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Warner Leads, But Virginia Race Too Close to Call

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

Warner Leads, But Virginia Race Too Close to Call
In a race not expected to be close, incumbent Sen. Mark R. Warner in Virginia (D) is up by about 13,000 votes out of more than 2.2 million cast with 99 percent of precincts reporting. Warner has 49.1 percent of the vote and challenger Ed Gillespie (R) has 48.4 percent. The race has yet to be called by the networks, but Virginia Democrats were proclaiming victory as of midnight.

Exit Polls: Americans Down on Obama, GOP Leaders
A majority of Americans are dissatisfied or angry with President Barack Obama’s administration and GOP leaders, according to exit polls released Tuesday and analyzed by CNN. And about 8 in 10 Americans disapprove of how Congress is handling its job, according to a survey of voters outside of polling places on Election Day. Nearly six in 10 voters are either dissatisfied or angry with both the White House and Republican leaders in Congress. Less than a third of Americans are satisfied with the Obama administration and GOP leaders.


Shakespeare on demand: Globe puts plays online

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

Shakespeare on demand: Globe puts plays online
LONDON (AP) — Theater fans can now stream some Shakespeare, if they have the bandwidth for the Bard.


Charlie Baker bests Martha Coakley in Massachusetts governor’s race

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

Charlie Baker bests Martha Coakley in Massachusetts governor’s race
Baker managed to chip away the double-digit lead Coakley held for months

John Dickerson on why Tom Cotton defeated Mark Pryor
John Dickerson on one reason for Tom Cotton’s victory, which involved a lot of talk about someone other than his opponent


Vox Charges Fox News With Violation Of Exit Poll Agreement

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

Vox Charges Fox News With Violation Of Exit Poll Agreement

MacCallumAccording to Vox, Fox News “broke the rules for exit polls” in its live coverage of election results, when anchor Martha MacCallum reported on the breakdown of how Independents voted in the New Hampshire Senate race.

Vox argued that Fox’s decision to do so ran counter to a binding agreement not to leak results until the polls have closed.

Just after 6 p.m., MacCallum reported that Republican Senate candidate and former Fox News employee Scott Brown needs Independents to vote for him and highlighted exit poll results showing that 50 percent of Independents voted for Brown, while 49 percent voted for incumbent Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

Here’s Vox’s explanation as to how Fox violated standards on exit polling: (emphasis original)

The media outlets running the exit poll want to be able to describe who’s voting, and who they’re voting for, to the public as early as possible. But they don’t want to have any influence on who ends up voting — they don’t want anyone deciding not to vote because they’ve already seen what the exit polls say, and they don’t think their vote will matter. (There’s some evidence that this happened back in 1980, when some outlets projected that Ronald Reagan would win the presidential election before polls closed on the West Coast.)

In some countries, like the United Kingdom, it’s actually illegal for any media outlet to report exit poll results before the polls close. In the US, it’s not illegal, but there’s a binding agreement among the media outlets that run the exit poll that none of them is allowed to leak any results before the polls have closed.

Fox News has actively promoted Brown’s campaign for months. During the past weekend, Fox re-aired a documentary about health care reform in New Hampshire that promoted him. The morning of the election, Fox tried to undercut Brown’s opponent with a last-minute bogus conspiracy theory that Shaheen “was involved in [an] IRS scandal.” Brown’s campaign later promoted the Fox segment, which called the claim “a death sentence” for Shaheen’s reelection chances.

UPDATE: Fox News has responded to Vox’s charge. In an email to TPM, Fox News executive vice president Michael Clemente denied that the network violated an agreement on exit poll results:

Polls didn’t officially close in New Hampshire until 8 p.m. and Fox’s report came nearly two hours before. So did Fox News break the rules?

Media outlets frequently share driblets from the exit data — demographic information and questions on voters’ mood — all while dutifully sitting on the ultimate top line until the polls close. In an email to TPM on Tuesday night, Fox News said that’s precisely what it did, too.

“According to the National Election Pool (NEP), we are permitted to report exit poll results as long as we don’t characterize the outcome of the race which we did not do earlier this evening,” Fox News executive vice president Michael Clemente said in a statement.


Voter Fraud and Voter I.D.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

Voter Fraud and Voter I.D.
Thomas Sowell, RealClearPolitics
One of the biggest voter frauds may be the idea promoted by Attorney General Eric Holder and others that there is no voter fraud, that laws requiring voters to have a photo identification are just attempts to suppress black voting.Reporter John Fund has written three books on voter fraud and a recent survey by Old Dominion University indicates that there are more than a million registered voters who are not citizens, and who therefore are not legally entitled to vote. The most devastating account of voter fraud may be in the book “Injustice” by J. Christian Adams. He was a Justice Department…


‘No safe alcohol limit’ for drivers

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‘No safe alcohol limit’ for drivers
An additional 35 drivers a week could lose their licences over the festive period once new alcohol limits come into force, Police Scotland warns.

MP barred over ‘Curry my yoghurt’
DUP MP Gregory Campbell is barred from addressing the Northern Ireland Assembly for a day for failing to apologise for an Irish language parody.

Featherstone takes Home Office job
Lynne Featherstone replaces Norman Baker as Lib Dem minister in the Home Office after his resignation.


Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Had A Very, Very Bad Night

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Had A Very, Very Bad Night
WASHINGTON — Republicans had been predicted to take control of the Senate Tuesday evening, but Democrats hoped to do better in gubernatorial races. That hope was more than disappointed, as even Democrats who had been expected to easily win in Democratic-leaning states were defeated.

