, has been formed with 16 original members including yours truly and my blog, Kentucky Fried Politics. Horne has also launched his own campaign blog which HE, not a staffer, will write.

    As the blog, Bluegrass Roots, writes, the netroots in KY have yawned about Fischer's announcement. Horne is our best chance to Ditch Mitch.

    4:45 PM, January 18, 2008  
    Blogger Dave said...

    Here's a little background on Larry Marvin:

    "Saturday afternoons are the only time that I am available for politics. If you try to hustle me any other time, I will clearly treat you like an harassing criminal, so please respect my privacy and the freedom to carry on a normal life. You have not elected me yet, so I owe you no time of day. I will make myself available to our Democratic delegates and officers at these scheduled public meetings,; and the press and special interest groups can glean their information at these meetings."

    This guy is not a serious candidate. He was running as a write-in back in December so he could avoid paying the filing fee.

    12:46 AM, January 19, 2008  

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