The time for licking election wounds is over, but as many factors came into play, lessons are still being drawn from the setbacks.
A young man named Melvin Ray, incarcerated in Alabama's St. Clair Correctional Facility, began developing and sharing a plan for resistance to mass incarceration.
San Jose, which advertises itself as "the capital of Silicon Valley," has one of the highest housing costs in the nation, as well as - not coincidentally - one of the highest rates of homelessness.
In a bold and welcome action, Obama announced he would temporarily end the threat of deportation for an estimated five million undocumented immigrants.
A new poll by Hart Research Associates shows broad support for the executive actions on immigration announced last week by the president.
President Obama's action does not fix all the problems. But it will temporarily make life for five million families safer, better and happier.
"Immigrants take jobs most Americans won't accept and under conditions most other Americans won't tolerate; big parts of our economy can't survive without them."
It is now possible in American law, under the cover of "victim relief," to create new victims by depriving them of their freedom of speech.
"By extending relief to an estimated four million people, the Obama Administration will help prevent unscrupulous employers from exploiting unprotected workers."
Right after the election, Bera appeared to be trailing Ose by more than 3,000 votes. But on Nov. 19, with nearly all ballots counted, he led by over 1,400.