Americans in New York City, Virginia, California and New Jersey have had the opportunity, privilege and responsibility to get out and vote today. In general numbers, most of the US has really lousy voter turnout although some of us definitely do not take voting for granted. Today there are state and local elections in Virginia, California, New York and New Jersey. Last night Bush 'fils' ("son") stopped through the state of Virginia (bordering Wash, DC) after the rousing 'welcome' Bush received in the streets of Mar del Plata, Argentina, at the Summit of the Americas. "W" stopped in Virginia to try and "help" GOP candidate Jerry Kilgore in his governor campaign against current Democratic Lieutenant Governor, Tim Kaine. In New York City it's the mayor's race between Democratic challenger Fernando Ferrer and billionaire Republican incumbent Michael Bloomberg. New Jersey voters also are electing a new governor with a menu offering two more wealthy white guys - Republican Douglas Forrester and Democratic US Senator Jon Corzine. California voters are choosing whether to slap down or support Republican "governator" Arnold Schwarzenegger. We hear his gubernatorial behaviour isn't all that funny. "Aahnold" is using ballot initiatives to try to give himself more power over the state budget, over public teacher jobs, and over shaping California legislative districts and imposing political contribution limits on trade unions (Governor Schwarzenegger's political opponents). More later!