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So what is Senator Mary Landrieu’s excuse?  From TPM:

Though she’s not ready to support the public option in the Senate bill, Landrieu says that, thanks to moderates, it’s much improved.

“The public option, because of the moderates, and because of what I’ve been helping to do and other moderates, has been shaped, in our view, 100 percent better than when it started out,” she said, adding,”it’s already shaped to be a public option that is supported by premiums,” before being whisked away into a vote.

Senator.  From the beginning, all of the public option proposals have been designed to be supported by premiums.  Premiums from healthy portions of the population, which if priced and managed right will exceed the money paid out for those people.  That’s why the CBO has projected that the public option would actually reduce the burden created by the reform in its entirety, saving in excess of a hundred billion dollars.  Where have you been?

Breckenridge, Colorado – they legalized marijuana and paraphernalia yesterday.

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As reported below, Maine defeated equality yesterday.  And in the process the Catholic Church lost yet one more member.

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Michael Steele is crowing about the wins in NJ and Virginia, and downplaying the significance of the loss in NY 23.  He wants credit for the wins.

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Did Corzine lose as a result of his negative campaigning?  Josh Marshal says the assertion confuses cause and effect and suggests that his negative campaigning was the result of his bad governing.

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My final thought about the Marks/Ash/Penn race.  I’ve had a few heated discussions about whether Marks was a progressive candidate, with multiple claims that the truly progressive candidates were Ash and Penn.  Setting my arguments aside, I just want to note that in looking at the numbers in the 11 of 13 precincts which have been counted, Ash and Penn combined had the votes to defeat Marks.  With the dubious exception of last year’s Second District Supervisor election (again, depending on your definitions) I have yet to see a local election in which the “conservative” vote is split.  Just saying.

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Bruce Anderson won’t have to sue the Mendocino County Elections Department (nor Diebold) for messing up the ballot for Leggett Valley School Board.  He got the message out and came in first.

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Also through the above link, Mendocino County overwhelmingly rejected big box exemption from environmental review and local planning.  Don’t know what the proponents were thinking.

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Despite Fox News’ hyping the race as a potential upset, John Garamendi won Ellen Tauscher’s East Bay Congressional seat relatively easily.  Basically, last night the Democrats gained two new House votes for health care reform.

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Addendum: Markos of Kos delivers what he sees as the lessons of the Virginia/NJ losses.  GOP turnout in Virginia was at 2008 levels.  The progressive turnout was down.

Tonight proved conclusively that we’re not going to turn out just because you have a (D) next to your name, or because Obama tells us to. We’ll turn out if we feel it’s worth our time and effort to vote, and we’ll work hard to make sure others turn out if you inspire us with bold and decisive action.

The choice is yours. Give us a reason to vote for you, or we sit home. And you aren’t going to make up the margins with conservative voters. They already know exactly who they’re voting for, and it ain’t you.

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