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As Tucson goes, so goes the Nation?
one can only hope..

In my small personal sample, I know of 4 close friends who voted in this election but did not vote in the previous off-year city council election.  

In my home town, the dems are much more organized and involved than two years ago. Anti-Bush backlash? You bet.

Sure feels good to feel good about something.

the dems are beating incumbent repubs by margins of 65-35, and 61-39 respectively. yeee hah!

And one of the repub candidates ran a particularly dirty campaign. Including bringing up one candidates sexual orientation in campaign literature right before the election.  

I can't help but see the tidal wave victories of Karin Uhlich and Nina Trasoff as a good sign for the upcoming 2006 election season. Certainly, the quality of the candidates and the energetic work of the Democratic volunteers have a lot to do with ultimate victory, but margins in the range of 30% do not come from well-run or energetic campaigns, they come from very pissed-off constituencies

The dissatisfaction with the GOP's experiments in social engineering is building quickly. If the electorate's anger is enough to dump a middling-safe Senator like Kyl out of office, then the Senate might just change hands in 2006. Should that happen, the GOP will no longer be able to surpress investigatory oversight of the many, many, many unexplored scandals lying just outside of the public's view. Two years of cascading scandal may be just the ticket for enough additional pickups to turn over the House in 2008, and maybe deliver the White House as well.

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Originally posted to biscobosco on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 09:42 PM PST.


is the tide turning?

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  •  Great to see these local stories (none)
    How is Tucson's politics compared with the rest of Arizona?  Typical liberal college town, or more representative of the state at large?

    There's certainly more than a whiff of "Throw da bums out!" in tonight's results.  I think Democrats have yet to convert the electorate to progressive politics; maybe the Republicans are doing a better job of that than we are.

    Here's hoping the upcoming Democratic platform will begin to offer a positive alternative, and cause voters to start to reconsider their attachment to the stale phony promises of the Republicans.

    Now a New Mexican, and much the better for it.

    by Dallasdoc on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 09:49:23 PM PST

    •  far more liberal than the rest of the state (none)
      on the other hand... pima county went 55-45 for Bush. so there is good news.

      the great thing is that Uhlich race was supposed to be a squeaker, and she had a small lead going in. noone expected her to pull 61%.

      As a single parent I dont have time to be involved in a big way.. but I definitely feel change in the air here. my mom worked hard for the dems, and she was shocked to see how well organized they were.. this is definitely not the norm :)

      I really think that we are building on the organizational structure built in 2004. More people realize that voting matters since they see the bad things that can happen if you dont.

    •  I spent a semester there in 1999. (none)
      And at that time Tucson was to the left of the rest of the state.  The R-led legislature would occasionally overturn local land-use-type rules, rules banning guns in the park and the like, that could pass Tucson's local government.  But 6 years can be a long time, and five of these six have seemed like an especially long time . . .
  •  doing a double take (none)
    when I saw the name Nina Trasoff.  Now, this is going back more years than either of us would care to remember, but we overlapped at National Music Camp and were also in the All-County Chorus in Westchester County New York many years ago.  When  I saw the name I used our friend Google, and yes it is the same person.

    Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH!

    by teacherken on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 09:59:14 PM PST

  •  Who was the gay candidate? (none)
    Last year in AZ Republicans used all kinds of ugly gay-baiting against their opponents, and most of it worked. I'm glad that hasn't happened this time.
  •  college towns (none)
    I lived in Columbia, MO, for nearly two decades and can attest that not all college towns are "liberal."
    •  tucson is not just a college town (none)
      with a population of around 700 thousand.. and an airforce base its predominantly liberal, but certainly has other factions, including a strong "pro-growth" contingency led by greedy developers.

      Jim Click, a local car dealer was a top Bush contributor.  he was a ranger or a pioneer with over 200k in donations

  •  I wasn't impressed, really (none)
    I thought the Dems ran really weak races -- maybe I missed the good speeches, but they seemed to have better intentions than ideas.  They wanted to change things, but I never could get a sense of any plans.  Personally, I think Trasoff sounds remarkably clueless about how the City Budget works, for a woman who spent a few decades covering local news.

    Based on what I saw, I'm flat out shocked that they won.  Let's see what they do with it.

    I would love to see some exit polls asking what prompted people to vote their way.  

    •  huh (none)
      so whats your rip on Uhlich. she seems practical,  visionary, experienced managing non-profits and bringing various stakeholders together and  principled.

      I am not Trasoffs largest booster, but I sure like what I saw of Uhlich.

  •  asdf (none)
    No more Fred! (Ronstadt)Yippee!
  •  Thank you, Howard Dean (none)
    For putting cash & feet all over.

    It's a good night to be a Democrat.

    The future ain't what it used to be. Yogi Berra

    by x on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 11:03:24 PM PST

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