Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Election Notes

The night is not over at this writing but some very positive things have happened. The Madrid/Wilson race is way close. Our future VP Bill Richardson got a big win as did Senator Jeff. Richardson won my former home county of Chaves 57-43% and my new home of Otero county 58-42%. As a matter of fact from what I see Richardson and Bingaman both won in every county in the state.
Iraqi Vet Joe Sestak got rid of nutcase Curt Weldon and America is a bit saner place. Rick Santorum is gone which moves the needle even further toward sane. Sherrod Brown is the new senator from Ohio. Brown is a true populist and excepting Feingold maybe my favorite person in Washington. The people are big winners with this victory. JD Hayworth of Arizona is out. A true neo con who desperately needed a different profession.
Among my former state homes is California. I have a little background in that state. Unfortunately it looks like far right John Dolittle will win. McNearney looks like he has a shot to unseat Pombo which would be a very good thing. Mark Foleys seat in a very Republican area of Florida went Democratic. Full on neo con Chris Chocola is out in Indiana. As a matter of fact 3 seats in Indiana turned Dem. A VERY red state...useta be. In my home state of Iowa Democrat Bradley took a seat that opened up when radical rightist Jim Nussle retired to run for Governor. Nussle lost big to Chet Culver. Hello Iowa! I love you!!!! Dem. Nick Lamson takes terrible Tom DeLays' seat in Texas.
Among the ballot measures all 6 states that had a proposal to raise the minimum wage passed it.
Overall good news but now it's time to step to the plate and solve some problems. Let's hope they can do it or all this will be temporary.

20 Comments:

Blogger Dedanna said...

I'm glad things went as they did in the election, but NM has some serious work to do. I hear tell that the Madrid/Wilson race was so tight that a recount will be in order.

However, just the fact that Madrid took what she did speaks volumes -- that even NM isn't all stupid (although half the people at least here are).

Was watching the marquee on the tube this morning, and was disappointed at all the Repuglican wins.

Now, as you say, it's time for the Dems to some serious work. There was some talk before the election, that if they took control, they would pull nothing but revenge. I'm hoping this turns out to be the case. It will weed out a lot of the a*holes from office in the long run, as people next time around won't be stupid enough to vote for either straight Repugs or straight Dems -- this election and the last two will be remembered for a very long time, and the people will get to speak the next time around -- and there will be no question about vote counts then, because the majority will speak so loudly. I'm of the firm belief that right along with the neocom agenda, the people of the country are also tired of having the choice of only one of two parties that have both badly failed in their own way.

Just my take.

You take care.

8:32 AM, November 08, 2006  
Blogger Dedanna said...

Time to go laugh like all get-out at a certain you-know-who's place. lol.

8:33 AM, November 08, 2006  
Blogger Dedanna said...

Ron, I have to agree with this statement:

I never understood the term "centrist" or "moderate". You either believe in something or you don't. If it means that on some issues you swing one way, and others you swing the other way, that just means that you'll be agreeable part of the time, and a pain in the ass the rest.

It's like, either the Democrats are Democrats, or not, and either the Republicans are Republicans or not. All the in-between crapola needs to go to building other parties, so people have a real choice when they vote.

8:46 AM, November 08, 2006  
Blogger Ron said...

I'm certainly in agreement that we need more than 2 partys but that would make comprimise even more important. To think you could or should get everything you want is dangerous to the republic as a whole and selfish as hell!

on another note..remember when they were tinfoil hatting the voter fraud thing? now it is a big deal and the dems are crooks.
bwahahahahahah

9:43 AM, November 08, 2006  
Blogger Dedanna said...

Yeah, I can't help but laugh real hard when I see a Repug toting that line.

12:08 PM, November 08, 2006  
Blogger Dedanna said...

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!

Bush announces Rumsfeld stepping down

There has GOT to be a god somewhere!! :)

1:35 PM, November 08, 2006  
Blogger Dedanna said...

Looks to me like the whole Repuglican house of cards is coming tumbling down. Now Hastert is saying he won't run again in January when Dems take control.

Wonder how many more are going to run like chicken-shits, knowing that the Dems are going to investigate them, and that they will be no less than hanged for their wrongs when they do?

Gotta love it! :)

2:49 PM, November 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nationaly looks hopeful with the Democrats taking the House and a good chance at the Senate. Still, mostly seems like it will be a case of slowing down the neocons. Until there is a Democrat in the White House or a veto proof Congress, it will be difficult, though not impossible, getting through meaningful changes in Healthcare, pensions, saving Social Security/Medicare, infrastructure, education, corruption reform,international relations, civil liberties and real national security.

Gov. Richardson did well throughout New Mexico although some of the other statewide races were closer than they should have been. At least Madrid got real close and even though NM still has two Rs and only one D in the Legislature the total number of votes for Ds in US House races easily exceeded the total vote for Rs.

Unfortunately, 2 or 3 state house seats went from D to R. Most Ds won handily but many Rs won close races. The state house will now be 39 or 40 D to 30 or 31 R.

