Thank God it's over, huh? No more back to back campaign commercials for 1.5 years. Then Ohioans can look forward to voting on the casino issue for the nth time. I hate ballot measures.
I'm pleased most of the state voted the same way I did. No to casinos. Against predatory lending. Yes to increasing the ballot measure deadline from 90 days to 125 days before an election. Yes on bond issues for sewer, water, garbage, conservation and education.
The casino issue isn't a moral vote for me, and I suspect, for many Ohioans. My soul isn't in peril if I give others the option to gamble away their children's college savings account, but there is something wrong about giving one private casino exclusive access to a state market. Either every casino operator should be able to apply for a license or none should. The tax scheme was convoluted, too. We had Sunday breakfast at a Hometown Buffet two weeks ago and a friend tried convincing us to support it. Trouble is, he had a hard time explaining how taxing the casino would work himself.
Nationally I'm extremely happy with voters rejecting California, Colorado and South Dakota ballots that would have restricted abortion rights.
South Dakota is especially telling. Two years ago pro-lifers failed to convince voters to support a total ban on abortion. This year McCain took the state's 3 electoral votes by 8 percentage points but Measure 11 (restricting abortion to cases of rape/incest/health) failed by about as many percentage points.
Californians narrowly voted against requiring parental consent with a waiting period for minors seeking an abortion. This is the third time California rejects parental notification.
Colorado overwhelmingly rejected a measure to give fertilized eggs the same rights you and I enjoy. Part of me wonders what rabbit holes treating fertilized eggs as human beings could lead us down. How would a judge weigh inheritance rights between an only child and John Doe, the child's unborn frozen half brother literally hanging around in an IVF clinic tube?
Other progressive victories: Massachusetts decriminalized small amounts of marijuana (say "Supreme Court case") and Washington legalized physician assisted suicide (upheld by the Supreme Court in Gonzales v. Oregon).
Not everything is good news. Voters rejected gay marriage in several states. It was a close call in California until religious interest groups started pouring millions into a nasty ad campaign. California voted for giving chickens room to walk, but two gay adults can't get married. Go figure.
Oh look. Blacks didn't riot.