Social & Domestic Issues

Taxes, Pot and Gay Marriage Go Down

In last Tuesday’s election, voters gravitated not only toward conservative candidates, giving the Republicans a majority in both houses of Congress, but they also voted, generally, for the conservative side in statewide referenda. Nevada, for example, passed an initiative banning homosexual marriage. Tax increases in Missouri and Washington State were defeated. Several initiatives to decriminalize marijuana use, or allow “medicinal” marijuana consumption, were turned back. Here are the results of major state ballot measures nationwide.

HOMOSEXUAL ‘MARRIAGE’

Gay Marriage Ban

  • State: Nevada
  • Result: Approved
  • Yes: 67%
  • No:
  • Description: Forbids state recognition of homosexual “marriages.”
  • ANIMALS

    Cruelty to Animals

  • State: Arkansas
  • Result: Rejected
  • Yes: 38%
  • No: 62%
  • Description: Impose steep penalty on anyone who “tortures, mutilates, maims” etc. an animal.
  • Cockfighting

  • State: Oklahoma
  • Result: Approved
  • Yes: 56%
  • No: 44%
  • Description: Ban cockfighting.
  • Pig Crates

  • State: Florida
  • Result: Approved
  • Yes: 55%
  • No: 45%
  • Description: Prohibit confining pregnant pigs in cases.
  • TAXES

    Tax Hike

  • State: Washington
  • Result: Rejected
  • Yes: 37%
  • No: 63%
  • Description: Increases gas taxes, sales taxes on cars and truck weight fees
  • Tax Hike

  • State: Missouri
  • Result: Rejected
  • Yes: 49%
  • No: 51%
  • Description: Hike tobacco taxes by $0.55 per pack.
  • Tax Cut

  • State: Massachusetts
  • Result: Rejected
  • Yes: 45%
  • No: 55%
  • Description: Abolish state income tax.
  • SMOKING AND POT

    Marijuana

  • State: Arizona
  • Result: Rejected
  • Yes: 43%
  • No: 57%
  • Description: Legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes.
  • Drug Rehab

  • State: Ohio
  • Result: Rejected
  • Yes: 33%
  • No: 67%
  • Description: Give treatment instead of jail time to non-habitual drug offenders.
  • Hemp

  • State: South Dakota
  • Result: Rejected
  • Yes: 38%
  • No: 62%
  • Description: Legalize cultivation and use of hemp products.
  • Smoking

  • State: Florida
  • Result: Approved
  • Yes: 71%
  • No: 29%
  • Description: Ban smoking in most public places.
  • Jury Nullification

  • State: South Dakota
  • Result: Rejected
  • Yes: 22%
  • No: 78%
  • Description: Allow criminal defendants to argue against the validity of state laws.
  • Legal Pot

  • State: Nevada
  • Result: Rejected
  • Yes: 39%
  • No: 61%
  • Description: Decriminalize possession of marijuana.
  • POLITICAL REFORM

    Term Limits

  • State: Idaho
  • Result: Approved
  • Yes: 50%
  • No: 49%
  • Description: Maintains legislature’s repeal of local term limits.
  • Voting By Mail

  • State: Colorado
  • Result: Rejected
  • Yes: 41%
  • No: 59%
  • Description: Require most elections held after 2004 to be conducted by mail.
  • Voting

  • State: Colorado
  • Result: Rejected
  • Yes: 38%
  • No: 62%
  • Description: Let voters register and vote on election day
  • Voting

  • State: California
  • Result: Rejected
  • Yes: 39%
  • No: 61%
  • Description: Let voters register and vote on election day.
  • BILINGUAL EDUCATION

    English-Only

  • State: Colorado
  • Result: Rejected
  • Yes: 44%
  • No: 56%
  • Description: End bilingual education but allow opt outs and lawsuits.
  • English-Only

  • State: Massachusetts
  • Result: Approved
  • Yes: 68%
  • No: 32%
  • Description: End bilingual education.
  • EDUCATION

    Pre-K

  • State: Florida
  • Result: Approved
  • Yes: 59%
  • No: 41%
  • Description: Creates a voluntary, universal pre-kindergarten program.
  • Class Sizes

  • State: Florida
  • Result: Approved
  • Yes: 53%
  • No: 47%
  • Description: Sets a maximum class size for public schools.
  • Day Care

  • State: California
  • Result: Approved
  • Yes: 57%
  • No: 43%
  • Description: Sets minimum level for state spending for after-school programs.
  • HEALTH

    Health Care

  • State: Oregon
  • Result: Rejected
  • Yes: 21%
  • No: 79%
  • Description: Adopt a single-payer, state-run health care system.
  • Food Labeling

  • State: Oregon
  • Result: Rejected
  • Yes: 28%
  • No: 72%
  • Description: Require labeling of genetically engineered foods.

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