The same website also points out that the Republicans are trying to get Bunning to retire, desperately, for fear of a successful challenge from Kentucky State Senate President, David Williams. Hrm. I've all ready forgotten whom we've talked about on the Dem side in this race -- was it Mongiardo?
On the flip side, we have ratings out from the ProgressivePunch detailing the relative progressiveness of all the Senators and Representatives in the country. Local boys in the Senate (it's a little skewed -- Burris and Gillibrand are numbers 1 and 2, and they just started):
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) -- 8th most progressive with 97.45%Sen. Evan Bayd (D-IN) -- 49th most progressive with 78.59%Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) -- 63rd with 16.91%Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) -- 65th with 14.06%Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) -- 90th with 3.19%Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) -- 92nd with 4.12%
Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) -- 60th most progressiveRep. Betty Sutton (D-OH) -- 65thRep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) -- 71stRep. Timothy Ryan (D-OH) -- 90thRep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) -- 119thRep. Peter Visclosky (D-IN) -- 141stRep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) -- 149thRep. Ben Chandler (D-KY) -- 167thRep. Baron Hill (D-IN) -- 181stRep. Charles Wilson (D-OH) -- 195thRep. Zach Space (D-OH) -- 213thRep. Brad Ellsworth (D-IN) -- 220thRep. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) - 222ndRep. Steven LaTourette (R-OH) -- 250thRep. Mark Souder (R-IN) -- 269thRep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) -- 278thRep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH) -- 291stRep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) -- 302ndRep. Dan Burton (R-IN) -- 307thRep. Steve Buyer (R-IN) -- 317thRep. Michael Turner (R-OH) -- 334thRep. Mike Pence (R-IN) -- 336thRep. Geoff Davis (R-KY) -- 344thRep. John Boehner (R-OH) -- 347thRep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH) -- 348th
There's a long list of (assumedly) new hires that are not yet listed, including our own Steve Driehaus and Columbus newbie Mary Jo Kilroy. (If you can't find yours on the above list, they are probably unranked as of yet.) I think it's really interesting that the division is even among party lines. In fact, in the House, a very sharp division between R/D.
We'll see how that all plays out.