[A-List] Voters Pick Obama But Local Progressive Agendas Flop

Stathis Stassinos rainy at tellas.gr
Wed Nov 5 23:06:11 MST 2008

Public Opinion is so easily transformed. Its only natural that people 
would vote conservatively after so many years of reactionary government. 
Sad but true, herd mentality is not only a wall street phenomenon. I 
trully believe that if Obama pushes for a progressive agenda, 5 years 
from now the same people would vote more progressively for the same issues.
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> Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2008 19:43:04 -0500
> From: "Yoshie Furuhashi" <critical.montages at gmail.com>
> Subject: [A-List] Voters Pick Obama But Local Progressive Agendas Flop
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> Voters pick Obama but local progressive agendas flop
> 6 hours ago
> WASHINGTON (AFP) ? Despite a landslide for Democrats in the White
> House race, Americans voted more conservatively on Tuesday in a myriad
> of referendums on banning gay marriage and abortion.
> Voters in some states rejected gay marriage rights and affirmative
> action and approved restrictions on adoption for unmarried couples.
> However, results were mixed as other referenda across the country --
> some 35 states were asked to consider 153 ballot questions -- showed
> voters in favor of assisted suicide and against outright bans on
> abortion.
> In California, Florida, Arizona and Arkansas, voters rejected gay marriage.
> In Arkansas, they voted to prevent anyone who isn't married from
> adopting a child. The decision was decried by gay rights supporters
> who said it would limit their ability to adopt children.
> But voters rejected a near-total ban on abortion in South Dakota and
> Colorado and allowed assisted suicide in Washington state, making it
> the second US state after Oregon to allow the procedure for terminally
> ill people.
> Jennie Drage-Bower, senior election analyst with the National
> Conference of State Legislators, said abortion limits do not have a
> strong history.
> "Restriction on abortion has been on the ballot 23 times since 1980
> and only five of those have been approved by voters," she said. "So
> that's not really an issue that voters historically have been
> receptive to on the ballot."
> In another politically charged issue, voters in five states were asked
> to rule on affirmative action, or targeted policies that aim to
> increase employment and education for minorities.
> In Nebraska the programs, which are often slammed by critics as
> showing unfair racial preferences, were rejected 58 percent to 42
> percent. In Colorado, the result was still too close to call
> Wednesday.
> California's gay marriage ban passed with 52.1 percent to 47.9 percent against.
> Known as "Proposition 8," the proposal was trumpeted by conservative
> groups as the people's way of overturning the state Supreme Court's
> ruling in May that legalized gay marriage.

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