(Community Matters) We’re still waiting on the assignment of Florida’s 29 electoral votes – for now Pres Obama has won reelection 303 to 206. It appears he’ll have won by 332 to 206 and the popular vote 50% to 48%, or 58.7mm to 56.1mm.

Rs keep the House and Ds keep the Senate. Elizabeth Warren’s election is a huge win for consumers.

Equality prevailed. We’ll have our first openly gay Senator Tammy Baldwin and marriage equality won in Maine, Maryland and Minnesota – too close for a final call in Washington (state) but remain optimistic.

Voters in Travis County approved funding for our medical school. Austin voters approved 7 of 8 bond propositions and geographical representation. Housing bonds failed. This is regrettable, especially now when prices are probably as low as they will ever be and dollars to solve our increasing affordability problems can be most leveraged.

I’m hoping Ds and Rs can agree to move forward collaboratively. If House members refuse to compromise, then the President will have to become creative  in solving our fiscal issues. In the Senate, it’s time to end the 60 vote requirement to override a filibuster – maybe a 54 or 55 votes instead.

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