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Week 14 Match-up Preview Thread: Battle Line Rivalry: Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Missouri Tigers

2019.11.28 01:46 Aaron1997 Week 14 Match-up Preview Thread: Battle Line Rivalry: Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Missouri Tigers

Arkansas vs. Missouri
When: Friday, November, 29, 02:30 PM Eastern
Where: War Memorial Stadium (AR) - Little Rock, AR
Watch: CBS
Odds: Missouri by 12.5 pts.
Total Points: 53.5
All-Time Series - Battle Line Rivalry: Arkansas vs. Missouri
Arkansas and Missouri have met 10 times since 11/10/1906.
These teams last met 369 days ago on 11/23/2018.
Series Wins: Arkansas 3-0-7 Missouri
Longest streak of continuous meetings: 5 (2014-2018).
Missouri has won the last 3 meetings (2016-2018) in this series.
Last 5 Meetings
Winner Date Location Arkansas Missouri Notes
Missouri 2018-11-23 Columbia, MO 0 38
Missouri 2017-11-24 Fayetteville, AR 45 48
Missouri 2016-11-25 Columbia, MO 24 28
Arkansas 2015-11-27 Fayetteville, AR 28 3
Missouri 2014-11-28 Columbia, MO 14 21
Through Week 13
Week Arkansas 2-9(0-7) Result Missouri 5-6(2-5) Result
1 Portland State 5-7(3-5) W 20-13 Wyoming 7-4(4-3) L 31-37
2 Ole Miss 4-7(2-5) L 17-31 West Virginia 4-7(2-6) W 38-7
3 Colorado State 4-7(3-4) W 55-34 Southeast Missouri 9-3(7-1) W 50-0
4 San Jose State 4-7(1-6) L 24-31 South Carolina 4-7(3-5) W 34-14
5 Texas A&M 7-4(4-3) L 27-31 BYE N/A
6 BYE N/A Troy 5-6(3-4) W 42-10
7 Kentucky 6-5(3-5) L 20-24 Ole Miss 4-7(2-5) W 38-27
8 Auburn#17 8-3(4-3) L 10-51 Vanderbilt 3-8(1-6) L 14-21
9 Alabama#5 10-1(6-1) L 7-48 Kentucky 6-5(3-5) L 7-29
10 Mississippi State 5-6(2-5) L 24-54 BYE N/A
11 WKU 7-4(5-2) L 19-45 Georgia#4 10-1(7-1) L 0-27
12 BYE N/A Florida#10 9-2(6-2) L 6-23
13 LSU#1 11-0(7-0) L 20-56 Tennessee 6-5(4-3) L 20-24
All rankings reflect the current /cfb poll
Arkansas Injury Report
Last updated: November 26, 2019
Player Position Status Type Notes
Dorian Gerald DL Out Neck Gerald is suffering from a strained artery in his neck and will miss the remainder of the season.
Noah Gatlin OL Out Knee Gatlin will miss the entire 2019 season due to a torn ACL.
Deon Stewart WR Out Knee Stewart tore the ACL in his knee, ending his season.
Marcus Miller DL Out Knee Miller will sit out the remainder of the season due to a knee injury.
Daulton Hyatt QB/WR Out Hamstring Hyatt has been sidelined with a hamstring injury, and it is uncertain when he will next be in uniform.
Kendall Catalon WR Out Eligibility Catalon will miss the entire 2019 season due to eligibility reasons.
Chase Hayden RB Out Redshirt Hayden has elected to use the 2019 season a redshirt year.
Jordan Jones WR Out Ankle Jones has been sidelined with a sprained ankle, and it is unknown when he will make his season debut.
Jalen Catalon DB Out Undisclosed Catalon will miss the remainder of the 2019 season due to an unspecified injury.
De'Vion Warren WR Questionable Ankle Warren has sat out the last two games with a sprained ankle, and it is uncertain if he will be available for Friday's matchup with Missouri.
Injury data lifted from: sports-reference.com
Missouri Injury Report
Last updated: November 26, 2019
Player Position Status Type Notes
Ishmael Burdine DB Out Shoulder Burdine sustained a shoulder injury, and there is no timetable for recovery.
Chris Mills DB Out Knee Mills will spend an undetermined length of time away from the field due to a knee injury.
Trajan Jeffcoat DL Out Elbow Jeffcoat has a sprained elbow, and it has yet to be determined how much time he will miss.
Cale Garrett LB Out Pectoral Garrett is projected to miss the remainder of the season due to surgery to repair a torn pectoral tendon.
Shawn Robinson QB Out Eligibility Robinson will miss the entire 2019 season due to an eligibility issue.
Aubrey Miller Jr, LB Out Knee Miller Jr. is sidelined with a knee injury, and there is currently no timetable for return.
Khmari Thompson WR Out Knee Thompson has been sidelined with a knee injury, and it is unclear when he will make his season debut.
DeMarkus Acy DB Questionable Hamstring Acy missed the last game with a hamstring injury, and it is unknown if he will play Friday against Arkansas.
Albert Okwuegbunam TE Probable Shoulder Okwuegbunam missed the last game due to a sprained shoulder, but he is expected to play against Arkansas on Friday.
Johnathon Johnson WR Probable Illness Johnson has missed the previous two games with an illness and a shoulder strain. It is anticipated that he will play against Arkansas on Friday.
Injury data lifted from: sports-reference.com
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2019.03.04 21:01 Tripudelops 2019 Live Offseason Event Tracker

Welcome to this year's live offseason tracker! This post will be edited frequently with information on free-agency, contracts, the draft, training camp, and more!
Latest update: May 11, 20:00
Important Offseason Milestones
Date Event
Apr 25 - 27 2019 NFL Draft
Early May Rookie Minicamps
Mid-Jul Training Camp Begins
Aug 1 Hall of Fame Game
Aug 31 53-man roster cutdown deadline
Round Pick Player Position School
1 18 Garrett Bradbury (6’3” 306) C NC State
2 50 Irv Smith (6’2” 242) TE Bama
3 102 Alexander Mattison (5’11” 221) RB Boise State
4 114 Dru Samia (6’5” 305) G Oklahoma
5 162 Cameron Smith (6’2” 238) LB USC
6 190 Armon Watts (6’5” 300) DT Arkansas
6 191 Marcus Epps (6’ 191) S Wyoming
6 193 Oli Udoh (6’5” 323) T Elon
7 217 Kris Boyd (5’11” 201) CB Texas
7 239 Dillon Mitchell (6’1” 197) WR Oregon
7 247 Olabisi Johnson (6’ 204) WR Colorado State
7 250 Austin Cutting (6’3” 245) LS Air Force
I give up on tracking trades...freaking Rick
Additions and Acquisitions
Date Action Old Team Contract Details
March 5 Tendered (ERFA) FB CJ Ham 1 Year - $645K Discussion
Tendered (ERFA) P Matt Wile 1 Year - $645K Discussion
March 11 Tendered (RFA 2nd Round) S Anthony Harris 1 Year - $3M Discussion
Tendered (RFA Original Round) OT Rashod Hill 1 Year - $2M Discussion
March 13 Signed DT Shamar Stephen 3 Years - $12.5M ($6M GTD) Signing DiscussionContract Discussion
Re-Signed LB Anthony Barr 5 Years - $67.5M ($33M GTD) Signing DiscussionContract Discussion
March 14 Restructured DE Everson Griffen $4.5M in 2019 Cap Relief Discussion
March 18 Re-signed RB Ameer Abdullah 1 Year, $810K Discussion
March 19 Re-signed K Dan Bailey 1 Year, $1M Discussion
March 20 Signed G Josh Kline 3 Years, $15.75M ($7.25M GTD) Discussion
April 1 Re-signed IOL Brett Jones 1 Year, $1M Discussion
April 4 Signed G Dakota Dozier 1 Year, $800K Discussion
April 5 Signed CB Duke Thomas AAF 1 Year, $500K Discussion
Signed S Derron Smith AAF 1 Year, $725K Discussion
April 7 Signed QB Sean Mannion 1 Year, $900K Discussion
Apriil 9 Signed DE Karter Schult AAF 1 Year, 500K Discussion
April 10 Signed LB Greer Martini 1 Year, 500K Discussion
Signed S Jordan Martin AAF TBA Discussion
April 12 Extended WR Adam Thielen 4 Years, $64M ($35M GTD) DiscussionHype
April 13 Signed WR Jordan Taylor 1 Year, 750K Discussion
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Departures
Date Player Status New Team Details
March 13 DT Sheldon Richardson UFA 3 Years - $39MDiscussion
RB Latavius Murray UFA 4 Years - $14.4MDiscussion
March 17 C Nick Easton UFA 4 Years, $24MDiscussion
March 18 G Tom Compton UFA 1 Year, $1.6MDiscussion
S Andrew Sendejo Released 1 Year, TBADiscussion
March 20 QB Trevor Siemian UFA 1 Year, $2MDiscussion
ST Marcus Sherels UFA 1 Year, TBADiscussion
March 23 S George Iloka UFA 1 Year, TBADiscussion
April 1 TE Cedrick Lang UFA TBA
OT Mike Remmers Released SourceRelease Discussion
CB Jalen Myrick Released -
DT Tom Johnson UFA -
WR Aldrick Robinson UFA -
TE Josiah Price UFA -
2019 Schedule
Week Opponent Date Time TV
P1 @ New Orleans Pass Interferences Fri 8/9 7 PM Fox
P2 vs. Rain City Bitch Pidgeons Sun 8/18 7 PM Fox
P3 vs. Phoenix Retirees Sat 8/24 Noon Fox
P4 @New York Table Piledrivers Thu 8/29 6:30 PM Fox
1 vs. Atlanta Sun 9/8 Noon Fox
2 @ Green Bay Sun 9/15 Noon Fox
3 vs. Las Vegas Sun 9/22 Noon Fox
4 @ Chicago Sun 9/29 3:25 PM CBS
5 @ New Jersey Sun 10/6 Noon Fox
6 vs. Philadelphia Sun 10/13 Noon Fox
7 @ Detroit Sun 10/20 Noon Fox
8 vs. Washington Thu 10/24 7:25 PM NFLN
9 @ Kansas City Sun 11/3 Noon Fox
10 @ Dallas Sun 11/10 7:20 PM NBC
11 vs. Denver Sun 11/17 Noon CBS
12 BYE BYE BYE BYE
13 @ Seattle Mon 12/2 7:15 PM ESPN
14 vs. Detroit Sun 12/8 Noon Fox
15 @ Los Angeles Sun 12/15 7:20 PM NBC
16 vs. Green Bay Mon 12/23 7:15 PM ESPN
17 vs. Chicago Sun 12/30 Noon Fox
Projected Depth Chart
This chart only includes players that are officially under contract for 2019
Pos Starter Backup Bench Depth
QB Kirk Cousins Sean Mannion Kyle Sloter
RB Dalvin Cook Alexander Mattison Mike Boone Ameer Abdullah
RB (FB) CJ Ham Roc Thomas
WR Stefon Diggs Brandon Zylstra Dilon Mitchell
WR Adam Thielen Chad Beebe Olabsi Johnson
WR Jordan Tayor Laquon Treadwell Jeff Badet
TE Kyle Rudolph David Morgan Irv Smith Tyler Conklin
LT Riley Reiff Aviante Collins Oli Udoh Storm Norton
LG Pat Elflein Brett Jones Danny Isidora
C Garrett Bradbury Cornelius Edison
RG Josh Kline Dru Samia Dakota Dozier
RT Brian O'Neill Rashod Hill Adam Bisnowaty
DE Everson Griffen Stephen Weatherly Hercules Mata'afa Karter Schult
NT Linval Joseph Jaleel Johnson Curtis Cothran
3T Shamar Stephen Jalyn Holmes Armon Watts
DE Danielle Hunter Tashaun Bower Ade Aruna Ifaedi Odenigbo
OLB Anthony Barr Eric Wilson Devante Downs
MLB Eric Kendricks Kentrell Brothers
OLB Ben Gedeon Cameron Smith Reshard Cliett Greer Martini
CB Xavier Rhodes Holton Hill Craig James
S1 Harrison Smith Marcus Epps Derron Smith
S2 Athony Harris Jayron Kearse Jordan Martin
SCB Mackensie Alexander Kris Boyd Duke Thomas
CB Trae Waynes Mike Hughes
ST K Dan Bailey P Matt Wile LS Kevin McDermott LS Austin "Motherfucking" Cutting
Rookies in Italics
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2018.04.16 02:33 MattHoppe1 3 Round Mock Draft. [MattHoppe1's Final Mock]

This is my final mock, as I wont have time in the next few weeks to put one out. As of now Dez is a free agent so he does not factor in here. First round is pick+reason. 2&3 are just the picks.
  1. Cleveland: Sam Darnold, QB, USC: Getting Tyrod to me signals the Browns will go for Darnold, who has the highest upside in this draft over Rosen, who is the best bet to be a day one star. I'm not buying Allen here.
  2. NYG- Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA: How often can you seamlessly transition from one franchise QB to another? Come on Giants dont get cute here, just take Rosen.
  3. NYJ- Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma: the Jets traded up for a QB, and the question is which one. The way this draft falls, they go with the most likely to succeed in Mayfield. The Jets retained McCown as the starter and part time QB coach. Mayfield is accurate, a good leader, and has that innate ability to perform in the clutch. I also love his football IQ.
  4. Buffalo- Buffalo trades picks 12, 22, and 96 to Cleveland for the 4th pick- Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming: Allen has a rising stock, and I cant see him making it out of the top 5. The Bills pull the trigger and take the controversial QB. Keeping their second round picks allow the Bills to still build through this draft.
  5. Denver- Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State: As the Eagles showed, you can never have enough defensive line talent, and with Adam Gotsis' status in the air, the Broncos take Chubb, a complete defensive end.
  6. Indy: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame: trade back and still take the second best player in the draft? Not bad. Luck is on the mend and hopefully lines up under center this year. The line needs to be better to keep him alive and to sustain a ground game. Nelson is a player that is beyond Zack Martin and David Decastro. He is a Steve Hutchinson level of guard.
  7. Tampa Bay- Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State: The best player in the draft finally comes off the board. Even though I think Barkley is the best rb prospect since AP, the positional value + the upcoming pay day make running backs more expendable than other positions. None the less, the Bucs are thrilled to add another blue chip to their young offense.
  8. Chicago- Tremaine Edmonds, LB, VA Tech: Chicago has a lot of defensive talent. Guys like Floyd, Goldman, Amos, and Hicks. What they need is a rangy middle linebacker who can dominate anywhere on the field. Edmonds is the kind of talent that can elevate the players around him. Vic Fangio is going to have a field day with Edmunds.
  9. San Fran- Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU: Teams will draft recievers higher than conventional wisdom says they should. Davis, Ross, and Williams last year prove that to a T. Sutton is fast enough, had a good 3 cone time, and has great hands. The 9ers need to surround Jimmy G with all the talent they can, and Sutton is a perfect compliment to Marquice Goodwin.
  10. Oakland- Denzel Ward, CB, OSU: The Raiders have poor corner back play, and Ward is a slightly smaller Marshon Lattimore. Its nice when the best player at his postion also fits a dire need.
  11. Miami- Roquon Smith, LB, Georgia: Law Dog Timmons is gone which opens up a spot for a plug and play linebacker. Smith is a tackling machine who is solid in coverage. This pick adds to Miami's underrated defense.
  12. Cleveland: Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama: Fitz is falling due to a question mark on his true NFL position, but he can slot into the FS role and be a day one starter for the Browns.
  13. Washington- Derwin James, S, FSU: Vea has been my pick for awhile, but I had a change of heart on the value of a NT in the top 15. James is a freak, he can dominate in any situation you put him in.
  14. Green Bay- Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville: Alexander ran a 4.38 40 at the combine, vaulting him into first round talks. His tape shows him to be a tough press man corner. Green Bay had its secondary thrashed in the season and then lost players in the off season. I expect them to hit safety early as well.
  15. Arizona- Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville: I thought about having NE trade up here, but cooler heads prevailed. The Cards take Jackson, who is a good quarterback. I have Jackson as my QB3, but the draft narritive is working against him. I would have loved to see Arians work with him, but Cards fans can have faith that after Sammy leaves/dies, Jackson is ready to step in and be the next franchise QB. He put Louisville on his back, and is not a run first QB, he can make all the needed throws.
  16. Baltimore: DJ Moore, WR, Maryland: Signing Michael Crabtree and John Brown help Baltimore's lack of playmaker problems, and drafting Moore will contribute to this overhaul. Baltimore cant pass on another Terp who is poised for success.
  17. LAC- Vita Vea, NT, Washington: The Chargers have some nasty defensive players, but they lack a domineering force in the middle to create more 1 on 1s for guys like Bosa and Ingram. Vea is that player.
  18. Seattle- Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado: After hearing every reason why the Seahawks arent drafting Josh Jackson, I've moved over to Oliver. Look I dont care about what round the Hawks typically draft corners, fact is they dont have many picks this year, and value wise, Oliver is a great pick. Corner is one of their weakest position groups, and Oliver can come in day one and help to remidy that problem.
  19. Dallas- Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama: Dez leaving will only help Dallas, as his skillset does not match Dak's strengths. Ridley however, does fit Dak. A dynamic route runner, Ridley will get great seperation and be a reliable target for the still developing Prescot. This is too good a value to pass on for Dallas.
  20. Detroit: Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College: Look, I'm not high on Landry, but he still will go in the 1st due to this piss poor pass rushing draft. Landry, if he works out, can become a dynamic pass rusher, and can help that defense get off the field quicker.
  21. Cincy- Will Hernandez, G, UT El Paso: Trading down for Cordy Glenn was a win win trade, and Hernandez is an absolute mauler who can help protect Dalton and give Mixon room to run.
  22. Cleveland- Marcus Davenport, Edge, UTSA: The Browns make the most of their trade by taking Fitxpatrick, and now Davenport. He can help Garrett get to the Qb, fight against the run, and challenge Ogbah.
  23. New England- Mike McGlinchy, OT, Notre Dame: The departure of Solder creates an immediate need for a LT, and the Pats need a good one to keep Brady on his feet, and a reliable cornerstone for the next QB. I have McGlinchy over Williams, Miller, and Jones.
  24. Carolina- Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa: Carolina has holes all over the secondary, but value wise, Jackson is the BPA between corner and safety. Jackson is a zone stud, who takes the football and will give it to Cam to do his thing.
  25. Tennessee- Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama- Mike Vrabels first pick is a legit 3 down linebacker.
  26. Atlanta- Taven Bryan, DT, Florida: There is a lot to like about Bryan. He has the size and athleticism to be a beast for a decade. Atlanta is pretty thin in that regard.
  27. New Orleans- Daron Payne, DT, Alabama: Signing Cameron Meredith was a good deal for the Saints, so they turn their attention to defense. Payne can only bolster that defensive front already booming with talent.
  28. Pittsburgh- Leighton Vander Esch, ILB, Boise State: Either the Steelers brass have lost interest in Justin Reid or they just dont view him as a first round pick with Burnett on the team. ILB is easily the weakest part of the defense and the Steelers need at least one player who can tackle Leonard Fournette. Vander Esch fits all of what the Steelers look for in a first rounder.
  29. Jacksonville- Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia: Jacksonville could stand to improve its line. Wynn is a versitle beast who can excel in both pass and run blocking.
  30. Minnesota- Connor Williams, OT, Texas- The Vikings line aint nothin special, and they need to give Kirk as much time as they can. Williams is a solid player who can help in that regard.
  31. New England- Sam Hubbard, DE, OSU- Pats have reinvented their d line. He, Shelton and Adrian Clayborn can turn a weakness into a strength.
  32. Philly- Derrius Guice, RB, LSU. Ajayi has an expiration date on his knees and Blount is off to the Lions. Going RBBC at first and transitioning Guice as the lead can keep some wear and tear off of him while using Ajayi while he's still viable.
     Round 2 
  33. Cleveland- Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
  34. NYG- Rashaad Penny, RB, SDST
  35. Cleveland- Mike Hughes, CB, UCF
  36. Indy- Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
  37. Indy- Malik Jefferson, ILB, Texas
  38. Tampa Bay- James Daniels, C/G, OSU
  39. Chicago- Rasheem Green, DE, USC
  40. Denver- Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn
  41. Oakland- Dallas Goedart, TE, South Dakota St.
  42. Miami- Mike Geseki, TE, Penm State
  43. New England- DJ Chark, WR, LSU
  44. Washington- Tim Settle, DT, VA Tech
  45. Green Bay- Justin Reid, S, Stanford
  46. Cincy- Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State
  47. Arizona- Chirstain Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
  48. LAC- Jesse Bates III, S, Wake Forest
  49. Indy- Arden Key, DE, LSU
  50. Dallas- Fred Warner, LB, BYU
  51. Detroit- Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn
  52. Baltimore- Sony Michel, RB, Georiga
  53. Buffalo- Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
  54. Kansas City- Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
  55. Carolina- Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
  56. Buffalo- Darius Leonard, LB, ScSt
  57. Tennessee- Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford
  58. Atlanta- Deon Cain, WR, Clemson
  59. San Fran- Uchena Nwosu, Edge, USC
  60. Pittsburgh- Lorenzo Carter, OLB, Georgia
  61. Jacksonville- Kyzir White, S, WVU
  62. Minnesota- Armani Watts, S, Texas A&M
  63. New England- Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
  64. Cleveland- James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
     Round 3: 
  65. Buffalo- Eq. Saint Brown, WR, Notre Dame
  66. NYG- Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
  67. Indy- Anthony Avrett, CB, Alabama
  68. Houston- Brian O'Niell, OT, Pitt
  69. NYG- Hayden Hurst, TE, USC Cocks
  70. San Fran- Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa
  71. Denver- Ronald Jones II, RB, USC
  72. NYJ- Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
  73. Miami- Frank Ragnow, C/G, Arkansis
  74. San Fran- Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
  75. Oakland- RJ Macintosh, DT, Miami
  76. Green Bay- Micha Kiser, LB, Virginia
  77. Cincy- Dashawn Hand, DT, Alabama
  78. Kansas City-Josh Sweat, OLB, FSU
  79. Arizona- Jamarco Jones, OT, OSU
  80. Houston- Ian Thomas, TE, Indiana
  81. Dallas- Tarvarus Mcfadden, CB, FSU
  82. Detroit- Derrick Nnadi, DT, FSU
  83. Baltimore- Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State
  84. LAC- Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State
  85. Carolina- Braden Smith, G, Auburn
  86. Kansas City- Trenton Thompson, DT, Georiga
  87. LAR- Ogbonnia Okooknkwo, edge, Oklahoma
  88. Carolina- Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
  89. Tennessee- Hercules Mata'afa, Edge, Washington State
  90. Atlanta- Niheim Hines, RB, NC State
  91. New Orleans- Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond
  92. Pittsburgh- Terrell Edmunds, FS, VA Tech
  93. Jacksonville- Deshaun Hamilton- WR, Penn State
  94. Minnesota- Nathan Shepard, DT, Fort Hays
  95. New England- Duke Dawson, CB, Florida
  96. Cleveland- Deadrin Senat, DT, South Florida
  97. Arizona- Allen Lazard,WR, Iowa State
  98. Houston- Marcus Allen, S, Penn State
  99. Denver- Luke Falk, QB, Washington State
  100. Cincy- Tyler Conklin, TE, CMU
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2018.04.01 17:07 Scientist34again Better Know a State: Virginia – discuss Virginia politics and candidates

Welcome to our 51st Better Know a State (BKAS), which will focus on VIRGINIA. Way back in the third week of August 2017, I posted about the Senate and Gubernatorial elections in Virginia (https://redd.it/6v2rn9), because I wanted to post before thegovernor’s race with Northam. Here I am updating information about the candidates for the Senate race as well as talking about House candidates, which I didn’t cover before.
As I indicated before, the plan is to do these state-by-state, highlighting upcoming elections, progressive candidates in those states and major issues being fought (with an emphasis on Democratic, Independent and third party candidates). State residents can let me know if I’ve missed anything important or mistakenly described some of these issues.

