Virginia’s “ultrasound bill” a repost from 2012


Last week, I told you Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was getting ready to sign the “ultrasound bill,” an atrocious proposal that would force all women considering abortions to get ultrasounds and require their doctors to ask if they’d like a picture.

Well, he signed it.

We didn’t stop the bill this time, but we did make sure the entire country knew exactly what was going down in Virginia.

There are still 450 other bills on birth control and abortion in state legislatures across the country. With a far-right faction of the GOP holding a majority in many of them, it’s unclear how many we can stop. But let me just say this: We need to be prepared to win in November.

As long as women’s rights are being attacked, we’re going to keep fighting back — in Congress and in the states.

Say that you’re ready to stand with Democrats as we stand up for women. Add your name today.

We’re taking on this fight both nationally and in the states. In Virginia, that meant helping to fund the state party’s rapid response communications team — they pushed back on the ultrasound legislation, supported the Democrats who opposed it, and publicized peaceful protests of it at the capitol. That work helped put this bill on the national radar.

Right now, New Hampshire, Florida, Arizona, Ohio, and many other states are considering similar legislation.

The Texas legislature is in the midst of a bitter fight to eliminate state support for a wide range of women’s health services. They’ve already eliminated two-thirds of their funding for women’s health, closing more than half of the state’s Planned Parenthood and other clinics. And now they’re voting to reject aid for the Medicaid Women’s Health Program. They claim they’re doing this to fight abortion, but what they’re actually doing is denying hundreds of thousands of women access to basic health care.

Clearly, this fight is about more than abortion and birth control.

I won’t stop speaking out across the country about a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, and Democrats in the states won’t stop pushing back against these bills.

I hope you won’t stop fighting either.

Support the fight state by state and nationwide. Stand with the Democrats today:

http://my.democrats.org/Stand-for-Women

Thanks,

Debbie

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Chair
Democratic National Committee

Morning Digest: Fellow Republicans trash Mark Kirk for his vote against defunding Planned Parenthood


  • IL-Sen: Sen. Mark Kirk just can’t catch a break, can he? The Illinois Republican has undermined his own image as a reasonable, moderate sort of fellow with a string of remarks this year that, among other things, disparaged blacks, disparaged women, and accused Barack Obama of wanting “to get nukes to Iran.” So in an effort to shore up his fraying reputation—since, after all, he’s seeking re-election in a blue state—Kirk became the only GOP senator to vote against defunding Planned Parenthood last week … and now he’s paying a price for that, too. Ex-Rep. Bobby Schilling, who failed in a comeback bid last year after serving just one term in the House, went on local radio to chide Kirk for his vote, and further claimed that there are “five or six” candidates out there considering a primary challenge to him. We already know one of them (blowhard ex-Rep. Joe Walsh); another, said, Schilling, might be himself. Is it just hot air? Probably, but Schilling followed up by penning an op-ed in the Chicago Tribune that took Kirk to task over Planned Parenthood at length. It goes without saying that Democrats would love to see Kirk get bloodied in a primary, but we already enjoyed a bit of excitement when Walsh started shooting his mouth off months ago. So now, let’s just wait and see if Schilling (or some other dreamer) actually pulls the trigger. Talk is easy. Running against an incumbent is hard.

Senate:

  • FL-Sen: It’s a bit of a good news/bad news day for Rep. David Jolly, who is seeking the GOP nomination for Florida’s open Senate seat. Jolly scored the endorsement of fellow Rep. Dennis Ross, but a local blog also dredged up the fact that he donated over $2,100 to former Rep. Allyson Schwartz back in 2011—the same Allyson Schwartz who ran for governor of Pennsylvania last year and was for many years the executive director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Philadelphia. Jolly, who was a lobbyist before he was a congressman (in a reverse of the usual route), got a lot of crap for these kinds of contribution when he ran in the special election after Florida’s 13th District became vacant last year following the death of Rep. Bill Young. The Schwartz donation was known even then, but Jolly didn’t face much in the way of primary opposition when he sought Young’s seat. But Planned Parenthood, of course, wasn’t in the news in the same way, and this time, Jolly will face much more aggressive opponents.
  • PA-Sen: Katie McGinty served in Ed Rendell’s cabinet back when he was governor in the aughts, so it’s no surprise that he just endorsed her Senate bid. McGinty is facing ex-Rep. Joe Sestak in the Democratic primary.

