Freshman Gabrielle Giffords, from Arizona's 8th District, won a resounding victory against challenger Tim Bee. Congresswoman Giffords was a member of Global Solutions Class of 2006 and we have been very proud of the work she's done in the 110th Congress. She received an A on our Congressional Report Card and holds a seat on the Foreign Affairs Committee.
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Jeanne Shaheen pulled off a win in New Hampshire, defeating one-term Senator John Sununu. This isn't just good news for her or her party, it's a win for GlobalSolutions.org. Back in July, we talked with Shaheen and her campaign about our issues, working with our candidate questionnaire. One of the most exciting things was that she said the U.S. should slowly start engaging with the International Criminal Court.
This popular former Governor lost a close race to Sununu in 2002, but this time she won by over 40,000 votes (52 to 45 percent). Shaheen supports paying our assessed U.N. dues, wants to work on climate change, opposes new nuclear weapons and supports funding U.N. peace operations in hot spots like Darfur. And until he faced this serious challenger, Sen. Sununu got grades of F, D and D- on our Report Card. We're very pleased with this result.
On her questionnaire, Shaheen wrote: "I believe the United States needs to reestablish itself as a world leader that brings together countries to find solutions for the world's military, environmental, and economic issues. We need to rebuild our alliances and we need to restore our moral authority in the world by making it clear that we will abide by the Geneva Conventions."
We reached out to her campaign staff to offer our congratulations. We look forward to working with Senator-elect Shaheen in the 111th Congress.
According to Cooks Political Report, the race for Washington's 08 District seat was a toss-up the night before the election. Incumbent Rep. Dave Reichert (R) faced off against Darcy Burner (D), for the second time. In 2006, the two battled for the same seat with Reichert squeaking out a slight victory, 51% to 49%.
Prior to Election Day, Democrats argued that the economy and the general political climate of the country combined with an influx of Democratic residents to this suburban district of Seattle significantly helped Burners chances.
As it stands tonight, the race is still too close to call with 41% of the precincts reporting and Reichert ahead- 51% to 49%, according to CNN.
On our Congressional Report Card, Reichert earned a moderate B- grade for voting against CGS positions on nuclear weapons reduction, development aid, treatment of detainees, and intelligence issues.
GlobalSolutions.org PAC supported Burner's candidacy in this race because of her commitment to our global values. On her campaign website Ms. Burner recognized the need for global progress towards a better future: "As technology and globalization transform our economy, the United States must use its market power to raise the bar on labor, environmental and intellectual property standards worldwide, rather than accept the lowest common denominator. We have fought for decades for fair standards that advance the well-being of all people, and we are at a moment of opportunity to see those standards adopted worldwide. I will fight to advance the middle class all over the world."
We will continue to follow this election and maintain our hope for a Burner victory in Washington.
The 10th District of Illinois was considered a toss-up the day before the election. A suburb of Chicago, it was home to one of the nation's priciest and most competitive House races. While officially represented by a Republican, it went solidly to Kerry in the 2004 Presidential election.
Incumbent Mark Kirk (R), fought desperately to cling to his seat by touting a centrist platform throughout the race. Whereas, challenger Dan Seals (D), endorsed by President Obama, tried to paint Kirk as more closely tied to the Republican Party than he claimed.
Upsetting an incumbent is always a challenge, but Seals was not new to the political game. He nearly took Kirk's seat in the 2006 race in which Kirk was reelected with 53 percent of the vote. Seals took home 47 percent. Unfortunately, this election didn't fare any better for CGS' endorsed candidate Mr. Seals. Representative Mark Kirk earned the victory last night- winning 54% of the votes, while Seals only claimed 46%.
Although Dan Seals did not win this election as GlobalSolutions.org had hoped, all may not be lost with Mark Kirk. The Representative from Illinois' 10th District earned a moderate B- on our Congressional score card for voting against CGS positions on Health & Development, Development Aid, treatment of Detainees, and Intelligence Authorization bills. Perhaps the closeness of this election will serve as a motivating factor for Representative Kirk to improve his voting record on global issues.
In the term ahead, we will do our best to work with Mr. Kirk towards a better future.
Representative Howard Berman of California's 28th District has won his fourteenth bid for Congress, after running uncontested in this year's election cycle. Berman has been an exceptional force in the House, bringing his experience and oversight to an impressive number of bills relating to international affairs budgets and peacekeeping matters. As Chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Berman has been instrumental in brokering the deal on President Bush's anti-AIDS initiative, amongst other achievements. GlobalSolutions.org has recognized Berman's efforts, and most recently awarded the Representative an A+ in our Congressional Report Card for voting the way CGS would on many of the international issues. We at CGS are excited and honored in congratulating Berman on another term in office.
As of this writing it appears that the U.S. Senate race in Georgia between Saxby Chambliss (R-Incumbent) and Jim Martin (D) is headed for a runoff on Tuesday, December 2. The runoff is sure to attract national attention as the Democrats seek to build their working majority in the Senate, and to capitalize on the momentum of the election victory of Barack Obama, and the Republicans seeks to secure a line of defense in the Senate.
