NC: PHB exclusive video of NOM's Brian Brown at Raleigh rally – plus I am mistaken for a fundie (!)

My high-quality vid is still uploading, but I have this lower-res version for those excited to see the flopsweat on Brian Brown’s brow ASAP. So the background first — I did this on my lunch hour (kind of a long lunch since it takes about a 1/2 hour to get to Raleigh), and I drove a work colleague with me who hadn’t been to one of these fundie rallies before. Robyn was quite excited as I described the decomposing influence of NOM as its tour has worn on.

It’s hot here this week, so it was over 95 degrees and when we drove down Morgan Street, which was the dividing street between our anti-NOM rally and NOM’s zombies, our side had signs saying “Honk for Equality” which was the rallying call to drown out NOM’s speakers, which was quite effective in rattling Brown. We found a parking space a block away (!) and I quickly got up the block, turned the camera on, and got a pass of the protesters and then marched up to the NOM crowd and zeroed in on Brown, who was just getting warmed up…you may hear my editorial “OMG” comments in the background. And when Brian starts bleating about how he’s going to help pass a marriage amendment here in NC, you can clearly hear me say “not gonna happen.” 😛



Brian Brown urged supporters this afternoon to stand and urge their legislators to support a constitutional amendment to protect marriage: “If you move forward with a marriage amendment in North Carolina, you will show the government where we stand.” The way will not always be easy, however: “In Atlanta, some attempted to attack Dr. Alveda King and smear her – she greeted it with love.”

And for even greater effect, there were two NOM supporters behind me at various points getting the spirit inside them and they would yell out “Yes! Praise Jesus” or some such nonsense in response to the speaker spouting outright homophobic blather. I was having a hard time not cracking up at the sad spectacle.

As I said in my earlier post (“NC: NOM’s pathetic stop in Raleigh – another FAIL-O-RAMA“), the National Organization for Marriage continues its disastrous tour that has crashed and burned repeatedly here in the South, with today’s embarrassment in Raleigh a festive smackdown of bigotry. There was no organized effort on our side — all of it was grassroots activism via Facebook groups that turned out over 200 people. On NOM’s side – maybe 50. It may have been even less, since some of the people I counted looked to be lunchtime curious onlookers, not the hardcore faithful. And there were a lot of cops, as in way too many for the given task, and there was a large media presence, so when you see the photos in the slideshow of the shaded area where NOM is, that thin crowd if you take tha latter away, would be pitiful.

There were several stand-up comic natural marriage advocates present, including was the head of the local bigot parade in this state, the North Carolina Family Policy Council, Bill Brooks and Mark Creech, Executive Director of the Christian Action League of North Carolina. Creech was particularly entertaining.

Ian Palmquist, the executive director of Equality North Carolina was at the rally and I grabbed him for an interview to ask him about the reaction to the grassroots demonstration and NOM’s weak, bizarre stop in our state.

When my colleague Robyn got a glimpse of Brown as the event was breaking up, she said:

“Oh, my he has a history, doesn’t he?

I said:

You mean as he’s in the closet?

Robyn:

Who on earth is he kidding? There’s no way he’s straight. He’s a desperate man.


Robyn.

Now what happened next was beyond surreal. This middle-aged woman with a floppy hat on and a clipboard in her hand, looking a bit wild-eyed, came over and asked us if we wanted to sign up for some “scientifically-based information on marriage.” Robyn and I looked at each other and knew exactly where this was going. I said:

Pam: Scientific information? What are you talking about?

Fundie: I’m with The Ruth Institute (a “project of the National Organization for Marriage) and I have literature I can share with you…

Pam: I’m sorry, I’m not interested…I’m married to a woman.

PREGNANT PAUSE…FUNDIE JAW OPEN. Clearly she thought I was straight and on her side.

Robyn: I am married to a woman as well.

PREGNANT PAUSE…FUNDIE JAW OPENING WIDER. Oh NOES, her Gaydar is broken for sure! A fly could have entered and buzzed around in her piehole. Finally she regains her composure and says…

Fundie: You’re marriage is not real. You’re not married in the state of NC.

Pam: No, you’re right. But when I go to visit my relatives in NY, I’m married. If I go to Iowa, I’m married, if I go to Massachusetts I’m married…

Fundie (interrupting, voice shaking): Your marriage is a legal fraud, that doesn’t matter, what matters is natural marriage.

