Personhood Amendment Mississippi

Florida Joining Re-awakening? GOP Voters Against SS-Medicare Cuts, Tea Party Chides Scott Over Ethics

The elections from earlier this week may well go down in history as a watershed event in which voters finally began to understand, and then to overwhelmingly reject, the most extreme elements of Republican views that take the “pro-life” movement into a completely indefensible realm, demonize collective bargaining and promote institutional racism. Developments reported today in Florida indicate that this re-awakening may be spreading, with a survey of Republican voters indicating that they favor withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and Iraq over cuts to Social Security or Medicare when reducing the deficit and with the Tea Party scolding Governor Rick Scott over his failed campaign promises to institute ethics reforms.

Note first the remarkable result in Ohio.  In a state that provided Barack Obama an election margin of only 51% to 47% over John McCain in 2008, the restrictions on collective bargaining by public employees put in place by Governor John Kasich and a Republican legislature were voted down by a margin of 61% to 39%:

With a beer in his hand and a smile on his face at the We Are Ohio celebration at the Hyatt Regency, Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern said public workers should not be the scapegoats for the state’s economic problems. “That is the lesson John Kasich must remember after tonight, and if he doesn’t, he’ll be a one-term governor.

“If you overreach, the people will respond. There is no one tonight who could suggest this was about Democrats versus Republicans,” Redfern said, noting the wide margin of defeat. “This is literally about what is right and what is wrong, and what Ohioans feel is important.”

The outcome of the so-called “Personhood Amendment” in Mississippi is no less striking.  In one of the most conservative, anti-abortion states in the nation (won by McCain 56% to 43% in 2008), we learned that just as Kasich and his cronies over-reached on collective bargaining, the Pro-Life movement over-reached in Mississippi, as the measure was defeated 58% to 42%:

Objectors also raised the specter of legal challenges. Most of all, many said, the amendment allowed no exceptions for abortions in cases of incest or rape – a claim not disputed by proponents, who are trying to end abortion in the state.

In a statement from the anti-initiative group Mississippians for Healthy Families, spokeswoman Valencia Robinson said, “… (W)e were successful because Mississippi voters ultimately understood that there is no contradiction in being pro-life and standing in opposition to an initiative that threatened the health and very lives of women.”

And in Arizona, voters recalled Russell Pearce, the author of SB 1070, the “papers please” extremist anti-immigration bill.  Pearce lost to a more moderate Republican by a margin of 53% to 45%: Continue reading

Emptywheel Twitterverse
bmaz @TimothyS That is pretty cool.
3mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz RT @gideonstrumpet: This is what happens when you unquestioningly hew to the State time and time again. Absolute power leads to hubris.
4mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz RT @chrisgeidner: LOL, both defense lawyer Mark O'Mara & Jeffrey Toobin say we're close enough to a result that we should stop speculating.…
5mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @BlanksSlate I absolutely want the material released, but properly. and through the court.
6mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz .@BlanksSlate Who in their right mind would try that though without going through the court? McCulloch is just a malignant asshole.
7mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @AllThingsHLS @JimmySky This matter has been a total cockup by Ferguson, SL County and MO authorities from the get go all the way thru now.
8mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @armandodkos @Jonssonville It is a violation to release GJ material w/o court order. Also HAVE to give interested parties chance to object.
9mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @armandodkos @Jonssonville Putting it kindly.
10mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @joshgerstein Yeah, I got corrected (thanks). Still.
13mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz This is idiotic RT @Jonssonville SLC prosecutor will release records if no indictment, even w/o judge's approval http://t.co/GFJM15Wh5I
13mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @scareduck At least would be less likely to incite riots--though maybe they don't want to ruin Christmas shopping.
13mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @Jonssonville @armandodkos And how the hell is THAT appropriate??? do you guys ever stop to think? Or talk to criminal attorneys? #Jeebus
15mreplyretweetfavorite
November 2014
S M T W T F S
« Oct    
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30