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This is Ballot Watch. Today is the ninth in the series of articles on the upcoming ballot initiatives and some key local elections. Some of these will cover topics in common with multiple states, while others will look at a state level.
Today we take a step back from the geography-based Ballot Watches and cover our last issue-based Ballot Watch: same-sex marriage.
Four states are considering ballot initiatives or voter-driven constitutional amendments that would impact same-sex marriage: Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington. I’ll run down the data on each of these in turn, but first some historical perspective bolstered with longitudinal national polling data (that is, polling data taken over time, some from 35 years ago). (more…)
Here in Flyover Country, we’re used to being ignored by the élite media on the coasts. That could change, for a few weeks anyway. This November, Minnesota will join the list of states that have had votes on whether to enact a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Minnesota may become the first state to defeat such an amendment, and this may be partially due to the actions of the Minnesota Secretary of State, an unassuming politician in what is often considered — by the rest of the country — as a boring state.
I live in Minnesota. It’s a place of stunning contrasts. It may be the only state where you can regularly see people walking around in shorts and a parka. Minnesota has a long progressive history. It also has an active social conservative movement, including dedicated opponents of abortion in both major political parties. It’s a state where hunting is a favorite leisure activity, and so has strong opinions on both sides of gun control / gun rights issues. It’s a state with one of the nation’s most liberal U.S. Representatives [Keith Ellison (D-Minneapolis), a co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus], whose district is literally adjacent to a district with one of the nation’s most conservative Representatives [Michele Bachmann (R-Stillwater), founder of the House Tea Party Caucus].
So, in 2010, we elected conservative Republican Tea-Party types to majorities in both the state Senate and the state House, but a liberal Democrat — Mark Dayton — as Governor. We also elected a Democratic Secretary of State, Mark Ritchie. He’s gotten involved in the process related to the upcoming vote on an anti-same-sex-marriage amendment, and his actions could affect the success or failure of that amendment. (more…)
Who won Colorado and Minnesota this week? If you look at the tallies of caucus votes, the answer is “Rick Santorum”. But those two states have non-binding caucuses, so the answer may not be as obvious as it seems. There are two separate, but loosely-related activities at play here.
In terms of the momentum story, which drives much of the discussion in the media, the caucus votes are the ones that matter. Santorum won that story.
But there’s a second story, one that is much quieter, but more meaningful in terms of the ultimate nomination. (more…)
Well, this was unexpected. While there was little doubt that former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) would win Missouri, and all zero of its eligible delegates, Minnesota looked like a tossup just yesterday. And Colorado? That was a sure win for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney just a couple of days ago.
And then… (more…)
Today, in addition to the Missouri Beauty Contest, the states of Colorado and Minnesota hold their non-binding caucuses for 36 and 40 delegates, respectively.
The states are coming thick and fast now, and the polling firms find themselves stretched thin trying to get the necessary breadth and frequency in each state, given the rapidly-changing fortunes of the remaining four candidates. (more…)
2 years ago
The Political Platypus: Matt Dean’s Mother
The Platypus is amused, but not surprised, at a little anti-intellectual dustup in Minnesota, one of the nicest states in the Union.
Apparently, bestselling author Neil Gaiman took a $45,000 speakers fee from the people of Stillwater, who used state money to pay it.
He later issued a non-apology apology, saying his mother told him to apologize for calling Mr. Gaiman names but he still thought the fee excessive.
Of course, the fee was donated to charity, as is Mr. Gaiman’s usual practice, but still.
Apparently, public arts funding is only to be used for things that Mr. Dean likes.