Wednesday Morning Open Thread

Update #2: I still follow up on my childhood home states of Florida and New Hampshire. Cuban American Joe Garcia will represent south Miami and Carol Shea Porter will represent my parents’ district in southern New Hampshire. Woot!

Update #1: Hawaii is sending first Asian-American woman to the U.S. Senate. I must share this quote by her with you: “I bring quadruple diversity to the Senate,” Mazie Hirono said at a rally earlier in the campaign. “I’m a woman. I’ll be the first Asian woman ever to be elected to the U.S. Senate. I am an immigrant. I am a Buddhist. When I said this at one of my gatherings, they said, ‘Yes, but are you gay?’ and I said, ‘Nobody’s perfect.’”

What’s up?

I am proud to have voted for President Obama twice. This letter he wrote to a 10-year-old with two dads brought tears to my eyes. Enjoy.

And, of course…congratulations Mr. President! This is what the Daily Kos office looked like after his re-election last night:

But there was cheering throughout the night. I am especially excited by the gains women made last night: Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, the first openly gay U.S. senator; Elizabeth Warren, the new senator of Massachusetts; Tammy Duckworth, a freshman congresswoman from Illinois and first combat woman veteran to hold a congressional seat; and Maggie Hassan, the new governor of New Hampshire. Marriage equality won in both Maryland and Maine and the DREAM Act was looking like it was winning in Maryland. I would say this was a very good night for the Democrats.

Thank you to all of you ladies who voted, phone-banked, blogged and volunteered your time in general to make this happen!

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?

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I am a journalist and online organizer who is the co-publisher of this blog. When I am not online, I am shuttling around my two kids, an 8-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter.

33 thoughts on “Wednesday Morning Open Thread

    • Looks like I’m living in my own little bubble. I was shocked to discover that the death penalty and food labeling propositions went down – I assumed both of those were going to sail through with large majorities. All I really cared about was prop 30, though; I’d be willing to accept being on the wrong side of everything else as long as that one passed, and I was very worried.

  1. I am having a hard time being excited because my district elected someone who is pro vouchers to our school board. What’s weird — there were 2 candidates for each seat, and the “conservative values” candidates (one for each seat) ran identical campaigns. Yet one of them won and one lost, which makes me think that people weren’t even voting based on their positions or facts or anything — they were just eeny meeny miney moe – ing it.

    The candidate who lost to the pro voucher lady is the husband of a good friend. I’m just sick over this. He had years of experience volunteering for the district on bond committee, boundary committee, etc, and was beaten by a woman who has never even attended a school board meeting. BLERGH.

    • I’m sorry to hear this. I still remember my Mom’s school board election. I was 16 and it got really ugly. Horrid smears on her beliefs on sex ed (because she was against abstinence only education) and religion (she’s Jewish in a community that is vast majority Christian). Hearing my friends talk about how their priest said voting for her would be a step towards a place in hell was horrid. Wow. I’m not realizing how much anger I still feel about it. Like your friend, she lost to someone who had no experience. Depressing.

      But, after some time off, she got back in the ring – was on city council for 12 years and is now starting her 2nd year as mayor.

      My heartfelt regrets to your friend. I hope that he continues to strengthen the schools and districts and has much success in the future.

        • She’s having a lot of fun with it now. She had some attempted uprisings when she first started – it was really polarized on the council with people who supported the previous mayor. But she managed that and didn’t get pushed around. I think it helped her gain more legitimacy and respect from people – both on the council and in the community. So now they seem to be all working together much better and that’s taking advantage of Mom’s strengths – knowing people, understanding the city services, and considering the city plan. So hopefully that will continue!

  2. wow i didn’t realize how stressed i was about the election. i slept like a rock last night. i feel like a new woman today.

    also, we terminated the contract on the “like” house. the inspection negotiations were going nowhere and it was becoming less and less of a deal because of all the cash we’d have to spend up front to do necessary repairs. we came to a deadlock over the owners refusing to replace 3 broken windows so we’re walking. and it feels very very right. we’re at my parents place and i’ve called about several rentals. we’re planning to rent for at least 6 months and just enjoy being a family and enjoy the new baby for a while before we start looking. we’ve got cash in the bank from the sale of our house for the down payment, so we won’t be in a rush and we’ll know exactly where we stand when we’re ready to jump back in. sigh.

    now that that’s settled, just need to get labor started. i cancelled everything this week, and yesterday was my last day of work. i just want to relax and not go anywhere other than target (across the street from this apartment, conveniently. and dangerously).

    • That sounds like a great plan. Renting in between buying & selling really worked out for us (we had a baby in tow, too), and it gave us time to find the house that was right for us. Added bonus: not having to be in charge of taking care of a property for a few months was so nice!