Reminder: The deadline to file as a candidate for the 2018 races in Virginia was March 29, 2018. Sorry I did not get this posted before the deadline. The date of the primary election in Virginia is June 12, 2018. You must register to vote by May 21, 2018, but Virginia has open primaries so you don’t have to register in a particular party to vote in their primary.
I am going to split the Virginia post into two segments, due to the number of candidates. Here’s the first part of that post with what I’ve found about the various races:
United States Senators:. The Senators from Virginia are Timothy Kaine (D) and Mark Warner (D). Kaine is up for re-election in 2018.
Tim Kaine is a conservative Democrat (Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score on Progressive Punch of 75%) and was Hillary Clinton’s running mate, something that seemed to have been pre-arranged by 2015 – link. He is personally against abortion, but supports women being able to make their own decisions. He is against capital punishment, believes in climate change (but supports fracking and co-sponsored the Advanced Clean Coal Technology Investment in Our Nation Act in Congress). He originally voted for the Dodd-Frank Act, but just recently voted to weaken its regulations. He voted to fast-track the TPP. He is rather pro-war, since he supports the Saudi Arabian war against Yemen and supported no-fly zones over Syria. He does not support Medicare-for-All or free college tuition. He does support increasing the minimum wage, but didn’t say to what level. Kaine has also stated he thinks the Democratic party should eliminate superdelegates – link. Back in August when I first wrote about this race, there were no Democrats primarying him. I had hoped that perhaps another Democrat would join the race. But unfortunately there aren’t any.
There are six Republicans competing in a primary to challenge Kaine, Minerva Diaz, Nick Freitas, E.W. Jackson, Bert Mizusawa, Ivan Raiklin and Corey Stewart. There is also one Libertarian, Matt Waters, and one Independent candidate, Joshua Yabut.
Matt Waters is a Libertarian candidate, who is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at the Reformed Theological Seminary. He is pro-life and he supports cutting government spending, passing a balanced budget amendment and ending federal income taxes. He also supports auditing the Federal Reserve, bringing US troops home from foreign wars, ending the surveillance state and protecting 2nd amendment rights. He would not prosecute victimless crimes (such as drug possession). Here is his webpage.
Joshua Yabut is supposedly an independent candidate in this race, but he does not seem to have a functional website.
United States House of Representatives: Virginia has 11 United States House Representatives. We’ll discuss the first 5 of these districts in this post and the remaining six districts in the next post.
VA-01: Rob Wittman is a very conservative Republican and voted to repeal and replace Obamacare. There are three Democrats competing to challenge him - Edwin Santana, John Suddarth and Vangie Williams.
Edwin Santana is an engineer, US Marine Corps Officer and Logistics Consultant. He supports Medicare-for-All and also allowing people to buy into Medicare until we can get the full Medicare-for-All program running. He also supports increased gun regulations, raising the minimum wage to at least $15/hr, universal pre-K, and 2 years of free community college (but no mention of free four year college tuition). He would only support trade deals if he felt they were fair to American workers. On national security, his position is a bit hawkish towards Russia. Here is his website.
John Suddarth is an Army veteran and runs a private equity company Linden Tree Capital that specializes in investing in healthcare-related companies. He is also on the board of directors of Lacas Coffee Company, a small coffee roasting company that was recently acquired by Linden Tree Capital, and he serves as Treasurer for the Hanover Habitat for Humanity. He supports Medicare-for-All, $15/hr minimum wage, equal pay for women, increased gun regulations and banning domestic abusers from owning guns, reducing carbon emissions and mitigating the effects of climate change, infrastructure spending and campaign finance reform. His positions seem quite good, although I am a bit worried about a potential conflict of interest, since his company invests in healthcare companies, yet he is advocating massive changes to the healthcare system by implementing Medicare-for-All. But on his website, he comes across as sincere in his support for that policy. Here is his website.
Vangie Williams is a Strategic PlanneSenior Project Control Principal with Science Applications International Corporation, a company that provides government services and information technology support. She has gone through periods in her life when she was poor and homeless. On her website, she talks quite a bit of working with both parties to get things done. She proposes to exempt the first $50,000 of earnings from federal income tax for specific groups of people (veterans, enlisted military families, safety officers and teachers), but not for the population as a whole. She also proposes changing the military healthcare systems (Tricare and the VA) into a Medicare-type program. I don’t know enough about the current healthcare systems for military members, but since they are government run, I’m not sure changing them to a Medicare-like program would make much difference? She wants to lower college costs, but made no mention of free college tuition. She acknowledges problems in access to healthcare, but does not support Medicare-for-All. Instead, she says “I don’t have all the answers when it comes to healthcare reform”. Here is her website.
VA-02: Scott Taylor is an exceptionally conservative Republican. His district is considered potentially competitive for a Democrat. There are six Democrats competing to challenge him - Shaun Brown, Garry Hubbard, Elaine Luria, Karen Mallard, David Nygaard and Ernest Porter. There is also one Republican primarying Taylor, Mary Jones.
Shaun Brown is an economist and management consultant. She has served on the Democratic Central Committee. She supports $15/hr minimum wage and free college tuition. On healthcare, she says “Federally-administered, single-payer health care is the endgame”. She also supports DACA, fighting climate change, women’s rights, criminal justice reform (end the death penalty, get rid of mandatory minimum sentences, legalize marijuana, not incarcerating non-violent offenders, banning solitary confinement and additional police oversight), increased gun regulations, voting rights and support for unions. I think she’s a pretty strong candidate, though I would have liked a bit stronger statement on Medicare-for-All. Here is her webpage.
Garry Hubbard is a Navy veteran, who ran Hubbard Brothers Construction company (though he is now retired). He supports a minimum wage of at least $15/hr, equal pay for women doing the same jobs as men and providing more affordable housing options. He supports Obamacare, but wants to go to a universal single payer healthcare system. He also supports unions. He opposes offshore drilling for oil and the sales of assault weapons to the public. Here is his website.
Elaine Luria is another Navy veteran and now owns a small company called the Mermaid Factory, which sells gift items with mermaid and dolphin themes, some of which can be painted or decorated on-site. Her website does not go into a lot of detail on the policies she stands for, but it does mention that she supports increased gun regulations, preserving Social Security and Medicare, animal welfare, equal pay for equal work and infrastructure spending. On healthcare, she is rather vague stating only that “Security means that we are healthy—and have reliable and affordable choices in healthcare”. This link indicates that Elaine Luria “voted twice for Scott Taylor, the Republican she's hoping to unseat on behalf of the Democrats”. She has the support of the national Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). Here is her website.
Karen Mallard is a public school teacher. Her issues page doesn’t have a lot of detail. But she supports gun reform, preserving public school funding including programs for disadvantaged kids, a $15/hr minimum wage, a strong military and support for veterans after their service, protecting Chesapeake Bay and rights for women and LGBT people. On healthcare, she states “I’ll fight hard to protect Obamacare while working to push the country towards a system providing universal coverage”. Here is her website.
David Nygaard is CEO and owner of David Nygaard Fine Jewelers, an establishment that makes custom jewelry. He supports legislation that favors small and minority-owned businesses, preserving the ACA, restoring civil rights to felons, decriminalization of marijuana, LGBT rights, a program to address the student loan crisis (but no information on what he supports), increased gun regulations and a strong Navy (he has a family background of service members in the Navy) and robust VA. Here is his website.
There is not much information available online about Ernest Porter. He has a Facebook page, but no campaign website. And his Facebook page is not very active and doesn’t tell much about his political positions.
VA-03: Bobby Scott is a fairly moderate Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 86%), but he is one of the original co-sponsors of HR 676 (Medicare-for-All). He has no challengers.
VA-04: Donald McEachin is another moderate Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 83%), but he is not co-sponsoring HR 676 (Medicare-for-All). There are two Republicans competing against him (Shion Fenty and Ryan McAdams) and one Libertarian (Pete Wells).
Pete Wells is a Libertarian candidate for office, but I couldn’t find anything about him online.
VA-05: Tom Garrett is a somewhat moderate Republican, though he’s a member of the House Freedom Caucus. His district is considered potentially competitive for a Democrat and there are six Democratic challengers - Leslie Cockburn, Ben Cullop, Lawrence Gaughan, Roger Dean Huffstetler, Adam Slate and Andrew Sneathern.
While the other Congressional districts in Virginia are running typical primaries, VA-05 is using a Party-run Caucus and Convention format. Here is the caucus schedule – note that not every caucus location holds their meeting on the same day (they range from the 14th to the 21st of April).
Leslie Cockburn is a writer and film-maker. She has also been a producer for “60 Minutes”, a correspondent for PBS “Frontline” and a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton. She has worked on a number of news reports and documentaries covering world conflicts including ones on the Contras in Nicaragua, military rule in Haiti after Duvalier was overthrown and the CIA involvement in Laos and Cambodia as well as a documentary on the origins, progress and consequences of the subprime mortgage disaster. She supports Medicare-for-All and will “fight to reduce the extortionate cost of drugs changed by Big Pharma”. She opposes oil and gas pipelines and supports urgently fighting climate change. She also supports free community college, reducing student loan interest rates and allowing student loan debt to be discharged in bankruptcy. She supports raising the minimum wage (but didn’t say to how much) and increasing the availability of public transportation and opposes asset forfeiture. Here is her website.
Ben Cullop is an investment associate for Manchester Capital Management, a firm that helps wealthy people invest their money and maintain its value. He has also held positions on the U.Va. Children’s Hospital advisory board, the Albemarle County Police Foundation Board and the Charlottesville Retirement Commission. His issues page is not highly detailed, but he supports the ACA, wants to grow jobs (though he didn’t really lay out a plan to do that), support veterans, increase funding for public schools and fight climate change. He is not taking money from corporate PACs and wants to overturn Citizens United. Here is his website.
Lawrence Gaughan is an actor and head of the non-profit GOV360, which focuses on the crisis of low civic participation. He does not appear to have a formal campaign website, but here is his Facebook page. Here is another website with some additional information about him. He defines his mission as “To get BIG MONEY out of politics, turn the House of Representatives back over to the people, and end the undue influence of special interest fascism and oligarchy in America”. He also supports racial justice, increased gun regulations and releasing non-violent offenders from prison.
Roger Dean Huffstetler is a Marine veteran. He served as Chief of Staff for Congressman Seth Moulton in 2015-2016. Before that, he co-founded a technology startup, Zillabyte, though he’s no longer working there. He supports the ACA and wants to find ways to lower costs and expand access to the program (but no mention of Medicare-for-All). On college education, he wants to lower costs by increasing access to community colleges as well as work-based and experiential learning and national service. He does not mention free college tuition, even for community college. He also supports fighting the opioid crisis, investing in green energy, expanding access to high-speed broadband, investing in workforce development, reforming the tax code to provide for families and small businesses and improving criminal justice for minorities. He states that he is a “strong supporter of campaign finance reform that increases transparency, empowers small dollar contributions, and overturns Citizens United.” Yet, he is the candidate who has raised the most money ($821,370 on the last report on 12/31/2017) of all the candidates in this race and most of it is from large individual donations, not small dollar donations. Here is his website.
Adam Slate does not seem to have a formal campaign website, but here is his Facebook page. I think he may have withdrawn from this race, because he lists himself as a former Congressional candidate for the 5th district.
Andrew Sneathern is an attorney, specializing in family law and divorce cases. He served as an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney in 2008-2009. He has also served on the board of One Virginia 2021, which is working to end partisan gerrymandering. His website does not have an issues page. But he has a blog linked there and it seems from skimming it that he supports Medicare-for-All and opposes pipelines. He was endorsed by Our Revolution in the Blue Ridge – link.
The remaining Congressional Districts in Virginia will be discussed in the second post, coming soon.
Governor: The current governor of Virginia is Ralph Northam. He was just elected and is not up for re-election until 2021.
Let me know in the comments if I’ve missed any important candidates or issues.
In case you missed the previous BKAS posts, here they are:
In case you missed the previous BKAS posts, they are all posted in the new subreddit we made to hold all of these BetterKnowAState. These are the states we’ve done so far that are listed in that subreddit – Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, the earlier Virginia post (partial), West Virginia and Wyoming. The remaining states are a work in progress.
NEXT STATE UP –Virginia Part II
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2018.04.01 17:05 Scientist34again Better Know a State: Virginia – discuss Virginia politics and candidates

Welcome to our 51st Better Know a State (BKAS), which will focus on VIRGINIA. Way back in the third week of August 2017, I posted about the Senate and Gubernatorial elections in Virginia (https://redd.it/6v2rn9), because I wanted to post before thegovernor’s race with Northam. Here I am updating information about the candidates for the Senate race as well as talking about House candidates, which I didn’t cover before.
As I indicated before, the plan is to do these state-by-state, highlighting upcoming elections, progressive candidates in those states and major issues being fought (with an emphasis on Democratic, Independent and third party candidates). State residents can let me know if I’ve missed anything important or mistakenly described some of these issues.

Reminder: The deadline to file as a candidate for the 2018 races in Virginia was March 29, 2018. Sorry I did not get this posted before the deadline. The date of the primary election in Virginia is June 12, 2018. You must register to vote by May 21, 2018, but Virginia has open primaries so you don’t have to register in a particular party to vote in their primary.
I am going to split the Virginia post into two segments, due to the number of candidates. Here’s the first part of that post with what I’ve found about the various races:
United States Senators:. The Senators from Virginia are Timothy Kaine (D) and Mark Warner (D). Kaine is up for re-election in 2018.
Tim Kaine is a conservative Democrat (Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score on Progressive Punch of 75%) and was Hillary Clinton’s running mate, something that seemed to have been pre-arranged by 2015 – link. He is personally against abortion, but supports women being able to make their own decisions. He is against capital punishment, believes in climate change (but supports fracking and co-sponsored the Advanced Clean Coal Technology Investment in Our Nation Act in Congress). He originally voted for the Dodd-Frank Act, but just recently voted to weaken its regulations. He voted to fast-track the TPP. He is rather pro-war, since he supports the Saudi Arabian war against Yemen and supported no-fly zones over Syria. He does not support Medicare-for-All or free college tuition. He does support increasing the minimum wage, but didn’t say to what level. Kaine has also stated he thinks the Democratic party should eliminate superdelegates – link. Back in August when I first wrote about this race, there were no Democrats primarying him. I had hoped that perhaps another Democrat would join the race. But unfortunately there aren’t any.
There are six Republicans competing in a primary to challenge Kaine, Minerva Diaz, Nick Freitas, E.W. Jackson, Bert Mizusawa, Ivan Raiklin and Corey Stewart. There is also one Libertarian, Matt Waters, and one Independent candidate, Joshua Yabut.
Matt Waters is a Libertarian candidate, who is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at the Reformed Theological Seminary. He is pro-life and he supports cutting government spending, passing a balanced budget amendment and ending federal income taxes. He also supports auditing the Federal Reserve, bringing US troops home from foreign wars, ending the surveillance state and protecting 2nd amendment rights. He would not prosecute victimless crimes (such as drug possession). Here is his webpage.
Joshua Yabut is supposedly an independent candidate in this race, but he does not seem to have a functional website.
United States House of Representatives: Virginia has 11 United States House Representatives. We’ll discuss the first 5 of these districts in this post and the remaining six districts in the next post.
VA-01: Rob Wittman is a very conservative Republican and voted to repeal and replace Obamacare. There are three Democrats competing to challenge him - Edwin Santana, John Suddarth and Vangie Williams.
Edwin Santana is an engineer, US Marine Corps Officer and Logistics Consultant. He supports Medicare-for-All and also allowing people to buy into Medicare until we can get the full Medicare-for-All program running. He also supports increased gun regulations, raising the minimum wage to at least $15/hr, universal pre-K, and 2 years of free community college (but no mention of free four year college tuition). He would only support trade deals if he felt they were fair to American workers. On national security, his position is a bit hawkish towards Russia. Here is his website.
John Suddarth is an Army veteran and runs a private equity company Linden Tree Capital that specializes in investing in healthcare-related companies. He is also on the board of directors of Lacas Coffee Company, a small coffee roasting company that was recently acquired by Linden Tree Capital, and he serves as Treasurer for the Hanover Habitat for Humanity. He supports Medicare-for-All, $15/hr minimum wage, equal pay for women, increased gun regulations and banning domestic abusers from owning guns, reducing carbon emissions and mitigating the effects of climate change, infrastructure spending and campaign finance reform. His positions seem quite good, although I am a bit worried about a potential conflict of interest, since his company invests in healthcare companies, yet he is advocating massive changes to the healthcare system by implementing Medicare-for-All. But on his website, he comes across as sincere in his support for that policy. Here is his website.
Vangie Williams is a Strategic PlanneSenior Project Control Principal with Science Applications International Corporation, a company that provides government services and information technology support. She has gone through periods in her life when she was poor and homeless. On her website, she talks quite a bit of working with both parties to get things done. She proposes to exempt the first $50,000 of earnings from federal income tax for specific groups of people (veterans, enlisted military families, safety officers and teachers), but not for the population as a whole. She also proposes changing the military healthcare systems (Tricare and the VA) into a Medicare-type program. I don’t know enough about the current healthcare systems for military members, but since they are government run, I’m not sure changing them to a Medicare-like program would make much difference? She wants to lower college costs, but made no mention of free college tuition. She acknowledges problems in access to healthcare, but does not support Medicare-for-All. Instead, she says “I don’t have all the answers when it comes to healthcare reform”. Here is her website.
VA-02: Scott Taylor is an exceptionally conservative Republican. His district is considered potentially competitive for a Democrat. There are six Democrats competing to challenge him - Shaun Brown, Garry Hubbard, Elaine Luria, Karen Mallard, David Nygaard and Ernest Porter. There is also one Republican primarying Taylor, Mary Jones.
Shaun Brown is an economist and management consultant. She has served on the Democratic Central Committee. She supports $15/hr minimum wage and free college tuition. On healthcare, she says “Federally-administered, single-payer health care is the endgame”. She also supports DACA, fighting climate change, women’s rights, criminal justice reform (end the death penalty, get rid of mandatory minimum sentences, legalize marijuana, not incarcerating non-violent offenders, banning solitary confinement and additional police oversight), increased gun regulations, voting rights and support for unions. I think she’s a pretty strong candidate, though I would have liked a bit stronger statement on Medicare-for-All. Here is her webpage.
Garry Hubbard is a Navy veteran, who ran Hubbard Brothers Construction company (though he is now retired). He supports a minimum wage of at least $15/hr, equal pay for women doing the same jobs as men and providing more affordable housing options. He supports Obamacare, but wants to go to a universal single payer healthcare system. He also supports unions. He opposes offshore drilling for oil and the sales of assault weapons to the public. Here is his website.
Elaine Luria is another Navy veteran and now owns a small company called the Mermaid Factory, which sells gift items with mermaid and dolphin themes, some of which can be painted or decorated on-site. Her website does not go into a lot of detail on the policies she stands for, but it does mention that she supports increased gun regulations, preserving Social Security and Medicare, animal welfare, equal pay for equal work and infrastructure spending. On healthcare, she is rather vague stating only that “Security means that we are healthy—and have reliable and affordable choices in healthcare”. This link indicates that Elaine Luria “voted twice for Scott Taylor, the Republican she's hoping to unseat on behalf of the Democrats”. She has the support of the national Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). Here is her website.
Karen Mallard is a public school teacher. Her issues page doesn’t have a lot of detail. But she supports gun reform, preserving public school funding including programs for disadvantaged kids, a $15/hr minimum wage, a strong military and support for veterans after their service, protecting Chesapeake Bay and rights for women and LGBT people. On healthcare, she states “I’ll fight hard to protect Obamacare while working to push the country towards a system providing universal coverage”. Here is her website.
David Nygaard is CEO and owner of David Nygaard Fine Jewelers, an establishment that makes custom jewelry. He supports legislation that favors small and minority-owned businesses, preserving the ACA, restoring civil rights to felons, decriminalization of marijuana, LGBT rights, a program to address the student loan crisis (but no information on what he supports), increased gun regulations and a strong Navy (he has a family background of service members in the Navy) and robust VA. Here is his website.
There is not much information available online about Ernest Porter. He has a Facebook page, but no campaign website. And his Facebook page is not very active and doesn’t tell much about his political positions.
VA-03: Bobby Scott is a fairly moderate Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 86%), but he is one of the original co-sponsors of HR 676 (Medicare-for-All). He has no challengers.
VA-04: Donald McEachin is another moderate Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 83%), but he is not co-sponsoring HR 676 (Medicare-for-All). There are two Republicans competing against him (Shion Fenty and Ryan McAdams) and one Libertarian (Pete Wells).
Pete Wells is a Libertarian candidate for office, but I couldn’t find anything about him online.
VA-05: Tom Garrett is a somewhat moderate Republican, though he’s a member of the House Freedom Caucus. His district is considered potentially competitive for a Democrat and there are six Democratic challengers - Leslie Cockburn, Ben Cullop, Lawrence Gaughan, Roger Dean Huffstetler, Adam Slate and Andrew Sneathern.
While the other Congressional districts in Virginia are running typical primaries, VA-05 is using a Party-run Caucus and Convention format. Here is the caucus schedule – note that not every caucus location holds their meeting on the same day (they range from the 14th to the 21st of April).
Leslie Cockburn is a writer and film-maker. She has also been a producer for “60 Minutes”, a correspondent for PBS “Frontline” and a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton. She has worked on a number of news reports and documentaries covering world conflicts including ones on the Contras in Nicaragua, military rule in Haiti after Duvalier was overthrown and the CIA involvement in Laos and Cambodia as well as a documentary on the origins, progress and consequences of the subprime mortgage disaster. She supports Medicare-for-All and will “fight to reduce the extortionate cost of drugs changed by Big Pharma”. She opposes oil and gas pipelines and supports urgently fighting climate change. She also supports free community college, reducing student loan interest rates and allowing student loan debt to be discharged in bankruptcy. She supports raising the minimum wage (but didn’t say to how much) and increasing the availability of public transportation and opposes asset forfeiture. Here is her website.
Ben Cullop is an investment associate for Manchester Capital Management, a firm that helps wealthy people invest their money and maintain its value. He has also held positions on the U.Va. Children’s Hospital advisory board, the Albemarle County Police Foundation Board and the Charlottesville Retirement Commission. His issues page is not highly detailed, but he supports the ACA, wants to grow jobs (though he didn’t really lay out a plan to do that), support veterans, increase funding for public schools and fight climate change. He is not taking money from corporate PACs and wants to overturn Citizens United. Here is his website.
Lawrence Gaughan is an actor and head of the non-profit GOV360, which focuses on the crisis of low civic participation. He does not appear to have a formal campaign website, but here is his Facebook page. Here is another website with some additional information about him. He defines his mission as “To get BIG MONEY out of politics, turn the House of Representatives back over to the people, and end the undue influence of special interest fascism and oligarchy in America”. He also supports racial justice, increased gun regulations and releasing non-violent offenders from prison.
Roger Dean Huffstetler is a Marine veteran. He served as Chief of Staff for Congressman Seth Moulton in 2015-2016. Before that, he co-founded a technology startup, Zillabyte, though he’s no longer working there. He supports the ACA and wants to find ways to lower costs and expand access to the program (but no mention of Medicare-for-All). On college education, he wants to lower costs by increasing access to community colleges as well as work-based and experiential learning and national service. He does not mention free college tuition, even for community college. He also supports fighting the opioid crisis, investing in green energy, expanding access to high-speed broadband, investing in workforce development, reforming the tax code to provide for families and small businesses and improving criminal justice for minorities. He states that he is a “strong supporter of campaign finance reform that increases transparency, empowers small dollar contributions, and overturns Citizens United.” Yet, he is the candidate who has raised the most money ($821,370 on the last report on 12/31/2017) of all the candidates in this race and most of it is from large individual donations, not small dollar donations. Here is his website.
Adam Slate does not seem to have a formal campaign website, but here is his Facebook page. I think he may have withdrawn from this race, because he lists himself as a former Congressional candidate for the 5th district.
Andrew Sneathern is an attorney, specializing in family law and divorce cases. He served as an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney in 2008-2009. He has also served on the board of One Virginia 2021, which is working to end partisan gerrymandering. His website does not have an issues page. But he has a blog linked there and it seems from skimming it that he supports Medicare-for-All and opposes pipelines. He was endorsed by Our Revolution in the Blue Ridge – link.
The remaining Congressional Districts in Virginia will be discussed in the second post, coming soon.
Governor: The current governor of Virginia is Ralph Northam. He was just elected and is not up for re-election until 2021.
Let me know in the comments if I’ve missed any important candidates or issues.
In case you missed the previous BKAS posts, here they are:
In case you missed the previous BKAS posts, they are all posted in the new subreddit we made to hold all of these BetterKnowAState. These are the states we’ve done so far that are listed in that subreddit – Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, the earlier Virginia post (partial), West Virginia and Wyoming. The remaining states are a work in progress.
NEXT STATE UP –Virginia Part II
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2018.04.01 17:03 Scientist34again Better Know a State: Virginia – discuss Virginia politics and candidates

Welcome to our 51st Better Know a State (BKAS), which will focus on VIRGINIA. Way back in the third week of August 2017, I posted about the Senate and Gubernatorial elections in Virginia (https://redd.it/6v2rn9), because I wanted to post before thegovernor’s race with Northam. Here I am updating information about the candidates for the Senate race as well as talking about House candidates, which I didn’t cover before.
As I indicated before, the plan is to do these state-by-state, highlighting upcoming elections, progressive candidates in those states and major issues being fought (with an emphasis on Democratic, Independent and third party candidates). State residents can let me know if I’ve missed anything important or mistakenly described some of these issues.

