Saturday, November 10, 2012

Left Side of the Aisle #81 - Part 2

Some good election news

There was some good actual good news to be had in the election, mostly revolving around the fact that the real wackos had a bad night: Todd Akin lost. Allen West lost. Joe Walsh lost. Michele Bachmann barely survived despite outspending her opponent by 12-1, so even though she's still in Congress, I suspect that at least we won't have to be hearing from her; I suspect she'll be hunkering down, concentrating on her own district, at least for a while. On the other hand, Alan Grayson won.

Locally, here in Massachusetts, Questions 1 and 3 won*, which I was glad to see. I wish Question 2* had passed as well, but it didn't, but the margin was smaller than I expected it to be, so I think that bodes well for the future. And again on a personal feeling, I'm kind of glad Elizabeth Warren won. It's not usual for me to be able to vote for a major party candidate with some feeling of comfort, so I'm glad she won.

There was another area of good news, one where, as I've said before, it seems much of our good news comes these days: same-sex marriage. It was a clean sweep for marriage equality.

Maine had a ballot question to overturn a 2009 referendum and legalize same-sex marriage. It won by a solid six points, 53% - 47%.

A ballot question in Maryland asked if voters would approve of a state law passed earlier this year to allow for same-sex marriages. The answer was "Yes" by a margin of 52-48.

Washington state voters did the same, approving a bill passed earlier by the legislature, and did it by the same margin, 52-48.

Finally, in Minnesota there was a proposal to amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage. It lost by 51-47. So while same-sex marriage still is not recognized in Minnesota, the voters refused to ban it, which it a good sign for things to come.

*Question 1 had to do with allowing/enabling cars under warranty to be repaired at places other than dealerships. Question 2 was a pro-"death with dignity" measure. Question 3 allowed for medical marijuana.


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