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Election Day

Yes, I voted. I'm afraid to turn on the tv to see the results now. Polls have been closed for almost 2 hours. I'll put E to bed and then chew my nails and wonder if I dare to touch the remote.

And in other news, walked the bike trail for 4 miles today as the light disappeared. It was very, very cool in the gray. Just diffuse light. Then fog. Turned out the mater and E were very worried about me as the light disappeared. I had a cell phone. They called a neighbor. Who called me as I pulled up into the driveway. Sorry about the worry guys, really. But it was worth the peace of the walk.

Frog Out



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Nov. 8th, 2006 07:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, I voted. I'm afraid to turn on the tv to see the results now. Polls have been closed for almost 2 hours. I'll put E to bed and then chew my nails and wonder if I dare to touch the remote.

It wasn't so bad, was it?

We got up at 6:00am to check the results on the computer...
Nov. 9th, 2006 01:05 am (UTC)
It was terrible. I live in Virginia. The Senate race is less than 8k votes apart and not declared yet. We won't officially know the winner until December because there's a mandatory recount in the State whenever it's within 1%.

It was very scary being on the east coast, our polls closed first, then both MD and VA were too close to call and I had no idea how the more westerly time zones would go.

It was scary seeing in the paper today that ALL the county bond issues passed. Everyone here is up in arms about their property taxes, but they'll vote to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in future money that doesn't yet exist, mortgaging their children.

It was scary seeing that voters passed an amendment to our state constitution trying to define what marriage is and isn't. And stating that they won't recognize another state's definition of marriage, only their own.

It was scary wondering if for once this county would oust the old coot of a representative we have. They didn't, but it's the closest race he's had in ages, so that's something.

So yes. It was bad. I went to bed with one guy winning the Senate race and woke up with another declared the winner. The good guy, but only by 7800 votes with mail-ins to be counted.

I've been on the losing side so many times in the past 30 years I should be getting used to it. But I never do.

This was an amazing election and I'm very proud that so many people voted. Now, if Congress will just get some work done and stop fighting with itself, we might have a country again.

I didn't check the results out your way, but it sounds like they were more predictable up front?

Nov. 9th, 2006 01:15 am (UTC)
Well, the old coot of a conservative representative in our district was voted out to EVERYone's surprise and local glee. The newspaper endorsed him (Jim Leach) because he had 30 years of experience in the seat and supposedly had Rumsfeld's ear (though it seems pretty clear that Rumsfeld didn't listen to anyone). The winner is a political science professor from Cornell College just down the road from here, and he won by winning Iowa City. It was very exciting.

And a year ago, I was told that Nussle, the Republican party-line man, would be our next governor, but he was soundly defeated by Chet Culver, a strong Democrat.

And on the plus side, all of the minimum wage ballot measures passed!

As you say, though, the Congress will have to stop fighting and do something about Emperor George.
Nov. 9th, 2006 01:26 am (UTC)
Oh, like Rumsfeld's ear would have done him any good after 1pm today!

Yeah for you guys! Iowa never quite goes as expected! No wonder you woke up feeling much, much better.

My doom and gloom is from so many years of being a military spouse and having to keep my mouth shut and living in some of the most conservative parts of the country without a decent college town to liven things up. College towns rule.

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