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Hundreds of supporters chanted “Bernie! Bernie!” at a victory party that welcomed the maverick independent congressman who calls himself a “democratic socialist” into the U.S. Senate.Sanders handily beat businessman Richard Tarrant in an expensive race to succeed retiring Sen. James Jeffords, an independent.
“The people of Vermont have told America they are sick and tired of right wing extremism!” Sanders told the crowd, which punched red balloons into the air. “This election tonight may be the end of a campaign, but it is the beginning of a grassroots movement across America!”
Three wins for common sense
n a triple setback for conservatives, South Dakotans rejected a law that would have banned virtually all abortions, Arizona became the first state to defeat an amendment to ban gay marriage and Missouri approved a measure backing stem cell research.
First woman speaker
Democrats have partially taken back control of the U.S. government from Republicans after winning enough seats in the U.S. House of Representatives to take secure a hold of one or both houses of Congress. With the change in tide Rep. Nancy Pelosi is poised to become nation’s first woman Speaker. The expected first Madam Speaker has promised a series of “discrete deliverables” in the first 100 work hours after the Democrats take control, which includes boosting minimum wages, improving fiscal discipline, research on new embryonic stem cells, improving upon the prescription of drug coverage program for seniors and many other issues.
Background on Ms. Pelosi