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The OTHER Races...

A quick recap of yesterday's big races beyond New Jersey and Virginia:

* New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R), as expected, coasted to reelection.


New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg didn't look too worried early Tuesday after casting his vote. He had reason to be relaxed. (AP)

* Longtime Boston Mayor Thomas Menino (D) won reelection tonight as well. Official results are online here.

* In Texas, a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage was approved in overwhelming numbers (nearly three-quarters of all votes cast), making the Lonestar State the 19th in the country to pass such a law.

* Maine voters rejected a measure that would have repealed that state's gay rights law.

* A lone bright spot for Republicans came in Ohio where all four measures aimed at taking power away from state government were soundly rejected by voters.  State Issue 4, which would have removed redistricting from the hands of state legislators, was losing by a massive 70 percent to 30 percent margin with more than 1.3. million votes cast. Results on Issue 4 are online here

* St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly (D) was walloped by former city Councilman Chris Coleman (D) on Tuesday as he sought a second term. Kelly sealed his fate last year when turned his back on the party to endorse President George W. Bush's reelection. Track returns here.

* Charlotte's GOP incumbent mayor -- Pat McCrory -- won reelection.

* Houston Mayor Bill White won handily in his bid for another term.

* Democrat Bob O'Connor won the Pittsburgh mayor's race.

* Former Police Chief Jerry Sanders will be San Diego's next mayor.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 9, 2005; 7:59 AM ET
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Are you sure 11703 about this?!?

Posted by: Flots Masriach | September 15, 2006 12:07 AM | Report abuse

I came across a really cool website displaying Jeep Wranglers with lifts, oversized tires, new custom alloy wheels and detailed to near new condition. Most of them have warranties. There is a video with an attractive young lady explaining their process. Worth checking out. Bob jones. http://funjeeps.com.

Posted by: bob jones | January 26, 2006 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Cleveland has a new mayor.

Council President Frank Jackson knocked off incumbant Mayor Jane Campbell in Ohio's major Dem stronghold city by a convincing margin 54-46%.

Interesting sidenote: first county official to break with incumbant Campbell was County Commissioner Peter Lawson Jones. Campbell had endorsed fellow Mayor Mike Coleman of Columbus, for governor in 2006. Jones is rumored to be on short list for Lt. Gov of frontrunner Ted Strickland. Endorsement flip in Cleveland could be a deciding factor.

Posted by: RMill | November 21, 2005 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Here in Nevada, both North and South, there are many more ACTIVE Democrats who are for Wes Clark than anyone other candidate. To be more exact, no other potential Democratic Presidential candidate has any active supporters at this time. The number of Clark supporters would certainly cause him to win the endorsement of NV State Democratic Central Committee.
CLARK has what it takes to win:
outstanding career in national defense and diplomacy, superior presence and intelligence, background in Southern state,
"universal" religion, etc.
He is a candidate with all assets and no negatives that the Republicans can distort and then magnify.

Posted by: B J LEHMAN | November 11, 2005 7:40 PM | Report abuse

The GOP also knows how to spin, manipulate, lie, deceive, concoct, torture, escape responsibility, violate law and international treaties, perjure, retaliate against those who disagree with them, violate the separation of church and state and destroy. This is HOW they win. I don't know that I'd be proud of that but hey who can figure these crazy right wingers and religious extremists?

"Those that can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire

Posted by: kas | November 10, 2005 10:49 AM | Report abuse

I 2nd the post by VivaBush04 regarding Ohio. http://www.rightangleblog.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Mr. Right Angle | November 9, 2005 9:16 PM | Report abuse

"Ohio is A Red State--Stay the Hell out Left Wingers."

Funny how the Main Stream Media is not making such a big deal about yesterday's Ohio election results as they are for CA, VA and NJ. Somehow OH doesn't fit the story, "Dems win, Bush-GOP loses.

For two years now the Far left consisting of Moveon.org, Peter Lewis, George Soros,ACT, Acorn, labor unions and the Ohio Dem Party have poured in millions to unseat President Bush last year and this year, did much the same to impose four radical ammendments in the name of "reform," to alter Ohio election law. Given the 11-year minority status of the Ohio Democrat Party, the "Reform Ohio Now" effort, though couched in the guise of "fighting corruption," was nothing more than a naked power grab by the left to give them and the Dems control of a state which the voters have denied them. Despite a beter organization and more money, "Ohio First," the GOP-led opposition to Issues 2,3,4 and 5, beat back this power grab to defeat these issues by 2-1 margins. Though Bush beat Kerry by 2% in '04, the '05 loss was a slam-dunk.

