Our local elections were pretty fascinating. I've long been proud of my county for being a "purple county" with a balanced mix of moderate democrats and moderate republicans, with little extremism. I saw that come to an end last night with a couple of firebrand republicans winning unexpected seats, due in large part to straight-ticket voting.
A proposal to annex into the community college taxing district was soundly defeated. This came to us before, but never made the ballot due to petition fraud. This time, people still remembered that incident (causing distrust) and in this economy, folks weren't willing to sign-up for the property tax increase that came with it. In addition, people were concerned about local control, as representation on the community college board would be limited and it is impossible to remove the local school district from the community college district once it occurs.
A proposal was approved for some park improvements that will result in the local Lions Club continuing to run programs over there (this is a good thing).
Developer-supported candidates dominated my city council elections. Look for more city staff at the local bars after 5pm. Hell, you might have to watch for that at lunch.
A very independent democrat state representative (i.e. endorsed by the NRA, Chamber of Commerce and Sierra Club) lost to an upstart Republican with no experience on elected bodies (and who was supported by a bunch of developers). The independent democrat deserved to get scared in this election because of his performance in the last session, but it looks like he'll spend the next couple of years contemplating where he went wrong.
The single most concerning thing is that for the first time in my area, national politics trickled all the way down to local elections. I'm a bit concerned about that phenomenon, as it has resulted in some *ahem* interesting candidates scoring victories in down-ballot elections.
Overall, I'm kind of bummed about what went on in my county--I liked it purple. I always liked the fact that we were an example of republicans and democrats playing nice with one another, and I think some great policies resulted from that collaboration.
Oh, and apparently we're going to change Governor Good Hair's title to King, since apparently he is governor for life now in Texas.