Mojo - November 2006

MoveOn.org Offering $250,000 for Evidence of Felony-Level Fraud

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 9:32 PM EST

Still smarting from the Democrat's curtsy to Katherine Harris' shenanigans in 2000 and short blip of protest registered over Ohio's tragically long lines in 2004, Moveon.org wants to make sure that any election fraud doesn't get swept under the rug in the name of post-election decorum.

MoveOn.org is putting its money where its mouth is so that any fraud stays in the light. In fact, they are offering a $250,000 dollar reward "for new material evidence leading to a felony conviction for an organized effort of partisan voter suppression or electronic voting fraud."

Lets hope that a quarter mil is enough the get those whistles blowing on the NRCC Robocalls.

-- Koshlan Mayer-Blackwell


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Rhode Island Senate Race Goes to Democrat

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 9:31 PM EST

According to CNN, Lincoln Chafee just lost in Rhode Island. That's three pick up seats for the Democrats for those keeping score...

GOP Strategy in Maryland: Pretend You're a Dem

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 9:28 PM EST

Now this is truly bizarre. In Maryland, where I spent most of the day reporting on technical snafus with the state's electronic voting system, the GOP was handing out campaign literature that listed Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich, who's running for reelection, and Lt. Governor Michael Steele, who's running against Ben Cardin for an open Senate seat, as Democrats. "The intent could not be clearer: to confuse those looking to vote a straight Democratic ticket," the Washington Monthly reports. It gets stranger from here:

I talked to the man who handed me the pamphlet. A thirty-something African-American who wouldn't give his name, he told me that, starting last Friday, some people had come to the Philadelphia homeless shelter where he said he volunteers, and had begun to recruit residents. Eventually, he said that 300 people filled five buses. He said he was paid $100 for the day's work.

And this just in from the AP:

Governor Ehrlich's campaign is acknowledging that it paid for fliers handed out on Election Day, suggesting Ehrlich and Michael Steele are Democrats.

I guess desperate times call for desperate measures.

UPDATE: As Clara notes below, it looks like Steele's Senate bid was unsuccessful.

CBS Calls Maryland Senate Race for Democrat

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 9:18 PM EST

The ghost of Dan Rather lives on, as CBS is boldly calling races that no one else dares call. But they've got a precinct by precinct tally, check it out here.

Surprise: Another Democrat from Minnesota

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 9:06 PM EST

Here's to daughters of (locally) famous men: Amy Klobuchar, whose last name every Minnesotan associates with the late, and beautifully crotchety, column her father, Jim, used to pen for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, seems headed to be the junior senator from Minnesota. Klobuchar paid her own dues, working her way up through the Hennepin County District Attorney's office. Democrats on Capitol Hill can use someone with prosecutorial expertise...

Hostettler's Out in Indiana

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 9:03 PM EST

Roll Call reports that John Hostettler, the Indiana Republican, has been unseated by Brad Ellsworth, a county sheriff. A handful of other Republican incumbents in Indiana could share Hostettler's fate, among them Mike Sodrel, Anne Northrup, and Chris Chocola. Stay tuned.

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Massachusetts Elects its First Black Governor

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 8:47 PM EST

Deval Patrick, a former Clinton administration official, has just been declared the winner of Massachusetts' widely watched gubernatorial race, becoming the first black governor in the state's history. Judging from the poll figures, he gave his opponent, Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, a drubbing too.

Bye, Bye Katherine Harris

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 8:45 PM EST

The Republicans that Democrats love to hate are continuing to fall. CBS reports that Bill Nelson has taken the Florida senate race, meaning Katherine Harris is out. Harris has sunk her personal wealth into the race and may face a criminal investigation on bribery/corruption allegations. Difficult days ahead...

Bye, Bye Mike DeWine

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 8:39 PM EST

CBS names Sherrod Brown the winner of the Ohio senate race. Not a particularly close one in recently weeks, because Mike DeWine was a firm member of the culture of corruption that plagued the Republican Party. A reborn and more voter-friendly GOP has to get rid of members like DeWine.

Values Voters, Again?

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 8:34 PM EST

Earlier today, I reported that gay marriage was not likely to succeed as a conservative vote-getter this election cycle. The issue is not whether conservatives support gay marriage, but rather whether anti-gay measures bring conservatives to the polls who might otherwise have stayed home. CNN's early exit poll results indicate that six in ten voters say values issues like abortion and gay marriage influenced their choices.

But the question is too broad to suggest that gay marriage got conservatives into the polling booth--it does not specify, for instance, whether the voters support or oppose "values" legislation. CNN's results—which are currently only available for two states, Virginia and Tennessee, where anti-gay marriage amendments are on the ballot—also show that the single strongest predictor of a vote against gay marriage is strong approval of how George W. Bush is handling his job. Read: extreme Republican partisanship of the sort that would lead someone to vote with or without the proposed constitutional amendment.

Both amendments are likely to pass. But amendments in Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota and Wisconsin face uncertain outcomes and promise to tell us more about the status of gay marriage in 2006.