Last Friday's Fix pointed to Ohio as one of the states whose '06 U.S. Senate race would be a battle ground. Take it off the board and take this to the bank, Senator Dewine easily wins relection over the plagerizer 13th Dist. Cong Sherrod Brown or also-ran Paul Hackett. But wait, there's more. Inspiring the left to return for another beating next year will be their hatred of Secretary of State Ken Blackwell who is now the odds-on GOP candidate for Governor next year. This is the same Blackwell who is demonized by the left for his role in upholding Ohio election law last year much to the dismay of Kerry and his fanatics. This is their chance for paying back Mr.Blackwell for defying them in '04.

The last two general elections should be proof that the Dems and their far-left masters cannot win Ohio. They will not win any of the state offices, they will not win Dewine's seat. By no means is the Ohio GOP immune given some of the isolated screwups of Governor Taft and his contributors. But Taft is not running next year and neither are the individuals who misappropriated workers comp funds. Obviously voters did not connect this so-called "corruption" to the GOP to hurt them yesterday.

All you can say about the Ohio GOP is that it knows how to win. Take heed far left and take your efforts elsewhere.

Posted by: VivaBush04 | November 9, 2005 8:39 PM | Report abuse

There's one more election that deserves coverage, in my opinion. That would be a school board race. The entire school board in Dover, Pennsylvania was replaced yesterday.

Dover, if you recall, is the town that is the center of the court case over putting intelligent design in biology class.

Looks like the voters beat the judge to a decision.

Posted by: Marcia | November 9, 2005 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Not surprisingly, the GOP hate machine was successful in getting a "gay marriage" ban passed in Texas. Less successful was their effort to demonize Kaine in Virginia. I wonder how many more times the Republicans can ride the queer bashing train to victory. I'd be curious to see what, oh, let's say David Dreier or Ken Mehlman have to say about that? Just to pick two heterosexual Republicans at random. :)

Posted by: Give me a break | November 9, 2005 12:01 PM | Report abuse


White House keeps dossiers on more than 10,000 'political enemies'
By DOUG THOMPSON
Publisher, Capitol Hill Blue
Nov 8, 2005, 06:40

Spurred by paranoia and aided by the USA Patriot Act, the Bush
Administration has compiled dossiers on more than 10,000 Americans it
considers political enemies and uses those files to wage war on those who
disagree with its policies.

The ³enemies list² dates back to Bush's days as governor of Texas and can be
accessed by senior administration officials in an instant for use in
campaigns to discredit those who speak out against administration policies
or acts of the President.

The computerized files include intimate personal details on members of
Congress; high-ranking local, state and federal officials; prominent media
figures and ordinary citizens who may, at one time or another, spoken out
against the President or Administration.

Capitol Hill Blue has spoken with a number of current and former
administration officials who acknowledge existence of the enemies list only
under a guarantee of confidentiality. Those who have seen the list say it is
far more extensive than Richard Nixon's famous ³enemies list² of Watergate
fame or Bill Clinton's dossiers on political enemies.

³How is that you think Karl (Rove) and Scooter (Libby) were able to
disseminate so much information on Joe Wilson and his wife,² says one White
House aide. ³They didn't have that information by accident. They had it
because they have files on those who might hurt them.²

White House insiders tell a disturbing tales of invasion of privacy, abuse
of government power and use of expanded authority under the USA Patriot Act
to dig into the personal lives of anyone the administration deems an enemy
of the state.

Those on the list include former Ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife,
former covert CIA operative Valarie Plame, along with filmmaker and
administration critic Michael Moore, Senators like California's Barbara
Boxer, media figures like liberal writer Joe Conason and left-wing bloggers
like Markos Moulitsas Zúniga (the Daily Kos).

