Hot Issues Emerge from 2012 Races

113th congress women

However you voted in this election—on candidates or initiatives—four big national trends emerged at the polls. Take note:


XX in Congress. The 113th Congress will include a record-breaking 20 women in the Senate, including the first openly gay woman, Tammy Baldwin (Wisc.). A special shout-out to Tammy Duckworth (Ill.), a double amputee Iraq war vet, now in the House, which is holding steady at 17% female representation. Kirsten Gillebrand (NY), re-elected to the Senate, says women can get more done. Let’s frickin’ hope so.


¡Viva Obama! The Latino vote leaned to the left, with more than 70% going for Obama. It’s a must-watch indicator, not only because Latinos are the fastest growing demographic, they’re driving key issues: immigration and jobs (not surprising), and also strong support for gay marriage. (FoxNews)


R-E-S-P-E-C-T. The defeat of three candidates is a total repudiation of their offensive remarks during the campaign. Say buh-bye to Todd “legitimate rape” Akin, Richard Mourdock, who stated that conception from rape was “something God intended”, and Joe Walsh, whose denial of Tammy Duckworth’s heroic service was simply petty. Voters, male or female, won’t stand for it.


Exhale. Washington and Colorado have passed state initiatives to legalize the recreational use of marijuana—and increase desperately needed tax revenue. But since pot is still illegal under Federal law, “don’t break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly,” says Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. (CNN/Money)


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