Congratulate the election of enviornmental champs

We did it!

As you know there are tremendous victories to report up and down the ballot.

Time to get right to work to ensure that President-elect Barack Obama and the incoming members of the new Congress tackle the pressing environmental issues facing our state and the nation.

But first, here's an opportunity to congratulate the candidates who won and applaud their commitment to the environment.

Environment America endorsed 29 candidates for Congress and Sen. Barack Obama for president and is excited to announce that, so far, 25 environmental champions were victorious on Election Day, giving us an enormous head start on our agenda for 2009. (The other four races are still too close to call.)

Join us in sending them a note of congratulations for their Election Day victory and to applaud their environmental leadership. on-2008/results?id4=DD

From curbing global warming to repowering America with clean, renewable energy to preserving our threatened wild places, the politicians we elected yesterday will help define the legacy that we leave for our children and future generations of Americans.

Together we've done our part during this historic election. Over the last few months, staff and volunteers have been knocking on doors, making phone calls, sharing e-mails and Web videos and distributing important education materials to tens of thousands of undecided voters about the pressing environmental issues facing the nation -- and the candidates that will tackle those issues. on-2008/results?id4=DD

Thanks to everyone for your support and involvement, and congratulations on helping to deliver an Election Day victory for our environment.

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GA Senate: Martin, Chambliss Appear Headed Towards Run-off

With 96% of precincts reporting, incumbent Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss is under the threshold of 50% plus one needed to avoid a December 2nd run-off with Democrat Jim Martin.

Saxby Chambliss (R) - 1,777,769 (49.8%)
Jim Martin (D) - 1,671,932 (46.8%)
Allen Buckley (L) - 121,862 (3.4%)
Totals - 3,571,563

Source:  Georgia Secretary of State, "Unofficial And Incomplete Results of the Tuesday, November 04, 2008 General Election", November 5, 2008
Many of the local papers and t.v. stations are cautiously withholding any predictions on the Georgia U.S. Senate race until all votes are counted, and more than likely, recounted [Sources:  Atlanta Journal Constitution, "No decision, no majority in Senate race", November 4, 2008; WXIA-TV (Atlanta), "Chambliss Leads Martin, Runoff May Loom", November 5, 2008].

It appears as if Jim Martin may have forced Saxby Chambliss into overtime, but it may be days before we know for sure.

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Voices from the Grassroots on Election Day

All across the country, people are turning out in record numbers to vote. Grassroots organizations are busy knocking on doors and phonebanking, urging people to get to the polls. The Community Values Vote election day blog is reporting stories from on the ground during this historic E-day.

Take, for example, the story of Joseph Miller of Massachusetts, who traveled three miles to vote - in his wheelchair!

Or the reports of Voter Suppression in Iowa.

Or Veronica, the first time immigrant voter who learned all about the electoral process in New Mexico.

So much is happening on the ground that big media won't cover - be sure to check out Community Values Vote to get up-to-the-minute coverage of the grassroots at the polls today.

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UPDATE: Project Vote Lawsuit in Indiana puts 200 Voters Back on the Rolls

In a victory for voting rights and common sense, Marion County, Indiana has agreed that 200 Indiana residents will not be blocked from the polls just because they registered using a slightly-different registration form from previous election cycles.

As we reported yesterday, Project Vote filed an emergency lawsuit against Secretary of State Todd Rokita and the Marion County Board of Elections on behalf of Drametra Brown, an Indianapolis nursing assistant whose registration was rejected because she filled out a 2004 registration form. The 2004 was slightly but not substantially different from the 2008 form, but Marion County had said they could not accept it because it lacked two small (and redundant) check boxes.  

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The world anxiously awaits America's redemption

Although today felt like hundreds of years away, it seemed like only yesterday we were half a nation reeling from a shame-inducing punch to the stomach:

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