Pam (interrupting): My marriage is not a fraud…and I don’t need your literature.

Fundie (turning and walking away, head exploding in anger): You’re being rude…

Pam: Hey you’re the one who came up to me first…(laughing).

Robyn and I laughed the entire ride back to work because this woman 1) pegged us both as straight and kindred spirits, 2) clearly hasn’t run into this “problem” before, and 3) had a meltdown that was priceless.

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The also random oddities about the event today.

While I halfway expect to get fan mobbed at Netroots Nation, I really don’t expect that down here at home. When I walked up to the corner to shoot more video, a whole bunch of people demonstrating were yelling out my name and cheering, and saying hi.

Of course this was a bit embarrassing, because I’m standing here next to my co-worker who knows me as the IT Manager at Duke Press, a position that clearly isn’t what is causing the commotion. The old alter ego thing, worlds colliding.

But I know that the greeting was genuine, and I do like meeting readers, so I waved and yelled out hi and crossed the street over to them and spoke to those who wanted to say hello or take photos with me. Sigh. I guess my days of local anonymity are numbered.

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Anyway, when I went back across the street to do more NOM taping, I’m just walking all the way up to the front with the media (I had no credentials) walked around the side of the speaker stand, getting good shots. I go back across to our side to take photos of the rainbow rally. I do this a few times and then I run into one of those attending on our side and he alerts me that the police had chased him away from the NOM zombie side. Apparently they did not want anyone on the pro-equality side anywhere near where they had their permit to speak.

Well I was all up NOM’s butt taping and none of the cops came up to me to say anything, even though I was clearly shooting on the conflicting sides and wasn’t designated as press. That was really strange. I’m not complaining, but I thought I stuck out like a sore thumb. Then again, if that fundie with the clipboard was fooled…   (more…)

Georgia, Connecticut, Colorado and Minnesota Primary Results – Liveblog Part 2

[Update – Michael Bennet just beat Andrew Romanoff and has been declared the winner of the Democratic primary for the US Senate race in Colorado.]

The important election news so far tonight. Linda McMahon won the GOP primary for US Senate in Connecticut. Also in Connecticut, Dan Malloy beat Ned Lamont in the Democratic primary for governor.You can find part one of the liveblog here and a description of the important races to watch tonight here.

You can find results at Politico or the Georgia Secretary of State.

The GOP governor race in Georgia, the GOP governor race in Colorado, and the GOP Senate primary in Colorado are all extremely close at this point.

10:07 pm – In Dem Senate primary incumbent Michael Bennet is looking strong with 63.6% reporting Bennet 54.4 – Andrew Romanoff 45.6. The Republican primary  is a lot closer but tea party backed Buck is looking good. Buck 51.6 – Jane Norton 48.4. In the GOP governor primary things are extremely close. Dan Maes 50.4 – Scott McInnis 49.6.

Democratic governor candidate John Hickenlooper is one lucky man. He will likely face not one but two extreme right wing candidates in the general. Tom Tancredo is running on the American Constitution Party ticket.

10:13pm – Michael Bennet just beat Andrew Romanoff and has been declared the winner of the Democratic primary for the US Senate race in Colorado. Bennet preformed better than almost all polling indicated. He is currently beating Romanoff with 63.9% reporting by roughly 9 points.

10:22pm – We have a potential upset in the making in Minnesota. With 25.3% reporting in the DFL primary for governor Margaret Kelliher 45.3 – Mark Dayton 36.8. Polling from right before the election had Dayton with a large lead.

10:25pm – Sam Caligiuri has been declared the winner of the GOP primary in CT 5th district. He will go on to face incumbent Chris Murphy in the general.

10:30pm – Wow things are close in Georgia GOP governor primary. It looks like we could be heading to a long recount. With 98.7% Nathan Deal 50.3 – Karen Handel 49.7. Just over 3000 votes separate the two.

10:42pm – In CO GOP governor primary the race is extremely close with 71.5% reporting. Dan Maes 50.2 – Scott McInnis 49.9. Less than a 1,000 votes separate the two. It is possible that GOP nightmare might end up requiring a recount. No candidate deserves to be as lucky as Democrat John Hickenlooper.

10:48pm – In Connecticut Tom Foley has just been declared the winner in the Republican primary for governor. He will face Democrat Dan Malloy in the general.

