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Elections around the country

Post by News Tribune Staff on Nov. 6, 2007 at 8:09 pm | No Comments »
November 6, 2007 8:09 pm

While we await the first results from local elections, here’s a look at results coming in from other time zones, courtesy of The Associated Press:

New Jersey voters hit the polls for a tight referendum on whether to borrow $450 million over 10 years to finance stem cell research, one of the most closely watched measures on state ballots. The proposal, which drew opposition from anti-abortion groups and the Roman Catholic Church, trailed by fewer than 10 percentage points with nearly half of precincts reporting.

Utah voters were considering the country’s first statewide school voucher program open to all children, not just those from low- or middle-income families. The program would grant $500 to $3,000, depending on family income, for each child sent to private school. Experts said a green light in Utah could lead to similar programs in Texas, Arizona, Louisiana and elsewhere.

Oregon voters were determining whether to raise the cigarette tax by 84.5 cents a pack — to $2.02 — to fund health insurance for about 100,000 children now lacking coverage. Tobacco companies opposing the measure outspent supporters by a 4-1 margin, contributing nearly $12 million.

Texans authorized up to $3 billion in bonds over 10 years to create a cancer research center. The proposal was pushed by cycling champion and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong and opposed by some fiscal conservatives.

In Denver, voters were asked whether to make the private use and possession of marijuana the city’s lowest law enforcement priority. Elected officials and police said it would have little effect since state and federal law supersede local law decriminalizing the drug.

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