[Originally Reported on November 3, 2010 at 9:08pm on Reporting1blog]
The elections may change the names in the rosters and the ballot measures on paper but Trainsong residents are not expecting much to come of it.
“I suspect change will happen more slowly now,” Ray Wissig, Eugene resident, says. “Because so far the Republican party has been a party of ‘just say no,’ taking after Nancy Regan’s politics, to anything that’s been suggested.”
The Republicans, Wissig says, do “a lot of foot-dragging… and I think that will continue probably more aggressively” now that the Republican party will have more control over things.
Currently the polls read that the Republicans will take over the House but Democrats will keep control of the Senate. The map of the US portrayed on the New York Timeswebsite has a dominant republican red shade. Only 11 states so far, with votes still in counting, have the democrat blue.
Oregon has thus far stayed blue as Ron Wyden, Dem., took the Senate spot by 56.8%. However, governor candidate Chris Dudley, Rep., is in a close winning in a run with John Kitzhaber with 38 percent of the votes still unreported. Most of the House Representatives are leaning blue with the only clear Republican win in District 2 with Greg Walden.
“It’s gonna be the same,” Debra Rowe of Kam Loon Restaurant says. “You’ll hear it all, and hear it all, and when it down to it it’s gonna be the same.”
She likes Peter DeFazio, Dem., though, “he’s been there years and always good.” DeFazio won District 4 with 53.4 percent with only 76 percent of the votes in.
“It could go for the worse or for the better,” Donita Ogletree, employee of Sure Stop Market on the corner of Roosevelt and Highway 99, says. “You’ve got politicians lining their pockets while women and children are working and getting their wages cut.”
Ogletree couldn’t decide how she felt about some of the ballot measures this voting term presented. “If one of [the sex offenders] walked in front of me and I knew he was one, I’d end up in jail,” she says. But with a son who just got his third DUI she doesn’t know how she feels about that second part of Measure 73. “Then again, if you play you pay. I mean I was in jail myself and that’s just what it comes down to: you play you pay.“
“I’d like to see universal healthcare,” Wissig says.
Only time will tell to see how this new election will affect the future.