Reminder: The deadline to file as a candidate for the 2018 races in Virginia was March 29, 2018. Sorry I did not get this posted before the deadline. The date of the primary election in Virginia is June 12, 2018. You must register to vote by May 21, 2018, but Virginia has open primaries so you don’t have to register in a particular party to vote in their primary.
I am going to split the Virginia post into two segments, due to the number of candidates. Here’s the first part of that post with what I’ve found about the various races:
United States Senators:. The Senators from Virginia are Timothy Kaine (D) and Mark Warner (D). Kaine is up for re-election in 2018.
Tim Kaine is a conservative Democrat (Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score on Progressive Punch of 75%) and was Hillary Clinton’s running mate, something that seemed to have been pre-arranged by 2015 – link. He is personally against abortion, but supports women being able to make their own decisions. He is against capital punishment, believes in climate change (but supports fracking and co-sponsored the Advanced Clean Coal Technology Investment in Our Nation Act in Congress). He originally voted for the Dodd-Frank Act, but just recently voted to weaken its regulations. He voted to fast-track the TPP. He is rather pro-war, since he supports the Saudi Arabian war against Yemen and supported no-fly zones over Syria. He does not support Medicare-for-All or free college tuition. He does support increasing the minimum wage, but didn’t say to what level. Kaine has also stated he thinks the Democratic party should eliminate superdelegates – link. Back in August when I first wrote about this race, there were no Democrats primarying him. I had hoped that perhaps another Democrat would join the race. But unfortunately there aren’t any.
There are six Republicans competing in a primary to challenge Kaine, Minerva Diaz, Nick Freitas, E.W. Jackson, Bert Mizusawa, Ivan Raiklin and Corey Stewart. There is also one Libertarian, Matt Waters, and one Independent candidate, Joshua Yabut.
Matt Waters is a Libertarian candidate, who is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at the Reformed Theological Seminary. He is pro-life and he supports cutting government spending, passing a balanced budget amendment and ending federal income taxes. He also supports auditing the Federal Reserve, bringing US troops home from foreign wars, ending the surveillance state and protecting 2nd amendment rights. He would not prosecute victimless crimes (such as drug possession). Here is his webpage.
Joshua Yabut is supposedly an independent candidate in this race, but he does not seem to have a functional website.
United States House of Representatives: Virginia has 11 United States House Representatives. We’ll discuss the first 5 of these districts in this post and the remaining six districts in the next post.
VA-01: Rob Wittman is a very conservative Republican and voted to repeal and replace Obamacare. There are three Democrats competing to challenge him - Edwin Santana, John Suddarth and Vangie Williams.
Edwin Santana is an engineer, US Marine Corps Officer and Logistics Consultant. He supports Medicare-for-All and also allowing people to buy into Medicare until we can get the full Medicare-for-All program running. He also supports increased gun regulations, raising the minimum wage to at least $15/hr, universal pre-K, and 2 years of free community college (but no mention of free four year college tuition). He would only support trade deals if he felt they were fair to American workers. On national security, his position is a bit hawkish towards Russia. Here is his website.
John Suddarth is an Army veteran and runs a private equity company Linden Tree Capital that specializes in investing in healthcare-related companies. He is also on the board of directors of Lacas Coffee Company, a small coffee roasting company that was recently acquired by Linden Tree Capital, and he serves as Treasurer for the Hanover Habitat for Humanity. He supports Medicare-for-All, $15/hr minimum wage, equal pay for women, increased gun regulations and banning domestic abusers from owning guns, reducing carbon emissions and mitigating the effects of climate change, infrastructure spending and campaign finance reform. His positions seem quite good, although I am a bit worried about a potential conflict of interest, since his company invests in healthcare companies, yet he is advocating massive changes to the healthcare system by implementing Medicare-for-All. But on his website, he comes across as sincere in his support for that policy. Here is his website.
Vangie Williams is a Strategic PlanneSenior Project Control Principal with Science Applications International Corporation, a company that provides government services and information technology support. She has gone through periods in her life when she was poor and homeless. On her website, she talks quite a bit of working with both parties to get things done. She proposes to exempt the first $50,000 of earnings from federal income tax for specific groups of people (veterans, enlisted military families, safety officers and teachers), but not for the population as a whole. She also proposes changing the military healthcare systems (Tricare and the VA) into a Medicare-type program. I don’t know enough about the current healthcare systems for military members, but since they are government run, I’m not sure changing them to a Medicare-like program would make much difference? She wants to lower college costs, but made no mention of free college tuition. She acknowledges problems in access to healthcare, but does not support Medicare-for-All. Instead, she says “I don’t have all the answers when it comes to healthcare reform”. Here is her website.
VA-02: Scott Taylor is an exceptionally conservative Republican. His district is considered potentially competitive for a Democrat. There are six Democrats competing to challenge him - Shaun Brown, Garry Hubbard, Elaine Luria, Karen Mallard, David Nygaard and Ernest Porter. There is also one Republican primarying Taylor, Mary Jones.
Shaun Brown is an economist and management consultant. She has served on the Democratic Central Committee. She supports $15/hr minimum wage and free college tuition. On healthcare, she says “Federally-administered, single-payer health care is the endgame”. She also supports DACA, fighting climate change, women’s rights, criminal justice reform (end the death penalty, get rid of mandatory minimum sentences, legalize marijuana, not incarcerating non-violent offenders, banning solitary confinement and additional police oversight), increased gun regulations, voting rights and support for unions. I think she’s a pretty strong candidate, though I would have liked a bit stronger statement on Medicare-for-All. Here is her webpage.
Garry Hubbard is a Navy veteran, who ran Hubbard Brothers Construction company (though he is now retired). He supports a minimum wage of at least $15/hr, equal pay for women doing the same jobs as men and providing more affordable housing options. He supports Obamacare, but wants to go to a universal single payer healthcare system. He also supports unions. He opposes offshore drilling for oil and the sales of assault weapons to the public. Here is his website.
Elaine Luria is another Navy veteran and now owns a small company called the Mermaid Factory, which sells gift items with mermaid and dolphin themes, some of which can be painted or decorated on-site. Her website does not go into a lot of detail on the policies she stands for, but it does mention that she supports increased gun regulations, preserving Social Security and Medicare, animal welfare, equal pay for equal work and infrastructure spending. On healthcare, she is rather vague stating only that “Security means that we are healthy—and have reliable and affordable choices in healthcare”. This link indicates that Elaine Luria “voted twice for Scott Taylor, the Republican she's hoping to unseat on behalf of the Democrats”. She has the support of the national Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). Here is her website.
Karen Mallard is a public school teacher. Her issues page doesn’t have a lot of detail. But she supports gun reform, preserving public school funding including programs for disadvantaged kids, a $15/hr minimum wage, a strong military and support for veterans after their service, protecting Chesapeake Bay and rights for women and LGBT people. On healthcare, she states “I’ll fight hard to protect Obamacare while working to push the country towards a system providing universal coverage”. Here is her website.
David Nygaard is CEO and owner of David Nygaard Fine Jewelers, an establishment that makes custom jewelry. He supports legislation that favors small and minority-owned businesses, preserving the ACA, restoring civil rights to felons, decriminalization of marijuana, LGBT rights, a program to address the student loan crisis (but no information on what he supports), increased gun regulations and a strong Navy (he has a family background of service members in the Navy) and robust VA. Here is his website.
There is not much information available online about Ernest Porter. He has a Facebook page, but no campaign website. And his Facebook page is not very active and doesn’t tell much about his political positions.
VA-03: Bobby Scott is a fairly moderate Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 86%), but he is one of the original co-sponsors of HR 676 (Medicare-for-All). He has no challengers.
VA-04: Donald McEachin is another moderate Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 83%), but he is not co-sponsoring HR 676 (Medicare-for-All). There are two Republicans competing against him (Shion Fenty and Ryan McAdams) and one Libertarian (Pete Wells).
Pete Wells is a Libertarian candidate for office, but I couldn’t find anything about him online.
VA-05: Tom Garrett is a somewhat moderate Republican, though he’s a member of the House Freedom Caucus. His district is considered potentially competitive for a Democrat and there are six Democratic challengers - Leslie Cockburn, Ben Cullop, Lawrence Gaughan, Roger Dean Huffstetler, Adam Slate and Andrew Sneathern.
While the other Congressional districts in Virginia are running typical primaries, VA-05 is using a Party-run Caucus and Convention format. Here is the caucus schedule – note that not every caucus location holds their meeting on the same day (they range from the 14th to the 21st of April).
Leslie Cockburn is a writer and film-maker. She has also been a producer for “60 Minutes”, a correspondent for PBS “Frontline” and a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton. She has worked on a number of news reports and documentaries covering world conflicts including ones on the Contras in Nicaragua, military rule in Haiti after Duvalier was overthrown and the CIA involvement in Laos and Cambodia as well as a documentary on the origins, progress and consequences of the subprime mortgage disaster. She supports Medicare-for-All and will “fight to reduce the extortionate cost of drugs changed by Big Pharma”. She opposes oil and gas pipelines and supports urgently fighting climate change. She also supports free community college, reducing student loan interest rates and allowing student loan debt to be discharged in bankruptcy. She supports raising the minimum wage (but didn’t say to how much) and increasing the availability of public transportation and opposes asset forfeiture. Here is her website.
Ben Cullop is an investment associate for Manchester Capital Management, a firm that helps wealthy people invest their money and maintain its value. He has also held positions on the U.Va. Children’s Hospital advisory board, the Albemarle County Police Foundation Board and the Charlottesville Retirement Commission. His issues page is not highly detailed, but he supports the ACA, wants to grow jobs (though he didn’t really lay out a plan to do that), support veterans, increase funding for public schools and fight climate change. He is not taking money from corporate PACs and wants to overturn Citizens United. Here is his website.
Lawrence Gaughan is an actor and head of the non-profit GOV360, which focuses on the crisis of low civic participation. He does not appear to have a formal campaign website, but here is his Facebook page. Here is another website with some additional information about him. He defines his mission as “To get BIG MONEY out of politics, turn the House of Representatives back over to the people, and end the undue influence of special interest fascism and oligarchy in America”. He also supports racial justice, increased gun regulations and releasing non-violent offenders from prison.
Roger Dean Huffstetler is a Marine veteran. He served as Chief of Staff for Congressman Seth Moulton in 2015-2016. Before that, he co-founded a technology startup, Zillabyte, though he’s no longer working there. He supports the ACA and wants to find ways to lower costs and expand access to the program (but no mention of Medicare-for-All). On college education, he wants to lower costs by increasing access to community colleges as well as work-based and experiential learning and national service. He does not mention free college tuition, even for community college. He also supports fighting the opioid crisis, investing in green energy, expanding access to high-speed broadband, investing in workforce development, reforming the tax code to provide for families and small businesses and improving criminal justice for minorities. He states that he is a “strong supporter of campaign finance reform that increases transparency, empowers small dollar contributions, and overturns Citizens United.” Yet, he is the candidate who has raised the most money ($821,370 on the last report on 12/31/2017) of all the candidates in this race and most of it is from large individual donations, not small dollar donations. Here is his website.
Adam Slate does not seem to have a formal campaign website, but here is his Facebook page. I think he may have withdrawn from this race, because he lists himself as a former Congressional candidate for the 5th district.
Andrew Sneathern is an attorney, specializing in family law and divorce cases. He served as an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney in 2008-2009. He has also served on the board of One Virginia 2021, which is working to end partisan gerrymandering. His website does not have an issues page. But he has a blog linked there and it seems from skimming it that he supports Medicare-for-All and opposes pipelines. He was endorsed by Our Revolution in the Blue Ridge – link.
The remaining Congressional Districts in Virginia will be discussed in the second post, coming soon.
Governor: The current governor of Virginia is Ralph Northam. He was just elected and is not up for re-election until 2021.
Let me know in the comments if I’ve missed any important candidates or issues.
In case you missed the previous BKAS posts, here they are:
In case you missed the previous BKAS posts, they are all posted in the new subreddit we made to hold all of these BetterKnowAState. These are the states we’ve done so far that are listed in that subreddit – Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, the earlier Virginia post (partial), West Virginia and Wyoming. The remaining states are a work in progress.
NEXT STATE UP –Virginia Part II
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2018.02.11 15:20 Scientist34again Better Know a State: Maine – discuss Maine politics and candidates

Better Know a State: Maine – discuss Maine politics and candidates
Welcome to our 46th Better Know a State (BKAS), which will focus on MAINE. As I indicated before, the plan is to do these state-by-state, highlighting upcoming elections, progressive candidates in those states and major issues being fought (with an emphasis on Democratic, Independent and third party candidates). State residents can let me know if I’ve missed anything important or mistakenly described some of these issues.
Reminder: The deadline to file as a candidate for the 2018 races in Maine is March 15, 2018. Here are the filing requirements – link. The date of the primary election in Maine is June 12, 2018.
Here’s what I’ve found about the various races:
United States Senators:. The Senators from Maine are Angus King and Susan Collins. Angus King is an Independent, but he often votes with the Democrats. However, he would fit in with the conservative Dems (his Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 69%). He is up for re-election in 2018. There are three Democratic candidates, Zak Ringelstein, Ben Pollard and Fred Wiand, competing to run against him. There are also two Republicans, State Senator Ed Brakey and Max Linn, one Libertarian, Chris Lyons, and one Independent, Alex Hammer, challenging him.
Democrats
Zak Ringelstein is a teacher and public education advocate. For his campaign, Zak is only taking donations from the people, but not corporations or PACs. He supports Medicare-for-All, $15/hr minimum wage, getting money out of politics, infrastructure spending, increasing taxes on the rich, moving away from high stakes testing in public schools, paid maternity and paternity leave, land grants for new universities, technical schools, and community colleges, renegotiating NAFTA, divesting from fossil fuels, etc. He also wants to end crippling student loan debt, but didn’t say how he would do that. He seems like a great candidate. Here is his website.
Ben Pollard has a podcast show ‘The Ben Pollard Show’ focusing on politics and current events. He ran for Senate against Angus King in 2012, but lost. He does not seem to have a formal campaign website for his run in 2018, but his 2012 website is still available online. At that time, he supported spending on national security, increasing job opportunities in the military, Peace Corps and a civilian service corps, etc. His positions seem fairly conservative for a Democrat.
Fred Wiand is a retired Air Force veteran. Here is a website, but it talks of him running for President in 2020, rather than for Senate in 2018. He supports fixing the Dreamer situation, healthcare for all (though he seems not to be sure if that should take the form of Medicare-for-All or another program), legalizing undocumented immigrants as long as they have no criminal record, new jobs in green energy and reducing fossil fuel use.
Libertarian
Chris Lyons is a self-employed contractor and a Libertarian candidate for the Senate seat. He supports cutting Congressional salaries, term limits for Congress, cutting income taxes to a flat 5% for everyone making $30,000 or more per year (no income tax for those below $30,000) and reduced federal involvement in education. Here is his website.
Independent
Alex Hammer is an author and a former independent candidate for governor of Maine. He supports getting a return on investment (ROI) for education (but didn’t really say how that would be measured or used to improve the educational process). On healthcare, he says “I believe that universal healthcare is a right, not a privilege, but on the opposite side of the coin I believe that the individual (in consultation with their healthcare professionals) is ultimately responsible for one’s good health overall (realizing also of course that some health conditions can’t be helped) and that we should both empower and hold accountable the individual in regard to health care decisions (but much more of the carrot than the stick, I’ll get into that).” He also supports a strong military, fair trade agreements and ending crony capitalism. Here is his website.
United States House of Representatives: Maine has 2 United States House Representatives, Chellie Pingree (D) and Bruce Poliquin (R).
ME-01: The incumbent is Chellie Pingree, a very progressive Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 94%). There are no Dems running against her, but there are 2 Republicans competing to challenge her, Mark Holbrook and Eric Stanton.
ME-02: The incumbent is Bruce Poliquin, a fairly conservative Republican who voted to repeal and replace Obamacare. He is facing five Dem challengers - Jonathan Fulford, Jared Golden, Craig Olson, Tim Rich and Lucas St. Clair. There is also, one Libertarian, Brian Kresge, one Green Party, Henry John Bear, and four independents, Tiffany Bond, Will Hoar and Dennis O'Connor.
Democrats:
Jonathan Fulford is a farmer and a carpenter. He supports a living wage (but didn’t define how much that was), infrastructure spending, healthcare for all (but he didn’t specifically mention Medicare-for-All, so I don’t know if he supports that or another plan) and fighting climate change. He is not taking corporate or PAC money and was recently endorsed by Our Revolution in Maine. Here is his website.
Jared Golden is a member of the Maine House of Representatives, where he is the Democratic Assistant Majority Leader (Whip). Here is his website, but it does not have much detail on the policies he supports.
Craig Olson and his wife own a used and rare book shop. Olson is also the foreman of the Isleboro Transfer Station, which handles transport of trash and recyclable items from the island of Isleboro to the mainland. He supports Medicare-for-All, increased educational opportunities (but doesn’t mention free college tuition), universal broadband access, bringing new and varied industries to Maine and protecting the environment. Here is his website.
Tim Rich owns a restaurant called ‘The Independent Cafe’. He was formerly a political organizer and healthcare reform advocate for the SEIU union. On his website he indicates that his café has always paid its workers a living wage (though he didn’t really indicate how much he considers a living wage). He says he is a strong advocate for universal healthcare, but didn’t directly say he supports Medicare-for-All. He also says “I haven’t talked much about it, but I’m one of those people who really has had a hard life in many ways. It’s been tough, but I’ve learned from every mistake I’ve made and I’m a better person because of them. I have an incredible appreciation for what real people go through in life. No one ever plans on losing themselves or their friends to an addiction, or losing their job, or struggling to pay their bills. These aren’t abstract things to me, I’ve lived their lives, this is very personal to me. That’s why I’m in this.”
Lucas St. Clair is the Executive Director of Elliotsville Plantation, Inc, which works to conserve land in the North Maine Woods for future generations. They were involved in getting the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument established. His mother was one of the original founders of the Burt’s Bees company. His website doesn’t have an issues page, but one thing that it is obvious he supports is the protection of wild lands. Other than that, his political stances are not clear.
Among the Democrats, I think Olson has the most progressive policies on his website, but Fulford has the support of Our Revolution in Maine.
Libertarian:
Brian Kresge is a veteran of the Army and Maine National Guard and currently a software programmer. He is running as a Libertarian candidate for Congress. He supports reducing the size of government, protecting the natural beauty of the lands, rehabilitation for non-violent prisoners and local control of education. Here is his website.
Green Party:
Henry John Bear is a non-voting member of the Maine House of Representatives, who represents the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians. He also works as a commercial fisherman, a forester and more. He said he tries to hold at least five jobs simultaneously to ensure he’ll have a steady income. He is running as a Green Party candidate (though in the past he has identified as Republican). He opposes the negative influence of special interests and ‘big money’ on politics. He also opposes reducing essential public services, exporting forestry jobs overseas, keeping tax money hidden overseas, and letting foreign conglomerates exploit our natural resources and destroy our environment. Here is his website.
Independents:
Tiffany Bond is a family law attorney. She is running as an independent candidate for Congress, though she used to be a Republican. She says she supports “being financially responsible, smaller government and a lower level government control”. She opposes the ACA but says “it should only be replaced or modified with improvements”. She also believes domestic abusers should not have access to guns and that marijuana legalization should be a state issue. She is not taking any campaign donations from supporters and has instead asked them to send the money to organizations that help Mainers struggling to pay their heating bills. Here is her website.
Will Hoar is supposed to be an independent candidate for this office, but I could not find out anything about him online. I’m not sure he’s still running.
Dennis O’Connor has held a lot of jobs (listed on his website), though I couldn’t figure out which of them he might be doing at this time. He may be retired. He cares about income inequality, the environment, climate change and the fact that the government answers only to special interests and not the common people. He’s running as an independent candidate for Congress and says that he wants to be part of a wave of decent people running for office this year. He seems like a good candidate. Here is his webpage.
Governor: The current Governor of Maine is Paul LePage (R). He is term-limited, so he cannot run again. There are 28 candidates currently competing for his seat (14 Democrats, 5 Republicans, 1 Green Party, 2 Libertarians, and 6 Independents). Democrats include James Boyle, Adam Cote, Dominic Crocitto, Steve DeAngelis, Donna Dion, Mark Dion, Patrick Eisenhart, Mark Eves, Sean Faircloth, Janet Mills, Diane Russell, Cynthia Soma-Hernandez, Betsy Sweet and J. Martin Vachon. Republicans include Kenneth Fredette, Garrett Mason, Mary Mayhew, Shawn Moody and Michael Thibodeau. The two Libertarian Party candidates are Gilbert Doughty and Richard Light and the Green Party candidate is Betsy Marsano. The six Independents are Ethan Alcorn, Alan Caron, Ken Capron, Teresea Hayes, John Jenkins and Karmo Sanders.
Maine has a Clean Elections Act - http://www.maine.gov/ethics/mcea/, which allows candidates who collect sufficient seed donations to qualify for public financing of their campaigns. Several candidates in this list are running under this Clean Elections program and need help getting enough seed money to qualify.
Democrats
James Boyle – is an environmental consultant and business owner, who formerly was a member of the State Senate. He has no campaign website yet.
Adam Cote - a lawyer with moderate, establishment Democratic values
Dominic Crocitto – no campaign website yet
Steve DeAngelis - a physics teacher (who was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Award) and a Nordic ski coach who supports school-based health-centers and protecting the environment and opposes school privatization
Donna Dion - former Mayor of Biddeford whose website doesn’t have any info on her political stances.
Mark Dion - a lawyer and a Democratic member of the Maine House of Representatives. He is also a former Sherriff and Deputy Chief of Police. Supports expanding MaineCare (Medicaid in Maine) and supports the formation of a universally accessible public healthcare system (but didn’t mention Medicare-for-All). He also supports marijuana legalization and increased state funding for public colleges and universities. He seems moderately progressive.
Patrick Eisenhart is a retired U.S. Coast Guard officer who is running as a Democrat, although he was previously a Ron Paul supporter and served as a Ron Paul delegate at the 2008 Republican National Convention. He also has previously served as a delegate to the Maine Democratic Convention. He appears currently to be a lobbyist advocating for elderly and developmentally disabled people, for gun safety, mental health services, veterans and human services. He wants to be sure all Mainers have enough to eat. On healthcare, he supports the elimination of primary health care insurance premiums and reducing the cost of paperwork and insurance deductibles. He would expand home healthcare and promote direct primary care clubs (where physicians charge patients a monthly, quarterly, or annual fee that covers all or most primary care services). He also wants to fight the opioid epidemic. I think he’s a strong candidate.
Mark Eves is a family therapist and the speaker of the Maine House of Representatives. His website is quite vague about what policies he would support as Governor.
Sean Faircloth is a lawyer and former member of both the Maine House of Representatives and the Maine Senate. While in the House, he served as the Democratic Whip. Currently, he serves as the Executive Director of Maine Mental Health Connections, a small mental health agency that also operates a soup kitchen and a food pantry. He states that he was an early supporter of Bernie Sanders. On his website, there is good information on the policies he supported as State Representative and State Senator, but not really any description of what he wants to do as Governor. However, it does say that he wants to get big money out of Maine politics.
Janet Mills is a lawyer and former State Representative and the current Attorney General of Maine, where she has sued pharmaceutical companies that distribute opioids for their role in the opioid crisis. During the 2008 banking crisis, she also successfully sued Standard and Poor’s for their role in the collapse. She seems like she might be quite a decent candidate, but she doesn’t have any information on her website on the types of policies she’d support as Governor.
Diane Russell is a former member of the Maine House of Representatives and is involved in political consulting. She has a campaign website, but it is very skimpy and has no information on the political stances she supports.
Cynthia Soma-Hernandez formerly worked for AMTRAK and was a union organizer during her stint there. She also worked as a teacher in the Newark public schools and served on the Newark Board of Education. She supports free college tuition (with one year of public service), the legalization and production of industrial hemp and increased investment in alternate energy sources.
Betsy Sweet is a women’s rights activist and lobbyist who has started a number of organizations including Dirigo Alliance, Equality Maine (LGBTQ rights), Maine Center for Economic Policy (dedicated to improving the economic well-being of low- and moderate-income Mainers) and Women's Legislative Agenda Coalition (which supports things like Medicaid expansion, birth control access, redistricting and no-excuse absentee voting). Her website does not really have any details on policies she would support as Governor, but I assume they would be similar to those that her foundations have supported. If so, I think she’d be a good candidate.
J. Martin Vachon – no campaign website
Republicans - I don’t usually cover the Republican candidates in detail and given the large number of candidates in this race, I won’t describe them here. But here are links to their webpages if you’re interested.
Kenneth Fredette is a Maine State Representative.
Garrett Mason is a Maine State Senator.
Mary Mayhew is a lobbyist and a former Maine Commissioner Department of Health and Human Services.
Shawn Moody is an auto body shop owner.
Michael Thibodeau is a former member of the Maine House of Representatives and Maine State Senate. He is also co-owner of Mount Waldo Plastics, a snow shovel manufacturing company, and co-owner of TB Equipment, a tractor dealership.
Libertarian Party candidates
Gilbert Doughty – no campaign website
Richard Light is a Libertarian candidate for Governor. He thinks the solution to problems with healthcare accessibility is to allow people to test into becoming healthcare providers. If they can pass a relevant test, then they will be licensed as doctors, nurses, etc. He feels this competition will keep down costs, but I think it will likely lead to unqualified people treating serious diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart attacks, etc. He seems to have a similar outlook for college education, where he would eliminate licensure requirements. He also supports releasing non-violent offenders from prison, legalizing marijuana, universal basic income and addressing income inequality. He also suggests redirecting Social Security contributions from the federal government to a Maine-based retirement program (I’m pretty sure the federal government wouldn’t allow that).
Green Party candidate
Betsy Marsano is an activist working on helping people including battered women, teen and young-adult fathers and indigent defendants in court. She has also worked with the Coalition for Economic Justice and the Sierra Club. She ran previously for a seat in the Maine House of Representatives, but did not win that election. Her website is kind of sketchy on the policies she supports. On healthcare, she says that she “would like to expand Medicare and expand the number of public health nurses”. On education, she wants the state to commit to funding 55% of the costs of schools. She also supports incentives for small businesses.
Independent candidates -
Ethan Alcorn owns a landscaping business and also does property management. He doesn’t have a campaign website (that link is for his Facebook page). There is not much information about him, but he states that he is for “limited government, pro-business, encourage people to come and work in Maine and stay, increase tourism, and infrastructure improvements. Also, creative ideas to support Maine made products, services, and Industries”.
Alan Caron is the founder of Caron Communications, a consulting firm, and of Envision Maine, an organization dedicated to promoting state innovators and entrepreneurs. He is also a writer, with two books published, and writes weekly columns for Maine Sunday Telegram and Central Maine newspapers. He wants to grow new industries in Maine with entrepreneurs in the state and not focus on attracting large companies who are headquartered elsewhere. He also supports improving government efficiency by modernizing technologies, expanding Medicaid in Maine (as was voted on by the citizens), increasing usage of solar and other green energy sources and providing broadband service to all. On college, he would provide interest free student loans and then the government would cover 10% of the cost of the loan for every year the student remained in Maine (I think the maximum covered would be equivalent to two years of free college). I think he’s a pretty good candidate.
Ken Capron is a retired CPA, systems analyst and fraud investigator. His website is fairly rudimentary and his stance on many issues is not clear.
Terry Hayes is the Maine State Treasurer (a position she holds as an Independent, not Republican or Democrat). She has worked with both Republicans and Democrats to get things done in her position as State Treasurer. She is also a former teacher and former member of the Maine House of Representatives (where she served as a Democrat). She says she has never run a negative ad and never will. Her website does not have much information on the policies she would support as governor.
John Jenkins is a motivational speaker and martial arts trainer. He was also formerly elected as the mayor of Lewiston, mayor of Auburn and to the Maine State Senate. As governor, he plans to manage spending to lower state costs, establish a Youth in Public Service Program, establish “Community Meetings” where state officials will meet with area residents, establish a series of “Business to Business” development forums, support and teach employee wellness programs, promote regional municipal partnerships for cooperative budgeting to lower local municipal costs and taxes, promote charter schools, support recycling and support heating assistance to low- and mid-income earners. He also wants to fight hunger, homelessness and the opioid crisis and to support the ACA and fight for livable wages. I think his stances are pretty good, except for the desire to increase charter schools.
Karmo Sanders. I’m not sure if Karmo Sanders is still running. She is listed on The Green Pages and Ballotpedia as a candidate, but she does not have a campaign website and the last post to her Facebook page (the link above) is from last August. There is not much information on her political stances or background.
Let me know in the comments if I’ve missed any important candidates or issues.
In case you missed the previous BKAS posts, they are all posted in the new subreddit we made to hold all of these BetterKnowAState. These are the states we’ve done so far that are listed in that subreddit – Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia (partial), West Virginia and Wyoming. The remaining states are a work in progress.
NEXT STATE UP –Not sure yet
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2018.02.11 15:19 Scientist34again Better Know a State: Maine – discuss Maine politics and candidates

