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Samples of Today's 63 Diary Collection:

[ND-Sen] ND-SEN: BREAKING! Rick Berg Concedes to Heitkamp! by Adam Blomeke - Diarist heard that Rick Berg (R) called Heidi Heitkamp (D) to concede. Heitkamp's campaign, which fivethirtyeight blogger Nate Silver characterized as a sure thing for Berg, was a perfectly executed masterpiece, run by first rate professionals.

[FL-18] We're not quite rid of Allen West yet. by jrooth - On election night Patrick Murphy (D) defeated incumbent Allen West (R-BatshitCrazyville) by greater than the .5% that triggers automatic recount. But West isn't conceding and alleges voting irregularities.

[PR-Statehood] The Puerto Rico Question by Troubadour - One of the more interesting election results was the Puerto Rico passed a non-binding referendum requesting US statehood. Diarist offers info on Puerto Rico's path to statehood and examples of what our flag will look like with 51 stars.

Today's EDR covers rescued down-ticket election diaries published between noon on November 7th till noon on November 8th. This edition of Election Diary Rescue includes the following gems dug up by our miners.

Diaries: (63)
Senate: (8) posts, (4) states plus various
House: (9) posts, (4) states, (5) districts plus various
State: (3)
Ballot Initiatives: (15)
Various: (9)
General: (19)

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[HI-Sen] Hawai'i's next Senator: The Amazing Mazie Hirono by Dave in AZ - Diarist introduces us all to Hawaii's newly elected Senator Mazie Hirono.

[ND-Sen] American Indian voters and Indian organizers gave N.D. Senate edge to Democrat Heidi Heitkamp by Meteor Blades - When Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota takes her seat in the U.S. Senate, she will owe her margin of victory to American Indians.

[ND-Sen] ND Senate: Heitkamp Wins! Native Vote Mattered! by scarletraven - Heidi Heitkamp (D) defeats Rick Berg (R), with some help.

[ND-Sen] Native Vote flipped ND Senate Seat to Dems by Voltage Spike - Heidi Heitkamp benefited in the closing days from Senator Conrad's campaigning, as well as millions of dollars that poured in to support her candidacy. Poorly polled ND was showing Berg in the lead, while one or two outliers hinted that Heitcamp might be closing in. Still, no one was quite sure.

[ND-Sen] ND-SEN: BREAKING! Rick Berg Concedes to Heitkamp! by Adam Blomeke - Diarist heard that Rick Berg (R) called Heidi Heitkamp (D) to concede. Heitkamp's campaign, which fivethirtyeight blogger Nate Silver characterized as a sure thing for Berg, was a perfectly executed masterpiece, run by first rate professionals.

[NVSen] 85,000 Nevada Obama voters did not vote for Senator by Jeff in CA - Under votes and third party votes could have caused Shelley Berkley’s (D) loss to Dean Heller (R).

[NY-Sen] Let's hear it for Kirsten Gillibrand! by AtomikNY - Even as Sen. Gillibrand has consistently stood up for liberal, progressive values in the Senate, she cobbled together a coalition of New York voters that included just about everybody except die-hard Republicans.

[Sen-Var] With new Senate picture, Reid looking at filibuster reform by Joan McCarter - This is what our "Upgrade the Senate" campaign was all about, swelling the ranks of the reformers in the caucus to make a more progressive policy agenda even a possibility, making obstruction by Republicans a difficult and painful thing.


[AZ-02] Arizona - It Ain't Over till the Counting's Done - Waiting on updated totals AZ-02 by biscobosco - Some say that AZ-02 (Barber vs McSally) is a done deal with Barber down by about .5 % (1300 votes or so). (update - as of 8:45 PM 11/7 Barber is down about 400 votes).

[AZ-09] Did you notice that Arizona elected an openly bisexual woman to congress last night? (UPDATED) by ThatPoshGirl - Getting to know Arizona's brand new bisexual congresscritter, Kyrsten Sinema.

[AZ-09] AZ-09: Kyrsten Sinema to become 1st openly bisexual, nontheist member of Congress??? by Brainwrap - Sinema (D) could beat Vernon Parker (R) in a close race.