Gubernatorial:

  • IN-Gov: State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, who dropped out of the race for governor late on Friday, has endorsed former state House Speaker John Gregg, the leading candidate in the Democratic primary. Ritz says that instead she’ll seek re-election to her current post. Gregg still faces underfunded state Sen. Karen Tallian for the right to take on GOP Gov. Mike Pence, but former Evan Bayh aide Tom Sugar recently said he was taking a look at a bid, too.

House:

  • FL-10: Democrats in the Orlando area are getting excited about the new congressional map the legislature is considering in the special session that just began on Monday, since it would transform Republican Rep. Daniel Webster’s 10th District into a safely blue seat. Already, former Orlando police chief Val Demings, who ran against Webster under the old lines in 2012, is considering a bid, and another local politician, state Sen. Geraldine Thompson, is now saying the same thing. Thompson, like Demings, is black, as is about a quarter of the voting age population under the proposed new district lines, according to Matt Isbell.
  • MI-08: Actress Melissa Gilbert, who is best known for playing Laura Ingalls Wilder on the hit show “Little House on the Prairie,” announced on Monday that she’d run against GOP Rep. Mike Bishop as a Democrat. Gilbert doesn’t have any campaign experience, but she did serve two terms as president of the Screen Actors Guild, from 2001 to 2005. Michigan’s 8th District has been pretty inhospitable for Democrats, but Mitt Romney only carried the seat by a 51-48 margin, and Bishop won it last year with 54 percent of the vote, which isn’t exactly monster given the GOP wave. Gilbert, however, has some baggage. In recent years, she was hit with a pair of six-figure tax liens, which she ascribed to the economic downturn and says she’s been paying off through a settlement. Many politicians have successfully deflected questions about these kinds of financial difficulties in this way (ex-Rep. Allen West did so back in 2010, for instance), but Bishop was quick to point out that Gilbert went on Good Morning America last year to show off her French bulldog, whom she said wears a Louis Vuitton collar and has her own stylist. With that sort of pedigree, it’s a little harder to argue the recession hit you like it did everyone else.
  • NH-01: Former Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter has given off plenty of signals that she intends to run against GOP Rep. Frank Guinta again, in what would be the pair’s fourth consecutive matchup, and now it looks like she’s finally made it official—or has she? On Monday, Politics1 flagged a statement of candidacy that CSP filed with the FEC on Friday, which usually means exactly what it sounds like. But strangely, in the words of the National Journal‘s Jack Fitzpatrick, a spokesman for Shea-Porter insists she “hasn’t made a move.” This is either petty gamesmanship or just amateur-hour disorganization, because filing a statement of candidacy is definitely a “move” toward running. In the end, it sounds like it was a little bit of both. In a statement to Roll Call, Shea-Porter’s camp insisted she had only “filed to prepare to run” in the event that Guinta resigns over his campaign finance misdeeds, prompting a special election. Then, an hour later, the same staffer emailed Roll Call again, this time to clarify that “the filing also allows for a 2016 option.” When you’ve kept everyone waiting to see if you’re going to run for Congress, you don’t look sharp if you drop a stealth FEC filing without making any kind of announcement, then appear unprepared for the inevitable questions that follow.
  • NV-03: Democrats finally have a candidate in Nevada’s open 3rd District, personal injury attorney Jesse Sbaih, but he doesn’t sound like a particularly notable recruit: Jon Ralston, who would know, says Sbaih was not on anybody’s list of possible options. Sometimes plaintiffs attorneys can be very wealthy if they’ve struck it rich with a big case, so maybe Sbaih has that going for him, but a quick Google search doesn’t show much.