Welcome to our 46th Better Know a State (BKAS), which will focus on MAINE. As I indicated before, the plan is to do these state-by-state, highlighting upcoming elections, progressive candidates in those states and major issues being fought (with an emphasis on Democratic, Independent and third party candidates). State residents can let me know if I’ve missed anything important or mistakenly described some of these issues.
Reminder: The deadline to file as a candidate for the 2018 races in Maine is March 15, 2018. Here are the filing requirements – link. The date of the primary election in Maine is June 12, 2018.
Here’s what I’ve found about the various races:
United States Senators:. The Senators from Maine are Angus King and Susan Collins. Angus King is an Independent, but he often votes with the Democrats. However, he would fit in with the conservative Dems (his Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 69%). He is up for re-election in 2018. There are three Democratic candidates, Zak Ringelstein, Ben Pollard and Fred Wiand, competing to run against him. There are also two Republicans, State Senator Ed Brakey and Max Linn, one Libertarian, Chris Lyons, and one Independent, Alex Hammer, challenging him.
Democrats
Zak Ringelstein is a teacher and public education advocate. For his campaign, Zak is only taking donations from the people, but not corporations or PACs. He supports Medicare-for-All, $15/hr minimum wage, getting money out of politics, infrastructure spending, increasing taxes on the rich, moving away from high stakes testing in public schools, paid maternity and paternity leave, land grants for new universities, technical schools, and community colleges, renegotiating NAFTA, divesting from fossil fuels, etc. He also wants to end crippling student loan debt, but didn’t say how he would do that. He seems like a great candidate. Here is his website.
Ben Pollard has a podcast show ‘The Ben Pollard Show’ focusing on politics and current events. He ran for Senate against Angus King in 2012, but lost. He does not seem to have a formal campaign website for his run in 2018, but his 2012 website is still available online. At that time, he supported spending on national security, increasing job opportunities in the military, Peace Corps and a civilian service corps, etc. His positions seem fairly conservative for a Democrat.
Fred Wiand is a retired Air Force veteran. Here is a website, but it talks of him running for President in 2020, rather than for Senate in 2018. He supports fixing the Dreamer situation, healthcare for all (though he seems not to be sure if that should take the form of Medicare-for-All or another program), legalizing undocumented immigrants as long as they have no criminal record, new jobs in green energy and reducing fossil fuel use.
Libertarian
Chris Lyons is a self-employed contractor and a Libertarian candidate for the Senate seat. He supports cutting Congressional salaries, term limits for Congress, cutting income taxes to a flat 5% for everyone making $30,000 or more per year (no income tax for those below $30,000) and reduced federal involvement in education. Here is his website.
Independent
Alex Hammer is an author and a former independent candidate for governor of Maine. He supports getting a return on investment (ROI) for education (but didn’t really say how that would be measured or used to improve the educational process). On healthcare, he says “I believe that universal healthcare is a right, not a privilege, but on the opposite side of the coin I believe that the individual (in consultation with their healthcare professionals) is ultimately responsible for one’s good health overall (realizing also of course that some health conditions can’t be helped) and that we should both empower and hold accountable the individual in regard to health care decisions (but much more of the carrot than the stick, I’ll get into that).” He also supports a strong military, fair trade agreements and ending crony capitalism. Here is his website.
United States House of Representatives: Maine has 2 United States House Representatives, Chellie Pingree (D) and Bruce Poliquin (R).
ME-01: The incumbent is Chellie Pingree, a very progressive Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 94%). There are no Dems running against her, but there are 2 Republicans competing to challenge her, Mark Holbrook and Eric Stanton.
ME-02: The incumbent is Bruce Poliquin, a fairly conservative Republican who voted to repeal and replace Obamacare. He is facing five Dem challengers - Jonathan Fulford, Jared Golden, Craig Olson, Tim Rich and Lucas St. Clair. There is also, one Libertarian, Brian Kresge, one Green Party, Henry John Bear, and four independents, Tiffany Bond, Will Hoar and Dennis O'Connor.
Democrats:
Jonathan Fulford is a farmer and a carpenter. He supports a living wage (but didn’t define how much that was), infrastructure spending, healthcare for all (but he didn’t specifically mention Medicare-for-All, so I don’t know if he supports that or another plan) and fighting climate change. He is not taking corporate or PAC money and was recently endorsed by Our Revolution in Maine. Here is his website.
Jared Golden is a member of the Maine House of Representatives, where he is the Democratic Assistant Majority Leader (Whip). Here is his website, but it does not have much detail on the policies he supports.
Craig Olson and his wife own a used and rare book shop. Olson is also the foreman of the Isleboro Transfer Station, which handles transport of trash and recyclable items from the island of Isleboro to the mainland. He supports Medicare-for-All, increased educational opportunities (but doesn’t mention free college tuition), universal broadband access, bringing new and varied industries to Maine and protecting the environment. Here is his website.
Tim Rich owns a restaurant called ‘The Independent Cafe’. He was formerly a political organizer and healthcare reform advocate for the SEIU union. On his website he indicates that his café has always paid its workers a living wage (though he didn’t really indicate how much he considers a living wage). He says he is a strong advocate for universal healthcare, but didn’t directly say he supports Medicare-for-All. He also says “I haven’t talked much about it, but I’m one of those people who really has had a hard life in many ways. It’s been tough, but I’ve learned from every mistake I’ve made and I’m a better person because of them. I have an incredible appreciation for what real people go through in life. No one ever plans on losing themselves or their friends to an addiction, or losing their job, or struggling to pay their bills. These aren’t abstract things to me, I’ve lived their lives, this is very personal to me. That’s why I’m in this.”
Lucas St. Clair is the Executive Director of Elliotsville Plantation, Inc, which works to conserve land in the North Maine Woods for future generations. They were involved in getting the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument established. His mother was one of the original founders of the Burt’s Bees company. His website doesn’t have an issues page, but one thing that it is obvious he supports is the protection of wild lands. Other than that, his political stances are not clear.
Among the Democrats, I think Olson has the most progressive policies on his website, but Fulford has the support of Our Revolution in Maine.
Libertarian:
Brian Kresge is a veteran of the Army and Maine National Guard and currently a software programmer. He is running as a Libertarian candidate for Congress. He supports reducing the size of government, protecting the natural beauty of the lands, rehabilitation for non-violent prisoners and local control of education. Here is his website.
Green Party:
Henry John Bear is a non-voting member of the Maine House of Representatives, who represents the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians. He also works as a commercial fisherman, a forester and more. He said he tries to hold at least five jobs simultaneously to ensure he’ll have a steady income. He is running as a Green Party candidate (though in the past he has identified as Republican). He opposes the negative influence of special interests and ‘big money’ on politics. He also opposes reducing essential public services, exporting forestry jobs overseas, keeping tax money hidden overseas, and letting foreign conglomerates exploit our natural resources and destroy our environment. Here is his website.
Independents:
Tiffany Bond is a family law attorney. She is running as an independent candidate for Congress, though she used to be a Republican. She says she supports “being financially responsible, smaller government and a lower level government control”. She opposes the ACA but says “it should only be replaced or modified with improvements”. She also believes domestic abusers should not have access to guns and that marijuana legalization should be a state issue. She is not taking any campaign donations from supporters and has instead asked them to send the money to organizations that help Mainers struggling to pay their heating bills. Here is her website.
Will Hoar is supposed to be an independent candidate for this office, but I could not find out anything about him online. I’m not sure he’s still running.
Dennis O’Connor has held a lot of jobs (listed on his website), though I couldn’t figure out which of them he might be doing at this time. He may be retired. He cares about income inequality, the environment, climate change and the fact that the government answers only to special interests and not the common people. He’s running as an independent candidate for Congress and says that he wants to be part of a wave of decent people running for office this year. He seems like a good candidate. Here is his webpage.
Governor: The current Governor of Maine is Paul LePage (R). He is term-limited, so he cannot run again. There are 28 candidates currently competing for his seat (14 Democrats, 5 Republicans, 1 Green Party, 2 Libertarians, and 6 Independents). Democrats include James Boyle, Adam Cote, Dominic Crocitto, Steve DeAngelis, Donna Dion, Mark Dion, Patrick Eisenhart, Mark Eves, Sean Faircloth, Janet Mills, Diane Russell, Cynthia Soma-Hernandez, Betsy Sweet and J. Martin Vachon. Republicans include Kenneth Fredette, Garrett Mason, Mary Mayhew, Shawn Moody and Michael Thibodeau. The two Libertarian Party candidates are Gilbert Doughty and Richard Light and the Green Party candidate is Betsy Marsano. The six Independents are Ethan Alcorn, Alan Caron, Ken Capron, Teresea Hayes, John Jenkins and Karmo Sanders.
Maine has a Clean Elections Act - http://www.maine.gov/ethics/mcea/, which allows candidates who collect sufficient seed donations to qualify for public financing of their campaigns. Several candidates in this list are running under this Clean Elections program and need help getting enough seed money to qualify.
Democrats
James Boyle – is an environmental consultant and business owner, who formerly was a member of the State Senate. He has no campaign website yet.
Adam Cote - a lawyer with moderate, establishment Democratic values
Dominic Crocitto – no campaign website yet
Steve DeAngelis - a physics teacher (who was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Award) and a Nordic ski coach who supports school-based health-centers and protecting the environment and opposes school privatization
Donna Dion - former Mayor of Biddeford whose website doesn’t have any info on her political stances.
Mark Dion - a lawyer and a Democratic member of the Maine House of Representatives. He is also a former Sherriff and Deputy Chief of Police. Supports expanding MaineCare (Medicaid in Maine) and supports the formation of a universally accessible public healthcare system (but didn’t mention Medicare-for-All). He also supports marijuana legalization and increased state funding for public colleges and universities. He seems moderately progressive.
Patrick Eisenhart is a retired U.S. Coast Guard officer who is running as a Democrat, although he was previously a Ron Paul supporter and served as a Ron Paul delegate at the 2008 Republican National Convention. He also has previously served as a delegate to the Maine Democratic Convention. He appears currently to be a lobbyist advocating for elderly and developmentally disabled people, for gun safety, mental health services, veterans and human services. He wants to be sure all Mainers have enough to eat. On healthcare, he supports the elimination of primary health care insurance premiums and reducing the cost of paperwork and insurance deductibles. He would expand home healthcare and promote direct primary care clubs (where physicians charge patients a monthly, quarterly, or annual fee that covers all or most primary care services). He also wants to fight the opioid epidemic. I think he’s a strong candidate.
Mark Eves is a family therapist and the speaker of the Maine House of Representatives. His website is quite vague about what policies he would support as Governor.
Sean Faircloth is a lawyer and former member of both the Maine House of Representatives and the Maine Senate. While in the House, he served as the Democratic Whip. Currently, he serves as the Executive Director of Maine Mental Health Connections, a small mental health agency that also operates a soup kitchen and a food pantry. He states that he was an early supporter of Bernie Sanders. On his website, there is good information on the policies he supported as State Representative and State Senator, but not really any description of what he wants to do as Governor. However, it does say that he wants to get big money out of Maine politics.
Janet Mills is a lawyer and former State Representative and the current Attorney General of Maine, where she has sued pharmaceutical companies that distribute opioids for their role in the opioid crisis. During the 2008 banking crisis, she also successfully sued Standard and Poor’s for their role in the collapse. She seems like she might be quite a decent candidate, but she doesn’t have any information on her website on the types of policies she’d support as Governor.
Diane Russell is a former member of the Maine House of Representatives and is involved in political consulting. She has a campaign website, but it is very skimpy and has no information on the political stances she supports.
Cynthia Soma-Hernandez formerly worked for AMTRAK and was a union organizer during her stint there. She also worked as a teacher in the Newark public schools and served on the Newark Board of Education. She supports free college tuition (with one year of public service), the legalization and production of industrial hemp and increased investment in alternate energy sources.
Betsy Sweet is a women’s rights activist and lobbyist who has started a number of organizations including Dirigo Alliance, Equality Maine (LGBTQ rights), Maine Center for Economic Policy (dedicated to improving the economic well-being of low- and moderate-income Mainers) and Women's Legislative Agenda Coalition (which supports things like Medicaid expansion, birth control access, redistricting and no-excuse absentee voting). Her website does not really have any details on policies she would support as Governor, but I assume they would be similar to those that her foundations have supported. If so, I think she’d be a good candidate.
J. Martin Vachon – no campaign website
Republicans - I don’t usually cover the Republican candidates in detail and given the large number of candidates in this race, I won’t describe them here. But here are links to their webpages if you’re interested.
Kenneth Fredette is a Maine State Representative.
Garrett Mason is a Maine State Senator.
Mary Mayhew is a lobbyist and a former Maine Commissioner Department of Health and Human Services.
Shawn Moody is an auto body shop owner.
Michael Thibodeau is a former member of the Maine House of Representatives and Maine State Senate. He is also co-owner of Mount Waldo Plastics, a snow shovel manufacturing company, and co-owner of TB Equipment, a tractor dealership.
Libertarian Party candidates
Gilbert Doughty – no campaign website
Richard Light is a Libertarian candidate for Governor. He thinks the solution to problems with healthcare accessibility is to allow people to test into becoming healthcare providers. If they can pass a relevant test, then they will be licensed as doctors, nurses, etc. He feels this competition will keep down costs, but I think it will likely lead to unqualified people treating serious diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart attacks, etc. He seems to have a similar outlook for college education, where he would eliminate licensure requirements. He also supports releasing non-violent offenders from prison, legalizing marijuana, universal basic income and addressing income inequality. He also suggests redirecting Social Security contributions from the federal government to a Maine-based retirement program (I’m pretty sure the federal government wouldn’t allow that).
Green Party candidate
Betsy Marsano is an activist working on helping people including battered women, teen and young-adult fathers and indigent defendants in court. She has also worked with the Coalition for Economic Justice and the Sierra Club. She ran previously for a seat in the Maine House of Representatives, but did not win that election. Her website is kind of sketchy on the policies she supports. On healthcare, she says that she “would like to expand Medicare and expand the number of public health nurses”. On education, she wants the state to commit to funding 55% of the costs of schools. She also supports incentives for small businesses.
Independent candidates -
Ethan Alcorn owns a landscaping business and also does property management. He doesn’t have a campaign website (that link is for his Facebook page). There is not much information about him, but he states that he is for “limited government, pro-business, encourage people to come and work in Maine and stay, increase tourism, and infrastructure improvements. Also, creative ideas to support Maine made products, services, and Industries”.
Alan Caron is the founder of Caron Communications, a consulting firm, and of Envision Maine, an organization dedicated to promoting state innovators and entrepreneurs. He is also a writer, with two books published, and writes weekly columns for Maine Sunday Telegram and Central Maine newspapers. He wants to grow new industries in Maine with entrepreneurs in the state and not focus on attracting large companies who are headquartered elsewhere. He also supports improving government efficiency by modernizing technologies, expanding Medicaid in Maine (as was voted on by the citizens), increasing usage of solar and other green energy sources and providing broadband service to all. On college, he would provide interest free student loans and then the government would cover 10% of the cost of the loan for every year the student remained in Maine (I think the maximum covered would be equivalent to two years of free college). I think he’s a pretty good candidate.
Ken Capron is a retired CPA, systems analyst and fraud investigator. His website is fairly rudimentary and his stance on many issues is not clear.
Terry Hayes is the Maine State Treasurer (a position she holds as an Independent, not Republican or Democrat). She has worked with both Republicans and Democrats to get things done in her position as State Treasurer. She is also a former teacher and former member of the Maine House of Representatives (where she served as a Democrat). She says she has never run a negative ad and never will. Her website does not have much information on the policies she would support as governor.
John Jenkins is a motivational speaker and martial arts trainer. He was also formerly elected as the mayor of Lewiston, mayor of Auburn and to the Maine State Senate. As governor, he plans to manage spending to lower state costs, establish a Youth in Public Service Program, establish “Community Meetings” where state officials will meet with area residents, establish a series of “Business to Business” development forums, support and teach employee wellness programs, promote regional municipal partnerships for cooperative budgeting to lower local municipal costs and taxes, promote charter schools, support recycling and support heating assistance to low- and mid-income earners. He also wants to fight hunger, homelessness and the opioid crisis and to support the ACA and fight for livable wages. I think his stances are pretty good, except for the desire to increase charter schools.
Karmo Sanders. I’m not sure if Karmo Sanders is still running. She is listed on The Green Pages and Ballotpedia as a candidate, but she does not have a campaign website and the last post to her Facebook page (the link above) is from last August. There is not much information on her political stances or background.
Let me know in the comments if I’ve missed any important candidates or issues.
In case you missed the previous BKAS posts, they are all posted in the new subreddit we made to hold all of these BetterKnowAState. These are the states we’ve done so far that are listed in that subreddit – Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia (partial), West Virginia and Wyoming. The remaining states are a work in progress.
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2018.02.11 15:18 Scientist34again Better Know a State: Maine – discuss Maine politics and candidates

