On August 26, 1920, women were at last granted the right to vote. Today is Women’s Equality Day. The picture below is from 1918. In a time when voting rights are under constant attack, I hope we show the same courage as those who fought for our rights so many years ago. Irin Carmon at MSNBC’s site has an interesting round-up from those days, predicting the evils that would befall if women were allowed to vote.
In fact, I’m not particularly worried by this election. I am sorry to lose Betsy Markey. I am happy we’re keeping Michael Bennet. Some other good things happened in Colorado as well: all three tax-busting amendments were defeated, and the profoundly misguided “fetus personhood” amendment was defeated. Still, even here conservatives made a lot of gains, and in other parts of the country they made even more. But I am not worried. The demographic tide is with the progressive vision. The religious right, the old white regressives, they are dying off one by one, and a new multi-racial, multi-cultural generation …Continue reading →
We already voted by mail, so I’m spending the morning working on my NaNoWriMo count. But if you haven’t voted yet, please get out and vote today! Dan Froomkin at the Huffington Post has a bunch of useful information for voters. Voters who encounter any problems of any kind today are urged to call 1-866-OUR VOTE, or post a complaint online, or tweet with questions or concerns. Some 2,000 legal volunteers are on hand to resolve issues, and a live tally of incoming calls can be seen at the OurVoteLive.org website. Aren’t sure where to vote? The Voting Information Project …Continue reading →
Talking Points Memo has a slideshow of polling trendlines in a bunch of hot Senate and Governor’s Races. In spite of the Dems getting a little momentum recently, things still look pretty bad overall. I’m trying to stay upbeat (and yes, I’ve voted myself), but have to admit I’m pretty worried at this point about how bad it’s going to go on Election Day. If you know an Obama voter who is not turning out this year, please encourage them to vote! A lot of these races are only a few percentage points apart, and turnout will be key. Edit …Continue reading →
Senator Michael Bennet speaks to campaign volunteers, encouraging everyone to step up their efforts to get out the vote. And he’s right: we don’t want to get up on Nov. 3 and find that Ken Buck with his extremist views on women’s rights is now our Senator.