My titles have been weak this week, sorry. Anyways, here is a great column, it focuses on ten things that are going to affect the midterm elections. It includes five national themes that will be prominent, gas prices, Iraq, indictments, Hispanic voters, and Katrina. It also has this blurb on New York:
8. New York's Filing Deadline: On July 13, we'll learn a lot about how competitive the House will be this fall. As House Race Hotline editor Josh Kraushaar notes, New York is one state that is ripe for Democratic hopefuls. Here's why: Democrats Eliot Spitzer, who is running for governor, and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is seeking Senate re-election, will face weak GOP competition, which could depress Republican turnout statewide.
Democrats, meanwhile, are hoping to field at least three credible challengers in districts Sen. John Kerry won, or nearly won, in '04. Republican Rep. Sherwood Boehlert's retirement opened up a seat that is ancestrally Republican. Further east, Rep. John Sweeney is facing his biggest challenge since first elected in '98. And Rep. James Walsh, the only New York Republican representing a Kerry district, is expected to face a well-connected opponent.
Sounds like good news to me.