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NY Gov Paterson calls 3 Nov 2009 special election for US House CD 23
by Tony Roza

New York Governor David A. Paterson (Democratic) has called a Special Election for Tuesday 3 November 2009 to fill the vacant seat in CD 23. Former Congressman John M. McHugh (Republican) resigned 21 September 2009 to become Secretary of the Army in the Obama Administration.

"This special election will ensure that the residents of all or parts of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties are represented in the U.S. House of Representatives."
Reference: http://www.ny.gov/governor/press/press_0929093.html
24 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Arizona: Governor: Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon B. Parker (Republican) - added. House CD 1: Russell Wesley Bowers (Republican) - added.

Arkansas: House CD 2: Scott Wallace (Republican) - added.

Florida: Governor: Herman L. Giger (No Party Affiliation) - added; Anthony "Tony" Knox, Sr. (Democratic) - added; Lesther Trujillo (No Party Affiliation) - added. House CD 1: Henry Arthur Kelley, Jr. (No Party Affiliation) - added. House CD 3: Terry L. Martin-Back (No Party Affiliation) - added. House CD 13: John G. Gish (No Party Affiliation) - added.

Illinois: Lieutenant Governor: Deb Leticia Gordils (Republican [Green]) - added. House CD 5: Ashvin Prakash Lad (Republican) - added. House CD 8: Christopher Todd "Chris" Geissler (Republican) - added.

Massachusetts: Senate Class 1: Senator Paul G. Kirk, Jr. (Democratic) - Open Seat.

Missouri: Senate Class 3: Mark Stephen Memoly (Republican) - added.

New York: House CD 8: Steven Ari-Z Leiner (Independent) - added.

North Carolina: House CD 9: Jeffrey "Jeff" James Doctor (Democratic) - added.

Oregon: House CD 5: Fred Thompson (Republican) - added.

Pennsylvania: Senate Class 3: Joseph John Vodvarka (Democratic) - added. Governor: Richard Gordon (Independent) - added. House CD 18: Daniel C. Connolly (Democratic) - added.

Texas: House CD 18: Brenda Zimpfer Page (Republican) - added.

Virginia: House CD 7: Floyd C. Bayne (Independent) - added.

West Virginia: House CD 1: Thomas Stark (Republican) - added. House CD 2: David Stefan Harless (Democratic) - added.

Paul Kirk sworn as US Senator from Mass. by VP Joe Biden
by Richard E. Berg-Andersson
Court denies Mass. GOP attempt to block appointment of Paul Kirk to US Senate
by Tony Roza
Mass. GOP attempts to temporarily block appointment of Paul Kirk to US Senate
by Richard E. Berg-Anderson (TheGreenPapers.com Staff)

The Republican Party of Massachusetts has filed for a hearing in Suffolk County Superior Court today (Friday 25 September) seeking an injunction against the appointment of Paul G. Kirk, Jr. (Democrat) to the United States Senate by Governor Deval Patrick (D-Massachusetts) temporarily filling the vacancy caused by the recent passing of Senator Ted Kennedy pending a Special Election scheduled for Tuesday 19 January 2010.

The Commonwealth GOP's legal complaint alleges that the Governor had no authority, under the Massachusetts Constitution, to declare an "emergency" allowing him to override a provision delaying the effectiveness of a new law allowing for the appointment until 90 days after the law had been signed by the Governor: if this 90 day provision had been followed, Kirk would not be permitted to take his seat in the Senate until just before Christmas of this year.

10 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Illinois: Senate Class 3: Robert Enriquez (Republican) - apparently not a candidate.

Maine: Governor: Beverly Cooper-Pete (Independent) - added.

New York: Senate Class 1: former Governor George E. Pataki (Republican) - added. Governor: Erie County Executive Chris Collins (Republican) - added; Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo (Democratic) - added; former NYC Mayor Rudolph W. "Rudy" Giuliani (Republican) - added.

South Carolina: Superintendent of Education: Frank Holleman (Democratic) - added.

Virginia: House CD 2: Bert Mizusawa (Republican) - added; Scott Taylor (Republican) - added.

Wisconsin: House CD 7: Kenneth Leroy "Ken" Driessen (Independent) - added.

MA Gov. Patrick (D) appoints former DNC chair Paul G. Kirk, Jr. (D) to the U.S. Senate
by Tony Roza

Massachusetss Governor Deval L. Patrick (Democrat) has appointed former Democratic National Committee chairman Paul G. Kirk, Jr. (Democrat) to fill the Massachusetts U.S. Senate Seat Class 1 vacated upon the 25 August 2009 passing of Senator Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (Democrat). Mr. Kirk will serve until the Tuesday 19 January 2010 special election.

The Partisan Composition of the U.S. Senate is now 58 Democrats, 40 Republicans, 1 Independent (Sanders-VT who caucuses with the Democrats), and 1 Independent Democrat (Lieberman-CT who caucuses with the Democrats). Once Mr. Kirk is seated, the Democratic party will hold a 60 seat "filibuster-proof" majority.

NY State's Highest Court rules Richard Ravitch can legally serve as Lieutenant Governor
by Richard E. Berg-Andersson (TheGreenPapers.com Staff)

In a 4-3 decision, the New York State Court of Appeals (the State's court of Last Resort) ruled today that Governor David Paterson (D-New York) does have the statutory authority to fill a vacancy even in a constitutional office such as that of Lieutenant Governor. This decision reverses lower court rulings which had ruled the Governor's appointment of Richard Ravitch as the State's Lieutenant Governor back on 9 July illegal.

As a result, Richard Ravitch (Democrat) is now legally Lieutenant Governor of New York State with all concomitant privileges, powers and duties attached to said office: including the power to break a tie vote in the State Senate and, most importantly to that which is covered within this website, succeed to the Governorship of the State in case of a vacancy in that office. Mr. Ravitch, like Governor Paterson himself, will now finish out the current term of Office for Statewide elective officers ending at Midnight, 1 January 2011; candidates for the office of Lieutenant Governor will run for a full 4-year term on tickets with their Parties' respective nominees for Governor in the November 2010 General Election.

Mr. Ravitch will now be listed as New York State's Lieutenant Governor on the appropriate page here on 'The Green Papers'.

18 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Arkansas: House CD 2: Tim Griffin (Republican) - added.

California: House CD 42: Leon "Lee" McGroarty (Republican) - added.

Georgia: Comptroller General/Commissioner of Insurance: John Fuchko (Republican) - apparently not a candidate; Roger Hines (Republican) - added.

Illinois: House CD 14: Jim Pistorius (Democratic) - added.

Kansas: House CD 3: Steve Rose (Republican) - added. Attorney General: state Senator Derek Schmidt (Republican) - previously listed as a candidate for Secretary of State.

Nevada: Governor: state Assembly Speaker Barbara E. Buckley (Democratic) - apparently not a candidate.

New Hampshire: Senate Class 3: William Binnie (Republican) - added.

New York: House CD 23: Congressman John M. McHugh (Republican) - Vacant Office.

Pennsylvania: Governor: former Congressman Joseph M. "Joe" Hoeffel (Democratic) - added.

South Dakota: House At-Large: state Representative R. Blake "Blake" Curd (Republican) - added.

Vermont: Senate Class 3: Cris Ericson (Independent) - added; John A. LaPierre, Jr. (Independent) - added.

Wisconsin: Governor: Michael Blinkwitz (Independent) - added; James Dean Langer (Independent) - added. Lieutenant Governor: state Representative Brett Davis (Republican) - added. Attorney General: Scott Hassett (Democratic) - added.

New York Congressman McHugh (R) resigns to become Secretary of the Army
by Tony Roza

Congressman John M. McHugh (Republican, New York House District 23) resigned to become Secretary of the Army. He was nominated by President Obama on 2 June 2009 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on 16 September 2009.

New York Governor David A. Paterson (Democrat) will call a special election to fill the seat. The election would be held 30 to 40 days from the date of the Governor's proclamation-- possibly 3 November 2009.

The Partisan Composition of the U.S. House is now 256 Democrats, 177 Republicans, and 2 vacant seats: California CD 10 and New York CD 23.

23 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

California: House CD 11: Jeffrey David "Jeff" Takada (Republican) - added. House CD 47: Cecilia Patricia "Ceci" Iglesias (Independent) - added.

Georgia: Senate Class 3: Rakeim J. "RJ" Hadley (Democratic) - added.

Illinois: Senate Class 3: Thomas Elijah Hubbard (Democratic) - added. Governor: Andy McKenna (Republican) - added; state Senator Matt Murphy (Republican) - apparently not a candidate. House CD 9: Joel Barry Pollak (Republican) - added.

Indiana: House CD 7: Wayne E. Harmon (Republican) - added.

Kansas: Senate Class 3: Willis "Wink" Hartman, Sr. (Republican) - added.

Kentucky: House CD 6: Garland "Andy" Barr (Republican) - added.

Massachusetts: Senate Class 1: Joe Kennedy (Independent [Libertarian]) - running as an independent.

New Hampshire: House CD 1: Mike Castaldo (Republican) - added.

North Carolina: House CD 10: John Scott Keadle (Republican) - added. House CD 12: Paul Allen Johnson (Republican) - added.

Oregon: House CD 1: David Robinson (Democratic) - added.

Pennsylvania: Governor: Scranton Mayor Christopher A. "Chris" Doherty (Democratic) - apparently not a candidate. House CD 11: Corey D. O'Brien (Democratic) - added.

Tennessee: House CD 5: Stephen William Collings (Libertarian [Pirate]) - linked to the Libertarian and Pirate Parties. House CD 8: Stephen "Steve" Fincher (Republican) - added.

Texas: House CD 22: Douglas James "Doug" Blatt (Democratic) - added. House CD 28: Charles David Holloway (Republican) - added.

Virginia: House CD 5: Michael McPadden (Republican) - added. House CD 11: David E. Peterson (Republican) - added.

Huckabee wins 2009 Value Voters Summit (Family Research Council) Strawpoll
by Tony Roza

19 September 2009 Value Voters Summit (Family Research Council) - 597 votes cast. First Place - Huckabee: 28%; Second place four way tie - Romney, Pawlenty, Palin, Pence: 12% each.

The 2007 results can be found here: 20 October 2007 - Family Research Council Values Voters Straw Poll

20 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

California: Governor: Ken Miller (Republican) - added; William Morrison (Republican) - added. House CD 26: Russ Warner (Democratic) - added.

Illinois: House CD 12: Rodger Jennings (Green) - added; Timmy Jay "Tim" Richardson, Jr. (Republican) - added. House CD 14: Bill Cross (Republican) - added.

Maryland: Senate Class 3: Robert Henry Brookman (Unaffiliated) - added; Daniel W. McAndrew (Republican) - added. Governor: J. P. Cusick (Democratic) - added; Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr. (Republican) - added. House CD 4: George McDermott (Democratic) - added. House CD 5: Thomas Defibaugh, Sr. (Democratic) - added.