Other Races:

  • PA-AG: So what’s going to happen to state Attorney General Kathleen Kane? The Pennsylvania Democrat was indicted last week on charges that she leaked confidential grand jury materials to embarrass a critic, then lied under oath about what she’d done in an attempt to cover it up. Gov. Tom Wolf, a fellow Democrat, immediately called on her to resign, but Kane’s remained utterly defiant, saying, “A resignation would be an admission of guilt and I’m not guilty.” But the political establishment has several options for removing her. There’s impeachment, of course, and a similar legislative process known as “removal for reasonable cause”; the chief difference is that the former must originate in (and get voted on) in the state House, while the governor can initiate the latter process with the Senate. However, there’s a quicker alternative to both of these that would bypass any kind of vote altogether. The state Supreme Court could simply suspend Kane’s law license, which would instantly render her ineligible to serve as attorney general since the state constitution requires that anyone holding the post be a member of the bar. It sounds like Kane would have a difficult time fighting such a move, but it also sounds like reality has not yet set in for her. In any event, she just scheduled a press conference for Wednesday, so perhaps we’ll learn more then. Probably not, though.
  • Special Elections: We have four different races coming up on Tuesday, per Johnny Longtorso:

    Georgia HD-80: This is a runoff for an open Republican seat located in the Atlanta suburbs. Democrat Taylor Bennett, a former Georgia Tech quarterback, came in first in the first round with 37 percent of the vote, while Republican Max Davis won the second runoff slot with 31 percent. Two other Republicans won the remaining 32 percent of the vote. This district went 56-43 for Mitt Romney in 2012. Pennsylvania HD-174: This is an open Democratic seat in northeast Philadelphia, and another stop in the game of musical chairs that started with Mike Stack being elected lieutenant governor last year and followed by state Rep. John Sabatina, Jr. getting elected to Stack’s Senate seat. The candidates are Democratic former City Councilman Ed Neilson and Republican teacher Tim Dailey. Dailey, as you may or may not recall, ran in the state Senate special election and lost 3-1 to Sabatina. The House district went 62-37 for Barack Obama in 2012. Pennsylvania HD-191: This is an open Democratic seat straddling west Philadelphia and eastern Delaware County. The Democratic nominee is public defender Joanna McClinton, while the Republican nominee is Army veteran Charles Wilkins. Also on the ballot is Tracey Gordon, a former deputy city commissioner running as an independent. This seat went 97-2 for Obama. Pennsylvania HD-195: This is an open Democratic seat in Philadelphia. The Democratic nominee is Donna Bullock, an attorney who works for the City Council president, while the Republican nominee is Adam Lang, a networking engineer. This seat went 93-6 for Obama.

    Even though it’s a pretty red seat, the Georgia race is a little bit interesting. Davis, the Republican, has faced some sexual harassment allegations, and if Bennett, the Democrat, can somehow win, he’d break the GOP’s supermajority in the state legislature.

Grab Bag:

  • FL Redistricting: Last week, local media reported that Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown had filed a very belated lawsuit to stop the Florida Supreme Court from dismantling her congressional district. That wasn’t quite right, though: Brown had actually filed a motion to intervene as a defendant in an existing case (called Warinner v. Detzner) that challenged her seat’s boundaries as an impermissible racial gerrymander. It’s bizarre that Brown hadn’t sought to get involved earlier seeing as the lawsuit was initiated in 2013, but the case had been stayed pending the outcome of the main litigation against Florida’s congressional lines (known as Romo v. Detzner). It’s also entirely moot. On Monday, the plaintiffs in Warriner filed a motion to drop their own case, saying that the Supreme Court has already “granted the relief that we are seeking.” In other words, they’re happy with the court’s order that lawmakers must radically redraw the 5th District. And that means that Brown, who legal basis for arguing that her district should be preserved was non-existent, doesn’t even have a venue for advancing her bogus claims.
The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir and Jeff Singer, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, and Daniel Donner.

Morning Digest: Coffman touts support from Planned Parenthood, votes to defund Planned Parenthood


  • CO-06: Ever since the most recent round of redistricting, Republican Rep. Mike Coffman has repeatedly shown he’s confused about the kind of seat he represents. Rather frequently, Coffman seems to forget that he now serves a very swingy slice of suburban Denver that voted for Barack Obama twice—like the time he went full birther and declared, “I don’t know whether Barack Obama was born in the United States of America.” Good one, bro. Here’s another good one: Coffman, who faces a serious challenge from Democratic state Sen. Morgan Carroll, recently voted to defund Planned Parenthood—again, not exactly the right kind of move for this particular slice of Colorado. What makes this even better is that last year, Coffman ran an ad that featured PP’s logo on-screen while a narrator claimed that Coffman “was praised for protecting women from violence.” (No, PP didn’t endorse him: The group issued a press release in 2013 thanking the 33 House Republicans who supported the Violence Against Women Act.) The best part, though, is Coffman’s response to getting called on this rather obvious contradiction:

    “Using Planned Parenthood’s expression of support is not the same thing as saying it’s a good organization,” said Coffman’s spokeswoman Cinamon Watson in an email to 9NEWS.