³If you want to know who's sleeping with whom, who drinks too much or has a
fondness for nose candy, this is the place to find it,² says another White
House aide. ³Karl (Rove) operates under the rule that if you fuck with us,
we'll fuck you over.²

Rove started the list while Bush served as governor of Texas, compiling
information on various political enemies in the state and leaking damaging
information on opponents to friends in the press. The list grew during
Bush's first run for President in 2000 but the names multiplied rapidly
after the terrorist attacks of 2001 and passage of the USA Patriot Act.
Using the powers under the act, Rove expanded the list to more than 10,000
names, utilizing the FBI's ³national security letters² to gather private and
intimate details on American citizens.

National security letters, which can be issued by an FBI supervisor without
a judge's review or approval, allows the bureau to sweep up the records of
virtually any American citizen, examining their telephone calls,
correspondence and financial lives of ordinary Americans.

The FBI issues some 30,000 national security letters a year to employers,
credit bureaus, banks, travel agencies and other sources of information on
American citizens. The Patriot Act also forbids anyone receiving such a
letter to reveal they have passed on information to the federal government.

³Those letters helped us build files quickly on those we needed to know more
about,² says a former White House aide.

The database of political enemies of the Bush administration is not
maintained on White House computers and is located on a privately-owned
computer offsite, but can be accessed remotely by a select list of senior
aides, including Rove. The offsite location allowed the database to escape
detection by special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald during his investigation
of the Valerie Plame leak. The database is funded by private donations from
Bush political backers and does not appear on the White House budget or
Federal Election Commission campaign reports.

Bush is not the first President to use the FBI to keep track of his enemies.
Richard M. Nixon used FBI files to try and discredit his opponents,
including Daniel Ellsberg, the Department of Defense employee who leaked the
Pentagon Papers to The New York Times. Bill Clinton used the FBI to compile
dossiers on critics like Conservative Congressman Bob Barr and legal gadfly
Larry Klayman of Judicial Watch.

But worried White House insiders say the intelligence gathered by the Bush
administration is far larger, more extensive and potentially more damaging
than the excesses of previous occupants of the White House. Even worse, it
dovetails into a pattern of spying on Americans that has become commonplace
since Bush took office.

³We're talking about Big Brother at its most extreme,² says one White House
staffer. ³We know things about people that their spouses don't know and, if
it becomes politically expedient, we will make sure the rest of the world
knows.²

The White House press official did not respond to a request for an interview
on this story and did not return phone calls seeking comment.

© Copyright 2005 Capitol Hill Blue
____________________________________________________

The Rant
An enemy of the state
By DOUG THOMPSON
Nov 7, 2005, 08:14


According to a printout from a computer controlled by the Federal Bureau of
Investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice, I am an enemy of the
state.

The printout, shown to me recently by a friend who works for Justice,
identifies me by a long, multi-digit number, lists my date of birth, place
of birth, social security number and contains more than 100 pages
documenting what the Bureau and the Bush Administration consider to be my
threats to the security of the United States of America.

It lists where I sent to school, the name and address of the first wife that
I had been told was dead but who is alive and well and living in Montana,
background information on my current wife and details on my service to my
country that I haven't even revealed to my wife or my family.

Although the file finds no criminal activity by me or members of my
immediate family, it remains open because I am a ³person of interest² who
has ³written and promoted opinions that are contrary to the government of
the United States of America.²

And it will remain active because the government of the United States, under
the far-reaching provisions of the USA Patriot Act, can compile and retain
such information on any American citizen. That act gives the FBI the
authority to collect intimate details about anyone, even those not suspected
of any wrongdoing.

My file begins on September 11, 2001, the day of the terrorist attacks on
New York and Washington. A Marine guard standing post at the Navy Yard in
Washington jotted down the license number of my Jeep Wrangler after I was
spotted taking pictures of armed guards at the locked-down military
facility.

That night, I found a card stuffed under my door from Agent John Ryan of the
Naval Criminal Investigative Service. I chuckled at the time because the
lead character in Tom Clancy's novels is named John P. Ryan.

I called Agent Ryan the next day. He wanted to know what the hell I was
doing taking photos of a military facility. I explained that I was a
journalist and taking pictures was what I did for a living. I directed him
to a web site where he could find some of the photos I shot of the Navy
Yard's side gate on that day. He asked for additional information, including
date of birth and social security number, which I provided, and then hung
up.

I thought the matter was dead until a few weeks ago when an old friend from
Washington called, said he was in the area, and suggested lunch. At lunch,
he showed me the 100-plus pages of the file on me that grew out of that
first encounter with Agent Ryan of NCIS.

