Good Election Results Last Night

Ken AshfordElection 2010Leave a Comment

The Every Sperm is Sacred Act and the Fuck the Public Unions Act were both rejected at the polls last night in Mississippi and Ohio. Ohio is at 61-39, and even more surprising, Mississippi wasn’t close at all, currently holding at 59-41. The Maine citizen veto of the voter suppression law sailed through as well.  Not a conservative nation by any consideration. More details.  

Why You Should Care About NY-26

Ken AshfordElection 2010, Election 2012, Health CareLeave a Comment

Last night, in the 26th District of New York, a special election was held to fill the vacant congressional seat of Republican Chris Lee, who resigned in February (following a sex scandal where he advertised a shirtless photo of himself on Craigslist). The 26th District, in upstate New York, is very Republican. To give some perspective, the district, which spans from … Read More

I’m Sorry, But my Head Exploded

Ken AshfordElection 2010, Sex/Morality/Family Values1 Comment

Look, it's a free country, and you can vote for anybody you damn well please for any damn reason.  But why oh why is this happening? Exit polling reveals that gay and lesbian voters played a critical role in the Republican Party’s historic gains in the U.S. House on Tuesday night. According to CNN, 31% of self-identified gay voters supported … Read More

Quote Of The Day: “How America Works”

Ken AshfordElection 2010Leave a Comment

Spare me your TV pundits — I think this guy mentioned in the Washington Post is onto something: But if we'd gone to an actual party, then we would've missed a special lesson from a Murray supporter named Buddy Foley, 65, a pianist and handler-wrangler who won't say what he handles or wrangles (besides the Stella Artois in his hand). … Read More

Quote Of The Day

Ken AshfordCourts/Law, Election 2010, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

"Many of us who understand the law are scratching our heads this morning, laughing so we don't cry…  I would like to see Oklahoma politicians explain if this means that the courts can no longer consider the Ten Commandments. Isn't that a precept of another culture and another nation? The result of this is that judges aren't going to know … Read More

Election 2010 Thoughts

Ken AshfordElection 2010Leave a Comment

You'll get fuller analysis — and better analysis — from, well, just about anywhere else.  These are a couple of things that I thought were noteworthy, and shouldn't be overlooked: (1)  Blue Dog Democrats, a coalition of moderate to conservative Democrats in the House, did VERY badly.  Essentially, they were cut in half.  Of the 39 Dems who voted against Health … Read More

GOP’s Dirty Tricks in NC

Ken AshfordElection 2010, Local InterestLeave a Comment

(via Digby) RALEIGH, NC —With less than 24 hours until the close of polls tomorrow night, the North Carolina Democratic Party is getting reports of disgraceful repeated robo calls to unaffiliated and Democratic voters from conservative interest groups meant to anger voters and suppress turnout. These unsolicited robo calls, which are coming to a voters sometimes up to eight times … Read More

Stay Classy, Paulites

Ken AshfordElection 2010, Tea PartyLeave a Comment

They beat up a MoveOn.Org person yesterday. As far-right ophthalmologist Rand Paul (R) arrived for the candidates' final debate, Lauren Valle of tried to give him a satirical "employee of the month award" from Republicorp, a pseudo-entity created by MoveOn to draw attention to the merger of the GOP and corporate interests. But before Valle could reach the candidate, Paul supporters … Read More

I Voted Early

Ken AshfordElection 2010, Local InterestLeave a Comment

Took five minutes.  In and out.  Easy and kind of fun. In fact, I might do it again later this week. Didn't quite vote the straight Democratic ticket.  Left a lot of positions blank.  And if I knew the candidate (a neighbor, or a legal colleague running for the court), I didn't care about political party. Voted "yes" on the … Read More

Has Timothy McVeigh Become The Soul Of The GOP?

Ken AshfordConstitution, Election 2010Leave a Comment

You would think so, sometimes: WASHINGTON – Republican congressional candidate Stephen Broden stunned his party Thursday, saying he would not rule out violent overthrow of the government if elections did not produce a change in leadership. In a rambling exchange during a TV interview, Broden, a South Dallas pastor, said a violent uprising "is not the first option," but it is "on the table." … Read More

“We Have A Winner” — A Correction

Ken AshfordElection 2010Leave a Comment

Earlier this week, I posted about Rich Iott, who is the Republican candidate for Congress for some district in Ohio.  And the reason I posted about him was because he and his friends like to dress up in Nazi uniforms, which is something a candidate for high office probably shouldn't do (IMHO). And just to remind you, I posted a picture. … Read More