Tuesday was election day in several elections across the nation. In Ohio, voters pushed back against Republican Governor John Kasich’s anti-union legislation that banned collective bargaining for public employees. In Mississippi, Voters rejected a Constitutional Amendment that would have declared that life begins at conception, essentially prohibiting all abortions. In Kentucky, the Democratic Governor Steve Beshear was easily elected to his second term.
Mississippi Voters did pass a Constitutional Amendment requiring a government issued photo I.D. for people to vote. That measure will still have to face approval by the U.S. Justice Department due to Voting Right’s Act restricitons. Given the disproportionate impact of this legislation on minority voters, it seems unlikely that approval will be forthcoming.
In Maine voters rejected attempts by the Republican controlled legislature to end Election Day voter registration.
In Arizona a moderate Republican Jerry Lewis will replace Republican state Sen. Russell Pearce, the author of Arizona’s controversial and discriminatory anti-immigrant SB1070, who was recalled.
So pretty good day for Democrats and progressives yesterday. Not so good for the TEA Party (Bag) right.