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Bayh sends $1 million to Ellsworth…….

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Ellsworth could sure use the money…..

He’s currently behind all the Republicans running for Bayh’s Indiana Senate seat……

“This is a million-dollar vote of confidence in Brad Ellsworth and Indiana Democrats,” Bayh said in a statement released by the Indiana Democratic Party.

“Though I am leaving the Senate at the end of my term, I am determined to help Brad Ellsworth and the 2010 Democratic ticket with the financial resources they need to run a successful campaign.”

Bayh is actually sending the $1 million to the Indiana Democratic Party (IDP), which will spend the money on Ellsworth’s behalf.

The Indiana Democratic Party called the donation “the largest by an individual not on the ballot,” and Meredith McGehee, policy director of the Campaign Legal Center, likewise said she could not point to a larger contribution in recent memory.

“A million-dollar donation is pretty impressive and seems pretty unprecedented,” McGehee said. “Usually you see maybe one to a party in the tens of thousands, but certainly a million dollars is eye-popping.”

More…….

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March 24, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , | 1 Comment

Rep. Brad Ellsworth (Ind-D) will consider running for Evan Bayh’s Senate seat in Indiana……

This from The Hill.…..

Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.) said today he will consider running to replace retiring Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.).

In a statement released shortly after Bayh announced his decision, Ellsworth said he will discuss the matter with his family before making a decision.

“I heard about the news during my annual Open Door Listening Tour this morning, and I appreciate the support of those Hoosiers who have already encouraged me to run for Senator Bayh’s seat,” Ellsworth said. ”

“The next step will be taking a few days to talk to my wife and to folks in Indiana about where I can best serve our state. In the meanwhile, I will continue to travel throughout the 8th District this week listening to Hoosiers about the challenges they face and their ideas for getting our economy back on track.”

Ellsworth will almost certainly not be able to gather enough signatures to qualify for the ballot by tomorrow’s noon deadline, but he could be chosen by the Indiana Democratic Party after the deadline has passed.

Ellsworth, a former sherriff, is a centrist, pro-life Democrat who was first elected to Congress in 2006. He was re-elected in 2008 with 64% of the vote.

This from Merlin…..

Hi Dog!

It seems Congressman Brad Ellsworth (D-IN Eigth) is the early Frontrunner to be picked as Democratic Nominee for the November Election CNN & MSNBC reporting though an Official Statement hasn’t been made.

Indiana Democrats have until June 30th to pick their Candidate.

Merlin

February 15, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 1 Comment

Rep. Brad Ellsworth (Ind-D) will consider running for Evan Bayh's Senate seat in Indiana……

This from The Hill.…..

Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.) said today he will consider running to replace retiring Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.).

In a statement released shortly after Bayh announced his decision, Ellsworth said he will discuss the matter with his family before making a decision.

“I heard about the news during my annual Open Door Listening Tour this morning, and I appreciate the support of those Hoosiers who have already encouraged me to run for Senator Bayh’s seat,” Ellsworth said. ”

“The next step will be taking a few days to talk to my wife and to folks in Indiana about where I can best serve our state. In the meanwhile, I will continue to travel throughout the 8th District this week listening to Hoosiers about the challenges they face and their ideas for getting our economy back on track.”

Ellsworth will almost certainly not be able to gather enough signatures to qualify for the ballot by tomorrow’s noon deadline, but he could be chosen by the Indiana Democratic Party after the deadline has passed.

Ellsworth, a former sherriff, is a centrist, pro-life Democrat who was first elected to Congress in 2006. He was re-elected in 2008 with 64% of the vote.

This from Merlin…..

Hi Dog!

It seems Congressman Brad Ellsworth (D-IN Eigth) is the early Frontrunner to be picked as Democratic Nominee for the November Election CNN & MSNBC reporting though an Official Statement hasn’t been made.

Indiana Democrats have until June 30th to pick their Candidate.

Merlin

February 15, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 1 Comment

SE on the Indiana Senate Bayh Retirement……

From SE….

Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh will not seek re-election this year, a decision that hands Republicans a prime pickup opportunity in the middle of the country.

“After all these years, my passion for service to my fellow citizens is undiminished, but my desire to do so by serving in Congress has waned,” Bayh will say.

Bayh will announce the decision at a press conference later today. He was first elected to the Senate in 1998 and was re-elected easily in 2004. National Republicans had recruited former Sen. Dan Coats to challenge Bayh in 2010 although polling suggested Bayh began the race with a 20-point edge. He also had $13 million in the bank at the end of the year.

Prior to being in the Senate, Bayh served two terms as governor of the Hoosier State. He also served briefly as Secretary of State.

