112th Congress Freshmen - Known and Potential

Friends & Fellow Travelers -

Last week, for community access television advocates, I prepared and posted a Google docs spreadsheet showing known and potential freshmen for the 112th Congress - the idea being that these are the new legislators who will need to be quickly educated on 1) the unique value of access television, 2) the harms being done by industry practices and the wave of recent states' video franchising laws, and 3) the urgent need for passage of Rep. Tammy Baldwin's Community Access Preservation Act (HR 3745).

In alphanumeric order by state and CD, the spreadsheet shows all 535 incumbents (with links to their GovTrack CD maps), along with the Democratic and Republican candidates for those seats.  All open seats (55, right?) are highlighted, as are all seats where any major pollster has judged an incumbent to be facing serious competition (seemingly 92, as of Sep. 19).  Where known, the latest poll results for the incumbents' seats in play is given (source: electoral-vote.com).  Because I developed this for the community media and media reform communities, I've also highlighted those incumbents who are members of the Senate Commerce Committee, the House Telecommunications Subcommittee, and the Future of American Media Caucus.  I've also included contact info for the incumbents and their telecommunications legislative aides, where known.

Readers and contributors of MyDD might appreciate seeing this, both for figuring your own angles in the 112th, and for helping to identify races where you and your associates may feel the need to get involved.  Possibly some of you might want to adapt this spreadsheet to track incumbent/freshmen turn-over on any committees salient to your own interests.

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112th Congress Freshmen - Known and Potential

Friends & Fellow Travelers -

Last week, for community access television advocates, I prepared and posted a Google docs spreadsheet showing known and potential freshmen for the 112th Congress - the idea being that these are the new legislators who will need to be quickly educated on 1) the unique value of access television, 2) the harms being done by industry practices and the wave of recent states' video franchising laws, and 3) the urgent need for passage of Rep. Tammy Baldwin's Community Access Preservation Act (HR 3745).

In alphanumeric order by state and CD, the spreadsheet shows all 535 incumbents (with links to their GovTrack CD maps), along with the Democratic and Republican candidates for those seats.  All open seats (55, right?) are highlighted, as are all seats where any major pollster has judged an incumbent to be facing serious competition (seemingly 92, as of Sep. 19).  Where known, the latest poll results for the incumbents' seats in play is given (source: electoral-vote.com).  Because I developed this for the community media and media reform communities, I've also highlighted those incumbents who are members of the Senate Commerce Committee, the House Telecommunications Subcommittee, and the Future of American Media Caucus.  I've also included contact info for the incumbents and their telecommunications legislative aides, where known.

Readers and contributors of MyDD might appreciate seeing this, both for figuring your own angles in the 112th, and for helping to identify races where you and your associates may feel the need to get involved.  Possibly some of you might want to adapt this spreadsheet to track incumbent/freshmen turn-over on any committees salient to your own interests.

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Quick Hits

Here are some other items making the rounds today.

It's primary day in Kansas, Michigan, and Missouri. CNN has an overview.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid continues to hold a narrow edge over the Tea Party extremist Sharron Angle in Nevada in the latest Reuters-Ipsos poll Among voters who said they are likely to vote, Reid held a 48-44 percent lead.

The Senate on Tuesday opened floor debate of on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Five Republicans have already stated their intention to confirm while one Democrat, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, will not vote to confirm. The vote will likely be held Thursday or perhaps Friday before the Senate adjourns for its August recess. More from the New York Times.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs acknowledged Tuesday that President Obama's presence in some districts would hurt Democratic candidates in the midterm elections. The Hill has more on Gibbs' remarks.

David Corn of Mother Jones profiles the outgoing GOP Rep. Bob Inglis of South Carolina who was ousted by the Tea Party backed candidate Trey Gowdy. In the article, Congressman Inglis Bob Inglis slams Republican demagoguery, bemoans anti-Semitic tea party conspiracy nonsense, decries Sarah Palin's ignorance, while he looks for a job.

Speaking of conservative extremism and purity tests in South Carolina, the Greenville County Republican Party voted 61 to 2 to rebuke Senator Lindsey Graham for not being conservative enough. The story from CNN.

 

Rep. Barton Gordon of Tennessee to Retire

Blue Dog Congressman Barton "Bart" Gordon who represents the Sixth Congressional District in Tennessee that covers the north-central part of the state including some Nashville suburbs has decided to retire. Rep. Gordon has represented the TN-06 since 1985 succeeding Al Gore. The district has long been a Democratic one - only two Republicans have ever held the seat - and was once represented by former President James K. Polk.

The story in The Hill:

Democratic retirements are beginning to mount, after the announcement Monday that Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.) will not seek reelection next year.

Gordon said in a statement that, after a quarter-century in Congress, it's time to retire.

"Every decision I have made in Congress has been with their best interests in mind," he said. "I hope the people here at home feel that I have served them as well as their good advice and views have served me.

"When I was elected, I was the youngest member of the Tennessee congressional delegation; now, I'm one of the oldest. In fact, I have members of my staff who weren't even born when I took office. That tells me it's time for a new chapter."

Rep. Gordon becomes the fourth Democrat to call it quits.  Congressmen Dennis Moore (D-Kan.), John Tanner (D-Tenn.) and Brian Baird (D-Wash.) had previously announced their retirement in recent weeks.

Additionally, Congressman Neil Abercrombie who represents the First Congressional District in Hawaii announced Friday that he will resign early to run for governor. A special election will be held to fill the remainder of Rep. Abercrombie's term. More on this story from Politico.

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Blue Dog John Tanner of Tennessee to Retire

Congressman John Tanner, who represents the Tennessee Eighth Congressional District  in the northwestern corner of the Volunteer state, is set to announce his retirement according to the National Journal. Rep. Tanner is serving his 11th term in office.

Rep. Tanner becomes the second Democrat and second Blue Dogs to announce his retirement in the past ten days, following Rep. Dennis Moore's (D-KS) decision last month to step down. Both men represent districts that voted heavily for President Bush twice. In the 2008 elections, the TN-08 gave Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) a 56%-43% margin, while Moore's Kansas City-based seat gave President Obama a narrow 51%-48% margin.

Rep. Tanner faced his toughest race in years from Stephen Fincher, a farmer and gospel singer.

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