Archive for November 5th, 2008

California Voters Join Other States – Pass Ban on Gay Marriage

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

LOS ANGELES — California voters have approved a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage that overturns the state Supreme Court decision that gave gay couples the right to wed just months ago.

The passage of Proposition 8 represents a crushing political defeat for gay rights activists. They had hoped public opinion on the contentious issue had shifted enough to help them defeat the measure.

It also represents a personal loss for the thousands of couples from California and others states who got married in the brief window when they could. Legal experts have said it will have to be resolved in court whether their unions still are valid.

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Why Did You Vote For Obama?

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

OK, what I’d like to do here is open this post up to those who voted for Obama. I’d like for you to tell us why you voted for him. You may do so anonymously if you want.
I want the people who voted for McCain to refrain from offering rebuttals. If a comment requires clarification, I’ll post a follow-up question. Please do not comment on this post if you voted for McCain.
So with all that said, please take a moment to tell us what prompted you to vote for Obama.

Exit poll: 78% of Jews voted for Obama

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

I sure wish I could understand this one. Obama has already expressed his desire to have a divided Jerusalem and all territory recovered by Israel in 1967 given to the Pali terrorist.
With that knowledge, why did American Jews vote for this guy?

A preliminary exit poll has shown that US president-elect Barack Obama received 78 percent of the Jewish vote in Tuesday’s presidential election, whilst his rival Republican John McCain received 21 percent.

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The MSNBC poll put Jews at 2 percent of the poll sample.

In 2004, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry won 74 percent of the Jewish vote, and in 2000 Al Gore received 79 percent of the Jewish vote.

The numbers amongst Christians in Tuesday’s election were far closer, with 45 percent of Protestants and other Christians and 54% of Catholics voting for Obama. Together, they made up 81 percent of the poll sample.

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Major Victories for Traditional Marriage

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

WASHINGTON – Pro-family forces scored major victories in at least three states last night with passages of marriage amendments and a ban against homosexual adoption. California’s Proposition 8 to protect traditional marriage is still too close to call.

Amendments to ban gay marriage were approved in Arizona and Florida. And homosexual forces also suffered defeat in Arkansas, where voters approved a measure banning unmarried couples from serving as adoptive or foster parents. Supporters made clear that gays and lesbians were their main target.

It was not a good night for the pro-life movement in Colorado, South Dakota, and Washington state.

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Democrats Rule Senate – But Not with Super Majority

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Democrats fell short of securing a 60-vote majority in the Senate to effectively defeat attempts to block legislation.

They currently hold a 51-49 Senate majority, including two Democrat-leaning independents, but they quickly picked up several Republican seats.

Twelve Democrat and 23 Republican seats were up for election this year, and Democrats have successfully taken at least five of the coveted nine votes from the GOP.

Democrats taking Republican-held seats

Virginia Democrat Mark Warner secured a Senate seat long held by the GOP, replacing retiring Republican Sen. John Warner. In New Hampshire, Democrat Jeanne Shaheen defeated Republican incumbent John Sununu. North Carolina’s Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole lost her seat to Democrat Kay Hagan. Democrat Tom Udall took New Mexico, while Democrat Mark Udall will replace retiring Republican Wayne Allard of Colorado. Democrat Jeff Merkley defeated incumbent Republican Gordon H. Smith of Oregon.

Returning Democrats

Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden won another six-year term representing Delaware. Democratic Sen. John Kerry kept his Massachusetts seat, as did Democrat Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J.; Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark.; Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.; Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa; Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I.; Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.; Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D. and Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., also won new terms in the Senate.

Returning Republicans

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine; Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.; Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.; Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.; Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.; Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.; Sen. Michael Enzi, R-Wyo.; Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.; Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., kept their Senate seats. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., won the seat of retiring Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, while Idaho Republican Jim Risch has beaten Democrat rival Larry LaRocco to replace Republican Larry Craig in the Senate.

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America Proclaims: Obama is ‘The One’

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Before an enthusiastic and sometimes weeping crowd of thousands at Grant Park in Chicago, Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech as the newly elected 44th president of the United States

“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible,” Obama said, “tonight is your answer.”

Democratic Sen. Barack Obama captured key electoral votes in states won by President Bush in 2004, fueling his decisive victory.

The former Republican “red” states of Ohio, New Mexico, Iowa, Colorado, Virginia, Nevada and Florida were colored blue on electoral maps, signifying projected Democratic victories.

Added to the many East and West Coast states that also voted Democrat in 2004 and maintained their “blue” status this year, Obama was projected to win far more than the 270 electoral votes needed to become the next president of the United States.

In his acceptance speech, Obama talked about people waiting to vote, standing in long lines that wound around churches and schools and told the story of a 106-year-old Atlanta voter who had seen a century of change in her lifetime.

“Tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment,” Obama said, “change has come to America.”

Obama praised McCain for his bravery and service to the country, thanked his supporters and political machine and told his daughters, “You have earned the new puppy that is coming with us to the White House.”

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