California Dreaming - 2010 House Races

With the midterms only 10 months away it is time now to cast our eyes over the biggest state in the country - California.

How will we fare in 2010?

Below the fold for all the details and hey go check out the 2010 Race Tracker Wiki over at Open Congress for all your House, Senate and Gubernatorial needs.

(Cross posted at Daily Kos, MyDD and Open Left)

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CA-22 Sharon Beery For Congress

CA-22 is on the line. Sharon Beery's election to Congress can make the difference between success and failure between the Democrats taking the House and the war on terrorism and in Iraq.

Every race is important, but if you live in or near CA-22 or would like to pitch in, I have received a request for help and a telephone number you can call from Sharon's campaign.

In these last few days of this campaign we are focusing on phone banking, precinct walking and holding signs on street corners in the am, at noon, and evening in high traffic areas.

If you or any of your group would like to help I promise you the impact will make a significant difference in these final days. Even, if you only have an hour it can make a great difference.

Please contact me at 440-2547

Sandra Marshall"

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New CA-22 Candidate

Rec'd from the San Luis Obispo County Democratic Central Committee:

At 4 p.m. today, Friday, March 10, Sharon Beery, will announce her intentions to run as the Democratic candidate for the 22nd Congressional District.

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CA-22: Bill Thomas retiring

It's official. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Bill Thomas, R-California, who has been in Congress since 1978, is finally retiring.

His district, at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley including Bakersfield, is overwhelmingly Republican, so the only real question is which Republican will succeed him. The odds-on favorite is State Assembly Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield; but State Senator Roy Ashburn, who ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic-leaning CA-20 in 2004, could be a surprise late entry.

Since Ashburn is up for reelection this year, I doubt he will run. So get ready to start saying "Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-California".

[Bush got 68% of the vote in CA-22]

Still, any open seat is another seat for the NRCC to spend money on defending. And if Rep. Sherwood Boehlert of New York chooses to retire, that will be a tough seat for the NRCC to defend, as Kerry got 48% in NY-24 and we have Eliot Spitzer and Hillary topping the New York ticket.

Anyway, Bill Thomas, architect of the Social Security Destruction Act of 2005, is done. Buh-bye. Enjoy retirement.

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Next Friday is d day for filing in California and we still have some congressional races with no candidates.

Below the fold for the skinny.............

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