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    Election news we are all likely to enjoy

    There were many issues on state and local ballots that were not partisan. Some of them would likely be praised by planners everywhere. This is a thread meant to be good news for all. Let's keep the partisan stuff out, and just post the good ones.

    In Colorado, voters passed a sales tax to fund Fastracks, an ambitious plan to add new commuter rail, light rail, and bus rapid transit serving the Denver metro area. In my home town, an initiative to raise taxes for trails and open space passed with 66% of the vote.
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    Quote Originally posted by Cardinal
    There were many issues on state and local ballots that were not partisan. Some of them would likely be praised by planners everywhere. This is a thread meant to be good news for all. Let's keep the partisan stuff out, and just post the good ones.

    In Colorado, voters passed a sales tax to fund Fastracks, an ambitious plan to add new commuter rail, light rail, and bus rapid transit serving the Denver metro area. In my home town, an initiative to raise taxes for trails and open space passed with 66% of the vote.
    Florida seemingly passed a new minimum wage.
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    I second the Denver Metro Fasttracks Amendment, although I was too far north to be able to vote for it.
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    A few local bond measures to fund land conservation and parks passed in Florida:

    Miami/Dade County, Indian River and Lake County.

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    Quote Originally posted by Cardinal
    There were many issues on state and local ballots that were not partisan.
    Exactly! Here's one that is not partisan by any means: In Michigan, gay marriage will be illegal becuase of overwhelming support for Proposal 2.

    Michigan voters joined a national wave of approval for traditional one man-one woman marriage Tuesday, approving Proposal 2 by a wide margin.

    Michigan was one of 11 states to adopt constitutional amendments on marriage, signaling a strong grassroots reaction to court decisions permitting same-sex marriage in Massachusetts and decisions by local officials in various places to permit gay and lesbian couples to marry.
    Isn't it a great time to be a homophobe in Michigan?!!

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    The City of Kenosha approved a non-binding referendum on a new Casino. The anti-casino people (actually a front group for another Indian casino in Milwaukee) waged a nasty campaign against the developers. The attack ads were so misleading that some TV stations wouldn't even air them.
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    •Maryland's Talbot County: Approved a measure to limit size of superstores to 65,000 square feet.
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    Our county voted out a commissioner that was the biggest pain in our backside.
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    In Wichita? For who? Just kidding.

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    We didn't get the mayor from hell... that was good.

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    Arizonans were so desperate for a measure on illegal immigration that they may have passed an illegal measure called Prop 200. We did pass Prop 400 which includes 2.8Bil for light rail though....

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    In San Diego, Donna Frye, long time keep the beach clean activist, ran for mayor as a write in and it looks like she's going to win. Up until a month ago she wasn't running. I'm really proud of her and San Diego for taking a chance on the only straight talk candidate! Donna Frye encouraged supporters to make their own posters and get out the message. This was a grass roots, down home, bare bones, community based campaign and people from the left, center and right showed up for her! Ultimately Donna was the only person SD could trust to not BS.

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    Quote Originally posted by Repo Man
    The City of Kenosha approved a non-binding referendum on a new Casino. The anti-casino people (actually a front group for another Indian casino in Milwaukee) waged a nasty campaign against the developers. The attack ads were so misleading that some TV stations wouldn't even air them.
    And at the same time they defeated a school referendum. Now, there's a lot of detail, but on the surface, this says something about community values.

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    Look for it to get a little cheeper to be a drunk in South Carolina as they passed an initiative to change the state constitution to allow free pour by-the-drink booze, doing away with the quaint, but more expensive mini-bottles.

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    Quote Originally posted by SlaveToTheGrind
    In Wichita? For who?
    Good question. It's for monster truck rallies, cage wrestling, curling and rollerball. Maybe ---- uh, what's the game that's a cross between trampolining and basketball?










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    Quote Originally posted by Budgie
    Good question. It's for monster truck rallies, cage wrestling, curling and rollerball. Maybe ---- uh, what's the game that's a cross between trampolining and basketball?










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    Colorado joined the Ten Percent Club! Voters passed an initiative that will require the state's utilities to get a minimum of ten percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2015.
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    Quote Originally posted by Cardinal
    Colorado joined the Ten Percent Club! Voters passed an initiative that will require the state's utilities to get a minimum of ten percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2015.
    Where will the new dams and windmill farms be built? These have been severely 'Enviroed' and NIMBYed elsewhere.

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    Any words on the Des Moines, IA and Topeka, KS city-county mergers?

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    Quote Originally posted by mgk920
    Any words on the Des Moines, IA and Topeka, KS city-county mergers?

    Mike
    Polk, D.M. merger proposal soundly defeated
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    Quote Originally posted by mgk920
    Where will the new dams and windmill farms be built? These have been severely 'Enviroed' and NIMBYed elsewhere.

    Mike
    Would both of the residents of eastern Colorado object to windmill farms? I guess we'd have to build them where nobody lives, the. How about North Dakota? (The feds did recently release a report very favorable of the opportunity to develop wind power on the western plains.)

    Dams are pretty much out of the picture.

    What about solar? Just as the utilities now offer rebates to people for purchasing or installing energy-efficient appliances, they could institute programs to help home-owners and businesses incorporate solar power into their homes, offices and factories. USDA-Rural Development has proposed a program to help farmers adopt these technologies.
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