Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Democrats win in mid-term elections

Looks like the Democrats have seized control of the House of Representatives in the mid-term elections. Iraq was pivotal as two-thirds of voters said it was a very important issue. The Senate hangs in the balance.
There have been cries of foul play in Virginia and wait for it… Florida. The new touch screen computers weren’t operating properly. Mmmm. You get the feeling of déjà vu.

Bernie Sanders, the first self-proclaimed socialist to take a seat in Senate. He'll be interesting to watch...

There were also state referendums where voters in South Dakota have over turned a near total ban on abortion (55% to 45%), which was passed by state legislature earlier this year. Hooray for good sense!!!!! Another good outcome was that Missouri voted to back a measure to support stem cell research.

Arizona was the first state to defeat an amendment to ban gay marriage. Though shamefully the homophobic bigot is still at large as Colorado, Idaho, S. Carolina, S. Dakota (good sense not prevailing on that), Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin all voted to approve the ban.

Arnie "Terminator" Schwarzenegger has won a second term as Governor of California.

Seems like Daniel Ortega has definitely won the presidential elections in Nicaragua. Will the US carry out their threat of sanctions? They say they are willing to work with Nicaragua's leader if they back democracy. Yeah well, the US knows all about backing democracy in Latin America during the past 50-odd years, don't they?!

As Hugo Chavez argues: "Latin America is leaving forever its role as the backyard of the North American empire. Yankee go home!"

(Hat tip: F Word Blog)