I was walking down Ocean Ave tonight and there were John Avalos workers at every corner, handing out slate cards and urging people to get to the polls. If visibility in the district is a factor, he's doing well.
If you're reading this, and you haven't voted yet, get out of the house and do it. Now. Yes, the Fat Lady is humming her practice chords and it's pretty clear that Barack Obama will be the next president. In fact, it's shaping up as a night that will change the balance of power in DC dramatically, with major Democratic wins in the Senate. And Obama has already re-written the electoral map and changed American politics.
But he still has to win CA -- and Californians still have to -- have to --- reject Prop. 8.
And the future of San Francisco is in the balance. Read more »
Democrats have already picked up three new U.S. Senate seats by beating back Republican stalwarts Liddy Dole and John Sununu, and Obama has won Pennsylvania and Michigan and is looking good in the battleground states of Ohio and Florida (which would mean "game over" for the McCain).
With two hours of voting still to go in California, the winds of change are already starting to blow our way from the east. But it's not enough to win -- for the change we need, this election has to carry with it a strong mandate for fundamental reform. Read more »
Tommi Avicolli Mecca, a longtime queer/housing activist, just called me to say that he saw a truck driving around with Yes on 8 signs and Safai for Supervisor signs. Kinda scary -- not that Safai supports Prop. 8 (he doesn't, and his campaign isn't promoting yes on 8 by any means, and he has the backing of Gavin Newsom, who is pretty much the No on 8 poster boy these days.) And no candidate can ever controll all of his or her supporters. Read more »
I've never had to wait in line for more than a few minutes to vote in Bernal Heights, but this morning my precinct was packed. Nobody complaining, though; we were all excited she was to see the lines. At 7 am, when my partner went to vote, it was almost an hour long; I went a little later, but still had to wait almost 30 minutes.
That's partially the long ballot -- but it's mostly huge turnout. Read more »
There will probably be hundreds of parties in the Bay Area marking this historic election. But with 22 local ballot measures and seven of the 11 seats on the Board of Supervisors up for grabs, there are more official campaign parties than ever before (which we'll do our very best to cover as we bring you our usual live election coverage here on this blog).
All the parties are free and they generally start around 8 p.m. when the polls close. So take a look at our list so far and feel free to add to it in the comments section with the ones we're missing. Read more »