    • This sounds like an excellent decision! You sounds so happy and relaxed. Now hopefully you can enjoy the little rest you get until the baby arrives. And then enjoy the baby :-)

      • thanks ladies. it’s been quite the roller coaster and we’re just ready to hop off for a while. we can’t afford “love” and can’t commit to the money and work required for “like.” so for right now, renting seems much more reasonable. plus I won’t be losing DH to projects for the first few months of this baby’s life! we’re hoping there’s more on the market in the spring. plus DH has an exciting job interview coming up, so maybe our financial picture may change in the coming months.

  3. can I just say.. New Hampshire — first state ever with a woman governor and an entirely female congressional delegation – two Senators and two Congresswomen…

    DANG! Love being on the right side of history

  4. I mentioned to another parent at school dropoff that I was happy our schools aren’t going to lose a month at the end (due to midyear cuts that would have been triggered if Prop 30 had failed). She agreed.

    Afterward DS8 said, “Mom, I hate to tell you, but you don’t learn anything the last month of school anyway.”

    • Hey, we have a 2/3 majority in both houses of our legislature now! We can finally pass a budget!

      I would like to thank the California Republican Party for sponsoring Proposition 11, the Citizens’ Redistricting Initiative, which made this victory possible. We appreciate your support!

    • LOL. That is awesome :-)

      DH did his post-doc in the UC system and we felt some of the challenges from California funding issues indirectly then. We were both really excited to see how the election seems to have gone in CA!

    • Well, yes. But with a shorter school year that last month of school would have started 3 weeks earlier. Probably right around the end of STAR testing. So if prop 30 hadn’t passed education would be Sept-Feb, with a break for winter holidays.

  5. Sigh. I was obsessively watching the election returns last night. I can’t believe it didn’t even occur to me to click over here to see if there was an elections open thread. It must be a sign of how much MT has changed over the past year that I no longer think of this group as a place to discuss politics. I ended up spending a lot of time back on dKos, my former go-to site.

    I did end up finding a local news clip interviewing my brother after his defeat. His voice sounded in control but his face told a very different story. He is taking this really hard; he believed he had a strong shot at a major upset, and he looked absolutely crushed. I didn’t want him to win but I found this hard to watch.

  6. Very. Good. Night.

    So proud of my home state of Iowa and my sister’s now state of Wisconsin. Go upper Midwest! And another yay for my new home of California. So pleased with yes on 30 and no on 32. Bummer the ginormous amount of money spent on labeling food turned that race around, but you can’t win everything.

    And Karl Rove’s epic melt down on Fox late last night was just the perfect icing on the cake. Hilarious.

    • So could you explain to me why the food labeling prop went down? I never heard a single argument against it, aside from something I read on dKos after I’d already turned in my ballot. My husband and I both voted no but our reasons are not at all mainstream and we don’t expect many to agree with us. I can’t understand why the majority of voters didn’t say, “give me the info”. I’m not very tuned into media, though. Obviously I missed something here.

      • I’m curious, too. My republican friend on FB (best friend from childhood) just posted that though she didn’t vote for Obama, she’s hoping he’ll prove her wrong and we’re all in this together. Then she posted about how sad she was about prop 37 failing and how it sucks that they have to vote and battle big corporations just to know what they are feeding their kids. So, maybe she’s not as conservative as I thought, but I’d assume conservatives wouldn’t be likely to vote for something that seems like it would be right at home in Berkeley.

      • The radio commercials said the labeling would raise people’s food bills by $400 a year. I didn’t hear any other arguments, but I don’t watch TV commercials.

  7. North Carolina turned pretty red. Governor, both houses of the general assembly. Could be interesting times ahead.

    The big worry to me is our judicial races. They’re supposedly non-partisan, though you can tell how the candidates lean. But a super pac got involved in a Supreme Court race, funnelling in tons of money. I’m afraid it has set a precedent for what it will take to win a judicial race in the future.

  8. Happy and bummed both in Nebraska today. All our national races went to Romney, and Obama didn’t even win the 1 split electoral vote he won in 2008. In good news, I have a fellow faculty colleague who won election to the state legislature, and several other good democratic women won (though it’s supposedly nonpartisan). And a crazy-ass radical leftie who was term limited out a few years ago won re-election. I usually agree with him on issues and he is not afraid to take unpopular progressive stances. But he’s very unusual. He wears short sleeved sweatshirts every day and carries his little white dog around with him much of the time. It’ll be extremely entertaining to have him there shaking things up again, doing things like suing God. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/offbeat/2007-09-18-God-suit_N.htm

  9. I just have this overwhelming sense of relief and happiness. Loving the new women coming into the Senate – including the newest senator from North Dakota, I hear! I was literally jumping up and down at school pick-up yesterday, and I go so many congratulations from friends.

  10. My state went blue. I seriously never thought I’d see a Virginia that was Democrat. I grew up in a blue county surrounded by a sea of red…and we always felt very disenfranchised. Now the rest of the state has joined us! I’m really happy that I voted. I can feel a part of it all.

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