1:27pm

Wed November 7, 2012
It's All Politics

Senate Democrats Add To Majority: Caucus Now 54 Plus One

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 2:33 pm

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., receives a kiss from his grandson Wednesday in Great Falls, Mont. Tester won re-election in a tight contest with Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg.
Michael Albans AP

A very good general election for Democrats got even better on Wednesday when they retained U.S. Senate seats in Montana and North Dakota, both of which had looked ripe for Republicans throughout much of the campaign.

Victories by Sen. Jon Tester of Montana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, in contests so close that concessions from the losing Republican candidates didn't occur until Wednesday, helped Senate Democrats reach 54 seats in the next Congress. That was a net increase of one seat from their current majority.

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1:23pm

Wed November 7, 2012
It's All Politics

After Romney's Loss, Mormons Lament What Might Have Been

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 7:43 am

Mormons line up outside the historic Salt Lake Temple for an annual conference in April 2010.
George Frey Getty Images

Poor Chris Stewart. The former Air Force pilot had just won a landslide victory in his first bid for Congress in Utah, but the crowd of Republicans listening to his acceptance speech at a Salt Lake City hotel kept pointing to the massive television screen behind him.

"Do you want me to stop?" Stewart asked. "You would rather listen to Gov. Romney than to me, wouldn't you?"

Some in the crowd shouted "Yes!" and the sound of Romney's concession speech filled the room.

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1:14pm

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

No on S decision may make Berkeley a national leader against sit/lie laws

The No on S campaign waged a mostly volunteer-based grassroots campaign throughout Berkeley.
Kyung-Jin Lee

Of the city measures on the ballot yesterday, Berkeley’s Measure S was a nail biter. With only a handful of precincts reporting in, homeless advocates waited anxiously as the initiative held a small but persistent lead.

After midnight, things shifted quickly. The No on S votes gained ground, and by 12:30am, they had a 400 vote lead. Several minutes later, the small crowd exploded in celebration.

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1:11pm

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

Chinese-American Supervisors stand for all of San Francisco

Supervisor Eric Mar won re-election last night for San Francisco's District 1
Under CC license from Flickr user Confetti

The race for supervisor in San Francisco’s District 1, which includes the Richmond district, was a hotly contested one, pitting two Chinese-American candidates with different support bases against each other. Eric Mar, the progressive incumbent, defeated a challenge from David Lee, whose campaign was marked by massive third party spending and was widely seen to be the candidate of downtown business and landlord interests.

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12:55pm

Wed November 7, 2012
It's All Politics

How Obama Took The Battleground States

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 1:16 pm

Obama supporters react as President Barack Obama was declared the winner Tuesday, during the Nevada State Democratic Party gathering at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
John Gurzinski AP

The much-hyped battle for the battleground states turned into more of a rout on Election Day, as President Obama swept through eight key states and looked on course to capture Florida.

Swing states — Ohio, Virginia, Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nevada, Colorado, New Hampshire — viewed as tossups a day before the voting fell without much fight into the blue column. Only North Carolina went for Romney.

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12:49pm

Wed November 7, 2012
It's All Politics

Controversial Members Of Congress Come And Go

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 2:02 pm

OUT: California Democratic Rep. Pete Stark arrives at an Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club endorsement meeting in Oakland, Calif., on Sept. 7. He lost his race Tuesday to a fellow Democrat.
Jeff Chiu AP

Is civility about to stage a comeback in Washington? Some of the most controversial members of Congress have lost their seats.

Still, there appears to be little danger that vitriol is about to go out of style. A number of outspoken members are coming back, including at least one who had previously lost his seat.

Also, while there may be a net loss in the number of members who have attracted a great deal of media attention by making testy statements or ending up in ethics investigations, some who have been more moderate in temperament won't be coming back, either.

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12:33pm

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

Newcomer Eric Swalwell unseats incumbent Pete Stark

Teenage supporters at an Eric Swalwell election party
Hana Baba

California’s 15th District race featured young newcomer and Democrat Eric Swalwell challenging the 39-year incumbent Democrat Pete Stark. It didn’t look too good for Swalwell ​– and even the Democratic party endorsed his rival – but last night Stark was unseated by his challenger.

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12:14pm

Wed November 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Shake A Leg Or Throw A Fist? Which Will It Be On Capitol Hill?

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 1:44 pm

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky (left) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada during their recent interview with CBS News' 60 Minutes.
CBSNews.com

Shall we dance?

That's the key question for Congress now that another budget crisis is near. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev, today said he's ready to do a little two-stepping with Republicans to twirl away from the edge of the so-called fiscal cliff.

"It's better to dance than to fight," the former amateur boxer told reporters at a press conference. "Everything doesn't have to be a fight."

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12:06pm

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

Young voters less "pissed off" after election

League of Pissed Off Voter member, Amy Scott
Under CC license from Flickr user ekai

President Obama is said to have won thanks to the support of his base, which includes young people. The San Francisco offshoot of the young and progressive/liberal organization calls itself the League of Pissed Off Voters, but last night, members were in a pretty good mood.

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12:04pm

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

San Francisco Republicans respond to election results

Harmeet Dhillon ran against incumbent Mark Leno for his state Senate seat, and also lost last night.
Artjoms Konohovs

There were about a hundred people at the official San Francisco Republican Party election night event. Most of the men were dressed in suits and many women were wearing red cocktail dresses. But the party didn't last for long. In fact, many attendees were surprised by how quickly the presidential race was decided.

“Personally, I kind of predicted... I thought he'd win for a while,” said Republican John Dennis, who lost his race against House minority leader Nancy Pelosi. He wasn't too surprised by either loss, his or Romney's.

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