Coming up on Sunday Kos:
"Golden results in the Golden State: Democrats dominate California" by Dante Atkins
"The colossal failure of National Organization for Marriage" by Scott Wooledge
"Grand or otherwise, there's no bargaining with these Republicans" by Laurence Lewis
"Mythbusting the 2012 Elections: Why So Much Obama-Romney CW Is Absurdly Wrong" by Steve Singiser
"Conservative Exceptionalism" by Mark Sumner
"Book review: Bill Fletcher, Jr.'s 'They're Bankrupting Us! And 20 Other Myths about Unions'" by Laura Clawson
"Puerto Rico: Status and Statehood" by Armando
"From Sandy to the debates, what the media still gets wrong about the election" by Greg Dworkin
- George Bush files to run for office in Texas: George P. Bush, that is, the nephew of George W. and son of John Ellis "Jeb" Bush. The 36-year-old George P. didn't specify what office he will be seeking in the filing of a campaign treasurer appointment that is required under Texas law for anyone planning to be a candidate.
- Jewelry store owner explains his mourning of Obama's reelection: R.T. Lyons, the Bedford, Virginia, jewelry store owner who closed his doors Wednesday to "mourn" the results of Tuesday's election was back behind the counter on Thursday, a little surprised at all the attention his closing had received. His reasoning:
Lyons said he was experiencing feelings of grief. He believes Barack Obama's second term will bring an end to capitalism in the United States and ultimately hurt his business.
"He has every right to get his agenda done now," Lyons said. "He's been put in by the people and that's what he should do."
Lyons said he believes the President is trying to undermine the principals of free enterprise that were established by America's founding fathers. He worries that Obama will raise taxes on the wealthy people who patronize his jewelry store.
- Candidate says he understands, but ya gotta wonder: In Walton, Kentucky, city council candidate Robert McDonald may be headed for couples counseling:
Each candidate captured 669 votes, but one ballot McDonald is sure would have gone his way was never cast. His wife, Katie, who works nights as a patient care assistant at Christ Hospital and is finishing nurse's training at Gateway Community and Technical College, didn't make it to the polls yesterday.
"If she had just been able to get in to vote, we wouldn't be going through any of this," McDonald said. "You never think it will come down to one vote, but I'm here to tell you that it does."
- That's gotta smart: George W. Bush got more of the Mormon vote than Mitt Romney did. Bush in 2004: 80 percent; Romney in 2012: 78 percent.
- Check out CSpan's Twitter list of new senators and representatives
- 4,000 Georgians write in Charles Darwin against unopposed creationist candidate: You might remember tea partier Rep. Paul Broun, the know-nothing wackjob that represents Georgia's 10th congressional district, which includes Athens, home of the University of Georgia, where science is actually taught. The candidate, who had no Democratic foe on the ballot, was videotaped in September saying evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are "lies straight from the pit of hell." The 4,000 write-ins were not enough to put Darwin ahead, however. Broun got more than 209,000 votes.
- Twisted shrieker Michele Malkin calls Obama "jihadi-coddling."
- Ashley Judd leaves open possible candidacy against McConnell:
Actress Ashley Judd, said to be mulling a Democratic campaign against Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican who is minority leader of the U.S. Senate, refused to rule out a run against him in 2014 in a one-sentence statement to The Courier-Journal
“I cherish Kentucky, heart and soul, and while I’m very honored by the consideration, we have just finished an election, so let’s focus on coming together to keep moving America’s families, and especially our kids, forward,” Judd said in a statement released by her publicist.
- Republicans "testing" for voter fraud wind up in custody for voter fraud:
In Nevada, 56-year-old Roxanne Rubin, a Republican, was arrested on Nov. 2 for allegedly trying to vote twice, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. The newspaper quoted a report by an investigator with the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office that said Rubin “was unhappy with the process; specifically in that her identification was not checked.”
Rubin allegedly voted at one polling location in Henderson, Nev. on Oct. 29 and then went to another voting location in Las Vegas to try to vote again. Poll workers told her records indicated she had already voted, but Rubin allegedly told them she hadn’t. A poll worker reportedly overheard Rubin tell another man that she had “signed my name differently, and they did not ask for ID.” She was arrested at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and charged with a category “D” felony.
On Tuesday in New Mexico, a Republican poll watcher was taken into police custody after also apparently trying to test the system.
- Bill McKibben files first on-the-road report from the Do the Math Tour: McKibben, founder of the 350.org climate change advocacy organization, is on a 20-city nationwide bus trip to spread the word and spur citizen actions designed to get government actions on meeting the challenges of climate change. He spoke to large crowds in Seattle Wednesday and Portland Thursday. He will be in Berkeley tonight, San Francisco and Palo Alto on Saturday, and Los Angeles on Sunday before flying to the other Portland and heading down the eastern seaboard, then turning inland and finishing up in Salt Lake City Dec. 3.
- Openly Gay Democrat selected as speaker of Colorado House: Mark Ferrandino of Denver was chosen as the speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives by fellow state legislators on Thursday. He is the first openly LGBT person to hold the speaker's gavel.
Ferrandino's election comes six months after the former Speaker, Republican Frank McNulty, staged a dramatic shutdown of the state House in order to kill a bipartisan civil unions bill sponsored by Ferrandino and out state Sen. Pat Steadman. With Ferrandino as Speaker, Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, and a governor who has been an outspoken advocate for civil unions, the twice-failed legislation is nearly certain to pass in the upcoming legislative session.
- New machine translator speaks Chinese in your voice:
Microsoft Research has demonstrated not only how to convert spoken English into Mandarin with just a few seconds' delay—but also how to output that Mandarin speech in the vocal style of the original speaker. The technology was demonstrated by Microsoft's research chief Rick Rasid in Tjianjin, China, on 25 October—but the news has taken a while to trickle out.
- Republicans continued with The Crazy, so the Kagro in the Morning show had to keep covering it. Greg Dworkin joined us with exit polling analysis, and pointed us to Mary Matalin's over-the-top whinefest on CNN. Armando also chimed in to discuss post-election reactions, and a little bit about the future of Daily Kos Radio. We wrapped up with more unhinged "conservative" reaction, how gerrymandering left the Republicans with a rump majority in the House, and how filibuster reform in the Senate can help us deal with it.
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