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Both Rep Bobby Scott and Rep Anna Eshoo on Pacifica tonight declared their intentions to push investigations and oversight. Eshoo spoke in particular of investigating what she called "the manipulated intelligence" that launched the war.

There may be a number of stolen races by morning, possibly including the Virginia Senate race. If Webb does not win and he does not fight, he will never again be a serious candidate.

Wisconsin communities vote on bringing troops home

By Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Milwaukee residents sent a clear message to President Bush about Iraq Tuesday -- get out.

Milwaukee was among 10 communities across Wisconsin that voted on referendums asking whether the United States should pull troops from Iraq.

With 65 percent of Milwaukee precincts reporting, there were 70,614 votes to bring home the troops, or 72 percent, compared to 27,775 voting no, or 28 percent.

Riot at the Hyatt

By David Swanson

Well, I did a bit on Pacifica shouting over the crowd screaming as Nancy Pelosi and about 30 Congress Members took the stage here in the Capitol Hill Hyatt. The early news is all good, including PDA-backed candidate and now SENATOR Sherrod Brown winning in Ohio, nationally despised and now GOLFER Rick Santorum departing the Senate, Whitehouse pulling through in Rhode Island...

Oh, and it's official: Americans like a minimum wage that's closer to a living wage, but Americans hate gay people.

I'll be on Pacifica at 10 a.m. ET tomorrow: "What's at Stake" with Verna Avery Brown. Tune in!

Are We Looking at a Major Elephant Ass Whooping?

The New Republic has posted the following exit poll results - presumably real and presumably carefully slanted away from overly supporting Democrats, and yet look:

These numbers have now come in to me from two different sources though like the others they seem too pro-Dem to be true:

Dems up:

VA 52-47

RI 53-46

PA 57-42

OH 57-43


Corruption is voters' #1 concern according to exit polls. Is corruption the new values? Last time the stories were spun around "values," but it turned out that people who cared about values had many more valuable things in mind than just discriminating against gay people or women. Corruption similarly strikes me as a catch all that could include every issue on which the current Congress has worked.

First exit polls show bad news for GOP

The first exit polls released by a group of top news agencies have indicated that national issues drove today's votes by a margin of nearly two-to-one.

While 62% of respondents indicated that national issues made biggest difference in how they cast their votes, just 33% indicated that local issues decided their vote. Republicans had recently been pressing their case that local issues would decide the races.

Slew of late polls still pointing to Democratic gains

The New York Times reported on Saturday that "Republicans are resigned to idea of big losses," and the latest polls appear to validate those fears. "Party leaders saying the best outcome they could foresee was losing 12 seats in the House, but that they were increasingly resigned to losing at least 15 and therefore control of the House to Democrats for the first time in 12 years," said the Times article. Senate races "had grown fluid" with Democrats saying they could gain up to 6 seats, and thus control of the body.

The Antiwar Wave

By John Nichols,

The Nation -- Everyone is talking about whether there will be a Democratic wave tonight. That's an important question, to be sure. But there are other, perhaps more telling, waves to watch for.

The central issue of the 2OO6 election season has been the war in Iraq. But that does not mean that every House and Senate contest will provide a clear read on sentiments regarding the conflict. In many contests, Democratic and Republican candidates have spun their stances on the questions of how and when to bring the troops home. A few Republicans are actually emphasizing their support for some sort of exit strategy -- including contenders in tight races, such as Rhode Island'Senator Lincoln Chafee, and Iowa Congressman Jim Leach, both of whom voted against authorizing President Bush to use force, and Connecticut Congressman Chris Shays, whose conversion from a strong pro-war stance would seem to have a lot to do with the tough challenge he faces from war-critic Diane Farrell. On the other hand, several high-profile Democratic challengers, including Nebraska House candidate Scott Kleeb, have explicitly opposed setting a timeline for withdrawal of the troops,

Wow Is NPR Soothing

By David Swanson

Sheesh. Took me 4 hours to drive into DC. I came to hang out with Cindy Sheehan at the White House – that is: outside protesting, where we all should be – and to talk on Pacifica Radio about the elections. Pacifica is broadcasting from the DCCC and DSCC party at the Capitol Hill Hyatt. There's a party in every hotel and train station within the sound of a dying elephant from here. Anyway, the point is: I got stuck listening to NPR, and man is it soothing!

