claire mccaskill? won.
stem cell amendment? passed.
senate? not clear yet, but the democrats have slim leads in virginia and montana, the two seats they need. it's looking good.
minimum wage? raised to $6.50 an hour in a landslide.
the "no pensions for felon judges" amendment? passed. (yeah...not a surprise there, but good to see nonetheless.)
call me happy.
it wasn't a perfect day, of course.
the tobacco tax didn't pass...which annoys me, because cigarettes are so undertaxed in missouri that it's not even funny.
another city measure that got under my skin, one that would require all employees of the saint louis city police department to live in the city proper, also passed. it's a nonbinding resolution, thank goodness, but i still think it's silly to say that police officers and all other employees of the department must live in the city. i understand the idea that police officers should have a connection to the community where they work, but there's nothing forcing police officers to work in the small area of the city where they live and are most connected, and i think it's an artificial line to draw that would prevent qualified police officers who live near, but not in, the city of st. louis, from serving the city.
still, however...this is the first major election day that i have been so happy about in ten years, since bill clinton won another term. and even so, this one is probably even better, just because of the surprise and excitement. everyone knew clinton was going to beat bob dole. but, many of these key races were too close to call until the returns came in, and the chips are falling the democrats' way.
i'm sure i'll return to my regularly scheduled cynicism soon, but for now, i'm hopeful to see what happens.