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We guv you, too

A majority of states retain green-leaning guvs

A few more important results from gubernatorial races: In Colorado, Rep. Bob Beauprez (R) lost the governor's race to Bill Ritter (D), whose support of new energy sources and preserving public lands put him among the candidates supported by big enviro groups. Beauprez had a dismal environmental record. Over in Maryland, green Baltimore mayor Martin O'Malley (D) claimed a win over incumbent Robert Ehrlich (R). News in the Nevada race was a bit more grim -- Jim Gibbons (R) defeated Dina Titus (D), a supporter of clean, renewable energy and reduced greenhouse-gas emissions. But New Mexico voted overwhelmingly in favor …

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Rum for something new

Secretary of Defense resigns in aftermath of yesterday’s election

Rumsfeld officially resigns. What a day.

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This House is a home

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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The morning after

Excited … anxious …

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

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No guv, no love

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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A very very very fine House?

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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Senate all before

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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Some Prius-mature celebration

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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Takings it one step at a time

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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Trick or treat

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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