Georgia: Republicans Close to State Senate Supermajority

The Marietta Daily  Journal:

FIRST, state Sen. Doug Stoner (D-Smyrna) nearly got gerrymandered out of
his seat by this year’s legislative redistricting, which shifted its
borders deep into Republican-leaning Buckhead.

Now, it appears
that his reconfigured District 6 might be the most hard-fought of any in
next year’s elections. Moreover, it’s a race likely to have a vastly
disproportionate influence on state politics than the typical election.

Making matters even more unusual, that influence would not be based on geography or fundraising potential.

No,
it’s all about numbers: The occupant of that seat, if Republican, would
represent the key “supermajority” vote. A supermajority occurs when one
party obtains two thirds of the votes, allowing it to put a
constitutional amendment before voters without interference from the
opposing party.

The 180-member Georgia House needs 120 votes to
achieve a supermajority, while the 56-member Georgia Senate needs 38,
Stoner said.

Pennsylvania Party Switch! Township Supervisor Joins GOP

Jerry Geake, the longtime Democratic Upper Mount Bethel Township supervisor who was defeated in the May primary, has found new life in the township supervisor race on the Republican ticket.
Geake was left off the Democratic ballot after finishing third behind former Supervisor Loren Rabbat and Board President Ed Nelson.
Former Supervisor Larry Hallett ran unopposed on the Republican ticket,
and Rabbat won the write-in campaign for the second slot.
However,
Geake is back in the race after a series of political maneuvers in
August. He switched his party affiliation to Republican, and Rabbat
stepped off the Republican ticket. The Northampton County Republican
Committee eventually appointed Geake to take her spot. A call to the
Northampton County Republican Committee seeking comment was not
immediately returned.

Democrats Lack Enthusiasm for Voting

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Gallup:

PRINCETON, NJ — In thinking about the 2012 presidential election, 45% of Democrats and independents who lean Democratic say they are more enthusiastic about voting than usual, while nearly as many, 44%, are less enthusiastic. This is in sharp contrast to 2008 and, to a lesser extent, 2004, when the great majority of Democrats expressed heightened enthusiasm about voting.

Washington Governor: McKenna 44, Inslee 38

070531_weekday9_139Rob McKenna image by kuow949 via FlickrSeattle PI

McKenna enjoys lead over Inslee:  A new KING 5 poll gives Republican Rob McKenna the edge over Democrat Jay Inslee in the race for governor in 2012.  Among 532 registered voters statewide, 44% tell SurveyUSA they’d vote for McKenna if the election were held today, while 38% say Inslee.
McKenna’s early lead can be attributed in part to his strength in the Puget Sound area.  In King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, he’s even with Inslee at 41% each, which is significant for a Republican candidate.  As expected, McKenna picks up votes in more conservative eastern Washington with a 59%-25% advantage.  But the large population in the Metro Seattle area is key.
The poll has a margin of +/- 4.3% and includes both landline and cell phone users. Later today, we’ll have results of our polling on the state Attorney General’s race.

Pennsylvania: Tom Smith Launches Senate Campaign

Politics PA: 
Coal industry veteran and former Tea Party leader Tom Smith officially announced his U.S. Senate candidacy Tuesday morning in a fly-around tour of the state.
“I am humbled and encouraged by the support I have received in my campaign, from Republicans … and also from Democrats and Independents who believe it may be time for Mr. Smith to go to Washington.”
Harrisburg was Smith’s second stop on a two-day announcement tour across the state. He spoke in the headquarters of Hydroworx, a company that manufactures specialty underwater treadmills for use in rehabilitation.