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Republicans have Louisiana and Indianapolis. We've got the rest of the country.

Virginia

What used to be a 23-17 Republican state Senate majority is now a 21-18 Democratic one, with one seat still neck and neck. In the House, a 56-41 Republican majority (with three independents) is now 52-43 with two independents and three seats still waiting to be called.

And particularly delicious was the crushing defeat of Rep. Tom Davis' wife in her Fairfax County senate seat. It's time for the whole family to pull up stakes and head off to richer (K Street) pastures.

Kentucky

What a crushing defeat for Kentucky's Republicans. In the governor's race, the most socially conservative part of the state went heavily Beshear in a bad omen for Mitch McConnell. It was a genuine bloodbath.

Beshear has won McCracken County by 20 points. Beshear leads in Warren County by 12 (Fletcher won by 22 in 2003), and has won Shelby County by 10 (Fletcher won by 20 in 2003), and remarkably Beshear leads in Campbell County by 14 points with 74% reporting, a county Fletcher won by 26 in 2003. Incredible [...]

Good Lord, Fletcher defeated Beshear in Boone County by less than 2 points. Yes, you heard that right. The county which Fletcher won by 44 points in 2003 was effectively a dead-heat four years later. And given that Beshear won Campbell County by 12 points (Kenton hasn't reported yet), this might be the biggest story of Election Night. This will rock the conventional wisdom that Republicans own Northern Kentucky. Amazing.

Maine

The state had five special elections, and Democrats won three of them, extending their lead in the State House to 90 out of 151 seats -- the first time in a decade any party has held a lead that large.

Ohio

The largest city in the state run by a Republican -- Canton -- is no longer Red.

The pre-vote CW on this city:

This is the race that could solidify the GOP's media narrative in Ohio going into '08. The Ohio Republican Party should retain the Canton Mayoral seat. Afterall, they pulled EVERYONE out of Columbus (no crap) and everywhere else across the state to send them to Canton at the last minute in an emergency bid to save this seat. Hands down, this is the largest city that a Republican serves as a mayor of in Ohio. Taking this seat from Republicans would prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the party is in shambles.

After the vote was counted, the OHIO GOP looked damaged next to the state's resurgent Democratic machine.

This has more meaning than anything else that happened in Ohio politics Tuesday. It has more meaning than all of Columbus, the entire OH-5 race, and every other city council candidate or judge we picked up statewide. This victory is the single greatest sign of the demise of the once great Republican Party in Ohio. Let me explain.

The most interesting thing about the Columbus municipal elections on Tuesday was how desolate the city was of any sign of the GOP. Since Columbus is Ohio's largest city, you'd think that the ORP would at least put up a fight there - especially since they were willing to dump hundreds of thousands of dollars into their Columbus races. There were no Republicans in parking lots, informing voters about GOP candidates. There were no reports of phone calls going out to GOPer voters in their homes. Hell, I don't even think the GOP drove voters to the polls. By order of Bob Bennett, Chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, Republicans throughout Columbus, and the rest of the state, abandoned everything in order to put a firewall around the Canton Mayoral race. They put all their resources into trying to defend Creighton's hold over Ohio's 9th largest city, Canton [...]

Nowhere in Ohio. NOWHERE. Did Ohio Republicans upset Democrats in a major Mayoral race. In fact, not only did Republicans lose in Ohio's 9th largest city, but they also lost in Lorain, Ohio's 10th largest city. The Lorain Mayoral race is another pickup for the Ohio Democratic Party and shuts Republicans from controlling any cities amongst Ohio's 10 largest. In fact the only contest on the radar in which the Republican Party prevailed was in Green, Ohio - a teeny little town of 22,000 folks - where they beat a 27 year old by 700 votes. Hardly a resounding victory.

They lost in Marion. They lost in Chillicothe. They lost in Lorain. They lost in Columbus - all of it. They lost in Mansfield. They lost in Athens. They lost in Canton. They lost even lost in sleepy little Bellefontaine to a bright eyed, 22 year old Democrat by the name of Adam Brannon.  By most accounts - if Mayoral races are the benchmark to judge the GOP's performance this year - they lost Ohio.

And when push came to shove. When Bob Bennett put everything on the line, the full power of the Ohio Republican Party, to retain the GOP's most important city, they lost when they should've won easily.

This bodes well for Democratic chances at both the presidential level, as well as the state's battleground House races like the open OH-16 seat (which includes Canton).

New Jersey

Dems increased their narrow 21-18 lead in the State Senate by one seat, including two pickups in conservative southern Jersey.

In the two major State Senate races, both Democratic challengers won against their Republican opponents.  Jeff Van Drew won in District 1-- dominated by conservative Cape May county -- and Jim Whelan won in District 2 -- you may have heard of Atlantic City.  Steve Sweeney and his Assembly running mates all easily won re-election in the District 3.  

Jeff Van Drew is a star who is expected to eventually  run for Congress.  30% of registered voters in District 1 are Republican, and only 16% are Democrats.  Jim Whelan is no sluch either, overcoming a 26-21 disadvatange.  Together these three districts form most of New Jersey Congressional District Two, represented by Republican Frank LoBiondo.

With LoBiondo's district becoming more Democratic-friendly, it opens up a new front in the battle for the U.S. House.

New York

Republicans made this election all about "scary brown people with drivers licenses", and yet they seriously underperformed.

Democrats declared yesterday that Gov. Eliot Spitzer's plan to give driver's licenses to illegal immigrants had not proved to be the electoral boon Republicans had hoped for in local elections, despite the Republicans' aggressive efforts to exploit overwhelming public opposition to the proposal.

Though Democrats appeared to expand their majority in the Legislature in Suffolk County, Republicans were not ready to concede a pivotal Nassau County legislative race, and pointed to significant victories in several county races upstate as evidence of a Republican resurgence in the state [...]

In many parts of the state, turnout appeared to be even lower than usual for an off-year election, despite Republican hopes that the licensing issue would drive Republican voters to the polls.

Though anger clearly existed over Mr. Spitzer's proposal - as well as his bout with scandal and his battles with Albany Republicans - many local races appeared to hinge, as they traditionally do, on local issues like property taxes and municipal services, or on the specific strengths and weaknesses of the candidates themselves [...]