10:52pm – Ryan Frazier has won the Republican primary in Colorado’s 7th district by a 2:1 margin over Lang Sias. He will get to challenge Ed Perlmutter in the general.

11:00pm – Things are moving slightly in Dayton direction in Minnesota with 47.2% reporting. Kelliher 42.8 – Dayton 38.5.

11:09pm – They are showing 100% reporting in Georgia. Deal 291,713 – Handel 289,353. 2360 votes separate the two. I smell a recount!

11:24pm – Slowly but surely things are tightening in Minnesota. With 59.4% reporting it is now Kelliher 42 – Mark Dayton 39.3.

11:34pm – Score one for the tea party and Freedomworks. Ken Buck has just been declared the winner in Colorado’s Republican primary for Senate. He will face Micheal Bennet in the general. This is a lose for the Chamber of Commerce and the Republican establishment who back Jane Norton.

This should help Democrats push the narrative of hard right tea party take over of the GOP. Republicans now have three insurgent conservative candidates running in big important Senate races.

11:40pm – The two big races we are still waiting on are the Dem primary for governor in Minnesota and the Republican primary for governor in Colorado.

11:56pm – Things are getting pretty close in Minnesota. Kelliher 41.1 – Dayton 40 with 78.2% reporting.

12:12am – Results are coming in very slowly now. With 83% reporting it is Kelliher 40.9 – Dayton 40.2.

12:20am – The numbers are coming in extremely slowing from Colorado and it is still extremely close in the Republican governor primary. With 78.2% reporting it is Dan Maes 50.3 – Scott McInnis 49.7.

12:30am – It looks like Mark Dayton might actually barely pull this off. With 87.2% reporting it is Kelliher 40.6 – Dayton 40.4.

12:51am – With 90.1% Kelliher lead is down to only a few hundred vote lead. I smell another runoff as a result of tonight!

12:53am – With 91.1% reporting Mark Dayton has taken the lead for the first time. It is less than 300 votes but will likely grow.

12:59am – Scott Tipton has been declared the winner of the Republican primary in CO 3rd district.

1:12am – Things are really moving in Dayton’s direction. With 93.7% reporting it is Dayton 40.8 – Kelliher 40.3.

1:20am – It is late so I’m going to head to bed.  The news in Minnesota is that Dayton is finishing real strong. He is now leading 41 – 40.1 with 94.7% reporting.

In Colorado Dan Maes has manage to hold until his small lead and it looks like from remaining places yet to report he will. Currently with 90.4% reporting it is Dan Maes 50.5 – Scott McInnis 49.5.

8:15am – Quick round up. Dan Maes (the UN is using bike paths to take over America) won the Republican primary in Colorado for governor. In Minnesota Mark Dayton won the DFL primary for governor.

Are There No Simulation Models Out There?

Dean Baker had an interesting post in HuffPo on August 2nd on the Alan Blinder/Mark Zandi study. It’s the best take on it I’ve seen thus far. He says:

". . . A new study by Princeton University Professor Alan Blinder and Mark Zandi, the chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, examined the impact of the TARP and the related Fed and FDIC bailout programs. The study found that without the bailout, GDP would have declined by another 6.5 percent and the economy would have lost another 8.5 million jobs. In other words, things might be bad now, but if we didn’t shovel trillions in loans and loan guarantees to Goldman Sachs and the rest of the Wall Street gang, they would be even worse.

"Before we start thanking Goldman for taking our money, it is worth taking a closer look at the study. The big story here is the counterfactual. What does the study assume the Fed and Treasury would have done if we had not passed the TARP and the Fed had not come through with its vast array of emergency loan and loan guarantee programs?

"The answer is that the study assumes that they would have done nothing. In other words, the question asked by the study is "what would the world look like if the federal government had done absolutely nothing to counter the economic and financial downturn resulting from collapse of the housing bubble?"

"This counterfactual seems more than a bit unrealistic. Suppose we had let the market work its magic and put Goldman, Citigroup, Bank of America, and Morgan Stanley into bankruptcy. Suppose that once these firms were in receivership and their bank units were in the hands of the FDIC, the Fed flooded the system with liquidity. How would this situation compare with the situation where trillions of taxpayer dollars were put at the discretion of Goldman and the rest through TARP and the Fed’s special facilities?

