Reflections on the 2014 Election

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Air Date: November 5, 2014

Host: Jim Schneider

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Jim presented the following wrap-up points concerning yesterday’s mid-term election and then allowed Crosstalk listeners a chance to present their views.

–Voting machine troubles in dozens of precincts in Virginia.
–The state election system in Colorado had to be rebooted.
–In Texas a Republican candidate’s name was found to be missing from the ballots in one county.
–Florida Democratic candidate Charlie Crist lost his bid to extend voting hours.
–In Connecticut a Hartford Superior Court judge had ordered two polling places to remain open for an additional half-hour after the Democratic Party governor filed suit arguing that reported delays in the opening of the Hartford polling places Tuesday morning prevented some voters from casting ballots.
–In the third most populous county in Texas Republican candidate Greg Abbott’s name was left off at least one touch screen ballot machine.
–In Maryland a watchdog group had already sued the state over allegations of ongoing fraudulent voting by non-U.S. citizens.
–TV ad spending for this election reached about 1.2 billion dollars.
–Wisconsin’s Scott Walker wins his third election in four years. Jim played portions of his victory speech where the governor thanked God for his abundant grace and mercy.
–John Kasich, the governor of Ohio, returns for another term.
–Governor Pat Quinn ousted in Illinois.
–Sam Brownback victorious in Kansas, Rick Scott victorious in Florida, Rick Snyder victorious in Michigan, Greg Abbott defeats Wendy Davis for governor in Texas.
–Republicans take control of the nation’s Senate giving them control for the first time in 8 years.
–Maura Healey was elected to the office of Massachusetts Attorney General making her the first openly gay attorney general in America.
–Colorado Senator Mark Udall was defeated by Republican Cory Gardner and Mike Michaud, who would have been the first openly gay U.S. governor, lost his bid for that seat in Maine.
–5 billionaires poured millions of dollars into promoting America’s toughest firearms background check law in Washington State (Ballot Initiative 594).
–Personhood amendment news from Colorado, North Dakota, North Carolina and Tennessee.
–Marijuana legislation news from Oregon and Alaska.
–Gambling initiative news in Massachusetts.
–A member of the Bush family (George P. Bush) wins his first election.
–Republican Elise Stefanik becomes the youngest woman (at age 30), ever elected to Congress.
–Texas gets its first ‘fracking’ restrictions.
–Democrat Alma Adams wins a special election in North Carolina which will make her the 100th woman in Congress.
–Mia Love is the first black Republican woman to be elected to Congress and the first Haitian-American elected.
–Republican Joni Ernst becomes the first woman elected to Congress in Iowa and her race against Bruce Braley is the most expensive campaign in the state’s history.
–George Will has strong words regarding governor’s race in Wisconsin.
–Senate candidates who support pro-life and social conservative principles win decisive victories across America.
–Neurosurgeon Ben Carson officially changes political affiliation from Independent to Republican.
–10 thoughts from Dr. Charles Stanley on the responsibility each of us has for prayer for elected officials.

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