Massachusetts: Senate Class 1: Alan Khazei (Democratic) - added.

Minnesota: Auditor: Jeff Wiita (Republican) - added.

Missouri: Senate Class 3: former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman (Republican) - apparently not a candidate.

New Jersey: House CD 12: Scott Baier (Green) - apparently not a candidate.

New York: House CD 23 Special Election: Media reports state that Congressman John M. McHugh (Republican) has been confirmed as Secretary of the Army by the U.S. Senate. Once Congressman McHugh resigns his Seat, Governor David A. Paterson (Democrat) will call a special election to fill the seat. The election would be held 30 to 40 days from the date of the Governor's proclamation.

Ohio: House CD 18: Fred L. Dailey (Republican) - added.

Virginia: House CD 5: Albemarle County Supervisor Kenneth C. Boyd (Republican) - added. House CD 7: Charlie Diradour (Democratic) - added.

13 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Florida: Senate Class 3: Senator George S. LeMieux (Republican) - open seat - does not plan to seek election.

Massachusetts: Senate Class 1: Bill Coleman, III (Republican) - added; Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (Democratic) - apparently not a candidate. Treasurer and Receiver-General: state Representative Thomas P. "Tom" Conroy (Democratic) - added.

Missouri: House CD 7: Mike Moon (Republican) - added.

New Hampshire: Senate Class 3: Ovide M. Lamontagne (Republican) - added.

New Mexico: Lieutenant Governor: state Representative Jose A. Campos (Democratic) - added.

North Carolina: House CD 8: Tim D'Annunzio (Republican) - added. House CD 10: Anne Fischer (Democratic) - added.

Pennsylvania: House CD 13: Josh Quinter (Republican) - added.

South Carolina: House CD 1: Dick Withington (Democratic) - added.

Vermont: Lieutenant Governor: state Senator Edward S. "Ed" Flanagan (Democratic) - added. Secretary of State: Charles "Charlie" Merriman (Democratic) - added.

23 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Arizona: Senate Class 3: William Lundy (Republican) - added.

Colorado: House CD 3: Ray Scott (Republican) - added. House CD 6: David S. Canter (Democratic) - apparently not a candidate.

Connecticut: Senate Class 3: Linda McMahon (Republican) - added. House CD 5: Kie Westby (Republican) - added.

Florida: Senate Class 3: former Miami Mayor Maurice A. Ferré (Democratic) - added.

Illinois: Lieutenant Governor: Dennis W. Cook (Republican) - previously listed as a candidate for Comptroller.

Indiana: House CD 8: Larry Bucshon (Republican) - added.

Massachusetts: Senate Class 1: Stephen G. Pagliuca (Democratic) - added. House CD 1: Michael Engel (Independent) - added.

Missouri: House CD 2: Elizabeth "Liz" Lauber (Republican) - added.

Nevada: Senate Class 3: Edward "Mr Clean" Hamilton (Democratic) - previously listed as a Republican. House CD 1: Craig O. Lake, Jr. (Republican) - added.

New Hampshire: Senate Class 3: Sean Mahoney (Republican) - added.

New York: House CD 19: Nan Hayworth (Republican) - added.

North Carolina: House CD 1: Chad Edward Larkins (Republican) - added.

Ohio: House CD 10: Thomas R. "Tom" Olschlager (Republican) - added. House CD 13: Jason Ashley Meade (Republican) - added.

Oregon: Governor: Clackamas County Commissioner Lynn Peterson (Democratic) - added.

Pennsylvania: House CD 6: Manan Trivedi (Democratic) - added; Steven D. Welch (Republican) - previously listed as a candidate for House CD 7.

Texas: House CD 2: David Wayne Smith (Libertarian) - added.

Wyoming: Governor: former state Representative Ron Micheli (Republican) - added.

9 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Alaska: House At-Large: Andrew Halco (Republican) - added.

Connecticut: Senate Class 3: John Mertens (Independent) - added.

Illinois: House CD 14: state Senator Randall M. "Randy" Hultgren (Republican) - added.

Massachusetts: Senate Class 1: former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card (Republican) - removed.

Missouri: House CD 8: Tommy Sowers (Democratic) - added.

Nevada: Senate Class 3: Mark Noonan (Republican) - added.

New Mexico: Lieutenant Governor: JR Damron (Republican) - added; former state Representative Brian Moore (Republican) - added.

Washington: House CD 3: David W. "Dave" Hedrick (Democratic) - added.

Florida Senator Mel Martinez (Republican) resigns, George LeMieux (Republican) sworn.
by Tony Roza

Florida Senator Mel Martinez (Republican), who was first elected in 2004, resigned on 9 September 2009. George LeMieux (Republican), who was selected as the replacement Senator on 28 August 2009 by Governor Charlie Crist, will be sworn in today, 10 September 2009. Mr. LeMieux will serve out the remainder of the term and does not plan to seek election. This Class 3 seat is up for election on Tuesday 2 November 2010.

14 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Arkansas: Senate Class 3: Greenland Mayor John Gray (Green) - added.

California: House CD 50: Solana Beach Councilman David W. "Dave" Roberts (Democratic) - added.

Massachusetts: Senate Class 1: state Senator Scott Brown (Republican) - added; Canton Selectman Robert E. Burr, Jr. (Republican) - added; Congressman Michael E. "Mike" Capuano (Democratic) - added; Joe Kennedy (Libertarian) - added.

Minnesota: House CD 8: Michael "Mike" Cummins (Republican) - added.

North Carolina: Senate Class 3: Michael "Mike" Beitler (Libertarian) - added. House CD 4: William T. "BJ" Lawson, Jr. (Republican) - apparently not a candidate. Secretary of State: Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall (Democratic) - Open Office.

Pennsylvania: House CD 3: John Onorato (Republican) - added.

South Dakota: House At-Large: state Representative Shantel Krebs (Republican) - added.

Vermont: Auditor of Accounts: Auditor of Accounts Thomas M. Salmon (Republican) - party was Democratic.

Washington: House CD 9: state Representative Thomas J. "Tom" Campbell (Republican) - apparently not a candidate.

28 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

California: House CD 24: Marie Panec (Democratic) - added.

Florida: House CD 1: John E. Krause (Republican) - added.

Georgia: Governor: state Senator Jeff Chapman (Republican) - added. House CD 8: Kenneth Ray Deloach, Jr. (Republican) - added. Comptroller General/Commissioner of Insurance: Maria Sheffield (Republican) - added.

Illinois: Senate Class 3: Kathleen Thomas (Republican) - added.

Indiana: Senate Class 3: Richard Behney (Republican) - added.

Iowa: House CD 2: Christopher Reed (Republican) - added.

Louisiana: House CD 3: Kristian Lee Magar (Republican) - added.

Maryland: House CD 6: Joseph T. "Joe" Krysztoforski (Republican) - added.

Missouri: House CD 4: Gregory Allen "Greg" Cowan (Constitution) - added; James A. Scholz (Republican) - added.

Nevada: Senate Class 3: Jerry Dean Carter (Independent) - added; Mike Wiley (Republican) - added.

North Carolina: House CD 1: Rodney "Billy Barepockets" Ballance, Jr. (Democratic) - added.

Ohio: House CD 18: Robert Brian Gibbs (Republican) - added.

Oregon: Governor: state Representative Brian L. Clem (Democratic) - apparently not a candidate; John Lim (Republican) - added.

Pennsylvania: House CD 12: Bruce Teich (Independent) - added.

South Carolina: Attorney General: Alan Wilson (Republican) - added.

South Dakota: Secretary of State: Teresa Bray (Republican) - added.

Texas: Senate Class 1: Nick Latham (Republican) - added; Tiffani El Dawn Mims (Republican) - added. Governor: Farouk Shami (Democratic) - added. House CD 12: Matthew Edward Kelly (Republican) - added. House CD 25: Edward Skinner (Republican) - added.

Utah: House CD 2: George David "Dave" Glissmeyer (Independent) - added.

Washington: Senate Class 3: Craig Lewis Williams (Republican) - added.

35 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Arkansas: Senate Class 3: state Senator Gilbert Baker (Republican) - added.

California: House CD 10 Special: state Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (Democratic) - lost Primary; Christopher N. "Chris" Bunch (Republican) - lost Primary; Gary William Clift (Republican) - lost Primary; state Senator Mark DeSaulnier (Democratic) - lost Primary; Adriel Hampton (Democratic) - lost Primary; Mark Alan Loos (Republican) - lost Primary; David Peterson (Republican) - lost Primary; John Richard Toth (Republican) - lost Primary; Anthony Woods (Democratic) - lost Primary. House CD 11: Antonio C. "Tony" Amador (Republican) - added.

Connecticut: House CD 5: Daniel E. Carter (Republican) - added.

Georgia: House CD 2: Lee Roy Ferrell, II (Republican) - added. House CD 9: Tom Dooley (Republican) - added.

Illinois: Treasurer: Kip Kirkpatrick (Democratic) - apparently not a candidate.

Iowa: Governor: Terry E. Branstad (Republican) - added.

Massachusetts: Senate Class 1: Attorney General Martha Coakley (Democratic) - added; Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (Democratic) - added.

Missouri: House CD 8: Robert David "Bob" Parker (Republican) - added.

New Hampshire: Governor: Jack Kimball (Republican) - added.

North Carolina: House CD 8: Thomas Blair Sweeney (Republican) - added.

Ohio: House CD 16: Matt Miller (Republican) - added.

Oklahoma: House CD 5: James Lankford (Republican) - added; Johnny B. Roy (Republican) - added. Treasurer: Owen Laughlin (Republican) - added. Superintendent of Public Instruction: Public Instruction Superintendent Sandy Garrett (Democratic) - Open Office; Janet Barresi (Republican) - added; former Mayor of Colbert Randall Gorman (Democratic) - added.

Oregon: Governor: former Oregon Governor John A. Kitzhaber (Democratic) - added. House CD 1: John Christopher Kuzmanich (Republican) - added.

Pennsylvania: House CD 3: Paul Lewis Huber (Republican) - added.

Texas: House CD 6: David Edwin Cozad (Democratic) - added. House CD 11: Canyon Clowdus (Republican) - added; Chris W. Younts (Republican) - added.

Wisconsin: Lieutenant Governor: Alderman T. Anthony "Tony" Zielinski (Democratic) - added.

Commentary: REQUIEM FOR A (POLITICAL) HEAVYWEIGHT
by Richard E. Berg-Andersson
CA CD 10 Special Election - Top vote getters in each party to participate in 3 Nov special election.
by Tony Roza

Since no candidate received a majority (50% plus 1) of the vote in the 1 September 2009 California CD 10 Special Primary to fill the vacant seat of former Congressman Ellen O. Tauscher, the top vote getter from each party will participate in a Tuesday 3 November 2009 special election.

