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