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Governor’s Race in 33rd District

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Here are the results for the governor's race last year for the precincts in the 33rd senate district. As you'll see, McAuliffe did much better in this district than he did in the 6th. Terry won all but three of the precincts in the district.

FAIRFAX

235: Frying Pan
McAuliffe - 719 (66.33%)
Cuccinelli - 294 (27.12%)

237: McNair
McAuliffe - 655 (64.60%)
Cuccinelli - 302 (29.78%)

319: Herndon #1
McAuliffe - 943 (56.47%)
Cuccinelli - 617 (36.95%)

320: Herndon #2
McAuliffe - 1006 (63.95%)
Cuccinelli - 485 (30.83%)

324: Herndon #3
McAuliffe - 830 (62.17%)
Cuccinelli - 403 (30.19%)

325: Hutchison
McAuliffe - 509 (67.69%)
Cuccinelli - 198 (26.33%)

332: Coates
McAuliffe - 570 (71.25%)
Cuccinelli - 194 (24.25%)

902: Brookfield
McAuliffe - 759 (55.89%)
Cuccinelli - 526 (38.73%)

905: Franklin
McAuliffe - 244 (51.37%)
Cuccinelli - 196 (41.26%)

931: Carson
McAuliffe - 472 (57.28%)
Cuccinelli - 307 (37.26%)

LOUDOUN COUNTY

114: Dulles South (Split)
McAuliffe - 251 (50.44%)
Cuccinelli - 223 (44.78%)

117: Carter
McAuliffe - 794 (65.51%)
Cuccinelli - 367 (30.28%)

118: Moorefield (Split)
McAuliffe - 368 (57.50%)
Cuccinelli - 242 (37.81%)

207: River Bend
McAuliffe - 437 (48.61%)
Cuccinelli  - 415 (46.16%)

208: Algonkian
McAuliffe - 420 (50.24%)
Cuccinelli - 370 (44.26%)

210: Cascades
McAuliffe - 693 (54.01%)
Cuccinelli - 514 (40.06%)

213: Countryside
McAuliffe - 234 (53.92%)
Cuccinelli - 172 (39.63%)

218: University Center
McAuliffe - 325 (52.85%)
Cuccinelli - 249 (40.49%)

219: Galilee Church
McAuliffe - 406 (52.52%)
Cuccinelli - 320 (41.40%)

314: Legacy
McAuliffe - 668 (54.80%)
Cuccinelli - 492 (40.36%)

316: Creighton's Corner
McAuliffe - 551 (53.70%)
Cuccinelli - 412 (40.16%)

407: Harper Park
McAuliffe - 782 (43.40%)
Cuccinelli - 948 (52.61%)

413: Tuscarora
McAuliffe - 24 (40.68%)
Cuccinelli - 30 (50.85%)

414: Red Rock
McAuliffe - 296 (49.50%)
Cuccinelli - 277 (46.32%)

501: West Leesburg
McAuliffe - 646 (52.52%)
Cuccinelli - 524 (42.60%)

502: East Leesburg
McAuliffe - 622 (59.18%)
Cuccinelli - 367 (34.92%)

503: Dry Mill
McAuliffe - 338 (49.56%)
Cuccinelli - 282 (41.35%)

504: Smarts Mill
McAuliffe - 577 (51.61%)
Cuccinelli - 440 (39.36%)

505: Cool Spring (Split)
McAuliffe - 607 (47.57%)
Cuccinelli - 599 (46.94%)

506: Brandon Park
McAuliffe - 303 (52.24%)
Cuccinelli - 237 (40.86%)

507: Greenway
McAuliffe - 362 (50.42%)
Cuccinelli - 308 (42.90%)

508: Balls Bluff
McAuliffe - 539 (46.99%)
Cuccinelli - 543 (47.34%)

509: Tolbert
McAuliffe - 521 (57.95%)
Cuccinelli - 342 (38.04%)

617: Oak Grove
McAuliffe - 225 (70.31%)
Cuccinelli - 74 (23.13%)

618: Mill Run
McAuliffe - 366 (51.84%)
Cuccinelli - 302 (42.78%)