  • Lieutenant Governor John Raymond Garamendi (Democratic, 26.15%)
  • David Jeffrey Harmer (Republican, 20.58%)
  • Jeremy Cloward (Green, 0.52%)
  • Jerome "Jerry" Denham (American Independent, 0.29%)
  • Mary C. McIlroy (Peace And Freedom, 0.27%)

Congressman Ellen O. Tauscher was confirmed as Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security in the Obama Administration on 25 June 2009.

CA CD 10 Special Election - Secretary of State will begin posting election results at 10 pm PDT
by Tony Roza

Traditionally, the Secretary of State begins posting election results when all polls close at 8pm PDT. For the 1 September 2009, Congressional District 10 Special Primary Election, the Secretary of State will begin posting election results at 10pm PDT.

Due to the government-declared wildfire emergencies in several California counties, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has issued Executive Orders S-17-09 and S-19-09. These orders allow emergency personnel to cast a ballot if they have been deployed to the fire zones. Those emergency personnel who are registered to vote in Congressional District 10 will be allowed to cast ballots until 10 pm PDT tonight at their respective Incident Command Centers.

Returns from an official source.

TheGreenPapers: California CD 10 Special Election

California 1 September 2009 Special Primary Election for U.S. House Congressional District 10
by Tony Roza

Special Primary California U.S. House Congressional District 10: Today, all candidates will run in non-partisan primary on a single ballot. If one candidate receives a majority (50% plus 1) of the vote, that candidate is elected. Otherwise, the top vote getter from each party will participate in a Tuesday 3 November 2009 special election.

Polling hours 7:00a PDT (1400 UTC) to 8:00p PDT (0300 UTC).

Reference: California Secretary of State - Congressional District 10 - Special Election.

11 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

California: Senate Class 3: Mosheh Thezion (Republican) - added.

Colorado: Senate Class 3: former Lieutenant Governor Jane E. Norton (Republican) - added; former state Representative Andrew Romanoff (Democratic) - added.

Florida: House CD 22: David Brady (Republican) - added.

Illinois: Secretary of State: Robert Enriquez (Republican) - added.

Louisiana: Senate Class 3: Russel L. Honoré (Republican) - added. House CD 3: Nickie Monica (Republican) - added; Ravi Sangisetty (Democratic) - added.

Maine: Governor: Eliot Cutler party changed to (Independent [Democratic]) - party was Independent.

New York: Senate Class 1: Congressman Peter T. "Pete" King (Republican) - apparently not a candidate.

Texas: Commissioner of General Land Office: Bill Burton (Democratic) - added.

MA Gov Patrick calls Tue 8 Dec 2009 special primary and Tue 19 Jan 2010 special election to fill the vacant Senate Seat
by Tony Roza
On Monday 31 August 2009, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick called a special election to fill the Class 1 Senate Seat of the late Senator Edward Kennedy. There will be a special primary on 8 December 2009 and an special election on Tuesday 19 January 2010.
13 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

California: House CD 53: Michael Peter Crimmins (Republican) - added.

Florida: Senate Class 3: George LeMieux (Republican) - added. House CD 8: William Collins, IV (Republican) - added.

Illinois: Senate Class 3: David H. Hoffman (Democratic) - added; Jacob Meister (Democratic) - added. House CD 3: Robert Enriquez (Republican) - added. House CD 8: Gregory S. Jacobs (Republican) - added; Maria Rodriguez (Republican) - added; Bill Scheurer (Green) - added.

New Jersey: House CD 12: Alan R. Bateman (Republican) - added.

North Carolina: House CD 8: Linwood Faulk (Republican) - apparently not a candidate; Lou Huddleston (Republican) - added.

Vermont: Governor: Governor James H. "Jim" Douglas (Republican) - Open Chair.

17 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Arkansas: Senate Class 3: state Senator Bob Johnson (Democratic) - added; Buddy Rogers (Republican) - added.

California: House CD 18: Mike Berryhill (Republican) - added.

Illinois: House CD 10: Bob Dold (Republican) - added. Comptroller: state Representative David E. Miller (Democratic) - added.

Louisiana: Senate Class 3: W. Robert "Bob" Lang (Republican) - added.

Maine: Governor: Eliot Cutler (Independent) - added.

Massachusetts: Senate Class 1: Senator Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (Democratic) - Vacant Office.

Minnesota: Governor: Leslie Davis (Independent) - removed; Harley Swarm, Jr. (Constitution) - added.

Nevada: Governor: Brian E. Sandoval (Republican) - added.

New Hampshire: House CD 2: Executive Councilor Debora B. "Deb" Pignatelli (Democratic) - added.

Ohio: House CD 16: former Wadsworth Mayor Jim Renacci (Republican) - added.

South Carolina: Attorney General: Attorney General Henry McMaster (Republican) - Open Office.

Texas: Governor: Felix Alvarado (Democratic) - added; Hank Gilbert (Democratic) - added. House CD 20: John Hall (Libertarian) - added.

Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy (Democrat), 77, has passed away from brain cancer.
by Tony Roza

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Senator Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (Massachusetts, Democrat, Senate Class 1), 77, who passed away from brain cancer.

26 August 2009 Statement from The Kennedy Family:

"Edward M. Kennedy the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port. We've lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever. We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice, fairness and opportunity for all. He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it. He always believed that our best days were still ahead, but its hard to imagine any of them without him."

Senate History: First elected to finish out the term in a Special Election: 1962 [held to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator John F. Kennedy (Democrat): 22 December 1960- which Benjamin A. Smith II (Democrat) had been appointed by Governor Foster Furcolo (Democrat) to fill, 27 December 1960]; elected to first full term: 1964; re-elected: 1970, 1976, 1982, 1988, 1994, 2000, and 2006.

Senator Ted Kennedy was also an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 1980, when he emerged as the principal challenger to the renomination of then-incumbent President Jimmy Carter.

MASSACHUSETTS State law does not permit the Governor of the Commonwealth to appoint an interim successor when a vacancy in the United States Senate has occurred; instead, a Special Election for the remainder of the current term (the Class 1 seat wouid otherwise next be up for election in November 2012 and, therefore, the current term ends at Noon Eastern Standard Time on 3 January 2013) must be held no sooner than 145 days and no later than 160 days after a vacancy has occurred.

The Partisan Composition of the U.S. Senate is now 57 Democrats, 1 Independent and 1 Independent Democrat (both caucus with the Democrats), 40 Republicans, and 1 vacant seat.

Commentary: SUMMERTIME... AND THE PUNDITRY IS EASY (Part Five: the Finale))
by Richard E. Berg-Andersson

Commentary:
SUMMERTIME... AND THE PUNDITRY IS EASY
(Part Five: the Finale)

by Richard E. Berg-Andersson TheGreenPapers.com Staff

Commentary: SUMMERTIME... AND THE PUNDITRY IS EASY (Part Four)
by Richard E. Berg-Andersson

Commentary:
SUMMERTIME... AND THE PUNDITRY IS EASY
(Part Four)

by Richard E. Berg-Andersson TheGreenPapers.com Staff

15 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

California: House CD 11: Robert Beadles (Republican) - added; Larry Pegram (Republican) - added.

Florida: House CD 3: James Nicholas Gilman (Republican) - added. House CD 12: Congressman Adam H. Putnam (Republican) - apparently not a candidate. House CD 19: Joseph E. "Joe" Budd (Unaffiliated) - added. House CD 24: Ometrias Deon "Deon" Long (Republican) - added.

Illinois: Senate Class 3: Patrick "Pat" Hughes (Republican) - added.

Michigan: House CD 7: Marvin Ernest Carlson (Republican) - added.

Minnesota: Governor: Commissioner of the Department Labor & Industry Steven A. "Steve" Sviggum (Republican) - apparently not a candidate.

Nevada: Senate Class 3: Jeffrey Wayne "Jeff" Durbin (Independent) - added.

New Hampshire: Senate Class 3: Kenneth E. "Ken" Blevens (Libertarian) - added.

New York: House CD 12: Bruce Hirschfeld (Democratic) - added.

North Dakota: House At-Large: Paul James Schaffner (Republican) - added.

Ohio: House CD 18: Patrick T. Carlisle (Republican) - added.

Wisconsin: House CD 3: Michael Krsiean (Constitution) - added.

July 8 appointment of Richard Ravitch as NY's Lt Gov ruled unconstitutional by panel of appellate judges
by Richard E. Berg-Andersson of 'The Green Papers' Staff

The 8 July 2009 appointment of Richard Ravitch by Governor David Paterson (D-New York) to fill the vacancy in the office of Lieutenant Governor caused by Paterson's own accession to the New York State Governorship back in March 2008 has been ruled unconstitutional by a panel of State appellate judges.

These judges stated that New York's Public Officers Law (under which Governor Paterson was claiming his authority to fill vacancies in State offices also applied to the Lieutenant Governorship) could not be applied to so-called "constitutional State offices" the terms of which were specifically set in the State's Constitution and which could only be filled under the specific procedures outlined in that document absent specific statutory authority otherwise (the Public Officers Law allows the Legislature to fill a vacancy in the constitutional offices of Attorney General or Comptroller; it is silent as regards a vacancy in the Lieutenant Governorship): therefore, in the case of a vacancy in the Lieutenant Governorship, the vacancy remains- per the New York State Constitution itself- until there is held the next General Election for Governor (in this case, in November 2010) and whoever is then elected Lieutenant Governor formally takes office the following January (2011).

Governor Paterson has indicated he intends to appeal this ruling to the Court of Appeals (the State's highest court, that of Last Resort). In the meantime, State Senator Malcolm Smith (Democrat), in his capacity as New York State Senate President pro Tempore, remains acting President of the Senate and, presumably, would temporarily succeed to the Governorship if there should be a vacancy in that office and Senator Smith remains so listed by TheGreenPapers.com

Per curiam opinion in the case of SKELOS v. PATERSON: Appellate Division, New York Supreme Court-- 2d Judicial Department

18 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Arizona: Governor: Mike Ross (Libertarian) - added.

Connecticut: House CD 4: former state Senator Rob Russo (Republican) - added.

Florida: Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Eric Draper (Democratic) - apparently not a candidate.

Illinois: Senate Class 3: Christopher "Chris" Kennedy (Democratic) - apparently not a candidate. House CD 7: state Representative LaShawn K. Ford (Democratic) - added. House CD 10: state Representative Beth Coulson (Republican) - added; James B. "Jim" Koch (Republican) - added.

Kansas: House CD 3: Overland Park Councilman Terry Goodman (Republican) - added.

Massachusetts: House CD 4: Keith Stephen Messina (Republican) - party changed from Independent to Republican.

Missouri: House CD 7: Nixa Alderman Kevin Elmer (Republican) - apparently not a candidate; Shane Schoeller (Republican) - apparently not a candidate.

