POLITICAL EARTHQUAKE OCCURS IN WASHINGTON, DC

CANNABIS CULTURE SEE POSITIVE RESULTS IN DOZENS OF RACES. BEST FORESEEABLE RESULT POSSIBLE, SAYS MARC EMERY. DEMOCRATS, JOE LIEBERMAN & BERNIE SANDERS WIN 51 SEATS TO CONTROL US SENATE. US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SEES DEMOCRATS TAKE 30 MORE SEATS THAN REPUBLICANS. POLITICAL EARTHQUAKE OCCURS IN WASHINGTON, DC.

MARIJUANA INITIATIVES LOSE IN SOUTH DAKOTA, NEVADA AND COLORADO.

DEMOCRATS FAVORING MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACCESS LAWS INCREASE IN THE US SENATE & HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

ALL 163 US REPS who voted for the Hinchey Amendment to stop the Justice Dept. from undermining state medical marijuana laws were re-elected to the US HOUSE except:

Nancy Johnson .. Republican CT-5 .. defeated by DEM Chris Murphy
Chris Simmons .. Republican CT-2 .. defeated by DEM Joe Courtney

Bernie Sanders .. Dem(Ind)-VT.. ELECTED TO US SENATE
Bob Menendez – Dem NJ-13 – ELECTED TO US SENATE
Sherrod Brown .. Dem OH-13 – ELECTED TO US SENATE

Ted Strickland – Dem. OH-6 – ELECTED Governor of OHIO
Butch Otter – Rep. ID-1 – ELECTED Governor Idaho

Jim Davis – Dem. FL-11 – defeated in run for Governor,
Bob Beauprez – Rep. CO-7 – defeated in run for Governor.

Ed Case – Dem. HA-2 – defeated in primaries
Cynthia McKinney ..Dem FL-4 – defeated in primaries

Martin Sabo – Dem MN-8 – retired
Lane Evans – Dem IL-19 – retired
Major Owens – Dem NY-11 .. retired

This leaves 149 US REPS in the HOUSE who we can count on for their vote to the Hinchey Amendment to stop the Justice Dept. from undermining state medical marijuana laws. We now have three SENATORS who have previously voted YES to the Hinchey Amendment. Very important! We now have a GOVERNOR of IDAHO and OHIO who have supported in Congress medical marijuana access in the states. Ohio and Idaho would be good places for a medical marijuana initiative or statute. Of the 14 US REPS that moved on, 13 of the seats were filled by Democrats. Only Idaho..s 1st district was won by a Republican, Bill Sali.

Of those 259 who VOTED AGAINST Hinchey Amendment in the 109th Congress,
the following 38 were defeated or are no longer in the 110th Congress:

DEFEATED:
J.D. HAYWORTH-REPUBLICAN – AZ-5, scored zero points -graded TOXIC/EVIL;
RICHARD POMBO- REPUBLICAN – CA-11, scored 50 points, an ..F.. grade,
MARK FOLEY- REPUBLICAN – FL-16, scored 25 points, an ..F.. grade, resigned in disgrace,
E. CLAY SHAW – REPUBLICAN -FL-22, scored 20 points, a Reprehensible Failure grade,
CHRIS CHOCOLA- REPUBLICAN -IN-2, scored zero points, a TOXIC/EVIL grade,
JOHN HOSTETTLER- REPUBLICAN – IN-8, scored 20 points, a Reprehensible Failure grade,
MIKE SODREL-REPUBLICAN- IN-9, scored 20 points, a Reprehensible Failure grade,
JIM RYUN-REPUBLICAN -KS-2, scored 50 points, an ..F.. grade,
ANNE NORTHRUP-REPUBLICAN-KY-3, scored 50 points, an ..F.. grade,
GIL GUTKNECHT-REPUBLICAN-MN-1, scored 25 points, an ..F.. grade,
JEB BRADLEY-REPUBLICAN-NH-1, scored 50 points, an ..F.. grade,
CHARLES BASS-REPUBLICAN-NH-2, scored 20 points, a Reprehensible Failure grade,
SUE KELLY-REPUBLICAN-NY-19, scored 25 points, an ..F.. grade,
JOHN SWEENEY-REPUBLICAN-NY-20, scored 30 points, an ..F.. grade,
JIM LEACH-REPUBLICAN-IA-2, scored 60 points, a ..D-minus.. grade,
MELISSA HART-REPUBLICAN-PA-4, scored 20 points, a Reprehensible Failure grade,
CURT WELDON-REPUBLICAN-PA-7, scored 20 points, a Reprehensible Failure grade,
MIKE FITZPATRICK-REPUBLICAN-PA-8, scored 15 points, a Reprehensible Failure grade,
DON SHERWOOD-REPUBLICAN-PA-10, scored 50 points, an ..F.. grade.

