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Daily Kos Morning Digest 8/18/15…Virginia Democrats punk Republicans hard over redistricting

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Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia makes remarks during a

Terry McAuliffe: “You don’t like my judge? Fine—no redistricting for you!”

Leading Off: VA Redistricting: That was definitely one short special session. Virginia lawmakers had been called back to the state capitol on Monday to hammer out a new congressional map, seeing as the current lines were ruled an unconstitutional racial gerrymander by a federal court earlier this year. But with the state House and Senate in Republican hands and forever at loggerheads with Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, odds were always high that the two sides would never reach an agreement and would instead send the whole matter back to court to have the judges serve as cartographers.

Now that’s a near certainty, though for reasons unrelated to redistricting. At the start of the new session, Republican lawmakers attempted to oust state Supreme Court Justice Jane Roush, whom McAuliffe appointed on an interim basis last month, with a judge more to their liking, Ronnie Alston. However, the vote failed, thanks to a defection by retiring GOP state Sen. John Watkins, who was disgusted by his own party’s flagrant partisan posturing.

But had the legislature remained in session to work on redistricting, Republicans could have kept trying to install Alston in place of Roush. Since Democrats were pissed at Republicans for trying to bump off Roush in the first place, and since they knew there was no longer any hope of any kind of deal on a new map, they banded together with Watkins a second time to adjourn the special session—all on the very day it began.

It’s a pretty fascinating exercise in power, with one chamber basically saying “fuck you” to the other. Republicans say they think the Senate might not be able to adjourn for more than three days without the consent of the House, so we could be back here right quick. But if Watkins continues to defect, the GOP will lack a quorum and won’t be able to conduct any business; in that scenario, McAuliffe would be able to re-appoint Roush to a second interim term when her current one expires in September. And Republicans, who could have traded a favorable congressional map for a Democratic priority like, say, Medicaid expansion, will instead walk away with nothing—and at least several more months of Jane Roush on the high court.

Senate:

CO-Sen: Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler’s name has come up as a possible statewide candidate for some time—as far back as last cycle, in fact, when fellow Republicans talked him up as a possible challenger to Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper. Then as now, however, Brauchler has suggested he’s been too busy overseeing the prosecution of James Holmes, the shooter who murdered 12 people and wounded 70 others at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, in 2012.

However, Holmes was recently convicted and sentenced to life in prison (Brauchler had sought the death penalty), so now, presumably, Brauchler has more time to devote to politics. But maybe not just yet: In a recent interview, he did not rule out a bid against Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, but said he still has additional charges to attend to regarding the Holmes case. So far, no serious Republicans have stepped forward.

NC-Sen: All of a sudden, we’re hearing quite a bit more chatter from potential Democratic Senate candidates in North Carolina than we have been all cycle. Chris Rey, the mayor of Spring Lake (pop. 13,000), now says he’s considering a bid and will decide by the second week of September. Rey is young (just 38), and he’s also African American, which sets him apart from the other three Democrats who have expressed varying degrees of interest lately: former Rep. Heath Shuler, former state Rep. Deborah Ross, and state Rep. Duane Hall.

WI-Sen: If you scratch your head hard enough to figure out why a conservative group called Restoration PAC just released this new poll of Wisconsin’s Senate race, you’re going to draw blood—a lot of it. The survey, an online-only affair from Luntz Global, finds Democratic ex-Sen. Russ Feingold beating GOP Sen. Ron Johnson by a 50-42 margin, an absolutely punishing place for an incumbent to find himself. What’s more, it’s very close to a March PPP poll that had Feingold up 50-41, numbers that were confirmed by a 54-38 Feingold lead Marquette found in April….

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Daily Real Clear Politics Polling Numbers 3/5/14 to 3/10/14…Lots of Polls!….

Monday, March 10
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
President Obama Job Approval CNN/Opinion Research Approve 43, Disapprove 53 Disapprove +10
President Obama Job Approval Gallup Approve 45, Disapprove 51 Disapprove +6
President Obama Job Approval Rasmussen Reports Approve 47, Disapprove 51 Disapprove +4
Public Approval of Health Care Law Rasmussen Reports* For/Favor 40, Against/Oppose 56 Against/Oppose +16
Congressional Job Approval Gallup Approve 15, Disapprove 83 Disapprove +68
2014 Generic Congressional Vote Rasmussen Reports Democrats 39, Republicans 39 Tie
Colorado Senate – Gardner vs. Udall Rasmussen Reports Udall 42, Gardner 41 Udall +1
Sunday, March 09
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
Iowa Governor – Branstad vs. Hatch Des Moines Register Branstad 44, Hatch 29 Branstad +15
Saturday, March 08
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
Illinois Governor – Republican Primary Chicago Tribune/WGN Rauner 36, Dillard 23, Brady 18, Rutherford 9 Rauner +13
Thursday, March 06
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
Public Approval of Health Care Law Gallup For/Favor 40, Against/Oppose 55 Against/Oppose +15
Public Approval of Health Care Law FOX News For/Favor 38, Against/Oppose 57 Against/Oppose +19
Congressional Job Approval FOX News Approve 12, Disapprove 78 Disapprove +66
2014 Generic Congressional Vote FOX News Democrats 40, Republicans 38 Democrats +2
New Hampshire Senate – Brown vs. Shaheen Suffolk/Boston Herald Shaheen 52, Brown 39 Shaheen +13
New York Governor – Astorino vs. Cuomo NBC NY/WSJ/Marist Cuomo 65, Astorino 25 Cuomo +40
New Hampshire Governor – Gatsas vs. Hassan Suffolk/Boston Herald Hassan 53, Gatsas 28 Hassan +25
New Hampshire Governor – Binnie vs. Hassan Suffolk/Boston Herald Hassan 55, Binnie 26 Hassan +29
New Hampshire Governor – Morse vs. Hassan Suffolk/Boston Herald Hassan 56, Morse 23 Hassan +33
New Hampshire Republican Presidential Primary Suffolk/Boston Herald* Christie 12, Paul 12, Bush 9, Huckabee 5, Rubio 6, Ryan 9, Cruz 5, Walker 7, Jindal 4 Tie
General Election: Bush vs. Clinton Rasmussen Reports Clinton 47, Bush 33 Clinton +14
Wednesday, March 05
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
President Obama Job Approval FOX News Approve 38, Disapprove 54 Disapprove +16
President Obama Job Approval The Economist/YouGov Approve 42, Disapprove 55 Disapprove +13
Direction of Country The Economist/YouGov Right Direction 26, Wrong Track 62 Wrong Track +36
Direction of Country Rasmussen Reports Right Direction 28, Wrong Track 64 Wrong Track +36
Congressional Job Approval The Economist/YouGov Approve 10, Disapprove 73 Disapprove +63
Virginia Senate – Gillespie vs. Warner Roanoke College Warner 56, Gillespie 29 Warner +27
Texas Governor – Abbott vs. Davis Rasmussen Reports Abbott 53, Davis 41 Abbott +12
Illinois Governor – Republican Primary WeAskAmerica Rauner 40, Dillard 14, Brady 12, Rutherford 8 Rauner +26
General Election: Christie vs. Clinton FOX News Clinton 49, Christie 38 Clinton +11
General Election: Bush vs. Clinton FOX News Clinton 51, Bush 38 Clinton +13
General Election: Cruz vs. Clinton FOX News Clinton 52, Cruz 36 Clinton +16

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