Nevada: Senate Class 3: Lieutenant Governor Brian K. Krolicki (Republican) - apparently not a candidate. Lieutenant Governor: Lieutenant Governor Brian K. Krolicki (Republican) - Incumbent to run for re-election.

Pennsylvania: House CD 12: Terry Ronzio (Unity) - added.

Rhode Island: Attorney General: Erik B. Wallin (Republican) - added.

Texas: House CD 7: David McCurrach (Independent) - added. House CD 18: John Faulk (Republican) - added. House CD 26: Don Tracey (Independent) - added.

29 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Arizona: House CD 1: Bradley Beauchamp (Republican) - added.

Colorado: Governor: Levi Hancock (Unity) - added. House CD 4: Michael "Mike" Nelson (Unity) - added.

Delaware: Treasurer: Chipman "Chip" Flowers, Jr. (Democratic) - added.

Georgia: House CD 13: Michael "Mike" Frisbee (Independent) - added. Secretary of State: Michael Mills (Democratic) - added. Attorney General: Max Wood (Republican) - added. Comptroller General/Commissioner of Insurance: Tom Knox (Republican) - added.

Hawaii: Lieutenant Governor: Adrienne King (Republican) - added.

Iowa: Secretary of State: Council Bluffs City Councilman Matt Schultz (Republican) - added.

Kansas: House CD 3: Daniel Gilyeat (Republican) - added; John Rysavy (Republican) - added. Secretary of State: state Senator Derek Schmidt (Republican) - added.

Maine: Governor: Eriq Manson (Democratic) - added; Marty Vachon (Republican) - added.

Maryland: Senate Class 3: Corrogan Vaughn (Republican) - added. Governor: Charles Lollar (Republican) - apparently not a candidate.

Minnesota: House CD 6: Bob Anderson (Independence) - added.

Mississippi: Governor: Phil Bryant (Republican) - added. House CD 3: Joel Gill (Democratic) - added.

Ohio: Secretary of State: Jennifer Garrison (Democratic) - added.

Pennsylvania: House CD 6: Ryan Costello (Republican) - added.

Rhode Island: Attorney General: Providence City Solicitor Joseph M. "Joe" Fernandez (Democratic) - added.

South Carolina: House CD 3: state Representative Michael D Thompson (Republican) - apparently not a candidate.

Virginia: House CD 7: "Little Joe" Cacciotti (Republican) - added. House CD 8: Ron Fisher (Independent) - added.

Wisconsin: Governor: Lieutenant Governor Barbara C. Lawton (Democratic) - added. Lieutenant Governor: Lieutenant Governor Barbara C. Lawton (Democratic) - Open Chair; Superior Mayor Dave Ross (Republican) - added.

17 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Florida: House CD 2: Carl Edward Meece, Jr. (Republican) - added. House CD 19: Curt Price (Republican) - added.

Illinois: House CD 7: Marshall E. Hatch, Sr. (Democratic) - added. House CD 14: Mark A. Vargas (Republican) - added.

Indiana: House CD 3: Thomas Eldon "Tom" Hayhurst (Democratic) - added.

Maryland: House CD 5: Charles J. Lollar (Republican) - added.

Massachusetts: House CD 2: Tom Wesley (Republican) - added.

Missouri: House CD 4: state Senator Bill Stouffer (Republican) - added.

Nebraska: House CD 3: Robert Charles Larson (Democratic) - added.

Oregon: House CD 1: Stephan Andrew Brodhead (Republican) - added; Douglas Fitzgerald "Doug" Keller (Republican) - added.

Texas: House CD 5: Justin Boyd (Republican) - added. House CD 25: Donna Campbell (Republican) - added.

Virginia: House CD 2: Douglas Alexander "Doug" "Hutch" Hutchison (No Party Designation) - added. House CD 5: Laurence Verga (Republican) - added.

Wisconsin: Governor: Governor Jim Doyle (Democratic) - Open Chair; Governor Jim Doyle (Democratic) - apparently not a candidate.

19 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

California: Governor: Vincent E. May (Independent) - added; Joe Mwangi Symmon (Democratic) - added; Scott H. Vyka (Republican) - added. Lieutenant Governor: Robert Bates (Libertarian) - added. House CD 18: David Lee Buxton (Republican) - added. Treasurer: Kevin Murray (Democratic) - added.

Colorado: Secretary of State: Nancy A. Doty (Republican) - added; Scott Gessler (Republican) - added.

Illinois: House CD 15: David Gill (Democratic) - added. Treasurer: Kip Kirkpatrick (Democratic) - added.

Kansas: House CD 4: Willis "Wink" Hartman, Sr. (Republican) - added.

Maryland: Governor: state Delegate Patrick L. "Pat" McDonough (Republican) - added.

Minnesota: Governor: state Senator Michael J. "Mike" Jungbauer (Republican) - added. Lieutenant Governor: Lieutenant Governor Carol Molnau (Republican) - Open Chair.

Nevada: Senate Class 3: Sue Lowden (Republican) - added.

New York: House CD 1: Randy Altschuler (Republican) - added.

Oklahoma: House CD 4: Hector Diaz (Republican) - added.

South Carolina: Governor: Dwight Drake (Democratic) - added.

Virginia: House CD 5: Feda Kidd Morton (Republican) - added.

34 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Arizona: Governor: Robert Graham (Republican) - added.

Connecticut: House CD 4: state Senator Dan Debicella (Republican) - added.

Georgia: House CD 2: state Representative Michael Huel "Mike" Keown, Sr. (Republican) - added.

Illinois: Senate Class 3: Ed Vargas (Republican) - added. Governor: Michael White (Independent) - added.

Maine: Governor: state Senator Elizabeth "Libby" Mitchell (Democratic) - added.

Nevada: Senate Class 3: Danny Tarkanian (Republican) - added.

New York: House CD 23 (removed potential candidates who did not receive their party's nomination): Andrew Bisselle (Republican) - removed; Andrew Bisselle (Democratic) - removed; Bart S. Bonner (Republican) - removed; Stuart Brody (Democratic) - removed; Steve Burke (Democratic) - removed; former Port Henry Mayor Gary S. Cooke (Republican) - removed; Matthew "Matt" Doheny (Republican) - apparently not a candidate; Danny M. "Dan" Francis (Democratic) - removed; Robert J. "Bob" Johnson (Democratic) - removed; Rudolph Johnson (Democratic) - removed; Jim Kelly (Conservative) - removed; Joshua A. Lynch (Republican) - removed; Franklin County Legislator Paul A. Maroun (Republican) - removed; Brian S. McGrath (Democratic) - apparently not a candidate; Congressman John M. McHugh (Republican) - apparently not a candidate; Michael P. "Mike" Oot (Democratic) - apparently not a candidate; David Ryan (Democratic) - removed; former assistant New York Attorney General John Sullivan (Democratic) - removed; Ronald V. Uva (Republican) - removed.

Pennsylvania: Governor: former United States Attorney Patrick L. "Pat" Meehan (Republican) - apparently not a candidate. House CD 7: former United States Attorney Patrick L. "Pat" Meehan (Republican) - added; Congressman Joseph A. "Joe" Sestak, Jr. (Democratic) - apparently not a candidate.

Texas: Governor: Mark Thompson (Democratic) - added.

Utah: Governor and Lieutenant Governor: Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. (Republican), who was first elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2008, was nominated in May 2009 by President Barack Obama as Ambassador to China. The U.S. Senate confirmed Governor Huntsman by voice vote on 7 August 2009. The Governor resigned his Chair on 11 August 2009. Lieutenant Governor Gary R. Herbert, who was first elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2008 (the Governor and Lieutenant Governor run on the same ticket), succeeded to the Governorship. State Senator Gregory S. Bell (Republican) was selected on 5 August 2009 by then Lieutenant Governor Herbert as the new Lieutenant Governor. In addition, there will be a special 2010 election to fill out the remainder of former Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.'s term.

Virginia: House CD 1: Scott Robinson (Democratic) - added.

2 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Iowa: Senate Class 3: former state Senator Tom Fiegen (Democratic) - added.

New York: House CD 23 Special: The Democratic party has nominated William L. "Bill" Owens for the yet-to-be-called Special Election to fill the Seat of Congressman John M. McHugh. President Obama nominated Congressman McHugh for Secretary of the Army by on 2 June 2009. The nomination is awaiting confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

Commentary: SUMMERTIME... AND THE PUNDITRY IS EASY (Part Three)
by Richard E. Berg-Andersson

Commentary:
SUMMERTIME... AND THE PUNDITRY IS EASY
(Part Three)

by Richard E. Berg-Andersson TheGreenPapers.com Staff

33 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Arkansas: House CD 3: Bernard K. Skoch (Republican) - added.

California: House CD 19: Loraine Goodwin (Democratic) - added.

Colorado: House CD 3: Douglas Bomar "Doug" Thompson (Republican) - added.

Connecticut: House CD 4: Robert Merkle (Republican) - added.

Florida: House CD 12: Bradley D. Kallhoff (Republican) - added. House CD 17: Brian G. Reilly (Republican) - apparently not a candidate.

Georgia: House CD 9: Bobby Reese (Republican) - added.

Illinois: Senate Class 3: LeAlan Jones (Green) - added. House CD 2: Isaac C. Hayes (Republican) - added. House CD 10: William J. "Bill" Cadigan (Republican) - added. Secretary of State: Adrian Frost (Green) - added. Attorney General: Dupage County State's Attorney Joseph E. "Joe" Birkett (Republican) - apparently not a candidate; David Black (Green) - added. Treasurer: Scott Summers (Green) - added. Comptroller: Erika Schaefer (Green) - added.

Iowa: House CD 5: Michael Allen Denklau (Democratic) - added.

Maryland: House CD 1: Grady Romblad (Republican) - added.

Mississippi: Lieutenant Governor: state Senator Billy Hewes (Republican) - added.

New Mexico: Governor: Nathan Krekula (Republican) - added. Lieutenant Governor: Brian Colón (Democratic) - added; state Senator Linda M. Lopez (Democratic) - added; Jerry Ortiz y Pino (Democratic) - added; Lawrence Rael (Democratic) - added.

New York: House CD 4: Frank Scaturro (Republican) - added.

North Carolina: House CD 8: Darrell L. Day (Republican) - added.

Oklahoma: House CD 2: Daniel E. Edmonds (Republican) - added.

Pennsylvania: House CD 10: Christopher Bain (Republican) - added.

Texas: Senate Class 1: Michael Louis "Mike" George (Republican) - added. House CD 12: Samuel James "Sam" Finley (Republican) - added. House CD 27: James Matthew Duerr (Republican) - added. House CD 32: Stephen Leroy "Steve" Love (Democratic) - added.

Wisconsin: House CD 2: Chad Lee (Republican) - added. House CD 3: Dan Kapanke (Republican) - added.

18 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Many of the listings below are the result of the Federal Election Commission classifying the incumbent as a "Current Statutory Candidate"-- that is, the incumbent raised or spent $5,000 or more in the current election cycle.

