Holy Shit, Roy Moore Lost: Democrat Doug Jones beat alleged sexual predator Roy Moore in a solidly Republican state. It's the first time in 25 years the state elected a Democratic senator. The graph you need to see:
Doug Jones has won Alabama. Preliminary exit polls from @PostPolls point to black voters as the force behind the upset victory. https://t.co/q9ucxlS0er pic.twitter.com/HXC3OsYa0u
— Post Graphics (@PostGraphics) December 13, 2017
All Democrats need to campaign on a Second Voting Rights Act: automatic voter registration, restoring voting rights for ex-felons, repeal of voter ID laws, non-partisan redistricting commissions, and making Election Day a national holiday.
— Nikhil Goyal (@nikhilgoya_l) December 13, 2017
From an Alabama editorial board: "Half a century after Alabamians of immense courage changed the course of history in the streets of Birmingham and Selma and Montgomery, the voice of justice once again rings out from the deep south - from the ballots of black Alabamians, of women, and of young people of all genders committed to moving our world forward."
Despite losing by 1.6 percent in last night's results, Moore refused to concede. After results are certified, he could demand a recount, though it's unlikely to help.
Al Franken's Replacement: Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith. Smith will replace Franken when he officially leaves office and says she will run for the seat in the 2018 special election. The appointment means Minnesota will have two women senators for the first time, according to the StarTribune.
Swedish Health Nurses Vote No Confidence in Leadership: Seattle Times reporting earlier this year revealed concerning practices at Swedish, like double-booking surgeries and performing unnecessary surgeries. The organization has made changes since then, including resignations from its CEO and a surgeon featured in a Times article. But nurses and other caregivers believe "morale and patient care continue to suffer," Mike Baker reports.
This Time It's Bob Ferguson Getting Sued: The company that owns Value Village says the attorney general's office violated its rights by trying to get the company to pay $3.2 million to settle an investigation. In a complaint, the company claims the AG began its investigation into the company's donation practices three years ago. The company says it complied and claims the AG at one point refuse to meet with the company for a year and a half, the AP reports.
Using Robots to Chase Off Homeless People: A San Francisco animal shelter used a "security robot" to discourage homeless people from camping near their adoption center. The robot had cameras and can send "alerts when trespassers or people on a 'blacklist' are in an area," according to the San Francisco Business Times.
Hillary Clinton in Seattle: Hundreds of Clinton fans stood in line for the chance at a signed book.
Asked About Al Franken, One Person In Line Told The Stranger: "What he did was not even in the same league as what the sitting president has done and certainly not what Roy Moore has been accused of." Another said Franken was a "sacrificial lamb." Nope.