Well, there is still one major race that still hasn't been determined (see below*), but otherwise here is the basic results of the 2010 Mid-term elections.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:
Come January 2011, the new balance will be
011 Independent/Third Party Candidates
This deeply saddens The Free Choice E-zine because one of the first things a Republican spokesman said the new House would try to accomplish is the repeal of the Health Care Reform Act that was passed earlier this year.
Our question: WHY?
There are millions of Americans within the United States that for one reason or another do not have any health care insurance! A situation that the Health Care Reform Act addresses and rectifies within the years to come.
Hopefully by next spring the new Representatives will realize that they are in error on this matter.
Otherwise, come the 2012 elections, most of the 2011 impending electees will be looking for new positions outside public office.
IN THE SENATE:
Come January 2011, the new balance will be:
02 Independents/Third Parties
Or in other words, probably "business as usual" with the two major parties constantly arguing and it being a minor miracle if anything ever gets accomplished.
WHEN ARE THE TWO SIDES GOING TO REMEMBER THAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED THEM INTO OFFICE?
Granted, one side is not as bad about that as the other, but still...
But the increasing number of Independent/Third Party electees should also be noted. There might just come the day when there are enough people within this group to affect the outcome of things within Congress.
*MEANWHILE, IN CONNECTICUT...
As of Friday afternoon as this is posted, there is still no official declaration of a winner in that state's Governor race.
At last report, Democrat Dan Malloy was allegedly ahead of Republican Tom Foley, but the margin varies depending upon the source.
Representatives for Foley have said they question the results and will (legally) challenge any declaration of Malloy as the winner.
How did this come about?
*A few small towns like Chaplin, Connecticut had their regular polling places changed within mere days of the election, causing some confusion as to where to actually go vote.
*Some polling places within Hartford ALMOST ran out of ballots, while Bridgeport, Connecticut DID run out of ballots, causing a frantic rush to be granted permission for xeroxed copies to be used and polling places in that city to be allowed to stay open longer than originally scheduled.
Of course whether the ballots were copied, let alone counted, accurately remains to be seen.
And some people thought Florida's 2000 "Hanging Chad" situation was a mess!
But The Free Choice E-zine DOES have a correspondent within the New England area, and will be reporting upon this more as the situation develops and the facts can be confirmed.