In Arizona, the minimum wage increase is winning, English as the official language is winning, the gay marriage ban is down 51%-49% and voters have decided not to create a $1,000,000 reward for one lucky voter.
Obviously, what a Dem House means right now is a rebuke to the Bush White House.
The cable commentators have been talking about whether the House will be more conservative, since liberal Republicans are losing and many of the new Democrats are relatively conservative. I'm skeptical on this point. Remember that it's not just a GOP talking point that incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi and future committee chairman Barney Frank, John Conyers and Charlie Rangel are all quite liberal. That's who'll be setting the agenda, not the few more border state moderates.
The GOP's strategy in recent years has been to use the iron control of the House floor to push through legislation that Bush has wanted, using their 9-4 Rules Committee advantage to block most Democratic amendments. House passage of Bush priorities has forced Senate votes on many priority issues for the GOP. That dynamic now is done.
One curious difference this all could make is that a Democratic House might pass a more liberal, or certainly less punitive, immigration bill -- of the sort that both President Bush and the Senate have already signaled they would favor.
And here's the longer version. I expect a Democratic majority to pursue an increase in the minimum wage, look to revamp No Child Left Behind and support immigration legislation that includes a path to legalization for illegal immigrants.
Dems have made three pickups in the Delaware House, according to NCSL.
Check out the NCSL blog, where Bill Wyatt reports:
"The Democratic pickups in Delaware may foreshadow returns that are still being tabulated. Democrats seem to be gaining ground in key matchups in North Carolina, Vermont, Indiana, Kentucky, New Hampshire and others."
Democrats are claiming victory in Indiana, where they appear to have erased the GOP's slender 52-48 lead.
Here's the statement from the DLCC. Can't believe they would give the tired "important for redistricting" analysis! (I'm also preserving their typos.)
"Democrats have won the IN House. Success in this is a traditionally red state shows how strong Democrats are at the local level. Winning this chamber also protects a potential target for Republican mid-decade redistricting."
Legislative returns are slow in coming. Looks like Democrats have knocked off 8 GOP incumbents in the Vermont House, adding to their majority.
Democratic candidate/former quarterback Heath Shuler beat Republican Congressman Charles Taylor in North Carolina. Democrats have gained nine seats so far, GOP has picked up none. Won't be long before Democrats take back the House.