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Author Topic: Election Night in the U.S.: Which Races Are You Watching?  (Read 5220 times)

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Election Night in the U.S.: Which Races Are You Watching?
« on: November 06, 2012, 12:21:41 pm »
For me:

1. Obama vs. Mitt, obviously.
(The former, I pray! But I can't call it.)

2. The 4 same-sex marriage ballot initiatives in ME, MD, MN, & WA

Winning even 1 would be a victory, depriving anti-SSM forces of the argument that "every state that has ever let the people vote has rejected SSM"; winning 2 or more--dare I dream, all 4?--would be awesome. Losing all 4 would be a setback, but only a temporary one, considering polling of younger voters is overwhelmingly pro-SSM.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: No matter what happens with ballot initiatives, it's reprehensible in a free society that a minority's fundamental rights should be subject to majority vote.

(I predict SSM will win in WA and ME; not so sure about MD or the attempt to ban SSM in the constitution in MN.)

3. Control of the House and Senate.

4. The MA race for U.S. Senate
(Elizabeth Warren vs. Scott Brown. I hope for and predict Warren.)

5. The WI race for U.S. Senate
(Tammy Baldwin vs. Tommy Thompson. I hope for Baldwin but can't call it.)

That's all I can think of off the top of my head.
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Re: Election Night in the U.S.: Which Races Are You Watching?
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2012, 12:24:46 pm »
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Obviously, the presidential one.  

Locally, it's Lousie Slaughter versus Maggie Brooks.  Nasty campaign there.

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Re: Election Night in the U.S.: Which Races Are You Watching?
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2012, 12:29:17 pm »
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Locally, it's Lousie Slaughter versus Maggie Brooks.  Nasty campaign there.


Locally where? For what office?
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Re: Election Night in the U.S.: Which Races Are You Watching?
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2012, 12:39:51 pm »
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IMPORTANT REMINDER: No matter what happens with ballot initiatives, it's reprehensible in a free society that a minority's fundamental rights should be subject to majority vote.

 
This.  Someday perhaps, we will as a society actually get this through our thick heads.  

As for races, I'm watching, I'm pretty much watching your top three as well.  

I'll also add that I'm watching a couple of Senate races where misogynists are running (looking at you Akin and Mourdock) because I really abhor the idea that  those men might decide any issue about women's rights or bodies.
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Re: Election Night in the U.S.: Which Races Are You Watching?
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2012, 12:42:50 pm »
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I'll also add that I'm watching a couple of Senate races where misogynists are running (looking at you Akin and Mourdock) because I really abhor the idea that  those men might decide any issue about women's rights or bodies.


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Re: Election Night in the U.S.: Which Races Are You Watching?
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2012, 01:56:13 pm »
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Locally where? For what office?

 
Up here in Rochester.  It's for US congress. (House of Representatives).  Part of the issue is due to redistricting, but you have the head of the county assembly (That has basically even prevented the Democrats from speaking) versus the incumbant congresswoman.

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Re: Election Night in the U.S.: Which Races Are You Watching?
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2012, 01:59:31 pm »
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Honestly, I'm avoiding news sites today because I'm already over this election (I was over it months ago, actually).  I might check to see who won what when I'm in a less anarchic mood.


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Re: Election Night in the U.S.: Which Races Are You Watching?
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2012, 03:16:46 pm »
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IMPORTANT REMINDER: No matter what happens with ballot initiatives, it's reprehensible in a free society that a minority's fundamental rights should be subject to majority vote.


^This.  Quoting 'cause this can't be said too many times.

CA has a death penalty initiative on the ballot that I'll be watching closely.  Plus pretty much everything others have mentioned.
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Re: Election Night in the U.S.: Which Races Are You Watching?
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2012, 03:40:07 pm »
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For me:

1. Obama vs. Mitt, obviously.
(The former, I pray! But I can't call it.)

2. The 4 same-sex marriage ballot initiatives in ME, MD, MN, & WA

Winning even 1 would be a victory, depriving anti-SSM forces of the argument that "every state that has ever let the people vote has rejected SSM"; winning 2 or more--dare I dream, all 4?--would be awesome. Losing all 4 would be a setback, but only a temporary one, considering polling of younger voters is overwhelmingly pro-SSM.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: No matter what happens with ballot initiatives, it's reprehensible in a free society that a minority's fundamental rights should be subject to majority vote.