619: Ridgetop
McAuliffe - 209 (68.30%)
Cuccinelli - 82 (26.80%)

622: Farmwell Station
McAuliffe - 777 (55.50%)
Cuccinelli - 576 (41.14%)

623: Weller (Split)
McAuliffe - 850 (54.00%)
Cuccinelli - 659 (41.87%)

701: Sully
McAuliffe - 545 (52.76%)
Cuccinelli - 429 (41.53%)

702: Park View
McAuliffe - 537 (57.49%)
Cuccinelli - 353 (37.79%)

703: Rolling Ridge
McAuliffe - 618 (62.47%)
Cuccinelli - 317 (32.18%)

705: Forest Grove
McAuliffe - 664 (50.11%)
Cuccinelli - 559 (42.19%)

707: Claude Moore Park
McAuliffe - 432 (60.59%)
Cuccinelli - 246 (34.50%)

709: Mirror Ridge
McAuliffe - 588 (60.56%)
Cuccinelli - 323 (33.26%)

710: Sterling
McAuliffe - 428 (53.23%)
Cuccinelli - 328 (40.80%)

813: Seldens Landing
McAuliffe - 401 (57.61%)
Cuccinelli - 261 (37.50%)

815: Belmont Ridge
McAuliffe - 687 (56.50%)
Cuccinelli - 490 (40.30%)

VOTE TOTAL:
McAuliffe - 24,798 (55.77%)
Cuccinelli - 17,194 (38.67%)

Facts to Keep in Mind for Tonight’s Results

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While I did write an entry yesterday scolding the movement to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, my tendencies as a political junkie have taken over and I'm very eagerly awaiting tonight's results. I'm sure you all might be in the same boat as well, so I just wanted to give you the rundown of what's at stake as well as some facts from previous elections to keep in mind.

Not only is the office of governor up for a recall today, but the office of lieutenant governor is as well. Three state senators also face recall and a vacated GOP Senate seat will be filled tonight as well in a district that used to be represented by a Democrat. The state senate is important because with the vacant seat, the Senate is evenly split with both parties sharing controlling responsibilities. If Democrats successfully recall any of the senators or win the special election, they will take control of the state senate.

Wisconsin Recalls Are A Huge Mistake

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Tomorrow, Wisconsin voters will go to the polls to decide whether or not to recall Scott Walker from the Governor's mansion as well as the lieutenant governor and three incumbent state senators. This is the culmination of amazing demonstrations that began more than a year ago after Walker signed legislation greatly restricting collective bargaining rights for government unions. While some may look on this as a great example of democracy in action, I would be remiss if I did not speak about why this is quite the contrary. In fact, whether or not Walker is ultimately ousted tomorrow, this recall effort can only be described as a huge strategic blunder for the Democratic Party and for organized labor.

It's not as if the writing wasn't on the wall about what this outcome might look like. We saw a slight preview of this almost a year ago when six Republican state senators were placed on the ballot for recall. In the end, only two were successfully recalled from office. This showed that the ability to recall Walker would have a very steep hill to climb.

LGBT Rights on the Edge

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Living in the DC metropolitan area, I always find myself going back and forth with my joy and sorrow when it comes to the progress that LGBT issues have made in recent years. In Virginia, I had to put up with the devastating passage of the Marshall-Newman amendment in 2006. But recently in DC, I was elated to see full marriage equality be signed into law. My excitement continued when DADT was repealed by the Senate and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley vowed to sign marriage equality into law. Then my hopes were diminished when the Maryland legislature failed to act properly.

Now I find myself reading a lot about the organization that was leading the fight for marriage equality in Maryland, Equality Maryland. In April, the board of directors for the organization convened a Sunday evening meeting of the board of directors and voted to fire their executive director, Morgan Meneses-Sheets. Because of this, the group's development director, Matthew Thorn, decided to leave along with Meneses-Sheets. Then at the beginning of the month, the chair of the Equality Maryland board, Charles Butler, resigned his position after he publicly blamed Meneses-Sheets for the group's financial problems. These are not the only staff problems that Equality Maryland has dealt with. Meneses-Sheets was the third executive director the group has had since 2008. Many other top staffers have not had very long stints in their positions.

