Election 2010 Topics

Democracy Now! closely followed the 2010 midterm elections and will keep tabs on the new Congress.

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  • Can_t-buy-ad
    Part of the reason for the record-high campaign spending in this year’s midterm elections is the Supreme Court’s January ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled corporations have First Amendment rights and that the government cannot impose restrictions on their political speech, which cleared the way for corporations and other special interest groups to spend unlimited amounts of...
    Oct 28, 2010 | Story
  • Pantano
    A former US Marine who killed two unarmed Iraqis is running for a congressional seat in North Carolina and has received backing from the Tea Party. Ilario Pantano has said he has no regrets about fatally shooting the two at point-blank range after detaining them near Fallujah in April 2004. Despite his admission, the military cleared Pantano of wrongdoing in 2005. He is now in a tight race with incumbent Democrat Rep. Mike McIntyre in North...
    Oct 29, 2010 | Story
  • 2sanity-rally
    As many as 250,000 people flooded the National Mall in Washington, DC, Saturday for a rally that billed itself as the "Million Moderate March." The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear was organized by the hosts of Comedy Central programs The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. We air parts of Jon Stewart’s keynote speech on fearmongering and the corporate media, as well as an exchange with basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar...
    Nov 01, 2010 | Story
  • Ellison
    A prominent leader of the Tea Party movement recently said he was working to unseat Minnesota Democrat Rep. Keith Ellison in part because he is a Muslim. Judson Phillips, the founder of the Tea Party Nation, urged Minnesota voters to elect Ellison’s independent challenger, Lynn Torgerson, on Tuesday. "A majority of Tea Party members, I suspect, are not fans of Islam," Phillips said. Rep. Ellison, the first Muslim congressman,...
    Nov 01, 2010 | Story
  • Ballot-initiatives
    On Tuesday, voters in thirty-seven states will confront 160 ballot initiatives on issues ranging from healthcare reform to reproductive rights, to rights to unionize, to climate change legislation. For a summary of these initiatives, we talk with Justine Sarver, the executive director of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center. [includes rush transcript]
    Nov 01, 2010 | Story
  • Ballot-box
    As millions of voters head to the polls, Democratic and progressive groups are concerned with reports of voter intimidation and efforts to suppress minority and poor voters from casting their ballots. They point to the mushrooming of Republicans and Tea Party-affiliated groups who are raising the specter of voter fraud in states across the country. We speak to Wendy Weiser of the Voting Rights and Election Project at the Brennan Center for...
    Nov 02, 2010 | Story
  • Ralph-nader
    With total campaign spending projected to hit $4 billion, the 2010 election is on track to be the most expensive non-presidential contest in US history. For analysis of the 2010 midterms, we speak to former presidential candidate and longtime consumer advocate and corporate critic, Ralph Nader. [includes rush transcript]
    Nov 02, 2010 | Story
  • Election
    Republicans took control of the House and made gains in the Senate in Tuesday’s midterm elections, just four years after Democrats swept control of Congress. With 13 races yet to be called, Republicans gained 59 seats in the House, the party’s largest win in congressional elections in more than a century. Analysts expect Democrats to maintain control of the Senate, but two key races have not yet been called: Democratic Sen. Michael...
    Nov 03, 2010 | Story
  • Roundtable
    The midterm elections saw two key Senate victories for the Tea Party and major losses for the right-leaning Blue Dog Democrats. Meanwhile, the Senate lost one of its most progressive lawmakers with the ouster of Democrat Russ Feingold of Wisconsin. We get analysis from four guests: Laura Flanders, host of GritTV; Richard Kim, senior editor at The Nation magazine; John Nichols of The Nation magazine; and Vermont-based journalist and author...
    Nov 03, 2010 | Story
  • Michael-moore
    For the past 20 years, renowned filmmaker, author and activist Michael Moore has been one of the most politically active, provocative and successful documentary filmmakers in the business. Moore came to our studio last night for our special live Election Night broadcast to discuss the midterm election results, the Tea Party movement, and the future of the Democratic and Republican parties. [includes rush transcript]
    Nov 03, 2010 | Story