Arizona: House CD 8: Congressman Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords (Democratic) - added as candidate.

Arkansas: House CD 2: Congressman Victor Frederick "Vic" Snyder (Democratic) - added as candidate. House CD 3: Congressman John Nichols Boozman (Republican) - added as candidate.

California: House CD 48: Congressman John B. T. Campbell, III (Republican) - added as candidate. House CD 50: Congressman Brian Phillip Bilbray (Republican) - added as candidate.

Illinois: House CD 1: Congressman Bobby Lee Rush (Democratic) - added as candidate.

Indiana: House CD 5: Congressman Danny L. "Dan" Burton (Republican) - added as candidate.

Maryland: House CD 3: Congressman John Peter Spyros Sarbanes (Democratic) - added as candidate.

Mississippi: House CD 1: Congressman Travis W. Childers (Democratic) - added as candidate.

New York: House CD 3: Congressman Peter T. "Pete" King (Republican) - added as candidate. House CD 7: Congressman Joseph "Joe" Crowley (Democratic) - added as candidate. House CD 8: Congressman Jerrold Lewis "Jerry" Nadler (Democratic) - added as candidate.

North Carolina: House CD 4: Congressman David E. Price (Democratic) - added as candidate.

Oregon: House CD 4: Congressman Peter Anthony "Pete" DeFazio (Democratic) - added as candidate.

Pennsylvania: House CD 17: Congressman T. Timothy "Tim" Holden (Democratic) - added as candidate.

Tennessee: House CD 9: Congressman Stephen Ira "Steve" Cohen (Democratic) - added as candidate.

Texas: House CD 14: Congressman Ronald E. "Ron" Paul (Republican) - added as candidate. House CD 23: Congressman Ciro D. Rodriguez (Democratic) - added as candidate.

Sonia Sotomayor sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
by Tony Roza
9 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Arkansas: House CD 3: Jerry Coon (Independent) - added.

Florida: Senate Class 3: Senator Mel Martinez (Republican) announced that he will resign-- most likely before the end of the August recess. "So today I am announcing my decision to step down from public office, effective on a successor taking office to fill out the remainder of my term." Florida Governor Charlie Crist (Republican), who is running for Senator Martinez's seat, will choose a replacement.

New York: Senate Class 1: Congressman Carolyn B. Maloney (Democratic) - apparently not a candidate. House CD 10: Kevin Powell (Democratic) - added. House CD 23 Special: Douglas L. "Doug" Hoffman (Conservative [Republican]) - added.

Pennsylvania: House CD 7: W. Craig Williams (Republican) - apparently not a candidate.

South Carolina: Governor: Education Superintendent Jim Rex (Democratic) - added. Superintendent of Education: Education Superintendent Jim Rex (Democratic) - Open Office.

Utah: Governor: The U.S. Senate confirmed Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. (Republican) as Ambassador to China viva voce (by voice vote) on Friday, 7 August 2009. Upon Governor Huntsman's resignation, Lieutenant Governor Gary R. Herbert (Republican) will succeed to the Governorship.

84 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Many of the listings below are the result of the Federal Election Commission classifying the incumbent as a "Current Statutory Candidate", that is, the incumbent raised or spent $5,000 or more in the current election cycle.

Alabama: House CD 4: Congressman Robert B. Aderholt (Republican) - added as candidate. House CD 6: Congressman Spencer T. Bachus (Republican) - added as candidate.

Arizona: House CD 2: Congressman Trent Franks (Republican) - added as candidate. House CD 3: Congressman John B. Shadegg (Republican) - added as candidate. House CD 6: Congressman Jeff Flake (Republican) - added as candidate.

California: House CD 2: Congressman Walter William "Wally" Herger, Jr. (Republican) - added as candidate. House CD 23: Congressman Lois G. Capps (Democratic) - added as candidate. House CD 25: Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (Republican) - added as candidate. House CD 51: Congressman Bob Filner (Democratic) - added as candidate.

Colorado: House CD 3: Congressman John Tony Salazar (Democratic) - added as candidate.

Connecticut: House CD 1: Congressman John B. Larson (Democratic) - added as candidate.

Florida: House CD 11: Congressman Katherine Anne "Kathy" Castor (Democratic) - added as candidate. House CD 14: Congressman Connie Mack (Republican) - added as candidate. House CD 20: Congressman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Democratic) - added as candidate.

Georgia: House CD 1: Congressman John Heddens "Jack" Kingston (Republican) - added as candidate. House CD 4: Congressman Henry C. "Hank" Johnson, Jr. (Democratic) - added as candidate. House CD 8: Congressman James Creel "Jim" Marshall (Democratic) - added as candidate.

Idaho: House CD 2: Congressman Michael Keith "Mike" Simpson (Republican) - added as candidate.

Illinois: House CD 2: Congressman Jesse Louis Jackson, Jr. (Democratic) - added as candidate. House CD 4: Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (Democratic) - added as candidate. House CD 7: Congressman Danny K. Davis (Democratic) - added as candidate. House CD 10: Renee Thaler (Republican) - added. House CD 14: Congressman G. William "Bill" Foster (Democratic) - added as candidate. House CD 15: Congressman Timothy V. "Tim" Johnson (Republican) - added as candidate. House CD 17: Congressman Philip G. "Phil" Hare (Democratic) - added as candidate.

Indiana: House CD 4: Congressman Steve Buyer (Republican) - added as candidate.

Kentucky: Governor: Otis "Bull Man" Hensley, Jr. (Democratic) - added. House CD 2: Congressman Steven Brett "Brett" Guthrie (Republican) - added as candidate. House CD 4: Congressman Geoffrey C. "Geoff" Davis (Republican) - added as candidate.

Louisiana: House CD 1: Congressman Stephen J. "Steve" Scalise (Republican) - added as candidate. House CD 4: Congressman John Calvin Fleming, Jr. (Republican) - added as candidate. House CD 5: Congressman Rodney Alexander (Republican) - added as candidate. House CD 6: Congressman William "Bill" Cassidy (Republican) - added as candidate.

Maryland: House CD 2: Congressman Charles Albert Dutch "C.A. Dutch" Ruppersberger, III (Democratic) - added as candidate. House CD 7: Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (Democratic) - added as candidate.

Massachusetts: House CD 6: Congressman John F. Tierney (Democratic) - added as candidate. House CD 7: Congressman Edward J. "Ed" Markey (Democratic) - added as candidate. House CD 8: Congressman Michael E. "Mike" Capuano (Democratic) - added as candidate.

Michigan: House CD 1: Congressman Bart Stupak (Democratic) - added as candidate. House CD 8: Congressman Michael J. "Mike" Rogers (Republican) - added as candidate.

Minnesota: House CD 7: Congressman Collin C. Peterson (Democratic) - added as candidate.

Mississippi: House CD 3: Congressman Gregg Harper (Republican) - added as candidate.

Missouri: House CD 3: Congressman Russ Carnahan (Democratic) - added as candidate.

Montana: House At-Large: Congressman Dennis R. "Denny" Rehberg (Republican) - added as candidate.

Nevada: House CD 1: Congressman Shelley Berkley (Democratic) - added as candidate. House CD 3: Congressman Dina Titus (Democratic) - added as candidate.

New Jersey: House CD 1: Congressman Robert E. "Rob" Andrews (Democratic) - added as candidate. House CD 6: Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (Democratic) - added as candidate.

New Mexico: House CD 3: Congressman Ben Ray Luján (Democratic) - added as candidate.

New York: House CD 10: Congressman Edolphus "Ed" Towns (Democratic) - added as candidate. House CD 11: Congressman Yvette D. Clarke (Democratic) - added as candidate. House CD 17: Congressman Eliot L. Engel (Democratic) - added as candidate. House CD 21: Congressman Paul David Tonko (Democratic) - added as candidate. House CD 28: Congressman Louise McIntosh Slaughter (Democratic) - added as candidate.

North Carolina: House CD 6: Congressman John Howard "Howard" Coble (Republican) - added as candidate. House CD 12: Congressman Melvin L. "Mel" Watt (Democratic) - added as candidate.

Ohio: House CD 3: Congressman Michael R. "Mike" Turner (Republican) - added as candidate. House CD 5: Congressman Robert Edward "Bob" Latta (Republican) - added as candidate. House CD 7: Congressman Steve C. Austria (Republican) - added as candidate. House CD 11: Congressman Marcia L. Fudge (Democratic) - added as candidate.

Oregon: House CD 1: Congressman David Wu (Democratic) - added as candidate.

Pennsylvania: House CD 1: Congressman Robert A. Brady (Democratic) - added as candidate. House CD 5: Congressman Glenn W. "G.T." Thompson (Republican) - added as candidate. House CD 8: Congressman Patrick J. Murphy (Democratic) - added as candidate.

South Carolina: House CD 2: Congressman Addison Graves "Joe" Wilson (Republican) - added as candidate. House CD 4: Congressman Robert D. "Bob" Inglis (Republican) - added as candidate.

Tennessee: House CD 1: Congressman David Philip "Phil" Roe (Republican) - added as candidate.

Texas: House CD 3: Congressman Samuel Robert "Sam" Johnson (Republican) - added as candidate. House CD 4: Congressman Ralph Moody Hall (Republican) - added as candidate. House CD 9: Congressman Alexander "Al" Green (Democratic) - added as candidate. House CD 11: Congressman K. Michael "Mike" Conaway (Republican) - added as candidate. House CD 18: Congressman Sheila Jackson Lee (Democratic) - added as candidate. House CD 22: Congressman Peter Graham "Pete" Olson (Republican) - added as candidate. House CD 25: Congressman Lloyd A. Doggett (Democratic) - added as candidate. House CD 27: Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz (Democratic) - added as candidate. House CD 29: Congressman Raymond E. "Gene" Green (Democratic) - added as candidate.

Utah: Lieutenant Governor: state Senator Gregory S. Bell (Republican) - added.

Virginia: House CD 1: Congressman Robert J. "Rob" Wittman (Republican) - added as candidate. House CD 9: Congressman Frederick C. "Rick" Boucher (Democratic) - added as candidate.

Washington: House CD 2: Congressman Rick R. Larsen (Democratic) - added as candidate.

West Virginia: House CD 1: Congressman Alan Bowlby Mollohan (Democratic) - added as candidate. House CD 2: Congressman Shelley Moore Capito (Republican) - added as candidate.

Wisconsin: House CD 3: Congressman Ron Kind (Democratic) - added as candidate. House CD 5: Congressman F. James "Jim" Sensenbrenner, Jr. (Republican) - added as candidate.

Judge Sonia Sotomayor confirmed as newest US Supreme Court Associate Justice
by Richard E. Berg-Andersson of TheGreenPapers.com

Federal judge Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court by the United States Senate today: the vote in the Senate was 68-31. Sotomayor becomes the first Hispanic member of the Nation's High Court and only the third woman to ever serve on the Court. She takes the seat recently vacated by retiring Justice David Souter.