This is great news. Now if the GOP would coalesce behind former Congressman John Hostletter, that would be great. Possible Democratic replacements are Congressmen Peter Visclosky, Joe Donnelly, Andre Carson, Brad Ellsworth, and Baron Hill. Your thoughts.

The Dog thoughts are that this seat goes from Safe democratic to ??????

February 15, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs SE posts, Politics, Updates | , , | 5 Comments

Indiana Senator Evan Bayh will not run for re-election……..

This from the Washington Post’s The Fix.……

Evan Bayh to retire……

Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh will not seek re-election this year, a decision that hands Republicans a prime pickup opportunity in the middle of the country.

“After all these years, my passion for service to my fellow citizens is undiminished, but my desire to do so by serving in Congress has waned,” Bayh will say.

Bayh will announce the decision at a press conference later today. He was first elected to the Senate in 1998 and was re-elected easily in 2004. National Republicans had recruited former Sen. Dan Coats to challenge Bayh in 2010 although polling suggested Bayh began the race with a 20-point edge. He also had $13 million in the bank at the end of the year.

Prior to being in the Senate, Bayh served two terms as governor of the Hoosier State. He also served briefly as Secretary of State.

Update from Merlin.….

Bayh’s Move could prove brilliant:

Here is why:

The Democratic States Central Committee will select their Candidate at a later Date AND if either fmr. DNC Chairman Joe Andrew or 9/11 Commission Member Tim Roemer runs Republicans are SCREWED

The Dog wondered about the timing of this announcement…..

Update#2.………

UPDATE 2:

This isn’t a DONE DEAL.

Bayh has ALREADY a Democratic Primary Opponent:

http://www.tamyraforsenate.com/

Tamyra d’Ippolito

Democrats MUST NOW HOPE that she can’t garner enough signatures by Friday. If she DOES Democrats can’t select a Replacement via the States Central Committee.

To Merlin…..from the Dog…

your scenario will play out…you got it right…..

this is serious now……

UPDATE 3:

Mike Pence (R-IN) is RECONSIDERING. Come On Mike now. Run.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0210/32973.html

Update#4.…..

Hello Dog!

It looks like you’ve your Candidate. According to the Evansville Courier-Press Congressman Brad Ellsworth (D-IN Eigth) is making a Statement this afternoon.

From the Evansville Courier-Press:

Ellsworth is seen by many as the leading candidate. An aide for Ellsworth said the former Vanderburgh County sheriff and two-term House member will comment this afternoon.

One possible scenario could involve Ellsworth running for Bayh’s Senate seat and Democrats choosing Weinzapfel to replace him for the House.

Weinzapfel is the Mayor of Evansville and would likely be the Favourite to hold Ellsworth’s House Seat.

http://www.courierpress.com/news/2010/feb/15/bayh-says-he-wont-seek-re-election/

February 15, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | 42 Comments

From Merlin….The GOP can’t find someone to run against Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind)……..

Hello Dog!

BREAKING NEWS out of Indiana:

Republican NRSC Chairman John Cornyn (R-IN) has been dealt another Setback in expanding the Senate Map for Republicans. Secretary of State Todd Rokita who mulled over a Senate Challenge to Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) chosed instead to run for the 4th Congressional District Rep. Steve Buyer (R-IN 4) is vacating.

Links……
http://www.politico.com/blogs/scorecard/0210/Another_GOP_recruiting_setback_in_Indiana.html?showall

http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/news/rokita-plans-to-run-for-buyers-seat

http://www.theindychannel.com/politics/22399228/detail.html

http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=11912615

http://www.indystar.com/article/20100201/NEWS05/100201012/Rokita-will-seek-to-replace-Rep.-Buyer
Merlin

February 1, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Updates | , , | 17 Comments

From Merlin….The GOP can't find someone to run against Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind)……..

Hello Dog!

BREAKING NEWS out of Indiana:

Republican NRSC Chairman John Cornyn (R-IN) has been dealt another Setback in expanding the Senate Map for Republicans. Secretary of State Todd Rokita who mulled over a Senate Challenge to Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) chosed instead to run for the 4th Congressional District Rep. Steve Buyer (R-IN 4) is vacating.

Links……
http://www.politico.com/blogs/scorecard/0210/Another_GOP_recruiting_setback_in_Indiana.html?showall

http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/news/rokita-plans-to-run-for-buyers-seat

http://www.theindychannel.com/politics/22399228/detail.html

http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=11912615

http://www.indystar.com/article/20100201/NEWS05/100201012/Rokita-will-seek-to-replace-Rep.-Buyer
Merlin

February 1, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Updates | , , | 17 Comments