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2017 Gubernatorial Races

Happy New Year! It is officially 2017 and the nation’s political attention–while focused on the President Obama-to-Trump transition–is also beginning to turn to the only two states that will hold gubernatorial elections this year: Virginia and New Jersey. Virginia is the only state in the country in which governors cannot seek at least two consecutive … Read more …

Posted at 8:50 pm January 9, 2017, in 2017 Elections, NJ Governors, U.S. Governors

Gubernatorial Election Results

With the election of the Republican ticket to the presidency on Tuesday night, vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence (R-IN) becomes the first governor to be elected to that office since Spiro Agnew, elected vice-president in 1968 and re-elected in 1972. But the federal offices were not all that was at stake; we have also been tracking … Read more …

Posted at 6:34 pm November 10, 2016, in 2016 Election, U.S. Governors

2016 Gubernatorial Race Update, Part II

In our last blog entry, we took a look at the state of half of the 2016 gubernatorial races. Below find a summary of the other half:   North Dakota: This is an open seat, as incumbent Governor Jack Dalrymple (R) chose not to fun for a second full term. Former Microsoft executive Doug Burgum … Read more …

Posted at 4:17 pm October 7, 2016, in 2016 Election, U.S. Governors

2016 Gubernatorial Race Update, Part I

With the results in from the September 13 primaries in Delaware and New Hampshire, gubernatorial primary season is officially over. The fields, therefore, are now set and the timing seems right to take a quick look at the races. Overall, there is little drama in this year’s gubernatorial race as Republicans are guaranteed to maintain … Read more …

Posted at 4:29 pm September 26, 2016, in 2016 Election, U.S. Governors

The Environment in New Jersey

On April 22, 1970, Americans celebrated the first official Earth Day. In New Jersey, Governor William Cahill (R) marked the occasion by signing legislation creating the state’s Department of Environmental Protection. The act was more than ceremonial—it formalized and strengthened the important role of the state executive branch in promoting environmental protection. Indeed many—if not … Read more …

Posted at 5:36 pm September 7, 2016, in U.S. Governors

Clinton/Kaine

The next vice-president will be a former governor. A week after Republican nominee Donald Trump announced that Indiana Governor Mike Pence would be his running mate, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton revealed her pick, and he also has gubernatorial experience.* Clinton has chosen former Virginia Governor (2006-2010) Tim Kaine. Unlike his Republican counterpart, Kaine is not … Read more …

Posted at 12:27 am July 23, 2016, in 2016 Election, U.S. Governors

Trump/Pence

For the second time in eight years, the Republican nominee for President has chosen a sitting governor as his running mate. Governor Mike Pence of Indiana will join businessman Donald Trump on the 2016 Republican ticket. While Senator John McCain’s (AZ) selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in 2008 surprised many onlookers, Pence was widely … Read more …

Posted at 11:22 am July 15, 2016, in 2016 Election, U.S. Governors

Governors and the Vice-Presidency

The primaries are complete, the conventions are imminent, and it’s all but official. Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R) will face off in the 2016 presidential election. Attention now turns to the next piece of election drama: who will the nominees choose as their running mates? While the “Year of the Governor” did not … Read more …

Posted at 4:15 pm June 27, 2016, in 2016 Election, U.S. Governors

The Governors Ticket 2016

In October 2014, Governor Chris Christie made a prediction while speaking at a US Chamber of Commerce event. “I am convinced,” he said, “that the next president of the United States is going to be a governor….” Christie, of course, may have had a particular governor in mind, but he was not alone in his … Read more …

Posted at 7:27 pm May 23, 2016, in 2016 Election, U.S. Governors

2016 Gubernatorial Elections

With so much attention focused on the 2016 presidential campaign, it is easy to forget that twelve states will also be choosing new governors this November. Half of these races will feature an open seat, with incumbents either retiring voluntarily, running for a different office, or ineligible to run due to term limits. From a … Read more …

Posted at 7:27 pm March 21, 2016, in 2016 Election, U.S. Governors