Midday open thread: Election could mean big energy policy changes; voter turnout best in 50 years

Today’s comic by Mark Fiore is The victory presser

What’s coming up on Sunday Kos:

How the Brett Kavanaugh fight strengthens the case for the Democratic House to impeach, by David Adkajian
Rising Arctic temperatures triggering alarms about climate change, by Sher Watts Spooner 
We must not be complicit in Trump’s distortion of the huge Democratic Midterm 2018 win, by Egberto Willies 
The first House investigation should be into the voting problems of the midterm election, by Frank Vyan Walton
A reminder. Now that we control the House, Democrats must aid Puerto Rico, by Denise Oliver Velez 
The legacy of Greg Orman’s independent campaign for Kansas, by Chris Reeves
Doughboys, Devil Dogs, and Hellfighters, by Mark E Andersen

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “up and working”:

According to Ginsburg’s nephew Daniel Stiepleman, Ginsburg is “up and working” and “cracking jokes” from her hospital bed just hours after she was admitted to George Washington University Hospital Thursday morning with three fractured ribs. Ginsburg, who is the oldest Supreme Court justice at 85, fell while working in her office Wednesday evening.

Except for Nevada, big clean energy initiatives failed Tuesday, but some local ones won: Voters rejected two energy ballot initiatives in Arizona and Washington, but in Portland, Oregon, by 2-1 voters approved a 1percent tax on large businesses to fund clean energy programs in the city. In Worthington, Ohio, voters authorized city government to look into community aggregation alternatives to the local power company as a means of lowering costs and supplying a cleaner mix of electricity. And in Congress, more than 30 members have pledged to turn down donations from the fossil fuels industry. That includes about a third of the Democrats who flipped House seats this week, according to Oil Change USA. Democratic governors-elect in Colorado, Michigan, and Illinois all support policies directed at moving to 100 percent renewable electricity sources. And other Democratic gubernatorial winners have taken stances more favorable to climate and energy action than the Republicans they beat or the Democrats they succeeded in office.

MIDDAY TWEET

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Lol someone asked me why I still had my Beto sticker on my laptop even though he lost 2 days ago IDK why do people have the confederate flag still. They lost 150 years ago.

— Eric Rodriguez (@thefakecarmona) November 8, 2018

U.S. agency finds billions in aid to Afghanistan were wasted. In a report to Congress, the U.S. Special Inspector-General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said billions of dollars in Western aid to Afghanistan has been lost to waste, corruption, and poor oversight. The report found that aid money “gone to build medical clinics without electricity or water, schools without children and buildings that literally melted away in the rain.” Then there were the “ghost workers”—including police and soldiers—that official put on the books so they could divert money supposedly paid to these non-existent people into their own pockets. “There is a lot of corruption, [but] most of what we have identified are just head-smacking stupid programs and really poorly managed and no accountability. Nobody is really held accountable for wasting the money,” Special Inspector-General John Sopko said in an interview with The Globe and Mail.

Estimated midterm turnout was a 50-year high: NBC reports, “An estimated 48.1 percent of eligible voters cast ballots, over 113 million people in total … If that holds it would be the highest rate since 1966, when 48.7 percent of voters participated.”

Google Doodle spotlights legendary Cherokee woodcarver:

To mark Native American Heritage Month, Google has created a Doodle celebrating Amanda Crowe—an Eastern Band Cherokee Indian (EBCI) woodcarver and educator who was a prolific artist renowned for her expressive animal figures.[…]

She studied with her uncle Goingback Chiltoskey, a well-known woodcarver in his own right, who helped her to hone her skills. Crowe was known to carry her tools to school so she could work on her creative projects and even began selling her carvings at the age of eight.

Civil rights protests in the 1960s had a permanent impact on attitudes and voting patterns: A new study reports that white residents of counties that experienced civil rights protests in the early to mid-1960s “tend to be more liberal today, especially with respect to racial attitudes.” Harvard University political scientist Soumyajit Mazumder writes, “They indicate greater support for affirmative action, display less racial resentment, and are more likely to identify as Democrats than whites from counties that did not experience protests.” 

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Armando defends FL, but the Gop is set to Brooks Brothers the actual vote count, even before any recount. Trump, somehow surprised by Whitaker backlash, is “coffee boy-ing” him and “no puppeting” the story. Zinke is set to go out with a bang!

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