"As you look across the country today, in state after state there were quite remarkable wins for progressive politics," said Nation contributor John Nichols, in an interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!. Citing the tremendous success of grassroots movements in Ohio and Maine, he applauded local activists for circumventing political insiders and forcing referendums on laws they disagreed with. You can read more of Nichols’s coverage of this week’s elections here.

—Teresa Cotsirilos