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Tuesday, November 7, 2006
Mostly as Expected
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 10:05 pm

At this point the the night is going pretty much as expected: the Democrats will win the House, with the question being exactly how many seats they will win and the Senate appears to be headed for a narrow margin that looks still likely to go Republican.

The two stories that currently are actually dramatic are the possible recount in Virginia, if the night ends on a very narrow margin and the fact that Steele has not yet been willing to concede Maryland.

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Battle Brewing in VA?
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 9:39 pm

Michael Barone just reported on Fox News that he believes that it is quite possible that there will be a recount in Virginia-and that it might take 36 days before we know the winner. And, depending on what happens in TN, MO and MT, we may not know who will run the Senate for some time.

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Rhode Island: It’s Whitehouse
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 8:22 pm

Both Fox and CNN are calling RI for Whitehouse.

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By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 8:08 pm

As expected, Joe Lieberman has won in Connecticut.

That sound you hear is Kos’ teeth grinding. Indeed, in checking in with Kos:

The White House celebrates Joe Lieberman’s victory. So do war mongers.Kos

(BTW, the exuberance in the post title is not a celebration of Lieberman, per se, but rather my amusement at being able to use the word “Joementum”-for those with short memories: Lieberman says he’s got the ‘Joementum’ - Jan. 26, 2004)

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MSNBC Projects OH
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 7:33 pm

They are calling it for Sherrod.

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Shocker of the Night!
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 7:32 pm

Just foolin’

Fox is calling PA for Casey and NJ for Menendez.

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More Reports from the Field
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 7:28 pm

This one from San Diego.

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Off to TV
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 5:36 pm

I am about to head out to the APTV studios for my 6:30pm slot on For the Record. I will be back and will be live blogging election returns until I have to go back to the studio for the 11:00pm slot.

Feel free to leave any comments about the show here.

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First Up: Kentucky and Indiana
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 5:27 pm

Kentucky and Indiana are the first up in terms of poll results.

One can view the Kentucky results here:

and Indiana here: Indiana Secretary of State

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Election Day: A Report from the Field
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 3:42 pm

I went to vote at around 2:15pm central time and found my local polling place to busy, although not crowded. Of course, since Montgomery County adopted the optical scan ballots (starting this year at the primaries) the notion of serious lines has gone out the door. Since basically as many people can be simultaneously voting as there are places to sit in the room (in this case, a lunchroom) it means that it would take a swarm for there to be any waiting. That contrasts with the 2004 presidential elections when the county still used voting machines and there were only six or eight of them, and so there was much waiting.

The optical scan ballot boxes count the number of ballots and the machine I used had 416 ballots and the other had 400ish as well. So assuming that I saw the numbers correctly, that means by mid afternoon that over 800 folks had voted in the precinct. I cannot find a solid number of voters in the precinct, but based on the number of precincts in the county and the number of residents, I would estimate that there are 2000ish voters in the precinct. As such, that would indicate healthy turnout in my neck of the woods for a mid-term election.

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Mid-Day Election Funnies
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 12:12 pm

Dave’s Long Box brings you the answers to that age-old question: WHOSE SIDE IS YOUR FAVORITE SUPERHERO ON?

Great stuff if you are a comic geek and a political geek at the same time.

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Even More Amendment 2
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 11:55 am

John H. at Pros and Cons weighs in on the subject in an on-target post that is worth a read.

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FTR FYI (PoliBlogTV edition)
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 10:31 am

For those who might be interested, I will be on Alabama Public TV’s For The Record tonight at 6:30 and 11:00 (both live).

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More on Alabama Amendment 2
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 9:58 am

Scott G and Honza P from Pros and Cons both take issue with my views on Amendment 2 on today’s Alabama ballot (which I discuss here). Both raise legitimate issues: Scott notes that while Amendment 2 doesn’t require a tax increase (because counties could decrease sales taxes), it probably will be a tax increase and Honza argues that since the voting only affects some voters, but not all, it is problematic for a voter in an unaffected country to vote at all.

In regards to Honza’s objection, I take the point. But as I said in a comment at Pros and Cons, to paraphrase Rumsfeld: you engage in politics with the Constitution you have, not the Constitution you would like to have. These are the conditions under which we currently operate. I would love to replace the 1901 Constitution and make these issues all about home rule. Indeed, there was an attempt by Montgomery County to address this issue itself, but the State Legislature blocked it (long story). So, the issue at the moment is the validity of the amendment, not the process itself, which is a debate for another day.

In regards to Scott’s objection, he is correct. However, I would note that most that any given country will have taxes go up a maximum of $30 per 100,000 valuation of a house per year.

Here’s the current millage list for the school systems in question:

Source: here.

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Irrational Woman linked with County-by-county results
Pros and Cons » More Amendment Two linked with [...] “10 mils is nothing.” Well, according to Steven (and I believe him), the maximum increase for any given school district (note: not county, school district — remember, Amendment 2 applies to city and county schools systems. Steven only lists out the counties.) is about $30 per $100,000 worth of property tax. O.k., let’s say I come around to your house once a year and demand $30. I’m simply demanding you give me $30 for the year. Would you give it to me? You would probably meet me at the door with the firearm of your choice. Why? Because you don’t like being forced to give your money away for something you didn’t decide to spend the money on. Ten mils is nothing. Principles, especially in politics, are everything. That’s why the Republicans are going to take such a bath today. [...]
Today’s Electoral Schedule
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 9:32 am

John Fund at the WSJ has a the schedule for when the polls close across the country and commentary on the relevant races.

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