"The Blinder-Zandi study tells us absolutely nothing about this scenario. In other words, Blinder and Zandi have constructed an absurdly unrealistic counterfactual and told us that the TARP was much better than this absurd scenario. This is like saying that people who don’t eat chicken will starve to death. Under the counterfactual that people who don’t chicken don’t eat anything else either, they certainly will starve to death.

"But that is not a serious analysis of the benefits of eating chicken, and Blinder and Zandi have not given us a serious analysis of the benefits of the TARP. . . . "

Of course, Dean Baker is completely correct. But this sort of thing is done all the time in Washington "think tanks." It’s called policy analysis and it makes a pretense of being objective. But really if it involves evaluation of things that have already been done it never gets at the counterfactuals, or, at least not at very many of them, because its purpose is to make a case either for or against what has already been done, and not really to do an "objective" measurement of impact. . . .

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Summer Murder Music Update

“Murder Music” is a peculiar kind of Jamaican music, reggae dancehall music, some of which calls for LGBT people to be killed.

Mark Myrie, aka “Buju Banton,” is one of the prominent murder music artistes. He is currently in U.S. federal custody awaiting trial on conspiracy drug charges. His trial is expected to take place in Tampa, Florida, in September 2010.

Other artistes, such as Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and Mavado have had difficulty this year getting U.S. visas to work in the U.S.

The only major murder music artiste who seems able to work in the U.S. is Capleton. Capleton has made several visits to the U.S. this year, but his February 2010 U.S. West Coast tour was canceled thanks to help from some Pam's House Blend readers.

You can read about Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Capleton and Sizzla and their “kill gays” songs in the “Dancehall Dossier” at http://bit.ly/9fKHdV  

For information on Mavado, just search the internet for songs like “Batty Bwoy Termination” and “Dem a Fag.” 

Back on December 5th, 2009 Beenie Man stepped on a stage in Kampala, Uganda and sang a song, “Mi Nah Wallah,” in which he said he wanted to cut the throats of all gay men. http://tinyurl.com/y9w8fyh  That concert was sponsored by the local Pepsi bottler. Pepsi later apologized for its local bottler sponsoring that concert.

In July 2010, Beenie Man was featured at a festival in Montego Bay, Jamaica, “Reggae Sumfest 2010.”  Bounty Killer and Mavado were also featured at this festival, which was sponsored by Guinness Beer, Red Stripe Beer, Coca-Cola, Avis Car Rental and Holiday Inn.

We're concerned about these major businesses sponsoring a festival that features very homophobic performers. Jamaican Red Stripe beer, in the past has helped to keep homophobic “kill gays” performers out of festivals that it sponsored.

Guinness and Red Stripe beer are both owned and distributed by Diageo, which is headquartered in the UK.

Activists are going to contact the American offices of Diageo, Coca-Cola, Avis Car Rental and Holiday Inn. It would help for Pam's House Blend readers to also send polite letters to:

 

Guinness and Red Stripe:

 

Ivan Menezes, CEO  
 
Diageo North America, Inc.
801 Main Ave.
NorwalkCT 06851
 
 
Coca-Cola:
Mr. Muhtar Kent, CEO
 

The Coca-Cola Company
P.O. Box 1734
Atlanta, GA 30301
 
 
Avis Car Rental:
 
Ronald L. Nelson, CEO
 
Avis Budget Group, Inc.
6 Sylvan Way
Parsippany, NJ  07054
 
 
Holiday Inn:
 
Jim Abrahamson, President
 
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC
3 Ravinia Drive Suite 2900
Atlanta, Georgia 30346

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Google And Verizon Have A Cunning Plan For Fun And Profit

First of all, David Dayden’s post is exactly what i’m going to avoid here. It’s Neutral. I’m far past neutral. First, I wanna call out Obama, our net neutrality candidate. (irony intended) I am way past hoping this surrendermonkey is going to have his administration or the FCC do anything. My hope just dried up like my under-watered lawn. Just like when Mrs. Clinton was downstairs when the President was polling Ms. Lewinsky. We got fucked over.

The Bush administration exempted the internet providers from complying with common carrier laws. The common carrier laws were legislated after decades of corrupt railroads did corrupt things. Example is on page 11 of this document here. Basically the South Improvement Company, A shipper for Standard Oil (yeah the one owned by John D. Rockefeller) Negotiated a secret rate. They even got a cash rebate for any oil shipped by competitors. To wrap it up, I quote Answers.com

These costly rate wars led carriers to avoid general rate cuts and to develop the practice of making secret agreements with certain shippers, whereby the shipper would get some form of rate reduction in exchange for his promise to ship his goods over the line offering the concession. Such concessions enabled the favored shippers to undersell their competitors and thus increase their business and the business of the railroad offering the rebates. The public objected bitterly to the practice of rebating because of its obvious unfairness and because the process of building up one shipper at the expense of others promoted the development of monopolies, with all of their attendant evils.

