Archive for the '2006 CD8 Open Seat Race' Category

Kyl sends letter to Bush: Include Indian needs in budget

Friday, November 28th, 2008

From Indian Country:

A group of U.S. senators has sent President George W. Bush a letter requesting that as federal agencies prepare their budgets for fiscal year 2010, they should include funding that?s already been authorized for significant needs in Indian country.The letter asks that the president?s budget includes $400 million for 2010 to assist in [...]

Giffords calls Prezs plan stay-the-course plus 20,000

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

From the Tucson Citizen:
But the focus of Congress right now is on President Bushs proposal to add 21,500 troops in Iraq, which has been met with skepticism on Capitol Hill.
[Gabrielle] Giffords said she is skeptical of the presidents plan because it does not include benchmarks for success or represent a new strategy.
Its stay-the-course plus 20,000, [...]

Kyl: Personality, not immigration bigger factor in AZ GOP losses

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

From Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato:
With the GOP losing two seats in the Arizona congressional delegation this midterm, theres been a lot of talk about just why Republicans Randy Graf and J.D. Hayworth came up on the short end of the election stick. Some have felt that perhaps the two had taken too hard a [...]

Jim and Jon: $20 a vote

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

From the Arizona Republic:
Political spending records crumbled in Arizona this year as candidates and political parties sank at least $48.5 million into races for one seat in the U.S. Senate and eight in the House.
The contest between Republican Sen. Jon Kyl and Democrat Jim Pederson, long expected to be the most expensive race in state [...]

McCain already working on crucial AZ GOTV

Sunday, December 17th, 2006

The Arizona Daily Star notes that John McCain has tapped former CD8 primary candidate Mike Hellon to help lead the Get Out the Vote effort in Southern Arizona.
Its important for Camp McCain to mobilize here in Arizona, because its going to be a real squeaker of a race, obv.

GOP candidate: We lost on social issues

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

From the Arizona Daily Star:
Where to go now is the big debate.
Candidates who run strong on social issues are trying to energize the partys base but theyre alienating everyone else, said Frank Antenori, a Republican who ran in the 8th District congressional primary, losing to Randy Graf, who in turn went on to lose to [...]

2006 Midterm Election Results

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Candidates are listed alphabetically.
*Denotes incumbent

United States Senate

Jon Kyl (R)*
52.7%

Richard Mack (L)
3.2%

Jim Pederson (D)
44.0%

100% of polls reporting

House – District 1

Rick Renzi (R)*
51.4%

David Schlosser (L)
4.8%

Ellen Simon (D)
43.8%

99.7% of polls reporting

House – District 2

Trent Franks (R)*
58.2%

Powell Gammill (L)
2.6%

John Thrasher (D)
39.2%

100% of polls reporting

House – District 3

Herb Paine (D)
38.9%

John Shadegg (R)*
58.5%

Mark Yannone (L)
2.7%

100% of polls reporting

House – District 4

Ronald [...]

CD8 Roundup: Last-minute microsites and robocalls

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

Randy Grafs camp made an attack microsite about a land deal designed to look exactly like Giffords real site. Now theyre unhappy that the media doesnt agree with their message.
With the flap in motion, Giffords campaign contacted Jan Brewers office and had it correct what they say was an erroneous document. [C.T. Revere]
Almost everything about [...]

CD8 Roundup: In a word

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

OVER. [NRO]
Rumorville: Next poll (to be released tomorrow) still shows a double-digit lead by Gabrielle Giffords. [Rum, Romanism and Rebellion]
New York Times includes Giffords in a crop of moderate and conservative Democrats who would have an impact on Congress, but not threaten La Pelosi.
Libertaran David Nolan crashed the last debate, which was apparently a better [...]

Search words one week out!

Monday, October 30th, 2006

Ive been watching my search terms over the last few weeks. Far and away, most people who come to Arizona Congress Watch are looking for info on J.D. Hayworth.
In second place is the race between Rick Renzi and Ellen Simon lots of interest.
Good amount of interest in Kyl/Pederson, though people still seem to [...]

CD8 Roundup: The Big Guns Edition

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

Arizona Daily Star endorses Gabrielle Giffords. Congress needs more untethered thinkers who freely expend energy, build bridges, spark optimist [Borat?] and encourage compromise. We believe Giffords fits that ideal.
Last minute help: Dennis Hasert is swinging by for Randy Graf ($250 a head); NM governor Bill Richardson is coming to town for Gabrielle Giffords. [Arizona Daily [...]

CD8 Roundup: the eccentric campaigners edition

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

By neck in neck we mean Giffords by 10. [Rum, Romanism and Rebellion]
Graf supporters nosh Doritos, call old people, dress in all red, wear Graf stickers on their foreheads. [Explorer News]

Randy even has GOP Cowboy Hat Woman, the likes of which Gabrielle has nothing to compare. [SED]
Stick a fork in Jay Quick for debates. [Arizona [...]

CD8 Roundup: The Occasional Cheeseburger Edition

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

As [Randy Graf] led a biker rally against illegal immigration on Sunday, someone handed him a frayed denim vest that used to belong to an illegal alien. When Mr. Graf put it on, the crowd cheered. But the theatrics went too far, and his face blanked when the giver joked: It has a bullet hole [...]

CD8 Roundup: Debate recaps, border commercials, and more NARAL hijinks

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

Randy Graf told the crowd at last nights debate that if the US abruptly leaves Iraq, it will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Iran and Syria. [Douglas Dispatch]
Gabrielle Giffords: I do not want to risk Social Security on the stock market by gambling it away. [Fox 11]
In [Giffords'] campaign commercials she doesnt talk about guest [...]

CD8 Roundup: Prop 200, Sen. Edwards, and closet Giffords supporters

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

The Bidwells give money to many conservative Republicans. They give even more money to Gabrielle Giffords.
Randy Graf calls the Supreme Courts reinstatement of Proposition 200 a victory for Arizona. I felt strongly that Proposition 200 was the right answer and I feel even more strongly about it today.
Former veep candidate John Edwards is coming to [...]

CD8 roundup: The snappy answers to stupid talking points edition

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Tucson Citizen endorses Gabrielle Giffords: While Giffords is a Democratic woman and [incumbent Jim] Kolbe a Republican man, the two have far more commonalities than differences.
Best quote from last nights debate goes to Libertarian candidate/ party founder David Nolan: Graf defended keeping troops in Iraq and accused Giffords of wanting to cut and run, [...]

Everyone go congratulate Gabby

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Plugged In is reporting that she got engaged

CD8 Roundup: The creepy message board people edition

Sunday, October 15th, 2006

The Fix still ranks the CD8 race as #1; Giffords might as well begin measuring the drapes for her new office in Washington.
WaPo gives Gabby a mention in an article about Dems running attractive candidates: she has chiseled features and rides a motorcycle.
A poster named 311inAZ says he is actively working for Grafs election [...]

CD8 Roundup: The Golf Rulebook Edition

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

The Arizona Republic endorses Gabrielle Giffords: Voters in District 8 have a clear choice between two very different candidates. But that does not mean that Giffords is the left-wing mirror image of Grafs radical extremism. Shes not.
Giffords is reaching for the center, the No. 1 target in America for The Minuteman PAC. [Tucson [...]

CD8 Roundup: The Mega Dittos Edition

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

[Foleygate is] an issue that the media seems to want to keep at the forefront, Graf said earlier this week. Rush Limbaugh talked about it this morning No irony intended, we guess. [The Skinny]
Also from The Skinny: Debate info. The games begin at 6:15 p.m. next Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Pima Community College Board [...]