    Hey, yeah, candidates totally tout the backing of groups they want to destroy all the time! The kicker here—and a great illustration of why this particular affliction is known as Coffman’s Disease—is Coffman’s flack declaration that her boss’s “support for women on issues ranging from access to over the counter contraceptives to sexual assault demonstrates his leadership on issues important to women.” Some part of Coffman’s brain knows he’s supposed to be “good on issues important to women” if he wants to get re-elected, but another part—the lizard part—makes him do things like vote to defund Planned Parenthood. A grave condition indeed.

Senate:

  • AZ-Sen: Kind of ambiguous news… for John McCain! On Tuesday, Rep. Matt Salmon finally made it absolutely clear that he would not challenge McCain in the GOP primary. Salmon was recruited by anti-establishment groups like the Club For Growth who despise McCain but don’t think that the senator’s only notable intra-party foe, state Sen. Kelli Ward, is strong enough to unseat him. Salmon could have given McCain a rough time: A May PPP survey gave the incumbent just a 42-40 lead and a previously-unreleased August National Research Inc. poll for Salmon had McCain up just 30-23, with Ward at 9. But The Arizona Republic says that Salmon’s family just wasn’t ready for an ugly campaign, and Salmon was convinced that a tough primary would make it easier for Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick to win. The reason this may not be such great news for McCain is that Rep. David Schweikert, a friend of Salmon who is also close to tea party-flavored groups, has started making noises about running for the first time in months. Schweikert still doesn’t sound ready to commit to anything, but anti-McCain groups are going to try convincing him to go for it. Schweikert would start out with most of the same advantages and allies that Salmon would have had. Schweikert may also just be the more formidable candidate: Salmon recently got some bad press after he scared elementary school students by talking about suicide bombers, so he’s not the most disciplined guy in the world. But if Schweikert also sits this out, the far-right really doesn’t have anyone else to rally behind besides Ward.
  • CO-Sen: State Sen. Tim Neville has confirmed that he’ll challenge Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet next year. Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler, the favored candidate of the GOP establishment, looks likely to get in soon, and rich guy Robert Blaha also appears ready to run. Neville has a reputation as an ardent conservative and he could make trouble for Brauchler, though Blaha could take enough tea party friendly voters to cost Neville a win. At the very least, Bennet will be glad to watch his would-be Republican rivals hit each other before they can focus on him.
  • MD-Sen: After spending months mulling a Senate bid, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger’s campaign announced that he would seek re-election to his safely blue seat instead. Fellow Baltimore-area Rep. Elijah Cummings is expected to announce his plans in the next week, but it sounds like he’s decided to stay put. Right now, suburban D.C. Reps. Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen are the only major Democratic contenders and if Cummings stays out, there almost certainly won’t be anyone running from the Baltimore area.
  • PA-Sen: Could John Fetterman actually shake things up in Pennsylvania’s Democratic Senate primary? The two top contenders are a lone wolf ex-congressman beloved by certain activists but despised by the establishment (Joe Sestak) and a former state-level cabinet official who’s best known for taking less than 8 percent of the vote in last year’s gubernatorial primary (Katie McGinty). Into the race comes Fetterman, a hulking, tattooed mayor with a Harvard degree who’s spent the last decade trying to revitalize his post-industrial town of 2,000, which was once ten times that size. Fetterman cuts an unusual figure, to say the least—”unconventional” is a common description—but while he’s managed to win some attention for his efforts to rebuild Braddock, it’ll be a lot harder to upend both Sestak and McGinty, despite their weaknesses. However, Fetterman did just announce that he’d raised $123,000 in the two weeks since he launched his campaign. Ordinarily speaking, that’s a small sum for a Senate race, but for someone so little-known, it’s a notable haul for such a short period of time. The next phase, though, will be much harder—he’ll have to start raising real money, not just “good for a small-time candidate” money—and Fetterman still has a ways to go before he looks like a credible alternative. But if the Democratic electorate winds up unhappy with its main options, voters may decide to peer behind door number three.

