Posting will be light today because 1) I'll be voting (will there be long lines?) and 2) You should be voting instead of reading blogs. Voting is the most important thing you can do all year this year, especially if you live in Virginia.
Here are the top urbanism-related races here and elsewhere:
President: Barack Obama and Joe Biden are a dream ticket for cities. Obama voted for Amtrak funding, and Biden has been one of the Senate's Amtrak supporters, while John McCain opposes rail transit. Obama has made high-speed rail, mass transit and bicycle lanes a centerpiece of his economic policy. Obama had the right position on gas prices while McCain was dead wrong and still is. This choice couldn't be more clear. Plus, there are thousands of other reasons to vote Obama that have nothing to do with metropolitan policy.
Virginia: In Virginia's 11th district (Fairfax/Prince William), Democrat Gerry Connolly supports Metro to, and density at, Tysons; has fought BRAC-related auto-dependent sprawl; supports better bicycle infrastructure, and more. Here's the profile for the primary.
Maryland: Is there anything interesting? What do you think about slots? Anyway, vote.
New York: Vote for Obama on the Working Families Party line (Row E). It counts just the same, but strengthens progressive forces that are working for green jobs, affordable housing, public transportation, and more.
North Carolina: I'll be watching the nail-biter of a Senate race in North Carolina, where Democrat Kay Hagan strongly supports transit. Some extremely controversial and outright false Dole ads in the final days have made this a firestorm and a very close race.
Minnesota: Vote for Al Franken, because he's a really good guy, and so is his family, whom I had the pleasure to get to know while in New York.
California: Two ballot propositions are extremely exciting. As an urbanist, I'm rooting for 1A, which will fund a high-speed rail system from San Francisco to Los Angeles (with future spurs to Sacramento, Irvine and San Diego), giving Californians a sustainable way to traverse their state. As a person who believes in basic human rights, I'm rooting for the defeat of Proposition 8, which will reverse California's recently-won freedom for all couples to marry. That's yes on 1A, no on 8.
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