Praise the Flying Spaghetti Monster or whatever deity you do or don’t believe in… this presidential campaign season is all over but the shouting!
And there is good news to report!
Of course, people wasted no time celebrating (or complaining) via social media of the president’s victory. I personally loved Think Progress’ tweet, “Obama Wins. It’s better on Fox News.“
Not only has President Barack Obama been re-elected, but we have had some very exciting progress around the nation!
Progressive women did well in this election (as well as progressive issues):
- The first openly gay female senator Tammy Baldwin won in Wisconsin.
- With ballot measures in four states, voters backed equality for LGBT individuals regarding marriage rights.
- Elizabeth Warren won in Massachusetts.
- Claire McCaskill took down Todd “legitimate rape” Akin (whew!) despite Missouri going red.
- Tammy Duckworth won in Illinois.
- Our nation can still count one lone Democratic governor in New Hampshire. And that’s not all the good news coming out of New Hampshire… They are the first state ever to have an all-female delegation!
And exit polling shows that women came out strong to vote in this election. Indeed, Obama showed a 10-point lead with women nationally. In an election where women’s rights were a central bargaining chip, we showed that we vote! For pro-choice, pro-women voters everywhere, it’s a good day to be an American. And now we break ground on the next four years and building on the progress, and promise, of this election.
Here in Nevada, a battleground swing state, the results have been more mixed:
- The Silver State went blue tonight— carried almost exclusively by the urban Clark and Washoe counties — a big victory for so many on the ground here who were working their butt off for the Obama campaign and other down-ticket Dems.
- In a nail-biter, Shelley Berkley lost to Dean Heller. With nearly five percent of voters pulling None of These Candidates, that may have really hurt Berkley.
- Democrats pick up two of the newly minted four House seats with Dina Titus will be heading back to Congress in a new seat with a huge margin of victory. And Mr. Horsford will be heading to Washington, too.
- The statewide ballot question to allow legislators to call a special session, where previously only the governor could do so, has passed. In past legislative sessions, Republican governors have been able to use their sole power to call a special session (and determine the only items on the agenda) as a crippling agent against the democratic process.
- Unfortunately, the two funding questions before residents in Clark County failed. Clark County Question 2 — seeking funding for necessary maintenance and CCSD facility improvements— failed as did the Henderson Libraries Question. CCSD officials have already stated that schools will close if their ballot question failed. Similarly, HDPL Executive Director Tom Fay has said two branches will close if their call for increased funds failed.
There are some real losses here in Nevada tonight. But some good wins, too. And whadaya know… there’s a state legislative session just around the corner — three short months away. I can already hear the shouting…
This post was originally published on The Sin City Siren and is cross-posted with permission.