Election Observations


Air date: November 4, 2015

Host:  Jim Schneider

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Jim Schneider reported on several recent votes across the country recently.

A number of votes took place Tuesday, November 3.  In Houston, Texas on the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO). The purpose of the ordinance is to protect transgenders from discrimination, but it is feared that it would make it easier for sexual predators to commit crimes. The ordinance was rejected by voters by a large margin.

In Ohio, a bill to legalize recreational use of marijuana was defeated.

In Kentucky there was a surprise victory by Matt Bevin, again by a large margin.  That result could change the character of the confrontation between a federal judge and Rowan county clerk, Kim Davis who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses. The outgoing governor ignored Kim’s request for a religious accommodation. The governor-elect, Matt Bevin, has supported Kim in her predicament, and could reverse the situation once he takes office.  

In San Francisco, the sheriff, Ross Mirkarimi who has been influential in the city’s stand as a “sanctuary city”, releasing illegal aliens including convicted felons, was defeated.  

Other results showed Virginia defeating a gun control effort, conservatives gaining in many other areas, with several exceptions. 

Looking ahead, Jim gave an overview of the current status of candidates in the Presidential contest, and also poll results projecting which Republicans could defeat Hillary Clinton should she be the Democrat nominee, and which ones would likely lose to her.

Listeners were then invited to give their comments on the latest election results, and on the various candidates for President, and to explain which issues are most important to them.

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