In Monroe County, Democrats won one hard-fought legislative seat despite a late effort to blanket the area with mailers that charged local Democrats with aiding terrorists because of their support for Mr. Spitzer's licensing plan.

Though the seat will not by itself swing control of the County Legislature, Democrats hope it will presage a strong effort next year against two Rochester-area Republicans in the State Senate.

Update:

Mississippi

Democrats did poorly in statewide offices, but at the legislative level notched strong victories. In the Senate, they turned a 27-25 deficit to a 28-24 lead after picking up three seats. In the House, the present Democratic advantage of 75-47 will apparently remain unchanged.

Pennsylvania

Democrats reversed a one-seat GOP majority in the state Supreme Court to a one-seat Democratic majority. And can I add that elected judgeships are the worst thing to happen to justice?

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 08:02 AM PST.

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  •  AWESOME News! (3+ / 0-)
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    Miss Blue, John DE, immigradvocate

    May this be a harbinger of 2008!

    DTH

    •  How many years until the D's (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Rolfyboy6, Dazy

      have 61% of the votes so they can nix torture?

    •  Way to go, Ohio! (1+ / 0-)
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      Buckeye Hamburger
      Ohio Democratic Party chairman Chris Redfern (the dynamo who has been a large part of the resurgence of the state party) told us almost a year ago, after last years elections, that we could not just sit around thinking about the 2008 elections because we had to target the Canton mayor's race. He said "When the Democratic presidential candidate comes to Ohio, he or she should be able to be welcomed to every large city in Ohio by a Democratic mayor."

      Mission accomplished.

      He also told us we're targeting  the Ohio House, in which we picked up 7 seats last year and are 4 away from controlling. I have no doubt he is already working on those races and deploying resources.

      Meanwhile, we ejected a condescending, secretive, recalcitrant school board member -- sadly, a good Democrat --  who was backed by a smear campaign, and elected a couple of smart, dynamic, political newbies (both parents of local public school kids).

      As for Columbus -- "There were no Republicans in parking lots, informing voters about GOP candidates. There were no reports of phone calls going out to GOPer voters in their homes" -- if your mayoral candidate was Bill "Bought-and-paid-for stooge of White Hat for-profit charter schools head David Brennan" Todd, would YOU actually share this with people? His crushing at the hands of Columbus mayor Michael Coleman was a foregone conclusion.

      I'm especially looking forward to our congressional races. I think we can pick up at least three seats, maybe more. If any of you feel like doing something now, send a little love (or a little money) Robin Weirauch's way. for the special election in Oh-05 in early December.

      http://www.robinweirauch.com/

      Very Republican district and a longshot, but her opponent, Bob Latta, and his defeated opponent, Steve Beuhrer, have left blood on the rural Northwestern Ohio landscape from one of the most vicious and inane primary campaigns seen around here recently. IF she responds quickly to attacks and ignores being dragged into the type of silly issues that marked the primary -- who was for the lowest taxes, who more passionately supported forced public school prayer and Ten Commendments display  -- and focuses on real issues such as job loss, health care and Iraq, well, she might pull it out.

      We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14: http://www.oneill08.com/

      by anastasia p on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 11:07:56 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Um, I don't think so (11+ / 0-)

    This bodes well for the GOP's chances at both the presidential level, as well as the state's battleground House races like the open OH-16 seat (which includes Canton).

    Unless by "bodes well" you mean "portends a crushing defeat."

    :-)

  •  PA State Supreme Court- Democratic (3+ / 0-)
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    DelRPCV, Miss Blue, Dante Zappala
  •  Just think... (6+ / 0-)

    What we could accomplish if the Congressional Democrats got a shipment of vertebrae.

    Liberace outlived Elvis, thereby suggesting to many there is no God, or if there is one, He lacks taste.

    by droogie6655321 on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 08:05:57 AM PST

  •  The Elections (1+ / 0-)
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    Woody

    KOS thank you for cheering me up today...because if Rudy gets the "big prize" next year, and the way the press is talking, it could very well happen, we as Democrats should be working very hard on taking better control of Congress.  

  •  Whew... (1+ / 0-)
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    Steve Singiser

    John Edwards and the "politics of pile-on" against Clinton will backfire badly! But keep it up!

    by GregNYC on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 08:08:37 AM PST

  •  Let them have Indy (0+ / 0-)

    And their pumped-in stadium noise

    Let us make history, together with Barack Obama in 2008

    by aaraujo on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 08:08:49 AM PST

  •  Question about Virginia (2+ / 0-)
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    Rolfyboy6, Steve Singiser

    This election has been called the last chance at a majority in the State Senate in Virginia before the 2010 Census and redistricting.

    What about the majority in the House of Delegates?  Do we still have another shot at that one?  I understand that there is still another election for the state house in 2009?

    Is that how elections work in Virginia?  All of the state senators are up every four years and the state delegates are up every two?

  •  Michigan (2+ / 0-)
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    Miss Blue, Steve Singiser

    Democrat David LaGrand defeated independent Ruth Kelly, 60% -- 40% for a seat on the Grand Rapids City Commission (Council)!

    Now, for the first time ever, all seven of the commissioners are some-kind of Democrats (though technically these are non-partisan offices).

    We're going to make West Michigan Blue! (or at least purple)

    http://www.davidlagrand.com/...

  •  Whew (4+ / 0-)

    All I can say is "whew" in NY.

    But it should be noted that many of the Democrats upstate ran away from Spitzer's policy hard.

    Great news all around though!

    John Edwards and the "politics of pile-on" against Clinton will backfire badly! But keep it up!

    by GregNYC on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 08:10:44 AM PST

    •  I'm a bit concerned about Nassau County (2+ / 0-)
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      Steve Singiser, MBNYC

      I live in NYC, but grew up in Nassau. My parents still live there. It appears that Meijas has managed to hold on to his seat by 222 votes, but there'll be a recount and absentee votes to be counted.

