Dem House leadership: hot times ahead

I've been writing a fair amount recently about the alignment of forces in the House that look poised for conflict after the (we're supposing) Dem win next week.

The kerfuffle over the remarks of Ellen Tauscher a day or two back and other noises off suggesting that the Blue Dogs will be making their presence felt have added to the expectancy.

Today, we get the Post suggesting not only that it'll shortly be seconds out in the Hoyer/Murtha fight for Majority Whip, but that Rahmbo is supposedly contemplating trying to take down Caucus chairman Clyburn.

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Dem-controlled House: likely leadership battles

The way things are moving, the Dems are (by some margin) more likely than not going to control the 110th House.

So it's worthwhile raising one or two of the personnel issues that will be facing the party in that event.

So far, we've got a likely election for Majority Leader between Hoyer and Murtha; and Rahmbo has said he's quitting the DCCC Chair at the end of this Congress, supposedly to spend more time with his family (oh yes...).

What about the rest of the posts?

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John Lewis endorses Joe Lieberman

John Lewis, one of the early founders of the civil rights movement has come out and STRONGLY endorsed Joe Lieberman to return to the Senate. Mr. Lewis said in a statement, (paraphraising), Joe Lieberman could have stayed in Connecticut, but he decided to come south and help us in the civil rights movement. He is a giant in that, and other areas, and I support him 100%. Joe is a great friend of mine.

So if people like John Lewis, who strongly disagrees with the war, can put that aside and strongly support Senator Lieberman, how come so many of the close minded lefty blogs can't bring themselves to do the same??

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Brooklyn's Progressive Conscience: A Podcast Interview With Congressional Candidate Chris Owens

The interview below took place on Sunday, July 9th and was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal.

The 11th Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York is a human mosaic of 654,000: 60 percent blacks, 20 percent whites, 12 percent Hispanics, 4 percent Asians and 4 percent other ethnicities. The minorities, mostly Caribbean Americans and other immigrants, comprise 80 percent of the district.

This district is historically significant because it was created pursuant to the Voting Rights Act. In 1968, the 11th elected the first black woman to Congress - Shirley Chisholm. Since then the predominantly black population has been represented in Washington by one of their own. The incumbent, Major R. Owens is retiring after serving in Congress since 1984. An African-American, Representative Owens is highly regarded among progressives for his commitment to strengthening public education.

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Georgia Congressional Filings

Not seeing an exisiting diary, I decided to create one.  Candidate filings for Congress, among other races, started April 24 and will end on April 28.  According to the Georgia Secretary of State's website, Democrats have officially filed in seven of the thirteen districts.  

Incumbent Democrats Sanford Bishop (2nd District), Cynthia McKinney (4th District), John Lewis (5th District), John Barrow (12th District), and David Scott (13th District) have already filed.  Democrats have found challengers in Reverend Jim Nelson (1st District against Jack Kingston) and John Bradbury (9th District against Charlie Norwood).  McKinney has a primary challenger in Hank Johnson and Scott in Donzella James.  Additionally, incumbent Jim Marshall (8th District), and challengers Patrick Pillion (3rd District), Stephen Sinton (6th District), Allan Burns (7th District), and Paul Blackwell (10th District) have not filed yet.  That adds up to eleven seats contested by Democrats.  We are currently, to my knowledge, not contesting the 11th District.  While it has a Republican incumbent and leans Republican, it is certainly not unwinnable.

The Republicans are officially contesting nine seats.  Incumbents Jack Kingston (1st District), Lynn Westermoreland (3rd District), Tom Price (6th District), John Linder (7th District), Charlie Norwood (9th District), Nathan Deal (10th District) and Phil Gingrey (11th District) have filed, meaning all seven Republican incuments intend to run for re-election.  Additionally, Republicans have found challengers in Mac Collins and James Neal Harris (8th District, presumably against Jim Marshall), Max Burns (12th District against John Barrow), and Deborah Honeycutt (13th District against David Scott).  The race for the 8th District nomination is the only current Republican primary.  Presumed Republican challengers Brad Hughes (2nd District against Sandford Bishop), Catherine Davis (4th District against Cynthia McKinney), and John Konop (6th District Primary) have not filed.  This adds up to Republicans intended to challenge 12 of the districts.  They other race, in the 5th, is not winnable by a Republican.

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