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VOTE: It's Election Day in the U.S.

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posted on Nov, 8 2005 @ 09:55 AM
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Voters head to the polls today throughout the U.S. Although 2005 is an off-year and no federal elections are taking place, there are still some important issues being decided in several states. Virginia and New Jersey will be picking a new governor, several major cities including New York will be electing a mayor, and there are important referenda on the ballot in many states.
 



uspolitics.about.com
On Tuesday, voters in Virginia and New Jersey will select a new governor, and voters in California, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas and Washington will pass judgment on 39 ballot measures. In California and Ohio, voters will decide how electoral districts should be redrawn.

The gubernatorial races have set new records for campaign war chests -- at least $42 million in Virginia and a staggering $70 million in New Jersey -- as well as nastiness -- with references to Nazis (Virginia) and quotes from a candidate's ex-wife (New Jersey). For perspective on costs, assume the candidates raised money every day for a year; their average take would be a combined, and some might say obscene, $306,850 per day. For a job that, in 2001, paid $110,000 - 130,000 per year (VA and NJ, respectively).



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Well it's election day again! Even though we're not electing a president or Congress, everyone should still try to make it the polls, especially if your state is electing a governor or your city a mayor. Hopefully we can track the results here, so feel free to post any results for a race important to you.

Related News Links:
www.indystar.com
www.msnbc.msn.com




posted on Nov, 8 2005 @ 08:11 PM
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According to FOX News, the AP says Tim Kaine (D) has been elected to replace Warner (D) as Governor of Virginia.



posted on Nov, 8 2005 @ 08:48 PM
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We voted -- it is important to vote in local elections. And to anyone who didn't vote you don't have the right to complain about your leaders. You had your chance to make a difference and didn't take it. It doesn't take long to do and you can only make the best decision you can.



posted on Nov, 8 2005 @ 08:53 PM
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Looks like Corzine (D) was elected governor of New Jersey. I'm sure Bloomberg (R) will be re-elected as mayor of New York City so the three major political positions up for election didn't cause much of a surprise nor change political party hands.



posted on Nov, 8 2005 @ 09:20 PM
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What a bummer! I couldn't vote on any issues in my area because I reside in a rural area! Only those living within city limits were voting on issues, electing a mayor and city council members!

BUMMER!



posted on Nov, 8 2005 @ 09:39 PM
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Yep. Both races you mentioned turned out as expected.

Corzine & Bloomberg are being projected as winners.

No shocks this election day.



posted on Nov, 9 2005 @ 12:10 PM
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Looks like the big loser in yesterday's elections was Arnold Schwarzenegger. He pushed strongly for four ballot initiatives and they all lost big:



LOS ANGELES, Nov. 9 - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was dealt a stinging rebuke on Tuesday by voters who rejected all four special election ballot initiatives that were the basis of his efforts to change the balance of power in Sacramento.

Voters turned down an initiative to cap state spending and grant sweeping new budget powers to the governor and a plan to transfer the power to draw legislative districts from the Legislature, which is controlled by Democrats, to a panel of retired judges also appeared to be failing. They also rejected Schwarzenegger-backed proposals to make it more difficult for public school teachers to win tenure and to force unions to get members' written permission before using their dues for political campaigns.

After the costliest ballot campaign in state history it was clear that the once highly popular movie-star-turned-governor had been politically humbled.

New York Times



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