      •  Small turnout (1+ / 0-)
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        Miss Blue

        There were only about 12,000 votes cast so a 222 vote win isn't bad.  There will be a recount and there are about 300 absentee ballots but the outcome shouldn't change.  Recounts rarely change the outcome.  

        Anyway, these elections turned on very local issues (a proposed mall in Syosset, school taxes, discontent with the way Suozzi is using the County Executive office to further his political career, etc) and turn out was minuscule so it is impossible to use this election to judge how Nassau County would go in a national election.

        •  I should add... (0+ / 0-)

          that the outcome of the 14th district opens up questions about the political future of David Mejias.  He ran against Peter King for Congress last year and lost (although he did force King to use up most of his war chest) and this year he barely holds his seat in the county legislature.  

  •  Please be a sign of things to come in 2008! /nt (2+ / 0-)
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    Rolfyboy6, TimCbrowne

    Daddy, Papa & Me: Two dads, a daughter & the politics of it all.

    by wclathe on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 08:10:52 AM PST

    •  I had a debate last night (0+ / 0-)

      witha  co-worker about this. He's extremely libertarian, and thinks the Republicans will sweep the elections, but this and the general feeling across the country seems to be a sign that even given the Senate and House Dem's rather dismal performance, most voters understand that it's Bush who is really blocking their progress and legislation. I think if anything, there will be some exceptionally tight races, and the Presidency will probably be as tight a race as we've ever seen, but across the board, I'm betting even this early that we'll see a massive Democratic Legislative sweep.

      "This is an adventure"- Steve Zissou

      by TimCbrowne on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 08:15:09 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  OH-5 (3+ / 0-)
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    Woody, Miss Blue, Steve Singiser

    Robin Weirauch got more votes then any Democrat ever has in that district for the primary... the Republicans ran a nasty campaign http://toledoblade.com/...

    This could be a campaign like Paul Hackett... they will need netroots support!!!!!

    -7, -4.46 "You see the world as it is and ask why, I dream of things that never were and ask why not?"

    by PoliOperative on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 08:11:07 AM PST

    •  Let's help Robin! (0+ / 0-)
      You forgot to tell them where to go!

      http://www.robinweirauch.com/

      It's a tough district but the two Republicans stunk up the primary with attacks, smears, lawsuits, and  tattling on each other to the Ohio Elections Commission, as they argued about who was more ardently in support of mandatory public-school prayer and display of the Ten Commandments and who was the fiercer tax-cutter. What a couple of doofuses. If Latta keeps on this track, but Robin stays focused on real (i.e. economic) issues, she could pull it out. I'd love to see her get a lot of netroots support. I think the election is December 5.

      Again:
      http://www.robinweirauch.com/

      P.S. It's not hopeless. She ran against the late Paul Gillmor in both 2004 and 2006. Look at these results: in 2004, Robin Weirauch: 95,481,     Paul E. Gillmor: 194,559. 2006 - off year:     Robin Weirauch: 95,955 (actually GAINED a few hundred votes!),    Paul E. Gillmor : 126,898 (dumped nearly 70,000 votes!) And he had something like ten times more money.

      We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14: http://www.oneill08.com/

      by anastasia p on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 11:24:35 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Mississippi (7+ / 0-)

    Ya might want to include Mississippi.  Seeing as the Democrats took back the state Senate and, I think, gained in the state House.  True, statewide races were nasty, but gains are gains where you can find them.

    •  Excellent news (2+ / 0-)
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      Rolfyboy6, Steve Singiser

      but since that is good news for Dems, the media (e.g. David Broder) will skip right over this and only concentrate on how Barbour held onto his seat.

    •  It does show the quiet growth (2+ / 0-)
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      Miss Blue, Steve Singiser

      of organizing in Mississippi.  Not long ago the MS Democratic Party was shattered.   It isn't any more.  the Democratic Party in Mississippi is a player now and can't be overlooked.  Nice to see, four years ago people used to just write off MS. Not any more.

      •  A "Player" Might Be Overstating It.... (3+ / 0-)
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        Rolfyboy6, Miss Blue, mcfly

        A long way to go here...the statewide Democratic slate got blasted, with Jim Hood being the only one left standing, and even he won with a reduced margin (58 or 59%)

        Happy to see them reclaim the state Senate, though.

        "You share your young with the wolves of the nation...
        Theres nothing left til you pray for salvation"
        Black Rebel Motorcycle Club "American X"

        by Steve Singiser on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 08:43:23 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  blasted... (2+ / 0-)
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          Miss Blue, Steve Singiser

          because we ran a rotten slate of candidates... John Arthur Eaves is a retread from the '80s, Rep. Jamie Franks for lieutenant governor (who's he again?);
          former state Sen. Rob Smith for secretary of state (couldn't even hold onto his senate seat).

          I mean, if we were TRYING to lose this election, we couldn't have done better...we might as well have put a 90 year old up for governor, a clansman for lt gov, and a 3 time election loser for sec of state ... oh wait, we almost did...

          We should have had the balls to run a slate of candidates willing to make the election about the class warfare of the Republicans, guys who would wave Mr. Edwards' Two Americas flag.  That's how you win elections in the South.  After all, the last time Progressives took over down here, it was all about REFORM...'course, that was the 40s...

          "Any single man must judge for himself whether circumstances warrant obedience or resistance to the commands of the civil magistrate" John Locke

          by TheGryphon on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 09:25:24 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  I Agree, Gryphon... (0+ / 0-)

            The way I see it is this: we tried the "southern-fried indistinguishable from the Republicans" brand of Democrat statewide this year, and got our asses handed to us.

            We tried it your way, and it did not work.

            Try it our way next time, and let's see if there is a difference.

            "You share your young with the wolves of the nation...
            Theres nothing left til you pray for salvation"
            Black Rebel Motorcycle Club "American X"

            by Steve Singiser on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 11:39:25 AM PST

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        •  The MS Party (0+ / 0-)

          was never really shattered.

          At a local level, they sill exert great control over the state which is why so few GOP governors have been eleceted and the GOP held the Senate for less than two years.

    •  Red State is in denial!!! (2+ / 0-)
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      Miss Blue, kitebro

      Those tough guys at Red State are talking about a "Red tide" washing over Mississippi because Barbour won reelection.

