Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Missed out on all the fun

I was sick with a nasty stomach virus and missed out on all the election night fun. Instead I've been trawling through the post-election summaries and I've posted the good ones below. I'll likely add to this list over the next couple of days.

  • Democrats take majority of governorships - This means more candidates to choose from for the '08 race for President.
  • Ohio has been one of the largest areas of turnover including Governor, a number of House positions, and Senator, ousting Mike DeWine, who helped Bush significantly in making illegal wiretapping retroactively legal. Ohio has long been seen as a battleground state and was considered key in reelecting Bush in '04.
  • Lieberman kept his seat in Connecticut. This may actually be a good thing in the long-term of setting Democrats straight in how they handle their whiny compatriots. It also allows Dems to distance themselves from the always-independent Lieberman whose voting record did not reflect well on Democratic principles. It really all depends on this.
  • A write-in Republican candidate to replace Tom Delay's vacated seat managed to get an astonishing 42% of the vote considering her name: Shelley Sekula-Gibbs. She still lost in the traditionally heavy Republican district thanks in part to Tom Delay's redistricting effort that pulled Dems into his district with the confidence that he could still win. Oops.
  • From this article:
    In a triple setback for conservatives, South Dakotans rejected a law that would have banned virtually all abortions, Arizona became the first state to defeat an amendment to ban gay marriage and Missouri approved a measure backing stem cell research.
  • 5 states have voted to raise their minimum wage higher than the national standard, which was also a strong contributor to Democratic efforts to get out the vote (a.k.a. a bridge issue).
  • A recount in Virginia for Senate is highly likely, though I suspect Allen (R) will still lose to Webb (D) who holds a lead of less than 1%. A recount, if demanded by Allen, could take weeks.
So that's my update for now. I'm still keeping an eye on the two Senate races that will determine control of power there, but I'm happy to see that the pendulum has swung in time to save our country from long-term damage by the neocons. This is the first time in 12 years that Dems have taken a majority of House seats and a majority of positions as State Governor, and it sends a very powerful message to the out-of-touch legislators (and the remaining out-of-touch Americans that continue to vote for shitheads like Texas Governor Perry).

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