Ellison’s Election Tip Sheet

Ellison election tipsheet

If you ask me what are the biggest “toss ups” in the midterms today, I would unflinchingly say North Carolina, Louisiana, and Alaska. I would throw in Arkansas as my number four, but reiterate that it’s leaning red.

Arkansas is one of the races that leans red, but sometimes just barely. It looks like this was one of those weeks.

Two Days Later, Salon Still Hasn’t Corrected False McConnell Quote

Salon editor Joan Walsh (flickr)

Dan McLaughlin at RedState has nice rundown of how the left-wing political machine took a statement from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) wildly out of context, and then blasted it around the Internet as yet another example of the Republican “War on Women.”

Here’s what happened. After listening to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) launch into another tirade against the Koch brothers on the Senate floor, McConnell fired back, saying: “Instead of focusing on jobs, [the majority leader] launched into another confusing attack on the left’s latest bizarre obsession…Democrats chose to ignore serious job-creation ideas so they could blow a few kisses to their powerful pals on the left.”

As the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple explains, McConnell was clearly referring to Democratic “attacks” on the Koch brothers, but that not how the Left saw it:

Iran Sanctions Back on Senate’s Agenda

New veterans bill sees sanctions amendment
Iranian Supreme Leader's Office, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei / AP

A new measure to level harsh sanctions on Iran reappeared in the Senate on Tuesday when Republicans proposed an amendment to a new bill aimed at replacing retirement benefits for veterans.

Coal Country Voters Express Economic Pessimism

Key Senate races in West Virginia and Kentucky could be impacted
Coal power plant / Wikimedia Commons

The nation’s leading coal-producing states are among its most economically pessimistic according to a new Gallup poll, suggesting widespread concern over new environmental restrictions on the industry that could impact Senate elections in November.