      Link

      Combine Barbour and Jindal, and you have a Republican success story for 2007.

      The question is: do they genuinely not know they LOST the Mississippi Senate yesterday, or are they lying to keep the spirits of the 101st Keyboarders up in the face of massive defeat?

      •  Finding victory where they can (1+ / 0-)
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        brittain33

        I can blame them for a lot of things, but not for being glad about winning MS-GOV. Think how completely devastating it would have been for them if they couldn't even reelect a relatively popular Republican governor in freaking MISSISSIPPI.

        To tell the truth, I don't know if Republican cheerleaders are bright enough to care about state legislature races. They like media wins. Gaining or losing 5 seats in a state legislature isn't sexy and doesn't make for good press about victoriousness. The actual Republican operatives can't be happy though.

      •  Red tide in Mississippi? (1+ / 0-)
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        brittain33

        Say it ain't so!

        You can't kill your way to security, and you can't lead through scaring people. - Bruce Springsteen

        by kitebro on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 10:42:29 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  keep in mind (0+ / 0-)

        that the Democrats who won are Dixiecrats, so while "we" win those spots, we really don't.

        Its nothing progressives can be proud of (full disclosure I am not a progressive, I am a conservative Democrat and don't really like what we did in MS).

        We had several former Governors who passed on the governors race who could have won but what are you gonna do?

        So yea, Republicans did kinda win MS.

  •  Go Suffolk County! (4+ / 0-)

    We've been bombarded by anti- Proposition 1 literature for weeks now, especially at the train stations. Good to see the Dems holding on (not that it was really in doubt, though Brian Foley's opponents ran some pretty silly smear campaigns in the last few weeks), and even expanding. I'm tired of these Long Island Republicans thinking anyone cares about what they have to say. We're New York, and we're blue.
    End of story.

    "This is an adventure"- Steve Zissou

    by TimCbrowne on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 08:12:14 AM PST

  •  "New York - Republicans made this election all - (2+ / 0-)
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    Rolfyboy6, upperleftedge

    about "scary brown people with drivers licenses'" with a little help from Sen. Dodd and Edwards!

  •  Yet (10+ / 0-)

    amazingly there is not one story on the CNN.com front page about any of the Democratic victories from last night.

    But when Jindal picked up LA-Gov, his face was all over  CNN for days.

    That's the librul media for ya!

  •  The most important question... (3+ / 0-)
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    Rolfyboy6, MadEye, Steve Singiser

    ...is Bluegrass Report unbanned from the Kentucky Government computers now?

    There's something attractive about invincible ignorance... for the first 5 seconds.

    by MNPundit on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 08:14:20 AM PST

  •  Sadly, I must report... (1+ / 0-)
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    Rolfyboy6

    that there wasn't a Democratic mayoral sweep in Ohio.   In Newark, OH (forty miles east of Columbus) Bob Diebold defeated incumbent Bruce Bain on Tuesday to become Newark's first Republican mayor in almost two decades.

    "People who enjoy sausage and respect the law should not watch either being made." - Otto von Bismarck

    by shaf on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 08:16:01 AM PST

  •  Koss, you missed the most telling news... (10+ / 0-)

    RNC Chairman Mike Duncan couldn't even win his own county for an incumbent republican governor.

    In Kentucky.

    Think about that.

  •  Note where we did best (4+ / 0-)
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    Rolfyboy6, Miss Blue, feebog, TimCbrowne

    The states where the Rs were overwhelmingly and publicly CORRUPT.

    This was all about CORRUPTION. Especially since they were all local races, not national ones.

    That's what we need to push. That's where the emphasis needs to be - CORRUPTION.

    The vast majority of Republicans holding office ANYWHERE are a bunch of greedy, corrupt, bastards. We shouldn't be afraid to say it.

    And we shouldn't be afraid to push our candidates to be much, much MUCH better. Which wouldn't be hard...

    •  the only problem with that is corruption within (4+ / 0-)
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      Woody, redwagon, mmacdDE, ballerina X

      our party MUST be dealt with efficiently when it is exposed or the voters will throw all the incumbents out.

      the Senate Dems need to tread carefully - they're switch on revising the tax code for hedge fund managers (on today's WaPo front page) exposes some of our most senior leaders as craven corporatists. It's been a very bad week for chuckie schumer, if you ask me.

      In early June, as the Senate Finance Committee began examining how a new breed of Wall Street titan could be paying a special low tax rate on executives' salaries, one of the richest of them, hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen of SAC Capital Advisors, cut the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee a check for $28,500.

      Just days later, with DSCC Chairman Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) equivocating on legislation to raise taxes on publicly traded equity firms, hedge fund giant James H. Simons, who earned $1.7 billion last year at his Renaissance Technologies LLC, donated another $28,500 to the DSCC.

      I'm not saying this shift is "corrupt" - but it reveals how the moneyed special interests trump the interest of the middle class, regardless of the party in power.

      "Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you" ~ Pericles

      by Chrispy67 on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 08:31:30 AM PST

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    •  The Flip Side (2+ / 0-)
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      mmacdDE, Sicembears

      I agree with your assesment.  But there is a flip side, and that is the immigration issue.  What this election tells me is that it does not resonate with voters on the same level as Iraq or health care or political corruption.  But it is still an important issue that Democrats have largely ignored.  Dems need to put together a comprehensive, sensible approach to illegal immigration that includes border security (a fence is not going to make any difference), a crack down on employers who knowingly employ illegals, and a path to citizenship for those already here.

      •  And most especially (1+ / 0-)
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        Woody

        there needs to be a clear, straightforward path to citizenship for those illegals who were brought here as small children.

        That one should be relatively easy - they didn't ask to come here, after all.

        As long as they've not been in any trouble, no criminal record, no major discipline problems in school, they should be given an easy way to become citizens. VERY easy. After all, they most likely speak English, they have been schooled here. They know the culture, they know the history (what they've learned in school, at least), and they know the system of govt.

        In essence, they're Americans. It should be easy to make it legal.

