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2006 Midterm Election Results

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Nov12-06, 03:13 PM
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A SNL news alert:
In a surprising turn of events, Iraq has brought regime change to Washington.
Nov12-06, 03:25 PM
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Another benefit from last Tuesday's elections -

Arabs Get In-Depth Coverage, Seem Impressed with U.S. Democracy
Nov. 11, 2006 — You might think living 6,000 miles from Washington would be too far to follow the U.S. midterm elections. But if you lived anywhere in the Arab world, you would have found coverage nearly as complete and detailed as it was in America.

Marc Lynch, who monitors the Arab media for his blog and who teaches at Williams College, says this year's reporting in the Middle East reached new levels of sophistication.

The mainstream Arab media, including al-Jazeera and al-Arabiya, "were covering it down to the detail of individual congressional races, and they were looking at the implications for specific committees."

The focus was on how the elections would affect Arab issues, especially Iraq. But it also reflected, Lynch says, the growing degree to which people in the Arab world see American politics as part of their own.

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But as the election results came in Tuesday night, Lynch says many Arabs were both surprised and delighted. A guarded optimism is growing in the region, although it's tempered with real concerns. He says the Democratic victory has given Arabs hope for a "more rational foreign policy and maybe a chance to really start dealing with Iraq in a more serious fashion."

Arabs also marveled at the election of the first Muslim to the U.S. Congress — Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison, who will be sworn into the House of Representatives with his hand on a Koran.

"That a Muslim could be elected in America," Lynch says, "at a time when bin Laden, and many more than bin Laden, are spreading the idea that this war on terror is a crusader war of Christianity against Islam is really very powerful." . . . .
The rest of the world takes notice about what happens in the US - so we better set a good example. And, Americans ought to take interest in what is happening in the rest of the world - it does affect us.
Nov12-06, 03:46 PM
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The rest of the {world?} takes notice about what happens in the US - so we better set a good example. And, Americans ought to take interest in what is happening in the rest of the world - it does affect us.
"We are as a city set upon a hill." From a speech by Pilgrim governor Bradford.
Nov12-06, 08:02 PM
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For Governor of Texas

R Perry(Incumbent) 1,714,618 39%
D Bell 1,309,774 30%
I Strayhorn 789,432 18%
I Friedman 553,327 12%

Independents got 30% of the vote in Texas. Friedman got a respectable 12%.
Nov13-06, 08:05 AM
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Apparently Pelosi is supporting John Murtha as next Speaker of the House.

Pelosi backs Murtha as House Democratic leader

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nancy Pelosi, who unified fellow Democrats to win control of the U.S. House of Representatives last week, stirred division on Monday by backing John Murtha, a key foe of the Iraq War, as House majority leader over her current deputy.

Rep. Steny Hoyer, now the No. 2 Democrat in the House, brushed off the surprise endorsement by Pelosi, who is in line to be elected by the full House in January as speaker, the chamber's top job that helps set its legislative agenda.

Hoyer said he had the votes to be elected majority leader when his Democratic colleagues cast secret ballots on Thursday. The majority leader is one of the party's most influential positions, and serves as the spokesman during House debate as well as the party's chief negotiator with the Republicans.

"I look forward to working with Speaker Pelosi," said Hoyer, a Maryland moderate.

Andrew Koneschusky, a Murtha spokesman, replied: "He (Hoyer) likes to say the House election is in the bag. We'll see Thursday."

A public advocacy group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, blasted Pelosi, a California liberal, for backing Murtha, who it denounced as "one of the most unethical members in Congress."

The group charged Murtha has opposed ethics reform. It also said he abused his position on a defense appropriations subcommittee to benefit the clients of his brother, Robert Murtha, a registered lobbyist.
So Murtha is controversial.
Nov13-06, 08:22 PM
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Sen. Craig Thomas hospitalized since Monday with pneumonia, has been diagnosed with a form of leukemia, his spokesman said Thursday.

The Wyoming Republican, who was easily elected to a third term while in the hospital, issued a statement saying he will undergo treatment and plans to return to Congress in January.

Thomas fell ill in church in Casper on Sunday and was taken by ambulance to Wyoming Medical Center. He and his wife, Susan, flew back to Washington later in the day.

Thomas, 73, canceled campaign events Monday and was admitted to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., that evening, his spokesman Cameron Hardy said Thursday.

While hospitalized, doctors noticed a low white blood cell count and a bone marrow biopsy revealed leukemia, cancer of the blood and bone marrow. Thomas was to immediately begin a four- to six-week course of chemotherapy and will remain at the hospital to reduce his risk of infection, his office said in a press release Thursday.

I wish him well and a speedy recovery. My youngest brother had a similar experience. He was admitted to hospital because he was severely ill, and a test revealed a compromised immune system. Unfortunately, he had the most aggressive form of AML (Type 5) and he only lived 11 months after the diagnosis. I hope Senator Thomas fares better.
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S. Dakota's Sen. Johnson has possible stroke

If he has to resign, that will put the Senate back at 50-50 with Cheney the tie-breaking vote.

On the other hand, the article gives two examples where Senators refused to leave office, even though incapacitated or at least unable to actually do their job in the Senate.
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Also today, the Texas 23rd run-off concluded with long-time incumbent, and DeLay buddy, Bonilla(R) beaten by Rodriguez(D). This was quite unexpected!

All that's left is FL-13.
Dec13-06, 09:17 PM
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All that's left is FL-13.
Hopefully they will have a new election in that district.

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