FEC releases 2008 results for President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives
by Tony Roza
11 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

California: House CD 10 Special: Tiffany Estrella Attwood (Write-in [Democratic]) - added.

Colorado: Senate Class 3: former state Senator Tom Wiens (Republican) - added.

Florida: House CD 14: Robert Neeld (Democratic) - added. House CD 17: Brian G. Reilly (Republican) - added.

Georgia: House CD 9: state Senator Lee Hawkins (Republican) - added.

Illinois: House CD 7: Jim Ascot (Democratic) - added; Darlena Williams-Burnett (Democratic) - added.

Minnesota: House CD 6: Elwyn Glenn "El" Tinklenberg (Democratic-Farmer Labor) - apparently not a candidate.

New Hampshire: House CD 2: former state Senator Mark Fernald (Democratic) - apparently not a candidate.

Ohio: House CD 12: Franklin County Commissioner Paula Brooks (Democratic) - added.

Pennsylvania: House CD 14: Congressman Mike Doyle (Democratic) - added as candidate.

2010 Midterm Election Primary Calendar posted
by Tony Roza
11 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Arizona: House CD 8: Thomas A. "Tom" Carlson, Jr. (Republican) - added.

Colorado: Senate Class 3: Gary Dean Kennedy (Republican) - added.

Florida: House CD 24: Sean Field Campbell (Republican) - added.

Georgia: House CD 4: Lawrence Franklin Gause (Republican) - added.

Illinois: House CD 8: John Dawson (Republican) - added. House CD 10: state Senator Michael Bond (Democratic) - apparently not a candidate.

Indiana: House CD 7: Carlos Andrew May (Republican) - added.

Ohio: House CD 12: Congressman Patrick J. "Pat" Tiberi (Republican) - added as candidate.

Texas: House CD 12: Michael Wayne Brasovan (Republican) - added. House CD 14: Gerald D. Wall (Republican) - added. House CD 17: Joseph Wayne "JW" Autem, Jr. (Republican) - added.

24 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Alabama: House CD 1: Clint Moser (Republican) - added.

Alaska: House At-Large: state Representative Harry Crawford, Jr. (Democratic) - added.

California: House CD 8: John Dennis (Republican) - added.

Connecticut: House CD 4: state Senator John McKinney (Republican) - apparently not a candidate.

Florida: House CD 16: St. Lucie County Commissioner Chris Craft (Democratic) - added.

Hawaii: House CD 1: state Senator Colleen Hanabusa (Democratic) - added.

Illinois: Senate Class 3: Robert Enriquez (Republican) - added. Comptroller: Dennis Cook (Republican) - added; William J. Kelly (Republican) - added; former state Tresurer Judy Baar Topinka (Republican) - added.

Kansas: House CD 4: state Senator Jean Schodorf (Republican) - added.

Louisiana: House CD 2: state Senator Cheryl Artise Gray Evans (Democratic) - added; state Representative Juan A. LaFonta (Democratic) - added; state Representative Cedric L. Richmond (Democratic) - added.

Missouri: House CD 4: Vicky Hartzler (Republican) - added. Auditor: Tom Schweich (Republican) - added.

New York: House CD 23: Andrew Bisselle (Democratic) - added; Steve Burke (Democratic) - added; Robert J. "Bob" Johnson (Democratic) - added; Rudolph Johnson (Democratic) - added; Jim Kelly (Conservative) - added; David Ryan (Democratic) - added.

Ohio: House CD 14: John Greene, Jr. (Democratic) - added.

Utah: House CD 2: Congressman James David "Jim" Matheson (Democratic) - added as candidate.

16 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Alaska: Governor: former state Representative Ethan A. Berkowitz (Democratic) - re-added; Jerry Heikes (Republican) - added; Don R. Wright (Alaskan Independence) - added.

Arkansas: Senate Class 3: Trevor Drown (Independent) - added.

Connecticut: Governor: state Senator Gary D. LeBeau (Democratic) - added.

Illinois: Senate Class 3: John Arrington (Republican) - added.

Kentucky: Senate Class 3: Senator Jim Bunning (Republican) - Open Seat, apparently not a candidate.

Maine: Governor: Peter Mills (Republican) - added.

New York: House CD 23: Stuart Brody (Democratic) - added; Brian S. McGrath (Democratic) - added.

South Carolina: Governor: Brent Nelsen (Republican) - apparently not a candidate. Lieutenant Governor: Ken Ard (Republican) - added. Superintendent of Education: Brent Nelsen (Republican) - added.

South Dakota: Governor: state Senator Scott N. Heidepriem (Democratic) - added.

Texas: Lieutenant Governor: Richard Garza-Ray (Republican) - added.

Virginia: House CD 5: former Congressman Virgil H. Goode, Jr. (Republican) - apparently not a candidate.

Northern Marianas adds Gubernatorial run-off election in 2009
by Tony Roza

Territorial Governor Benigno Repeki "Ben" Fitial signed HB 16-220 on 24 July 2009: If no candidate receives 50% or more of the votes cast for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, a runoff election is held between the top 2 vote getters. The runoff is held 14 days after the results of the general election are certified. The general election is certified in no longer than 10 days.

The 2009 Northern Marianas Gubernatorial election is Saturday 7 November. The run-off, if necessary, would be held circa 1 December-- about 24 days later.

Reference: Marianas Variety - Fitial approves runoff law

27 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Alaska: Governor: Governor Sarah H. Palin (Republican) - resigns; Lieutenant Governor Sean R. Parnell (Republican) - ascends to the Governor's chair. Lieutenant Governor: Lieutenant Governor Craig E. Campbell (Republican) - takes office.

Illinois: Governor: Comptroller Daniel W. "Dan" Hynes (Democratic) - added; Governor Patrick "Pat" Quinn (Democratic) - added as candidate. House CD 5 Special: Vote totals updated; Goran Davidovac (Write-in) - added; Frances E. Farley (Write-in) - added. House CD 10: Richard Cronkhite "Dick" Green (Republican) - added. Comptroller: Comptroller Daniel W. "Dan" Hynes (Democratic) - Open Office.

Iowa: Governor: state Senator Jerry Behn (Republican) - added.

Maryland: Governor: George W. Owings, III (Democratic) - added. House CD 1: Jefferson Ludwig Ghrist, Jr. (Republican) - added.

Massachusetts: House CD 6: William John "Bill" Hudak, Jr. (Republican) - added; David Michael "Dave" Sukoff (Republican) - added.

Michigan: Governor: state Representative John Freeman (Democratic) - added.

Minnesota: Governor: state Representative Tom Rukavina (Democratic-Farmer Labor) - added. House CD 8: Justin Eichorn (Republican) - added.

Missouri: House CD 3: Edward R. "Ed" Martin, Jr. (Republican) - added. House CD 7: Hal Donaldson (Republican) - apparently not a candidate.

Nevada: House CD 3: Eleanor C. "Ellie" Ahern (Republican) - added.

New Jersey: Governor: The Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, Socialist Party USA, and 2 of the 8 Independent candidates have now named their running mates.

New York: House CD 23: state Senator Darrel J. Aubertine (Democratic, Independence) - apparently not a candidate; William Owens (Democratic) - added. House CD 23 Special: Assemblywoman Dierdre K. "Dede" Scozzafava (Republican, Independence) - received Independence endorsement.

Ohio: House CD 2: state Representative Todd Book (Democratic) - added.

Pennsylvania: House CD 15: Jake Towne (Independent [Libertarian]) - party was Libertarian.

South Carolina: Senate Class 3: Gary Montgomery Stephens (Democratic) - added.

Tennessee: House CD 6: Gary Dewitt Mann (Republican) - added.

13 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

California: House CD 10: Danville Planning Commissioner Tiffany Attwood (Democratic) - apparently not a candidate; Tony Bothwell (Democratic) - apparently not a candidate; Nicholas "Nick" Gerber (Republican) - apparently not a candidate; City of Fairfield Councilmember Catherine Moy (Republican) - apparently not a candidate; Gino VanGundy (Independent [Democratic]) - apparently not a candidate. House CD 10 Special: Chris Bunch (Republican) - added; Gary W. Clift (Republican) - added; Mark Loos (Republican) - added; David Peterson (Republican) - added; John Toth (Republican) - added.

Michigan: Governor: Tim Rujan (Republican) - added.

Nevada: House CD 2: Douglas County School District President Cynthia M. Trigg (Democratic) - apparently not a candidate.

Virginia: Lieutenant Governor: James H. "Jim" Westenhoff (Independent) - apparently not a candidate.

10 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Arkansas: Senate Class 3: Conrad Reynolds (Republican) - added.

California: House CD 10: Gino VanGundy (Independent [formerly Democratic]) - party was Democratic.

Illinois: House CD 10: state Senator Susan Garrett (Democratic) - apparently not a candidate; state Representative Julie Hamos (Democratic) - added.

Maine: Governor: Rosa Scarcelli (Democratic) - added.

New Mexico: House CD 2: Congressman Harry Teague (Democratic) - added as candidate.

New York: House CD 23 Special: Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava (Republican) - added.

North Carolina: Senate Class 3: Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall (Democratic) - added.

Oregon: House CD 4: Jaynee L. Germond (Republican [formerly Constitution]) - party was Republican.

Pennsylvania: House CD 15: Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan (Democratic) - added.

22 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Alabama: Treasurer: Jeremy Sherer (Democratic) - added. Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries: Dorman Grace (Republican) - added; Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries Glen Zorn (Democratic) - added.

California: Senate Class 3: Don J. Grundmann (American Independent) - added. Governor: Richard Aguirre (Independent) - party affiliation corrected. Lieutenant Governor: Jim King (American Independent) - added. House CD 10: Jerry Denham (American Independent) - added. Insurance Commissioner: Michela Alioto-Pier (Democratic) - added.

Georgia: Superintendent of Education: Beth Farokhi (Democratic) - added.

Idaho: Governor: Lon Chaney (Democratic) - added; Pete Peterson (Republican) - added.

Illinois: House CD 7: Congressman Danny K. Davis (Democratic) - Open Seat.

Kentucky: Governor: Governor Steven L. "Steve" Beshear (Democratic) - added as candidate. Lieutenant Governor: Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo (Democratic) - Open Chair.

Maine: Governor: Donna Dion (Democratic) - added.

New Mexico: Governor: state Representative Janice E. Arnold-Jones (Republican) - added; Greg Zanetti (Republican) - apparently not a candidate. Lieutenant Governor: Greg Solano (Democratic) - added.

New York: House CD 23: former U.S. Attorney Daniel French (Democratic) - added.

North Carolina: House CD 8: Linwood Faulk (Republican) - added.

Pennsylvania: Governor: Scranton Mayor Christopher A. "Chris" Doherty (Democratic) - added.

Texas: House CD 23: Francisco "Quico" Canseco (Republican) - added.