        •  that's only part of it (1+ / 0-)
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          mmacdDE

          The question for most people isn't whether the immigrants have the right to be here but whether they're taking up jobs.  Be sensible about immigration, yeah, but also strengthen local economies and improve health care.  And would someone please go to war with the temp services?

    •  I agree (0+ / 0-)

      and add that is why we really shouldn't say tides are turning in KY.

      We were lucky in that race.

      Bashear was third or fourth tier candidate.

      Had Fletcher not been corrupt as **** we would have had a similar result to MS.

      Oh and if Northup had won we would be in a similar state.

  •  Mixed Bag In WA (3+ / 0-)
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    Rolfyboy6, mcfly, Crisitunity

    It looks like we are going to beat the insurance companies handily and pass R-67. Unfortunately it looks like I-960, another odious initiative from Tim Eyman, will pass. Fairly unexciting otherwise, all of the constitutional amendments are going to pass, except simple majority for school levies.

    It looks like we may pickup the Mayorship of Spokane and a city council seat. In my neck of the woods our lone contested city council race is separated by 9 votes. On the other side of the state it looks like things are mixed in Seattle, but I'll let someone local talk about that.

    •  960 is a Huge Disaster (3+ / 0-)
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      mcfly, Steve Singiser, fuzzex

      Did the school levy issue pass allowing simple majority instead of 2/3 to pass levy issues? And under 960 is it moot?

      If you need 2/3 to raise taxes, say goodbye to progressive state governance.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 08:24:41 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  It's disapointing (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Steve Singiser

        But, it's almost certain that I-960 will be in court, and I would suspect it will be struck down. It would be better if it had been defeated.

        The simple majority for school levies looks like it will fail. The Washington Secretary of State has the election details.

      •  There's already a 2/3s majority (0+ / 0-)

        for legislative tax increases which has been in place for 13 years, thanks to I-601, so I-960 really doesn't change that (Eyman, of course, claims that the legislature regularly flouts that and this measure is designed to close loopholes, although there's nothing in the plain language of the proposition that seems to indicate how he plans to do that).

        Sticking the 2/3s majority on there again (despite that law already existing) was probably mostly there just to grab people's attention and get them to approve the rest of the grab-bag of stuff. (The big change seems to be prohibiting executive agencies from imposing fee increases and instead requiring legislative approval, which, when you think about how many small fees are charged by agencies for small things, like license renewals, state parks, etc., creates a whole new level of cumbersome activity for the legislature.)

        Anyway, I'm sure I-960 will soon have its date with the Supreme Court, where it'll die an abrupt death like almost everything else Eyman has passed. He claims to have attorneys write his initiatives for him, but they must be the dumbest attorneys in the world, because they keep writing initiatives that purport to do more than one thing and thus are unconstitutional. Plus, the whole 'advisory vote' nonsense isn't likely pass constitutional muster either.

    •  Didn't The Initiative Need 2/3rd To Pass?? N/T (0+ / 0-)

      "You share your young with the wolves of the nation...
      Theres nothing left til you pray for salvation"
      Black Rebel Motorcycle Club "American X"

      by Steve Singiser on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 08:44:48 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Yeah, Washington sucked (0+ / 0-)

      Not only I-960 passed and the simple-majority-school-levy referendum failed (not that that matters too much, since almost every levy clears the 60% hurdle anyway, but you want to give levies a fighting chance in the poor rural communities where they're likeliest to fail), but there were some other sore spots.

      The RTID measure in the Seattle metro area failed (which would have created a new taxing district to move forward on building a full light rail system and updating the freeways) because of a strange coalition of tax-haters and environmentalists (who don't want to pay for any roads whatsoever). Guess I'll need to start carrying a life jacket in my car for whenever I cross the 520 bridge, because the new strategy on replacing it seems to be to wait until it floats out to sea.

      Plus, the GOP kept its near 60-year lock on the King County prosecutor's office, thanks to a last-minute gigantic infusion of cash. Granted, Satterberg got some endorsements from key local Democrats and basically ran on being Norm Maleng 2.0 (Maleng, the previous GOP prosecutor for some 30-odd years, would have been considered a flaming liberal in most jurisdictions for his pioneering of drug and mental health diversion courts and his aversion to seeking the death penalty)... but he has the power to mess with the local election process, and Maleng wasn't above showing his partisanship in that instance (as with his failure to prosecute Lori Sotelo for her bogus voter challenges).

      •  Well, (0+ / 0-)

        in fact i am glad, that reasonable Republican (NARAL and SEAMEC support, and wealth of prosecutorial experience) can win even in King county. Being a moderate independent myself i have a soft spot in my heart for moderate  Republicans - may be exactly because they are rarity these days...

  •  Most interesting (3+ / 0-)
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    malc19ken, Miss Blue, ballerina X

    So many of the wins were at the "lower level" below National and State-wide offices.  Building the base of the party and developing the pool of future candidates come from this.  Plus, it means jobs for party activists.  And since all politics is local it means being connected.  Ohio's results are really good for rebuilding the party.

    Yay, Kentucky!  

    •  Lorain, OH stunner (0+ / 0-)

      I spent a summer in Lorain, OH  a few years ago, and man, I can't believe they elected a democrat.  That place was pretty conservative from all I saw, felt and read.  

      Stunning, and yes, really good news for the Ohio Dems, and Dems everywhere.

      "When people show you who they really are, believe them." - Maya Angelou

      by Pennsylvanian on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 09:32:46 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I think like many areas (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Pennsylvanian
        such as Canton, Ohio it's a volatile mixture of religiosity and extreme job loss and poverty. Lorain is economically devastated -- not many rich folks there.  Eventually  -- and Ohio has reached this tipping point -- gay marriage and school prayer mean less to you that job oursourcing, trade deals and health care. Last year, Betty Sutton completely crushed Lorain mayor Craig Foltin in the congressional campaign (for some reason, that Dick Cheney fundraiser he refused to put photos of on his website didn't pay off for Foltin!), replacing the equally progressive Sherrod Brown who was its previous congressman and now one of our senators. So no, this area isn't particularly conservative.

