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Friday, November 10, 2006

Three Cheers For South Dakota!! YAAAAYY!!!!!

I’ve already done two separate posts slamming South Dakota for 1. Their new abortion law which bans virtually ALL abortions; and 2. A ballot initiative which would disbar — even imprison — judges who make unpopular decisions.

So in the spirit of fairness, here’s the good news: the people of South Dakota defeated both of those laws on Election Day. You Go People! Twenty-first Century here we come.

The abortion law was passed earlier this year by a huge majority of the state legislature. Opponents of the law put a measure on the ballot to overturn it, and 55% of the people voted to overturn the abortion ban. Methinks a few legislators are out of touch with their constituents.

Abortion opponents were hoping this law would be appealed to the Supreme Court, and this would pave the way for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe vs. Wade. Whoa, not so fast!

The ballot initiative for disciplining “activist judges” was known as “JAIL 4 Judges.” This would have turned the clock back to the thirteenth century, when the concept of Judicial Immunity was originated. If this initiative had passed, its backers were planning to export this brilliant idea to all fifty states.

Sorry wingnuts — next time you come up with an idea, try not to turn the clock quite so far back.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to point out that JAIL was an idea cooked up in California and, aside from a few weird supporters, South Dakotans had nothing to do with it.

As someone who helped work to stop both of those laws, Tuesday was a great day here in SD.

November 10, 2006 at 4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, the vote in SD was a biggie. A lot of people came to their senses in this election.

November 10, 2006 at 6:38 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Haggs: Thanks for the information. That makes sense. After all, South Dakota gave us George McGovern and Tom Daschle. I didn't think they could suddenly swing that far to the right.

A great day for South Dakota (and America) indeed.

J. Marquis: Yup, there were a lot of encouraging signs in Tuesday's vote.

November 10, 2006 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger Ricardo said...

You have no clue how relived I was when I heard this. Had it gone the other way how many red states would have tried to followed the lead? Good to see they hadn't go mad.

November 10, 2006 at 9:28 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Ricardo: Yup, I'm sure relieved about this. Looks like we nipped it in the bud. (Knock wood.)

November 11, 2006 at 1:18 AM  
Blogger ariadneK, Ph.D. said...

Yup, I was likewise stoked, Tom!!!

November 11, 2006 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Ariadnek: Yup, there was lots of encouraging news in Tuesday's election.

November 11, 2006 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

I'm with Ricardo on this one... had the SD thing been approved, how many more "red states" would have put forth and passed similar measures? And with the nation's Supreme Court getting loaded up with anti-womens'-rights justices, it makes me very glad the Senate will be in the control of lefties.

I don't think this is the end of such ballot measures, but it may take a while for other similar measures to crop up. It took SD pro-lifers a little while before they perceived the climate to be right for such screwy measures to be placed on the ballot, and as it turns out, the South Dakota anti-abortion and "jail for judges" measures were just TOO screwy.

Hats off to the voters of that state!

November 13, 2006 at 8:01 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: Yup, I think South Dakota voters nipped this thing in the bud by defeating it. It'll come back (monsters always do) but for now it's been defeated.

November 13, 2006 at 10:22 PM  

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