Welcome to our 46th Better Know a State (BKAS), which will focus on MAINE. As I indicated before, the plan is to do these state-by-state, highlighting upcoming elections, progressive candidates in those states and major issues being fought (with an emphasis on Democratic, Independent and third party candidates). State residents can let me know if I’ve missed anything important or mistakenly described some of these issues.
Reminder: The deadline to file as a candidate for the 2018 races in Maine is March 15, 2018. Here are the filing requirements – link. The date of the primary election in Maine is June 12, 2018.
Here’s what I’ve found about the various races:
United States Senators:. The Senators from Maine are Angus King and Susan Collins. Angus King is an Independent, but he often votes with the Democrats. However, he would fit in with the conservative Dems (his Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 69%). He is up for re-election in 2018. There are three Democratic candidates, Zak Ringelstein, Ben Pollard and Fred Wiand, competing to run against him. There are also two Republicans, State Senator Ed Brakey and Max Linn, one Libertarian, Chris Lyons, and one Independent, Alex Hammer, challenging him.
Democrats
Zak Ringelstein is a teacher and public education advocate. For his campaign, Zak is only taking donations from the people, but not corporations or PACs. He supports Medicare-for-All, $15/hr minimum wage, getting money out of politics, infrastructure spending, increasing taxes on the rich, moving away from high stakes testing in public schools, paid maternity and paternity leave, land grants for new universities, technical schools, and community colleges, renegotiating NAFTA, divesting from fossil fuels, etc. He also wants to end crippling student loan debt, but didn’t say how he would do that. He seems like a great candidate. Here is his website.
Ben Pollard has a podcast show ‘The Ben Pollard Show’ focusing on politics and current events. He ran for Senate against Angus King in 2012, but lost. He does not seem to have a formal campaign website for his run in 2018, but his 2012 website is still available online. At that time, he supported spending on national security, increasing job opportunities in the military, Peace Corps and a civilian service corps, etc. His positions seem fairly conservative for a Democrat.
Fred Wiand is a retired Air Force veteran. Here is a website, but it talks of him running for President in 2020, rather than for Senate in 2018. He supports fixing the Dreamer situation, healthcare for all (though he seems not to be sure if that should take the form of Medicare-for-All or another program), legalizing undocumented immigrants as long as they have no criminal record, new jobs in green energy and reducing fossil fuel use.
Libertarian
Chris Lyons is a self-employed contractor and a Libertarian candidate for the Senate seat. He supports cutting Congressional salaries, term limits for Congress, cutting income taxes to a flat 5% for everyone making $30,000 or more per year (no income tax for those below $30,000) and reduced federal involvement in education. Here is his website.
Independent
Alex Hammer is an author and a former independent candidate for governor of Maine. He supports getting a return on investment (ROI) for education (but didn’t really say how that would be measured or used to improve the educational process). On healthcare, he says “I believe that universal healthcare is a right, not a privilege, but on the opposite side of the coin I believe that the individual (in consultation with their healthcare professionals) is ultimately responsible for one’s good health overall (realizing also of course that some health conditions can’t be helped) and that we should both empower and hold accountable the individual in regard to health care decisions (but much more of the carrot than the stick, I’ll get into that).” He also supports a strong military, fair trade agreements and ending crony capitalism. Here is his website.
United States House of Representatives: Maine has 2 United States House Representatives, Chellie Pingree (D) and Bruce Poliquin (R).
ME-01: The incumbent is Chellie Pingree, a very progressive Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 94%). There are no Dems running against her, but there are 2 Republicans competing to challenge her, Mark Holbrook and Eric Stanton.
ME-02: The incumbent is Bruce Poliquin, a fairly conservative Republican who voted to repeal and replace Obamacare. He is facing five Dem challengers - Jonathan Fulford, Jared Golden, Craig Olson, Tim Rich and Lucas St. Clair. There is also, one Libertarian, Brian Kresge, one Green Party, Henry John Bear, and four independents, Tiffany Bond, Will Hoar and Dennis O'Connor.
Democrats:
Jonathan Fulford is a farmer and a carpenter. He supports a living wage (but didn’t define how much that was), infrastructure spending, healthcare for all (but he didn’t specifically mention Medicare-for-All, so I don’t know if he supports that or another plan) and fighting climate change. He is not taking corporate or PAC money and was recently endorsed by Our Revolution in Maine. Here is his website.
Jared Golden is a member of the Maine House of Representatives, where he is the Democratic Assistant Majority Leader (Whip). Here is his website, but it does not have much detail on the policies he supports.
Craig Olson and his wife own a used and rare book shop. Olson is also the foreman of the Isleboro Transfer Station, which handles transport of trash and recyclable items from the island of Isleboro to the mainland. He supports Medicare-for-All, increased educational opportunities (but doesn’t mention free college tuition), universal broadband access, bringing new and varied industries to Maine and protecting the environment. Here is his website.
Tim Rich owns a restaurant called ‘The Independent Cafe’. He was formerly a political organizer and healthcare reform advocate for the SEIU union. On his website he indicates that his café has always paid its workers a living wage (though he didn’t really indicate how much he considers a living wage). He says he is a strong advocate for universal healthcare, but didn’t directly say he supports Medicare-for-All. He also says “I haven’t talked much about it, but I’m one of those people who really has had a hard life in many ways. It’s been tough, but I’ve learned from every mistake I’ve made and I’m a better person because of them. I have an incredible appreciation for what real people go through in life. No one ever plans on losing themselves or their friends to an addiction, or losing their job, or struggling to pay their bills. These aren’t abstract things to me, I’ve lived their lives, this is very personal to me. That’s why I’m in this.”
Lucas St. Clair is the Executive Director of Elliotsville Plantation, Inc, which works to conserve land in the North Maine Woods for future generations. They were involved in getting the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument established. His mother was one of the original founders of the Burt’s Bees company. His website doesn’t have an issues page, but one thing that it is obvious he supports is the protection of wild lands. Other than that, his political stances are not clear.
Among the Democrats, I think Olson has the most progressive policies on his website, but Fulford has the support of Our Revolution in Maine.
Libertarian:
Brian Kresge is a veteran of the Army and Maine National Guard and currently a software programmer. He is running as a Libertarian candidate for Congress. He supports reducing the size of government, protecting the natural beauty of the lands, rehabilitation for non-violent prisoners and local control of education. Here is his website.
Green Party:
Henry John Bear is a non-voting member of the Maine House of Representatives, who represents the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians. He also works as a commercial fisherman, a forester and more. He said he tries to hold at least five jobs simultaneously to ensure he’ll have a steady income. He is running as a Green Party candidate (though in the past he has identified as Republican). He opposes the negative influence of special interests and ‘big money’ on politics. He also opposes reducing essential public services, exporting forestry jobs overseas, keeping tax money hidden overseas, and letting foreign conglomerates exploit our natural resources and destroy our environment. Here is his website.
Independents:
Tiffany Bond is a family law attorney. She is running as an independent candidate for Congress, though she used to be a Republican. She says she supports “being financially responsible, smaller government and a lower level government control”. She opposes the ACA but says “it should only be replaced or modified with improvements”. She also believes domestic abusers should not have access to guns and that marijuana legalization should be a state issue. She is not taking any campaign donations from supporters and has instead asked them to send the money to organizations that help Mainers struggling to pay their heating bills. Here is her website.
Will Hoar is supposed to be an independent candidate for this office, but I could not find out anything about him online. I’m not sure he’s still running.
Dennis O’Connor has held a lot of jobs (listed on his website), though I couldn’t figure out which of them he might be doing at this time. He may be retired. He cares about income inequality, the environment, climate change and the fact that the government answers only to special interests and not the common people. He’s running as an independent candidate for Congress and says that he wants to be part of a wave of decent people running for office this year. He seems like a good candidate. Here is his webpage.
Governor: The current Governor of Maine is Paul LePage (R). He is term-limited, so he cannot run again. There are 28 candidates currently competing for his seat (14 Democrats, 5 Republicans, 1 Green Party, 2 Libertarians, and 6 Independents). Democrats include James Boyle, Adam Cote, Dominic Crocitto, Steve DeAngelis, Donna Dion, Mark Dion, Patrick Eisenhart, Mark Eves, Sean Faircloth, Janet Mills, Diane Russell, Cynthia Soma-Hernandez, Betsy Sweet and J. Martin Vachon. Republicans include Kenneth Fredette, Garrett Mason, Mary Mayhew, Shawn Moody and Michael Thibodeau. The two Libertarian Party candidates are Gilbert Doughty and Richard Light and the Green Party candidate is Betsy Marsano. The six Independents are Ethan Alcorn, Alan Caron, Ken Capron, Teresea Hayes, John Jenkins and Karmo Sanders.
Maine has a Clean Elections Act - http://www.maine.gov/ethics/mcea/, which allows candidates who collect sufficient seed donations to qualify for public financing of their campaigns. Several candidates in this list are running under this Clean Elections program and need help getting enough seed money to qualify.
Democrats
James Boyle – is an environmental consultant and business owner, who formerly was a member of the State Senate. He has no campaign website yet.
Adam Cote - a lawyer with moderate, establishment Democratic values
Dominic Crocitto – no campaign website yet
Steve DeAngelis - a physics teacher (who was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Award) and a Nordic ski coach who supports school-based health-centers and protecting the environment and opposes school privatization
Donna Dion - former Mayor of Biddeford whose website doesn’t have any info on her political stances.
Mark Dion - a lawyer and a Democratic member of the Maine House of Representatives. He is also a former Sherriff and Deputy Chief of Police. Supports expanding MaineCare (Medicaid in Maine) and supports the formation of a universally accessible public healthcare system (but didn’t mention Medicare-for-All). He also supports marijuana legalization and increased state funding for public colleges and universities. He seems moderately progressive.
Patrick Eisenhart is a retired U.S. Coast Guard officer who is running as a Democrat, although he was previously a Ron Paul supporter and served as a Ron Paul delegate at the 2008 Republican National Convention. He also has previously served as a delegate to the Maine Democratic Convention. He appears currently to be a lobbyist advocating for elderly and developmentally disabled people, for gun safety, mental health services, veterans and human services. He wants to be sure all Mainers have enough to eat. On healthcare, he supports the elimination of primary health care insurance premiums and reducing the cost of paperwork and insurance deductibles. He would expand home healthcare and promote direct primary care clubs (where physicians charge patients a monthly, quarterly, or annual fee that covers all or most primary care services). He also wants to fight the opioid epidemic. I think he’s a strong candidate.
Mark Eves is a family therapist and the speaker of the Maine House of Representatives. His website is quite vague about what policies he would support as Governor.
Sean Faircloth is a lawyer and former member of both the Maine House of Representatives and the Maine Senate. While in the House, he served as the Democratic Whip. Currently, he serves as the Executive Director of Maine Mental Health Connections, a small mental health agency that also operates a soup kitchen and a food pantry. He states that he was an early supporter of Bernie Sanders. On his website, there is good information on the policies he supported as State Representative and State Senator, but not really any description of what he wants to do as Governor. However, it does say that he wants to get big money out of Maine politics.
Janet Mills is a lawyer and former State Representative and the current Attorney General of Maine, where she has sued pharmaceutical companies that distribute opioids for their role in the opioid crisis. During the 2008 banking crisis, she also successfully sued Standard and Poor’s for their role in the collapse. She seems like she might be quite a decent candidate, but she doesn’t have any information on her website on the types of policies she’d support as Governor.
Diane Russell is a former member of the Maine House of Representatives and is involved in political consulting. She has a campaign website, but it is very skimpy and has no information on the political stances she supports.
Cynthia Soma-Hernandez formerly worked for AMTRAK and was a union organizer during her stint there. She also worked as a teacher in the Newark public schools and served on the Newark Board of Education. She supports free college tuition (with one year of public service), the legalization and production of industrial hemp and increased investment in alternate energy sources.
Betsy Sweet is a women’s rights activist and lobbyist who has started a number of organizations including Dirigo Alliance, Equality Maine (LGBTQ rights), Maine Center for Economic Policy (dedicated to improving the economic well-being of low- and moderate-income Mainers) and Women's Legislative Agenda Coalition (which supports things like Medicaid expansion, birth control access, redistricting and no-excuse absentee voting). Her website does not really have any details on policies she would support as Governor, but I assume they would be similar to those that her foundations have supported. If so, I think she’d be a good candidate.
J. Martin Vachon – no campaign website
Republicans - I don’t usually cover the Republican candidates in detail and given the large number of candidates in this race, I won’t describe them here. But here are links to their webpages if you’re interested.
Kenneth Fredette is a Maine State Representative.
Garrett Mason is a Maine State Senator.
Mary Mayhew is a lobbyist and a former Maine Commissioner Department of Health and Human Services.
Shawn Moody is an auto body shop owner.
Michael Thibodeau is a former member of the Maine House of Representatives and Maine State Senate. He is also co-owner of Mount Waldo Plastics, a snow shovel manufacturing company, and co-owner of TB Equipment, a tractor dealership.
Libertarian Party candidates
Gilbert Doughty – no campaign website
Richard Light is a Libertarian candidate for Governor. He thinks the solution to problems with healthcare accessibility is to allow people to test into becoming healthcare providers. If they can pass a relevant test, then they will be licensed as doctors, nurses, etc. He feels this competition will keep down costs, but I think it will likely lead to unqualified people treating serious diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart attacks, etc. He seems to have a similar outlook for college education, where he would eliminate licensure requirements. He also supports releasing non-violent offenders from prison, legalizing marijuana, universal basic income and addressing income inequality. He also suggests redirecting Social Security contributions from the federal government to a Maine-based retirement program (I’m pretty sure the federal government wouldn’t allow that).
Green Party candidate
Betsy Marsano is an activist working on helping people including battered women, teen and young-adult fathers and indigent defendants in court. She has also worked with the Coalition for Economic Justice and the Sierra Club. She ran previously for a seat in the Maine House of Representatives, but did not win that election. Her website is kind of sketchy on the policies she supports. On healthcare, she says that she “would like to expand Medicare and expand the number of public health nurses”. On education, she wants the state to commit to funding 55% of the costs of schools. She also supports incentives for small businesses.
Independent candidates -
Ethan Alcorn owns a landscaping business and also does property management. He doesn’t have a campaign website (that link is for his Facebook page). There is not much information about him, but he states that he is for “limited government, pro-business, encourage people to come and work in Maine and stay, increase tourism, and infrastructure improvements. Also, creative ideas to support Maine made products, services, and Industries”.
Alan Caron is the founder of Caron Communications, a consulting firm, and of Envision Maine, an organization dedicated to promoting state innovators and entrepreneurs. He is also a writer, with two books published, and writes weekly columns for Maine Sunday Telegram and Central Maine newspapers. He wants to grow new industries in Maine with entrepreneurs in the state and not focus on attracting large companies who are headquartered elsewhere. He also supports improving government efficiency by modernizing technologies, expanding Medicaid in Maine (as was voted on by the citizens), increasing usage of solar and other green energy sources and providing broadband service to all. On college, he would provide interest free student loans and then the government would cover 10% of the cost of the loan for every year the student remained in Maine (I think the maximum covered would be equivalent to two years of free college). I think he’s a pretty good candidate.
Ken Capron is a retired CPA, systems analyst and fraud investigator. His website is fairly rudimentary and his stance on many issues is not clear.
Terry Hayes is the Maine State Treasurer (a position she holds as an Independent, not Republican or Democrat). She has worked with both Republicans and Democrats to get things done in her position as State Treasurer. She is also a former teacher and former member of the Maine House of Representatives (where she served as a Democrat). She says she has never run a negative ad and never will. Her website does not have much information on the policies she would support as governor.
John Jenkins is a motivational speaker and martial arts trainer. He was also formerly elected as the mayor of Lewiston, mayor of Auburn and to the Maine State Senate. As governor, he plans to manage spending to lower state costs, establish a Youth in Public Service Program, establish “Community Meetings” where state officials will meet with area residents, establish a series of “Business to Business” development forums, support and teach employee wellness programs, promote regional municipal partnerships for cooperative budgeting to lower local municipal costs and taxes, promote charter schools, support recycling and support heating assistance to low- and mid-income earners. He also wants to fight hunger, homelessness and the opioid crisis and to support the ACA and fight for livable wages. I think his stances are pretty good, except for the desire to increase charter schools.
Karmo Sanders. I’m not sure if Karmo Sanders is still running. She is listed on The Green Pages and Ballotpedia as a candidate, but she does not have a campaign website and the last post to her Facebook page (the link above) is from last August. There is not much information on her political stances or background.
Let me know in the comments if I’ve missed any important candidates or issues.
In case you missed the previous BKAS posts, they are all posted in the new subreddit we made to hold all of these BetterKnowAState. These are the states we’ve done so far that are listed in that subreddit – Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia (partial), West Virginia and Wyoming. The remaining states are a work in progress.
NEXT STATE UP –Not sure yet
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2017.11.29 13:53 Scientist34again Better Know a State: Ohio – discuss Ohio politics and candidates

Welcome to our 35th Better Know a State (BKAS), which will focus on OHIO. As I indicated before, the plan is to do these state-by-state, highlighting upcoming elections, progressive candidates in those states and major issues being fought (with an emphasis on Democratic, Independent and third party candidates). State residents can let me know if I’ve missed anything important or mistakenly described some of these issues.
Interestingly, Ohio is a state where Justice Democrats and BrandNew Congress do not yet have any candidates. That was rather surprising to me given Ohio’s perennial swing state status. But maybe there are some progressive candidates under consideration for Justice Dems or BNC.
The deadline to file as a candidate for the 2018 races in Ohio is February 7, 2018 (if running as a member of an established party) or May 7, 2018 (if running as an independent candidate). Here are the filing requirements – link. The date of the primary election in Ohio is May 8, 2018.
Because of the number of candidates, I’m going to do Ohio in 2 posts. In this first one, I describe the U.S. Senate race and the first 9 Congressional districts. In the second post, I will discuss the remaining Congressional districts and the governor’s race. Here’s what I’ve found about the various races:
United States Senators:. The Senators from Ohio are Sherrod Brown (D) and Rob Portman (R). Sherrod Brown is up for re-election in 2018. He has a very progressive voting record (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 96%) and generally opposes expansion of foreign wars and opposes free trade agreements, while supporting the restoration of Glass-Steagall, increased gun regulations and the ACA. He is not a co-sponsor for Bernie’s Senate bill for Medicare-for-All (S.1804), but has supported a separate bill to lower the age of Medicare eligibility to 55 - link. As of now, he has three Republican challengers - Melissa Ackison, Mike Gibbons and Josh Mandel. Melissa Ackison is co-owner of a surveying business. Mike Gibbons is an investment banker and a wealthy Republican donor. Josh Mandel is the State Treasurer in Ohio, who previously ran against Sherrod Brown but lost. All three of these Republican candidates are very conservative and all 3 want to repeal and replace Obamacare.
United States House of Representatives: Ohio is the seventh most populous state and has 16 United States House Representatives, 4 Democrats and 12 Republicans. Here we’ll discuss the first 9 of these Congressional districts.
OH-01: The incumbent is Steve Chabot, a very conservative Republican, who voted to repeal and replace Obamacare with the AHCA. He represents a district considered potentially competitive for Democrats and there are three Dems challenging him - Robert Barr, Samuel Ronan and Laura Ann Weaver. There is also one Independent running - Mike Goldschmidt. *Robert Barr is a rabbi. His website does not really provide any information about his positions, except that he is against the current Republican tax plan. Samuel Ronan is an Air Force veteran, a Bernie supporter and a former candidate for the DNC Chair position. He’s actually never held elected office before, but wanted to wrest control of the DNC from corporate interests and return it to the people. He didn’t win as Chair, but remains committed to a progressive agenda and is now running for Congress. He supports universal basic income, criminal justice reform, legalizing marijuana, universal healthcare, universal college education, etc. I didn’t find his position on minimum wage on his website, but I might have missed that. Although he seems like a very strong candidate, I also feel he has not fully investigated some of areas for which he has positions on his website. As an example, he states that China is our major trading partner. However, our trade with both Canada and Mexico is higher than our trade with China, perhaps not surprising since they are our border neighbors. He also supports GMOs. I’m a scientist and I understand that genetic engineering is not inherently bad. The problem with GMO comes not from the genetic modification (after all we eat DNA that is naturally contained in plants every day and a tiny amount of additional DNA does not make a difference). The problem comes when companies make plants that are resistant to toxic herbicides and then dose them with high levels of those herbicides, which we subsequently consume. Therefore, GMO plants are an issue that needs to be carefully considered. Ronan also supports the use of more Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Professors mainly aren’t in favor of this, because we feel it does not provide proper educational opportunities for students – link with details on problems of MOOCs. I say all this not to put down Ronan, who seems a good guy, but rather to point out that I’m not sure he has fully investigated all his positions and has all the relevant information (of course, that could also be true of other candidates as well). He recently announced that he is going to run as a progressive Republican, rather than a progressive Dem. Here is his website. Laura Ann Weaver is a dentist and an Air Force veteran who describes herself as “a Democrat, a Social Liberal, a Political Moderate, a Fiscal Conservative and a transgender woman”. She thinks single payer healthcare is the best option, but is willing to work on any plan that gives healthcare to all in a ‘bipartisan’ manner. The problem with this is the Republicans will not work with Dems to implement a good bipartisan program. Obamacare was a plan first developed by the conservative Heritage Foundation and enjoyed support of conservatives, until it was passed by the Democrats and became anathema to them. She opposes private prisons and right-to-work laws and supports strengthening unions. She is also opposed to Trump’s antagonizing of North Korea. She says on her website that “clinical research is done predominantly on adult males. Yet we know that women have differing symptoms and may react differently to treatment than men. Medical research needs to better address the needs of women.” This is pretty much a non-issue as the National Institutes of Health has mandated since 1993 that all clinical trials must include women and racial minorities, unless there is valid scientific justification for not including them (for instance, you can’t study prostate cancer in women). Here is Weaver’s webpage. Mike Goldschmidt is an independent candidate running on a single major issue, term limits for Congressional members. He has a quote from Newt Gingrich on his website, which makes me believe he has a pretty conservative outlook. Ronan appears to be the strongest progressive candidate in this race.
OH-02: The incumbent is Brad Wenstrup, an extremely conservative Republican, who voted to repeal and replace Obamacare. There are four Democrats challenging him - Richard Crosby, Mickey Edwards, Janet Everhard and Russ Hurley. There is also one Independent running - Steve Myers. *Richard Crosby is an attorney and former prosecutor for the city of Cincinnati. He supports unions, preserving and strengthening the ACA, lowering interest rates on student loans and fighting climate change. He wants to promote new employment by allowing new companies that hire local workers to defer payroll taxes for one year. He opposes mandatory minimum prison sentences. Here is Crosby’s website. This site seems to be the webpage for Mickey Edwards, but it is password protected and his Facebook page is unavailable. I am not sure he is running seriously. It is also not clear to me, if this Mickey Edwards is the same as the former Republican congressman from Oklahoma- Wikipedia link, who is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. That former Congressman Mickey Edwards was one of the three original founders of the conservative Heritage Foundation, so it would be a little unusual that he would run as a Democrat. Janet Everhard is a gynecologist and surgeon, who ran a write-in campaign against the incumbent (Brad Wenstrup) in 2016, but lost that race. Her main issue is healthcare, which she is passionate about providing to every single person. Her website though does not specifically state if she supports Medicare-for-All or another plan to provide healthcare to everyone. Russ Hurley is does not seem to have a formal campaign website, but here is his CrowdPAC site and here is his Facebook page. He supports legalizing marijuana, closing private prisons, instituting a living wage that is commensurate with CEO pay, building a high speed rail system, strengthening and expanding the ACA until single payer can be voted on (he didn’t say, but I assume he might support single payer as a long-term goal) and expanding wind and solar power. Steve Myers is an independent candidate who states that his “highest priority is to enact the socialwage, a minimum wage that rises with gross national productivity—what nationals make worldwide—and where working people are paid immediately after each shift of work rather than bi-weekly.” This website has more on his positions.
OH-03: The incumbent in this district is Joyce Beatty, a moderately progressive Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 87%). She is an original co-sponsor of Medicare-for-All (HR 676). She unfortunately has an association with one of the Awan brothers (Imran Awan). So far, she has no challengers.
OH-04: The incumbent Jim Jordan is a conservative Republican and a member and the Chair of the House Freedom Caucus. There are two Democrats challenging him - Janet Garrett and Andrew Mackey. Janet Garrett is a retired teacher who also served on the executive board of the teacher’s union. She supports eliminating tax loopholes that allow corporations to ship jobs overseas, expanding rural internet access, spending on infrastructure, raising the minimum wage ($15/hr by 2024), reinstating Glass-Steagall, establishing a national infrastructure bank to fund infrastructure projects, fighting the opioid crisis, protecting voting rights, strengthening public schools and reducing high-stakes testing, criminal justice reform including reducing private prisons and abolishing the death penalty, and auditing the Pentagon. Her foreign policy positions seem a bit hawkish to me. On college education, she wants to “increase federal student aid and encourage legislation that will cap loans payments based on income”. On healthcare, she wants to lower the age of eligibility for Medicare to 55 and provide a public option to the ACA for everyone else. Here is her webpage. Andrew Mackey does not seem to have a functioning website and I’m not sure he’s running seriously.
OH-05: The incumbent is an extremely conservative Republican Robert Latta. He voted to repeal and replace Obamacare. He supports repeal of the estate tax. He is facing a primary challenge by 2 Republicans - Bob Kreienkamp and Todd Wolfrum (who is the Van Wert County Commissioner). There are also two Dems challenging him - James Neu Jr. and John Michael Galbraith. James Neu Jr. is a worker for Chrysler at the Toledo Machining Plant. I didn’t find a campaign website for him, but here is his Facebook page. A quick look shows that he has posted about net neutrality, unions and income inequality. John Michael Galbraith is a financial advisor and managing partner at Galbraith Select, a company specializing in Florida real estate investments. His website is pretty vague on the policies he supports, but he wants to strengthen the ACA (no mention of Medicare-for-All), protect waterways from pollution and promote economic prosperity via bringing more manufacturing and tech jobs and fair trade agreements. I think Neu is the best candidate in this race.
OH-06: The incumbent is Bill Johnson, an extremely conservative Republican, who voted to repeal and replace Obamacare and who opposes same-sex marriage. So far, he has no challengers.
OH-07: The incumbent is Bob Gibbs, another extremely conservative Republican, who also voted to repeal the replace Obamacare. There is one Democrat challenging him - Ken Harbaugh. Ken Harbaugh is a former Navy pilot, who now works with Team Rubicon Global, an aid organization that has trained more than 45,000 military veterans to deploy to natural disasters in the U.S. and around the world. His website has little detail on his policies, but says he supports affordable healthcare (no mention of Medicare-for-All), bringing back good-paying jobs (but no details on how he will do that), fighting the opioid crisis (again no details), preserving secure retirement for seniors (presumably by protecting Social Security) and guaranteeing veteran’s benefits.
OH-08 The incumbent is a Republican Warren Davidson, who was just elected in 2016 to replace John Boehner. So far, he has a somewhat moderate voting record. Despite that, he is a member House Freedom Caucus and has voted to repeal and replace Obamacare. Right now, he has no challengers.
OH-09: The incumbent is a moderate Democrat Marcy Kaptur. Her Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score is only 77%, probably because of her support for military spending. And she is not a member of the House Progressive Caucus. Despite the fact that she does not have the most progressive voting record overall, she has several strong progressive stances. She is a strong opponent of free trade agreements like the TPP. She opposed bailing out the banks in 2008 and supports reinstating Glass Steagall (in fact she introduced a bill to do just this). She is one of the few congress people to endorse Bernie for the 2016 primary. When Bernie did not win the nomination, she did not endorse Hillary Clinton. She is an original co-sponsor of HR 676 (Medicare-for-All). She has no challengers yet.
Let me know in the comments if I’ve missed any important candidates or issues.
In case you missed the previous BKAS posts, here they are:
Alabama
Utah
Alaska
Arkansas
California Part 1
California Part 2
California Part 3
California Part 4
California State Democratic Chair Race
Colorado
Arizona
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida Part 1
Florida Part 2
New Jersey
Virginia Governor and Senate Races
Hawaii
Wyoming
Idaho
Medicare-4-All Fundraiser
North Dakota
Georgia
Minnesota
New York
Michigan Part 1
Michigan Part 2
Tennessee
Texas Part 1
Texas Part 2
Texas Part 3
Massachusetts
Illinois Part 1
Illinois Part 2
Kentucky
Kansas
Mississippi
NEXT STATE UP – Ohio Part 2
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2017.11.29 13:51 Scientist34again Better Know a State: Ohio – discuss Ohio politics and candidates