[CA-07] URGENT: CA-07 Bera Leads Lungren but Votes Still Being Counted... Contribute! by Gangster Octopus - Dr. Ami Bera (D) holds a slim lead over Dan Lungren (R) with thousands of absentee and provisional ballots still to be counted.

[FL-18] Allen West: "The Thing that Wouldn't Leave!" by Oliver Tiger - Hope you didn't eat all your popcorn last night, people, because there's still one more sideshow that hasn't dropped the curtain.

[FL-18] We're not quite rid of Allen West yet. by jrooth - On election night Patrick Murphy (D) defeated incumbent Allen West (R-BatshitCrazyville) by greater than the .5% that triggers automatic recount. But West isn't conceding and alleges voting irregularities.

[NY-24] Maffei leads Buerkle! by boilerman10 - Wingers are still blowing gaskets, but Dan Maffei (D) leads Ann Marie Buerkle (R) by 14,600 votes. Unfortunately, Buerkle will not concede.

[NY-24] NY 24: Dan Maffei Defeats Beurkle, Buerkle Refuses to Concede by RadicalParrot - While the election is over for most people, the campaign rages on in New York's 24th congressional district. Because the Republican loser refuses to concede. Call the waaaambulance!

[Var-House] We 'Won' the House (PV anyway) by grubber - Diarist's research establishes that Democratic House candidates earned more votes than Republican House candidates, at least of votes that have been thus far counted. Thus the 'Popular Vote' went with Dems across the board.


[CA-St. Sen] Let's hear it for Seneca Doane. by stunzeed - He ran for State Senate in California, and appears to have come up short against the incumbent. However, this is not a loss in my book. This is a Kossack who stepped up from the keyboard and put himself into the fray.

 [MN-Var] Minnesota Legislature follow-up by ajwagner - Biggest Upsets in Minnesota: These are the races where neither diary predicted the correct winner. Either AndrewMN had Tossup and OGGoldy had the wrong party, or both had the wrong party. 

[WA-Gov] Why Jay Inslee will win by dgb - Diarist has confidence the Jay Inslee (D) will win the Washington governor's race, which is still undecided with a margin of just ~49,000 votes between Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna.

Ballot Initiatives:

[CA-Prop 37] Prop. 37 narrowly defeated by corporate millions, deceptive ads by Dan Bacher - Fishermen, environmentalists and consumer advocates were disappointed but not surprised by yesterday's narrow defeat, 53-47, of Proposition 37, the initiative calling for the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) food in California.

[CA-Var] My referendum won by docmidwest - Seriously: my free-speech in malls referendum won 8,334 to 2,884 in Urbana. Referenda calling for overturning Citizens United also won easily in both Urbana and Champaign. Here's the official results:

[CO-Amend 64] Weed is Legal in Colorado! by Cannaman - Some details about how legal marijuana will work in Colorado.

[CO, WA Marijuana initiatives] Break out the Cheetos! by furpletron - High fives all around to Colorado and Washington voters for stepping up and making history by legalizing Marijuana!

[Marriage Equality] This is the day I've been waiting for by BoiseBlue - It is hard to overstate how much of a big fucking deal yesterday was for LGBT rights.

[Marriage Equality-Var] NOM's odious political director Frank Schubert is butt-hurt over marriage equality by Steveningen - Right wing reaction to the success of marriage equality proposals.

[Marriage Equality] Maryland, Maine, Minnesota and Washington bring joy to supporters of marriage equality by Meteor Blades - Four states from coast to coast delivered a body slam to the advocates of bigotry Tuesday, legalizing marriage equality in two states, making it likely in third and, in a fourth, knocking down another attempt to make marriage a matter only between a man and a woman.

[MI-Prop 1] An Open Letter To The Republicans In Lansing by Hoi Polloi - Diarist explains to Rick Snyder and his Republican cohorts in the state capitol that the voters rejected his Emergency Dictator... er, Manager law and do not want another one.

[MT-166] Good news from Big Sky Country by KTinOhio - Montana Initiative 166, which strikes down the wrongheaded notion of "corporate personhood" and prohibits corporate campaign contributions in the state, is leading 63-37 and is all but certain to pass.

