• CA-36: Janice Hahn took 57% of the vote at a Democratic Party caucus on Saturday, just shy of the 60% necessary to win the party’s formal endorsement. Debra Bowen scored 39%, while Marcy Winograd took 2%. Hahn did score the backing of the California Labor Federation, a large labor umbrella organization.
On the campaign trail, Hahn has now started emphasizing that she’s a lifelong Democrat, alluding to the fact that Bowen was a Republican until 1984. A spokesperson shot back: “Yes it’s true, Debra Bowen has only been a Democrat for nearly 30 years.” I’m not sure this line of attack is going to work.
• FL-14 (?): The question mark is our new way of indicating we aren’t really sure what district we’re talking about – and it’s not because we’re clueless morans. Rather, with redistricting afoot, we sort of have a Schrödinger’s Seat problem in many states. Case in point: Lee County Commissioner Tammy Hall (R) just created an exploratory committee for the 14th CD… but that, of course, is Rep. Connie Mack’s district. Hall says she has no intention of primarying him, but that she just wants to get ready because she thinks a new seat will get created in her area. (I’ll also point out that in his “I’m not running for Senate” announcement, I don’t think Mack actually said he was running for re-election, so maybe his seat could open up, too.)
• FL-19 (?): Hmm, maybe this question mark thing is going to get old very fast. Ultra-right-wing radio nutcase Joyce Kaufman (“If ballots don’t work, bullets will,” she said at a teabagger rally) says she won’t rule out a run for Congress, though she sounds very dubious on the idea. (She was a barker for Allen West and very briefly was anointed as his Chief of Staff, before that idea completely blew up.) She currently lives in Rep. Ted Deutch’s very blue district, so she’d have to get very lucky with redistricting to have any kind of chance.
• IA-02: No real surprise: Rep. Dave Loebsack says he’d like to represent the new 2nd CD in the map just put forth by the state’s independent redistricting commission. The new version of this southeast Iowa district contains a bunch of the same territory as the old IA-02, except for Loebsack’s home – though he’s not far outside the border. (He hasn’t said whether he’d move, though he probably wouldn’t have to.) Also of note, Christie Vilsack lives in the new 2nd, though she hasn’t commented yet. Bruce Braley says he’ll stay in the 1st, but his 2010 opponent, Ben Lange, might move into the 2nd.
In related news, Brian Kennedy, a former state GOP chair, thinks that this won’t be the final congressional map (the legislature can send the commission back to the drawing board), in part because the state House and Senate maps also throw a bunch of incumbents together. But columnist Kathie Obradovich thinks that lawmakers might be inclined toward this set of maps because the next batch could be a lot worse. In fact, in 2001, 50 members of the House and 20 senators were placed in districts with fellow incumbents, while only 27 and 14, respectively, are now. So
• MI-09 (?): This comes as little surprise (see SSP Amazing Digest #328), but Marty
McFly Knollenberg plans to travel back in time form an exploratory committee to undo avenge his father’s loss to Rep. Gary Peters in 2008.
• NM-01: We’re off to the races! Dem Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas says he’s thinking about running for Rep. Martin Heinrich’s now-open seat. (State Sen. Eric Griego (D) announced an exploratory committee last Friday, just before Heinrich declared for Senate.) Also over the weekend, Albuquerque Councilor Dan Lewis became the first Republican to formally join the race. Former state Rep. Janice Arnold-Jones (R) has already filed an exploratory committee.
• NY-14: LOL – Reshma Saujani, who tried to convinced voters she was a better Democrat than Rep. Carolyn Maloney, is now a member of the deeply lame “non-partisan” group “No Labels.” Good luck ever trying to win a primary in this town again.
• NY-26: It’s official: Thanks to screwing up his own paperwork, teabagger David Bellavia is off the ballot… and the Federalist Party sleeps for another 200 years.
• TN-09: Another member of the extended Ford clan says he’s thinking about challenging Rep. Steve Cohen: Twenty-five-year-old Justin Ford (a cousin of Harold Jr.), who was just elected Shelby County Commissioner last year. Jackson Baker of the Memphis Flyer notes that this would be the 4th Ford to face off against Cohen: Harold Jr. (1996), Joe Jr. (2006), and Jake (also 2006). Baker also reminds readers that Harold Ford, Sr. endorsed Cohen last year, which probably means that Justin is just goofing around trying to get his name rec up a bit. (I mean, he conducted this interview while on an elliptical trainer, almost a scene out of Law & Order.)
• NYC-Mayor: Marist took another early look at the Dem primary for mayor in my hometown. They forgot to poll DavidNYC, so take this one with a grain of salt:
Anthony Weiner (D): 18 (21)
William Thompson (D): 15 (16)
John Liu (D): 13 (10)
Christine Quinn (D): 13 (9)
Bill De Blasio (D): 9 (8)
Scott Stringer (D): 4 (4)
Undecided: 27 (32)
I will also take this opportunity to remind folks about Bill De Blasio’s views on Wall Street.
• OH Referendum: Gov. John Kasich signed the anti-union bill known as SB5 into law late last week, triggering a 90-day period for opponents to gather some 231,000 signatures to put the measure on the ballot for voter approval (or disapproval) this November. I’ll note that in 1958, in an uncannily similar situation, a “right-to-work” law was also placed on the ballot in Ohio (354K signatures were required) – and got destroyed, 63-37. Let’s hope history repeats.
• California: Anyone here from the Great Bear Republic? Anyone a redistricting nerd? Well now the next five months of your social calendar are set: CA’s redistricting commission is hosting public hearings, starting this week in Sacramento and going all the way through August. Have fun!
• Illinois: There are so, so many great maps produced on this site every week that I hesitate to call special attention to any one of them. (I love all my gerrymandered children equally!) But I think you’ll agree that silver spring’s proposed 14 D, 4 R plan for Illinois is such a wickedly brilliant work of art and science that it deserves a shout-out. If you know anyone in the IL lege, please pass this diary on to them!
• Louisiana: The state House and Senate are both taking up federal maps today, with the House considering three different plans while the Senate has settled on just one. These maps have all passed out of committee, so each full body could potentially vote today. However, differences will still need to be ironed out between the Senate plan (assuming it passes) and whichever map the House chooses. The second link contains the greatest detail, including some actual maps and some alternate options that were voted down.
• Missouri: The state Senate apparently passed its version of a new congressional redistricting plan, and it’s reportedly similar to the House’s map that we saw last week, but I haven’t been able to find the actual map yet. Let us know if you see it in comments.
• North Carolina: Interesting: Rep. Mike McIntyre is reaching out to his constituents, asking them rhetorically if they want their “next Congressman to be from Raleigh, Goldsboro, or Charlotte?” McIntyre wants his southeastern district kept intact, so he’s asking supporters to tell members of the state legislature that they want the same thing. I’ll be curious to see if other members of Congress try this same tactic.