(I predict SSM will win in WA and ME; not so sure about MD or the attempt to ban SSM in the constitution in MN.)

3. Control of the House and Senate.

4. The MA race for U.S. Senate
(Elizabeth Warren vs. Scott Brown. I hope for and predict Warren.)

5. The WI race for U.S. Senate
(Tammy Baldwin vs. Tommy Thompson. I hope for Baldwin but can't call it.)

That's all I can think of off the top of my head.

 
Presidential of course.
Overall control of House and Senate, but other than outside observer interest the Warren V Brown race.

Might go look at the Los Angles area House races.  There were a couple of articles about the redistricting with regards to the Voting Rights Act and how it was gerrymandered badly.

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Re: Election Night in the U.S.: Which Races Are You Watching?
« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2012, 03:42:12 pm »
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For me:

2. The 4 same-sex marriage ballot initiatives in ME, MD, MN, & WA

Winning even 1 would be a victory, depriving anti-SSM forces of the argument that "every state that has ever let the people vote has rejected SSM"; winning 2 or more--dare I dream, all 4?--would be awesome. Losing all 4 would be a setback, but only a temporary one, considering polling of younger voters is overwhelmingly pro-SSM.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: No matter what happens with ballot initiatives, it's reprehensible in a free society that a minority's fundamental rights should be subject to majority vote.

(I predict SSM will win in WA and ME; not so sure about MD or the attempt to ban SSM in the constitution in MN.)


 
Oh, the post election analysis of the SSM initiatives.

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Re: Election Night in the U.S.: Which Races Are You Watching?
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CA has a death penalty initiative on the ballot that I'll be watching closely.


Voting yes on that one.  
CA has several initiatives that'll be worth watching.  37 and 30 of course are big news items of course.
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« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2012, 05:36:46 pm »
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Voting yes on that one.  
CA has several initiatives that'll be worth watching.  37 and 30 of course are big news items of course.

 
Oh yeah, 37. Saw that one mentioned when the lobbyist from Monsanto just got appointed to a senior position with the FDA.

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Re: Election Night in the U.S.: Which Races Are You Watching?
« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2012, 06:07:39 pm »
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Voting yes on that one.  
CA has several initiatives that'll be worth watching.  37 and 30 of course are big news items of course.

 
I am keeping a close watch on California Prop 35, which worries me a great deal.  It's meant to be a measure curtailing human trafficking--and of course we are all against human trafficking--but it's written so poorly and with so little contact with the communities in question that it means that sex workers--including the exploited women the bill is supposed to protect--stand to be registered as sex offenders for life and have all internet activity surveilled, again for life.
No exploited, trafficked sex worker is going to come forward to report offenses if s/he also is going to be charged and registered as a sex offender.  It is already dangerous for a sex worker to, say, report an assault or a rape or a robbery, for fear of being arrested.  It will only get worse if getting arrested also means lifelong "sex offender" status.
It just puts vulnerable people in more danger, and also means that, for instance, a friend of mine who was once arrested for "public lewdness" when she was making a living doing street prostitution--who is now working as a community legal organizer and running a clinic--could retroactively be labeled as a sex offender, with all the accompanying stigma and legal trouble, for the rest of her life.  It means people living that life can't ever get out of it, and the people who would do them harm know it is even less likely than it already is that they will come forward to ask for help.

So, yeah, I'm watching 35--it's actually a life and death matter for people I love and care about.
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« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2012, 07:28:55 pm »
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(I predict SSM will win in WA and ME; not so sure about MD or the attempt to ban SSM in the constitution in MN.)

 
Have to understand that the MN Amendment thing, even if the 'No' votes win, still doesn't allow gay marriage - there's a law on the books right now, the amendment was put up to "prevent activist judges from over-ruling the legislature"

So, even if "we win", still no same-sex marriage in MN

And yes, I voted to put this damn thing in a hole - I even wrote my rep/senator in the state house when this was up for debate

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Re: Election Night in the U.S.: Which Races Are You Watching?
« Reply #14 on: November 06, 2012, 08:03:01 pm »
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For me:

1. Obama vs. Mitt, obviously.
(The former, I pray! But I can't call it.)

2. The 4 same-sex marriage ballot initiatives in ME, MD, MN, & WA


For some reason, as a non-US person, I am severely anxious about this election. If Romney wins some bad shit will be happening... so I'm really hoping Obama wins for your sakes and the sake of the rest of the world too.....

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