The Real Problem as usual is Southeast New Mexico. There really will never be meaningful hope for change in SE NM until there is a significant demographic change. District 58 which should easily be Democratic again voted for Ezzell 54 to 46. This after every house in the district was either called or visited. We were told this is whey the Democrats lost the seat the last time (Ponce) because Ezzell contacted every house in the District. Well, Martinez did this time but it didn't change things. Also, two more district judges in the SE NM area lost just because they were Democrats. Two more barely held on. A Conservative Democrat in Lea County lost to a Republican neocon wanna be. In Dist. 59 Weedum lost despite receiving the endorsement of the Roswell Daily Record. That endorsement was largely due to the riff between the paper and the Foley/Adair radicals. The winner is not only a Foley/Adair type but a right wing religious supporter too. She replaced a slightly more moderate R who died. Gardner in 56 was unopposed. In '04 he defeated a more moderate Republican in the primary and is a reliable Foley supporter. Gardner like Foley/Adair are big supporters of public education, as long as its Athletics. After all, their free market style needs government assistance in getting more kids into the sports health clinics.
The grand inquisitor himself, Foley OD, won with over 70% against a Republican write-in and a Green from Alamogordo who apparently did not campaign. Although Richardson won Chaves with about 56% there were precints he lost. Constitutional Amendment #4 to help with affordable housing Lost in Chaves Co and the 3 bond issues only passed with small margains. Essentially, the Radical Right has taken over most of SE NM, Carlsbad may be something of an exception, and even the more moderate Rs have been soundly defeated. So, as we celibrate the election decisions in the US House and Senate, to at least give hope that the US will catch up with other Western Democracies, and even some places that aren't, and as New Mexico remains pretty much a centrist state, SE NM and Roswell get even further out of touch with the rest of the World, and to be honest, out of touch with Reality as well.

Here are some of the radicals' comments in the morning RDR, the day After the election. Stevan Pearce - "I think that everybody understands the issues on the war."
And - "I don't think anybody's saying we're going to get out, pull out..." Dan Foley - will support the governor when he does "good" work and "stand up" to him when he does something the people (which people?!) deemed wrong. Candy Ezzell - "Chaves County is more united than ever" and the county's increasing Republican control (radical and neocon) is "a more positive direction."

Larry in the Real New Mexico

3:21 PM, November 08, 2006  
Blogger Dedanna said...

BTW: Be sure to check out Bev Harris - Black Box Voting.

4:47 PM, November 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This may have already been listed, didn't see it though. VanityFair

Larry in New Mexico

4:59 PM, November 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ron, I am really at a loss to explain what happened in NM House 53. Cote the Democrat defeated Marquardt the Incumbent Republican 52%-48%, thus giving another D in the State House. Even if Cote were somewhat conservative it would really take something to defeat long time incumbent Marquardt (at least I thought he had been there several terms). Do you know the details on this in Alamogordo?

Larry in New Mexico

5:31 PM, November 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And this - ConsortiumNews

Also, in the New Mexico House a retiring Republican Seat was picked up by a Democrat in Las Cruces and another Democrat won in Rio Rancho after the last count by supposedly 3 votes. So, back to 42D 28R apparently.

Larry in New Mexico

8:32 PM, November 08, 2006  
Blogger Dedanna said...

They all need to retire. :-p~~~~~~

8:24 AM, November 09, 2006  
Blogger Dedanna said...

Ron, I'm hoping that better days than these are coming, but don't feel quite 100% right about the elections. There's something again that I can't put my finger on. We have hope though.

9:26 AM, November 09, 2006  
Blogger Ron said...

Larry, I think marquardt was involved in some speeding and thinking he should be exempt from the law or something. There was some negative ads run on some kind of hubris or malfesence. Not sure of the details.
Dedanna- it will be better but not perfect. I am sure the dems won't get it all right. I do think they will go in a better direction though. Pelosi will punk out on holding the crime family responsible and conyers, waxman and others will lobby for it but lose. Some of these unconstitutional powers and laws need to be changed but I doubt it will be changed at least until after the next election.

10:41 AM, November 09, 2006  
Blogger Ron said...

Larry, I think marquardt was involved in some speeding and thinking he should be exempt from the law or something. There was some negative ads run on some kind of hubris or malfesence. Not sure of the details.
Dedanna- it will be better but not perfect. I am sure the dems won't get it all right. I do think they will go in a better direction though. Pelosi will punk out on holding the crime family responsible and conyers, waxman and others will lobby for it but lose. Some of these unconstitutional powers and laws need to be changed but I doubt it will be changed at least until after the next election.

10:42 AM, November 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Demographics+Organization=NewReality

Larry in Roswell

1:42 PM, November 09, 2006  
Blogger Dedanna said...

I agree with Ron -- that new reality won't be strong enough. To me, there have been throughout the last 6 years too many Dems in bed with the Repug agenda.

I've said it time and time again -- we desperately need one of the other parties to gain some serious power, with different ideologies, theologies, and a willingness to get back to what the founding fathers gave us.

7:13 PM, November 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dedanna, Democrats were not exactly the "new reality" of which I was speaking.

Larry in New Mexico

8:47 PM, November 16, 2006  
Blogger Ron said...

Dedanna, the entrance of more parties in the system..which I am very much for, necessatates statesmanship and comprimise to make it work at all. Those, you know where, on the right poo pooed my idea of comprimise as weak. They will never go for it. For them and their version of America it is all or nothing.

10:06 PM, November 16, 2006  

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