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By T.J. PIGNATARO, http://www.buffalonews.com
Tuesday's congressional election was a "mandate for peace," according to the director of Peace Action, a Washington, D.C.-based political action committee. Paul Kawika Martin was in Buffalo on Thursday for the 39th annual dinner of the Western New York Peace Center.
Martin's keynote speech at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center skewered policies of the vacating Republican-controlled Congress and President Bush, and issued a call for action to push incoming Democrats to heed its platform, which includes immediate withdrawal from Iraq.
By Ted Glick
Fundamental, revolutionary, political and social change is clearly needed in the USA and the world. Corporate domination of the economic and political system and mass culture is a huge threat to the possibilities for a decent and sustainable future for humankind and for all forms of life on the earth.
King Coal and Big Oil continue to use their power and vast wealth to keep us locked into a reliance on earth-heating fossil fuels that, if not quickly reversed, will lead to a steady escalation of catastrophic climate events and a breakdown of an already-stressed ecosystem.
By Bob Geiger
In a move that many Progressives will find incredibly disappointing, Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold has announced that he will not run for president in 2008, choosing instead to focus on his work in the United States Senate.
"I want you to know that I've decided to continue my role as Wisconsin's Junior Senator in the U.S. Senate and not to seek the Democratic nomination for President in 2008," said Feingold in a statement.
Washington - Eight House races remain without winners after Tuesday's election, with Republican incumbents in tight contests to keep their seats and state officials not rushing to end the dispute.
Rep. Deborah Pryce, a member of the House Republican leadership, is ahead in her central Ohio race by 3,536 votes. In the Columbus, Ohio-area, elections officials are delaying the count of more than 9,000 provisional ballots by one day so it doesn't disrupt the much-vaunted Ohio State-Michigan football game on Nov. 18.
By Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers
Ten findings on the clean-sweep GOP defeat in the midterm:
BEING FROZEN OUT IS GREAT
1. Democrats yelled and screamed when the Republicans shut them out of all
meaningful political activity in Congress for the past five years (no
amendments, no debate, no invitations to conference committees, etc.). It was one-party
By Karen Dolan, www.tompaine.com
Karen Dolan is a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. She also co-directs the Cities for Peace and Cities for Progress projects.
Red state, blue state? That is SO last week.
As Democrats have swept into power, shamelessly ignoring the once-sacred red state–blue state divide, one more aspect of this blurring of the nation's political divide remains underreported. This story more fully illustrates the passionate energy of anti-war sentiment in America and it’s a lesson former red-staters would do well to heed.
By Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman
That the well-oiled, well-funded Rove/Bush theft machine lost control of the US House with the Senate as close as it is says just one thing: somebody was watching. In 2006, that would be thousands of volunteer grassroots activists who left no stone unturned to expose rigged voting machines, Jim Crow registration roadblocks, trashed provisional ballots, manipulated absentee voting processes, and much more.
By Rachel Gordon and Greg Lucas, San Francisco Chronicle
Jerry McNerney, the Democratic mathematician-turned-political conqueror who defied odds-makers and defeated seven-term GOP Rep. Richard Pombo, said the turning point in the race came about five weeks ago when President Bush made a campaign stop in Stockton to stump for the Republican incumbent.
The visit fired up Pombo's opponents, chief among them environmental activists who made the San Joaquin County Republican their No. 1 target and spent more than $1 million in their battle.
By Doug Sword and Anna Scott, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
There was talk of mandatory recounts and possible court challenges Wednesday after Vern Buchanan's narrow victory in the 13th Congressional District race, but the ultimate arbiter in the dispute could be House-Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat-controlled US House.
While Buchanan declared victory by 368 votes, Democrat Christine Jennings refused to concede defeat.