[PR-Statehood] About Puerto Rico's "pro-statehood" vote by vawolf - As a Puerto Rican, I think there's some confusion about what happened in Puerto Rico last night and what it means. Did Puerto Ricans actually vote for statehood last night? Short answer, in my opinion, is 'no'. For the long answer, make the jump.

[PR-Statehood] HUGE NEWS - PUERTO RICO VOTED TO BE A STATE! by cdub24 - Puerto Rico voted to become a state on Tuesday for the first time in its 114 years as a United States territory.  Any application for statehood will need to be approved by Congress, which has never denied a petition for statehood.

[PR-Statehood] Will Puerto Rico Be The 51st State? by Rimjob - The current 50 star United States flag has been in use for 52 years, 4 months, and 4 days since the admittance of Hawaii to the Union. There was a vote last night that may add a 51st star to the American flag.

[PR-Statehood] The Puerto Rico Question by Troubadour - One of the more interesting election results was the Puerto Rico passed a non-binding referendum requesting US statehood. Diarist offers info on Puerto Rico's path to statehood and examples of what our flag will look like with 51 stars.

[WA-74] Marriage Equality called for Washington State by Steveningen - Via press release, Washington United for Marriage has determined that Washington has handed a victory to equality.

[WA-74] Washington United for Marriage declares victory by thezzyzx - I'll admit that I've spent way too much time today running the numbers myself and trying to find a way where they don't work. I'm pretty confident but due to Washington's all mail vote system, I won't feel 100% until 4:30 today when many counties (including Seattle's King) drop updated results that have the ballots that arrived today.


[AK-Var] AK-34 and the AK update--Major Upset in the Works? by akmk - Alaska's still counting votes too, so here's the latest in the district 34 race and the state legislature races - hint: there's been a shakeup.

[AZ-Var] Key AZ outcomes still in doubt by manyamile - Hold your horses, it is not over in Arizona for some key races, including the Barber /McSally congressional race and Carmona /Flake senatorial race, and possibly the Arpaio/Penzone race. Perchance we mourned too soon.

[AZ-Var] More than 600,000 AZ votes NOT counted by ThatPoshGirl - The Arizona Secretary of State's office reports that over 600,000 ballots have not been counted.

[MO-Var] White power and Missouri politics by rhartmann52 - The arithmetic message of the 2012 elections in Missouri is that it's a solidly white state. Democrats were elected to statewide office and Governor Jay Nixon won by 12.1 percent, even while being on the same ballot as Obama - who lost MO worse than he lost GA.

[NH-Var] New Hampshire Union Members Celebrate Enormous Electoral Wins by NH LABOR NEWS - In New Hampshire many of the union locals banded together to defeat Ovide 'Scott Walker on Steroids' Lamontagne (R) in electing Maggie Hassan (D) as the next Governor.

[Var] The Country Moved to the Left Last Night by Aaron Krager - Yes, the country voted clearly to give Barack Obama another four years in the White House. He received more than 50 percent of the vote and won handily in the electoral college. Yet, it is what happened down the ballot that shows the nation's move toward progressive values.

[Var] A decisive victory in New England by birdboy2000 - Barack Obama carried all 33 of New England's electoral votes. At the senate level, Democrats won races in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Bernie Sanders, a socialist independent who caucuses with the Democrats, won Vermont. And Angus King, a more moderate independent who is widely seen (including by those pumping money into that race) as closer to Democrats than Republicans won Maine's senate seat. New Hampshire did not vote this cycle.

[Var] Orange to Blue roundup, final edition by Joan McCarter - The final report on how our Orange to Blue candidates and issues fared in the election.

[WI-Var] Yeah! (Yikes) Booyah! (Sigh) Wisconsins Mixed Bag of Elections Results. I Have a Glad and a Sad by Puddytat - We celebrate the national successes we had in coming in for the President and in defeating TeaBag Tommy Thompson to send a real Progressive Democrat, Tammy Baldwin, to the US Senate. We worked our butts off and I thank Daily Kos for putting the Baldwin campaign on their list of priorities.


A Few (Thank God) Final Thoughts About the Election by Floyd Elliot - A nice list of who the big winners were on Tuesday night.

America's Beating Heart by GrannyRedBird - A behind the scenes look at the work involved in running a polling location.

