Focusing on the economic crisis in his first press conference, Nov. 7, President-elect Barack Obama emphasized the needs of working families and creating jobs as the number one priority of his new administration.
California supporters of same-sex marriage took to the streets and to the courts following the passage on Nov. 4 of Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. The initiative, placed on the ballot after the California Supreme Court acted in May to void a similar proposition passed in 2000, led by 52.5 to 47.5 percent.
Voting rights organizations had warned for months that thousands of voters across the country mighbe disenfranchised by problems related to anticipated high turnout or actions that lessened participation of specific groups of voters. While they focused on protecting the vote, they also looked ahead to future fundamental reforms.
Riding Barack Obama’s long coattails, the Democrats expanded their Senate majority by at least five seats and added 20 or more to their majority in the House of Representatives Nov. 4.
BYESVILLE, Ohio -- It may be the day after Halloween, but Byesville still resembles a ghost town. Yet, this is exactly what prompted a visit from Joe Rugola, president of the Ohio AFL-CIO.
While working families and the people as a whole scored a major victory by electing Barack Obama and claiming larger majorities in Congress on Nov. 4th, several states hammered the rights and equality of LGBT people.
CHICAGO — With the nation and world watching, lights sparkled across Grant Park on Election Night as more than 240,000 Americans of all races and backgrounds gathered to hear President-elect Barack Obama call on them to “join in the work of remaking this nation the only way it's been done in America for 221 years — block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.”
Full text of Barack Obama's speech November 4, 2008 If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.
Well, the pundits were wrong. White voters didn't change their minds in the voting booth. Barack Obama's victory proves that some analysts gave too much weight to race, not only in gauging today's opinions but also in judging how the American people's attitudes have been taking shape for decades.
On Nov. 4, 2008, it happened — Barack Obama became our first African American president. What an historic moment this is. A nation that held people of African descent in bondage for 300 years and denied them rights of citizenship under Jim Crow for a century more has elected a Black president. It doesn’t get any more historic than that.