By William Hughes
“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Take a bow Cindy Sheehan, Ann Wright, Ramsey Clark, Mike Ferner, Max Obuszewski, Michael Berg, David Swanson, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Ray McGovern, Medea Benjamin and Brian Becker! You, and many other activists, like yourselves, in the Anti-Iraqi War Movement, have helped to source a sweep of GOP members from the House of Representatives, and also to return control of the U.S. Senate to the Democratic Party, after a 12-year hiatus. You were aided by many worthy web sites and web bloggers of similar thinking. Polls indicate that a majority of the voters were driven to vote for Democratic candidates, in a major part, because of the Bush-Cheney Gang’s gross mishandling of the Iraqi War. It was Iraqi War dissenters, who gave voice to that cause, when most Democrats in the U.S. Congress were a huge chunk of the pro-war majority. There were some notable exceptions, like Rep. John Conyers, (D-MI), and his fellow maverick members of the House’s “Out of Iraq Caucus.” (1) Meanwhile, the Media was mostly complicit in the egregious wrongs of the Bush Administration--one of the worst, most corrupt, in the history of the Republic.
Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice www.wnpj.org
Wisconsin: Janet Parker, (608) 257-2748 Steve Burns, (608) 250-9240
Illinois: Laurel Lambert Schmidt (708) 447-9577, (708) 991-8175 (cell), Siobhan Kolar, (630) 270-8520
Massachusetts: Paul Shannon (617) 497-5273 or (617) 623-5288
Wisconsin, Illinois and Massachusetts “Bring Our Troops Home” ballot initiatives are headed for a sweep of every community in which they appeared. A full summary of “Troops Home” election returns in all three states is posted at: www.wnpj.org/homenow .
By Roger Bloom
PDA-endorsed candidates John Hall and Jerry McNerney among those who won victories!
A dozen PDA-endorsed candidates for U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives won their elections yesterday, spearheading the stunning Democratic victory that will see the party take over the House of Representatives and, at this writing, very possibly the Senate as well.
By Marco Ceglie
It is, as they say, Morning in America. Is it just me, or does it feel as if an entire Nation has awaken from a long, deep sleep?
I awoke this morning, still feeling a little sleepy myself, and read the following headline in a shaded text-box on page 2 of the local paper: "What Democrats Want".
It so moved me that I'm sharing it here.
I share this because wow, after 6 years of reading bad news - no, not just bad news, more like "ARE YOU $%#ING KIDDING ME??" bad news daily - reading the following in print, (the paper tangible between my fingers gives it a realness the internet never will), I am filled with a deep sense of hope - not just in the Democratic system, but in the possibility that this world doesn't have to be f%$cked, for lack of a more elegant phrase. That hope, I don't think I have to say, was at times quite difficult to hold on to for many of us.
By Brian MacQuarrie, Boston Globe
From the Berkshires to parts of Boston yesterday, voters in more than one-third of Massachusetts' cities and towns delivered a resounding protest against the Iraq war.
With 52 percent of the votes counted in the 36 House districts where an anti war question appeared, voters instructed their state representatives, 147,202 to 99,140, to approve a resolution calling on President Bush and Congress to end the war immediately and bring the troops home.
An image to accompany what has become a popular headline:
By DYLAN T. LOVAN, Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - John Yarmuth tapped national discontent with President Bush and the Iraq war to unseat longtime Republican U.S. Rep. Anne Northup, who had fought off many tough challenges in the past.
Yarmuth supporters said the political climate was right in Louisville's 3rd District for a win against Northup, who had tried throughout the campaign to make voters forget about her former ties with Bush.
By Erik Leaver
Editor: Emily Schwartz Greco, IPS
Foreign Policy In Focus www.fpif.org
Back on February 15, 2003 millions of people across the globe made headlines as they protested against the impending Iraq War. While that mass mobilization failed to stave off that unpopular and tragic war, it's hard to believe that President George W. Bush will miss the message voters delivered on Election Day--it's time to change course in Iraq.
School of the Americas Watch
Yesterday’s midterm elections results represent a victory for all grassroots activists working to hold the U.S. Congress accountable for failed policies and misplaced priorities. Over 20 of our opponents of the June 2006 amendment have lost their seats in the House surpassing the 15 vote margin we need to win a vote in Congress. With this new and more favorable Congress, we expect a successful vote on the SOA/ WHINSEC. The next few months will be a crucial time for SOA Watch as we work to connect with these new Members of Congress, educate them about this important issue, and urge them to support closure of the school.
By Robert Dreyfuss, www.tompaine.com
Robert Dreyfuss is an Alexandria, Va.-based writer specializing in politics and national security issues. He is the author of Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam (Henry Holt/Metropolitan Books, 2005), a contributing editor at The Nation, and a writer for Mother Jones, The American Prospect and Rolling Stone. He can be reached through his website, www.robertdreyfuss.com.
