Breakfast results: Less Brown, more rainbow
Grosso beats Brown: Among victories for Barack Obama, Tim Kaine, and John Delaney, David Grosso beat Michael Brown for the non-Democratic at-large seat. The race focused primarily on ethics, both Brown's personally and the Council's as a whole. (Post)
Voters say yes: Maryland, Maine and Washington became the first 3 states to support marriage equality in a referendum, while Minnesota rejected a constitutional ban. The DREAM Act, redistricting map, and gambling also passed in Maryland, as did eminent domain restrictions in Virginia. (Post, Patch)
Capitol Hill upholds Hine: In all 3 ANC races putting a Hine supporter against a Hine opponent, the Hine supporter won: Brian Pate, Ivan Frishberg, and Philip Peisch in an open seat. Nichole Opkins also unseated Hine opponent Jared Critchfield.
Students do well: The 2 students running in competitive ANC elections were victorious, including George Washington University junior Patrick Kennedy over the incumbent who said students shouldn't participate in civic affairs.
Euille and Dems win Alexandria: Alexandria mayor Bill Euille won reelection in Alexandria, and the city council will now be all Democrats. Many of the races, including Euille's, turned largely on development and the waterfront plan.
Rail wins in Hawaii: Honolulu mayor Kirk Caldwell was reelected with a clear majority in a race that largely became a referendum on Hawaii's long-planned elevated rail, with his opponent promising to cancel the line. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
All the transportation votes: Many other states and localities featured ballot measures for transportation. Alameda County's and Los Angeles' sales tax measures got over 60% but not the needed 2/3 under California law. (The Overhead Wire)
Lines were long: Marion Barry called for a council investigation into the Board of Elections for long lines in DC. Voters also waited in line up to 4 hours after the polls closed in many states, including Virginia (WAMU, Post)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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- A move to strengthen affordable housing runs into political obstacles
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