Election Results

Phil Bryant will be the next Republican governor of Mississippi. He won handily and it wasn’t really ever in doubt.

The initiative in Mississippi to say that personhood begins at fertilization (which I agree with) failed. That may be a good thing, though. Even Haley Barbour, who is pro life, had doubts about how it would work out legally. A challenge to the Supreme Court might have ended up with a stronger Roe vs. Wade. Let them retool and try again later.

In Virginia, the Republicans won the State senate, but it is tenuous. A one seat edge hangs by 86 votes. The governor has declared Republicans the winners, but a recount will happen and there are provisional ballots to deal with. Let’s hope Gov. McDonnell is correct.

The Ohio reform plan of Gov. Kasich suffered a stinging defeat. Evidently, unions successfully undermined it by saying police and firemen would not respond should pay negotiations get underway. When you have millions of dollars to stoke those fears, it isn’t surprising people rejected it.

The good news is that Ohioans rejected Obamacare. With about 63% of the vote, they told the federal government they wanted the right to opt out of it. Bravo! Let’s hope the Supreme Court hears that message.

In Arizona, State Senator Russell Pearce, who led the anti-immigration law push, lost his seat in the first state legislator recall ever. Do you see a pattern here? When Democrats lose, they tinker with the laws and try to get recall elections going. They succeeded. Pearce lost by 7 points.

In Washington State, 1163, the bill that would ask the state to pay for more SEIU job training at a cost to the taxpayer of $32 million, passed. It was approved despite the fact that the state budget has a $2 billion shortfall.

In an unexpected victory for Washingtonians, they approved the move to have private retailers take over the sale of liquor from the state. The effort had been made before and failed, however Costco poured a lot of money into it and it passed. Citizens will be able to buy wine and liquor at the grocery store or warehouse clubs. Many of us in Memphis remember when liquor by the drink finally passed here around 1968. It was way overdue. Now if we could only get approval for liquor to be sold in grocery and warehouse stores as well as private ones, we would have more market freedom. You can’t help but wonder if Schnucks would still be here if they could have sold liquor in the grocery stores as they did in St. Louis. It’s usually very profitable.

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