Gubernatorial:

  • KY-Gov: So it looks like the beatings will indeed continue until morale improves. On Monday, we were scratching our heads bald trying to figure out why on earth the Republican Governors Association made the well-nigh insane decision to stop airing ads on behalf of Kentucky gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin, in what should be a highly winnable race for the GOP this fall. Our best theory was still a crazy one: The RGA’s sick of Bevin’s disastrous campaign and wants to whip him into shape—even though there’s only a month left to go before Election Day. Well, reports the National Journal‘s Karyn Bruggeman, that is indeed what’s happened, at least according to one unnamed “one D.C.-based Republican operative with knowledge of the committee’s plans.” Unhappy with Bevin’s poor fundraising and his extremely limited TV ad campaign (just $140,000 to date), the RGA apparently wants to put the fear of god into their candidate in the hopes that he’ll somehow shape up and start kicking Democrat Jack Conway’s ass right quick. It doesn’t seem to be working, though. According to Politico, Bevin has a new television buy scheduled for next week that totals just $78,000—a pittance compared to the $1 million of his own money Bevin spent to win the GOP primary. Even more bizarrely, this minimalist ad run is for just three days, and it’s spread evenly around the state, meaning almost no one will see it. If this is supposed to lure the RGA back in, Bevin’s nuts. And again, time is very, very short. You sometimes see this kind of tough love earlier in a campaign, though often it’s in the form of threats, not deeds. That makes this an extremely drastic and extremely late sort of intervention. The RGA supposedly says it might go back on the air for Bevin at some point, but the tells are all wrong: A committee spokesman claimed that this sort of pullback is “normal” (in the words of the AP) because there are “multiple governor’s races” on the calendar right now. That’s entirely untrue. The only other gubernatorial contests this year are in Louisiana and Mississippi, neither of which have required any outside Republican intervention. So is the GOP really willing to sacrifice Bevin—and allow Democrats to retain Kentucky’s governorship—just to prove a point? It would be an amazing thing to witness, and we might just be witnessing it.
  • ND-Gov: On Monday, GOP Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley announced that he would not run for this open seat. Wrigley initially sounded very interested in seeking this post after Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced his retirement last month, but he drew some bad press after he admitted to having an affair. Wrigley and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem have been reportedly working out a deal to decide which of them would run, and it will be a huge surprise if Stenehjem doesn’t jump in now.

House:

