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Tuesday, November 7, 2006

How did Unitarian Universalist candidates fare?

Okay, folks, if you know of candidates running for election today who are affiliated with Unitarian Universalist congregations, let's pool our knowledge and see how they fared. Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-Conn. 5) is the highest-profile Unitarian Universalist running — and it looks like she may lose the only spot in Congress held by a Unitarian Republican. Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif. 13) is also up for reelection to Congress.

Who else do you know who ran for election today?

Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 7 November 2006 at 10:15 PM

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November 7, 2006 10:25 PM | Permalink for this comment

Johnson loses after 12 terms (Hartford Courant).


November 7, 2006 11:14 PM | Permalink for this comment

Yeah, I have mixed feelings.



November 8, 2006 01:26 AM | Permalink for this comment

Donna Howard for Texas House District 48 (state, not federal) has been re-elected. (See

Eric Posa:

November 8, 2006 02:24 AM | Permalink for this comment

Donna Howard for Texas House District 48 (state, not federal) has been re-elected.

Good news! I know Donna personally: past president of First UU Austin, and a rising star in the Texas Democratic Party. Keep your eye on her, brothers and sisters.

Steve Caldwell:

November 8, 2006 07:01 AM | Permalink for this comment

Chester Kelley (the Republican anti-immigrant candidate from our congregation in the Louisiana 4th District) lost.

Chester Kelley attempted to unseat an 18 year incumbent with a multi-million dollar campaign budget:

McCrery (R - incumbent) - 58%

Cash (D) - 17%

Cox (D) - 13%

Kelley (R) - 12%

The anti-immigrant tenor of his campaign isn't that obvious on his "issues" page:

But anti-immigration issues are the only thing he speaks about during his campaign kickoff announcement as seen on YouTube:

And his TV ads feature an atom bomb going off as a metaphor for his concerns over illegal immigration.

Most of his campaign advertising made him look like a single issue "fringe" candidate.


November 8, 2006 07:48 AM | Permalink for this comment

Congressman Pete Stark (D-Fremont, Calif.) won reelection to an 18th term. He may become chair of the Ways and Means subcommittee overseeing Medicare. (


November 8, 2006 07:54 AM | Permalink for this comment

South Dakota voters overturned the legislature's harsh anti-abortion law (Argus Leader). The state's three Unitarian Universalist congregations (with a combined membership of 186 adults) helped lead the fight against the law (


November 8, 2006 11:49 AM | Permalink for this comment

Debra Bowen, a lifelong UU and member of the Santa Monica congregation, is running for California's Secretary of State office. She's in the lead, but the race is still not being called as of 8:45 Wednesday morning.

Lois Reborne:

November 8, 2006 12:02 PM | Permalink for this comment

All Souls UU Kansas City member and Democrat Jason Norbury lost his bid for the 8th district senate seat in Missouri, 42% to 58 % for the Republican incumbent.

Mountain Queen:

November 8, 2006 03:07 PM | Permalink for this comment

Ah, but South Dakota passed the Amendment C change to the constitution that bans marriages for same-sex couples...recognition of civil unions and a host of "quasi-marital" relationships. Hope you weren't married in a courthouse...'cause it might not be legal in South Dakota.


November 9, 2006 01:34 PM | Permalink for this comment

I have no mixed feelings about Johnson at all.

She is about as UU as I am Born Again Christian, her conduct is almost 180 degrees the opposite of the UU principles.

Her ads were nasty and she wrote the Pharma gets richer off of sick people act. She's almost universally loathed by those in my profession.


November 9, 2006 03:32 PM | Permalink for this comment

Debra Bowne won. She got 3,200,000 votes, making her the most voted for UU if not the most powerful.

Nancy Johnson was not only the last Republican, she was the last New Englander. Sic transit gloria.

Bill Baar:

November 10, 2006 10:34 AM | Permalink for this comment

She is about as UU as I am Born Again Christian, her conduct is almost 180 degrees the opposite of the UU principles.

Which principle she violate?

My Churches Covenant written in 1842 reads,

Being desirous of promoting practical goodness in the world, and aiding each other in our moral and religious improvement, we have associated ourselves together: - not as agreeing in opinion, - not as having attained universal truth in belief or perfection in character, but as seekers after Truth & Goodness.

It wouldn't exclude a born again Christian.

Now, those given to judging conduct based on their spin of principles might have a hard time with this....


November 10, 2006 11:56 AM | Permalink for this comment

First of all, I'm NOT a Born Again, it was a sarcasm.

OK, here we go.
The inherent worth and dignity of every person:
Nancy voted with Bush co for the Patriot Act

Justice, equity and compassion in human relations :
Nancy was the architect of the Medicare Part D plan, which lacks justice, equity and compassion to anyone who is not a member of the PhRMA.

A free and responsible search for truth and meaning:
Voting with Bushco and the evangelicals for giving money to right wing churches to run welfare programs, coersion by faith groups to get benefits.

The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large
Patriot act again, did not oppose signing statements, did not fight to open up legislative process to minority party.

The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all;
Voted with Bush co on Iraq war, Patriot Act.

Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Voted with Buchco on gutting environmental laws "Clear skies initiative" etc.



November 10, 2006 02:02 PM | Permalink for this comment

Tom Schaller, writing for the American Prospect's blog, notes that Tuesday was especially disastrous for the more liberal Republicans in Congress, but the right wing of the Party remains largely intact. Here's part of what Schaller wrote; Nancy Johnson's fate is highlighted in the third bullet:

What do we find from Tuesday?

  • The most liberal Republican to lose was ranked #1 -- Jim Leach of Iowa; the most conservative was Texan Tom DeLay, ranked #213.
  • Overall, of the 28 flipped GOPers, more than half -- 16 -- were from the most liberal third of the caucus (1-75); 7 were from that middle third (76-150); and just 5 were from the most conservative third (151-224).
  • Most striking is the fact that 10 of the 28 most liberal Republicans in the GOP House caucus lost, including five of the dozen most liberal Republicans: #1 Leach; #3 Nancy Johnson; #6 NYís Sherwood Boehlertís vacated seat; #7 CTís Rob Simmons; and #12 NHís Charlie Bass.
  • In short, the liberal wing of the GOP suffered a disproportionate share of losses compared to the moderate and/or conservative wings. Since the Democrats who beat them ran uniformly to the left of their opponents, the notion that conservative Democrats knocked off a set of mostly liberal Republicans defies simple logic. Itís not that there arenít exceptions like Pombo and Chocola and Ryun who also lost -- itís that they are the exceptions. Put another way, for every Chris Chocola there were two Charlie Basses.

    ("Key takeaways from the midterms," Tom Schaller, TAPPED 11.9.06)


    November 13, 2006 05:15 PM | Permalink for this comment

    OK, I know I'm commenting awfully late on this string (I've been gone). I hope some people are still checking and reading it. Anyway, I read on this blog a couple years ago that Sen. Kent Conrad from ND is a UU; the string on this blog referred to the fact that a right wing blogger was trying to tarnish the Senator for his association with our denomination. Sen. Conrad was re-elected to the Senate last Tuesday.

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