Analyzing the Massachusetts Election by Participatory Democracy and Public Education - A look at some of the trends in Massachusetts Federal and local elections.

Civics class at the polling place: Basic stuff some voters didn't know by gloriasb - A poll worker details several incidents from Election Day that suggest civics classes need to be re-instituted in American schools, and possibly via a nationwide ad campaign aimed at adults, too.

Flushing Rush, the patriarch of the pariah party by Richard Myers - If Republicans don't stand up to Rush he will continue to pull them down with him as evidenced in several election races.

How to Repair the Voting System: Sec. Debra Bowen's Answer by barath - Diarist has a post up about how to make election day run more smoothly.

I Ran and Lost and You Should Too by hazzcon - Diarist extols the virtues of running for office in this country. Maybe we're ready to step up and put our political expertise and policy goals into practice!

Maria's List Victories by Participatory Democracy and Public Education - Tuesday was very nearly a clean sweep for candidates on Maria's List. Now we need to put those victorious candidates to work on our issues.

Mesozoic Madness! Massive Post-Election Dinosaur Extinction Underway! by cassandracarolina - Humorous post-mortem on the election, in dino-terms.

No, we're determined to stop you. by thereisnospoon - David Atkins expounds a bit on Republican's "small government principles" and how those guarantee future marginalization no matter how the GOP tries to frame its 'new' self.

The Tea Party Glass Ceiling by The Stig - Diarist posits interesting evidence of a Tea Party glass ceiling.

They're Going For a Florida Recount. by sponson - Miami-Dade election workers are still hand-counting ballots. The reason is explained.

They (still) haven't called Florida. But we've won. by Arctic Belle - By now you're probably wondering why Florida hasn't been called with 100% of the vote now in. An explanation of what's actually going on to slow things down.

Vote of No-Confidence: My election day experience in Virginia by Eric Lotke -  A poll worker from Fairfax describes the election day 2012 experience with the black box voting machines at his precinct poll.

We'll Get the House Back in 2014 by Grandma Susie - For starters, we need filibuster reform in the Senate so the people's business can get done with a simple majority of 50 votes. Then, we need to push the Democrats to put together a progressive agenda, pass it in the Senate and send it to the House. When the House starts voting against these bills, we hold them accountable and replace them with better members in 2014. We then pick up our bills, pass them through the House and Senate, and have President Obama sign them.

We Should Get Ahead of the Demographic Shift by Zarate - One of the most compelling stories of the 2012 election will be the demographic time bomb that went off in Republican faces. Dems need to get out in front of them before they adjust.

Whacko Electioneering in Montana by HugoTilapia - Diarist has a post up about an election judge and his truck with a message on it.

Whither OFA? by zenbassoon - So what do we do now with the great OFA 'machine' that shocked the britches off Republicans this cycle. Diarist has some good suggestions.

Why the GOP Will Double Down on a Losing Strategy by teacherken - Diarist offers an eye-opening piece by Michael Grunwald of Time Magazine. Grunwald isn't convinced the Republican Party wants to change.

* A big THANKS! to all our dedicated EDR volunteers (in alphabetical order): Alma, eeff, Joieau, nomandates, Oke, randallt, restondem, Spedwybabs, Sylv, TruthOfAngels and turbonerd.

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  •  Please do this every election (6+ / 0-)
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    randallt, Joieau, Sylv, Alma, eeff, Turbonerd

    Nice place to reference diaries that often get missed in the diary frenzy.

    Thanks for all your very hard work and attention to this extensive task.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 03:44:46 PM PST

  •  an interesting did you know about MI - 06 (4+ / 0-)
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    Alma, randallt, Sylv, Turbonerd

    did anyone here know that Upton, historically speaking, is to the left of the republicans who used to represent that district?

    Before him was Mark Siljander who was fairly young (early to mid 30s) and was very much a moral majority "movement conservative" type.

    Before him was David Stockman who was basically the Paul Ryan of his time.

    Before him was Ed Hutchinson, who was a backbencher, but was still very far to the right (always the most conservative member of the MI delegation)

    going back even further now (40s and 50s) was Clare Hoffman who was a "lone wolf" that was disliked by almost everyone in congress. He was a virulent anti semite and conspiracy theorist.

