The American people are pushing back on Republican oppression across the country. The headlines say it all:
Arizona: “Voters turned out of office the chief architect of that state’s controversial anti-immigration law. State Senator Russell Pearce, a Republican power broker and a former sheriff’s deputy known for his uncompromising style, conceded the race Tuesday with a look of shock on his face.”
Ohio Voters Emphatically Reject Kasich’s Anti-Union Law | TPM: Ohioans needed 231,000 signatures and got over a million. How sweet it is: “Ohio Democrats, who got absolutely creamed in the 2010 elections, have now won a major victory over Republican Gov. John Kasich — massively winning a referendum to repeal Kasich’s anti-public employee union law. … With 19% of precincts reporting — which includes a significant chunk of the total ballots, due to early-votes being counted quickly — the bill known as SB 5 is losing by a margin of 63%-37%, and the “No” position has been projected as the winner by the Associated Press.”
Mississippi Voters Reject ‘Personhood’ Ballot to Ban Abortion | Bloomberg: Mississippi voters rejected the ballot initiative that would have banned abortion by redefining the term “person” to include “every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the equivalent thereof.” The goal was to give “legal rights to fertilized eggs and cut off access to abortion by equating it with murder, making no exception for rape, incest or when a woman’s life is in danger. Medical groups warned it might have criminalized contraception and miscarriages while limiting access to treatments such as in-vitro fertilization.”
Appeals court backs Obama health care law: What comes next? | CBS: (CBS/AP) “President Obama’s health care law overcame a major legal hurdle Tuesday, as an appeals court upheld the controversial law’s constitutionality. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld the lower court’s ruling that found Congress did not overstep its authority in requiring people to have insurance or pay a penalty, beginning in 2014.”
Steve Beshear wins re-election as Kentucky governor | BostonHerald.com: Democratic Governor Steve Beshear won re-election by over 20 points! This is a giant margin in a state that elected Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul – two of the most extreme right-wingers in the U.S. Senate.
Maine Voters Restore Same-Day Registration | Wmtw.com News 8 Maine: Maine’s Republican controlled legislature enacted a law this year that eliminated Election Day registration, which has been in practice since 1973. Citizens got together and repealed. “Maine voters have repealed a law requiring voters to enroll at least two days before an election, restoring a four-decade policy of allowing registrations as late as Election Day. … the proposal to repeal the newly enacted two-day requirement was passed with 59 percent of the vote. … The referendum was put on Tuesday’s ballot through a “people’s veto” initiative.”
So what dos this mean? The power to win or lose is in our hands, the hands of ordinary citizens.