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Issue #2170 :: Wednesday, November 5, 2008
SPECIAL ISSUE: 2008 Election

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Obama Makes History Gallery Video
Sen. Barack Obama was elected as the nation's first black president, defeating his Republican challenger in an election night marked by enthusiastic turnout among young voters, whose ranks bolstered polling lines and flooded college-town streets during a night of jubilation.

'New Day' for Black Community Gallery
For Shannon Myricks-Jones, it often seemed like this moment would never come.

Chancellor's Message to the President-Elect
As America awakens this morning, you will already be taking on the heavy mantle of leadership. You will be looked upon to solve, among other things, the problems of our faltering economy, failing health care, increased global warming and an uncertain energy future, and the war in Iraq. In the midst of all this, I want to remind you of a precious resource that is ready to help and one that is outstandingly good America's higher education system.

Turning the Page
When the last few polls closed yesterday evening, a new chapter in United States history began. The long-awaited hope for change has finally manifested into reality. By electing Sen. Barack Obama as America's 44th president, the country resoundingly confirmed its unwillingness to put up with more shoddy leadership, ushering in a dynamic departure from the Bush administration. While the agenda for the next four years remains pliable, Obama needs to accomplish the following general objectives to truly convince the people that the country can veer away from its current downward spiral.

News

Obama Makes History Gallery Video
Sen. Barack Obama was elected as the nation's first black president, defeating his Republican challenger in an election night marked by enthusiastic turnout among young voters, whose ranks bolstered polling lines and flooded college-town streets during a night of jubilation.

State Propositions
California voters passed Proposition 1A with 51.8 percent as of 1:15 a.m., allowing for the creation of a high-speed rail system from San Francisco to Los Angeles that will travel at speeds approaching 220 miles per hour.

Proposition 8 Passes, Gay Marriage No Longer Legal
Although Alameda County voters decisively opposed it and campus groups repeatedly rallied against it, the majority of Californians supported Proposition 8 at the polls yesterday, eliminating same-sex marriage from the state constitution.

Voters Decide on Local Measures
Measure FF, the proposal to fund the renovation of Berkeley's four branch libraries, passed with 67.7 percent of the vote, barely surpassing the two-thirds majority needed.

'New Day' for Black Community Gallery
For Shannon Myricks-Jones, it often seemed like this moment would never come.

Student, Local Voter Turnout Could Set New County Record Gallery
Berkeley voters turned out in droves yesterday to vote for their presidential candidate of choice and a host of controversial local and statewide issues.

Democrats Control Congress, Gain 23 Seats
There was never a question last night about which party would control Congress-only about how many seats the Democrats could grab.

Berkeley City Council Elections Lean to Incumbent Victories
Although the theme for yesterday's presidential election was change, in the Berkeley City Council races, it was all about continuity.

Leyva-Cutler, Selawsky Elected to School Board
Beatriz Leyva-Cutler and incumbent John Selawsky were elected to the Berkeley school board last night for a four-year term.

Rep. Barbara Lee Holds Onto Seat in Congress
With 86.4 percent of the vote as of 1:15 a.m., Democratic incumbent Barbara Lee won the race for the 9th Congressional District Tuesday, easily defeating Republican candidate Charles Hargrave and Libertarian candidate James Eyer.

Hancock, Skinner Easily Win Seats
After landslide victories in yesterday's elections, two familiar Berkeley faces were elected to represent the local state Assembly and Senate districts.


Opinion

The Election and The Economy
Most Americans have had one eye on the nation's financial crises and the other on the presidential election. And they have been asking themselves, "Is McCain or Obama, the Democrats or the Republicans, better for the economic health of the country as well as for my own financial well-being?" That was the defining question of this election.

The Road Ahead
The 44th president of the United States has a tough road ahead of him. Our country is in recession. The United States has about 144,000 servicemen and servicewomen in Iraq and 32,000 in Afghanistan. Americans are addicted to imported foreign oil. There remains a large rift between red states and blue states, and the level of political rancor is at an all-time high. Now is the time for bipartisan leadership to meet the challenges our nation currently faces.

Chancellor's Message to the President-Elect
As America awakens this morning, you will already be taking on the heavy mantle of leadership. You will be looked upon to solve, among other things, the problems of our faltering economy, failing health care, increased global warming and an uncertain energy future, and the war in Iraq. In the midst of all this, I want to remind you of a precious resource that is ready to help and one that is outstandingly good America's higher education system.

No Small Change
Like the millions of others not living in a battleground state, I voted today-knowing my voice wouldn't actually make a difference-because I wanted to be a part of history.

Turning the Page
When the last few polls closed yesterday evening, a new chapter in United States history began. The long-awaited hope for change has finally manifested into reality. By electing Sen. Barack Obama as America's 44th president, the country resoundingly confirmed its unwillingness to put up with more shoddy leadership, ushering in a dynamic departure from the Bush administration. While the agenda for the next four years remains pliable, Obama needs to accomplish the following general objectives to truly convince the people that the country can veer away from its current downward spiral.

Head Start on the Holidays Podcast
I'm kind of glad that Halloween's over. Because starting from now, it's legit to listen to holiday music. It's true. Listening to holiday music before Halloween is over is like watching "High School Musical 3" not because you're babysitting or because someone blackmailed you, but because you actually like it (while pretending that the only reason you're watching it is because it's "awesomely bad"). In other words, it's completely pathetic.

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