DFA Daily — November 6th

Headlines from November 6:

McAuliffe Prevails in Virginia, De Blasio, Christie Win — Bloomberg

And Christie’s win has reignited speculation about his presidential ambitions.

Illinois Lawmakers Pass Same-Sex Marriage Bill — NBC News

Illinois is the 15th state to do so.

Mike Duggan Projected to Win Detroit Mayoral Election — Michigan Live

Duggan's history of turning around struggling organizations appealed to voters. 

Landslide for New York Liberal Bill de Blasio — Politico

De Blasio is the first Democrat to win since the 1980s. He says he’ll end stop-and-frisk.

Landslide Victory for Legal Marijuana in Portland, Maine, 3 Michigan Cities — Seattle Post Intelligencer

Proponents of the measures hope to spur statewide action on the issue.

NJ Voters Approve Constitutional Amendment Raising the Minimum Wage — The Star-Ledger

The amendment also tied future increases to inflation.

Washington State Voters Reject Labeling of GMO Foods— USA Today

The initiative would have made Washington the first in the country to require such labeling.

Alabama Election Results: Bradley Byrne Wins Runoff For Congressional Seat — Huffington Post

In an election that seemed to mirror national fissures in the Republican Party, the Tea Party candidate lost.

Two solid summaries of what happened on Election Day:
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DFA Daily — November 4th

Top headlines today:

Contraception Case Adds Fuel to Senate’s ‘Nuclear Option’ Debate — Roll Call

Friday’s ruling proved just how big an influence judicial nominees can have on public policy.

NSA Chief Likely to Be Stripped of Cyber War Powers — The Hill

The decision would reflect growing concern over NSA chief’s powers and lack of oversight.

Texas’ Restrictive Voter ID Law Stops a Former US House Speaker from Getting a Voter ID Card — Huffington Post

The most recent high-profile figure to be delayed at TX polls shows that widespread voter disenfranchisement in the state is not limited to women.

Top DFA Clips:

From Governor to School Board, Lots of Seats on the Ballot — The Gazette-Virginian

Virginia Chapter of the National Organization of Women (Virginia NOW), Virginia AFL-CIO, Democracy for America and the Virginia Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers Union have endorsed [Jasper Hendricks].

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What We're Watching This Week: Nov. 1

Voting rights: What Were YOU Doing in Sixth Grade? Because This Girl is Demanding a Meeting With the Governor 

Negotiating with Republicans: This is Why We Should Have Stood Strong on Single-Payer, and Then the Public Option, and Then...

Healthcare: Republicans Weren't Expecting This When They Brought Secretary Sebilius to the Hill

Food stamps: Food charity in America cannot fill the gap when food stamps are cut: Chris Hayes explains.

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Lets Keep Annise

Houston has a mayor it can be proud of in Annise Parker who has held office for two terms, and has the record to earn herself a third. Under her watch, the city has become a leader in job-producing through initiatives like Hire Houston First and the phone app Tweet My Jobs Houston, connecting employers with local residents. She has revolutionized the Houston police department, implementing new and innovative plans that have seriously lowered the crime rates in the city. Over her career, she has proven herself to be a decisive responsible leader for the city. Unlike Hall, she has the experience and record to back her up. That’s why we’re endorsing Annise Parker for re-election.

Under her leadership, Houston has become a truly modern, remarkable city over the past few years, earning its place among the best places to live, work, and raise a family.  

Don’t fix what’s not broken, Houston.  Help Re-elect Annise Parker for Mayor!

Her opponent, candidate Ben Hall does not have a leg to stand on in this election, yet he continues his relentless mud slinging, proving to voters that he is not the right person for the job. His issue positions are very unclear, and he has little to offer in terms of a plan for leading the city. He even cancelled 15 minutes before a meeting with the cities newspaper The Houston Chronicle who wanted to do a routine candidate screening before they made their endorsements. Hall has instead focused much of his campaign on attacking his opponents. Why is he running for office if he’s just going to hide from voters?

Lets keep the city of Houston on the right course, vote for Annise Parker in November!

P.S. Help keep a great progressive mayor.

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