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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

A Real Butt Kickin'

Results for Virginia's 20th Senate District. Can't put a rosy face on this bad boy.

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Just plain ugly.

The 6th Rocks

Here are the election results in the House District 6 race, by county.

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The one statistic that leaps out at you is the voter turnout percent over in Tazewell County. With the way voting districts are gerrymandered, it's seems plausible that voters there didn't know
either candidate. 15%.

Winning Ugly

Election returns for Virginia's 9th House District.

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The pendulum swings ... Floyd to Pittsylvania ...

In The 7th

Results are in for the 7th District. Click on the image below to read them.

Generally a weak turnout throughout. Perhaps they needed some venom injected into what proved to be a rather civilized race ...

Big Numbers In The 1st

Election returns for Virginia's first House District - by county:

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In The 5th

With 100% of the precincts reporting:

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The Big News

The Republican-controlled Senate here in Virginia proved to be a big thorn in our side last session. At least we don't have to worry about that next year. Problem is, the problem has just gotten worse:
Virginia Democrats take control of Senate
By Seth McLaughlin and Gary Emerling, The Washington Times

Virginia Democrats last night won control of the state Senate for the first time in a dozen years by taking four seats previously held by Republicans, including two hotly contested races in Northern Virginia.

Democrats held a 21-18 advantage early this morning, with a Republican leading one race that was still too close to call. (link)
The biggest gains are in northern Virginia and Hampton Roads, as expected.

The difficulty we face: Urban areas of the commonwealth are becoming ever more liberal and Democrat. Legislative initiatives will necessarily be focused on the needs of the good people there. Taxes (if the House of Delegates doesn't stand firm) will go up. Richmond will continue to swell. We will continue to be an afterthought. We are growingly an afterthought.

And go-along-to-get-along Phil Puckett, one of the boys, ran unopposed.

The Republican Party deserved this.

Here's Who We Are

The new map of the commonwealth:

The Senate

Note all the gains for the Democrats are in heavily populated NoVa and Hampton Roads.

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Map courtesy of the Washington Post

Here's Who We Are II

The new political map of Virginia.

House of Delegates

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Map courtesy of the Washington Post

The Local Results

The results are in.

The run-down of unofficial results:

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A Good Win

Lessons to be learned for local politician wannabes:

1) Have a clear agenda (that doesn't include raising taxes).
2) Get a powerful weblogger behind your candidacy.
3) Press the flesh!
Republican Crockett-Stark wins re-election in 6th District
By Tim Thornton, The Roanoke Times

Del. Anne Crockett-Stark is going back to Richmond.

Despite a late infusion of money into challenger Bill Thomas' campaign, Crockett-Stark, R-Wytheville, handily defeated the Democrat and retired judge from Pulaski. (link)
A good communicator, Crockett-Stark simply out-hustled Thomas. The results show.

When the final tally comes in, I wouldn't be surprised to find that turn-out was much higher than expected. All indications throughout the day yesterday indicated such.

Anyway, here's to a good win for my delegate. She's got her work cut out for her.

Not All Went Well

This is a sad loss for the people of Southside and Southwest Virginia:

Henry Co. senator keeps state seat
By David Harrison, The Roanoke Times

State Sen. Roscoe Reynolds, D-Henry County, held onto the 20th District Senate seat Tuesday night, defeating a well-financed Republican opponent, former state trooper Jeff Evans.

Reynolds beat Evans by 26 percentage points. Despite the lopsided victory, the race was the Democratic incumbent's stiffest challenge since he won the seat in a 1996 special election ... (link)

Hopes ran high that Roscoe would be turned out, if for no other reason than that he has proven himself to be less than bright, but it wasn't to be. It wasn't even close. The man has a lot of friends. And friendships run deep.

Republicans are going have to redouble their efforts to win this district.

A solid win for Reynolds.

