So what was the Tally?
- Mississippi defeated the poorly written, ill-conceived "personhood" amendment by 16 points. (Supported by Romney, Cain, Huckabee and Perry!) Okay, they also elected another Republican Governor to replace Haley Barbour, but I guess we cannot win them all! Of course the new governor also claimed the devil was opposed to the "personhood amendment," so go figure! But this is another well-deserved defeat for this anti-woman, anti-birth control, anti-abortion measure.
- Maine repealed the restrictions on voter registration and the same day voter sign up ban which had been instituted by the new Republican Governor who was elected in 2010. (You may remember the Governor was the one who took down the historical pro labor mural union supporters had placed in a state office building prior to his election!)
- Arizona recalled the State Senate leader who had sponsored their draconian immigration restrictions -- replaced him with another Republican, who had opposed the strictness of the regulations. (One group supporting him was Arizona's for-profit private prison systems. Any conflicts there?) Do you think some Arizona politicians have begun to realize that there are lots of Hispanic registered voters in the state? (The total is expected to be about 25% in 2012.)
- Kentucky re-elected a popular Democratic Governor voted for the overwhelming majority of his state officers. (This, if you remember, was the state which defeated the establishment Republican supported by Minority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell last year and selected Tea Party favorite Rand Paul, son of Ron Paul. Apparently a state agriculture commissioner favored by McConnell was elected, but that's all he got.)
- And finally, in Ohio, residents voted resoundingly against the newly imposed state worker restrictions on unions, bargaining and retirement rights. This ill-conceived law was petitioned to the ballot box by a "law recall drive" yielding over a million signatures. With widespread advertising by national conservative groups and favored by many on the Republican campaign trail, this anti-worker law was fiercely opposed by union members, police, fire fighters and teachers as well as national Democrats.
What do you think about the ballot measures? Do you agree that they foretell a re-energized electorate? Do you think some Republican Governors have overreached?