  • FL-02, 05, Sen: After spending millions to try and defeat Democratic Rep. Gwen Graham in 2014, the NRCC is now offering her some very unsolicited career advice. The group commissioned a survey from Harper Polling showing Graham losing 49-40 to Generic Republican in a redrawn version of her 2nd District. Florida’s new congressional map has not been finalized, so Harper polled the version of FL-02 that the state House drew. The 2nd District is likely to become safely red after it loses much of Tallahassee to the nearby 5th District, so it’s no surprise that Graham is down. But Harper also took a look at a hypothetical Democratic primary in a redrawn FL-05, and found Graham losing to fellow Rep. Corrine Brown 53-29. As Politico points out, Harper’s Democratic electorate was 57 percent black while the proposed district’s voting age population is only 45 percent black, which could be hampering Graham (Brown is African American while Graham is white). But the NRCC also tested Graham in the U.S Senate primary in just FL-05 and found her leading with 40 percent, with actual candidates Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson taking 9 percent each. It’s pretty rare to see a House campaign committee try and meddle in a Senate race like this, but that seems to be exactly what the NRCC is doing. Graham and Murphy have relatively moderate voting records in the House, while Grayson is much more of a firebrand. Both parties agree that Murphy is the more electable candidate but if Graham runs, she could give Grayson a better chance to secure the Democratic nod. Presumably once the final congressional map is out, Graham will conduct her own polling and decide upon the best course of action. Graham says she’s waiting to find out what her district will look like before she makes any 2016 plans and while she’s said very little about a Senate run, she hasn’t ruled it out.
  • KY-01: On Tuesday, Republican Rep. Ed Whitfield announced that he would not seek a twelfth term. The House Ethics Committee has been investigating whether Whitfield improperly aided his wife’s work as a lobbyist for the Humane Society Legislative Fund, and this matter almost certainly played a big role in pushing Whitfield out the door. Romney carried this western Kentucky seat 66-32, and any action is likely to be in the GOP primary. There are plenty of Republicans who could seek this seat. Michael Pape, who serves as Whitfield’s district director, wasted little time announcing that he would run to succeed his boss, but he can’t count on a clear field. Indeed, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, who fell just 84 votes short of winning his party’s gubernatorial nomination back in May, began making noises just days before Whitfield hit the eject button. Comer said at the time that he’s leaving the door open to running for something more local and he specifically didn’t rule out a bid for this seat. We may not need to wait for Comer for very long: Roll Call Eli Yokley reports that Kentucky Republicans think he’ll announce he’s in as soon as Wednesday. Comer won 56 percent of the vote in the 1st District in May compared to only 33 percent statewide, so he could be a formidable contender. But Comer’s last bid was overshadowed by accusations from an ex-girlfriend that he had physically abused her while they were in college: Nothing was ever proven, but this story is likely to follow Comer if he runs for office again. Yokley also tells us that five other Republicans are looking at this seat. State Sen. Max Wise is the only current elected official in the bunch, and he said nothing about his plans in a tweet thanking the congressman for his service. Businessman Robbie Rudolph served in Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s cabinet, and he was his running mate during Fletcher’s landslide re-election defeat in 2007. Ex-Hopkins County Attorney Todd P’Pool was Team Red’s 2011 nominee for attorney general, but he lost to Democratic incumbent Jack Conway 55-45 (he may or may not also be an extra-terrestrial from the planet Vulcan). Scott Jennings served in the George W. Bush administration, and advised Sen. Mitch McConnell’s super PAC during last year’s Senate race. We also have another Whitfield alumnus looking at this contest, former chief of staff Cory Hicks.
  • OH-08: On Tuesday, state Sen. Bill Beagle became the first major candidate to enter the race to succeed Speaker John Boehner in this safely red seat. There are a ton of other Republicans eyeing this contest, which may be what Beagle is counting on. Many potential candidates hail from Butler County, which makes up about half the district; the Journal-News reports that Beagle is counting on the Butler candidates to split the vote in the southern part of the district while he does well in other parts of the seat. One obstacle for Beagle is that his base isn’t huge here: Only about half of Beagle’s SD-05 is in this district and Obama carried it 53-45, so it’s not chock-full of GOP primary voters. Beagle isn’t going to have the primary to himself for long. Butler County Auditor Roger Reynolds has filed with the FEC, though he hasn’t announced his plans yet. (Hat-Tip Politics1)
  • UT-04: Freshman Republican Mia Love pulled off a surprisingly narrow 51-46 win during last year’s red wave, and Democrat Doug Owens is back for a rematch. But a new poll from Dan Jones & Associates on behalf of UtahPolicy.com gives Love a 49-38 edge. That’s not an incredible margin for a Republican incumbent in a seat that Romney carried 67-30, but it indicates that Love won’t be easy to unseat next year. Love has been dealing with a weird story about her billing taxpayers for a trip to D.C. for the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, but Team Blue is probably going to need for this to get bigger if they want to beat her.

Other Races:

  • VT-AG: On Monday, Democratic Attorney General Bill Sorrell announced that he would retire from the post he’s held since 1997. Sorrell had a very close call in the 2012 primary, where he beat Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan only 51-49. Donovan sat out 2014, but he recently announced that he would run next year regardless of what Sorrell does. Sorrell is under investigation over alleged campaign finance violations, though he of course says that his decision has nothing to do with that matter.

Grab Bag:

  • WATN?: Ex-Rep. John Boccieri has been eyeing a return to elected office ever since he lost his seat during the 2010 GOP wave, and he’s finally getting his wish. On Tuesday, the State Democratic Caucus appointed Boccieri to an empty seat in the state House, and he will be sworn in on Wednesday. Boccieri has expressed interest in running for the 13th Congressional District if incumbent Tim Ryan leaves, and the majority of his new state House seat is located in OH-13. Ryan is a potential candidate for governor in 2018 so Boccieri could be running for Congress again before too long; then again, Ryan is always a potential candidate for something until he inevitably decides to stay put.
The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir and Jeff Singer, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, and Stephen Wolf.