Am I the only person who finds these to be examples of completely childish behavior? This is supposed to be an organization that is dedicated to fighting for the betterment of humanity through the legislation of equal rights for all. Instead, these staff shake-ups reflect something that resembles the student council at a middle school.

Now this should not be taken as a criticism of the volunteers and helpers at Equality Maryland who have given their free time to work for a better state. The people who work on the ground and their coordinators deserve a huge amount of credit for helping the issues of equality come as far as they have in the past year.

But the staff of Equality Maryland finds themselves at an unprecedented place in history. Marriage equality passed the state senate and only narrowly failed the house, but the organization is also on the brink of completely collapsing. Instead of getting rid of people and calling people names, they need to rise above level of petty politics because, while they are dealing with politicians, they are also representing a cause and as representatives of that cause, it is their duty to make sure they reflect well on it. If they fail they could set the goals of equality back for several years. And what would be gained if that were to happen? Just a lot of bickering and crappy name-calling that ultimately hurts average gay people just trying to make a living for themselves.

Feingold for Senate 2012: Liberal Redemption or Imminent Disaster?

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Election night of 2010 was a hard night for many liberals to go through. Many worthy and genuine candidates fell victim to a Republican wave that destroyed almost everyone that was in it's path. None seemed to embody this more than Sen. Russ Feingold, who lost his bid for a fourth term to Oshkosh businessman, Ron Johnson.

Less than a year has passed and Feingold's name is already being drawn back out as a potential candidate for U.S. Senate in the wake of Sen. Herb Kohl's announced retirement. Feingold himself has acknowledged that he is thinking about running again and will make his plans known by Labor Day. But would a Feingold candidacy be assured a victory and redeem the progressive movement or could it be a disaster that sets us back even further?

As wonderful as it would be for Feingold to get back into the US Senate, his candidacy could present several problems. The biggest one would be Feingold's unwillingness to take outside money from organizations like the DSCC and the DNC. This put Feingold at a terrible disadvantage last year in facing a very rich opponent and unlimited spending by PACs putting out material against him. With Feingold's new organization, Progressives United, leading the fight against the Citizens United ruling in the Supreme Court, it does not seem likely that Feingold will go back on this promise.

The other problem that Feingold will face is the messaging his campaign will try to establish. In 2010, Feingold tried to reassert himself as someone who would stand up to the special interests of Washington and a champion of the middle class. But after spending 18 years as a senator in DC, it was very hard for Feingold to keep that type of image. It also did not help him that during his debates with Ron Johnson, Feingold would continuously mention organizations, such as the CBO, that would only make him look more like a lackey of Beltway culture. Feingold's commercials, which usually had the tone of being eccentric but genuine, seemed confusing and part of a desperate strategy. Feingold's inability to put the right message in his campaign makes a potential 2012 candidacy anything but a sure thing.

But the points that go in favor of a Feingold candidacy cannot be ignored either. If Feingold were to throw his hat into this ring, he would certainly be the most popular and familiar candidate to the Wisconsin electorate. He would not have to spend time and money defining himself to voters. He would also bring a very loyal base of people that would be willing to not only give money, but also give time to campaign for him.

Feingold would also be facing a much higher voter turnout in 2012 with President Obama being on the ballot, which would have an increase in younger and minority voters, who tend to break for the Democrats. Plus, there is also the fact that even though the GOP did very well in Wisconsin last year, the electorate is not happy with their actions in governing. This provides Feingold with someone to compare himself favorably to.

But the ultimate thing to watch, should Feingold enter this race, would be whether Feingold can learn from the mistakes he made last time. He would need to run a very aggressive campaign that goes after his opponents ferociously, he needs to speak with terms that he knew before he arrived in Washington and he needs to establish a clear message.

Of course, this is all assuming Feingold wants to run in the first place, which many people are not too sure of in the first place. Feingold will not run if his heart is not completely in this. But if he wants it, can be aggressive and learn from the mistakes that cost him his job last year, a return to the Senate for Russ Feingold would be a very possible scenario. Will it provide liberal redemption for the losses the left faced in 2010? Not entirely, but I know that the victory will be a very sweet one indeed.

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