RESIGNED IN SCANDAL
TOM DELAY-REPUBLICAN-TX-22, scored 50 points, an ..F.. grade, convicted of bribery,
ROBERT NEY- REPUBLICAN-OH-18, scored zero points, TOXIC EVIL grade, convicted of bribery.

ELECTED TO SENATE
BEN CARDIN-DEMOCRAT-MD-3, scored 35 points, an ..F.. grade.

DEFEATED IN RUN FOR US SENATE
HAROLD FORD, JR.-DEMOCRAT-TN-9, scored 70 points, a ..D-plus.. grade,
KATHERINE HARRIS-REPUBLICAN-FL-13, scored 20 points, a Reprehensible Failure grade.

DEFEATED IN RUN FOR GOVERNOR
MARK GREEN-REPUBLICAN-WI-8, scored zero points, a TOXIC EVIL grade,
MARK KENNEDY-REPUBLICAN-MN-6, scored zero points, a TOXIC EVIL grade,
TOM OSBORNE-REPUBLICAN-NE-3, scored zero points, a TOXIC/EVIL grade,
JIM GIBBONS-REPUBLICAN-NV-2, scored zero points, a TOXIC/EVIL grade,
ERNEST ISTOOK-REPUBLICAN-OK-5, scored 20 points, a Reprehensible Failure grade,
JIM NUSSLE-REPUBLICAN-IA-1, scored zero points, TOXIC/EVIL grade,

RETIRED FROM POLITICS
MIKE BILIRAKIS-REPUBLICAN-FL-9, scored 50 points, an ..F.. grade,
HENRY HYDE-REPUBLICAN-IL-6, scored 50 points, a Reprehensible Failure grade,
JOEL HEFLEY-REPUBLICAN-CO-5, scored 50 points, an ..F.. grade,
JIM KOLBE-REPUBLICAN-AZ-8, scored 50 points, an ..F.. grade,
SHERWOOD BOEHLERT-REPUBLICAN-NY-24, scored 50 points, an ..F.. grade,
JOE SCHWARZ-REPUBLICAN-MI-7, scored 20 points, a Reprehensible Failure grade,
BILL JENKINS-REPUBLICAN-TN-1, scored zero, a TOXIC/EVIL grade.

Those thirty-eight ..NO.. votes eliminated from the 110th Congress leaves 259 less 38 = 221 US REPS against Hinchey in the new House. With 149 ..YES.. votes for Hinchey Amendment still in the HOUSE, that..s a 72 vote difference to make-up.

Some observations: FIVE TOXIC/EVIL US REPS ran for Governor and lost! There were only 2 passing grades in those 38 defeated or former US REPS. Almost all were scumbags – DEFEATED! Only one of these 38 failures got elected to anything, Democrat Ben Cardin was elected to the Senate.

There are 52 newly elected US REPS to the House of Representatives. They are:
NH-1 CAROL SHEA- PORTER (DEM) *
NH-2 PAUL HODES (DEM) *
OH-6 CHARLIE WILSON (DEM) *
OH-13 BETTY SUTTON (DEM) *
OK-5 MARY FALLIN (REP)
TN-1 DAVID DAVIS (REP)
TN-9 STEPHEN COHEN (DEM) *
GA-4 HANK JOHNSON (DEM) *
HA-2 MAZIE HIRONO (DEM) *
IL-17 PHILIP HARE (DEM) *
IA-2 DAVE LOEBSACK (DEM)
MD-3 JOHN SARBANES (DEM) *
MI-7 TIM WALBERG (REP)
NE-3 ADRIAN SMITH (REP)
NV-2 DEAN HELLER (REP)
NJ-13 ALBIO SIRES (DEM) *
NY-11 YVETTE CLARK (DEM) *
NY-19 JOHN HALL (DEM) *
NY-20 KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND (DEM) *
NY-24 MIKE ARCURI (DEM) *
AZ-5 HARRY MITCHELL (DEM) *
AZ-8 GABRIELLE GIFFORD (DEM) *
CA-11 JERRY McNERNY (DEM) *
CO-7 ED PERLMUTTER (DEM) *
CT-2 JOE COURTNEY (DEM) *
CT-5 CHRIS MURPHY (DEM) *
FL-16 TIM MAHONEY (DEM)
FL-22 RON KLEIN (DEM) *
IN-2 JOSEPH DONNELLY (DEM)
IN-8 BRAD ELLSWORTH (DEM)
IN-9 BARON HILL (DEM) *
IA-1 BRUCE BRALEY (DEM)
KS-2 NANCY BOYDA (DEM)
KY-3 JOHN YARMUTH (DEM) *
MN-1 TIM WALZ (DEM) *
FL-13 VERNON BUCHANAN (REP)
ID-1 BILL SALI (REP)
IL-6 PETER ROSKAM (REP)
MN-6 MICHELLE BACHMAN (REP)
NC-11 JOSEPH SHULER (DEM)
OH-18 ZACH SPACE (DEM)
PA-4 JASON ALTMIRE (DEM)
PA-7 JOE SESTAK (DEM) *
PA-8 PATRICK MURPHY (DEM)
PA-10 CHRISTOPHER CARNEY (DEM) *
TX-22 NICK LAMPSON (DEM)
VT-al PETER WELCH (DEM) *
WI-8 STEVE KAGAN (DEM) *
MN-8 KEITH ELLISON (DEM) *
CO-5 DOUG LAMBORN (REP)
FL-9 GUS BILIRAKIS (REP)
FL-11 KATHERINE CASTOR (DEM)

