Local Elections and What They Mean for 2012

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Ohio voters await results on election night. (Chris Hondros/Getty)

Tuesday was Election Day across the country and voters in several states cast ballots on issues with national dimensions. Ohio voters struck down a law that restricts the collective bargaining rights of public workers. The landslide 62-38 result was setback for Republican Governor John Kasich, who implemented the law as a budget-cutting measure and campaigned across the state to prevent its defeat. Mississippi voters rejected the so-called "Personhood Amendment," which sought to outlaw abortions. In Arizona, voters defeated the main architect of that state's controversial immigration law.

Jordan Fabian, political editor at Univision, tells The Takeaway what Tuesday's results reveal about the temperature of the electorate heading into a presidential election year. Bill Cohen, statehouse reporter for Ohio Public Radio, discusses both Ohio's votes on the health care bill and the rejection of a key provision of Obama's health care legislation.

Comments [5]


In the past, The Takeaway has spent much time talking about corporate spending on election campaigns.

Now, there's a really good story; how unions spent $30 million on the collective bargaining referendum in Ohio. Outspending pro-reform proponents by 2 to 1.

I'm not necessarily complaining about the vote; it is what it is. It would just be nice, however, if The Takeaway looked at both sides equally.

Nov. 09 2011 10:08 AM

"This really spoke to progressive activists" and apparently progressive journalists as well.

Nov. 09 2011 08:29 AM
Naira from North Bergen, NJ

I am relieved to hear that there is some sense left in American people. This controversial law in Mississippi had to be rejected- it does not matter what people believe but I don't think it's right to impose their believes on others. This is 2011- we should allow women choose what to do with their bodies without religious freaks telling them what they think is right

Nov. 09 2011 08:14 AM
Jack Brondum from Minneapolis

At 6:02 AM (CST), 28 minutes after I started listening to The Takeaway, John read the headlines, where I at last learned about the Ohio election results. This isn't more important than annoying accounts of Herman the Pervert? Penn State perverts? Religious fervor in Pakistan? Ineptitude at Dover AFB? The nation is finally waking up, saying no to proto-fascism. That's important, John. You say that "[You've] a job to do." So do it.

Nov. 09 2011 07:25 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Mississippi voters (the governor voted for it) didn't vote for the law not because they didn't feel that human life begins at conception. They voted it down because:

-there would be too many social adjustments, including the criminalization of several forms of birth control: it involved just too much intrenched social habits.
-the cost of litigation with the federal government Mississippi couldn't afford in this economy.
-they were confused by the medical community's definition of pregnancy beginning not at conception but at implantation, a convenient definition.
-the issue of how to treat women with cancer who are pregnant (treat to save the woman and the child equally).

So many voted no even though they do believe life begins at conception (which they call fertilization). One day we'll be willing to act on our convictions.

Nov. 09 2011 06:21 AM

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