By DEMOCRACY NOW!
Democrats Seize Control of House in Widespread Voter Rejection of President Bush and Iraq War, Senate Hangs on Virginia and Montana
The Democrats have seized control of the House for the first time in 12
years and could also take control of the Senate if they hold on to win two
tight races in Montana and Virginia. Tuesday's election marked a major
defeat for the Bush administration and its Iraq war policy.
By Bruce K. Gagnon, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
The Washington Post reported this morning that the Democratic Party's "foreign policy establishment sees a precipitous withdrawal [from Iraq] as potentially damaging to both the country's and the party's interests."
The battle is on.
The new speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, is saying that the Dems will govern "from the middle." Impeachment is not on the table she recently said.
Outlaw Empire Meets the Wave
5 Questions for Our Future
By Tom Engelhardt, www.tomdispatch.com
The wave -- and make no mistake, it's a global one -- has just crashed on our shores, soaking our imperial masters. It's a sight for sore eyes.
It's been a long time since we've seen an election like midterm 2006. After all, it's a truism of our politics that Americans are almost never driven to the polls by foreign-policy issues, no less by a single one that dominates everything else, no less by a catastrophic war (and the presidential approval ratings that go with it). This strange phenomenon has been building since the moment, in May 2003, that George W. Bush stood under that White-House-prepared "Mission Accomplished" banner on the USS Abraham Lincoln and declared "major combat operations have ended."
By Dave Lindorff, http://www.thiscantbehappening.net
Here's the way to look at the Election Day outcome: If the U.S. were a parliamentary democracy, Bush would be history. Our self-proclaimed "war president" has lost a vote of confidence, not by the members of his party, but by the people of the United States.
Of course, we don't live in a parliamentary democracy, so we’re still stuck with the same megalomaniacal leader, even though the control of the Congress appears to be passing to the opposition party. (As of this writing, the new House will be firmly in the hands of the Democrats by a bigger margin than the current House is in the hands of Republicans, and the Senate appears headed towards Democratic control also, albeit by the narrowest of margins: 1 Lieberman.)
By Robert Willmann, Jr., San Antonio, Texas
There is potentially good news from yesterday's election....
And the Jim Webb--bless his heart--win in Virginia for the U.S. Senate may stand up through a recount.
Now what about my use of the word ``potentially''?
The important thing is the aftermath of the
event. Will the surgery be successful?
This is where I am cautious and concerned,
By David Swanson
Chairman John Conyers Jr. Chairman Henry Waxman. Those titles will prove to be the most important outcome of yesterday's elections, even if the Dems get the Senate too. It's investigation and impeachment time. Vice President Cheney has already announced his plans to "probably" refuse to obey a subpoena from Congress. Democrats need to be preparing for that crisis now. And I don't mean just elected Democrats. I mean you and everyone you know who has the sanity to no longer call themselves Republicans. I mean you, Harold Meyerson, who published an op-ed in the Washington Post advocating a bait and switch: run on health care and education and then take up impeachment after the election. It is now after the election. I mean you, Arianna Huffington, who argued that impeachment would distract from the election and could be addressed later. It’s later now. And before you start whimpering about the 2008 elections looming, consider this….
$500,000 Reward For Election Fraud Information
Reports are pouring in to the VelvetRevolution tip line, 1-888-VOTETIP, of GOP dirty tricks around the country. The most widespread problem seems to be voter intimidation through the use of robo calls and threats to arrest people for voting. All of these have been linked to the GOP so far.
Also, vote machines are breaking down in dozens of jurisdictions, machines are flipping votes, and voters are being turned away because of draconian voter ID laws. In Virginia the FBI is investigating.
By Tom Hayden
As the campaign began, consultants and bigwigs of both parties sought to keep Iraq from becoming an election issue. To their credit, the American voters disagreed, insisted on changing course, and let Iraq become the critical factor in overthrowing a rigged Republican majority.
For sure, Rep. Henry Waxman will hold the gavel and subpoena power for hearings into war profiteering by corporate contractors. The issues surfacing in civil society, for example through distribution of Robert Greenwald's fiilm "Iraq for Sale", will suddenly be exposed under the glare of Congressional hearings.