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Some of the Most Critical Victories on Election Day 2006 Were Delivered by Candidates Who Were Anything but 'Republican-Lite.'
By Tad Daley,

"I'd rather vote for what I want, and not get it," said Eugene Debs, "than vote for what I don't want, and get it." Debs, of course, ran for president several times, never came close to winning, but put forth insistent ideas on labor rights, civil liberties, economic justice, and enduring world peace (he served time in jail for opposing American entry into the First World War) that in time became part of the American mainstream. Nearly a century later, progressive Democrats appear to be promulgating a different model. We're voting for what we want, and getting it!

Clear Evidence 2006 Congressional Elections Hacked

By Rob Kall,
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A major undercount of Democratic votes and an overcount of Republican votes in U.S. House and Senate races across the country is indicated by an analysis of national exit polling data, by the Election Defense Alliance (EDA), a national election integrity organization.

Election '06: Great Outcome, Flawed Votes

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Don't confuse a good political outcome with a bad electoral process.

Election integrity activists face a quandary this week. After an Election Day where new voting machines failed from coast to coast, and GOP-favoring voter suppression tactics unfolded in state after state, this largely liberal-leaning community knows all too well that the machinery used to slam the breaks on the dreadful Bush administration is deeply flawed, that Tuesday night's vote counts shouldn't fully be trusted.

Votes Counted Three Times Each on ES&S E-Voting Machines in Williamson County, TX!

As Usual, Company Blames Software Failure on 'Human Error'

According to the Austin American-Statesman today America's largest Electronic Voting Machine Company, ES&S, has failed again. This time just north of Austin, Texas…

Voting problems in Williamson County
Problems with software cause incorrect numbers, county says

Williamson County elections officials are again having voting problems, and they're blaming the computer software that they say has caused hiccups in the past.

Revote of Florida's 13th Congressional District Election Called For by National Voting Rights Groups

18,000 Votes Lost in Tight Race Exposes Electronic Voting Flaws

NEW YORK, Nov. 15 /U.S. Newswire/ -- More than 18,000 votes are estimated to have been lost in Florida's 13th Congressional District, the Sarasota County district with a closely contested House race where fewer that 400 votes currently separate the candidates. Today, the National Voting Rights Institute (NVRI) and Demos, affiliated national voting rights and election reform organizations, issued the following statement calling for a revote in that district:

2 incumbent Democrats keep seats in recount


ATLANTA (AP) — Reps. John Barrow and Jim Marshall were certified the winners of their respective races Wednesday, all but ending GOP hopes of knocking off at least one Democratic incumbent in the Nov. 7 congressional races.

Barrow defeated Republican Max Burns in eastern Georgia’s 12th District by just 864 votes out of 142,438 cast, according to the final tallies released by Secretary of State Cathy Cox. In middle Georgia’s 8th District, Marshall defeated Republican Mac Collins by 1,752 votes out of 159,568 cast.

Count Every Vote

WASHINGTON -- Clint Curtis, Democratic Party Candidate for Florida's 24th Congressional District, announced that he will not concede defeat in his race to unseat Rep. Tom Feeney (news, bio, voting record) "until every vote is actually counted." He is considering mounting a legal challenge to the election results.

"In this election, the results did not match the Zogby pre- election poll, our internal polling, or our exit polling," Curtis said. "These anomalies need to be investigated and cleared up, not just in my race but for every district where the count just doesn't add up." Curtis says he has informed the Supervisor of Elections office in all four counties in FL-24 that he is considering a challenge.

SOURCE: DNC Sees Six Undecided U.S. House Elections Still to be 'Winnable,' Planning Challenges

Legal Resources Being Gathered by National Party to Challenge Close Elections Where Dems Currently Trail

Other Candidates, Citing Concerns About Voting Machine Failures, Also Refusing to Concede Until All Votes Can Be Verified…

Just off the phone from a DNC insider — very much in a position to know — who says the following races are being considered, as of this afternoon, to still be very much in play by the DNC (* = Incumbent, Results shown latest reported by state websites as available):

Election results seen as mandate for peace


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.

Not the Revolution, But an Opening

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.

Feingold Rules out Presidential Run

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.

Outcome Uncertain in Eight House Races

Associated Press

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.

The Perfect Storm of Citizen Revulsion

By Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers

Ten findings on the clean-sweep GOP defeat in the midterm:


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

Cities For Peace

By Karen Dolan,

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.

A monumental victory for the election protection movement

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.

Pombo Foe Says Bush Visit Clinched His Win

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.

House May End Up in 13th District Feud

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.

The Anti-War Movement Sourced the Democrats’ Victory!

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.

“Bring Our Troops Home” Initiatives Sweep Wisconsin , Illinois , Massachusetts

Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice

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: .

PDA-Backed Candidates Roll to Victory From Coast to Coast

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.

Morning in America

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.

Referendum against Iraq War Gaining Ground

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.

Bush Begins Reaching Out to Democrats

An image to accompany what has become a popular headline:

Yarmuth gets boost from national discontent with Bush, Iraq war

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.

Elections Offer Hope for a Change in Course in Iraq

By Erik Leaver
Editor: Emily Schwartz Greco, IPS
Foreign Policy In Focus

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.

Over 20 SOA Supporters Lose Their Seats

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.

The Iraq Mandate

By Robert Dreyfuss,

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,

Democrats Seize Control of House in Widespread Voter Rejection of President Bush and Iraq War


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.

What's Next for the Peace Movement?

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.


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