Now for an episode from my childhood. I was 9 years old living in married student housing at ETSU. Anyhow I was racing bikes with my friend, JJ. I loved it, because I had a Schwinn dirt bike with long pedals. He had a Huffy. Hell I always won, and I never minded a race. Never.

OK, Forget all that about the bikes. We’re going to talk about the killer application for the 21 century, Internet TV on demand. Watch your TV show without commercials when you want to. Everyone. And I mean every consumer household will have TV on demand.

Well, a funny thing happened while the internet providers were upgrading their networks for all this Video on demand. They realized that the real action was in the content. The value of the content was even more than what the network hardware cost. Naturally, they weren’t going to see any of that cash flow…. unless they had an arrangement with the media company.

Fast forward to Monday this week when Google and Verizon released a policy statement intended to replace network neutrality on the internet. Here’s the fine language.

In providing broadband Internet access service, a provider would be prohibited from engaging in undue discrimination against any lawful Internet content, application, or service in a manner that causes meaningful harm to competition or to users.

Actually, the policy paper was cover for the special arrangement between Verizon (the network provider) and Google/YouTube (the media company). Verizon’s FIOS TV (a video on demand system) will have "the fast Schwinn" when it connects to YouTube.com.

Now how do they expect us to believe that giving YouTube the fast lane, would not affect any of YouTube competitors? Indeed, the Google/Verizon Policy document is hogwash.

Just like any good con artist, Google and Verizon are such nice people who shouldn’t be disappointed. Don’t believe it for a second.

Thanks for reading FDL people! Hope you like this more than the other guys Net Neutrality Diary!

Congress Should Consider Legalizing Marijuana

Congress Should Consider Legalizing Marijuana
By Tracy Emblem

The phrase “war on drugs” was first coined in 1971 by Richard Nixon after Congress passed the Controlled Substance Act which created five categories of regulated substances. “Cannabis” also known as “marijuana” was classified on Schedule 1 where it remains listed today with other highly addictive drugs like fentanyl, Ecstasy and heroin.

Currently, fourteen states, including California and D.C., have enacted laws legalizing medical marijuana.

In San Diego County, California, James Stacy, faces felony criminal charges and a trial starting later this month in federal court for legally dispensing marijuana under the state’s compassionate medical marijuana law approved by California voters in 1996. Stacy’s collective was operating in full compliance with state law. However, the federal law trumps state law because marijuana is still classified under Schedule 1 of the Act, the only category which may not be prescribed by a physician.

In order for a drug to be listed under Schedule 1, it must have a high potential for abuse; no currently accepted medical use in treatment; and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.

Medical marijuana does not fit within the Schedule 1 criteria because it is used by chemotherapy and AIDS patients and people suffering from diseases like glaucoma and chronic pain.

There is general acceptance for the therapeutic use of marijuana as evidenced by the voters since 1996. In 1999, the state legislature passed a bill which commissioned the University of California to establish a scientific research program to investigate the therapeutic usages of cannibas.

In February this year, the Center for Medicinal Cannibas Research reported that marijuana shows promise for chronic pain caused by injury to the nervous system or diseases like multiple sclerosis.

This November, California voters are asked to decide whether to fully legalize marijuana for state residents, but even if Proposition 19 passes, it would still be a “federal crime” subject to prosecution because federal law trumps state law.

With state and federal rights colliding, the time has come for the federal government to seriously consider removing marijuana from the Schedule 1 list, and perhaps the broader approach of legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana.

In the years alcohol was criminalized in the U.S., bootlegging became widespread and organized crime took control of the distribution.

Mexico is publicly debating whether to legalize marijuana. In Mexico, over 28,000 people have been killed since 2006 by the drug cartel crackdowns. If legalized, it would cut the cartels off from a large portion of their illicit cash trade because 60-percent of marijuana gets shipped from Mexico into the U.S. for sale.

