Wednesday, April 11, 2018

2018 update - Paul Ryan is out, AZ races heat up

Breaking news: Speaker Paul Ryan will not run again

The NY Times reports that Speaker Paul Ryan Will Not Seek Re-election in November.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan told House Republican colleagues on Wednesday that he will not seek re-election in November, ending a brief stint atop the House and signaling the peril that the Republican majority faces in the midterm elections.

It could also trigger another wave of retirements among Republicans not eager to face angry voters in the fall and taking their cue from Mr. Ryan.

Back in his Southeastern Wisconsin district, Mr. Ryan was facing a spirited challenge from two Democrats, Randy Bryce, better known by his Twitter handle, “Iron Stache,” and a schoolteacher, Cathy Myers. On his right flank, an avowed anti-Semite, Paul Nehlen, was making another run at the Republican nomination — and earning a national following among white supremacists.

Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, urged Mr. Ryan to use his last months as speaker to work toward bipartisan compromises.

“With his newfound political freedom, I hope the Speaker uses his remaining time in Congress to break free from the hard-right factions of his caucus that have kept Congress from getting real things done,” he said. “If he’s willing to reach across the aisle, he’ll find Democrats willing and eager to work with him.”

We’ll see.

Updates on AZ races: Governor, CD2, and US Senate

Over at Blog for Arizona, Larry Bodine has done a Herculean job of tracking candidates for state-wide and federal offices. He’s not afraid to make some judgment calls. You may disagree with those calls, but don’t let that distract from reading his reports on the town halls and other appearances.

Bodine’s latest report is on Kyrsten Sinema who he regards as the Democrat who can Beat McSally for US Senate. I don’t agree with many of Sinema’s votes and have been harsh on her in some of my posts, like Kyrsten Sinema wants to be a Senator. Here are reasons why she should not be. On the other hand, she does a hell of a lot better than her likely opponent, Martha McSally: Magically Madeover Moderate Martha McSally votes against transparency and accountability in government.

Bodine reported on the recent Governor forum, Democratic Candidates for Governor call for Full School Funding, Gun Safety and Solar Power. He regards Steve Farley as the best choice - as do I. We also agree on our pick for next best, David Garcia.

Over on the other side …

… or perhaps I should say “dark side.” Bodine covered the Republican candidate forum which the GOPlins did their best to keep secret, Fear Dominates Secret Tucson GOP CD 2 Congressional Candidate Forum. And then Bodine followup up with a link to the audio recording of that event, Listen to the Recording of the Secret Republican CD2 Candidates Forum.

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