    RRH expat (known as AquarianLeft). Also known as freepcrusher on leip atlas forum

    by demographicarmageddon on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 07:45:29 PM PST

    •  I also remember Siljander being (4+ / 0-)
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      sentenced to a few months in prison for involvement in some Arab lobbying scandal (but not Abscam).

      RRH expat (known as AquarianLeft). Also known as freepcrusher on leip atlas forum

      by demographicarmageddon on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 07:48:33 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Yeah (4+ / 0-)
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      He was (relatively) moderate until 2010, and went absolutely running to the right.  I really appreciate Mike O'Brien running to hold him accountable for his cynical repositioning.  That man ran about as honorable a campaign as I've ever seen.  These are exactly the kind of candidates we should be running in red districts, if only on the chance that the Republican candidate slips up.  I tell you, had we run someone like O'Brien in neighboring MI-7, we would have had a race (again), like when Schauer kept the Walberg on his toes.

  •  We've won another wave election... (4+ / 0-)
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    Alma, randallt, Sylv, Turbonerd

    I hope we do good things and honor the voters who have turned to us again.
    Thanks for this EDR---I am amazed at our success in the Senate.

  •  No one predicted Heitkamp (nate's not alone!) (4+ / 0-)
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    Wildthumb, randallt, Sylv, Turbonerd

    I think our friend mr. silver deserves a little break - he was put through some kind of right wing hell this election,

    and so I would drop his name from the introduction to the diary - instead of saying specifically that he predicted she would be clobbered - i would suggest that you say that all of the pollsters predicted that she would be clobbered (which is actually true).  That is, no need to mention his name here, just because he got that one wrong.

    The truth is that this year, he focused mostly on the Presidential race, and unlike in years past, did not even start covering the Senate until September.   He's a busy guy, and had a book to promote, and we can't blame him for his success.   NYT should up his budget so he can go back to doing the House as well as Senate.

  •  Election Diaries? (meh - stupid democracy) (4+ / 0-)
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    All snark aside ... thanks to all EDR team contributors & compilers for these.

    "Four more years!" (Obama Unencumbered - The Sequel)

    by jwinIL14 on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 08:19:43 PM PST

  •  Florida has finally been called for... (5+ / 0-)
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    President Obama.

    And the final winning votes ironically came from Miami Dade County. That very county that the Republican governor of FL tried to suppress.

    Well, it backfired on that sickening Republican governor. Miami Dade had record turnouts--better than 2008.

    Don't mess with the "souls to the polls". African American will NEVER allow anyone to suppress their voting rights again!

    And even when Fox called the election for Obama, those wonderful citizens STAYED in those HUGE lines until their votes were cast.

    The Presidential election should not be called until ALL the voters in the US has been cast. Or the number could cost the election. Not even exit polls should be aired in the media until every last ballot is cast.

    There are people who will not vote if they know who already won or lost.

    Sorry, but after the election was called for Obama, I had to check in Hannity's show to see him freak out.

  •  Republican voter suppression continues in Ohio (4+ / 0-)
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    Federal Judge on Ohio's Ballot Order: 'Democracy Dies in the Dark'
    There are hundreds of thousands of ballots left to count in Ohio -- and a federal judge is angry about how the secretary of state there plans to count them.
    By Andrew Cohen, The Atlantic
    Nov 8 2012, 6:08 PM ET

    On the day after Election Day, just hours after Mitt Romney had conceded the presidential race to President Obama, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted sent his public lawyers into a federal courtroom in Columbus to try to disenfranchise his fellow citizens whose provisional ballots were not properly completed by poll workers. Here is the transcript for the extraordinary hearing held Wedneday by U.S. District Judge Algenon Marbley. It's worth a read to get a sense both of the judge's dismay at Ohio's position and Ohio's utter lack of a reasonable defense for Husted's voter-suppression efforts.

    Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

    by Simplify on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 08:27:40 PM PST

  •  Okay, I put my tags in this time even. Is it (6+ / 0-)
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    MetroGnome, tzager, randallt, Alma, Sylv, Turbonerd

    because I didn't put the dash in there?

    Oh, I see.  It didn't take my edits when I added the tags.

    It's AK-34.  And it's a doozy.

