When Doug Wardlow got into the race for Minnesota attorney general, there weren’t a lot of others eager to challenge three-term DFL incumbent Lori Swanson. But a lot has changed since then — not only to the other side of the ticket, but to Wardlow’s chance of winning the office. Swanson got out of the race, then got back in, and then got back out again to make an unsuccessful bid for governor. Those moves caused a batch of DFL hopefuls to suffer through their own start-stop-and-start-again campaigns for attorney general. Then, just days before a DFL primary that would promote the party’s strongest and best-known candidate, Keith Ellison, the Minneapolis congressman was hit by an allegation of emotional and one-time physical abuse by a former live-in girlfriend. The few polls conducted on the race show Wardlow and Ellison tied, with enough undecided voters to make it anyone’s contest. “We’ve got momentum and I’m traveling all over … [Read more...] about Doug Wardlow says he wouldn’t be ‘political’ as Minnesota attorney general. What does that mean?
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By Catherine Marfin, Austin Bureau Updated 10:55 am CDT, Wednesday, October 3, 2018 Photo: Associated Press Governor Greg Abbott and challenger Lupe Valdez Governor Greg Abbott and challenger Lupe Valdez Republican incumbent Greg Abbott is going up against two little-known opponents this November, Democrat Lupe Valdez and Libertarian Mark Tippetts. Valdez, the former Dallas County Sheriff, has made history as the first openly gay and first Latina nominated by a major party for governor in the state. Tippetts is a former City Councilman in Lago Vista, a Hill Country town outside Austin. Abbott has led Valdez in the polls by double-digit margins since early in the race and holds a large fundraising advantage over his opponents. Valdez spent $113,000 on campaign advertising during the first half of 2018, a fraction of the $19 million spent by Abbott’s campaign, according to campaign finance reports. View … [Read more...] about Here are the candidates running for governor in Texas in November
Beth LeBlanc The Detroit News Published 8:59 AM EDT Oct 3, 2018 Michigan Libertarian Party candidates are playing to win in what will be their first general election as a major party on Nov. 6 in part by developing edgy policy to try to stay relevant long after the election. But the obstacles the party faces include low fundraising totals that make televised ads all but impossible, which is why it is relying on radio ads. Libertarians also face little to no opportunities to debate their opponents in a traditional bipartisan system. Nonetheless, the party is optimistic about meeting its goal of requalifying as a major party for 2020 and providing a steady third voice for voters. Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Bill Gelineau of Lowell must win votes equivalent to 5 percent of the ballots cast in the secretary of state race. “I’m trying to win but, short of that, I recognize the realities,” Gelineau said. “We realize this is a rare … [Read more...] about Libertarian candidates tackle obstacles to keep place on ballot
By Filipa Ioannou Published 10:53 am PDT, Thursday, September 6, 2018 Now Playing: California senator Kamala Harris questioned Brett Kavanaugh on the second day of his Senate confirmation hearings. Media: Time Sen Kamala Harris', D-Calif., background as a seasoned prosecutor was on full display during the hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh this week, highlighted by an especially tense exchange over bodily autonomy. The moment came after Democrats had repeatedly pressed Kavanaugh to clarify his views on Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that recognized a constitutional right to abortion. "Can you think of any laws that give the government the power to make decisions about the male body?" Harris asked Kavanaugh, in an exchange that has since gone viral. "Uh, I'm happy to answer a more specific question but," he said, trailing off. "Male versus female," Harris prodded him. "Medical procedures?" asked Kavanaugh. "That the government has the … [Read more...] about Kamala Harris goes viral grilling Kavanaugh on laws restricting the male body
The Massachusetts primary elections are quickly approaching. As Gov. Charlie Baker works to maintain his post and earn a second, four-year term, he has a Sept. 4 primary election opponent, Scott Lively, and others across the aisle — Jay Gonzalez and Bob Massie — are seeking the chance to take Baker on in the November general election. Primary voters are also facing a choice in the fiery battle for the Democratic nomination for secretary of state between incumbent Bill Galvin and Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim, with Republican Anthony Amore running unopposed. Two Democrats are seeking the party nomination for lieutenant governor, Quentin Palfrey and Jimmy Tingle. Incumbent Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito is running unopposed on the primary ticket for the Republican nod. And while Democratic incumbent Attorney General Maura Healey is running unopposed for her party’s nomination, Republicans have a choice between Cape Cod attorney James “Jay” McMahon III and Hingham … [Read more...] about Here are the Mass. governor, Lt. governor, attorney general, and secretary of state primary candidates