1. I told them, ‘Thank Rick Scott for the line today,’”

    - Former state Senator Dan Gelber D-Miami Beach told the The Tampa Bay Times. Sen. Gelber worked the long lines during early voting up until Election Day and reminded voters that Gov. Scott and Florida’s primarily Republican Legislature cut the early voting period short. (via floridaelects)

    floridaelects »

  2. Barry Petersen of CBS explains that Obama won Colorado because of his campaign’s strong ground game, and the Hispanic vote, which comprises 11 percent of the state’s electorate.

    Obama won Colorado’s nine electoral votes by a margin of 4.7 percent. See full results for each state here

  3. "It’s about your future. It’s about access to college and whether or not we’re going to make sure we’ve got great jobs for you." 

    U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) wins her third term and talks about the importance of the youth vote to her successful campaign. 

  4. President Obama’s re-election and the return of the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate have solidified Obamacare as law. After months of holding out for Obama’s defeat, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and other state officials have seven days to decide how to hand Affordable Health Care Act before the federal deadline, Nov. 16.

    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports what this decision means for Wisconsin, here.

  5. The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will. This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug, so don’t break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly.”

    -

    Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) after Amendment 64, which allows recreational use of marijuana in the state of Colorado, passed on Tuesday.

    The law states that adults 21 and older will be able to possess up to an ounce of marijuana for private use and grow up to six marijuana plants.

    The law also calls for regulation of the new industry, which John Ingold at The Denver Post reports is less straightforward than the legalization. Matt Cook, the man who wrote Colorado’s medical marijuana business regulations and former Revenue Department enforcement director, says that regulation will be possible fairly quickly.

    "The concept of regulating an industry is fairly easy if you’re given the resources needed to do it," Cook says in Ingold’s article.

    Like Gov. Hickenlooper, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, a Republican, has also promised to help implement the legislation. Both warn against a federal intervention.

    A similar law, Initiative 502, passed in Washington on Tuesday. 502 decriminalizes marijuana possession, essentially legalizing it. In Oregon, a weed-legalizing ballot initiative, Measure 80, failed.

  6. Here’s one (presumably temporary) tattoo Obama supporter Krystle Collins of Michigan probably doesn’t regret the next day. 
This guy, on the other hand… 

    Here’s one (presumably temporary) tattoo Obama supporter Krystle Collins of Michigan probably doesn’t regret the next day. 

    This guy, on the other hand… 

  7. All photos by Amber-Lynn Taber for the Commonwealth Times

    Even though Virginia wasn’t called in favor of President Barack Obama until after national media outlets began calling the election around midnight, students at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. took to the streets to celebrate Obama’s second term.

    The crowd marched in a small circle in the center of VCU’s campus with the cooperation of Richmond police, who blocked off traffic to allow the crowd to move safely. 

    Richmond and its surrounding counties (like Henrico, which The Post called one of the seven most important counties in the country to win) went to Obama, although Republican stronghold Chesterfield County went for Mitt Romney.

    Richmond city went overwhelmingly for Obama: the Virginia State Board of Elections reports that 77.03 percent of the vote there went for Obama while the remaining 21.4 percent went for Romney.

    commonwealthtimes.org »

  8. Romney supporters filled Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to watch votes roll in Tuesday night, while Obama supporters took to Boulder Theater.

  9. Last night Barack Obama was the victorious candidate for the presidency. But this morning, residents in Florida are still wondering who won their state.

    According to the Florida Department of State Division of Elections, nine counties have still not completed counting their absentee ballots. 

    The Miami Herald reports Miami-Dade is one of those counties. As of Wednesday morning, the county still had 20,000 absentee ballots left to count. Miami-Dade county, victim of lack of resources and an unexpectedly high volume of voters on Election Day, experienced extremely long lines that lasted throughout the night. At one polling place, the last voter was said to have left at 1 a.m. According to the voter protection law, any voter who arrives in line before 7 p.m. has the right to cast a ballot.

  10. For the first time in history, one state will have a congressional delegation made up entirely of women, and one occupying the governor’s office as well.

    New Hampshire Democrat Maggie Hassan defeated opponent Ovide Lamontagne in the state race for governor, and Democrats Carol Shea-Porter and Ann Kuster were elected to the state’s 1st and 2nd Congressional districts. 

    Shea-Porter and Kuster will join two other women who were not up for election on Tuesday, Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D) and Kelly Ayotte (R).

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