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I can’t believe the election is over!  Baseball is my favorite sport and statistics fascinate me.  As a result, this election had many firsts and made history.  After watching and listening to the political pundits, it would seem that everything remained the status quo.  Well, not really…

Wisconsin elected its first openly gay senator Tammy Baldwin, Colorado and Washington became the first states to allow recreational use of marijuana, a record number of women now hold seats in the U.S. Congress, and 20 females will take seats in the Senate.  Elizabeth Warren and Mazie Hirono (also the first Asian American) will be the first women to represent their states in the Senate.  According to CNN’s Halimah Abdullah: “The gains by female candidates are especially historic in a year in which rhetoric about the so-called ‘war on women’ drew into sharp relief ideological differences on such issues as abortion and contraception…. Likewise, 60% of female registered voters in 12 key states, rated government policies on birth control as an extremely/very important issue influencing their vote, versus 39% of registered male voters.  And there are some indications that social issues directly impacting women might have helped sway votes.”

Here’s CNN’s fabulous list of female senators starting in January 2013:

Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland), 1987-

Dianne Feinstein (D-California), 1992-

Barbara Boxer (D-California), 1993-

Patty Murray (D-Washington), 1993-

Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana), 1997-

Susan Collins (R-Maine), 1997-

Deborah Stabenow (D-Michigan), 2001-

Maria E. Cantwell (D-Washington), 2001-

Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), 2002-

Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), 2007-

Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota), 2007-

Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), 2009-

Kay R. Hagan (D-North Carolina), 2009-

Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-New York), 2009-

Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire), 2011-

Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), 2013-

Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota), 2013-

Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin), 2013-

Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), 2013-

Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska), 2013

The amount of money spent in this election shattered records.  After all is said and done, the 2012 election is estimated to cost $6 billion dollars compared to a mere $2.8 billion dollars in the 2008 election (sense the cynicism?).  According to Yahoo News: $750 million dollars was spent to run TV political ads in nine battleground states, Sheldon Adelson donated $53.69 million dollars to Mitt Romney, 149 “supreme” rich people donated $500,000 or more for a total of $290 million dollars to the campaigns, and the list goes on….

Now that the money has been spent, it’s time for Congress to work with the President and move forward.  Compromising means progress and it’s not a weakness.  Let’s make America the best it can be.  The Grover Norquist pledge is null and void with the new election.  Time to get work done with no excuses!

The links:

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/tammy-baldwin-elected-first-openly-gay-senator-043558173–election.html

http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/07/politics/wisconsin-tammy-baldwin-senate/index.html?hpt=hp_t2_6

http://news.yahoo.com/multibillion-dollar-2012-election-numbers-042800194–election.html

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/07/big-gains-for-women-in-2012/?hpt=hp_t1

http://blogs.wsj.com/searealtime/2012/11/07/thai-american-female-veteran-wins-u-s-seat/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/07/women-senate-2012-election_n_2086093.html

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/266499-hirono-wins-hawaii-race

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57327816/the-pledge-grover-norquists-hold-on-the-gop/

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