The 2023 Governor races are all decided now, so we begin our coverage of the 2024 Governor races in thirteen states.
Click on the state name below to see our coverage of the primary races,
or click on each candidate's name to see their VoteMatch responses.
Dean Phillips announces as Democrat: Oct. 27, 2023
Rep. Dean Phillips (R-MN) challenges President Biden
Rep. Dean Phillips (R-MN) announced a challenge to President Biden in the Democratic presidential primary. Rep. Phillips will likely win the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire Democratic primary because President Biden has decided to not file papers to appear on the N.H. ballot, to comply with Democratic Party rules about early voting states. Some issue stances by Dean Phillips:
The Hill news magazine suggested that the key feature of the Speaker votes were the level of support for overturning the 2020 election. So we looked into three key votes to characterize each Speaker candidates; views on the events of January 6th. For each key vote, we scored the votes as follows on a scale from "-2" indicating support of the events of January 6th, to "+2" indicating opposition of the events of January 6th. The overall score for Republican candidates for Speaker of the House can be interpreted as -6 = hard-core supporter of overturning the 2020 election; while any other score indicates a more moderate stance.
Electoral Decertification: This vote took place on January 6th, after a long interruption by rioters entering the Capitol building. The vote was to block certification of the vote of the Electoral College. Three GOP Speaker candidates voted NAY:
YEA to block certification scores as -2 (support Jan. 6 events)
NAY to block certification scores as +2 (oppose Jan. 6 events)
H.R. 24 Impeachment: President Trump was impeached for inciting insurrection. The impeachment vote was opposed by every candidate for Speaker:
NAY on impeachment in House vote scores as -2 (support Jan. 6 events)
YEA on impeachment in House vote scores as +1 (oppose Jan. 6 events)
H.R. 503 Commission: Congress created a Commission to investigate the events of Jan. 6th. Only one Speaker candidate abstained from this vote, but that candidate eventually won the Speakership:
NAY on creating a Jan. 6 Commission scores as -2 (support Jan. 6 events)
YEA on creating a Jan. 6 Commission scores as +2 (oppose Jan. 6 events)
Bottom Line: Mike Johnson is not as extreme as many of his colleagues, concerning the January 6th insurrection. The mainstream media has taken a partisan stance, asserting that he's an extremist who supported overturning the 2020 election. But 105 Republican members of Congress voted along the party line on all three of the votes analyzed below, while Johnson did not, on one out of the three. Looking at that voting record, the new Speaker shows more thoughtfulness than his most extremist colleagues.
The Louisiana Gubernatorial race includes a "jungle primary" without party affiliation -- and normally the top two vote-getters advance to a runoff on November 18.
But one candidate exceeded 50% and hence was declared elected without a runoff.
The other two Gubernatorial races -- MS and KY -- are still on for November 7.
Our VoteMatch quiz covers all three 2023 governor's races (pick KY, LA, or MS under "2022 Gubernatorial races").
Kennedy drops out of Demoratic primary; Will Hurd drops out of Republican primary
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will run for president as an Independent instead of challenging President Biden in the Democratic primary.
The pundits are at a loss to explain this, portraying RFK's decision in horse-race terms like "Will Kennedy take more votes from Biden or Trump?" At OnTheIssues, we explain RFK by ignoring the simplistic either-or left-right spectrum -- Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is a centrist who doesn't fit the mainstream media's Democrat-vs.-Republican-only model. Take a look at our coverage of RFK, by clicking on the links below, which illustrate RFK's stances that match the typical left AND the typical right:
RFK's stances that match typical Democrats
RFK's stances that match typical Republicans
On abortion: Supports abortion rights, but every abortion is a tragedy
In response to Speaker McCarthy's passing a budget extension bill with Democratic support last week,
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL-1) introduced a "motion to vacate the Chair."
The motion passed 216 to 210, with Democratic support as well. Now the U.S. House will vote, perhaps this week, for a new House Speaker. House leadership includes....
VoteMatch quiz is ready for all the presidential primary contenders
OnTheIssues' VoteMatch quiz matches you with all the presidential candidates when you answer 20 questions.
The quiz also describes your political philosophy based on your 20 questions. The political philosophies for the contenders are:
OnTheIssues includes historical political excerpts to highlight past presidents and other historical figures. We unveil our "history" series on Independence Day when all Americans think about our history!
The dividing line between "announcing early" and "announcing late" has now occured, and five new candidates decided to "announce early" this week. Any candidate who announces after this week will be deemed to be "announcing late".
In the Republican primary, the determining factor is eligibility for the early debates, which erquire 40,000 donors by August 23 -- just two months away. And the candidate needs to poll at 1% or above in several polls -- but every candidate thinks they can manage that -- the 40,000 donors is less open to interpretation. Here are the new contenders:
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) announces presidential run
The Republican Senator from South Carolina announced today that he will run for the Republica presidential nomination. The Republican Governor of Florida is expected to announce later this week. In other words, the presidential primary is underway! Here are the contenders so far, including their announcement status:
State of the State Speeches (Round 2): April 2, 2023
Excerpts from Governor's late State of the State addresses
Governors' State of the State addresses take place mostly in January through March, with just a few extending into April. Here, we highlight differences between the "left" and "right" stances on key issues -- like our earlier list on Feb. 28...
What are the issue stances of the new GOP majority?
On March 7, the 435th member of Congress was sworn in -- Jennifer McClellan of Virginia -- after a special election (SPEL) in February to replace Donald McEachin, who died in late November 2022. This means both chambers are now full (for the first time since 2019) after the Senate's SPEL winner was seated on January 23, 2023.
Following are all of the newly-seated members of the 118th United States Congress, including those elected in all SPELs during the 117th Congress. The slightly longer list for Republicans reflects the GOP takeover of the House majority. Our coverage for now is "thin" for most new House members, but will get filled in during the coming months, as voting occurs. The overall counts by party during the November election, not including SPELs, are:
35 newly-seated Democrats, including 12 Dem. gains and 23 Dem. holds...
41 newly-seated Republicans, including 18 GOP gains and 23 GOP holds...
Democrats newly-seated in 118th United States Congress
Republicans newly-seated in 118th United States Congress