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Foreclosure king Dave Trott may have a real fight on his hands in suburban Detroit House seat (April 27, 2017, 04:51 PM)

Michigan Republican Rep. Dave Trott won his second term 53-40 last year in a contest that attracted little outside attention while Trump was taking his suburban Detroit seat 50-45. Democrats would love to target Trott, who made his fortune through foreclosures, and he?s now got his first noteworthy opponent. Haley Stevens, who was chief of staff to President Obama?s Auto Task Force in 2009 when it was overseeing the financial rescue of Chrysler and General Motors, announced she was in on Thursday. Stevens is well-regarded by her old boss, businessman and ex-auto rescue czar Steven Rattner, and she may indeed have the connections to raise enough money to stand up to the very wealthy Trott.

Michigan?s 11th Congressional District, which awkwardly loops around the Detroit area to take in Troy, Novi, and Livonia, has been in GOP hands for a long time, and the Republican legislature did all they could to draw it so it stayed that way. Trott himself won?t lack the resources to defend himself, and he?s wasted no time arguing that Stevens, who recently moved back to Michigan from Chicago, is a carpetbagger. Still, if Stevens has the resources to get her message out, she may finally be able to make Trott?s long and ugly business history stick.

And she won?t lack material. Perhaps most notoriously, Trott?s law firm foreclosed on a 101-year-old Detroit woman named Texana Hollis in 2011 after her son failed to pay her mortgage, which evicted her from her home. Hollis was able to reclaim her home of 60 years thanks to a campaign led by writer Mitch Albom, and she died a few years later.

This ugly story surfaced during Trott?s 2014 primary campaign against then-Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, but Bentivolio (a true accidental congressman if there ever was one) didn?t have the capability to run a serious race against Trott. Trott?s Democratic opponent that fall did try to make this an issue, but he didn?t have much money available to broadcast it far and wide, and national Democrats triaged this race as the political climate got worse and worse; last year, Trott won without any real fireworks. While Trott?s foreclosure horror stories aren't new news, there are undoubtedly plenty of local voters who have forgotten about them since 2014, or never learned them at all. If Democrats can make a serious play for this seat and 2018 is a bad year for the GOP, Trott could very well be in for a rough ride.


To the relief of Democrats, Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson is running again (April 27, 2017, 04:16 PM)

Despite only recently saying that he wouldn?t decide whether to seek re-election until next year, Minnesota Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson unambiguously told Roll Call on Thursday that he was running again. Peterson?s decision will be a relief to his party: Trump carried this rural northwest Minnesota seat 62-31, and it would be extremely hard to hold without him.

Still, the GOP is hoping they can unseat the longtime incumbent. Last cycle, Peterson only beat underfunded Republican Dave Hughes 52-47, and Hughes is running again. But Team Red may have a stronger candidate on tap, with state Rep. Tim Miller jumping in earlier this month. The GOP has only made one serious attempt to unseat Peterson in years, but the incumbent won 54-46 in 2014 even with the red wave crashing on the shores of the Red Lake Reservation (no, that metaphor doesn?t really work.) Peterson is an incredibly formidable incumbent, but Republicans know that once they finally win the 7th District, they?re likely to keep it for a long, long, long time.


Daily Kos Elections Live Digest: 4/27 (April 27, 2017, 09:00 AM)

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Morning Digest: Notorious Alabama judge Roy Moore launches primary challenge against Luther Strange (April 27, 2017, 08:30 AM)

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? AL-Sen: Roy Moore, who was suspended as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court last year for defying federal court orders regarding same-sex marriage, announced on Wednesday that he would challenge appointed Sen. Luther Strange in this August's GOP primary ahead of December's special election.

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Moore has made it plain that he plans to rally his religious conservative base. Last week, after the state's high court upheld his suspension for the rest of his term, Moore cast himself as a martyr, arguing that the case against him "was a politically motivated effort by the Judicial Inquiry Commission and certain homosexual and transgendered groups to remove me from office because of my steadfast opposition to same-sex marriage." For good measure, Moore argued at his campaign kickoff that the U.S. Constitution doesn't mention public education, and that schools are "used as an indoctrination of our children."

Back in 2003, Moore was also kicked off the bench after he refused to comply with a federal judge's order to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the grounds of the state Supreme Court. For a while after that, Moore's political career stalled. In 2006, he challenged Gov. Bob Riley in the Republican primary and lost 67-33. Then, in 2010, Moore ran to succeed the termed-out Riley, taking just 19 percent in that year's primary, enough for a weak fourth-place finish.

Moore even flirted with a 2012 presidential bid, but he decided to run for his old spot as chief justice again instead. Moore took just over 50 percent against two primary opponents, allowing him to win without a runoff. However, he struggled in the general election, beating his Democratic foe by just a slim 52-48 margin even as Mitt Romney was winning Alabama 61-38. Still, Moore was finally back?and he quickly made waves once again.


Maryland Democrats get their first candidate to take on Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in 2018 (April 26, 2017, 05:23 PM)

On Wednesday, Baltimore tech entrepreneur Alec Ross became the first prominent Maryland Democrat to announce a gubernatorial campaign against Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in 2018. Ross is a novice candidate, but as a former State Department senior advisor for innovation under Hillary Clinton who appears to be well-regarded in state Democratic politics, he could have the connections needed to raise money for what will likely be a tough campaign.

Hogan is currently one of America?s most-popular governors, but Maryland?s blue lean and Donald Trump?s potential to spark a downballot backlash have helped encourage a whole host of other Democrats to contemplate a bid against him. Prominent attorney Jim Shea has already formed an exploratory committee, while Rep. John Delaney, ex-NAACP president Ben Jealous, Prince George?s County Executive Rushern Baker, state Sen. Richard Madaleno, and several others are all considering it.


