Two California ballot initiatives went down yesterday—Prop 19, which would have legalized marijuana possession, fell short 54 to 46 percent, while an attempt to repeal the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act, Prop 23, suffered a big loss. Prop 23 would have suspended the state’s strict emissions limits until the unemployment rate fell to 5.5% or below for four consecutive quarters, but since the unemployment rate has only been that low three times in 30 years, critics argued the suspension would amount to a repeal. Plus, Prop 23 would have cut green jobs spending, increasing unemployment at least in the short term, and was heavily backed by Texas-based oil companies.
Colorado’s Amendment 62, which would have established fetal personhood, was roundly defeated, 70 to 29 percent. That’s great news, but the bad news is that a comparable amendment was on the ballot in 2008, and lost by a huge margin then, too. Will anti-choice forces in Colorado drain progressives’ resources fighting a similar amendment again in two years? Meanwhile, Oklahoma voters outlawed the use of sharia law in state courts—70 to 30 percent.
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