NY State trial judge issues injunction blocking Richard Ravitch from taking office as NY Lieutenant Governor
by Richard E. Berg-Andersson

A justice of the New York State Supreme Court (the trial Court of General Jurisdiction in that State) in Nassau County, William Lamarca, in response to a lawsuit brought by Republicans, earlier today enjoined Richard Ravitch (Democrat) from taking office as Lieutenant Governor of the State. The office of Governor David Paterson (D-New York) has indicated that an appeal of this order would be filed with the Appellate Division (the Intermediate Appellate court level in New York State) tomorrow (Wednesday 22 July).

Mr. Ravitch had been appointed, back on 8 July of this year, to fill the vacancy in the office of Lieutenant Governor created by the accession of then-Lt. Governor Paterson to the Governor's chair upon the resignation of Governor Eliot Spitzer back in March 2008. The appointment, which is not specifically authorized by the New York State Constitution (hence the lawsuit brought against it), was made while the New York State Senate remained deadlocked at 31-31 re: each Major Party as regarded organization, bringing that upper chamber of the New York State Legislature to a standstill; the Lieutenant Governor is permitted, by the State Constitution, to cast a tie-breaking vote and Governor Paterson was clearly trying to figure out a way to break the deadlock. The deadlock was resolved, on the following day (9 July) by the State Senate itself (when a renegade Democratic State Senator switched back to the Democrats, restoring a 32-30 Democratic Party majority). However, Governor Paterson has not withdrawn the appointment of Mr. Ravitch to the post since.

TheGreenPapers.com continues to regard State Senator Malcolm Smith (Democrat), again the State Senate President pro Tempore since 9 July, as the de jure, as well as the de facto, "acting Lieutenant Governor" until this issue is finally, and fully, resolved and Senator Smith is so designated on this website (please see our NEW YORK: Off Year Election page).

Commentary: SUMMERTIME... AND THE PUNDITRY IS EASY (Part Two)
by Richard E. Berg-Andersson

Commentary:
SUMMERTIME... AND THE PUNDITRY IS EASY
(Part Two)

by Richard E. Berg-Andersson TheGreenPapers.com Staff

24 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

California: House CD 24: Timothy James "Tim" Allison (Democratic) - added.

Georgia: House CD 9: Edward ''Eugene'' Moon (Independent) - added.

Idaho: House CD 2: Chick Heileson (Republican) - added.

Illinois: Senate Class 3: Cheryle Jackson (Democratic) - added; Thomas James Kuna (Republican) - added.

Kansas: Senate Class 3: Patrick Coriolan (Democratic) - added.

Minnesota: House CD 6: Congressman Michele M. Bachmann (Republican) - added as candidate.

Nevada: Senate Class 3: John Gregory Chachas (Republican) - added; Terry Suominen (Republican) - added.

New Mexico: Governor: Doña Ana County Third Judicial District Attorney Susana Martinez (Republican) - added. House CD 3: Adam Charles Kokesh (Republican) - updated, party was Libertarian.

New York: House CD 13: Michael A. Allegretti (Republican) - added.

Ohio: Senate Class 3: Adam D. Shaffer (Independent) - added. House CD 16: Jeffrey J. Blevins (Libertarian) - added.

Oklahoma: House CD 5: Ricky A. "Rick" Flanigan, Jr. (Republican) - added.

Oregon: House CD 1: Robert "Rob" Cornilles (Republican) - added.

Rhode Island: House CD 2: state Representative Elizabeth M. Dennigan (Democratic) - added.

South Dakota: House At-Large: Thad Wasson (Republican) - added.

Tennessee: House CD 3: Van Rencelliere Irion (Republican) - added. House CD 4: Scott Eugene Desjarlais (Republican) - added.

Virginia: House CD 2: Benito Ben Loyola, Jr. (Republican) - added. House CD 9: Jeremiah David Heaton (Independent) - added.

Washington: House CD 8: Thomas A. "Tom" Cramer (Democratic) - added.

2012 Presidential Candidate: Jon Adam Greenspon (Republican) - added.

Commentary: SUMMERTIME... AND THE PUNDITRY IS EASY (IF ONLY BECAUSE IT'S AN "OFF-YEAR", ALREADY!) Surveying the American political landscape as burgers, hot dogs and brats sizzle on the grill
by Richard E. Berg-Andersson
9 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Florida: House CD 2: Eddie Hendry, Jr. (Republican) - added.

Illinois: Comptroller: Raja Krishnamoorthi (Democratic) - added.

Iowa: House CD 3: Dave Funk (Republican) - added. Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship: Francis Thicke (Democratic) - added.

Kentucky: House CD 3: Larry Hausman (Republican) - added.

Minnesota: Governor: Dave Hann (Republican) - added; Phil Herwig (Republican) - added.

New York: House CD 26: Congressman Christopher J. "Chris" Lee (Republican) - added as candidate.

North Carolina: House CD 3: Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr. (Republican) - added as candidate.

10 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Arkansas: House CD 1: Congressman Marion Berry (Democratic) - added as candidate.

Idaho: Governor: Pro-Life Richardson (Independent) - added; W. Lane Startin (Democratic) - apparently not a candidate; Ada County Commissioner Sharon M. Ullman (Republican) - added.

Illinois: House CD 5: Matthew "Matt" Reichel (Green) - added.

Minnesota: Governor: St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman (Democratic-Farmer Labor) - added; state Representative Margaret Anderson Kelliher (Democratic-Farmer Labor) - added. House CD 6: state Senator Tarryl L. Clark (Democratic-Farmer Labor) - added.

New York: Governor: Ken Goewey (Republican) - added.

Ohio: Governor: state Senator Kevin Coughlin (Republican) - apparently not a candidate.

16 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Arizona: Governor: John Paul Mitchell (Republican) - removed duplicate entry.

California: House CD 32: Eleanor Garcia (Write-in [Independent]) - added.

California: House CD 32 14 July 2009 Special Election: State Board of Equalization Chair Judy Chu (Democratic) - elected.

The Partisan Composition of the U.S. House is now 256 Democrats, 178 Republicans, and 1 vacant seat (California CD 10).

Illinois: Senate Class 3: Andy McKenna (Republican) - apparently not a candidate; Anthony Williams (Democratic) - added.

Kansas: House CD 4: state Representative Raj Goyle (Democratic) - added.

Maryland: House CD 1: Richard Davis (Libertarian) - added. House CD 2: Lorenzo Gaztañaga (Libertarian) - added.

Michigan: House CD 7: former Congressman Timothy L. "Tim" Walberg (Republican) - added.

Pennsylvania: Governor: Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato (Democratic) - added; Auditor General Jack Wagner (Democratic) - added. Auditor General: Auditor General Jack Wagner (Democratic) - Open Office.

South Carolina: House CD 4: Andrew Thomas Smart (Republican) - apparently not a candidate.

Virginia: House CD 11: Paul A. Miller (Republican) - added.

West Virginia: House CD 3: Lee Bias (Republican) - added.

Wisconsin: Treasurer: Treasurer Dawn Marie Sass (Democratic) - added as candidate.

Special General Election CA House CD 32 - the polls have closed.
by Tony Roza
Tue 14 Jul 2009 Special General Election CA House CD 32
by Tony Roza

A Special General Election will be held on Tuesday 14 July 2009 to fill the vacant California U.S. House CD 32 seat of former Congressman, now Secretary of Labor, Hilda L. Solis.

Polling hours are from 7:00a PDT (1400 UTC) to 8:00p PDT (0300 UTC).

Candidates:
Judy Chu (Democratic)
Betty Tom Chu (Republican)
Christopher M. Agrella (Libertarian)
Eleanor Garcia (Write-in, Independent)

32 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Alabama: House CD 7: Martha Bozeman (Democratic) - added; Eddison Walters (Democratic) - added.

California: House CD 30: Ari David (Republican) - added.

Colorado: House CD 4: Congressman Elizabeth Helen "Betsy" Markey (Democratic) - added as candidate.

Florida: House CD 13: James Theopolis Golden (Democratic) - added. House CD 24: Dorothy L. Hukill (Republican) - added. Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Scott Maddox (Democratic) - added.

Illinois: Senate Class 3: Andy McKenna (Republican) - added. House CD 10: Patricia Bird (Republican) - added. House CD 14: Jeffrey Adam "Jeff" Danklefsen (Republican) - added.

Kansas: Senate Class 3: Stanley L. Wiles (Democratic) - added. House CD 1: Timothy Clark "Tim" Barker (Republican) - apparently not a candidate. House CD 4: James D. Anderson (Republican) - added.

Kentucky: Senate Class 3: Lillie E. Miller-Johnson (Democratic) - added. Governor: Gatewood Galbraith (Independent) - added.

Maryland: Senate Class 3: Eric Wargotz (Republican) - added.

Massachusetts: Treasurer and Receiver-General: Steve Grossman (Democratic) - added.

Michigan: House CD 9: former state Representative Andrew Raczkowski (Republican) - added.

Minnesota: Governor: state Representative Laura Brod (Republican) - apparently not a candidate.

Mississippi: House CD 1: state Senator Alan Nunnelee (Republican) - added.

Nebraska: House CD 2: Congressman Lee Terry (Republican) - added as candidate. House CD 3: Congressman Adrian M. Smith (Republican) - added as candidate.

Nevada: House CD 3: Shanna S. Phillips (Democratic) - added.

Ohio: Senate Class 3: Eric William Deaton (Independent) - added. House CD 9: Congressman Marcy C. Kaptur (Democratic) - added as candidate.

Oregon: House CD 4: Jaynee Germond (Republican) - added.

South Carolina: House CD 3: Neal Anthony Collins (Republican) - added.

Tennessee: Governor: Joe Kirkpatrick (Republican) - added; Basil Marceaux, Sr. (Republican) - added.

Virginia: House CD 2: Edward Scott "Scott" Rigell (Republican) - added. House CD 9: Jim Bebout (Republican) - added.

Wisconsin: House CD 7: Sean P. Duffy (Republican) - added.

7 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Illinois: Senate Class 3: Senator Roland W. Burris (Democratic) - Open Seat - not running for election; Congressman Mark Steven Kirk (Republican) - added. House CD 10: Congressman Mark Steven Kirk (Republican) - Open Seat - running for the Class 3 Senate seat.

Kansas: Commissioner of Insurance: David J. Powell (Republican) - added.

Massachusetts: Governor: Charlie Baker (Republican) - added. Treasurer and Receiver-General: Treasurer and Receiver-General Timothy P. "Tim" Cahill - changed party affiliation from Democratic to Independent.

New York: Lieutenant Governor: "acting" Lt. Gov.: State Senator (President pro Tempore) Malcolm Smith (Democratic) - Incumbent added.

