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Blue, Blue the Country's Blue
Author: BobR    Date: 11/06/2019 13:46:04

Yesterday was election day, albeit a rather small off-off-year one. We voted for mayor and city council, and I am sure there were others around the country. The big races, however, were in VA, KY, and MI. The results were VERY good for Democrats.

VA voted for its legislature, which has been controlled by Republicans for years. Two years ago, with control of the House of Delegates hanging in the balance, there was an actual tie between the Democrat and Republican for one district, and the winner (the Republican) was chosen by (not kidding) drawing a name from a hat. This year (as far as we can tell), there are no tied races, and the Democrats won control of both the House of Delegates AND the Senate. This means the Democrats control the legislature AND the Governor's Mansion. VA is one of the last states that could finally pass the ERA and get moving along to be added to the Constitution. For Virginians, it also means common-sense gun laws and health care help.

In Kentucky, it appears the Democratic challenger to the Republican incumbent has won that race. The Republican (Bevin) has not conceded, although the Democrat (Beshear) has claimed victory. Right now, the difference in votes is about 5000, or less than 1%, so a recount seems likely (and warranted). Considering this is a statewide election, this has to have Moscow Mitch dropping deuces in his Depends, since his Senate seat is also a statewide election. This should energize the Anybody But Mitch crowd to really push into next year's election.

In Mississippi, the Republican candidate for governor won. There is still a lot to be encouraged about, though, because he only won by 6 percentage points. Three years ago, tRumpy won the state by 18 points, and the last election for governor, the Republican won by about 30%. This shows that tRumps horrible policies, complete ineptness in office, and acidic personality are turning even the deepest of the red states in a more purple direction.

As a harbinger of things to come, these results are very good for the Dems, and very bad for the Reps. Take heart, and never let anything prevent you from voting!

 

14 comments (Latest Comment: 11/06/2019 17:30:50 by Mondobubba)
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Comment by wickedpam on 11/06/2019 14:12:00
Morning

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Comment by Scoopster on 11/06/2019 14:24:42
Mornin' all!

Best one of the night was the VA House of Delegates seat in Newport News. If you remember, in 2017 this race ended in a dead tie and the winner (a Republican) was chosen by drawing lots from a bowl.

Last night in the rematch, Democrat Shelly Simonds won by 12 points.

Comment by wickedpam on 11/06/2019 14:36:33
OMG it was just pointed out that VA is gonna have a female Speaker for the 1st time!!!!!!

Comment by Raine on 11/06/2019 14:53:14
Quote by wickedpam:
OMG it was just pointed out that VA is gonna have a female Speaker for the 1st time!!!!!!

WOOHOO!

good morning!

I am so happy about my adopted state!

Comment by Raine on 11/06/2019 14:53:47
Quote by wickedpam:
Morning

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Totally my feeling as well today!

Comment by TriSec on 11/06/2019 15:19:15
An interesting night in Waltham.

A longtime friend, Councilor Robert Logan, lost his seat to an upstart newcomer. It may have been time though, Mr. Logan has been in the position for over 30 years.

Another newcomer has upset an incumbent in my precinct. Sean Durkee is now the Councilor for Ward 6. He is the brother of my oldest friend in Waltham, so I have his ear already.

Longtime School Committe member John Graceffa lost his seat, but there was a dirty attack this past weekend by candidate Jane Gately that may have swayed some voters.

Finally - incumbent Mayor McCarthy retained her seat. I am personally friendly with both mayoral candidates this year, but Mayor McCarthy did help Javi with his Eagle Project, so there is that.



Comment by Raine on 11/06/2019 15:23:49
Pence is Busted


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Comment by Scoopster on 11/06/2019 15:23:58
Some other results from state & local races yesterday:
- Voters in several suburban Pennsylvania counties elected Democratic majorities to county boards for the first time in decades.
- New York City passed a ballot initiative to start ranked choice voting.
- The mayor of Wichita, Kansas is now a Democrat.
- The mayor of Tuscon, AZ is now a Democrat for the first time in 50 years.
- In Fall River MA, incumbent mayor Jasiel Correia, who is currently the target of several federal criminal indictments but still survived a recall vote, was soundly defeated.
- The city council in Columbus, Indiana flipped control to the Dems. This is VP Mike Pence's hometown. Democrats also flipped several city councils in Hamilton County, just northeast of Indianapolis.

Comment by Raine on 11/06/2019 15:40:42
Quote by Scoopster:
Some other results from state & local races yesterday:
- Voters in several suburban Pennsylvania counties elected Democratic majorities to county boards for the first time in decades.
- New York City passed a ballot initiative to start ranked choice voting.
- The mayor of Wichita, Kansas is now a Democrat.
- The mayor of Tuscon, AZ is now a Democrat for the first time in 50 years.
- In Fall River MA, incumbent mayor Jasiel Correia, who is currently the target of several federal criminal indictments but still survived a recall vote, was soundly defeated.
- The city council in Columbus, Indiana flipped control to the Dems. This is VP Mike Pence's hometown. Democrats also flipped several city councils in Hamilton County, just northeast of Indianapolis.
Also from Scranton -- this is pretty awesome!


Comment by Scoopster on 11/06/2019 16:04:40
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Comment by BobR on 11/06/2019 16:16:17
Quote by Scoopster:
Mornin' all!

Best one of the night was the VA House of Delegates seat in Newport News. If you remember, in 2017 this race ended in a dead tie and the winner (a Republican) was chosen by drawing lots from a bowl.

Last night in the rematch, Democrat Shelly Simonds won by 12 points.

Linked the 2017 race in the blog...

Comment by Mondobubba on 11/06/2019 17:02:34


Jesus, they are the worst. We can't let the people decide if they want to kick us Republicans out of office! That's wrong we have been granted power by God and to have us give up power would be denying God's will.

Comment by Mondobubba on 11/06/2019 17:30:50
In crazy land, Louie Gohmert is doubling down on his trying to get clemency for several war criminals. I don't have a link, he's promoting this idiot nonsense on his FB page.