November 2015 Election Results: Meh
Win some, lose some.
The good news:
Voters in Clallam County, WA gave the Heave Ho to a corrupt Good Ol' Boy county commissioner who represented everything that both parties claim to hate: an arrogant vindictive corporate welfare leech disguised as a Free Market bootstraps sink-or-swim-on-your-own conservative. The Hubris before the Fall. And Fall he did. Buh Bye!
In Washington State, Initiative I-1401 passed by a landslide. It's now a crime to “sell, offer to sell, purchase, trade, barter for, or distribute any endangered covered animal species part or product...” With Seattle being a major port city, this is more significant than it sounds. I still don't understand how 30% of the voters were actually against this initiative. Trophy hunters must have more useful idiots on hand than I suspected. In any case: Wildlife 1, Inbreds 0.
In Maine, voters answered Yes to Question 1, the Clean Election initiative. Maine will crack down on Dark Money with stricter transparency requirements; and Question 1 also provides public financing of elections. The promoters of Question 1 are hoping this will be the start of a nationwide trend:
“Tonight we truly started a movement. What we didn’t talk about was the impact it would have for the rest of the country.”
“This may be the end of a campaign but it’s a continuation of a movement that started with the very founding of this country.”
And the bad news:
In Houston, the largest and least-Texan of all cities in Texas (as in Los Angeles, most Houston residents are from somewhere else originally), voters struck down the Equal Rights Ordinance that had been protecting gay, lesbian, and transgender people from discrimination.
And Kentucky voters have chosen Far Right Teabirther Matt Bevin as their next governor. Matt Bevin's biggest campaign issue was a promise to yank the rug out from under those 400,000 parasites who are currently insured under Obamacare. WTF??? OK, Kentucky's