- What the election means for federal IT: What will another term of President Barack Obama’s administration mean for federal information technology? Some are predicting more government innovation when it comes to using technology. (FedScoop)
- Some elections monitors blocked: International elections observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) were blocked from accessing polling places in nine states on Election Day. The United States is an OSCE member. (Politico)
- Money doesn’t guarantee U.S. Senate victory . . . Spending in U.S. Senate campaigns was not a clear indicator of who would be the winner, an analysis of the money shows. (NPR)
- . . . but it can make a difference in state races: Outside spending did make a difference in some state races, including governor and judicial races, for this election. (Public Integrity)
- Total impact of outside spending in doubt: On a broad scale, it appears outside spending had little impact on the elections. The President was re-elected and the makeup of Congress remains largely the same as before some $1 billion was spent trying to influence voters. (Washington Post)
- Referendums on Citizens United have mixed results: Several state ballot measures aimed at challenging Citizens United received mixed results on Election Day. The measures were approved in Montana and Colorado, but failed in California. (Lobby Comply Blog)
- K Street gears up for new term: Lobbyists are preparing for the next term by studying up on the results of the election. Some lobbying groups have already released papers on what the new makeup of federal policymakers will mean. (Politico)
RELEVANT BILLS INTRODUCED:
HAPPENING TODAY 11/8:
- The U.S. Elections: Report of the OSCE Election Observer Mission – Implications for Europe and Eurasia. Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Thurs. 11/8. 10-11:30 a.m. Nitze Building, Kenney Auditorium, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC, 20036.
- Legislative Preview: What Will Congress Do After the Election? Georgetown Law. Thurs. 11/8. 2-4 p.m. McDonough 203, 600 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington DC, 20001.