2012 Election

US 2012 Election Results
Republican efforts to suppress the vote and thus steal the election in 2012 failed. Obama won a second term and returns on ballot initiatives around the country, along with the election of women and an openly gay woman, Baldwin from Wisconsin, and the dismissal (see results in Indiana and Missouri) of old Republican wanna be Senatorial white guys who kept stepping on their genitals by talking about rape of women as something reasonable in their God’s kingdom, would seem to indicate that the U.S. is displaying a glimmer of a desire to join the modern secular world.

A list of encouraging results from ballot initiatives would include:

California approved Jerry Brown’s initiative to add taxes for the purpose of funding education using a 0.25% increase in sales tax and increasing income tax on incomes over $250,000.
Revises California’s Three Strike law making it somewhat less severe.
Colorado and Washington state legalized the recreational use of marijuana
Maine and Maryland legalize same sex marriage

For a recap of all ballot initiatives nationwide, this this overview should do the trick.

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Election initiatives
California Proposition 30 :
would, simply put, raise taxes in order to fund education. Approved

Voters Split on Proposition 30–Proposition 31, 32, 38 Lag
– Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank

California’s Governor Is in High Gear Over a Tax Initiative – NY Times
Two articles picked out of a brief search, not sure how complete a picture these provide. The interested reader can undertake a more thorough search and put together the pros and cons for him or herself.
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Proposition 34 The End the Death Penalty Initiative (2012)would end the California death penalty. Failed

This survey of California electoral initiatives is interesting and well worth a look.
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This Daily Beast article provides a concise overview of crucial (at least as determined by the Daily Beast) ballot initiatives.

Note initiatives to recognize same-sex marriages in Maine where the initiative has a chance of passing, and Maryland, Washington, and Minnesota have initiatives revolving around equality of same-sex marriages. All these initiatives in favor of the legality of gay marriage passed.

Colorado has an initiative which would regulate marijuana in the same way as liquor is regulated. Washington and Oregon have similar initiatives.Oregon’s initiative failed while Colorado and Washington passed intiatives legalizing some aspects of marijauna possession and/or sale and/or production.

Various other reforms are mentioned in the article.

Voter Suppression LSW post on voter suppression in Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin and other states references a Democracy Now interview with Ari Berman of the Natiom Magazine.
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Nate Silver Predicts Election Outcomes