Wednesday, November 09, 2005

A good day to read the news

The more you look at it, the better it gets.
  • Maine: "No on 1" won by 10 points, 55% to 45%. It wasn’t just southern Maine talking, either. We carried Bangor, Biddeford, and Lewiston – even small towns like Skowhegan. The measure was championed by a truly diverse coalition of business, labor, mainline Protestant churches, gay and straight people, and politicians on both sides of the aisle. A tremendous victory by Maine Won’t Discriminate.
  • Virginia: Kaine won decisively 24 hours after Bush went to Richmond to pull for Kilgore. Best of all, he made huge incursions into the sacred GOP exurbs and suburbs (of Bobo Brooks fame) and set up his mentor Mark Warner for a run at the presidency.
  • New Jersey: Winner Jon Corzine thanked voters "for rejecting the Bush-Rove tactics that are bad for democracy and that were stopped in their tracks tonight."
  • California: Voters defeated every single one of Arnold's initiatives in his expensive and pointless special election, further damaging the Governator.
  • Pennsylvania: The entire 8-person school board of Intelligent Design Republican wingnuts in Dover was tossed out and replaced by intelligent Democrats.
  • New York: Dems won conservative Ulster County for the first time in 25 years, turning a 16-17 minority into a 21-12 majority in the county legislature. They also made huge gains in Long Island and looks like they also won control of Nassau and Suffolk counties for the first time in history.
  • Arizona: Tucson turned Democratic after two Republicans were ousted from the city council.
  • Minnesota: The turncoat Democratic mayor who supported Bush in 2004 was tossed out and replaced by a real Democrat in a 69% to 31% vote. He was the first incumbent tossed out in 30 years.
We didn't win everywhere, but these stories augur well for 2006.


singing bridge said...

Just read your 11/3 diary at kos ( I was so relieved to see that there are some @kos who won't fawn all over Olympia Snowe (and Susan Red Dress). For a concise essay on Snowe try
She has the moderate talk down for Maine, and does her conservative/corporate dance in DC.
She has been doing this for years. Recently she voted a bill out of committee and then voted against on the floor (and for the benefit of the folks back home.)
Mike Brennan (Majority Leader Maine Senate) has made noise about running against her. Give him some mojo. He's a neighbor of mine, and a good man, wanting only what is good for the people of Maine. He has worked for years on property tax, education funding, and education policy.
Let's dump Snowe

janinsanfran said...

Congratulations to Maine -- defeating Measure No.1 is a great accomplishment and credit to your wonderful state.

Alna Dem said...

Thanks, JaninSF - you've got your own sweet victories to celebrate, too...

Singing bridge, I appreciate the link to Irregular Times. Sure hope those rumors about Snowe retiring come true, but if not, we need to stockpile ammo like this. And I'll start looking into Mike Brennan.