Welcome to our 35th Better Know a State (BKAS), which will focus on OHIO. As I indicated before, the plan is to do these state-by-state, highlighting upcoming elections, progressive candidates in those states and major issues being fought (with an emphasis on Democratic, Independent and third party candidates). State residents can let me know if I’ve missed anything important or mistakenly described some of these issues.
Interestingly, Ohio is a state where Justice Democrats and BrandNew Congress do not yet have any candidates. That was rather surprising to me given Ohio’s perennial swing state status. But maybe there are some progressive candidates under consideration for Justice Dems or BNC.
The deadline to file as a candidate for the 2018 races in Ohio is February 7, 2018 (if running as a member of an established party) or May 7, 2018 (if running as an independent candidate). Here are the filing requirements – link. The date of the primary election in Ohio is May 8, 2018.
Because of the number of candidates, I’m going to do Ohio in 2 posts. In this first one, I describe the U.S. Senate race and the first 9 Congressional districts. In the second post, I will discuss the remaining Congressional districts and the governor’s race. Here’s what I’ve found about the various races:
United States Senators:. The Senators from Ohio are Sherrod Brown (D) and Rob Portman (R). Sherrod Brown is up for re-election in 2018. He has a very progressive voting record (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 96%) and generally opposes expansion of foreign wars and opposes free trade agreements, while supporting the restoration of Glass-Steagall, increased gun regulations and the ACA. He is not a co-sponsor for Bernie’s Senate bill for Medicare-for-All (S.1804), but has supported a separate bill to lower the age of Medicare eligibility to 55 - link. As of now, he has three Republican challengers - Melissa Ackison, Mike Gibbons and Josh Mandel. Melissa Ackison is co-owner of a surveying business. Mike Gibbons is an investment banker and a wealthy Republican donor. Josh Mandel is the State Treasurer in Ohio, who previously ran against Sherrod Brown but lost. All three of these Republican candidates are very conservative and all 3 want to repeal and replace Obamacare.
United States House of Representatives: Ohio is the seventh most populous state and has 16 United States House Representatives, 4 Democrats and 12 Republicans. Here we’ll discuss the first 9 of these Congressional districts.
OH-01: The incumbent is Steve Chabot, a very conservative Republican, who voted to repeal and replace Obamacare with the AHCA. He represents a district considered potentially competitive for Democrats and there are three Dems challenging him - Robert Barr, Samuel Ronan and Laura Ann Weaver. There is also one Independent running - Mike Goldschmidt. Robert Barr is a rabbi. His website does not really provide any information about his positions, except that he is against the current Republican tax plan. Samuel Ronan is an Air Force veteran, a Bernie supporter and a former candidate for the DNC Chair position. He’s actually never held elected office before, but wanted to wrest control of the DNC from corporate interests and return it to the people. He didn’t win as Chair, but remains committed to a progressive agenda and is now running for Congress. He supports universal basic income, criminal justice reform, legalizing marijuana, universal healthcare, universal college education, etc. I didn’t find his position on minimum wage on his website, but I might have missed that. Although he seems like a very strong candidate, I also feel he has not fully investigated some of areas for which he has positions on his website. As an example, he states that China is our major trading partner. However, our trade with both Canada and Mexico is higher than our trade with China, perhaps not surprising since they are our border neighbors. He also supports GMOs. I’m a scientist and I understand that genetic engineering is not inherently bad. The problem with GMO comes not from the genetic modification (after all we eat DNA that is naturally contained in plants every day and a tiny amount of additional DNA does not make a difference). The problem comes when companies make plants that are resistant to toxic herbicides and then dose them with high levels of those herbicides, which we subsequently consume. Therefore, GMO plants are an issue that needs to be carefully considered. Ronan also supports the use of more Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Professors mainly aren’t in favor of this, because we feel it does not provide proper educational opportunities for students – link with details on problems of MOOCs. I say all this not to put down Ronan, who seems a good guy, but rather to point out that I’m not sure he has fully investigated all his positions and has all the relevant information (of course, that could also be true of other candidates as well). He recently announced that he is going to run as a progressive Republican, rather than a progressive Dem. Here is his website. Laura Ann Weaver is a dentist and an Air Force veteran who describes herself as “a Democrat, a Social Liberal, a Political Moderate, a Fiscal Conservative and a transgender woman”. She thinks single payer healthcare is the best option, but is willing to work on any plan that gives healthcare to all in a ‘bipartisan’ manner. The problem with this is the Republicans will not work with Dems to implement a good bipartisan program. Obamacare was a plan first developed by the conservative Heritage Foundation and enjoyed support of conservatives, until it was passed by the Democrats and became anathema to them. She opposes private prisons and right-to-work laws and supports strengthening unions. She is also opposed to Trump’s antagonizing of North Korea. She says on her website that “clinical research is done predominantly on adult males. Yet we know that women have differing symptoms and may react differently to treatment than men. Medical research needs to better address the needs of women.” This is pretty much a non-issue as the National Institutes of Health has mandated since 1993 that all clinical trials must include women and racial minorities, unless there is valid scientific justification for not including them (for instance, you can’t study prostate cancer in women). Here is Weaver’s webpage. Mike Goldschmidt is an independent candidate running on a single major issue, term limits for Congressional members. He has a quote from Newt Gingrich on his website, which makes me believe he has a pretty conservative outlook. Ronan appears to be the strongest progressive candidate in this race.
OH-02: The incumbent is Brad Wenstrup, an extremely conservative Republican, who voted to repeal and replace Obamacare. There are four Democrats challenging him - Richard Crosby, Mickey Edwards, Janet Everhard and Russ Hurley. There is also one Independent running - Steve Myers. Richard Crosby is an attorney and former prosecutor for the city of Cincinnati. He supports unions, preserving and strengthening the ACA, lowering interest rates on student loans and fighting climate change. He wants to promote new employment by allowing new companies that hire local workers to defer payroll taxes for one year. He opposes mandatory minimum prison sentences. Here is Crosby’s website. This site seems to be the webpage for Mickey Edwards, but it is password protected and his Facebook page is unavailable. I am not sure he is running seriously. It is also not clear to me, if this Mickey Edwards is the same as the former Republican congressman from Oklahoma- Wikipedia link, who is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. That former Congressman Mickey Edwards was one of the three original founders of the conservative Heritage Foundation, so it would be a little unusual that he would run as a Democrat. Janet Everhard is a gynecologist and surgeon, who ran a write-in campaign against the incumbent (Brad Wenstrup) in 2016, but lost that race. Her main issue is healthcare, which she is passionate about providing to every single person. Her website though does not specifically state if she supports Medicare-for-All or another plan to provide healthcare to everyone. Russ Hurley is does not seem to have a formal campaign website, but here is his CrowdPAC site and here is his Facebook page. He supports legalizing marijuana, closing private prisons, instituting a living wage that is commensurate with CEO pay, building a high speed rail system, strengthening and expanding the ACA until single payer can be voted on (he didn’t say, but I assume he might support single payer as a long-term goal) and expanding wind and solar power. Steve Myers is an independent candidate who states that his “highest priority is to enact the socialwage, a minimum wage that rises with gross national productivity—what nationals make worldwide—and where working people are paid immediately after each shift of work rather than bi-weekly.” This website has more on his positions.
OH-03: The incumbent in this district is Joyce Beatty, a moderately progressive Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 87%). She is an original co-sponsor of Medicare-for-All (HR 676). She unfortunately has an association with one of the Awan brothers (Imran Awan). So far, she has no challengers.
OH-04: The incumbent Jim Jordan is a conservative Republican and a member and the Chair of the House Freedom Caucus. There are two Democrats challenging him - Janet Garrett and Andrew Mackey. Janet Garrett is a retired teacher who also served on the executive board of the teacher’s union. She supports eliminating tax loopholes that allow corporations to ship jobs overseas, expanding rural internet access, spending on infrastructure, raising the minimum wage ($15/hr by 2024), reinstating Glass-Steagall, establishing a national infrastructure bank to fund infrastructure projects, fighting the opioid crisis, protecting voting rights, strengthening public schools and reducing high-stakes testing, criminal justice reform including reducing private prisons and abolishing the death penalty, and auditing the Pentagon. Her foreign policy positions seem a bit hawkish to me. On college education, she wants to “increase federal student aid and encourage legislation that will cap loans payments based on income”. On healthcare, she wants to lower the age of eligibility for Medicare to 55 and provide a public option to the ACA for everyone else. Here is her webpage. Andrew Mackey does not seem to have a functioning website and I’m not sure he’s running seriously.
OH-05: The incumbent is an extremely conservative Republican Robert Latta. He voted to repeal and replace Obamacare. He supports repeal of the estate tax. He is facing a primary challenge by 2 Republicans - Bob Kreienkamp and Todd Wolfrum (who is the Van Wert County Commissioner). There are also two Dems challenging him - James Neu Jr. and John Michael Galbraith. James Neu Jr. is a worker for Chrysler at the Toledo Machining Plant. I didn’t find a campaign website for him, but here is his Facebook page. A quick look shows that he has posted about net neutrality, unions and income inequality. John Michael Galbraith is a financial advisor and managing partner at Galbraith Select, a company specializing in Florida real estate investments. His website is pretty vague on the policies he supports, but he wants to strengthen the ACA (no mention of Medicare-for-All), protect waterways from pollution and promote economic prosperity via bringing more manufacturing and tech jobs and fair trade agreements. I think Neu is the best candidate in this race.
OH-06: The incumbent is Bill Johnson, an extremely conservative Republican, who voted to repeal and replace Obamacare and who opposes same-sex marriage. So far, he has no challengers.
OH-07: The incumbent is Bob Gibbs, another extremely conservative Republican, who also voted to repeal the replace Obamacare. There is one Democrat challenging him - Ken Harbaugh. Ken Harbaugh is a former Navy pilot, who now works with Team Rubicon Global, an aid organization that has trained more than 45,000 military veterans to deploy to natural disasters in the U.S. and around the world. His website has little detail on his policies, but says he supports affordable healthcare (no mention of Medicare-for-All), bringing back good-paying jobs (but no details on how he will do that), fighting the opioid crisis (again no details), preserving secure retirement for seniors (presumably by protecting Social Security) and guaranteeing veteran’s benefits.
OH-08 The incumbent is a Republican Warren Davidson, who was just elected in 2016 to replace John Boehner. So far, he has a somewhat moderate voting record. Despite that, he is a member House Freedom Caucus and has voted to repeal and replace Obamacare. Right now, he has no challengers.
OH-09: The incumbent is a moderate Democrat Marcy Kaptur. Her Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score is only 77%, probably because of her support for military spending. And she is not a member of the House Progressive Caucus. Despite the fact that she does not have the most progressive voting record overall, she has several strong progressive stances. She is a strong opponent of free trade agreements like the TPP. She opposed bailing out the banks in 2008 and supports reinstating Glass Steagall (in fact she introduced a bill to do just this). She is one of the few congress people to endorse Bernie for the 2016 primary. When Bernie did not win the nomination, she did not endorse Hillary Clinton. She is an original co-sponsor of HR 676 (Medicare-for-All). She has no challengers yet.
Let me know in the comments if I’ve missed any important candidates or issues.
In case you missed the previous BKAS posts, here they are:
Alabama
Utah
Alaska
Arkansas
California Part 1
California Part 2
California Part 3
California Part 4
California State Democratic Chair Race
Colorado
Arizona
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida Part 1
Florida Part 2
New Jersey
Virginia Governor and Senate Races
Hawaii
Wyoming
Idaho
Medicare-4-All Fundraiser
North Dakota
Georgia
Minnesota
New York
Michigan Part 1
Michigan Part 2
Tennessee
Texas Part 1
Texas Part 2
Texas Part 3
Massachusetts
Illinois Part 1
Illinois Part 2
Kentucky
Kansas
Mississippi
NEXT STATE UP – Ohio Part 2
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2017.11.29 13:45 Scientist34again Better Know a State: Ohio – discuss Ohio politics and candidates

Welcome to our 35th Better Know a State (BKAS), which will focus on OHIO. As I indicated before, the plan is to do these state-by-state, highlighting upcoming elections, progressive candidates in those states and major issues being fought (with an emphasis on Democratic, Independent and third party candidates). State residents can let me know if I’ve missed anything important or mistakenly described some of these issues.
Interestingly, Ohio is a state where Justice Democrats and BrandNew Congress do not yet have any candidates. That was rather surprising to me given Ohio’s perennial swing state status. But maybe there are some progressive candidates under consideration for Justice Dems or BNC.
The deadline to file as a candidate for the 2018 races in Ohio is February 7, 2018 (if running as a member of an established party) or May 7, 2018 (if running as an independent candidate). Here are the filing requirements – link. The date of the primary election in Ohio is May 8, 2018.
Because of the number of candidates, I’m going to do Ohio in 2 posts. In this first one, I describe the U.S. Senate race and the first 9 Congressional districts. In the second post, I will discuss the remaining Congressional districts and the governor’s race. Here’s what I’ve found about the various races:
United States Senators:. The Senators from Ohio are Sherrod Brown (D) and Rob Portman (R). Sherrod Brown is up for re-election in 2018. He has a very progressive voting record (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 96%) and generally opposes expansion of foreign wars and opposes free trade agreements, while supporting the restoration of Glass-Steagall, increased gun regulations and the ACA. He is not a co-sponsor for Bernie’s Senate bill for Medicare-for-All (S.1804), but has supported a separate bill to lower the age of Medicare eligibility to 55 - link. As of now, he has three Republican challengers - Melissa Ackison, Mike Gibbons and Josh Mandel. Melissa Ackison is co-owner of a surveying business. Mike Gibbons is an investment banker and a wealthy Republican donor. Josh Mandel is the State Treasurer in Ohio, who previously ran against Sherrod Brown but lost. All three of these Republican candidates are very conservative and all 3 want to repeal and replace Obamacare.
United States House of Representatives: Ohio is the seventh most populous state and has 16 United States House Representatives, 4 Democrats and 12 Republicans. Here we’ll discuss the first 9 of these Congressional districts.
OH-01: The incumbent is Steve Chabot, a very conservative Republican, who voted to repeal and replace Obamacare with the AHCA. He represents a district considered potentially competitive for Democrats and there are three Dems challenging him - Robert Barr, Samuel Ronan and Laura Ann Weaver. There is also one Independent running - Mike Goldschmidt. Robert Barr is a rabbi. His website does not really provide any information about his positions, except that he is against the current Republican tax plan. Samuel Ronan is an Air Force veteran, a Bernie supporter and a former candidate for the DNC Chair position. He’s actually never held elected office before, but wanted to wrest control of the DNC from corporate interests and return it to the people. He didn’t win as Chair, but remains committed to a progressive agenda and is now running for Congress. He supports universal basic income, criminal justice reform, legalizing marijuana, universal healthcare, universal college education, etc. I didn’t find his position on minimum wage on his website, but I might have missed that. Although he seems like a very strong candidate, I also feel he has not fully investigated some of areas for which he has positions on his website. As an example, he states that China is our major trading partner. However, our trade with both Canada and Mexico is higher than our trade with China, perhaps not surprising since they are our border neighbors. He also supports GMOs. I’m a scientist and I understand that genetic engineering is not inherently bad. The problem with GMO comes not from the genetic modification (after all we eat DNA that is naturally contained in plants every day and a tiny amount of additional DNA does not make a difference). The problem comes when companies make plants that are resistant to toxic herbicides and then dose them with high levels of those herbicides, which we subsequently consume. Therefore, GMO plants are an issue that needs to be carefully considered. Ronan also supports the use of more Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Professors mainly aren’t in favor of this, because we feel it does not provide proper educational opportunities for students – link with details on problems of MOOCs. I say all this not to put down Ronan, who seems a good guy, but rather to point out that I’m not sure he has fully investigated all his positions and has all the relevant information (of course, that could also be true of other candidates as well). He recently announced that he is going to run as a progressive Republican, rather than a progressive Dem. Here is his website. Laura Ann Weaver is a dentist and an Air Force veteran who describes herself as “a Democrat, a Social Liberal, a Political Moderate, a Fiscal Conservative and a transgender woman”. She thinks single payer healthcare is the best option, but is willing to work on any plan that gives healthcare to all in a ‘bipartisan’ manner. The problem with this is the Republicans will not work with Dems to implement a good bipartisan program. Obamacare was a plan first developed by the conservative Heritage Foundation and enjoyed support of conservatives, until it was passed by the Democrats and became anathema to them. She opposes private prisons and right-to-work laws and supports strengthening unions. She is also opposed to Trump’s antagonizing of North Korea. She says on her website that “clinical research is done predominantly on adult males. Yet we know that women have differing symptoms and may react differently to treatment than men. Medical research needs to better address the needs of women.” This is pretty much a non-issue as the National Institutes of Health has mandated since 1993 that all clinical trials must include women and racial minorities, unless there is valid scientific justification for not including them (for instance, you can’t study prostate cancer in women). Here is Weaver’s webpage. Mike Goldschmidt is an independent candidate running on a single major issue, term limits for Congressional members. He has a quote from Newt Gingrich on his website, which makes me believe he has a pretty conservative outlook. Ronan appears to be the strongest progressive candidate in this race.
OH-02: The incumbent is Brad Wenstrup, an extremely conservative Republican, who voted to repeal and replace Obamacare. There are four Democrats challenging him - Richard Crosby, Mickey Edwards, Janet Everhard and Russ Hurley. There is also one Independent running - Steve Myers. Richard Crosby is an attorney and former prosecutor for the city of Cincinnati. He supports unions, preserving and strengthening the ACA, lowering interest rates on student loans and fighting climate change. He wants to promote new employment by allowing new companies that hire local workers to defer payroll taxes for one year. He opposes mandatory minimum prison sentences. Here is Crosby’s website. This site seems to be the webpage for Mickey Edwards, but it is password protected and his Facebook page is unavailable. I am not sure he is running seriously. It is also not clear to me, if this Mickey Edwards is the same as the former Republican congressman from Oklahoma- Wikipedia link, who is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. That former Congressman Mickey Edwards was one of the three original founders of the conservative Heritage Foundation, so it would be a little unusual that he would run as a Democrat. Janet Everhard is a gynecologist and surgeon, who ran a write-in campaign against the incumbent (Brad Wenstrup) in 2016, but lost that race. Her main issue is healthcare, which she is passionate about providing to every single person. Her website though does not specifically state if she supports Medicare-for-All or another plan to provide healthcare to everyone. Russ Hurley is does not seem to have a formal campaign website, but here is his CrowdPAC site and here is his Facebook page. He supports legalizing marijuana, closing private prisons, instituting a living wage that is commensurate with CEO pay, building a high speed rail system, strengthening and expanding the ACA until single payer can be voted on (he didn’t say, but I assume he might support single payer as a long-term goal) and expanding wind and solar power. Steve Myers is an independent candidate who states that his “highest priority is to enact the socialwage, a minimum wage that rises with gross national productivity—what nationals make worldwide—and where working people are paid immediately after each shift of work rather than bi-weekly.” This website has more on his positions.
OH-03: The incumbent in this district is Joyce Beatty, a moderately progressive Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 87%). She is an original co-sponsor of Medicare-for-All (HR 676). She unfortunately has an association with one of the Awan brothers (Imran Awan). So far, she has no challengers.
OH-04: The incumbent Jim Jordan is a conservative Republican and a member and the Chair of the House Freedom Caucus. There are two Democrats challenging him - Janet Garrett and Andrew Mackey. Janet Garrett is a retired teacher who also served on the executive board of the teacher’s union. She supports eliminating tax loopholes that allow corporations to ship jobs overseas, expanding rural internet access, spending on infrastructure, raising the minimum wage ($15/hr by 2024), reinstating Glass-Steagall, establishing a national infrastructure bank to fund infrastructure projects, fighting the opioid crisis, protecting voting rights, strengthening public schools and reducing high-stakes testing, criminal justice reform including reducing private prisons and abolishing the death penalty, and auditing the Pentagon. Her foreign policy positions seem a bit hawkish to me. On college education, she wants to “increase federal student aid and encourage legislation that will cap loans payments based on income”. On healthcare, she wants to lower the age of eligibility for Medicare to 55 and provide a public option to the ACA for everyone else. Here is her webpage. Andrew Mackey does not seem to have a functioning website and I’m not sure he’s running seriously.
OH-05: The incumbent is an extremely conservative Republican Robert Latta. He voted to repeal and replace Obamacare. He supports repeal of the estate tax. He is facing a primary challenge by 2 Republicans - Bob Kreienkamp and Todd Wolfrum (who is the Van Wert County Commissioner). There are also two Dems challenging him - James Neu Jr. and John Michael Galbraith. James Neu Jr. is a worker for Chrysler at the Toledo Machining Plant. I didn’t find a campaign website for him, but here is his Facebook page. A quick look shows that he has posted about net neutrality, unions and income inequality. John Michael Galbraith is a financial advisor and managing partner at Galbraith Select, a company specializing in Florida real estate investments. His website is pretty vague on the policies he supports, but he wants to strengthen the ACA (no mention of Medicare-for-All), protect waterways from pollution and promote economic prosperity via bringing more manufacturing and tech jobs and fair trade agreements. I think Neu is the best candidate in this race.
OH-06: The incumbent is Bill Johnson, an extremely conservative Republican, who voted to repeal and replace Obamacare and who opposes same-sex marriage. So far, he has no challengers.
OH-07: The incumbent is Bob Gibbs, another extremely conservative Republican, who also voted to repeal the replace Obamacare. There is one Democrat challenging him - Ken Harbaugh. Ken Harbaugh is a former Navy pilot, who now works with Team Rubicon Global, an aid organization that has trained more than 45,000 military veterans to deploy to natural disasters in the U.S. and around the world. His website has little detail on his policies, but says he supports affordable healthcare (no mention of Medicare-for-All), bringing back good-paying jobs (but no details on how he will do that), fighting the opioid crisis (again no details), preserving secure retirement for seniors (presumably by protecting Social Security) and guaranteeing veteran’s benefits.
OH-08 The incumbent is a Republican Warren Davidson, who was just elected in 2016 to replace John Boehner. So far, he has a somewhat moderate voting record. Despite that, he is a member House Freedom Caucus and has voted to repeal and replace Obamacare. Right now, he has no challengers.
OH-09: The incumbent is a moderate Democrat Marcy Kaptur. Her Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score is only 77%, probably because of her support for military spending. And she is not a member of the House Progressive Caucus. Despite the fact that she does not have the most progressive voting record overall, she has several strong progressive stances. She is a strong opponent of free trade agreements like the TPP. She opposed bailing out the banks in 2008 and supports reinstating Glass Steagall (in fact she introduced a bill to do just this). She is one of the few congress people to endorse Bernie for the 2016 primary. When Bernie did not win the nomination, she did not endorse Hillary Clinton. She is an original co-sponsor of HR 676 (Medicare-for-All). She has no challengers yet.
Let me know in the comments if I’ve missed any important candidates or issues.
In case you missed the previous BKAS posts, here they are:
Alabama
Utah
Alaska
Arkansas
California Part 1
California Part 2
California Part 3
California Part 4
California State Democratic Chair Race
Colorado
Arizona
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida Part 1
Florida Part 2
New Jersey
Virginia Governor and Senate Races
Hawaii
Wyoming
Idaho
Medicare-4-All Fundraiser
North Dakota
Georgia
Minnesota
New York
Michigan Part 1
Michigan Part 2
Tennessee
Texas Part 1
Texas Part 2
Texas Part 3
Massachusetts
Illinois Part 1
Illinois Part 2
Kentucky
Kansas
Mississippi
NEXT STATE UP – Ohio Part 2
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2017.01.16 09:09 Marzman315 Marzman first mock draft of 2017 draft season (Four rounds, some trades, explanations for first round picks)

