Monday, November 10, 2008

Following the election

Sick of the election? So are we. But that doesn’t mean our election coverage ends when the results are tallied. In the days following the Nov. 4 vote, our reporters have done several stories to add perspective to what the changes mean or to highlight interesting outcomes that may have been lost in the shuffle of a crowded ballot. For example, we did a story on how 23-year-old Home Depot worker Jesse Lambert is the new Holly Township supervisor after knocking off incumbent Dale Smith. And we discussed how two heavily favored Republican countywide officials — Clerk Ruth Johnson and Drain Commissioner John McCulloch — were nearly ousted in stunning upsets. Yet another story chronicled Joe Fabrizio’s defeat of incumbent Clarkston District Judge Dana Fortinberry — it’s a rare feat to displace a sitting judge. Also, Democrats’ visions of taking command of the county commission were dashed when Republicans held their slim 13-12 majority. That victory wasn’t clear until the middle of the night, after we went to press. These local stories are in addition to numerous Associated Press pieces on President-elect Barack Obama building his team. On election night, the results come rapidly and our immediate goal is to inform readers of the winners and losers as completely as possible. In the days following the vote, we take a step back and explain what it all means.


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