Washington wasn’t the only state to take on a slew of ballot measures – and its nine initiatives and referrals weren’t even the most. Sorting through the 159 ballot propositions in 36 states, John Matsusaka of the University of Southern California’s Initiative and Referendum Institute sees a conservative message, ranging from rejection of legalized marijuana in California to approval of anti-union measures in other states. Also, he singles out Washington’s I-1098 as part of the trend:
The debate has overtones of the national discussion concerning extension of the Bush tax cuts, specifically whether the cuts should be allowed to expire for high-income individuals. Some of the issues surrounding I-1098 are specific to Washington and may not apply to the Bush tax cuts, but the election results suggest that voters are not necessarily eager to soak the rich.
Read the entire report here or read on for a summary.
ELECTION RESULTS 2010: TEA PARTY SPILLOVER?
As the Tea Party-fueled Republican Party scored massive gains at the federal and state level across the country, the impact of conservative-leaning voters was also felt in ballot propositions. Progressive measures went down to defeat and conservative measures were favored, according to John Matsusaka, president of the USC’s Initiative and Referendum Institute, which released on Wednesday Election 2010 Ballotwatch report. (For the full report, please go to: http://www.iandrinstitute.org).
Voters in 36 states decided 159 ballot propositions on November 2, approving 61% with 11 too close to call at the time of writing. Compared to November 2008, the number of propositions was down slightly from 153 and the approval rate was up slightly from 59% Of the forty-two initiatives on the ballot, new laws placed on the ballot by citizen petitions 40% have been approved so far, just about equal to the long run historical approval rate of 41%. Of the 113 propositions placed on the ballot by legislatures, 69% have been approved with 8 pending.
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