This mock is just for me to get an idea of team needs and player rankings so please do not scream at me if you do not like your team's picks. Constructive criticism is welcome because like I said, this was just a means for me to get started with my scouting and evals.
Also, the playoff team order is a little screwy. I used a slightly dated order, and I didn't have the energy to go back and re-do everything.
ROUND 1
1) Cleveland Browns - Myles Garrett, DE Texas A&M
A no brainer in my eyes. The best player in the draft at a position of serious need for the Browns. The Browns have struggled to effectively seal the edge for years, but do have some pieces to build a solid front seven. Garrett could be what it takes to tie it all together.
2) San Francisco 49ers - DeShaun Watson, QB Clemson
A new regime calls for a new QB. In my opinion, Watson is the most pro-ready QB in the class, and while he may never be among the league's best, he has the ceiling of a long-term starter that a team with many needs can build around.
3) Chicago Bears - Jonathan Allen, DE Alabama
The Bears have a number of options here. Moving away from Cutler is a strong possibility, but with their defensive needs I have a hard time seeing them take that route, especially with the best one off the board. Allen is a frightening presence on the D-Line. One of the elite safeties is a possibility here as well.
4) Jacksonville Jaguars - Leonard Fournette, RB LSU
To be honest I am not extremely confident in this pick. My gut says that they will take a DB, but with a new regime taking over they will seek a player who can make the same impact that Ezekiel Elliot had in Dallas. This pick will also take a good deal of pressure off Bortles, whom I think you'd have to be crazy to give up on at this point.
5) Tennessee Titans - Mike Williams, WR Clemson
I think that DB is a more pressing need for the Titans, but with another pick later in the first round and the depth at CB that this draft the Titans can grab easily the best receiver in this draft.
6) New York Jets - DeShone Kizer, QB Notre Dame
With arguably the strongest need at QB in the entire league, the Jets cannot afford to skip on a QB this year. Kizer may not be perfect, but with Todd Bowles firmly in the hotseat for this upcoming season, he will not gamble on a prospect as risky as Trubisky.
TRADE - Chargers trade their 1st and 2018 4th for the Colts 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 2018 2nd.
7) Indianapolis Colts - Dalvin Cook, RB Florida State
The Colts badly need a running back to complete their otherwise strong offense. Cook would be an excellent fit in Indy, but I do not see him lasting until the fifteenth pick. In this scenario, neither do the Colts, and they do not give the Panthers the chance to snag him first.
8) Carolina Panthers - Malik Hooker, S Ohio State
While the Panthers miss out on the two elite RBs of the class, they do have their pick of the two elite safeties. They opt for Malik Hooker, although Adams is a strong possibility as well.
9) Cincinnati Bengals - Derek Barnett, DE Tennessee
The Bengals need help along the defensive line. Barnett confuses me with his scheme adaptability from time to time, but it is hard to argue against his production.
TRADE Bills trade their 1st, 5th, and 2018 5th for the Redskins 1st and 2nd.
10) Washington Redskins - Reuben Foster, ILB Alabama
I feel as though the Redskins are on the cusp of becoming true NFC contenders. They feel safe trading up to take one of the very best players in the draft in Foster, who happens to fill arguably the biggest hole on the team.
11) New Orleans Saints - Takkarist McKinley, DE UCLA
The Saints have the makings of a very strong D-Line, Fairly and Rankins have been excellent on the interior, but they seriously lacked pressure from their ends.
12) Cleveland Browns - Jamal Adams, S LSU
Trubisky is tempting here, but the Browns' immediate needs at safety override yet another first round QB who will only compete for starting time with Kessler and RG3 (if he is still on the team). I find it more likely that Cleveland will pursue a FA QB as a stop gap and wait for a more certain solution in future drafts.
13) Arizona Cardinals - OJ Howard, TE Alabama
The Cardinals are another team that has a number of needs. I feel that they may lean defense here, but the talented Howard could be a mainstay in an offense that will most definitely be experiencing dramatic changes over the next few years as Palmer and Fitzgerald approach retirement.
14) Philadelphia Eagles - Teez Tabor, CB Florida
This will come down to receivers and cornerbacks. The Eagles have utterly desperate needs at both positions, but in this instance they find higher value in the extremely talented Tabor. He has character risks but his potential outweighs those in my opinion.
15) Los Angeles Chargers (from Colts) - Ryan Ramczyk, OT Wisconsin
Ramczyk has some injury concerns but upon receiving extra picks from trading down they are comfortable using the first pick in the new locale on best O-lineman in the draft. Not a sexy pick but the Chargers have fewer needs than most people think.
16) Baltimore Ravens - Corey Davis, WR Western Michigan
With Smith's retirement the Ravens find themselves in desperate need of WR talent. I personally think Davis is a bit overrated, but this seems like a decent landing spot for him.
17) Buffalo Bills (from Redskins) - Mitch Trubisky, QB North Carolina
Speaking of players I find overrated. I do not see Trubisky as a first round QB in any way whatsoever, but obviously in today's NFL the QB position is valued differently. The Bills take a chance on Turbisky's upside. Maybe they will prove me wrong.
18) Tennessee Titans - Sidney Jones, CB Washington
This is an ideal scenario for the Titans. They get Williams with their first pick, but are still able to get in on the highly talented class of CBs available.
19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - John Ross, WR Washington
Back to back Huskies. Ross is a perfect fit on the Bucs to compliment Evans. He reminds me of Desean Jackson, his speed will allow him to stretch the field and open more options for Winston.
20) Denver Broncos - Cam Robinson, OT Alabama
If the Seahawks proved anything this offseason, its that no matter how talented a team you field, if your O-Line is dysfunctional, it can cause your entire team to collapse. The Broncos aren't quite at that point yet, but could seriously use to bolster their o-line with the mammoth Alabama product.
21) Detroit Lions - Malik McDowell, DT Michigan State
Massive steal for the Lions. I feel as though McDowell is at his best as a 3T, and he will be a day one starter next to Ansah.
22) Miami Dolphins - Zach Cunningham, ILB Vanderbilt
Another faller snagged by a playoff team. The Dolphins have a bright future, but some linebacking help will do wonders in building them as competitors to New England.
23) New York Giants - Garrett Bolles, OT Utah
This draft class is somewhat thin at OT, but Bolles strikes me as a player that could surprise some people. New York seems as though they've been searching for long term solutions at OT for a while, and drafting high level o-line prospects is almost never a bad idea.
24) Oakland Raiders - Cordea Tankersley, CB Clemson
Raiders need secondary help badly. There are plenty of options here that make sense, I have Tankersley valued a little higher than some, but you can put your favorite CBs in any of these spots.
25) Houston Texans - Jabrill Peppers, S/LB
Okay calm down. He's got to go somewhere. The Texans need safety help and interior linebacker depth is never a bad thing. I realize that he isn't a perfect scheme fit, but he is a versatile player and I think overanalysis has caused him to become somewhat underrated.
26) Green Bay Packers - Marshon Lattimore, CB Ohio State
Green Bay is one of many teams that will take advantage of this excellent class of CBs.
27) Seattle Seahawks - Quenton Nelson, OG Notre Dame
This is an absolute emergency pick. The Seahawks would probably like to get in on the CB train, but simply cannot afford to take anyone but an o-lineman. Ideally this would be a true OT, but Nelson has the size that will afford him positional versatility.
28) Pittsburgh Steelers - Quincy Wilson, CB Florida
The Steelers defense is very hit and miss, and while they do have talent at certain positions, I feel as though their secondary needs more high end talent.
29) Atlanta Falcons - Solomon Thomas, DE Stanford
I feel like Thomas got a tad overhyped after a good bowl game, but he is still excellent value here for the Falcons, who could seriously use another talented player at the front seven.
30) Kansas City Chiefs - Jaleel Johnson, NT Iowa
I believe that Dontari Poe will be leaving in free agency, and this leaves a huge hole (literally and figuratively) at the NT position. This is something they are going to want to address immediately.
31) Dallas Cowboys - Taco Charlton, DE Michigan
Cowboys offense looks set for the next several years, but they still have several question marks on defense. More help along the D-Line will be most welcome.
TRADE Patriots trade their 1st for Panthers 2nd and 3rd (99)
32) Carolina Panthers - D'Onta Foreman, RB Texas
Patriots do Patriots things and trade out of the first round. Panthers trade up and fill their two major needs in the first round. They are comfortable doing so as they come into the draft with two 3rd round selections.
Thank God I don't have to half-ass these explanations anymore.
ROUND 2
33) Cleveland Browns - Dan Feeney, OG Indiana
34) San Francisco 49ers - Curtis Samuel, WR Ohio State
35) Chicago Bears - Desmond King, CB Iowa
36) Jacksonville Jaguars - Caleb Brantley, DT Florida
37) Los Angeles Rams - JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR USC
38) New York Jets - Marlon Humphrey, CB Alabama
39) Los Angeles Chargers - Charles Harris, OLB Missouri
40) New England Patriots (from Panthers) - Demarcus Walker, DE Florida State
41) Cincinnati Bengals - Adoree' Jackson, CB USC
42) Buffalo Bills - Marcus Williams, S Utah
43) New Orleans Saints - Tre'Davious White, CB LSU
44) Philadelphia Eagles - Cooper Kupp, WR Eastern Washington
45) Arizona Cardinals - Pat Mahomes, QB Texas Tech
46) Minnesota Vikings - Ethan Pocic, OG/C LSU
47) Indianapolis Colts - Pat Elflein, OG/C Ohio State
48) Baltimore Ravens - T.J. Watt, OLB Wisconsin
49) Buffalo Bills (from Washington) - Dion Dawkins, OT Temple
50) Cleveland Browns - Christian McCaffrey, RB Stanford
51) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Budda Baker, S Washington
52) Denver Broncos - Jarrad Davis, LB Florida
53) Detroit Lions - Alvin Kamara, RB Tennessee
54) Miami Dolphins - Forrest Lamp, OG Western Kentucky
55) New York Giants - David Njoku, TE Miami
56) Oakland Raiders - Carlos Watkins, DT Clemson
57) Houston Texans - Adam Bisnowaty, OT Pittsburgh
58) Green Bay Packers - Tim Williams, OLB Alabama
59) Seattle Seahawks - Julie'n Davenport, OT Bucknell
60) Pittsburgh Steelers - Carl Lawson, OLB Auburn
61) Atlanta Falcons - Dorian Johnson, OG Pittsburgh
62) Kansas City Chiefs - Joe Mixon, RB Oklahoma
63) Dallas Cowboys - Gareon Conley, CB Ohio State
64) New England Patriots - Jamaal Williams, RB BYU
ROUND 3
65) Cleveland Browns - Jarron Jones, DT Notre Dame
66) San Francisco 49ers - Harold Landry, LB Boston College
67) Chicago Bears - Brad Kaaya, QB Miami
68) Jacksonville Jaguars - Evan Engram, TE Ole Miss
69) Tennessee Titans - Obi Melifonwu, S Connecticut
70) New York Jets - Antonio Garcia, OT Troy
71) Los Angeles Chargers - Marcus Maye, S Florida
72) Carolina Panthers - Dante Booker, LB Ohio State
73) Cincinnati Bengals - Zay Jones, WR East Carolina
74) Buffalo Bills - Isaiah Ford, WR Virginia Tech
75) New Orleans Saints - Anthony Walker, OLB Northwestern
76) Philadelphia Eagles - Will Holden, OT Vanderbilt
77) Arizona Cardinals - Ryan Anderson, OLB Alabama
78) Minnesota Vikings - Chad Wheeler, OT USC
79) Los Angeles Chargers (from Colts) - Damore'ea Stringfellow, WR Ole Miss
80) Baltimore Ravens - Rasul Douglas, CB West Virginia
81) Washington Redskins - Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE Villanova
82) Tennessee Titans - Chris Wormley, DE Michigan
83) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Taylor Moton, OT Western Michigan
84) Denver Broncos - Lowell Lotulelei, NT Utah
85) Detroit Lions - Justin Evans, S Texas A&M
86) Minnesota Vikings - Amara Darboh, WR Michigan
87) New York Giants - Haason Reddick, LB Temple
88) Oakland Raiders - Raekwon McMillan, LB Ohio State
89) Houston Texans - Chidobe Awuzie, CB Colorado
90) Green Bay Packers - Jake Butt, TE Michigan
91) Seattle Seahawks - Cameron Sutton, CB Tennessee
92) Pittsburgh Steelers - Marquel Lee, LB Vanderbilt
93) Atlanta Falcons - Montravious Adams, DT Auburn
94) Kansas City Chiefs - Kevin King, CB Washington
95) Dallas Cowboys - Bucky Hodges, TE Virginia Tech
96) New England Patriots - Taylor Orlosky, C West Virginia
97) Denver Broncos - Billy Price, OG Ohio State
98) Miami Dolphins - Jordan Willis, DE Kansas State
99) New England Patriots - Shelton Gibson, WR Virginia
100) Los Angeles Rams - Jourdan Lewis, CB Michigan
101) Denver Broncos - Jordan Leggett, TE Clemson
102) Baltimore Ravens - Samaje Perine, RB Oklahoma
103) Cleveland Browns - Damontae Kazee, CB San Diego State
104) Kansas City Chiefs - Davis Webb, QB California
105) Seattle Seahawks - Jake Replogle, DT Purdue
ROUND 4
106) Philadelphia Eagles - Brian Hill, RB Wyoming
107) San Francisco 49ers - Roderick Johnson, OT Florida State
108) Chicago Bears - Ryan Switzer, WR North Carolina
109) Jacksonville Jaguars - Eddie Jackson, SS Alabama
110) Los Angeles Rams - Scott Quessenberry, OG UCLA
111) Washington Redskins - Travis Rudolph, Florida State
112) Los Angeles Chargers - Nathan Peterman, QB Pittsburgh
113) Carolina Panthers - Conor McDermott, OT UCLA
114) Cincinnati Bengals - Vince Biegel, LB Wisconsin
115) Chicago Bears - Avery Gennesy, OT Texas A&M
116) New Orleans Saints - Kareem Hunt, RB Toledo
117) Philadelphia Eagles - Malachi Dupre, WR LSU
118) Arizona Cardinals - Braden Smith, OG Auburn
119) Minnesota Vikings - Jeremy McNichols, RB Boise State
120) Los Angeles Chargers - Elijah Qualls, NT Washington
121) Baltimore Ravens - Chase Roullier, C Wyoming
122) Washington Redskins - Tedric Thompson, S Colorado
123) Tennessee Titans - Cole Hikutini, TE Louisville
124) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Brendon Langley, CB Lamar
125) Denver Broncos - Dede Westbrook, WR Oklahoma
126) Detroit Lions - Dawuane Smoot, DE Illinois
127) Miami Dolphins - Steven Taylor, OLB Houston
128) New York Giants - James Conner, RB Pittsburgh
129) Oakland Raiders - Erik Magnuson, OT Michigan
130) Houston Texans - Chad Kelly, QB Ole Miss
131) Green Bay Packers - Wayne Gallman, RB Clemson
132) New England Patriots - Tyquan Lewis, DE Ohio State
133) Pittsburgh Steelers - Ardarious Stewart, WR Alabama
134) Atlanta Falcons - Josh Jones, FS North Carolina State
135) Kansas City Chiefs - Ben Boulware, LB Florida
136) Dallas Cowboys - Carlos Henderson, WR Louisiana Tech
137) New York Jets - Garrett Sickels, LB Penn State
138) Cincinnati Bengals - Dan Skipper, OT Arkansas
139) Cleveland Browns - Cooper Rush, QB Central Michigan
140) Los Angeles Rams - Elijah Lee, LB Kansas
141) Cleveland Browns - Keionta Davis, DE Chattanooga
142) San Francisco 49ers - Eddie Vanderdoes, NT UCLA
143) Indianapolis Colts - Howard Wilson, CB Houston
144) Cincinnati Bengals - Josh Harvey-Clemons, S Louisville
145) Denver Broncos - Elijah Hood, RB North Carolina
Let me know what a complete idiot that I am.
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2016.09.23 11:01 AmishChupa Fictional Sheriffs in Films/TV Shows

Hi everybody! I'm doing a study on the portrayal of fictional police in media and literature, and part of the project involves collecting an exhaustive list of fictional sheriffs. Sheriffs, as you know, are a particular type of police in the United States, Canada, England, and Australia. My list includes 127 so far (which includes some literature, video games, and comics), but I was wondering if redditors could think of other fictional sheriffs in film, TV, novels, and other types of media?
I'm pretty well-versed in movies, but Westerns are an unfortunate (and ironic) blind spot in my repertoire. If I could describe my "known unknowns", the areas I know I'm likely missing cases of sheriffs and sheriff's deputies, include:
Here is the list so far (634):
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2016.09.19 19:34 AmishChupa Fictional portrayals of Sheriffs, deputies

Hi everybody! I'm doing a study on the portrayal of fictional police in media and literature, and part of the project involves collecting an exhaustive list of fictional sheriffs. Sheriffs, as you know, are a particular type of police in the United States, Canada, England, and Australia. My list includes 127 so far (which includes some literature, video games, and comics), but I was wondering if redditors could think of other fictional sheriffs in film, TV, novels, and other types of media?
I'm pretty well-versed in movies, but Westerns are an unfortunate (and ironic) blind spot in my repertoire. If I could describe my "known unknowns", the areas I know I'm likely missing cases of sheriffs and sheriff's deputies, include:
Here is the list so far (634):
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2015.12.28 19:33 domderek Bowl Preview: Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

The Armed Forces Bowl California (7-5, PAC12 4-5) vs. Air Force (8-5, MWC 6-2)
Bowl Information
Date: December 29th, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern
Channel:
Point Spread: Cal -7
O/U: 63
Bowl History
Year Founded: 2003
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Stadium: Amon G. Carter Stadium
Conference Tie-ins: Rotates between AAC, B1G, Big12, MWC, and Army
Trophy: Armed Forces Bowl Trophy This year’s trophy is 65 pounds and forged from combat tested metal of all five branches of the Armed Forces.
Payout: $1,200,000
2014 Season Result: Houston overcomes 31-6 deficit with 29 point 4th Quarter to beat Pittsburgh 35-34
Brief Bowl History: Originally known as the Fort Worth Bowl, the ESPN-owned bowl game took on an Armed Forces theme in 2006. The game features demonstrations by military skydiving teams, presentations by performing groups in the various military branches and differing tributes to our country's serving men and women. Bell Helicopter has been the sponsor since 2006 and the bowl game strives to be a destination for bowl eligible service academies and similarly-talented mid-major universities across the country.
California
2015 Season Record: 7-5 (4-5 PAC12)[Link to schedule]
Key Players this Season:
  • QB Jared Goff- The hear and sole of the Cal team is Goff. He has carried this team through 2 dark seasons and often been the only light at the end of the tunnel. He struggled a bit in the middle of this season, but came back big so many times. He racked up over 4,200 yards and 37 TDs, which on its own speaks to the guy's talent This will probably be his final game before going pro, and he will be a damn fine QB at the next level.
  • Wide Recievers- Goff's targets. We have so many, that it really it more of a group. Tons of experience, tons of chemistry, this may be the best core in the country. Look for Goff to spread the ball around like he has all season. Lawler, Treggs, Powe, Davis, Anderson, plus more will all get a handful of catches this game.
Biggest Plays this Season:
Seriously though, the Cal offense is crazy fun to watch, watching some highlights will make you happy
Season Summary: It was the best of times; It was the worst of times. Seriously though, it isn't a Cal season without miraculous wins, blowout losses, heart attacks, and a constant battle between good and bad.
Cal came into the season with hope. The last 2 season had seen only 6 wins, mostly tied to what was the worst defense in the nation. This year, in what would likely be Jared Goff's final season, expectations were high. Veteran QB, an elite recieving core, a returning 1000+ yard rusher, and a defense that finally had some experience, meant Cal fans were beginning to hope again.
Things started off well, with a trashing of FCS Grambling State and a convincing win over future MWC Champs Sand Diego State. Things then came to a head in a much hyped match up with the Longhorns. There is a lot of bad blood between Texas and Cal, due to the blatant bull hockey that led to Texas getting a Rose Bowl nod over Cal in 2004. With Cal 0-4 all time, this one felt like it meant something.
The game started well for Cal, but in the 4th quarter Texas put a mad drive to come back. With less than 2 minutes left, down 7, Texas scores a TD, but misses the extra point to give Cal the victory. 2 very close wins over the Washington schools put Cal at 5-0 and ranked #20 in the AP. Cal fans rejoiced, but not for long.
A heartbreaking loss to Utah where Goff threw 5 picks started a downward spiral in which Cal dropped 4 games straight. This included a murdering by UCLA and another heartbreaking loss to USC. An easy win over a down Oregon State team sealed a bowl for the first time since 2011. After the Big Game was canceled this year, Cal won in a fantastic game with Arizona State that came down to the wire.
After a 7-5 season with more wins than the last 2 combined, its hard to say this season wasn't successful. Most fans are satisfied, if a bit disappointed at what could have been. HC Sonny Dykes has been signed through 2019, with a pay raise that was much needed (was lowest paid PAC12 Coach previously). Jared Goff continued to be the light of a dark time in Cal football, and will be adorred and remember by the Cal fanbase for many years to come.
Why we are going to win: Plain and simple, Jared Goff. Everything points to this being his last game before being the potential #1 QB in the draft. He will play his heart out. And with some time to potentially have RB Lasco and WR Kenny Lawler to heal from nagging injuries, the Cal offense will be clicking. The poor defense will keep the game close, but our speedy LB core will eventually hold the Air Force run game as they get to the red zone.
Prediction: Cal 47; Air Force 38
Air Force
2015 Season Record: 8-5 ( 6-2 MWC )
Key Players this Season:
Offense:
  • RB Jacobi Owens led the Falcons in rushing this year, posting 1,009 yards on 186 carries (5.4 Avg.) and running in 6 TDs during his Junior campaign, earning him Honorable Mention All-Mountain West. He crossed the 2,000 yards mark for his career at Air Force this season as well.
  • QB Karson Roberts led the Falcons in passing this season, throwing for 1,446 yards going 70-134 for 9 TDs and 10 INTs. He was also second on the team in rushing going for 727 yards on 152 carries (4.8 Avg.) and tied for the team lead in TDs with 9.
  • WR Jalen Robinette led the Falcons in receiving with 572 yards on 21 reception and 4 TDs. Robinette broke the Air Force single game receiving record with 210 yards on 7 receptions in a win against Utah State. He also earned Honorable Mention All-Mountain West honors.
Defense:
  • DL Alex Hansen was one of 3 Falcon defenders to earn 1st team All-Mountain West honors this season. Leading all Falcon defensive linemen in total tackles with 60 (12 against Navy) and posting a team leading 7.5 sacks.
  • DB Weston Steelhammer also earned First Team All-Mountain West honors, the second time he has made the list. Led the Falcons in total tackles with 80 and 5 interceptions, in addition to 7 pass defences and 1 fumble recovery.
Biggest Plays this Season:
Season Summary:
The 2015 Air Force season was a step back compared to the 10-3 record in 2014, but still a successful season nonetheless. The Falcons finished 8-5 in Head Coach Troy Calhoun’s 9th season, winning the Mountain West Mountain Division and losing to San Diego State in the championship game 24-27. The Falcons did not retain both of the rivalry trophies they won in 2014, losing the Ram-Falcon Trophy to Colorado State 23-38, and losing the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy to Navy, having been defeated 11-33 by the Midshipmen, but they did beat Army 20-3. The Falcons split their first 6 games 3-3, with losses including Michigan State, Navy, and Colorado State, but then the Falcons won 5 straight, including a win against Boise State, to get to 8-3 entering the final week of the season. The Falcons efforts earned them 5 spots on the All-Mountain West teams and 2 Honorable Mentions. This is Troy Calhoun’s 8th bowl appearance as Air Force Head Coach and the 25th bowl appearance in Falcon history.
Why we are going to win:
The Falcons will need to play mistake free football if they want to beat Cal. The heavy running attack requires them to get out to an early lead and maintain it and keep time of possession when playing against an air attack like Cal. If they get behind, it’s going to be hard to try to make up points, and the last thing they want in this game is a shootout. According to Football Outsiders, the Falcons have the 20th ranked S&P+ rushing offense, going against Cal’s 73rd ranked rushing defense in S&P+. The Falcons need to have a big day on the ground, but also need to get some production out of the passing game. Being as run heavy as they are they can’t lean on the passing attack, but when they get going they can be effective, averaging 10.6 yards per attempt, and they will be going against the 98th ranked passing defense of Cal based on S&P+. They also need to intercept Jared Goff, who in the last few weeks of the season has been taking care of the ball well. If they can play disciplined football, take care of the ball, and don’t let the game get away from them, they can get the bowl win.
Why you should watch the game Simply: The Run vs The Pass. It's a match up of 2 very good, very different offenses. This game will be close, high scoring, and full of the big plays. Don't miss it.
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2013.12.18 17:17 jeedf 35 Bowls in 17 Days: The Gildan New Mexico Bowl

Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Colorado State Rams -vs- Washington State Cougars
Bowl Information
Date: December 21st, 2013
Time: 2:00PM EST
Watch/Listen:
Point Spread:
  • Washington State -4
  • Colorado State +4
O/U: 65.0
Bowl History
Year Founded: 2006
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Stadium: University Stadium
Conference Tie-ins: MWC vs. PAC-12
Payout: $912,500 ($456,250 per team)
Sponsor: Gildan Activewear (2011-Current)
Tickets: They keep it flashy
2012 New Mexico Bowl Result: With 1:48 left in the game, no timeouts left, and Nevada leading 48-35, the game was surely over. But the Arizona Wildcats dug deep to BearDown and fight back to win a thriller 49-48 in one of the most exciting New Mexico Bowls to date.
Bowl History:
The New Mexico Bowl has been played annually on the first Saturday before Christmas since 2006 and has been the opening game of bowl season since 2010. ESPN has been the television home for this game since it's inception, showcasing New Mexico’s only annually nationally televised sporting event. It took until 2011 for the Bowl to gain its first title sponsor for the game with the clothing manufacturer Gildan. The bowl first started as a matchup between the Mountain West and Western Athletic conferences, as the state had strong ties with both parties. The University of New Mexico was one of the WAC’s original members and later left the conference in 1999 to help form the MWC. A few years later the state regained representation in the WAC with the addition of New Mexico State in 2005.
The inaugural game took place on a frigid December afternoon between the hometown favorite New Mexico Lobos and the San Jose State Spartans. Unfortunately for the Lobos, it was a fairly one sided affair in the Spartans favor that featured future Green Bay Packer James Jones. The bowl continued to match up MWC against the WAC until 2011, when it switched to feature teams from the MWC and the Pac-12 conferences. Unfortunately, due to the lack of Pac-12 bowl eligible teams in 2011, it wasn’t until 2012 when the first game to actually bring in a Pac-12 team occurred when the Arizona Wildcats faced off against the Nevada Wolf Pack.
The trophy for the New Mexico Bowl is a handcrafted Native American clay pot created by a husband-and-wife artist team from their home in Zia Pueblo. It is hand painted and customized each year to feature players/logos of each team, the Zia symbol, and the bowl game logo. The most valuable player trophies are two traditional leather shields, one each to the offensive and defensive MVP.
Results
Year Winning Team Losing Team Score Recap
2006 San Jose State New Mexico 20-12 ESPN
2007 New Mexico Nevada 23-0 ESPN
2008 Colorado State Fresno State 40-35 ESPN
2009 Wyoming Fresno State 35-28 2OT ESPN
2010 BYU UTEP 52-24 ESPN
2011 Temple Wyoming 37-15 ESPN
2012 Arizona Nevada 49-48 ESPN
Most Valuable Players
Year Offensive MVP Team Position Defensive MVP Team Position
2006 James Jones San Jose State WR Matt Castelo San Jose State LB
2007 Donovan Porterie New Mexico QB Brett Madsen New Mexico LB
2008 Gartrell Johnson Colorado State RB Tommie Hill Colorado State DE
2009 Austyn Carta-Samuels Wyoming QB Mitch Unrein Wyoming DE
2010 Jake Heaps BYU QB Andrew Rich BYU FS
2011 Chris Coyer Temple QB Tahir Whitehead Temple LB
2012 Matt Scott Arizona QB Marquis Flowers Arizona LB
Notabowl Historic Games:
  • 2009: Making its second consecutive appearance in the New Mexico Bowl, the 8-4 Fresno State Bulldogs looked to take on the 6-6 Wyoming Cowboys hoping the outcome would be in their favor that year. The Bulldogs entered the bowl with the 14th ranked scoring offense (34.3 points/game) and the 7th ranked rushing offense (231.6 yards/game) led by future San Diego Charger RB Ryan Matthews. The Cowboys struggled to put points on the board that season, having been shutout in three games already and ranking 113th nationally in scoring offense (16.3 points/game). The one stat in the Cowboy’s favor was their turnover margin of +7, compared against a generous Bulldog team whose margin was -9. Wyoming jumped out to an early lead with a huge 68-yard run by RB Alvester Alexander in the first quarter. Fresno State hammered in their response the next quarter with a long drive ending with a 4-yard hard nosed dive for a touchdown by RB Ryan Matthews. The two teams continued to exchange blows throughout the game. Shortly into the fourth quarter, the Cowboys found themselves in a hole down 11 points. Fresman QB Austyn Carta-Samuels responded with a 72 yard drive that ended with an 11-yard TD pass to bring Wyoming within 3. The Cowboy defense dug deep and only allowed the Bulldogs to run 4 plays before having to punt it off with 8:08 remaining in the game. Carta-Samuels led another huge drive that pushed the Cowboys down to the 20 yard line allowing a game tying FG with 20 seconds left. In the first overtime, Wyoming put on a huge goal line stand to stuff a Bulldog 4th and goal from the 1 yard line. The FG what would have ended the game was shanked by the Cowboys to force a second OT. In the first possession of 2OT, Carta-Samuels connected with WR David Leonard for his third passing TD of the game. Wyoming only allowed the Bulldogs 5 yards in the first three plays of their possession and on 4th and 5 from the WYO 20, Fresno State QB Ryan Colburn scrambled all over the backfield from the relentless Cowboy defense only to fumble the ball away to bring the thriller to an end.
    -Highlights
  • 2012: In what is arguably the best New Mexico Bowl to date, 7-5 Nevada took on 7-5 Arizona. This game featured the top 2 rushers in the nation in 2012 with #1 Ka’Deem Carey for Arizona (1929 yards) and #2 Stefphon Jefferson for Nevada (1883 yards), as well as the #3 (Arizona) and #4 (Nevada) overall offenses. On the other side, this game featured 2 defenses ranked in the bottom 30 of the league in points allowed, so naturally the O/U was set at 75.5. Nevada jumped out to an early 21-0 lead in the 1st quarter. Arizona finally responded with Ka’Deem Carey punching in a 21 yard TD with 1:52 left in the 1st. Two Nevada turnovers led to 14 Arizona points as both Carey and QB Matt Scott were able to score from 1 yard out. Nevada took the lead again on a 14 yard Jefferson run, but Arizona was able to tie it up the next possession. Nevada kicked a 27 yard field goal with no time remaining in the first half to take a 31-28 lead into the locker room. Nevada started out hot, forcing an Arizona 3 and out, and then going on an 89 yard drive, finishing with a 33 yard TD pass to WR Richy Turner. Matt Scott threw a pick in Nevada territory, which Nevada turned into a TD, a one yard plunge from Fajardo. At the end of the third quarter, the Wolfpack held a commanding 45-28 lead. Arizona started out the quarter with a 64 yard TD to WR Austin Hill to cut the lead to 10. There was no other scoring until 1:48 when Nevada kicked a 25 yard field goal to put them up by 13. Needing 14 points to win and no timeouts, Scott was able to lead the Wildcats on a 6 play, 75 yard drive that took only 1:06, finished with a 2 yard TD to Hill, their second TD connection of the quarter. Arizona LB Marquis Flowers was able to recover the onside kick with 41 seconds left. Scott completed passes of 28 and 21 yards to bring Arizona down to the 2 yard line. Scott capped off the drive and the improbable comeback with a 2 yard pass to WR Tyler Slavin with 19 seconds left, Arizona’s first lead of the game. Nevada’s first play was an interception thrown by Fajardo to seal the fate of the Wolfpack. The high scoring game lived up to the hype, as did the 2 RBs. Jefferson rushed for 180 yards (5.3 avg) and 2 TDs while his counterpart Carey rushed for 172 yards (6.1 avg) and 3 TDs. Arizona QB Matt Scott was named the game’s offensive MVP after throwing for 382 yards and 3 TDs with 2 INTs. These highlights have already been posted earlier in the thread, but here they are again because they’re so fantastic.
    -Highlights
  • 2013: Coming soon...
Colorado State Rams
Bowl Record: 5-7
Year Bowl Outcome Recap
1949 Raisin Bowl Colorado State 20 - Occidental 21 Recap
1990 Freedom Bowl Colorado State 32 - Oregon 31 Oregon Recap
1994 Holiday Bowl Colorado State 14 - Michigan 24 Bowl Recap
1995 Holiday Bowl Colorado State 21 - Kansas State 54 Bowl Recap
1997 Holiday Bowl Colorado State 35 - Missouri 23 Bowl Recap
1999 Liberty Bowl Colorado State 17 - Southern Miss 23 Wiki Recap
2000 Liberty Bowl Colorado State 22 - Louisville 17 SI Recap
2001 New orleans Bowl Colorado State 45 - North Texas 20 SI Recap
2002 Liberty Bowl Colorado State 3 - TCU 17 Wiki Recap
2003 San Francisco Bowl Colorado State 21 - Boston College 35 Wiki Recap
2005 Poinsettia Bowl Colorado State 30 - Navy 51 Bowl Recap
2008 New Mexico Bowl Colorado State 40 - Fresno State 35 ESPN Recap
Historic Bowl Games:
  • 1990 Freedom Bowl Colorado State 32 - Oregon 31
    Appearing in their second bowl game and first since 1949, CSU was able to win their first ever bowl game by beating Oregon by 1. Trailing 25-19 with 14 minutes left in the 4th quarter, Mike Gimenez threw a 49 yard TD pass to Greg Primus to put CSU up 26-25, followed by another CSU touchdown, this time a 52 yard run from Todd Yert. The extra point was blocked, putting CSU up 32-25. Oregon came back with a 79 yard drive, including 3rd down completions of 31 and 21 yards from Oregon quarterback Bill Musgrave (current offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings). Sean Burwell capped off the drive with a 6 yard TD run with only 1:01 left to play. Oregon went for a two point conversion and the win, but Michael McClellan was stopped inches short, and Colorado State went on to win their first bowl game, 32-31.
    -Highlights
    -Oregon touchdown with 61 seconds left and failed 2 point conversion
  • 2000 Liberty Bowl Colorado State: 22 - Louisville: 17
    After finishing 9-2 in the regular season and winning the Mountain West, #23 CSU took on the Conference USA champions, #22 Louisville. Facing a subzero wind chill, CSU took to the ground as RB Cecil Sapp rushed for a career high 160 yards and a touchdown, and WR Frank Rice added a rushing TD as well. Louisville had the ball with 1:03 in the 4th down by 4, but QB Dave Ragone (368 yards, 2 TDs in the game) was stopped short on 4th down and Colorado State went on to seal the victory. With the win, CSU earned their third 10+ win season, all under coach Sonny Lubick. CSU ended the season ranked #14, the highest the program has ever finished.
  • 2008 New Mexico Bowl Colorado State 40 - Fresno State 35
    In the first season under new coach Steve Fairchield, CSU received a bid to the New Mexico Bowl, the last bowl they had been in prior to this year. Trailing 28-20 entering the 4th quarter, CSU scored 20 unanswered points in the 4th before allowing Fresno State to score with 53 seconds left. This game is most notable because CSU RB Gartrell Johnson rushed for 285 yards and caught 5 balls for 90 yards. His 375 combined rushing and receiving yards are the most in a bowl game in FBS history.
    -Highlights
2013 Season Record: 7-6, 5-3 MW
Date Opponent Result
9/1/13 vs. (played in Denver) Colorado L 41-27
9/7/13 @ Tulsa L 30-27
9/14/13 vs. Cal Polly W 34-17
9/21/13 @ #1 Alabama L 31-6
9/28/13 vs. UTEP W 59-42
10/12/13 vs. San Jose State L 34-27
10/19/13 @ Wyoming W 55-22
10/27/13 @ Hawaii W 35-28
11/2/13 vs. Boise St. L 42-30
11/9/13 vs. Nevada W 38-17
11/16/13 @ New Mexico W 66-42
11/23/13 @ Utah St. L 13-0
11/30/13 vs. Air Force W 58-13
12/21/13 vs. Washington St. (Gildan New Mexico Bowl) TBD
Key Players this Season:
  • RB Kapri Bibbs: The redshirt sophomore running back led everyone in the FBS with 28 rushing touchdowns, including 6 against New Mexico, 4 against Nevada, and 3 against UTEP, Wyoming, Hawaii, Boise State, and Air Force. This tied Barry Sanders’ record of scoring at least three touchdowns in 7 different games, as well as becoming only the 4th player to score 3 or more touchdowns in 5 consecutive games joining Barry Sanders, Paul Hewitt, and Montee Ball. His 168 points scored are the most in school history and Bibbs himself has scored more points than Miami (OH), FIU, UMass, and South Florida have all season. He also ranks 8th in rushing yards with 1572, averaging 6.2 yards per attempt. Bibbs needs only 30 yards rushing against Washington State to break CSU’s single-season rushing record, having already broken the record for rushing touchdowns and most points in a season. Bibbs was recently named to the Walter Camp All-America team, becoming only the 3rd Ram to do so. All of this despite not being named the starter until week 6 of this season.
  • LB Shaquil Barrett: The senior linebacker Barrett was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year, the first CSU player to win conference player of the year in 10 years. Barrett leads the Mountain West in tackles for loss and set a conference record, as well as being ranked 4th nationally, with 20.5 on the year. Barrett also led the Mountain West with 12 sacks, which also tied him for third in the FBS. He has tacked on 3 blocked kicks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception, and 74 tackles. NFL Draft Blitz ranks Barrett as the #8 senior inside linebacker.
  • QB Garrett Grayson: The junior quarterback set Colorado State’s single-season passing record this year with 3327 yards. He threw for 21 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. This is the first time Colorado State has had a 3000 yard passer and a 1500 yard rusher in the same season. Grayson’s ability to throw the ball ensures that defenses won’t be able to stack the box in order to stop Bibbs. He’s also pretty good looking, as center Weston Richburg has said, “Just look at him. A good-looking guy like that, what girl wouldn’t want to date him?”. Richburg is also one of CSU’s best players and is Walter Football’s #4 center in the 2014 draft class.
Biggest Plays this Season:
  • Shaq Barrett’s blocked FG vs. Cal Poly: CSU started out the season 0-2 after losing to rival Colorado and Tulsa. They had lead going into the 4th quarter in both games, but were outscored in the 4th 18-3 by Colorado to lose 41-27 and 13-0 by Tulsa to lose 30-27. Cal Poly’s kicker Bobby Zalud lined up for a 32 yard field goal with 8:11 in the 4th to pull Cal Poly within 7 points. A 3rd straight loss due to a poor 4th quarter seemed imminent, and blowing a 27-10 halftime lead at home would have derailed the Rams’ season. Instead, Shaq Barrett shot through the gap and blocked the kick to put an end to Cal Poly’s comeback. This led to a 10 play, 68 yard drive, capped off by a 6 yard touchdown. This put CSU up 34-17, which would end up being the final score as CSU secured their first victory of 2013.
  • Kapri Bibbs’ 3rd TD against UTEP: As I mentioned earlier, Bibbs, arguably CSU’s best player, didn’t get his first start until week 6 of the season. The week 5 game against UTEP was Bibbs’ coming out party, and he was named the starter for the rest of the season after this game. He rushed for 147 yards on only 13 carries (11.3 average) and 3 touchdowns, 8, 37, and 34 yards. CSU’s entire offense had an outburst, beating UTEP 59-42. Bibbs becoming the starter propelled CSU’s offense as they scored an average of nearly 39 points over the final 8 games of the season.
  • Kapri Bibbs’ 6 touchdown game against New Mexico: Other than playing Alabama earlier in the season, CSU didn’t get talked about much and were overlooked in the Mountain West. Bibbs’ 6 touchdown game against New Mexico changed that, as people took notice of his gaudy 6 touchdowns in addition to his 291 yards rushing. His 6 trips to the endzone tied the Mountain West record for touchdowns in a game and is only 2 short of the all-time record. His touchdowns came from 11, 27, 1, 7, 26, and 18 yards out, with the last 3 all coming in the 4th quarter to help CSU secure the 66-42 win. This game came on the heels of the 38-17 win against Nevada where he broke the school record for rushing yards in a game with 312 yards, as well as adding 4 touchdowns to his stat sheet. His total rushing numbers in those 2 games were 603 yards and 10 touchdowns. Bibbs and the high scoring CSU offense became hard to ignore after these big games.
Season Summary:
Jim McElwain’s second season in Fort Collins was a great success. After finishing 4-8 in his first season as head coach, the former Alabama OC helped CSU to their first bowl game since 2008. The big game on CSU’s schedule was Alabama, where they surprisingly held their own against the nation’s top team. CSU was down only 11 heading into the 4th quarter, and would actually be winning by 3 to start the 4th if it wasn’t for a 4th down TD as well as a blocked punt returned for a TD from Bama. Alabama would go on to win 31-6, but CSU was able to prove they could hang around with the big boys and put up a better showing against Alabama than other SEC schools (looking at you, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, and to a lesser extent, Ole Miss). The low points of the season were losses to Colorado and Tulsa to start the season (the teams combined to finish 7-17 this season) as well as being shutout by Utah State after averaging over 44 points over their last 7 games. The entire offense was shut down as Grayson threw for only 147 yards and 2 interceptions and Bibbs rushed for only 54 yards. They responded huge the next week against Air Force as Grayson threw for 395 yards and 3 touchdowns while Bibbs rushed for 3 more touchdowns. The 58-13 win clinched a bowl bid for the Rams. High points of the season include Bibbs setting a school record in rushing yards per game against Nevada and setting the school record for rushing touchdowns in a game the very next week against New Mexico. A 55-22 win against Wyoming was also a big moment in the season, as the Rams were able to take down their rivals in Laramie to win the Bronze Boot in a game where they were the underdogs by 7. Colorado State is looking to use this season and bowl game to springboard them into even greater success with coach McElwain.
Why we are going to win:
Washington State is going to see a heavy dose of Bibbs and the CSU run game, as CSU’s best aspect of their offense is WSU’s worst aspect of their defense. WSU has given up an average of 185.25 yards on the ground this year, allowing 254 yards rushing in losses, and 221.86 yards rushing on the road or at a neutral site, while CSU is 31st in the nation with 202.7 yards rushing per game. WSU is allowing more than 100 yards fewer rushing when they win, so CSU really needs to fire up Bibbs and get him in the form he was in against Nevada and New Mexico in order to win. WSU is a little more stout against the pass, averaging 261.3 yards against the pass this season. Grayson needs to be able to control the game and keep WSU from stacking the box to stop Bibbs. CSU’s offense also needs to control the clock and keep WSU’s offense off the field. CSU’s pass defense ranks 111th in the nation, and will have to find a way to stop the nation’s 4th ranked passing offense. Shaq Barrett has 12 sacks this year and will need to be able to get to Halliday to force 2nd and 3rd and long, as well as affecting his throws. Halliday does lead the league in interceptions thrown with 21, so the defense will need to force him to make bad throws. There shouldn’t be much defense in this game, but the offenses will attack differently with CSU running and WSU passing. Halliday makes too many mistakes throwing interceptions and the WSU offense is too one-dimensional, allowing the CSU defense to play the pass and Barrett to get a good rush on Halliday. Bibbs is one of the best running backs in the nation going up against a very poor run defense. We have seen the type of games Bibbs can have, and he has the potential for another one of those huge showings against WSU’s defense.
Prediction: Colorado State 45 - Washington State 42
Washington State Cougars
Cougs Breaking Bad: Wait, what?
Bowl Record: 6-4
Year Bowl Outcome Recap
1916 Rose Bowl Washington State 14 - Brown 0 WSU Recap - Video
1931 Rose Bowl Washington State - Alabama 24 Bama Recap - Video
1981 Holiday Bowl Washington State 36 - BYU 38 WSU Recap
1988 Aloha Bowl Washington State 24 - Houston 22 Recap
1992 Copper Bowl Washington State 31 - Utah 28 WSU Recap
1994 Alamo Bowl Washington State 10 - Baylor 3 Bowl Recap
1998 Rose Bowl Washington State 16 - Michigan 21 WSU Recap - Video
2001 Sun Bowl Washington State 33 - Purdue 27 WSU Recap
2003 Rose Bowl Washington State 14 - Oklahoma 34 ESPN Recap - Video
2003 Holiday Bowl Washington State 28 - Texas 20 Bowl Recap - ESPN Recap - Video
Historic Bowl Games:
  • 1916 Rose Bowl Washington State 14 - Brown 0
    Defeated Brown University 14-0 in the second ever Rose Bowl game, and the first since 1902. This game proved to be the first of what now is 98 consecutive Rose Bowl games held annually. Then known as the State College of Washington, the team’s nickname was “Indians.” The team was the first of the current PAC-12 schools to win a Rose Bowl. -Further Reading
    -Wiki Recap
  • 1998 Rose Bowl Washington State 16 - Michigan 21
    WSU’s first return to the Rose Bowl in 67 years. The #8 PAC-10 champions held a 10-1 record led by coach Mike Price and All-American, PAC-10 Offensive Player of the Year, QB Ryan Leaf. The team would fall to the eventual (shared) national champion Michigan Wolverines, 21-16. Most Wazzu fans will tell you that the game was never completed however, as WSU spiked the ball with 2 seconds remaining and should have had a chance to go for the win. Unfortunately, the SEC officials disagreed, saying the clock had expired. Being the pre-instant replay days, their call would stand, leaving the Cougs feeling short-changed.
    -Wiki Recap
  • 2003 Holiday Bowl Washington State 28 - Texas 20
    The Cougs’ last bowl game was a 28-20 win over the #5 ranked Texas Longhorns. Coach Bill Doba led WSU to a 9-2 record and a second-place PAC-10 finish. Trailing by 3 at halftime, the Cougs scored 19 points in the 3rd quarter to take the lead. The WSU defense tallied 7 sacks and 3 turnovers. Defensive MVP P Kyle Basler pinned the Longhorns inside the 5 yard-line 4 times.
    -Wiki Recap
2013 Season Record: 6-6 (4-5 PAC-12, T-7th)
Date Opponent Result
8/31/13 @ Auburn L 31-24
9/7/13 @ #25 USC W 10-7
9/14/13 vs. Southern Utah W 48-10
9/21/13 vs. Idaho W 42-0
9/28/13 vs.#5 Stanford (in Seattle) L 55-17
10/5/13 @ Cal W 44-22
10/12/13 vs. Oregon St. L 52-24
10/19/13 @ #2 Oregon L 62-38
10/31/13 vs. Arizona St. L 55-21
11/16/13 @ Arizona W 24-17
11/13/13 vs. Utah W 49-37
11/29/13 @ Washington L 27-17
12/21/13 vs. Colorado St (Gildan New Mexico Bowl) TBD
Key Players this Season:
  • Offense: QB Connor Halliday 656 att (1st NCAA) for 4187 yds (4th NCAA), 28TD-21INT. His 89 attempts vs. Oregon set a new NCAA single game record. Halliday likes to spread it around… 10 WRs have >20 catches this season, led by WR Gabe Marks who collected 69 grabs along with 6TDs. WRs Dom Williams and Vince Mayle added 7 and 6 TDs respectively. The WSU running game is paced by RB Marcus Mason (only 437 yds, but 5.1/carry average). Mason also has 49 receptions, good for 2nd on the team. RB Jeremy Laufasa is the short yardage specialist, leading the team with 7 rushing TDs on only 34 carries.
  • Defense: DB Deone Bucannon is a 2nd-team All-American and the NCAA’s active leader in career solo tackles and second in active career INTs. He leads the team with 109 tackles and 3 forced fumbles this season, co-leader in INTs with 5 and the odds-on favorite to knock someone’s head off or draw a 15 yard penalty at any given time. CB Damante Horton has also picked off 5 passes this year, including 3 returned for TDs. LB Justin Sagote 91 tackles is good for second on the team, and DT Xavier Cooper has 4.5 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries including 1 returned for a TD.
  • Special Teams: K Andrew Furney 15-19 FG, 43-44 XP. Wazzu’s leading scorer this season. He is strong and accurate, going 7-9 from 40-49 yards and 1-2 from 50+, making a 52 yarder vs. Utah. Furney has a career long FG of 60 yds, made last season vs. Eastern Washington. He has also become a fan favorite after hammering the final nail in the coffin in last year’s Apple Cup.
Biggest Plays this Season:
  • Season Highlight Video: (minus the last two games)
  • Final goal line stand against Idaho After driving down the field deep into WSU territory, Idaho looked to erase the goose egg on the scoreboard in the final minutes of the game. In what some saw as a controversial move, Leach swapped out the back ups for the starting defense in hopes to preserve WSU’s first shut out since 2003. Idaho ran hard but Wazzu hit back harder, stopping them a half yard short of the goal line on 4th and 1 with 0:25 left. Despite the game itself being a blow out, it was an exciting ending and another milestone for a much improved defensive unit that held USC to 3.0 yards per play 2 weeks earlier. Unfortunately the game left a sour taste for some, leading to the coaches exchanging a few choice words at the 50 yard line at the end of the game.
  • Isiah Myers’ tie-breaking TD catch against Arizona: This 25 yard catch and broken tackle resulted in what would end up being the winning touchdown in an exciting game that had fans on the edge of their seats until the final seconds. With 2:15 remaining following the go ahead score, the Wildcats quickly drove into WSU territory making it to the 31 yard line in only 4 plays. After slowing down their momentum some, a 9-yard 4th down scramble kept Arizona’s drive, and hopes, alive. A couple of plays later on third and 6, QB B.J. Denker was tackled at the 13 yard line and without any timeouts left, Arizona scrambled to get one last play off. As Cougar fans held their breath, Denker lobbed a pass to the back corner of the endzone where WR Samajie Grant pulled in the catch, but landed out of bounds, finalizing a Wazzu’s victory. The victory was a huge shift in momentum as the Cougs had lost 4 out of the past 5 games and pulled them within one win of bowl eligibility.
  • Damante Horton’s pick six against USC: With seconds left in the first half, Horton snagged a poor throw by Kessler and returned it 70 yards, sending the team into the locker room hyped up to come back out and finish the Trojans off. After years of subpar defense that made it feel like we were playing NCAA on rookie difficulty rather than watching a real college football game, this season’s defensive unit went out to show that they were through with that image. They harassed and shut down both Kessler and Wittek throughout the game, only allowing 54 total passing yards between the two QBs. After a 41-yard field goal by Furney to go ahead with three minutes left in the game, Horton halted USC’s final drive by picking off Wittek to seal WSU’s first victory at the Coliseum in 13 years.
Season Summary:
For a team that hasn’t had a winning record since 2006, or earned a bowl bid since 2003, this season’s 6-6 mark was welcomed as a success by the majority of Wazzu fans. The Cougs were surprisingly competitive on the road to begin the season versus eventual SEC Champion and BCS NCG participant Auburn. They followed that effort up with possibly their best win of the season, a very physical 10-7 upset of #25 USC in Los Angeles, helping to hasten the early departure of Lane Kiffin (You’re welcome, Troy). Relatively easy wins vs Southern Utah and Idaho followed. Then came a stretch of losses versus top-10 caliber teams in Stanford, Oregon and Arizona State, as well as a 4th quarter collapse at home to the Beavers of Oregon State. This stretch was broken up only by a win at lowly Cal. Two huge wins at Arizona and at home versus Utah in November helped save the season and clinch bowl eligibility, the goal that many Coug fans have been looking for as the first step on the road to recovery for our proud program. The story of the Coug’s season has been written primarily by the arm of QB Connor Halliday. As he goes, so goes our our team. In WSU’s 6 losses, he has thrown 14 INT’s but cut that number in half in the Cougs’ 6 wins. The defense has at times struggled but at other times come up big with opportune stops and turnovers. It was a season of contrasting successes and failures. Every two steps forward came with at least one step back, but there is no questioning the heart of this team. Even in the losses, the WSU Cougars fought tough until the end, like their mascot’s namesake. A 6-6 campaign might be viewed as a “is the the glass half-empty or half-full?” proposition for some teams, but when the glass has been nearly bone-dry for a decade, this season gave Coug fans the feeling that the glass is definitely filling up… with Busch Light.
Why we are going to win:
Wazzu and Colorado State are two programs on the rise with coaches both in their second year at the helm. This game features two teams that rely heavily on their offensive firepower and is setting up for what has a good chance to be a shootout. Lucky for us, we have Coach Leach who readily shoots from the hip. Leach’s notorious Air Raid has started to settle in with the team, producing a passing offense ranked fourth in the country throwing for 364.5 yards-per-game. Colorado State is ranked 100th in the country in pass defense allowing 7.9 yards-per-attempt and leaving Halliday and co. licking their chops. The Cougs receiving corps is stacked containing 12 different players with double digit receptions and 8 receivers with at least 2 TD grabs. Unfortunately, Halliday has been generous with opposing defenses as well throwing 21 picks over the season. Despite that number, he has been playing much better as of late, only throwing 3 interceptions in the month of November.
The WSU defense has made strides this season having impressive performances throughout the year. To start the season, they held national championship contender Auburn to 99 passing yards and 4-13 on third down conversions. They continued their dominance against Southern Utah and Idaho, holding three straight opponents to less than 260 total offensive yards for the first time since the reign of the Palouse Posse in 1994-95. The Cougs finished the regular season ranked third in the Pac-12 in red zone defense and fourth in the conference in third-down defense. To improve their chances of victory, the defense will need to continue their tendency to create turnovers, forcing 27 on the year and ranking second in the conference.
These stats, while much improved compared to recent years, are even more impressive when accounting for the strength of schedule. According to Jeff Sagarin’s ratings, Wazzu had the most difficult schedule in the nation, playing against five top 25 teams and four teams ranked in the top 14 of the final BCS rankings.
To end the season with a winning record, the Cougars will need to set the tone early, attack the weak Rams secondary, and draw first blood on the scoreboard.
Prediction: Colorado State 31 - Washington State 34
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