An asterisk at the end of the newly elected REP indicates our belief that this person NOW is supportive of Hinchey Amendment. There are 29 (*) of the 52 new US REPS I am confident would support & vote YES on Hinchey Amendment. We must convince all 52 to support the Hinchey Amendment by writing these new Congressmen, lobbying them, and re-iterating our concerns as soon as they take office.

The tally in the last Congress was 259 AGAINST to 163 FOR on the Hinchey Amendment.

Right now, in the 110th Congress, we have 221 AGAINST vs. 178 FOR (including new REPS with the asterisk) if all other US REPS remain consistant with the June 15, 2006 vote. However, that leaves a 43 vote difference (down from a 96 vote difference) that we must overcome. We need to convince 22 MORE US REPS to come on board. Considering 23 new US REPS have not indicated where they stand on Hinchey Amendment, there is a great deal of hope here. There are 434 voting members of the House with Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi breaking ties. Speaker Pelosi supports the Hinchey Amendment. There were thirteen US REPS that missed the Hinchey Amendment vote in 2006.

MARIJUANA INITIATIVES:

Marijuana legalization initiatives LOST in
* COLORADO (60% NO vs. 40% YES)
* NEVADA (56% NO vs. 44% YES)
* SOUTH DAKOTA (52% NO vs. 48% YES)

Wonderful efforts in Colorado and South Dakota may have run into opposition as BANNING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE was also on the ballots in those state. Those religiously-oriented ballot questions attract fundamentalists who likely vote in the majority against marijuana legalization efforts. 600,000 people voted to legalize marijuana in Colorado, 850,000 voted against.

Local Marijuana Initiatives (make marijuana possession the lowest possible priority) were successful in:
* SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA (65% FOR vs. 35% AGAINST)
* SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA (64% FOR vs. 36% AGAINST)
* SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA (65% FOR vs. 35% AGAINST)
* MISSOULA COUNTY, MONTANA (53% FOR vs. 47% AGAINST)
* EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS (62% FOR vs. 38% AGAINST)

In ALBANY, CALIFORNIA, voters approved opening a medical marijuana dispensary (53% FOR vs. 47% AGAINST)

In MASSACHUSETTS, voters in certain districts voted to recommend marijuana possession be no more than a civic ordinance violation of $100,
1st Plymouth District, 61% FOR vs. 39% AGAINST
12th Plymouth District, 60% FOR vs. 40% AGAINST
7th Norfolk District, 64% FOR vs. 36% AGAINST
3rd Middlesex District, 67% FOR vs. 33% AGAINST

Victories were had in red states like Arkansas and Montana because universities are situated in those limited districts.

More Good News
Extremists fared badly Tuesday, November 8.

Former Drug Enforcement Administration chief Asa Hutchinson (Republican) LOST his bid to become Governor of Arkansas.

Drug-law reform activist & lawyer ROGER GOODMAN was ELECTED to the Washington state Senate.

9 of the 66 US REPS rated TOXIC/EVIL were defeated!
That is 14% of the worst US REPS out of office!

No US REPS with a grade of B-PLUS or better were defeated (although one lost in the primaries). All the good guys got re-elected!

9 of the 53 Republicans rated Reprehensible Failure were removed from the Congress! That is 18% of the REPREHENSIBLE FAILURE REPS out of office!

18 of the 97 Republicans graded FAILURE were removed from Congress! That is 17% of the FAILURES out of office!

The US SENATE is controlled by DEMOCRATS:
49 Democrats plus Lieberman plus Sanders = 51 votes, a slender majority. JIM WEBB will absolutely be SENATOR from VIRGINIA.

10 – 15 Democratic Senators often vote with Republicans however.

The HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES will finally tally at 232 DEMOCRATIC US REPS vs. 203 REPUBLICAN US REPRESENTATIVES. This 29-vote margin should be enough to compensate for 50 Demo-craps who usually vote like Republicans. On average, five Republicans vote with Democrats on key issues like the drug war, Iraq War.

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