        We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14: http://www.oneill08.com/

        by anastasia p on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 11:15:42 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Yea, OH! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    PoliOperative

    I starting to feel better about living here.  At least I live and work in the Columbus suburbs.  This city has always been blue, but it's nice to see the rest of the state turning from reddish-purple to a more palatable shade of blueish-purple.

  •  The demagoguing of the Immigrant issue (0+ / 0-)

    appears to have been a failed strategy (for the most part) again.

    I, fear, however, the question of "What to do with these illegal immigrants?" will somehow find it's way into the GOP 2008 playbook, despite failing in '06 and again in '07.

    Each time the GOP tries it, the Latino community becomes that much more entrenched in the Democratic majority's big tent.

    "Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you" ~ Pericles

    by Chrispy67 on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 08:21:53 AM PST

  •  How Interesting to read about CAPE MAY COUNTY (0+ / 0-)

    turning kinda BLUE.   South Joisey was prudy good pickins for BLACKWATER back in the day...  These voters were staunch supporters of Bush and his neverending war scenario and you could get arrested for simply whispering that you were against the invasion of IRAQ (smile)

    I wonder whether the truth about Blackwater and the failure in IRAQ is what made the diff in south Jersey.  

    IMPEACH THE CHEERLEADER... SAVE THE WORLD! © ®

    by KnotIookin on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 08:22:04 AM PST

  •  I lost my race for Town Justice in NY yesterday (18+ / 0-)

    against a 16-year incumbent, but the upside is that, so long as absentee ballots don't change things, we now appear to have a Democratic majority on our Town Board in Dryden, NY.  This was the first time I ran for anything.  

    For details, check out http://www.livingindryden.org/

    After a rest I might write a diary about the candidate experience.  

    Don't be so afraid of dying that you forget to live.

    by LionelEHutz on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 08:22:54 AM PST

  •  Go Ohio -- GO BLUE!!!! (2+ / 0-)
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    brittain33, philgoblue

    Never thought I'd say that!!!

    We may be have to relocate back there ahead of the 08's. The thought of central Ohio being blue not only Columbus proper but N and S out into the smaller rural towns, haven't seen that since I could put myself through Ohio State working fast food and summer auto or construction jobs.

    Looks like Diebold better issue an emergency firmware update to those voting machines if Giuiliani is to have a chance against "Evita" as the financial shows have been calling her.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 08:22:55 AM PST

  •  Welcome to the Watershed (0+ / 0-)

    and prepare for a historical realignment.  We're taking all the "red" states, meanwhile they're looking at a 3-way split of their "Big Tent"

    Be humble and respectable, but above all just be flexible. -- Gumby

    by SteamPunkX on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 08:24:51 AM PST

  •  I was happy (7+ / 0-)

    My mom worked for our town government in upstate New York which was run by a really conservative neocon supervisor - he basically was pissed if any Democrats were hired for non-political jobs (pretty illegal, but he did it by subtly bristling at mention of their names - why he was checking their registrations was beyond me) and gave my mom a hard time about bringing a Civil Service position into the town.  She finally quit, but not after he basically forced her to switch her party affiliation.

    Did I mention he went down in crushing defeat?  The GOP soundly won the downticket races but he was crushed.

    It was all local issues too - he closed the town council meetings to public comment.  He refused to apply for state money to build sidewalks in the town for people to walk on.  And he was nailed by the local paper for having $2500 in outstanding parking tickets in the city - which he received while giving advice to our state senator.  He was the senator's crony and secret advisor, and the paper put it all over the front page.

    Scumbag.  I'm glad he's unemployed.

    •  Advice to non-voters (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      TheSilence, Sicembears

      When someone tells me there's no one on the ballot worth voting FOR, I tell them they are denying themselves the exquisite pleasure of voting AGAINST an incumbent who deserves it.

      It's a real thought provoking argument, and I've seen it motivate one guy to stop what he was doing and head to the polling place. And it's true. Gore lost, Kerry lost, but I had great pleasure in voting AGAINST Bush twice.

  •  Lessons from Ohio's (3+ / 0-)
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    JeffSCinNY, Miss Blue, Steve Singiser

    When you are on defense on multiple fronts, you pay a higher price for the mistakes you make.

    And you always make mistakes.

    We must defeat them over there, or they'll follow us home ... hide under our beds ... and grab us by the ankles when we get up to pee.

    by RonK Seattle on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 08:39:40 AM PST

    •  or he who defends every thing-- (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Steve Singiser

      defends nothing

      Necessity is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.-- Wm.Pitt the Younger

      by JeffSCinNY on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 08:45:16 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Well, except (0+ / 0-)
      that the Republicans decided to bail on Bill Todd in the Columbus mayoral race (a wise choice; he had no chance against the popular Mayor Coleman) to toss all their resources into the Canton mayoral race - and they lost. One front. One defeat. This was the key race targeted last year by the Ohio Democratic Party and we won.  Next year, we'll be aiming  for numerous congressional pickups in the state and it'll be tough to prioritize. I'm really pushing for people to focus on Oh-14, but so far, I think a lot of people still think this one isn't that likely. i think it is. Bill O'Neill, the Democratic challenger, had a kickass fundraising quarter in the third, his first quarter of fundraising since he announced, going over $100,000.

      We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14: http://www.oneill08.com/

      by anastasia p on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 11:33:12 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Reports from Utah (7+ / 0-)

    Ralph Becker, a true blue Dem won the mayor of Salt Lake City job that Rocky Anderson retired from.

    The private school voucher referendum that so many wingers pumped huge money into went down in flames, 62% NO to 38% Yes.

    They threw everything they could at us, west coast liberals, east coust liberal, unions and Ted Kennedy all wanted us to vote against taking state school money and transfer it to private school vouchers.

    It Did Not Work. Yeah!

    Pretty Bird Woman House PO Box 596 McLaughlin SD 57642 http://www.prettybirdwomanhouse.blogspot.com/

    by high uintas on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 08:40:53 AM PST

    •  Hey High , (1+ / 0-)
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      high uintas

      did you get that wiggy 2 page exit poll at your polling place? I'm curious as to results of the  broader national questions on it.

