The Washington Post’s Tumulty makes this observation on this year’s races for governor: “Gubernatorial elections will be held in 37 states this year. But only 13 incumbents are running -- and six of them are in races that are considered tossups, according to the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. That means the incoming crop of new state executives is expected to be the biggest in half a century.”
FLORIDA: The Boston Globe profiles Massachusetts native Jeff Greene on its front page: "Greene’s résumé could cause him problems. He profited mightily during the housing crisis, during which many Americans lost their homes, by investing in credit default swaps whose value rose as subprime mortgages fell; he says he saw the economic crisis coming and made the right investment. He’s also a onetime Republican congressional candidate -- running unsuccessfully in Southern California in 1982 -- who wants Democrats to nominate him. And he has been a resident of this state for less than three years and now wants to represent it in Washington." More: Actress Lindsay Lohan spent a couple of nights on Greene’s yacht early this year ... Greene allowed Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss to stay in his guesthouse for nearly a year after a domestic dispute. ... Later in the day, reporters asked Greene about new photos posted online by a former stewardess that show women topless aboard his yacht."
And: "Greene was born in Worcester, where his father worked as a textile machinery dealer and his mother was a Hebrew teacher. He shoveled snow -- $2 for sidewalks and $5 for driveways -- and played the trumpet in the school band. He also had a paper route delivering the Worcester Telegram and Gazette. He unsuccessfully tried to purchase the paper from the New York Times Co. last year. (The Times Co. also owns The Boston Globe.) While attending Harvard Business School in the late 1970s, Greene began purchasing homes in Somerville, amassing 18 properties. He continued in the real estate business in California and eventually landed on Forbes magazine’s list of wealthiest people, before moving to Florida in 2008."
"President Obama wrapped up a five-state political trip here today by raising an estimated $700,000 for the Florida Democratic Party and reaffirming his support for Kendrick Meek's Senate primary bid," the Palm Beach Post writes.
GEORGIA: A faceoff between gubernatorial rivals Nathan Deal and Roy Barnes won’t be happening after all, the AP writes. "Instead, they'll appear one after the other." Though the Deal camp denied it, the forum’s moderator "said the format was changed because the Deal campaign ‘didn't think it was time for a face-to-face confrontation.’"
IDAHO: A GOP poll shows Walt Minnick up 23 points in ID-1.
NEVADA: As a county school board member in the early 1990’s, Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle criticize a high school football coach’s decision to hand out black jerseys to his players to psyche them up for a game, claiming, the Las Vegas Review Journal writes, that "the use of black was inappropriate and even Satanic."
OHIO: "President Barack Obama whirled through Ohio's middle Wednesday, putting the focus on the economic benefits from his federal stimulus package while raking in campaign bucks for Gov. Ted Strickland," the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes of his stops there yesterday.
The Columbus Dispatch interviews the family that hosted President Obama for an "outdoor town hall" yesterday: "Joe Weithman says it didn't really hit him until he looked through the mini blinds in his living room and saw the presidential motorcade coming up E. Kanawha Avenue. ‘It's like, 'Holy crap, he's really coming,' Weithman said. ‘He's going to walk through that door in like 30 seconds.’"
The mosque controversy has even spilled over into the race for OH-16.
PENNSYLVANIA: Roll Call profiles PA-15 and incumbent Republican Charlie Dent. "In what will be a resurgent year for the Grand Old Party from coast to coast, Rep. Charlie Dent is among just nine Republican incumbents who may be in trouble. That’s according to the National Republican Congressional Committee, which has ranked Pennsylvania’s 15th district as one of the few in play this fall. 'I realize that I’m one of their top targets,' Dent said late last week in a makeshift campaign office in the heart of the Christmas City. 'But if I’m one of their top targets, they’re in trouble. Seriously. They have problems.'"
WASHINGTON: The Seattle Times on Sen. Patty Murray’s primary vote numbers: "Murray's Tuesday totals were dismal compared with 2004, when she took 54 percent of the statewide vote in the primary… some were surprised she didn't fare worse in a primary where Republicans had more reason to turn out than Democrats."