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2014 the First True Post-Citizens United Election

Yes, the original decision was made in January of 2010, and so affected the elections that year and in 2012, etc., however, many subsequent Citizens United-related decisions came later. It wasn't until this year that the Supreme Court reversed a ruling of the DC District Court's dismissal of McCutcheon v. FEC, striking down aggregate limits.

And it has taken a few years of the learning curve to figure the most effective ways to take advantage of the changes.

Study: Citizens United elected more Republicans


By Reid Wilson August 28
The 2010 Supreme Court decision that helped usher in a new era of political spending gave Republicans a measurable advantage on Election Day, according to a new study.

The advantage isn’t large, but it is statistically significant: The researchers found the ruling, in Citizens United v. FEC, was associated with a six percentage-point increase in the likelihood that a Republican candidate would win a state legislative race.

And in six of the most affected states — Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee — the probability that a Republican would be elected to a state legislative seat increased by 10 percentage points or more.

In five other states — Colorado, Iowa, Texas, Wisconsin and Wyoming — Republican candidates were seven percentage points more likely to win.

The SCOTUS minority dissent, read from the bench, in part, by Justice Stevens back in 2010, argued that the Court's ruling "threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions across the Nation. The path it has taken to reach its outcome will, I fear, do damage to this institution... A democracy cannot function effectively when its constituent members believe laws are being bought and sold."

Citizens United, voter ID laws, election law re-engineering, gerrymandering, these are all policy tactics being used by a right-wing that long ago figured out that they could not win on a level playing field overall.


Ballot Measures: Oregon, DC Voters OK Use of Pot

Source: Associated Press

Ballot measures: Oregon, DC voters OK use of pot

NOV. 5, 2014 12:16 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Voters in Oregon and the District of Columbia approved ballot measures Tuesday allowing the use of marijuana by adults, elating legalization activists who hope to extend their winning streak across the country.

Oregon will join the company of Colorado and Washington state, where voters approved the recreational use of pot two years ago. And the District of Columbia is on the same path unless Congress, which has review power, blocks the move.

Still to come were results from Alaska, which also had a marijuana-legalization measure on its ballot Tuesday.

Other volatile issues on state ballots include gambling and abortion. Two competing measures in Washington state gave voters a choice on whether to expand background checks for gun sales.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/4d1839d90a414c1caac7dbc0be1a5666/pot-guns-gambling-among-ballot-measure-topics

BREAKING: GOP Joni Ernst Wins Election to U.S. Senate in Iowa

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: GOP Joni Ernst wins election to the U.S. Senate in Iowa. @AP race call at 11:37 p.m. EST. #Election2014 #APracecall


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GOP Thom Tillis wins election to the U.S. Senate in North Carolina (Defeats Dem Incumbent Hagan)

Source: Associated Press / Reuters

@AP: BREAKING: GOP Thom Tillis wins election to the U.S. Senate in North Carolina. @AP race call at 11:25 p.m. EST. #Election2014 #APracecall

Republican Thom Tillis wins U.S. Senate seat in North Carolina: CBS projects

Tue Nov 4, 2014 11:39pm EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Thom Tillis has unseated U.S. Senator Kay Hagan in North Carolina, CBS projected on Tuesday, claiming an important prize for Republicans as they gained control of the Senate.

In the most expensive race in the country, Tillis, 54, the speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, painted Hagan as a rubber stamp for unpopular President Barack Obama.

Hagan, a first-term Democratic incumbent, criticized the North Carolina Legislature’s rightward shift under Tillis.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0IP0E620141105

CBS: PROJECTION: Repub. David Perdue takes Senate race in Georgia, defeating Dem. Michelle Nunn

Source: CBS News / NBC News

@CBSNews: RT @CBSPolitics: PROJECTION: Republican David Perdue takes the Senate race in Georgia, defeating Democrat Michelle Nunn http://t.co/QYQOzSVrmq/s/l5Wr

@cnnbrk: CNN projects Republican David Perdue beats Michelle Nunn to win Georgia U.S. Senate seat. http://t.co/YksT4dkTcq/s/f3yF #CNNElection

Read more: http://www.nbcneb.com/home/headlines/Results-Nebraska-Voters-to-Decide-Next-Governor-281541011.html

AP declares Gov. Rick Scott (R) the winner in Florida over Democrat Charlie Crist

Source: Associated Press

@GregMitch: RT @jamiedupree: AP declares Gov. Rick Scott (R) the winner in Florida over Democrat Charlie Crist

Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott won re-election over former Gov. Charlie Crist.

Full Florida election results | Interactive election results map

Polls in recent weeks showed Scott and Crist in a virtual dead heat. The most recent Quinnipiac University poll Monday showed Crist had 42 percent of the vote to Scott's 41 percent. Libertarian Adrian Wyllie had 7 percent with 9 percent undecided.

The margin of error on the poll was 3.4 percentage points.

The two candidates focused on Central Florida in their final push for votes Monday.

Read more: http://www.wesh.com/politics/florida-republican-gov-rick-scott-wins-reelection-over-former-gov-charlie-crist/29522108

Dem Al Franken wins re-election to the U.S. Senate in Minnesota

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: Dem Al Franken wins election to the U.S. Senate in Minnesota. @AP race call at 9:41 p.m. EST. #Election2014 #APracecall

Sen. Al Franken wins re-election in Minnesota, according to Associated Press

November 04, 2014 - 9:02 PM

U.S. Sen. Al Franken has won re-election, according to the Associated Press, which based its analysis on exit poll results.

Early voting results, with about 4 percent of precincts reporting, showed Franken jumping out to a 7-point lead over Republican Mike McFadden.

The early results mirrored results of many recent polls that showed Franken with a comfortable magin.

A number of other national news organizations were projecting that Franken would hold onto his seat, based on exit poll analysis.

Read more: http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/281516701.html

ABC, NBC: Louisiana Senate race between Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and Republican

Source: NBC News

@BreakingNews: ABC, NBC: Louisiana Senate race between Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and Republican Bill Cassidy will go to runoff http://t.co/n3hBtpc9ey/s/4xHD

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GOP Mike Enzi wins election to the U.S. Senate in Wyoming

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: GOP Mike Enzi wins election to the U.S. Senate in Wyoming. @AP race call at 9:39 p.m. EST. #Election2014 #APracecall

Mike Enzi Wins Re-Election

By: AP
Posted: Tue 7:45 PM, Nov 04, 2014
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Republican Mike Enzi has won a fourth term in the U.S. Senate.

Enzi easily defeated Democrat Charlie Hardy, a former Roman Catholic priest, and two other challengers.

Enzi's most serious challenger had been fellow Republican Liz Cheney, the elder daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.

But Liz Cheney had trouble getting mainstream Republican backing, and she dropped out of the race in January.

Read more: http://www.kgwn.tv/home/headlines/Mike-Enzi-Wins-Re-Election-281542811.html

Ben Sasse (R) wins election to the U.S. Senate in Nebraska

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: Ben Sasse wins election to the U.S. Senate in Nebraska. @AP race call at 9:14 p.m. EST. #Election2014 #APracecall

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