      Secret Agent Fairy Princess twirling about performing acts of graceful espionage

      by ballerina X on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 08:51:12 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  No. (0+ / 0-)

        We don't live in SLC, we had some city council seats and the voucher on our ballot. No exit poll.

        My daughter lives in the Millcreek area and she said the only thing on her ballot was the voucher, she's in the county, not the city. She didn't mention an exit poll, what was on it?

        Pretty Bird Woman House PO Box 596 McLaughlin SD 57642 http://www.prettybirdwomanhouse.blogspot.com/

        by high uintas on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 11:02:37 AM PST

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    •  it should be remembered... (1+ / 0-)
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      high uintas

      ...how utah even got a voucher law for the citizens to repeal in the first place.

      a wealthy out-of-state lobby has been manipulating our local elections at the convention level for several cycles now. by pumping the state GOP full of their delegates and selectively dumping or threatening to dump tens of thousands of dollars into state rep. GOP primary races they succeeded in finally composing a legislature that would pass their bill and a governor who would sign it.

      and they did all this without ever having to go before the voters (heh, until now that is). they did it - for the most part - without even having to go before republican primary voters.

      that is the risk that permament one-party rule exposes us to in utah.

      Newsday: Rudy Giuliani missing in action for Iraq panel

      by jethropalerobber on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 09:42:04 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  kudos to utah's teachers (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      high uintas

      who were outspent about 2-to-1 and subjected to a relentless slime campaign which baselessly portraying them as fellow traveler of atheists, homosexuals, civil libertarians, and washington liberals (none of whom actively campaigned in utah against vouchers of course).

      the ironic thing is that the school teachers who championed the vouchers repeal are almost certainly majority conservative republican just like the rest of the state. i know for a fact that's true of one of my neighbors, who is an anti-voucher school teacher.

      most hilariously, utah teachers were accused of being agents of out-of-state interests and reliant to out-of-state money. those charges could not be more true... of the pro-voucher lobby!

      Newsday: Rudy Giuliani missing in action for Iraq panel

      by jethropalerobber on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 09:53:50 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Here in Upstate NY the wind is at our back (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Woody, Miss Blue, Steve Singiser, Ellicatt

    In Colonie, a town that has had Republic administration since the 1940's(!) has seen a near historic sweep of the Town council and probably the Town supervisor by the Democratic challengers. The Repukes had grown,lazy and arrogant, and thought they were invulneralble, and their behavior showed it . They were caught in  a public works scandal where the Town repaved a private country club parking lot, and another scandal where the Town attorney used the police department to illegally obtain the identity of 2 anonymous town employees who were whistleblowing at the EMT department.

    Necessity is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.-- Wm.Pitt the Younger

    by JeffSCinNY on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 08:44:01 AM PST

  •  Connecticut (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Miss Blue, mcfly, John DE, Ellicatt

    The small town of North Haven CT, ruled by repubs for over 100 yrs and by dems for 2 years last night did a full sweep for all the dems running.  Our first Selectwoman, Janet McCarty has been the lonely dem fighting for open govt.for years against a very big repub majority.  This is a town that has recently had 3 arrests for its head of finance dept, head of community svcs and his wife (his assistant) for multitudes of offenses (stolen gift cards for the poor as personal christmas presents, bogus and massive overtime, guns bought with misc town funds that went home with the finance head, just on and on).  BUT, last night Janet McCarty and all the dems won and clean and decisive victory.  In all the depressing politics that I see this is a small ray of democracy working at the local level.  

  •  thanks (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Woody, Miss Blue

    It's exciting to be quoted on the front age by kos himself.  There is plenty more analysis by everyone at Blue Jersey (where I go by the name Hopeful.)

     

  •  Oregon (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Woody

    Just as a FYI for those interested, in Oregon's ballot measure vote we adopted Measure 49 (returning some sanity to land use) and rejected Measure 50, meaning no increased cigarette tax to pay for children's health insurance.

    The second one means two things:

    1. The Republican strategy in Oregon to make tax raises virtually impossible is working. They've rigged it so that tax increases via Legislature require an impossible 2/3 majority. So now the only way to increase or introduce taxes here is via amending the constitution. And who wants to do that? Ergo, Oregon's government is slowly starving away.
    1. S-CHIP is now more important than ever for Oregon's children. Expect this to have some repercussions.
  •  Local races (0+ / 0-)

    It's hard to judge national races from the outcome of what can be very select local issues that have no national importance.   For example, in the Town of Oyster Bay (Long Island, NY), the local races turned almost exclusively on the development of a local mall that the local GOP is against (and is willing to delay in court forever if necessary) while the Democratic candidate supported a compromise with the developer.  

  •  I hope this will help to silence the Spitzer (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    jethropalerobber, LionelEHutz

    "sky is falling" meme that has popped up recently.
    The Republics tried to turn the election into a referendum on Spitzer and the driver's licenses for immigrants issue, only to have the voters yawn.
    Repeat after me-- The  Republics have no issues, they have no candidate, and they don't have a base to work from any more. Good, now take a deep breath and get back to work kicking their asses.

    Necessity is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.-- Wm.Pitt the Younger

    by JeffSCinNY on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 09:06:22 AM PST

  •  Schumer's staffer told me today (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    redwagon, Miss Blue, SteamPunkX

    that if Schumer had voted AGAINST Mukasey it would have been a "symbolic gesture" - so now they think doing what is right is a "symbolic gesture".

    With Democrats like that in office, we are all losers, no matter who wins the elections.  

    There is a picture in the NYT today of Feingold between Feinstein and Schumer, at the hearing yesterday.  Feinstein and Schumer are yakking it up and laughing, and Feingold looks like he is going to lose his lunch.

    I feel the same way as Feingold.

    Kos: Bush won't cancel the next round of elections to remain in power. Me: I am not so sure.

    by dancewater on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 09:26:53 AM PST

  •  RE: Marion Ohio (0+ / 0-)

    You'd think they would have wised up earlier in than this, considering that Warren G. Harding is their hometown boy.  

