Governor News & Analysis

Report Shorts (May 1, 2015) Indiana Governor, Oregon Governor, West Virginia Governor

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May 1, 2015 · 2:27 PM EDT

Indiana Governor. Instead of making news as a presidential candidate, GOP Gov. Mike Pence made national news for signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The subsequent media firestorm over the bill, which critics deemed as being anti-gay, not only put Pence on the defensive, but Democrats believe it damaged…

Report Shorts (March 6, 2015) CA Senate, FL Senate, MO Governor, NC Senate

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March 6, 2015 · 1:55 PM EST

California Senate. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) decided against running for the open seat created by Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer’s retirement. State Attorney General Kamala Harris (D) continues to be the considerable favorite in the race. 

Rep. Xavier Becerra (D) hasn’t announced his decision, but Maryland Sen.…

Oregon: Brown Takes the Helm as Kitzhaber Resigns

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Nathan L. Gonzales February 20, 2015 · 2:27 PM EST

Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber of Oregon resigned his office last week under an ethical cloud, but Republicans still don’t have much of a shot taking over the governorship anytime soon. 

Kitzhaber was re-elected, 50 percent to 44 percent, to his fourth term just last November. But his reign in…

When Activists Run for Office

Nathan L. Gonzales February 5, 2015 · 10:03 AM EST

Spending time, energy and money on campaigns is one thing. But some political activists go a step further, contemplating whether to become a candidate themselves.

California could see two such cases in the next few years, with environmentalist Tom Steyer and Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas potentially finding themselves…

2015-16 Gubernatorial Overview: Washington Gridlock Puts Governors in the Spotlight

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Nathan L. Gonzales January 23, 2015 · 1:35 PM EST

Congressional job approval is abysmal and faith in Washington’s ability to enact significant legislation isn’t much better. That’s why some party strategists are emphasizing the importance of governors and their ability to enact meaningful policies at the state level.

Gubernatorial races were not immune from the Republican rout of 2014.…

2015-16 Gubernatorial Overview (January 23, 2015) Delaware - West Virginia

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January 23, 2015 · 1:34 PM EST

DELAWARE - Open; Jack Markell (D) term-limited. The race to replace Markell will get some attention, but not because Republicans have a chance of winning. Former state Attorney General Beau Biden (D), son of Vice President Joe Biden, is widely expected to run and become the next governor of The…

Rothenberg’s End of the Year Awards for 2014

Stuart Rothenberg December 3, 2014 · 3:29 PM EST

Well, we’ve made it through another strange political year — and let’s face it, they are all strange — so it’s time for me to devote another column to picking the best, the worst and the weirdest candidates, campaigns and outcomes of the year.

As always, I will…

How to Handle a Broken Campaign Promise

Nathan L. Gonzales December 2, 2014 · 10:20 AM EST

Broken campaign promises complicate a politician’s re-election effort, but they don’t have to be fatal.

This cycle, when faced with their own words from a previous campaign, two incumbents utilized different strategies in their quest for another term.

One of the most famous examples of a broken…

What Did — and Didn’t — Surprise Me This Cycle

Stuart Rothenberg November 29, 2014 · 8:30 AM EST

Every election cycle is filled with twists and turns, upsets and surprises. And every cycle is filled with goofy arguments, warnings about things that never happen and unsurprising outcomes that surprise only the politically uneducated.

For me, the biggest surprises included Dave Brat’s primary upset of House Majority…

The 2014 Elections: How’d We Do?

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November 21, 2014 · 2:31 PM EST

It seems like historic elections are the norm lately. As many Americans continue to feel uncertain about the economy and jaded about politicians, the electoral environment continues to be volatile. In this month’s midterm elections, much of the frustration was taken out on President Barack Obama through candidates and…