In deep-blue Maryland, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown conceded to Republican Larry Hogan. In Massachusetts, Attorney General Martha Coakley suffered a crushing loss. And in Maine, deeply unpopular Republican Gov. Paul LePage beat back a challenge from Democratic Rep. Michael Michaud. In all three of those states, Democratic winners would have achieved milestones: Brown could have been Maryland’s first black governor, Coakley could have become Massachusetts’ first woman who was elected governor, and Michaud could have become the nation’s first openly gay man elected governor.

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, didn’t even get the requisite 50 percent of the vote needed to win outright in his state. The Vermont legislature will decide the winner.

In five states where Democrats thought they could topple a Republican incumbent, there were no upsets. Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, Michigan’s Rick Snyder, Florida’s Rick Scott, Kansas’ Sam Brownback and Georgia’s Nathan Deal all prevailed.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat who was recognized as being in danger, apparently did get the boot from voters, who picked Republican Bruce Rauner, a venture capitalist and self-proclaimed member of the “.01 percent.” Quinn hadn’t yet conceded.

The bright spots for Democrats were few and far between. Rhode Island Treasurer Gina Raimondo became the state’s first female governor. Pennsylvania’s unpopular Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, as expected, was defeated by Democratic businessman Tom Wolf. Democrat David Ige won in Hawaii. And three Democratic governors — Minnesota’s. Mark Dayton, New Hampshire’s Maggie Hassan and Oregon’s John Kitzhaber — all held on by narrow margins.

Connecticut’s race between Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) and GOP businessman Tom Foley was exceedingly close, and Colorado’s race between Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) and Republican Bob Beauprez hadn’t been called early Wednesday.

The only Democratic gubernatorial candidate who may sleep easily was California Gov. Jerry Brown, who was safely elected to a record fourth term.

Congress Will Have 100 Women For The First Time In History
Democrat Alma Adams will become the 100th woman in the 113th Congress after winning a special election on Tuesday to replace Rep. Mel Watts (D-N.C.), who became director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency earlier this year.

Because it was a special election, Adams will be sworn in shortly and will not have to wait until January. When that happens, it will be the first time Congress has ever had 100 women members concurrently serving.

Before Tuesday, there were 20 women senators and 79 congresswomen. The make-up of the 114th Congress will be determined after all of Tuesday’s races are called, but the number is unlikely to stay at 100.

“Alma Adams is a trailblazer and champion for women and families who is now poised to make history as the 100th woman serving in Congress,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, a progressive PAC dedicated to electing women who support abortion rights.

“Working families need leaders like Alma, who will unapologetically fight to protect women’s reproductive healthcare access and economic security. And with the help of the EMILY’s List community – now more than three million members strong – Alma is on her way to igniting change in Congress.”

Brenda Lawrence Wins Midterm Election Race Against Christina Conyers In Michigan
Democrat Brenda Lawrence defeated Republican Christina Conyers in Tuesday’s midterm election.

Lawrence and Conyers were facing off to represent Michigan’s 14th District in Congress. Democrat Gary Peters, who currently represents that district, ran for the Senate this year against Republican Terri Lynn Land and won the seat.

Lawrence is currently the mayor of Southfield, a suburb of Detroit.

See more on the midterm elections below:


Baghdad Journal: Bloody and Belittled Shiite Ritual Draws Historic Parallels

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

Baghdad Journal: Bloody and Belittled Shiite Ritual Draws Historic Parallels
Shiite men in Baghdad commemorated the Ashura holiday by cutting themselves and bleeding, at a time when Shiites are being attacked again by ISIS extremists.



World Briefing: Thailand: Man Gets Over 2 Years on Charge of Defaming King
A Thai court sentenced Akkaradet Eiamsuwan, 24, to two and a half years in prison on Tuesday for posting a message on Facebook that the court said insulted King Bhumibol Adulyadej.



World Briefing: U.S. Offers Resolution to U.N. for South Sudan Sanctions
The American delegation to the United Nations informed members of the Security Council that it would circulate a draft resolution establishing a sanctions regime for South Sudan, a United States official said.



Election 2014: Europe Looks Beyond Obama
The midterms have one simple message for the European chancelleries: Plan for America’s next president.




Election Results: Republicans Win Senate Control With at Least 7 New Seats

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Election Results: Republicans Win Senate Control With at Least 7 New Seats
Republicans picked up seats in Arkansas, West Virginia, Montana, South Dakota, Colorado, North Carolina and Iowa, consolidating their power on Capitol Hill.



Victories in Wisconsin and Florida Are Part of Tide Across the Nation
Rick Scott of Florida and Scott Walker of Wisconsin were re-elected in states that both parties are looking to as a gauge of voter sentiment in the run-up to the 2016 presidential race.



Higher Minimum Wages Prove Popular; Marijuana Is Less So in Florida
Voters approved higher minimum wages in Arkansas and Nebraska, while a proposal to allow the use of marijuana for medical treatment fell short of approval in Florida.




Slide Show: Midterm Winner and Losers

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 5th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

Slide Show: Midterm Winner and Losers

The 2014 midterm elections ?belonged to the Republican Party, which won control of the Senate, increased its majority in the House, and ?added to its tally of governors. Here are images of some of the night’s winners and losers.

See the rest of the story at newyorker.com

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