    "Overcome anger by love, evil by good, the greedy by generosity, and the liar by truth." - Buddha

    by madame defarge on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 09:36:23 AM PST

  •  Concerned about NJ (0+ / 0-)

    A ballot initiative on state funding for stem cell research went down.  This is probably more about money than morality, but still, it's a concern.  Corzine is very unpopular.  Jennifer Beck beat Ellen Karcher in an assembly race in which Giuliani campaigned for Beck.  Giuliani is very popular in NJ and since he is looking more like the likely GOP nominee (Robertson endorsement), he could put NJ in play.

  •  Pro Torture or Anti Torture Dems? (0+ / 0-)

    This week the mighty Democrats in power in DC are working to protect wire-tapping, validate toture, and give W a new big blank check to enable him to go to war in Iran.

    Pardon me if I fail to pop the champaign at "our" victories. I think I'll just go donate to Donna Edwards, a Dem with a complete spinal column and a functioning heart.

  •  Why is it that Republicans have Louisiana??? (0+ / 0-)

    Didn't anyone plaster pictures of NOLA everywhere?

  •  Hey, Kos! Don't forget UTAH. (2+ / 0-)

    Even Utah's getting rather purple these days. Okay, not the people they elect, much ...yet. But the coolest election result I saw was:

    Voters decisively rejected the will of the Utah Legislature and governor Tuesday, defeating what would have been the nation's most comprehensive education voucher program in a referendum blowout.

    That's from the Salt Lake Tribune. If you search Google News for "Utah Vouchers" you'll still see its original headline (since toned down): Vouchers Go Down in Flames. Love it.

    Cry, the beloved country, these things are not yet at an end. - Alan Paton

    by rcbowman on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 09:56:13 AM PST

    •  not purple (0+ / 0-)

      but at least still sane.

      btw, i loved the reporter's (toungue in check?) phrase  "the will of the Utah Legislature."

      ha! that tells the story of utah politics exactly. it's all about the will of the legislature, which is significantly wingnuttier than our politically conservative but personally moderate citizenry.

      Newsday: Rudy Giuliani missing in action for Iraq panel

      by jethropalerobber on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 10:02:51 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Go Dean! (0+ / 0-)

    & the 50 State Strategy!

    OMG! I'm grinning again.  w00t!

    War is outdated. Dalai Lama

    by x on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 09:58:16 AM PST

  •  Tom Davis... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    micha1976, Tybalt

    ...got himself a nice welcome this morning:

  •  Holy shit (0+ / 0-)

    I used to live in Fort Thomas, KY - land of the most conservative bigots I've ever had the displeasure to meet. Ft. Thomas is in Campbell county. Granted, Campbell County also has Newport, but STILL!!!! Dem by 14!!!!

    And Boone County! OMG!

    Wow. Just.....

    Wow.

    Looks like the bleeding that started in Mean Jean's district has crossed the Ohio River and is rushing south.

    "Poverty or wealth can make all the differences in securing the substance or only the shadow of constitutional protections." -Wiley Rutledge

    by asimbagirl on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 10:04:49 AM PST

  •  Mayoral races? (0+ / 0-)

    From one of the pull-quotes:
    >if Mayoral races are the benchmark to judge the GOP's performance this year - they lost Ohio.

    I sincerely doubt that mayoral races are much of a benchmark.  Still, it's nice to have them.

    And given the Supreme Court's decision in Gore, I'm not sure why Kos would say elected judgeships are the worst thing to happen to justice?  Appointed judgeships are just judgeships where elected people appoint judges for all the wrong reasons.  

    •  Maybe not all mayoral races (0+ / 0-)
      But this one was THE key battleground. Our state Democratic chair, Chris Redfern, told us a year ago that this was the 2007 target and must-have. The GOP threw ALL their resources at trying to save an embattled mayor. And she went down. As Chris told us, it's key to have Democratic mayors on hand to greet the presidential candidate when he/she comes to the state. Ohio is kicking ASS, baby!

      Elected judgeships as they now stand are pretty terrible, as Ohio can attest, having reelecte last year an incredibly corrupt supreme court judge whose corruption was featured on the front page of the New York Times which revealed that he decided for campaign donors 91% of the time. There was probably some name confusion -- both candidates have Irish names beginning in
      "O," and fundraising was a factor -- the Democrat refused to raise ANY money because he believes judges decisions should not be for sale to the highest bidder. He did ok all things considered and is now our candidate for congress in Oh-14, Bill O'Neill, who is hopefully going to kick Steve Latourette into retirement.
      http://www.oneill08.com/

      Many solutions have been suggested such as electing judges for a single, longer terms such as ten years so they don't have to raise campaign money, or having publically funded elections for judges. In Cleveland, I have suggested listing every candidate on the ballot with the middle name either "Russo" or "Gallagher" so that names are not an advantage (just kidding! We managed to defeat an unqualified Russo last year -- and a Democrat to boot, in the state's most Democratic county.) (Actually, when I mentioned to another judge at a Democratic fundraiser that I too had voted for the victorious Republican, he goes, "She's no more a Republican than I am." So maybe she was just running as a Republican because, without the endorsment of the local party structure, she'd have no shot to even get on the balllot.)

      We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14: http://www.oneill08.com/

      by anastasia p on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 11:43:42 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  the Russo/Gallagher idea is hilarious (0+ / 0-)

        I'd like to see elective chief judges here in Chicago.  They would then appoint their associate judges.  Or perhaps we should elect a small 'judicial council' that would appoint judges.

        I think the big problem is that people have NO WAY OF KNOWING who the hell these people are, so they are in effect chosen by the corrupt local machine.  Appointment in the way it's commonly bandied about wouldn't help at all -- that would just mean they were chosen directly by the corrupt local machine, without any intervening vote.  

  •  The Buckeye State Blog ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... kicks ass.

    Thanks for the extended quotations on the front page today, kos, I think that most Kossacks will like BSB a lot.

    Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    by Buckeye Hamburger on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 02:41:07 PM PST

  •  I agree about electing judges. Idaho used to have (0+ / 0-)

    judges appointed by the governor from a list provided by the Idaho Bar Association. The popularity of Cecil Andrus as governor prompted the Rethug held legislature to change that sensible procedure, making judgeships political.

    I think, therefore I am, I think.

    by mcmom on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 02:57:12 PM PST

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