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Election: out with the old; in with the new

November 5, 2010

Tensions were high this week as the 2010 House of Representatives, Senate, and Governor elections took place.

After the 2008 elections, Democrats controlled the Presidency, the House of Representatives and the Senate.  This “party-sweep” meant that Democrats were almost uncontested in passing legislation in the House. Republicans were able to use procedural rules in the Senate to prevent many bills from being passed.

However, that changed this week when control of the House of Representatives shifted to the Republicans with 239 seats to the Democrats 186, which also meant that Joe Boehner will replace Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House.

Boehner, the Representative for Ohio’s 8th district, will face a difficult two years as he tries to live up to his promises of curtailing the power of the government and creating more jobs.

“We make a great mistake if we believe that tonight’s results are somehow an embrace of the Republican Party,” Boehner said.  “What they are is a second chance, a second chance for Republicans to be what they said they were going to be not so long ago.”

Republicans are feeling the pressure even as they get ready to take control of the House but Republicans are not the only ones feeling the pressure. Even though the Democrats still control the Senate, it is by a slim majority of 52 to the Republicans 46.

Some have commented that the Republican’s control of the House shows discontentment with the government’s progress.

Another interesting development is the addition of several Tea Party Senators and Representatives.

Locally, incumbent Pat Quinn (D) defeated Bill Brady (R) for Governor, Bobby Schilling (R) ousted incumbent Phil Hare (D) for the House of Representatives in Illinois’ 17th District and Mark Kirk (R) beat Alexi Giannoulias (D) for Barack Obama’s former Senate seat.

BY SARAH ZAUBI
Co-News Editor

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