In California, the sale of marijuana generates $14 billion annually. The State Board of Equalization estimates that legalizing and taxing marijuana under Proposition 19 would generate $1.38 billion, with additional savings of annual law enforcement. According to NORML, a non-profit organization working to decriminalize marijuana, “legalization would save over $200 million in law enforcement costs for arrest, prosecution, trial and imprisonment of marijuana offenders.”

Recently, the Veterans Health Administration issued a directive recognizing the medical use of marijuana, and distinguishing it from other illicit drugs. According to Americans for Safe Access, more than 27% of Veterans treated by the VA have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress and medical marijuana is used to treat that condition.

There is no scientific reason marijuana should be listed under Schedule 1 because of its legitimate medical use. The federal government should end prosecuting individuals in states which allow licensed physicians to prescribe marijuana for their patients under state law.

Late Night: Greetings From The Professional Left

Always trying to move hippies to the right... (photo: Neubie on Flickr)

Hi, I’m Ed, and I’m a professional leftist. Here’s my message to you, President Obama, and your spokesman, Robert Gibbs.

I’m big on baby aspirin and some eye-drops for a vision issue. That’s about it for drugs. Oh, and caffeine and ibuprofen. I admit to being both a professional writer and a leftist. I don’t get paid for either.

That may be why reading Robert Gibbs’ views of me and my writing is so aggravating. You and he and your Senior Administration Officials don’t have any idea who I am, or who my colleagues are. That’s because you make no effort to find out. We have readers, Mr. President, hundreds of thousands of readers. That doesn’t happen just because we are professionals, but because people want to know what we think. You don’t.

I have a set of principles about the way society should function. I write about those too, and name people whose ideas motivate me, including Albert Camus, Richard Rorty, Hannah Arendt, and John Rawls. You have never done that, and it makes me think you have no principles.

I don’t insult people who disagree with me. You do, and so do your Senior Administration Officials.

In my first post on this site, I argued that we should demand that you pursue accountability for specific acts of the prior administration. You preferred to court the Party of Bad Faith rather than condemn its violations of our criminal laws.

Where is the accountability for the people who wrecked the economy? No bankers were fired, Larry Summers and Timothy Geithner and Ben Bernanke screwed up and got promoted, Robert Rubin led the deregulation craze and you listen to him and his protégés.

If you click my name, you can read in detail why I think you have failed the left and the country, in detail, with facts and reasoning on full display. It’s a lot easier to punch the air where a dirty hippie might be than to deal with my views, let alone those of my colleagues.

You think I should be a cheerleader for you? Why?

Ed Walker

Georgia, Connecticut, Colorado and Minnesota Primary Results – Liveblog Part 2

(photo: wallyg on Flickr)

[Update – Michael Bennet just beat Andrew Romanoff and has been declared the winner of the Democratic primary for the US Senate race in Colorado.]

The important election news so far tonight. Linda McMahon won the GOP primary for US Senate in Connecticut. Also in Connecticut, Dan Malloy beat Ned Lamont in the Democratic primary for governor.You can find part one of the liveblog here and a description of the important races to watch tonight here.

You can find results at Politico or the Georgia Secretary of State.

The GOP governor race in Georgia, the GOP governor race in Colorado, and the GOP Senate primary in Colorado are all extremely close at this point.

10:07 pm – In Dem Senate primary incumbent Michael Bennet is looking strong with 63.6% reporting Bennet 54.4 – Andrew Romanoff 45.6. The Republican primary is a lot closer but tea party backed Buck is looking good. Buck 51.6 – Jane Norton 48.4. In the GOP governor primary things are extremely close. Dan Maes 50.4 – Scott McInnis 49.6.

Democratic governor candidate John Hickenlooper is one lucky man. He will likely face not one but two extreme right wing candidates in the general. Tom Tancredo is running on the American Constitution Party ticket.

10:13pm – Michael Bennet just beat Andrew Romanoff and has been declared the winner of the Democratic primary for the US Senate race in Colorado. Bennet preformed better than almost all polling indicated. He is currently beating Romanoff with 63.9% reporting by roughly 9 points.

10:22pm – We have a potential upset in the making in Minnesota. With 25.3% reporting in the DFL primary for governor Margaret Kelliher 45.3 – Mark Dayton 36.8. Polling from right before the election had Dayton with a large lead.

10:25pm – Sam Caligiuri has been declared the winner of the GOP primary in CT 5th district. He will go on to face incumbent Chris Murphy in the general.

[Click through for the latest results.]