Congressman Christopher Smith was first elected in 1980, and most recently in 2008 as a Representative of New Jersey's 4th District. In an area which usually votes Democratic, Smith, a decorated Congressman, has been able to stand out as a Republican representative, after defeating Democrat Zeitz 66% to 33% on election night. In 2008 CGS gave Smith a grade of B in our Congressional Report Card for his impressive work in the health, development and peacekeeping fronts. This year Smith appropriated more attention during his campaign to initiating health care reforms, striving to protect human rights and to maintain New Jersey's beautiful environment. He has stated the "imperative" need to address issues like climate change, and has worked towards ensuring the US will spearhead campaigns to address global solutions to such issues. Our Political Action Committee has endorsed and contributed to Smith's campaign, and now GlobalSolutions.org would like to congratulate Chris Smith on his winning bid for Congress.
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GlobalSolutions.org would like to extend its congratulations to Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH 01) on winning the Congressional race in her district after defeating Republican Jeb Bradley 53% to 45%. The incumbent Representative of New Hampshire's 1st District, Shea-Porter has been in office since 2006 and last year received an A grade in our annual Congressional Report Card. On the issues we care about most, Shea-Porter voted as a global citizen would - she opposed amendments that would have reduced fiscal contributions to international organizations, and supported a bill that prohibited the use of unauthorized interrogation techniques by officials. In her 2008 campaign Shea-Porter made it a priority of hers to re-focus attention upon climate change issues by structuring plans to achieve American energy independence by 2018 and by driving the campaign for the resurgence of civil liberties.
Gerry E. Connolly succeeded in his Virginia's 11th District after the 14 year tenure of Republican representative Thomas Davis. His Republican opponent, Keith Fimian lost by 8 %. Gerry E. Connolly, the chairman of the board of supervisors in Fairfax County, convinced voters by promising a balanced federal budget, an end to the war in Iraq and the restoration of American credibility around the world. Additionally, he wants to push for quality and affordable health care. He demands that 'No Child Left Behind' be fully funded and increase federal investments in education. Among global issues, he addresses combating global warming by promoting energy conservation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
He intends to vote for the ratification of an international climate agreement, and to support the ICC's Rome Statute and Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. GlobalSolutions.org supported his efforts for a better and multilaterally governed world.
In the New Mexico 1st District, Martin Heinrich, a candidate for the Democratic Party, defeated County Sheriff Darren White by 10% gaining 55% votes. A newly elected representative, endorsed by GlobalSolutions.org, replaces Republican Heather A. Wilson after 10 years in her office.
Martin Heinrich, who started his political career in the Albuquerque City Council, finds it imperative to secure energy independence by development of wind, solar and other alternative energies. Besides that, he will push for a higher national minimum wage adjusted annually for inflation in inflation. He is loyal to the traditional democratic agenda, such as affordable healthcare or a withdrawal of troops from Iraq. Martin also promised a permanent tax cut for the middle class.
He would support ratification of the international climate agreements, ICC's Rome Statute and Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. According to him, the International Criminal Court should play a significant role in convicting violators of human rights in the world.
As the Congressional Quarterly forecasted, Joe Sestak, who was running for re-election outwitted Republican Williams Wendell in the 7th district in Pennsylvania, by a terrific 20% receiving 60% of total votes. Before election, his popularity proved by a great success in fundraising for his campaign. He raised six times more than his Republican opponent, which turned out to be his great advantage. He gained the endorsement not only from GlobalSolutions.org, but also from prominent personalities, such as Bill Clinton, John Kerry, Madeleine Albright and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Joe Sestak clamored for improving five pillars of national security; economy, health, education, energy & environment, and defense. Above all, he is an advocate for middle class tax cuts, withdrawal from Iraq, affordable and accessible healthcare, affordable college education, and tax incentives for alternative sources of energy.
He supports international cooperation in general, the International Criminal Court, and mandatory reductions in greenhouse gas emissions as steps against global warming. Congressman Sestak, a retired Vice-Admiral in the U.S. Navy, is also a strong advocate for the U.S. accession to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and even sent around "dear colleague" letters to members of the Senate advocating for its passage. Besides that, he stands for a lower threshold for the use of nuclear weapons.
Last night in Chicago president-elect Barack Obama accepted his election win and said to the world,
"to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces, to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of the world, our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand."
You've heard it before, but there's no harm in hearing it once more - this is an historic election, and the perfect opportunity to make your vote count. With just a few days to go before the elections, there's a lot of information out there for you to sieve through on how these candidates will vote and act once elected. So browse through our elections page to see who we've endorsed , check out our Congressional Report Card to see how all the candidates have fared on the issues we care about, or compare Obama and McCain on key topics like Nuclear Proliferation, the ICC and much more. There's no time like the present, so go out and make your voice heard! And while you're at it, check out our CEO Don Kraus' video on getting out there and voting!
"A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical elusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
Much excitement was generated earlier this year when Radovan Karadzic, former Bosnian Serb leader was arrested in Belgrade and charged by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia with war crimes and genocide. Since his arrest in July, Karadzic has pleaded Not Guilty to these charges, and is now claiming that genocide never occurred in Srebrenica .
By Lenka Andrysova and Simone Pereira