State Senator Malcolm Smith returns as acting Lt Gov; appointment of Richard Ravitch to post in limbo
by Richard E. Berg-Andersson

With the 32-30 "as elected" majority for the Democrats in the NEW YORK State Senate now restored, State Senator Malcolm Smith becomes President of the Senate pro Tempore and, apparently, also "acting Lieutenant Governor" thereby: he is now so listed on The Green Papers. Meanwhile, Governor Paterson's appointment of Richard Ravitch to fill the vacancy in the office of Lieutenant Governor (a move of dubious consitutionality, for reasons previously reported hereon) is now in legal, as well as constitutional, limbo.

NY State Senate crisis may be at an end; State Senator Espada switching sides again: Dems again in control
by Richard E. Berg-Andersson

Media reports indicate that NEW YORK State Senator Pedro Espada, Jr. (D-Bronx County) has returned to the Democratic fold for purposes of organizing the New York State Senate, allowing that body to revert to its "as elected" 32-30 split in favor of the Democrats: this, seemingly, ending the month-long deadlock in the NEW YORK State Senate.

Meanwhile, Richard Ravitch was reportedly sworn in as NEW YORK's Lieutenant Governor last night; no word yet on how Espada's "double-switch" will affect Governor Paterson's recent attempt to fill the vacancy in the Lieutenant-Governorship by an appointment of questionable constitutionality.

NY Gov Paterson names Richard Ravitch new Lt Gov; action is of dubious constitutionality, per State AG Cuomo
by Richard E. Berg-Andersson

In an effort to break the now month-long political deadlock that has effectively frozen the NEW YORK State Senate due to a 31-31 tie re: Party control with a vacancy in the office of Lieutenant Governor (the only official who can exercise what the New York State Constitution terms a "casting vote" to break a tie), Governor David Paterson (D-New York) has appointed former Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman Richard Ravitch to fill the vacancy in the office of Lieutenant Governor.

Governor Paterson claims that nothing in the State Constitution specifically prevents him from doing this, but State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (Democrat), himself mentioned as a possible intraParty challenger to Paterson should the latter decide to run for a full 4-year term as Governor in his own right come 2010, has opined that the Governor's action is unconstitutional.

TheGreenPapers.com still considers this office to be vacant pending formal resolution of the question as to who is entitled to act as Lieutenant Governor and, therefore, it is so listed on this website.

The relevant portions of the NEW YORK STATE CONSTITUTION read as follows:

  • In case of vacancy in the office of lieutenant-governor alone... the temporary president of the senate shall perform all duties of lieutenant-governor during such vacancy... [Article IV, Section 6, paragraph 4]
  • If... there be a vacancy [in the office of temporary president of the senate]... the speaker of the assembly shall act as governor during such vacancy... [Article IV, Section 6, paragraph 5]

Note, dear readers, that- per the above provisions- the President of the Senate pro tempore is effectively "acting Lieutenant Governor" for the duration of any vacancy in the office of Lieutenant Governor (thus, it appears that it should be assumed that no appointment to fill the vacancy can even be made) and that the Speaker of the Assembly only accedes to the position of effective "acting Lieutenant Governor" when there is both a vacancy in the office of President of the Senate pro tempore (in essence, the current situation) and a vacancy in the office of Governor (not the present case). Thus, however unfortunately, there is no way for the Governor of New York- or any other State authority- to constitutionally fill a void when there is, effectively, no President of the Senate pro tempore but same is not being required to act as Governor (or, at least, that is how Richard E. Berg-Andersson reads the "black letter" of the New York State Constitution as cited above).

20 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Alaska: Governor: state Representative John Harris (Republican) - added.

California: Governor: Chelene Nightingale (American Independent) - added.

Colorado: Senate Class 3: Luke Korkowski (Republican) - added.

Florida: House CD 24: state Representative Sandra "Sandy" Adams (Republican) - added.

Idaho: Governor: former state Representative Jana M. Kemp (Independent [Republican]) - added.

Illinois: Senate Class 3: Eric M. Wallace (Republican) - added.

Indiana: House CD 3: Rachel Grubb (Republican) - added.

Maryland: Governor: Ralph Jaffe (Democratic) - added.

Massachusetts: Governor: Treasurer and Receiver-General Timothy P. "Tim" Cahill (Independent [Democratic]) - added. Treasurer and Receiver-General: Treasurer and Receiver-General Timothy P. "Tim" Cahill (Democratic) - Open Office.

Minnesota: Senate Class 2: Senator Al Franken (Democratic) - Incumbent added. Governor: state Representative Tom Emmer (Republican) - added.

Nebraska: House CD 2: state Senator Tom White (Democratic) - added.

Nevada: Senate Class 3: Chuck Kozak (Republican) - added.

New Hampshire: Senate Class 3: Attorney General Kelly A. Ayotte (Republican) - added.

New Mexico: House CD 2: former Congressman Stevan E. "Steve" Pearce (Republican) - added.

New York: House CD 23: Andrew Bisselle (Republican) - added; Bart S. Bonner (Republican) - added.

Oregon: Governor: state Representative Brian L. Clem (Democratic) - added.

Texas: Governor: Ronnie Earle (Democratic) - added.

Senator-elect Al Franken (Democrat) sworn in as Minnesota's Senator
by Tony Roza

Shortly after noon today, Senator-elect Al Franken (Democrat) is sworn in as Minnesota's Senator.

The Partisan Composition of the U.S. Senate is 58 Democrats, 40 Republicans, 1 Independent Democrat, and 1 Independent. Both independents caucus with the Democrats.
32 changes to the 2009 candidate list, Special Election CA CD 10
by Tony Roza

Alaska: Governor: state Senator Hollis French (Democratic) - added.

California: House CD 10: Mary McIlroy (Peace And Freedom) - added.

On 3 July 2009, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger called for a special election on Tuesday 3 November 2009 to fill the vacant U.S. House CD 10 seat of former Congressman Ellen O. Tauscher. She resigned to become Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security in the Obama Administration. Nine weeks prior to the special election, Tuesday 1 September 2009, all candidates will run in non-partisan primary-- all candidates are on a single ballot. If one candidate receives a majority (50% plus 1) of the vote, that candidate is elected. Otherwise, the top vote getter from each party participates in the special election.
Correction: The primary date is 1 September. The special primary is normally held 8 weeks before the special election however the 8th week falls on is 8 September, the day after state holiday. In this case the special primary is held the on 9th week before the election, 1 September. [CA Elections Code 10704]

Florida: Senate Class 3: Bobby Bean (No Party Affiliation) - party was Independent; Bernard "Bernie" DeCastro (No Party Affiliation [Republican]) - party was Republican; Chuck Lynch (Democratic) - added; Todd Montgomery Oifer (No Party Affiliation) - party was Independent; Alexander Andrew Snitker (No Party Affiliation) - party was Independent; Shawn M. Teeters (Republican) - added. Governor: Tim Devine (Republican) - added; Phillip J. Kennedy (Democratic) - added; Farid A. Khavari (Democratic) - added. House CD 3: Michael F. "Mike" Yost (Republican) - updated - running running in CD 3 rather than CD 6. House CD 8: Marvin T. Hutson (No Party Affiliation) - added; Albert Guy Kerr (Republican) - added. House CD 12: Polk County Commissioner Randy Wilkinson (Republican) - added. House CD 20: Brian Reilly (Republican) - correction - we had him incorrectly listed as running in CD 17. Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Thaddeus "Thad" Hamilton (Democratic) - added.

Idaho: Senate Class 3: William Bryk (Democratic) - added.

Maryland: House CD 6: Congressman Roscoe G. Bartlett, Jr. (Republican) - added as candidate.

Mississippi: House CD 4: Joseph "Joe" Daniel Tegerdine (Republican) - added.

Nevada: Senate Class 3: state Senator Mark E. Amodei (Republican) - added.

New York: House CD 15: Vincent Scott Morgan (Democratic) - added. House CD 23: Joshua A. Lynch (Republican) - added; state Assemblymember Dierdre K. "Dede" Scozzafava (Republican) - added.

North Carolina: House CD 4: George Hutchins (Republican) - added.

Rhode Island: Lieutenant Governor: Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth H. Roberts (Democratic) - now running for re-election.

Tennessee: Governor: state Senator James F. "Jim" Kyle, Jr. (Democratic) - added. House CD 3: Congressman Zach Wamp (Republican) - running for Governor. House CD 5: Stephen William Collings (Libertarian) - added.

Washington: House CD 3: Jon David Russell (Republican) - added.

Wisconsin: House CD 8: Reid Ribble (Republican) - added. Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Evers, who was elected Tuesday 7 April 2009, takes office on Monday 6 July.

11 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Alaska: Governor: Governor Sarah H. Palin (Republican) - Open Chair. Governor Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee, announced on Friday 3 July her intention to resign from office effective on 26 July.

Florida: Senate Class 3: Todd Oifer (Independent) - added; Alexander Snitker (Independent) - added. House CD 24: G. Tom Garcia (Republican) - added.

Iowa: Governor: Christian Fong (Republican) - added.

North Carolina: House CD 8: Thomas Hill (Libertarian) - added.

Rhode Island: Attorney General: Smithfield Councilman Stephen R. "Steve" Archambault (Democratic) - added.

South Carolina: Adjutant General: Dean Allen (Republican) - added.

Wisconsin: Governor: John Schiess (Republican) - added; Terry Virgil (Independent) - added. Treasurer: Jason Punzel (Republican) - added.

Alaska Gov Sarah Palin to resign 26 July; cites plans for "positive change outside government"
by Richard E. Berg-Andersson

Governor Sarah Palin (R-Alaska), the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee, announced on Friday 3 July her intention to resign from office effective on 26 July. She offered no direct reason for this decision, other than her desire to effect what she called "positive change outside government", fueling much speculation that this might well be the first step towards a bid, on her behalf, for the GOP Presidential Nomination in 2012.

13 changes to the 2009 candidate list
by Tony Roza

Alabama: Governor: former Birmingham City Councilman Bill Johnson (Republican) - added. House CD 5: Madison County Commissioner Morris J. "Mo" Brooks, Jr. (Republican) - added.

Florida: House CD 10: Max Linn (Democratic) - apparently not a candidate.

Kansas: House CD 1: former Salina Mayor / City Commissioner Monte Shadwick (Republican) - added. House CD 3: former state Representative Patricia Barbieri-Lightner (Republican) - added.

Maine: Governor: Leslie Otten (Republican) - added.

Michigan: House CD 11: Congressman Thaddeus G. McCotter (Republican) - added as candidate.

Minnesota: Senate Class 2: Senator-elect Al Franken (Democratic) - added.

Missouri: Senate Class 3: Midge Potts (Progressive Party of Missouri) - added.

New York: House CD 29: Corning Mayor Tom Reed (Republican) - added.

North Carolina: House CD 13: Bill Randall (Republican) - added.

Texas: House CD 21: Lainey Melnick (Democratic) - added.

Washington: House CD 7: Bill Hoffman (Democratic) - added.