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Good heavens. I only even noticed this one because, frankly, I'm a pig.

To explain: I kept receiving emails from the Sinema campaign and kept wondering who the hot blonde I'd never heard of before was in the banner graphic. Throughout the campaign I never got around to checking into it, but having just received a "where things stand" email, I figured I should find out who the heck she was.

Turns out this is Democratic State Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who, according to Kossack Stephen Schmitz, is also a friend & former roommate of Gabby Giffords...and is also openly bisexual.

As a "bonus", she also is evidently nontheistic (not entirely sure what the distinction is between a nontheist and an atheist).

Here's the kicker: SHE'S WINNING.

As of this writing, CNN has Sinema at 76,967 votes to her opponent, Republican Vernon Parker's 74,866 votes, with 100% reported.

That's a 2,100 vote lead.

If it holds, she'd become the first openly bisexual member of Congress, as well as (I believe) the first openly nontheist (atheist?) member.

That seems huge to me, and good for her.

Originally posted to Brainwrap on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 11:54 AM PST.

Also republished by Phoenix Kossacks.

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  •  Kyrsten is my long-time legislative Rep. and a (15+ / 0-)

    friend. For those of you who think Maricopa Co. only elects wackos like Joe Arpaio, our little downtown district has consistently sent only Dems to the legislature, and now we've put Kyrsten in Congress!

    Still work to do in crazy AZ: Arpaio was re-elected against a good opponent, and while voters elsewhere rejected crazy and corporatist Republican Senate candidates in Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts, Arizona replaced corporatist, lobbyist, anti-woman, professional politician Jon Kyl with corporatist, lobbyist, anti-woman, professional politician Jeff Flake—rejecting Richard Carmona, a decorated Vietnam hero and former Surgeon General.

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 12:06:31 PM PST

  •  Rep. Pete Stark (CA) (5+ / 0-)

    He's also an atheist.

  •  Encouraging, but still 175k votes to be counted (6+ / 0-)

    Maricopa county still has around 175k ballots to be processed. Those are provisional ballots and "early" mail-in ballots that weren't so early- they were dropped off at polling locations Tuesday.  Pima county (Tucson) has around 80k votes to be processed.

    I think early mail-in voting is great, procrastination not so much. Folks who drop off the mail-in ballots at polling places on election day really slow the process - they have to be taken to the county recorder's office for the signature to be verified, and then they're fed into machines to be counted. I return mine within a few days of receiving it.

    CD1 (Kirkpatrick), CD2 (Barber) and CD9 likely won't have final tallies until late this week.

    David Koch, a teacher and a Tea Partier sit down a table with a plate of a dozen cookies. Koch quickly stuffs 11 cookies in his pockets, leans to the bagger and says "watch out, the union thug will try to steal your cookie".

    by Dave in AZ on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 12:14:21 PM PST

  •  Best guess -- (6+ / 0-)

    -- a nontheist is someone who does not believe in any deity, rather than someone who affirms that there is no deity.

    I suspect it ought to be hyphenated ("non-theist").

    •  I thought the term for that was "agnostic" (0+ / 0-)

      Someone who isn't sure whether or not there's a deity?

      •  There's a subtle distinction (1+ / 0-)
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        Odysseus

        ... possibly too subtle to constitute a real difference.

        Here's how I would define the terms:

        An agnostic considers the question of whether there might be one or more deities, and reaches the conclusion of either "I don't know" or "the answer is inherently unknowable."

        An atheist considers the question of whether there might be one or more deities, and reaches the conclusion of "Nope!"

        A theist considers the question of whether there might be one or more deities, and reaches the conclusion of "Yup!"

        A nontheist is someone who has not reached that conclusion of "Yup!", and may or may not have ever considered the question in the first place.  One could argue that both "atheist" and "agnostic" are subcategories of "nontheist", although one can be a nontheist without being either of those, simply by not having a position on the subject.

        ... obviously, I don't know whether or not Kyrsten Sinema holds this definition of the term.

        •  Or it could be (0+ / 0-)

          that "agnostic" is often defined in terms of "doubt" or "unsureness": I doubt there's a god; I'm unsure of it.

          Myself, I just. don't. care.  I regard the matter as unknowable, except that all of the gods proposed so far make no sense to me.

          So I like "nontheist" better than "agnostic."

          But whether this is what is meant with regard to Rep. Sinema . . . no clue. :-)

  •  I'm a pig too, and this is great news. (1+ / 0-)
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    chicating

    On like five different levels.

    "They fear this man. They know he will see farther than they, and he will bind them with ancient logics." -The stoner guy in The Cabin in the Woods

    by Troubadour on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 01:04:32 PM PST

  •  Big issue with provisional ballots in AZ (2+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, tytalus

    Somewhere in the neighborhood of 20-25% of people who showed up to vote in AZ had to vote provisional for a variety of reasons: not on rolls, marked as 'early ballot' voters, etc.

    That's why so many races are still not decided. I expect these to be in Dems favor.  That Flake-Carmona race will tighten up as I think will Arpaio-Penzone, but not sure how much.    Barber should when

    Other thing about Sinema. She needs to send a cake to the Libertarian candidate who got like 6% of the vote.

  •  It's a catch-all term. (0+ / 0-)

    "Non theist" is meant to be a catch-all term for any sort of lack of theism.  Regardless of whether the person calls themselves antitheist, atheist or agnostic, the point is that what they are NOT, is a believer in gods.

    It's not so much a separate category as it is a generic term to use when you're not trying to narrow it down any further than that.  (Like choosing to say "vehicle" instead of specifying if you meant car, bus, train, or motorcycle.)

    There are some atheists, myself included, who would say that nontheist is in reality is just a synonym for atheism, since the notion that atheists have positive belief there isn't a god isn't actually a mandatory part of the definition of "atheist" in the first place.  But the word nontheist is used for cases when the person might not agree with that and would take offense at being called "atheist" no matter how accurate the term might be.

    And this isn't the first nontheist in the House.  That was Pete Stark of California ().  This is, however, the first bisexual nontheist in the House.

    () - Technically it would be more accurate to say Pete Stark was the first openly nontheist in the House.  There may have been others before him but if so they kept it a secret and he was the first to admit it.  Just like I strongly suspect Sinema isn't the first bisexual in the House - just the first be out of the closet about it and still get elected.

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