Democrats Call for Federal Probe Over GOP "Robocalling"

By Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t
[by "Tuesday" the author appears to mean "Monday"]

Democratic congressmen John Conyers and John Dingell called for a federal investigation late Tuesday evening into a last minute ploy by Republicans to swing the midterm election by inundating registered Democrats with harassing prerecorded telephone calls trashing the candidates they intend to vote for.



Concede a Stolen Election, Never Run Again

By David Swanson

This is the message we should all be phoning in to Democratic candidates all day long on election day: if you concede an election that is not credible, you will never again be a viable candidate for any office in the United States.

You and John Kerry and Francine Busby will gather for bittersweet reunions at which you reminisce about your noble sacrifice when you saved the nation from the trauma of having a democracy.

VotersForPeace Coalition and Cindy Sheehan Speak on the Impact of Peace Voters on Mid-Term Elections

Contact: Linda Schade, 301-270-2355 or 202-422-5780 (cell), or Gael Murphy, 202-412-6700 (cell), both of VotersForPeace

News Advisory:

The VotersForPeace Coalition, a joint effort of national peace groups working to build and mobilize a bloc of anti-war voters through 2008 to hold Congress and future presidential candidates accountable to the majority of American voters who are opposed to U.S. troops in Iraq and future wars of aggression.

Virginia State Board of Elections Secretary Finds Widespread Incidents of Voter Suppression

The American Chronicle

Threats of incarceration, changed polling locations, and fliers to "Skip the Election."

Over the past several days, voters throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia have filed complaints of incidents aimed at suppressing voter turn out in heavily Democratic and African American neighborhoods. Today, the Secretary of the Virginia State Board of Elections Jean Jensen concluded that the incidents appear widespread and deliberate.

Rep. Hastert Threw Me Out of His Event

By Sam Murchie

I work with the Sunlight Network (, a political transparency group, dedicated to restoring honesty and transparency back to Washington. For the past several months we have been asking candidates to sign the Punch Clock Agreement, which essentially states that if they win their race, once they get to Washington, they will start posting their daily schedule online so their constituents will be able to follow along with the work of

New York Times Outlines Dangers That - If 2004 Is Any Guide - The Times Will Black Out Mention of Beginning Wednesday

Protecting the Right to Vote
By the New York Times

No one expects Florida elections to go smoothly, but this year the state got off to an alarming start. Voters reported that after selecting Democratic candidates on electronic voting machines, the review screens registered that they had chosen Republicans. A spokeswoman for the Broward County supervisor of elections told The Miami Herald that the machines often fall out of sync under heavy use, but that they can be fixed when voters complain.


By Greg Palast for The Guardian (UK)

Here's how the 2006 mid-term election was stolen.

Note the past tense. And I'm not kidding.

And shoot me for saying this, but it won't be stolen by jerking with the touch-screen machines (though they'll do their nasty part). While progressives panic over the viral spread of suspect computer black boxes, the Karl Rove-bots have been tunneling into the vote vaults through entirely different means.

GOP Must Go [aka: even intellectually challenged xenophobes can see the danger of more Bush-Cheney]

By The American Conservative

Next week Americans will vote for candidates who have spent much of their campaigns addressing state and local issues. But no future historian will linger over the ideas put forth for improving schools or directing funds to highway projects.

The meaning of this election will be interpreted in one of two ways: the American people endorsed the Bush presidency or they did what they could to repudiate it. Such an interpretation will be simplistic, even unfairly so. Nevertheless, the fact that will matter is the raw number of Republicans and Democrats elected to the House and Senate.

An Employee of the New York Times Says What the NY Times Will Forbid Mentioning Beginning Wednesday

Voter Suppression in Midterm Elections: Robocalls, ID Confusion, Voter Roll Purges

In Virginia, Democratic Senatorial candidate James Webb's last name does not appear on the voting summary sheet. In Indiana, African American congresswoman Julia Carson was told her congressional ID was not sufficient to vote. In Broward County, Florida early voting, a vote for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate registered as a vote for the Republican candidate. Adam Cohen, editorial writer for The New York Times, joins us to discuss voter disenfranchisement. [includes rush transcript]

Connecticut’s Rob Simmons: Report on the CIA Interrogator turned Congressman and his support for the Military Commissions Act

By, Dori Smith and David Morse

For all the splash of national spotlight on the Connecticut Congressional campaign, surprisingly little has been written about Congressman Rob Simmons' experience as a CIA interrogator. Simmons, an incumbent Republican, is fighting for his political life in one of those hotly contested seats that could tip the House majority from Republican to Democrat on November 7th. He denigrates his Democratic challenger Joe Courtney for having "no war experience." Yet the shadowy circumstances of Simmons' own war experience of running an interrogation center during the Vietnam war has gone unexamined by the mainstream press, even as a feckless Congress rolls back the Geneva Conventions on treatment of prisoners of war.

