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ThinkFast: November 8, 2006 — Election Edition

A “broad charm offensive by White House officials is unlikely,” Time magazine’s Mike Allen reports. “They’re not in the mood for it, and they don’t think it would work,” said one close adviser.

“Democratic victories yesterday in the House and Senate appear likely to boost efforts to strengthen U.S. global warming policy,” E&E; writes. In the House, Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) “is poised to direct climate and air pollution policy as chairman of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee.” He is expected to hold a series of hearings on global warming specifically, as well as direct oversight of U.S. EPA’s most controversial air emission regulations.

The campaigns of Gov. Bob Ehrlich (R-MD) and U.S. Senate candidate Michael Steele (R-MD) chartered at least six buses to carry mostly poor, black homeless men “from as far as Philadelphia to hand out inaccurate voter guides in Baltimore and Prince George’s County yesterday” as part of an effort to woo black voters. Ehrlich defended the practice, saying: “If folks are here from out of town, that’s fine with me.”

60 percent. Number of voters who said the war in Iraq has “hurt the long-term security of the United States.” More than half said they supported the withdrawal of some U.S. troops from Iraq.

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“In a number of states, including California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Utah, voters reported that electronic voting machines were not working properly. Among the errors were voting machines not turning on, failing to scan the ballots, and software that failed to function properly.”

And finally: “Drunken pirate” James Hill didn’t make his opponents “walk the plank,” but he did manage to plunder almost 2,000 votes in Iowa’s 1st congressional district race. Hill ran as an independent under the “Pirate Party” mantle.