³Much of this information was gathered through what we call 'national
security letters,'² he said. ³It allows us to gather information from a
variety of sources.²

A ³national security letter² it turns out, can be issued by any FBI
supervisor, without court order or judicial review, to compel libraries,
banks, employers and other sources to turn over any and all information they
have on American citizens.

The FBI issues more than 30,000 national security letters a year. When one
is delivered to a bank, library, employer or other entity, the same federal
law that authorizes such letters also prohibits your bank, employer or
anyone else from telling you that they received such a letter and were
forced to turn over all information on you.

According to my file, the banks where I have both business and checking
accounts have been forced to turn over all records of my transactions, as
have every company where I have a charge account or credit card. They've
perused my book borrowing habits from libraries in Arlington and Floyd
Counties as well as studied what television shows I watch on the Tivos in my
house. They know I belong to the National Rifle Association, the National
Press Photographers Association and other professional groups. They know I
attend meetings of Alcoholic Anonymous on a regular basis and the file notes
that my ³pattern of spending² shows no purchase of ³alcohol-related
products² since the file was opened in 2001.

In the past, when information collected on an American citizen failed to
turn up any criminal activity, FBI policy called for such information to be
destroyed.

But President George W. Bush in 2003 reversed that long-standing policy and
ordered the bureau and other federal agencies to not only keep that
information but place it in government databases that can be accessed by
local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

In October, Bush also signed Executive Order 13388 which expands access to
those databases to ³appropriate private sector entities² although the order
does not explain what those entities might be. In addition, the Bush
Administration has successfully blocked legislation and legal actions that
have tried to stop the expansion of spying and gathering of information on
Americans.

FBI spokesmen defend the national security letters as a ³necessary tool² on
the so-called ³war on terror.²

"Congress has given us this tool to obtain basic telephone data, basic
banking data, basic credit reports," Valarie E. Caproni, the FBI general
counsel, told The Washington Post. "The fact that a national security letter
is a routine tool used, that doesn't bother me."

Obviously it doesn't. Carponi signed at least one of the letters used to
gather information for my file.

When I asked to keep the copy of the file, my friend said ³no.² I promised
to keep it and the source confidential.

³You can't,² he said. ³You can't keep anything hidden. Your life is an open
book with us and it will be to the day you die.²

After we left lunch and went our separate ways, I wondered how, if my life
was under such scrutiny from Uncle Sam, he could meet me for lunch in a
public restaurant and not be discovered? So the next day I went to a public
phone in an out-of-the-way location and dialed his direct number.

It was disconnected. So I called the central number and asked to speak to
him. The woman who answered the phone wanted my name and phone number so he
could return the call. I hung up.

Then I drove home with one eye glued to the rearview mirror. Didn't see
anything suspicious but if I turn up missing one day, just forward my mail
to General Delivery, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

© Copyright 2005 Capitol Hill Blue

Posted by: Dean Osborne | November 9, 2005 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Chris- The fact that you didnt stay up to cover Califorinia's election is nothing short of preposterous. What do you have against California?

Posted by: interested party | November 9, 2005 7:28 AM | Report abuse

I'm a political junkie - Loved your links except for California.

The Link you provided twice for California is barren as of 12:27 a.m. Eastern Time -

Yet, California News Papers are reporting numbers for results of initiatives -
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/politics/results/statewide.html has 11% initiatives reporting

and http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2005/by_state/CA_Page_1108.html?SITE=CALOSELN&SECTION=POLITICS
Has over 17% reporting as of now.

Maybe the Secretary of State who reports "The Special Statewide Election site will be available soon" is not getting the right results to report them???

Posted by: Marie | November 9, 2005 12:31 AM | Report abuse

It's not on the national radar, but I suspect the races on Long Island (there were many) should give the GOP a shudder.

Long Island has been a Republican stronghold, which has been gradually seeing Democratic gains over the last decade.

However, this year, there are apparently some shocking defeats of GOP incumbents.

A case in point, the GOP incumbent DA seems to be headed for defeat. The traditionally GOP Township of Brookhaven is electing a Democratic Supervisor and the balance of power within that township also seems to have shifted overnight.

I think these numbers reflect a Republican Party that is in tourble....big time.

Posted by: scootmandubious | November 8, 2005 11:09 PM | Report abuse

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