Kilroy Wins OH-15
Mary Jo Kilroy (D) was elected to Congress from OH-15 on her second try after
the provisional ballots were counted yesterday. Her
margin of victory was 2311 votes over
Steve Stivers (R). This is the first time in 42 years that the central
Ohio district has been represented by a Democrat. The seat was previously
occupied by Deborah Pryce, who is retiring.
In case you missed yesterday's news, Joseph Cao (R) won LA-02
and John Fleming (R) won LA-04.
Democrat Paul Carmouche in LA-04 has not yet conceded though.
The only other unsettled House race now is VA-05, where Tom Perriello (D)
went into the recount leading Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA) by 745 votes.
That is a large number to change in a recount.
No News from Minnesota
There was no news from the Minnesota Senate race over the weekend. It remains
very close, with Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) still leading by just over 200 votes in
the official count, but with thousands of challenged ballots outstanding as well as
fights over absentee ballots that may have been improperly rejected.
This race could easily end up in the courts--or beyond. People are starting to
talk about the 1974 Senate race in New Hampshire that tied the Senate in knots for
months. After 656 roll call votes by the committee on rules and administration, the
matter went to the full Senate, which couldn't decide the matter either.
Ten months after the election, everyone gave up and it was decided to hold a new election.
Here is a recap.
Obama Names Shinseki to the Cabinet
President-elect Barack Obama has named Gen. Eric Shinseki to run the
Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Shinseki was formerly chief of staff of the
army but was fired when he said we would need far more troops (400,000) in Iraq
than then-secretary Donald Rumsfeld said were needed. Now he will have
to take care of the veterans returning from the undermanned war in Iraq.
Scandals at Walter Reed hospital have highlighted how badly returning veterans have
been treated and it will be Shinseki's job to fix the system.
Here are the cabinet appointments so far.
| Attorney General
|| Eric Holder
| Secretary of Commerce
|| Gov. Bill Richardson
| Secretary of Defense
|| Robert Gates
| Secretary of Health and Human Services
|| former Sen. Tom Daschle
| Secretary of Homeland Security
|| Gov. Janet Napolitano
| Secretary of State
|| Sen. Hillary Clinton
| Secretary of the Treasury
|| Timothy Geithner
| Secretary of Veterans Affairs
|| Gen. Eric Shinseki
In addition, Obama has appointed Susan Rice to be ambassador to the
United Nations, Gen. James Jones to be his national security advisor,
and Christina Romer to be chairwoman of the council of economic advisors.
Democrats Have a Slight Edge in the 2010 Senate Races
CQ Politics has a
of the 2010 Senate races. Democrats will be defending 17 seats to the
Republicans 19 seats. Probably more important though are the vulnerable
seats. There are open Republican seats in Kansas (Sam Brownback is
retiring) and Florida (Mel Martinez is retiring). Also
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) are highly vulnerable.
No Democrat has a large target painted on his or her back although if
Gov. Arnold Schwarzengger (R-CA) challenges Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
she could have a real fight on her hands. But she is popular in the
state and is a prodigious fundraiser so she is no pushover.
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