This runoff is important to GlobalSolutions.org because, on the issues that concern our organization, there is a clear difference between the candidates. Chambliss has received consistently low grades in our recent annual Congressional Report Cards: an "F" in 2008, a "D-" in 2007, a "D" in 2006, and an "F" in 2005.
Martin, by contrast, in completing our Candidates' Questionnaire, shows a positive orientation toward international issues. He calls for the U.S. "to reestablish its credibility and stature in the world" by "engaging our allies and working cooperatively to address issues that affect us all." He supports or is favorably inclined toward the position supported by GlobalSolutions.org on issues ranging from the U.S. paying its U.N. dues and its assessment s for U.N. peacekeeping operations to the U.S, participating in international climate agreements. (You can see his answers to our Candidate Questionnaire online here.)
Martin was endorsed by the Global Solutions Political Action Committee, which contributed $2,000 to his campaign. Under the rules that regulate PACs, a runoff election is a separate election, and the PAC could make a contribution to a candidate of up to $5,000 in that race.
Dennis Kucinich, a U.S. Representative since 1996, was reelected in the 10th District of Ohio for his 7th term. Ohioans were not surprised by his win, since he fundraised nearly seven times more than his Republican competitor, James Trakas, who lost by 18 % votes. His experience from primary elections 2004 and 2008 when he ran for Democratic nomination for President of the United States, helped him, too.
Voters appreciated his focus on economy, health care, workers rights, NAFTA or the end of Iraq war.
As a strong advocate of peaceful coexistence, consensus building, disarmament, and respect for international treaties of conflicts in the world, he was endorsed by GlobalSolutions.org. He proposes to establish a Department of Peace.
Last night, Chellie Pingree triumphed over Charlie Summers, 56% to 44%, claiming Maine's 1st District House seat. Newcomer, Chellie Pingree is a former Maine State Senator, businesswoman and former CEO of Common Cause. This will be her first term serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.
At Common Cause, Chellie Pingree worked to "foster collaboration between influential nongovernmental leaders from partner countries to better address government accountability issues."
Representative Pingree will hopefully be a true CGS advocate. On her campaign website, Pingree declared her support for increased global interaction, "America must no longer be seen as an aggressor in the world. We need to embrace a new foreign policy to restore our reputation. In the future we must work cooperatively with other nations, acting multilaterally first and unilaterally only if necessary." CGS endorsed Chellie Pingree because we feel that once in office, she will work hard to promote global engagement and international cooperation.
Congratulations Chellie Pingree! We look forward to following your Congressional career.
James P. McGovern is an incumbent, currently serving his 6th term in Congress. He ran uncontested this year and will remain Massachusetts' 3rd District representative in the House. McGovern's reelection, even though unchallenged, remains a triumph for GlobalSolutions.org and for the world. Over the years, McGovern's voting record has earned him an A+ rating on our Congressional Report Card.
Among his many achievements, Representative McGovern earned extra credit on our Congressional Report Card for his work on peacekeeping, global health, and human rights. He was a cosponsor of H. Res. 213, which calls for the creation of a U.N. Emergency Peacekeeping Service. He has been a leader in the House to increase and make mandatory funding for International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Programs in the Farm Bill Reauthorization Act. He gave numerous floor speeches on the genocide in Darfur and organized and hosted a briefing for House colleagues and the House Hunger Caucus on global HIV/AIDS and Food Insecurity. To show his dedication to the cause, he actually traveled to Ethiopia, Kenya and Chad to examine food aid programs, food security and safety net programs in Ethiopia, school feeding programs in Kenya; and emergency operations with Darfur refugees and with Chadian IDPs in eastern Chad. More recently, in September of this year, McGovern, who co-chairs the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, held a briefing on 'Genocide-Free Investing,' in which he expressed his desire to "promote responsible investment" that will not contribute to genocide.
Congratulations Representative McGovern, your victory is a victory for the world!
Lynn Woolsey has served in Congress for over sixteen years, and yesterday she defeated her challenger, Mike Halliwell with a resounding 72% to 24% victory. Representative Woolsey is a champion of CGS causes, earning an A rating on our Congressional Report Card and we are delighted to welcome her back to Washington.
As a member of the House she "proposed a plan called SMART Security , which is a Sensible, Multilateral American Response to Terrorism. Under this plan, war is an absolute last resort, to be pursued only after every diplomatic solution has been exhausted." Woolsey's plan involves fighting terrorism by "promoting multilateral partnerships and the better intelligence they bring - with an emphasis on respecting human and civil rights."
In addition to this, Woolsey is committed to nuclear non-proliferation, investing in economic and social development in impoverished nations, and developing renewable energy sources. She introduced House Res. 68 which recognized the dangers posed by nuclear weapons and called on the President to engage in nonproliferation strategies. Representative Woolsey also introduced House Res. 508, Bring the Troops Home and Iraq Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2007, and H Res. 101, which called on the Senate to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). GlobalSolutions.org applauds you Representative Woolsey!