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.'”
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?