2019-2020 Gubernatorial Election Predictions, 9-5-2019 to 9-11-2019

The gubernatorial races in 2019 have the distinction of being melodramatic, with there being a scarcity of friends even within the same party. Think of the drama in the Democratic primary to challenge Matt Bevin, where Rocky Adkins, Adam Edelen, and Andy Beshear bickered in the most cutthroat manner. Think of the ongoing drama between Tate Reeves and Bill Waller, Jr and ask was that a mannerly Republican primary. Even in situations where electability and unity are the intended goals for a party, cohesion is sometimes not the end result. With that banter established, let’s talk about this week’s highlights: … Continue reading 2019-2020 Gubernatorial Election Predictions, 9-5-2019 to 9-11-2019

Republican Banter #1, Recall In Juneau

A lesser known fact of 2019 is the amount of recall election efforts that are circulating throughout multiple western states. Oregon’s Kate Brown is facing recall efforts from the GOP, who disapprove of her job performance by double-digits according to Morning Consult. In Colorado, a recall effort of Jared Polis has recently reached a dead-end failing to gather enough support to make the November 2020 ballot. While it looks as if most of these recall efforts won’t make the ballot, Alaska’s Mike Dunleavy could be in for a rigorous recall election. To start with the basics of Alaska, it’s a … Continue reading Republican Banter #1, Recall In Juneau

2019-2020 Gubernatorial Election Predictions, 8-29-2019 to 9-4-2019

First things first, hopefully everyone had a wonderful Labor Day. Secondly, hopefully everyone who is in the path of Hurricane Dorian is taking the precautions they need to in order to be safe. Starting off this week are the gubernatorial election predictions, where a torrent of new information is coming out of Louisiana. In addition, there are scattered bits of news across all of the major gubernatorial races for the next election cycle. Without going into the spoilers for this week here, let’s talk about this week’s highlights: 1. Louisiana New polling in the jungle primary has John Bel Edwards … Continue reading 2019-2020 Gubernatorial Election Predictions, 8-29-2019 to 9-4-2019

The Grand Map, Governor 2019-2020, 8-28-2019

The map in front of both political parties has Republicans being the most giddy about the upcoming elections, hoping for pick-ups in Montana and North Carolina. While the deep blue state of Vermont seems like it’d be difficult to retain, Phil Scott remains popular and is on path to being re-elected for another two years. Considering that Chris Sununu is also looking very well heading into New Hampshire’s general election, Democrats’ have their word cut out for them in these elections over the next two years. One bright spot for the party may exist in a state that is ironically … Continue reading The Grand Map, Governor 2019-2020, 8-28-2019

2019-2020 Gubernatorial Election Predictions, 8-15-2019 to 8-22-2019

We are one week out from the Republicans deciding who will face Jim Hood in the 2019 gubernatorial race, where I will be covering the last debate before that primary runoff in a separate article that will be released sometime in the near future. In the meantime, we have other major stories to talk about with the dominant theme being the prospect of spoiler candidates. Think Teddy Roosevelt in 1912 running as a Progressive candidate, effectively denying him and William Howard Taft the presidency. Woodrow Wilson’s victory was unforeseen, but spoiler candidacies pop up from time to time. Speaking specifically … Continue reading 2019-2020 Gubernatorial Election Predictions, 8-15-2019 to 8-22-2019

2019-2020 Gubernatorial Election Predictions, 8-8-2019 to 8-14-2019

With the 2019 gubernatorial cycle about to be complete in form following the Mississippi run-off and the anticipated Louisiana jungle primary and runoff, the 2020 races seem like a distant concern far off in the distance. After all, more focus tends to be on the federal level of government to the dismay of state legislators and executives. However, this week saw a spike of activity for both years’ gubernatorial races, including a mostly silent until now race. Without any more delay, here are this week’s highlights: 1.) Washington State A mostly silent race that remains a safe Democratic race as … Continue reading 2019-2020 Gubernatorial Election Predictions, 8-8-2019 to 8-14-2019

Democratic Primary Banter #3, Jay Inslee’s Choice

To start the conversation over Jay Inslee’s presidential bid, let’s start with a political opinion that makes reasonable sense: Governors make better Presidents. Naturally, a statewide executive is going to handle a federal executive position better than a legislator trying to switch branches of government. This isn’t to say that legislators, like House Representatives or Senators, would make bad executive branch leaders, but that Governors come with that skill set already in hand. Speaking from the perspective that Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, and Jimmy Carter were all governors of their respective states, the natural assumption is that … Continue reading Democratic Primary Banter #3, Jay Inslee’s Choice