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Green candidates claim a number of seats

Dems solidly took the House last night, gaining 28 seats. The results from key races we were watching, with the good news first: The biggest win of the night was in California's 11th district where voters ousted Richard Pombo (R) in favor of Jerry McNerney. The country's natural resources rejoice. In New Mexico's 1st district, state Attorney General Patricia Madrid (D) and incumbent Heather Wilson (R) remain neck-and-neck in what has been a heated race. League of Conservation Voters Dirty Dozen denizen Charles Taylor lost his seat in North Carolina's 11th district to Democrat Heath Shuler -- a big win …

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Excited … anxious …

Senate races in Montana and Virginia still too close to call. The agony.

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Enviro voters hope to green the statehouses as well

Muck's got the complete scoop here and here, but here's a quick rundown on governors' races with a green tinge: California -- Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) v. Phil Angelides (D) Voters get to decide this year whether they want to keep Arnie in office or move forward with Angelides, the state treasurer and this year's Democratic candidate. The big enviro groups are standing behind Angelides (and for a cheesy video demonstrating this, check here), but on the whole, voters in the eco-sympathetic state seem to be leaning in favor of the incumbent, thanks in no small part to his role in …

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Enviros turn eco ear to House races

There are few key House races we here at Gristmill will be keeping an eye on tonight, races where the environment has been a big issue in the run up to today's elections. We're looking for feedback from you on others where environmental issues will be a factor in tonight's results. The first and most obvious is California's 11th district where voters are choosing between incumbent eco-foe Richard Pombo (R) and Jerry McNerney (D). Enviro groups like the Sierra Club, the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, and the League of Conservation Voters have put roughly $3 million behind defeating Pombo. …

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Key races on the green front

In today's Senate showdowns, there's plenty to be anxious about on the enviro front. Muckraker's got the nitty gritty on key races here, but a quick rundown of races to watch out for: In Montana, there's incumbent Republican Conrad Burns and challenger Jon Tester, a race that has been the focus of plenty of attention as the election draws neigh. Burns is a particularly loathsome candidate for environmentalists thanks to his outspoken denial of climate change and a paltry 4% lifetime score -- on a 100-point scale -- from the League of Conservation Voters. Tester, on the other hand, led …

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Car-maker planning to expand the family

The Prius may soon be more than just one oh-so-stereotyped hybrid motor vehicle. Toyota's talking about starting a family of the cars, and in this case I'd have to support wanton reproduction. The automaker announced this week that they are considering creating a line of the gasoline-electric cars. It could include a wagon and a smaller, Smart-Car-esque inner-city model. U.S. sales of the Prius fell in the first quarter of 2006 simply because Toyota couldn't keep up with demand. Which probably means that folks who wanted a hybrid turned to other, less pleasant new cars. Which means news of increased …

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CPI’s report reveals the rich Rich in sheep’s clothing

Fired up about the ballot initiatives to restrict "regulatory takings" appearing in voting booths all over the West next week? Even more fired up about the thick, non-Western wallets pumping cash into these campaigns? For insight into the ideological and economic interests behind this election season's hungriest wolf in sheep's clothing, the Center for Public Integrity has a great Takings Initiatives Accountability Project underway.

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Smell some defeat

Since it's currently my second-favorite holiday and my first-favorite holiday is coming up in just one week, I thought I'd post a treat for all those pining for up-to-the-minute interactive maps on poll results around the country, via pollster.com. Senate, House, and governor. Look, when you you mouse over the states, the poll results come up! It's sorta like trick-or-treating! Some chocolate bars, some apples with razors in them.

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A review (and a preview) of the documentary The Great Warming

The Great Warming aims to do what other climate-change books, TV shows, and films haven't. In lieu of purely scientific or data-based persuasion, it appeals to viewers' sense of spiritual and moral responsibility. On that level, it succeeds. Debuting in American theaters on Nov. 3 but already making the rounds in the country's churches, the film takes regular folks and lets them talk about climate change, attempting to appeal to the emotions of, well, regular folks. There's Danny Duet down in Louisiana talking about the changes he's seen on the bayou, the rising waters and receding dry land. There's Rev. …

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Who’s on your team?

A sport for the wonky, competitive folks out there. Fantasy Congress. My heart goes pitter-patter.

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