The Boston Globe: “In a speech to the Americans for Financial Reform and the Roosevelt Institute, [Sen. Elizabeth] Warren took large swings at both the Obama administration and Congress for not following up when regulators missed deadlines to impose new regulations under the 2010 Dodd-Frank legislation. ‘Who would have thought five years ago, after we witnessed firsthand the dangers of an overly concentrated financial system, that the ‘Too Big To Fail’ problem would only have gotten worse?’ Warren asked.”
GEORGIA: In a doctor’s white coat with a stethoscope around his neck and speaking from what appears to be a doctor’s office, Rep. Phil Gingrey, who is also a doctor, vows in an ad for the Senate, “I’ll help repeal Obamacare in my first term or go home, because you deserve a senator who gets the job done or gets out of the way. Repeal or go home. That’s my pledge to you.”
A DGA/Georgia Democratic Party poll shows Jason Carter (D) down 8 points, 44%-36% to incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal (R).
HAWAII: Hawaii is about to become the 16th state to legalize gay marriage. The Honolulu Star Advertiser: “The state Senate, as expected, overwhelmingly approved a marriage equity bill today, sending the measure to Gov. Neil Abercrombie who has vowed to sign it and make Hawaii the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage. An invitation-only bill-signing ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Hawaii Convention Center's Liliu Theater.” That’s 3 p.m. Eastern Time. “The event will be streamed live at http://governor.hawaii.com.”
LOUISIANA: There’s a special election for a the 5th congressional district seat and Obamacare has become a dividing line between two Republicans, Politico notes: “State Sen. Neil Riser said repealing the law ‘is critical for the future of the country.’ Riser has come out against Medicaid expansion under Obamacare and opposes a plank of the law that bars insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. His opponent, Vance McAllister, a businessman and political newcomer, is on the other end of the spectrum. He favors expanding Medicaid to provide health care to hundreds of thousands of low-income Louisiana residents and says insurance companies should have to enroll customers regardless of their health history. As for repealing Obamacare, McAllister says he’s for it but stresses that Republicans should instead be focused on more politically realistic ways of altering the new system.”
VIRGINIA: The Richmond Times-Dispatch: “Mark Herring, the Democratic nominee for attorney general, declared victory late Tuesday night, but Republican Mark Obenshain did not concede and the razor-thin contest could be headed for a recount. As of 11:30 p.m., the unofficial State Board of Elections tally had Herring up by 106 votes. Herring released his statement after the tally of provisional votes in Fairfax County added a net gain of 57 votes for the Democrat, which would give him a lead of 163 votes out of 2.2 million cast. If Herring prevails, come January Democrats will hold all five of Virginia's statewide offices -- two U.S. Senate seats, governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general -- for the first time since 1969.”
The State Board of Elections is expected to certify the results Nov. 25 and then a recount is likely to follow.
USA Today: “Top campaign aides to Virginia Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe and his GOP opponent, Ken Cuccinelli, agreed Wednesday on two things about the just-concluded bitter campaign: that the federal government shutdown was a critical factor in Cuccinelli's defeat, and that political fact-checking has become so prevalent it is in danger of become irrelevant.”
Said Cuccinelli strategist Chris LaCivita at the George Mason event said of the shutdown: "more than anything ... is what cost us the race"
First published November 13 2013, 6:16 AM