It Didn't Go Quite As Planned

This was supposed to be the bellwether. Major newspapers and liberals across the commonwealth were looking to the people of Prince William County to turn back the tide of repression, division, and bigotry.

Oddly, PWC citizens see their needs - and responses to lawlessness - differently. And they showed it yesterday:
County races turn on views on illegals
By David C. Lipscomb, The Washington Times

Prince William County voters yesterday re-elected Corey A. Stewart, a Republican, as chairman of the Board of County Supervisors, sending a message that residents back his efforts to resolve the problem of illegal aliens.

"The commonwealth supports the crackdown on illegal immigration that tonight puts to rest any other idea," he said.

Mr. Stewart led the eight-member Prince William board last month to one of the country's most aggressive crackdowns on illegal aliens. (link)
The Democrats (Hillary in particular) will continue to defy us on this issue at their peril.

* A lesson is to be learned here for Republicans as well. Nuance the issue and lose. Stand firm on a righteous issue and the people will support you. Washington Post be damned.

Democracy Works

Especially where entrenched politicians stray too far from "the will of the people."
New Jersey Voters Defeat Stem Cell Measure
By David W. Chen, The New York Times

Trenton, Nov. 6 — In a stunning defeat for Gov. Jon S. Corzine, New Jersey voters on Tuesday rejected a ballot measure that would have permitted the state to borrow $450 million for stem cell research.

Supporters had argued that the borrowing would help pay for research that could help deliver New Jersey from financial distress by bringing additional tax revenue and tens of thousands of jobs to the state. Critics, by contrast, said that New Jersey could not afford to add to the state’s surging debt load of $30 billion.
Supporters (politicians, the governor) wanted to borrow money to grow the private sector in a heavily taxed state. The people had a better idea.

I love that whole We The People thing.

Maybe He's Thinking It Will Bring Rain

You know that federal water bill that Congress took from $12 billion to $23 billion in conference, the one that has shocked the nation, it is so irresponsible?

(This one)

Congressman Rick Boucher voted for it.

No explanation given. No reasonable explanation possible. It's just money. What does he care?

And You Thought It Was About The Climate

At least we can rest easy about the world coming to an end. If those who are responsible for saving us can do this, we have no problems:
Checking Out the Bali Beachheads of UN Climate Change
The Rosett Report

The would-be regulators of the world’s climate (and your wallet) will be jetting to Bali this December for Ban Ki-Moon’s next UN weather fest: “UN Climate Change Conference 2007.” UN policy allows even the lowlier UN staffers to travel business class on long-haul flights (your tax dollars at work), the better to arrive wined, dined and ready to hit the ground …and the beaches … and the golf courses … and the tennis courts — running. Apparently there is so much to discuss that the conference will run for a full fortnight, from Dec. 3-14, at Bali’s seaside luxury resort of Nusa Dua. (link)
But will they solve the planet's temperature problem? Civilization waits. Breathlessly. In anticipation. Maybe after the tennis match and before the massage ...

Who Exactly Is Running For President?

I somehow thought this is what Hillary's campaign would become. Bill has taken over:
Obama Rejects Bill Clinton's Criticism
By Nedra Pickler, Associated Press Writer

Washington (AP) - Barack Obama said Tuesday that former President Clinton is making a leap to compare treatment of his wife in the presidential race to the "swift boat" criticism of John Kerry in 2004.

The former president had encouraged an audience in Nevada Monday not to let "trivial matters" take away the election from the Democrats as they have in the past. He cited the television ads during the 2004 presidential campaign that questioned Kerry's patriotism and campaign commercials in 2002 suggesting that Sen. Max Cleland, D-Ga. was soft on terrorism.

Sen. Chris Dodd, another candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, called the Clintons' response to the debate "outrageous."

"To have the former president come out and suggest this is a form of swiftboating ... is way over the top in my view," Dodd said in a telephone interview. (link)
Bill Clinton has now stepped into the center of the controversy. Hillary's handlers would do well to have him back off.