    23 year old Democrat potentially ousts entrenched Republican incumbent, Co-Chair of Finance Committee in SE Alaska and other Alaska updates.

    Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins is currently up 43 votes with about 1300 absentees to be counted.  

    Win or lose, Jonathon is ushering in a new kind of politics in Alaska and this one is worth watching.

  •  i'm working on a diary now (3+ / 0-)
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    of lifetime ADA ratings of all former members of congress. It'll probably be pretty long (hundreds or maybe even a thousand names) but it should be interesting.

    What do you think should be the criteria for being in the hall of fame (meaning minimum number of years served, minimum score etc).

    RRH expat (known as AquarianLeft). Also known as freepcrusher on leip atlas forum

    by demographicarmageddon on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 10:41:05 PM PST

  •  MI Legislature: Right-to-Work on the way? (4+ / 0-)
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    randallt, Alma, Sylv, Turbonerd

    Oh, hell.  With the defeat of Proposal 2 - the collective bargaining intitiative that got buried beneath the onslaught of "vote no on everything" - and the state dems failing to take back the state house, some Republicans are looking for revenge:

    Lansing — Some Republican lawmakers Thursday called for right-to-work legislation by the end of the year in the wake of Tuesday's defeat of Proposal 2 to enshrine collective bargaining in the state constitution.

    The Legislature is in session for just 12 days before it adjourns Dec. 20, and there are a number of high-profile issues lawmakers hope to tackle. Some Republicans would add to that agenda a law that bans union shops from requiring employees to belong to the labor groups.

    "It should be sooner rather than later," Senate Finance Committee chairman Jack Brandenburg of Harrison Township told The News on Thursday. "Proposal 2 was defeated badly and we've been very patient with the unions.

    "I think we have the votes to get it done."

    They want to try and ram this through in the lame duck, knowing that they currently have bigger margins in the hous than they will in January.

    That said, there are a few things working against this.  The Senate Majority Leader doesn't want this fight.  He didn't want it then and he doesn't want it know.  Coincidentally, this is the chamber where R-to-W would definitely pass given their supermajority.  On the other end of things, where they really want this legislation - the state house - they have smaller margins and on top of that some pro-union Republicans, or at least Republicans who believe in collective bargaining.  The problem is that with some lame duck legislators, they may want to send a message on the way out since some of them were defeated by union money.

    This is getting scary.  We knew this could happen.  You better believe if this happens, though, that we'd do what Ohio did and repeal this.

    •  put the trogs on defense (1+ / 0-)
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      Simply put, we lucked out in Ohio. Unlike in Wisconsin, some far-sighted Buckeye had the foresight to include in the state constitution the right to overturn acts of the legislature by petition. We got lucky again when the trogs here decided to paint all the public employee unions with the same brush - including police and firefighters. A slightly more moderate attack against public employee pensions passed with barely a whimper - unanimously.

      Actually, I think the people of Wisconsin had the right approach. Even though the recall process doesn't directly undo the shenanigans a one-party dominated legislature can push through, it makes the lawmakers more accountable. Adding a recall provision to the state constitution will have appeal across the political spectrum and give the people back some power over their elected "representatives." Especially if the timing of recall election is structured to happen quickly - say within 60 days of the petition being certified.

      Reforms come from below. No man with four aces howls for a new deal.
      Keystone XL will raise gas prices!

      by Turbonerd on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 04:05:27 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I'm sad my FL-18 diary didn't get picked up (3+ / 0-)
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    Alma, Sylv, Turbonerd

    What am I doing wrong? It was longer and more detailed than either of the other FL-18 ones that got rescued, and neither of them had the most important part, which is that Murphy needs funds to mount a defense. I know people don't like to be hit up for money, but it's necessary.

    I don't care about whether anyone pays attention to ME, but I'd like to get the facts out there, and I'm here in the district trying to put them together. I'm going to do another tonight with some legal analysis and updates on the hearings today, hopefully, so let me know how I should be tagging it, if you can.

    It's important to me. This is my home, please let me know how I can help get the message about what the campaign needs out.

    Dance like no one is watching with one fist in the air... We are stronger than everything they have taught us that we should fear.

    by Surly Cracker on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 08:18:03 AM PST

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