Yesterday's wins... and losses...

For democrats, the big victories from yesterday's elections were that Terry McAuliffe and Bill DeBlasio defeated their Republican opponents in Virginia and New York. However, there were many other wins, and losses, for progressives around our nation. In Colorado, three different towns voted to extend a five-year ban on fracking in their communities, but in Washington State, Initiative 522 – a GMO labeling law – was voted down 54.8 to 45.2 percent. In New Jersey, voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment to increase that state's minimum wage to $8.25 an hour, and put in place automatic cost-of-living increases for future years.

Ballot proposals in three Michigan cities, Ferndale, Lansing, and Jackson, all passed in favor of marijuana legalization, which will permit the use or possession of up to one once of pot by anyone over the age of 21. And, a similar marijuana law passed in Portland, Maine, which allows for possession of up to 2.5 ounces. One of the disappointing results occurred in Colorado, where Amendment 66 – a measure to increase taxes to provide more funding to public schools – was voted down 66 to 34 percent.

All of these results demonstrate the importance of our democratic process, and why it's vital to protect our right to cast a ballot. Elections aren't just about candidates, and they can have a major effect on our local communities. Even on these smaller provisions, it's typical to see big money come out against measures that the majority of people support. We can fight back by getting money out of politics, and getting as many people as possible to show up and vote. We are our government, and we have to get involved to make it work for us.

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Nota Doormat's picture
Nota Doormat 8 years 48 weeks ago
#1

What effects, if any, did recent gerrymandering efforts have on Tuesday's elections?

DAnneMarc's picture
DAnneMarc 8 years 48 weeks ago
#2

I had a funny feeling that all this gerrymandering and voter ID nonsense would backfire. However, before we pop the champagne corks would someone like to tell me how Initiative 522 in Washington State got voted down? That was a law for GMO labelling I believe. What are they putting in the water up their? I imagine big pharma put out some big propaganda buck to pass that one. Well I guess you can still fool some of the people some of the time.

Aliceinwonderland's picture
Aliceinwonderland 8 years 48 weeks ago
#3

"Well", says DAnneMarc, "I guess you can still fool some of the people some of the time." Yeah... especially when you still have so many tuning into FOX and listening to those loudmouthed little fascists! - Aliceinwonderland

dianedebaun's picture
dianedebaun 8 years 48 weeks ago
#4

According to an email I just got from FoodDemocracyNow, (Wed. 4 p.m in Calif) the Washington Gmo 522 is too close to call and it may even be days before the results are in. Figuring on 60% of the votes are in and that some of the uncounted votes are from the most progressive precincts. (Politico)

Come on they legalized marajuana, if this doenst pass there I say there is something amiss going on for sure!.

"With as estimated 300,0000 votes in King County and the surrounding Seattle suburbs still outstanding, the race will tighten over the next several reporting periods. The next election updates should come between 4:30 and 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time today and up." Food Democracy Now!

dianedebaun's picture
dianedebaun 8 years 48 weeks ago
#5

Its not final vote yet, according to FoodDemocracyNow! Go to their site, check my comment.

db999's picture
db999 8 years 48 weeks ago
#6

Thank you for doing all this. The biggest problem is that we let the conservatives set the agenda for the conversation. As a result we are running around trying to put out fires on a hundred fronts. As soon as we put out one they introduce 10 new ones.

Like a good magician, they do this to keep us from seeing what their real goal is. To see that all you need to do is "follow the money". Whenever they can, they manuver things so that both the nation and individuals go deeper in debt. Since for more than 30 years this has been their only consistant thrust it is safe to assume that it is their core objective. Even shutting down the government and threatening not to raise the debt ceiling has raised the National Debt by billions of dollars.

Why? Their goal appears to be to force the government to privatize all their services and to make the working class so dependent that they will do anything or vote any way for a few dollars.

If the media could just keep their eye on the bouncing ball we might all be singing the same song.

You're doing a great job keep it up.

db999

dianhow 8 years 48 weeks ago
#7

GMO 's in our food MUST Be labeled What are the food giants HIDING ? Can NOT trust Them Thats for sure .Same for big pharma / agribusiness . FDA is too cozy with those they are supposed to ' watch over '

Aliceinwonderland's picture
Aliceinwonderland 8 years 48 weeks ago
#8

I think, "db", that if we expect anything positive or useful to come out of this corporatized media, we are only setting ourselves up for disappointment. Whatever they're keeping their proverbial eye on is not serving the interests of the public. - AIW

mathboy's picture
mathboy 8 years 48 weeks ago
#9

The failure of Amendment 66 here in Colorado is very disappointing. There was one great development in the campaigning, however. There was a court case, "Lobato v. State of Colorado", in which the plaintiff asserted that the lack of education funding was unconstitutional. After a lower court had decided in favor of Lobato, Gov. Hickenlooper's administration was set on fighting it, and eventually it was overturned by the state supreme court. But Hickenlooper advocated for Amdt. 66, implying that he has changed his attitude on this, and he'll be governor for at least another year, and is eligible to run for another term.

DAnneMarc's picture
DAnneMarc 8 years 48 weeks ago
#10

dianedebaun ~ Thanks for that heads up. I'll keep a close eye on that one. I can't believe a state as progressive as Washington would drop the ball on such a no brainer. That would have me scratching my head for a week. For everyone else, here is the clickable link:

http://www.fooddemocracynow.org/

Aliceinwonderland's picture
Aliceinwonderland 8 years 46 weeks ago
#11

Well Marc... still scratchin'?

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