This potential Democratic gubernatorial candidate just endorsed Nevada's GOP senator for re-election (April 26, 2017, 05:10 PM)

Ultra-wealthy businessman and prominent Democratic donor Stephen Cloobeck had previously been mentioned as a potential 2018 Senate candidate in Nevada, but we can now cross him off the list, since he just endorsed Republican Sen. Dean Heller, who is one of the very few vulnerable GOP incumbents up for re-election next year. Cloobeck even had the gall to say ?I believe in Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood, civil rights, and other core principles of the Democratic Party? in his endorsement statement right before going on to praise Heller?s ?businesslike approach to politics and legislation,? even though Heller has been a key enabler of a party steadfastly opposed to those very core principles in the Senate.

Cloobeck has been reportedly more seriously considering running for the open governor?s office next year and will supposedly self-fund at least $5 million, but the self-described moderate?s endorsement of Heller could be a huge negative for many Democrats in the primary if he runs. However, if Team Blue wants to field an alternate nominee, someone else will have to step up. No major candidates have joined the primary yet, but Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak is considering it, while several other Democrats have been named as possibilities.


Infamous Alabama judge Roy Moore kicks off GOP primary challenge against Sen. Luther Strange (April 26, 2017, 04:48 PM)

Roy Moore, who was suspended as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court last year for defying federal court orders regarding same-sex marriage, announced on Wednesday that he would challenge appointed Sen. Luther Strange in this August?s GOP primary ahead of December?s special election.

Moore has made it plain that he plans to rally his religious conservative base. Last week, after the state's high court upheld his suspension for the rest of his term, Moore cast himself as a martyr, arguing that the case against him ?was a politically motivated effort by the Judicial Inquiry Commission and certain homosexual and transgendered groups to remove me from office because of my steadfast opposition to same-sex marriage.? For good measure, Moore argued at his campaign kickoff that the U.S. Constitution doesn?t mention public education, and that schools are ?used as an indoctrination of our children.? 

Back in 2003, Moore was also kicked off the bench after he refused to comply with a federal judge's order to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the grounds of the state Supreme Court. For a while after that, Moore?s political career stalled. In 2006, he challenged Gov. Bob Riley in the Republican primary and lost 67-33. Then, in 2010, Moore ran to succeed the termed-out Riley, taking just 19 percent in that year?s primary, enough for a weak fourth-place finish.

Moore even flirted with a 2012 presidential bid, but he decided to run for his old spot as chief justice again instead. Moore took just over 50 percent against two primary opponents, allowing him to win without a runoff. However, he struggled in the general election, beat his Democratic foe by just a slim 52-48 margin even as Mitt Romney was winning Alabama 61-38. Still, Moore was finally back?and he quickly made waves once again.


First challenger poised run against vulnerable member of the IDC, New York's GOP-enabling junta (April 26, 2017, 04:11 PM)

It looks like one of the most vulnerable members of the IDC?the band of turncoat "Democrats" who've handed power to the GOP in New York's state Senate?is about to get a serious challenger: Former New York City Councilman Robert Jackson has formed a campaign committee for a rematch against state Sen. Marisol Alcantara, who narrowly won last year's Democratic primary for the 31st Senate District, based on Manhattan's West Side.

Jackson hasn't formally announced yet, though a consultant told the Albany Times Union, "Stay tuned." Last September, with the help of the IDC, Alcantara took 33 percent of the vote in the primary, barely edging both charter schools advocate Micah Lasher, who ended up with 32 percent, and Jackson, who got 31. This time around, Jackson and Lasher had reportedly pledged not to run against one another, so as long as no one else gets in?something Jackson might forestall with this early move?he should have a clean shot at unseating the incumbent.

Alcantara is poised to be the first renegade to earn an intra-party opponent, but she almost certainly won't be the last. Progressive activists have been channeling newfound fury over Trump into overthrowing the IDC junta, and various branches of the Democratic establishment are finally waking from their torpor to recruit and support challengers to other deserters. Plenty of other names are in circulation, and once Jackson makes the leap, others may be inspired to follow.


Nazi frog: 'Are you a Jew?' David Simon of 'The Wire' says get bent. Virginia GOPer bashes Simon (April 26, 2017, 11:55 AM)

Corey Stewart wanted to be the Donald Trump of Virginia, but he's turned out to be nothing more than some random Donald Trump Reddit fanboi. Stewart is an elected official in Prince William County, and he?s running in June?s GOP primary for governor. Polls, however, show him badly lagging, so in a desperate bid for attention on Tuesday, he tweeted out a charming defense of white supremacy.

Yes, literally, white supremacy: That same day, the city of New Orleans began removing monuments to the Confederacy, one of which included an engraving explaining that the election of 1876 ejected the ?usurpers? and ?recognized white supremacy in the South and gave us our state.? Stewart?s response was priceless:

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That led to a pretty epic pile-on, which even featured singer/songwriter John Legend blasting Stewart in front of Legend?s 9 million followers (?Like, literally, nothing? Nothing is worse??). Many also relished pointing out that Stewart is from Minnesota, which was, you know, part of the Union. One respondent, crime novelist Laura Lippman, jumped in to explain that, as an actual Southerner, she held views quite contrary to Stewart?s:

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And that?s where things got ugly.


Daily Kos Elections Live Digest: 4/26 (April 26, 2017, 09:00 AM)

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