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Wednesday Clutter: Election Results, Wells Fargo, Mookie Betts, Breaking Bad Movie, Captain Marvel, Mr. Big, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  Come on in, have a seat.  How are you?  BDH, Little Buddha, and I sat in front of the computer last night with multiple tabs open as we kept track of election results.  They were listening to NBC News while I did most of the online scanning.  It's all about teamwork around here.  There's plenty to discuss, and we've got a lot of coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Wednesday Clutter.

The results are in, and the Democrats regained control of the House for the first time in eight years, so there's finally going to be an institutional curb on Donald Trump's power.  The Republicans maintained control of the Senate (which is particularly bad when it comes to judicial appointments), so there will still be many battles ahead, but we've taken the first step towards regaining control of this country.  Democrats won with a diverse assembly of candidates, including women, people of color, and a younger generation, which better reflects our nation's makeup.  They have said they'll focus on healthcare and holding Trump in check, to which we say, bring on the investigations. 

Nancy Pelosi November 7 2018Nancy Pelosi and company regain the House.  (pic via cnn.com)

Good for Stacey Abrams for not conceding in the Georgia gubernatorial race.  Secretary of State Brian Kemp never should have remained in charge of his own election.  He has done everything possible to blatantly steal that contest, and every last vote should be counted before a winner is determined.

Andrew Gillum's loss in his run for Florida governor was one of the more disappointing results of the night, but Florida voters did choose to restore voting rights for convicted felons.  That decision will add roughly 1.5 million people to the state's voting rolls, and it's an important step to reestablishing these folks in society after they've served their sentences.

Our news feed was filled all day long with stories of problems with voting, including long lines caused by not enough ballots, broken voting machines, and other issues.  There's no reason the United States should have so much difficulty executing our elections, and it doesn't happen by accident.  The problems consistently disproportionately impact Democratic voters, and they're just further examples of the GOP's attack on democracy.  Republicans know they can't win fair elections, and this war on voting needs to stop.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) soundly won reelection, so now that the midterms are out of the way, the 2020 presidential discussion can begin in full force.

It never should have been on the ballot in the first place, but Massachusetts voters upheld the state's transgender anti-discrimination law.  The message was clear - everyone deserves dignity and respect.

To all of our Texas Clutterheads....Ted Cruz?  Really?  Well, you can be certain we haven't heard the last of Beto O'Rourke.

Congratulations to Laura Kelly on defeating Kris Kobach in the Kansas race for governor.  Secretary of State Kobach was one of high profile leaders of the GOP's assault on voting, and he deserved to be kicked to the curb.

Great to hear that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker lost his re-election bid.

Congratulations to Safiya Wazir, the Afghanistan refugee who was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives yesterday.  Wazir defeated a four-term incumbent in the Democratic primary earlier this year, and her win is an exciting sign of the changing demographics in her Concord district.

Hold on, the entire New Hampshire Legislature flipped!

Cheers as well to Chris Pappas who won New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District seat last night and now becomes the Granite State's first openly gay member of Congress.

Wall Street is probably pleased about last night's results since gridlock likely means a maintenance of the status quo when it comes to Trump's current economic policies, although perhaps the Great Pumpkin's trade war with China will be dialed down a bit.

Look at that, Wells Fargo is back in the news with another example of incompetence.  Who could have guessed?  The bank had to admit that an underwriting error caused 545 customers to lose their homes between 2010 and 2018.  We'll say it again, if you do business at Wells Fargo, you should quietly walk into your local office, calmly close your account, and then walk out and run away from them as quickly as you can.  This bank is a national menace.

Congratulations to Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts and girlfriend Brianna Hammond, who became the proud parents of a baby girl on Tuesday.  Between the World Series and this, Betts has had one hell of a year, and there's still the matter of the MVP announcement next week,

The Houston Astros received a blow with the news that pitcher Lance McCullers had Tommy John surgery and will be out of action until 2020.

The details are unknown at the moment, but there's apparently a Breaking Bad movie in the works.

We did not see this coming:  The new Captain Marvel promotional picture is NSFW.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  We've been humming this tune for at least a week now, so let's have the underrated Mr. Big close things out with, "Next Time Around," for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  It's supposed to be a lovely day, so enjoy the good weather, stay out of trouble, and we'll see you back here again for more fun soon.  Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here...

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