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Post-Election Watercooler

Hi, y’all.

A lot to digest from the election, which had this cynic about electoral politics surprisingly hopeful — I care far less about the President than that we  (some of the American people) voted for more equality and less drug war. But how long before Kucinich’s prediction comes true and a local police department kills someone with a drone?

An interesting development was the election of the country’s first openly pansexual elected official: Mary Gonzalez elected to the Texas legislature from El Paso. I’m exhausted from celebrating last night in one of downtown Austin’s pocket gayborhoods (the queer clubs are in clusters instead of one strip). It’d be an understatement to say the mood was jubilant as Obama referenced LGBTQ people during his acceptance speech. It was lovely to get swept away in a little bit of that enthusiasm, even if my cynical side kept me muttering snarky comments to my friends.

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Kit OConnell

Kit OConnell

Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and