New Telemarketing Ploy Steers Voters on Republican Path


An automated voice at the other end of the telephone line asks whether you believe that judges who “push homosexual marriage and create new rights like abortion and sodomy” should be controlled. If your reply is “yes,” the voice lets you know that the Democratic candidate in the Senate race in Montana, Jon Tester, is not your man.

In Maryland, a similar question-and-answer sequence suggests that only the Republican Senate candidate would keep the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. In Tennessee, another paints the Democrat as wanting to give foreign terrorists “the same legal rights and privileges” as Americans.

Bush Plans Post-Election Call Up Of National Guard And Reserves

By Brent Budowsky

"BuzzFlash" -- -- American commanders in Iraq have privately told the President that additional troops will be needed in Iraq to maintain the current policy.

Plans are secretly underway for a suprise new call up of National Guard and Reserves to be announced sometime after the election.

The Washington Post has now reported that planning that is now classified, being kept secret from voters and military families until the election is over, could well include what the Post calls a policy change forcing a new wave of involuntary call ups.

AWOL Marine to Return on Election Day to Ask President, Congress to Bring the Troops Home

Courage to Resist

Contact: David Solnit 510 967-7377

Washington, DC - U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Ivan Brobeck, 20, of Arlington, Virginia, will return to the United States on election day to ask President Bush and Congress to bring the troops home now. During a tour of duty in Iraq in 2004 Brobeck witnessed regular instances of abuse of Iraqi detainees and the killing of Iraqi civilians at military checkpoints. He chose Canada over a second tour in a war that he came to see as illegal and contrary to the interests and moral standards of most Americans.

Karl Rove's Last Dirty Trick: Robo Calls

Karl Rove has been bragging for weeks about his "72-hour program" to swing the elections, which predict a Democratic takeover of Congress.

Now we know what it is: a dirty trick campaign using robocalls.

The calls are made to Democrats and swing voters at all times of day or night to make them angry. And they pretend to be from the Democrat ("Hello, I'm calling with information about Lois Murphy"). If you hang up, they call back 7-8 times, and each time you hear the Democrat's name, to get you angry at him or her. If you stay on, you get to hear a scathing attack on the Democrat.

Limiting the Damage

By PAUL KRUGMAN, New York Times

President Bush isn’t on the ballot tomorrow. But this election is, nonetheless, all about him. The question is whether voters will pry his fingers loose from at least some of the levers of power, thereby limiting the damage he can inflict in his two remaining years in office.

There are still some people urging Mr. Bush to change course. For example, a scathing editorial published today by The Military Times, which calls on Mr. Bush to fire Donald Rumsfeld, declares that “this is not about the midterm elections.” But the editorial’s authors surely know better than that. Mr. Bush won’t fire Mr. Rumsfeld; he won’t change strategy in Iraq; he won’t change course at all, unless Congress forces him to.

One More Day Until Victory

By Congressman John Conyers

A President Hand-picked by Katherine Harris and the Supreme Court

Misleading a Nation into War.

Outing an undercover CIA operative.

Smearing a Vietnam Veteran Senator who lost his limbs in combat.

No bid contracts.


Another Presidential Election Decided by Unanswered Irregularties.

Terri Schiavo.

New Orleans.

Jack Abramoff.

Ignore What They Say, Watch What They Do

The Reliable Source
By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts, Washington Post

Tired of listening to all the candidates? Karen Bradley says you only have to watch. A visiting professor in the University of Maryland dance department, Bradley applies Laban Movement Analysis -- a scholarly take on, yes, body language -- to politicians and argues that the most successful are those with a graceful command of space and surroundings -- that thing Clinton had, and Reagan: "They are the people with the ability to connect." (Don't laugh -- she was touting Howard Dean more than a year before his campaign unexpectedly took off.) Who's got the right stuff in key local races? Let's go to the tapes:

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