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November 08, 2011

Elections Results Thread
Control of VA Senate Rests On One Race, With Democrat Ahead By 124 Votes

Second page of results, here. Houck (D) leads challenger Reeves (R) by 124.

Here's the thing: Virginia Democrats got 40% of the vote in total in the state, and Republicans got 60%. But because the gerrymandered map is so well done, Democrats can still get 50%+ of the Senate and House seats.


Virginia, Mississippi, Ohio, and Kentucky. Raquel prompted me to post this. I had forgotten.

In Mississippi, the Republicans are about to win the state house for the first time since... Reconstruction.

This is why I throw up my hands at the "Perry was a Democrat" thing. You think that Mississippi is Democrat? No. It's that since the Civil War, the Republican Party was kind of unpopular in the south for 120 years. It's only in the past 30 years that the southern states have shifted, state by state and legislator by legislator, over to the party which they historically despise but which happens to be ideologically aligned with them.

Anyway. Big wins in Mississippi.

In Ohio, it looks like Issue two (repealing Kasich's union reform bill) is likely to pass by the huge margins people thought it would.

In Mississippi, they're probably going to elect a Republican governor, Phil Bryant.

Kentucky will probably return Democratic Governor Breshear to office.

In Virginia, we need five seats to take control of the state Senate.

With about a quarter of precincts reporting, longtime Spotsyvania incumbent Sen. R. Edward Houck (D) was running slightly behind Republican challenger Bryce E. Reeves. But another longtime incumbent, Charles J. Colgan Sr. (D-Manassas), was running ahead of challenger Tom T. Gordy (R) in another closely contested race.

Results here.

DC Court of Appeals Rejects ObamaCare Challenge: More bad news, as the DC Circuit upholds ObamaCare's mandate, because it's so clear that the federal government, like, always had this power. They just didn't realize it for 250 years.

I've pointed this out before, but in WWII, the nation's finances depended on War Bonds. War Bonds put bullets in our boys' guns.


If the federal government had the power to demand that citizens buy things the government considered necessary, why did it not realize it could mandate that citizens buy war bonds?

If they'd mandated the purchase of war bonds, they could have reduced the interest rate on them. Could have reduced them even down to zero.

But I guess they just didn't remember they had this power.

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