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Victory! MoveOn Members Endorse 2005

Check out these great candidates and ballot measures MoveOn has endorsed as we build up to the 2005 elections.
California  Colorado  Maine  Minnesota  New Jersey  Ohio  Texas  Virginia  Washington
Text in blue below explains how each candidate or measure fared on Election Day. Overall, it was a great day for progressives, winning both the NJ & VA governorships, defeating all of Arnold Schwarzenegger's special interest ballot measures, and winning important ballot fights elswhere. There were some tough losses, like election reform in Ohio and gay rights in Texas, but in the end progressives carried day. Radical Republicans should be very nervous as they look ahead to facing voters in 2006.

In addition to these victories in high-profile races, our partners at Democracy for America and Progressive Majority had important wins too. Check out there results here (DFA) and here (Progressive Majority).

California: No on Props. 73-78  Victory!  Yes on Props. 79-80.

The first six initiatives on the ballot, props. 73-78, are supported by Gov. Schwarzenegger. The final two initiatives, props. 79-80, are opposed by the governor and supported by consumer advocates.

OPPOSE Prop. 73. Waiting Period and Parental Notification Before Termination of Minor's Pregnancy. Victory!
OPPOSE Prop. 74. Public School Teachers. Waiting Period for Permanent Status. Dismissal. Victory!
OPPOSE Prop. 75. Public Employee Union Dues. Restrictions on Political Contributions. Employee Consent Requirement. Victory!
OPPOSE Prop. 76. State Spending and School Funding Limits Victory!
OPPOSE Prop. 77. Redistricting. Initiative Constitutional Amendment Victory!
OPPOSE Prop. 78. Discounts on Prescription Drugs. Victory!

SUPPORT Prop. 79. Prescription Drug Discounts. State-Negotiated Rebates.
SUPPORT Prop. 80. Electric Service Providers.

"The first six intitiatives are neither about nor for the people of California. The first six are about big business and the business-backed Governor. Take the power back and vote NO on Propositions 73 through 78. Vote Yes on Propositions 79 and 80 which restores power to the people and stops big business from profiting too much at our expense."—MoveOn member Josephine Webb, San Francisco, CA

California voters sharply rebuked Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the special election on which he has staked his political reputation. All six initiatives he sponsored or endorsed were defeated, from restrictions on reproductive choice to anti-union attacks to slashing the state budget. Dissatisfaction with his special election was so significant that even the two progressive measures were defeated in a wave of "No." This puts the governor in big trouble for his re-election campaign next year.

California: Donna Frye for Mayor of San Diego

Donna Frye, a Democrat, is a San Diego city councilmember. Her website says: "Councilmember Frye voted against retirement benefit increases in 2002 and called twice for an audit of the San Diego pension system in April of 2003...I am running for Mayor because we must reclaim our city from the failed policies and politics of the past. I am the only candidate with a proven record of standing up for the public interest at city hall. I've provided strong leadership by pushing open the doors of government and forcing the city to conduct its business in public. I'm a fighter who isn't afraid to make tough decisions and speak up for those whose voices would not otherwise be heard. The choice in this election is simple--do we want to move forward into a brighter future--or do we want to continue to accept business as usual?"

"Only Donna Frye has a workable plan to fix the financial woes in San Diego and clean up the pension scandal. She is also the only one with true integrity and the convictions to stand up to the corporate power brokers in San Diego. She is the only one who will manage our city ethically and honestly."—MoveOn member Gayle Aruta, San Diego, CA

Donna Frye, the progressive candidate for mayor of San Diego, put up a good fight but ultimately suffered a defeat. Although Frye did well in two previous elections, San Diego's conservative roots were the dominant factor in this election, leaving a Republican mayor to take on the city's "Enron by the sea" legacy.

Colorado: Yes on Referendum C   Victory!

Temporarily lifts the state's "TABOR" (Taxpayer Bill of Rights), which restricts spending to a rate equal to population growth and inflation. Referendum C asks voters if the state may spend money it collects above the TABOR limit on health care, public education, transportation projects, and local fire and police pensions. For: Gov. Bill Owens and many Republicans, most Democrats, most business groups, labor unions, progressive non-profit advocates. Against: grassroots anti-tax conservatives, and many Republican officeholders and candidates.1

"Without passage of Ref. C, Colorado will eliminate support for higher education, health care for the poor, and road repair. Opposition to Refs. C & D is a vote to destroy government and what it can and should do to support the citizens it serves."—MoveOn member Robert Husson, Parker, CO

Support the Yes on Referendum C campaign: http://www.voteyesonc-d.com/

Ref. C passed 52%-48%, a victory some observers credited to a great turnout effort by Ref. C supporters. MoveOn members helped with get-out-the-vote canvasses and emails. The Denver Post wrote, "The vote allows the state to patch a huge hole ripped into the state budget since 2001, when the state started cutting $1 billion in spending."

Maine: No on Question 1  Victory!

This referendum asks whether voters want to veto the newly enacted legislation that amends the Maine Human Rights Act to make it unlawful to discriminate against individuals based on their sexual orientation in decisions regarding employment, housing, educational opportunity, access to public accommodations and the extension of credit. Sexual orientation is defined to mean a person’s actual or perceived heterosexuality, bisexuality, homosexuality or gender identity or expression.2

"Sexual orientation has NOTHING to do with the right to equal employment, housing, educational opportunity, access to public accommodations and the extension of credit. These should be the equal rights of human beings everywhere."—MoveOn member Lee Holmes, Sedgwick, ME

Support the Maine Won't Discriminate campaign: http://www.MaineWontDiscriminate.org

Maine won a huge victory for basic human rights when Question 1 was defeated and Maine's Human Rights Act moved forward to take effect. For the third time in seven years, Maine voters voted on whether to endorse or repeal a state law that protects gays and lesbians from discrimination, and this time fairness, decency, and human rights won out.

Minnesota: Chris Coleman for Mayor of St. Paul  Victory!

Chris Coleman, the DFL-endorsed candidate for mayor, spent eight years working as a public defender and prosecutor and now is a consultant to non-profits. His website says: "As Mayor, Chris will be a champion for Saint Paul's kids so every student in our public, private and charter schools receives a world-class education. He will hire more cops and firefighters so our streets and neighborhoods are safe. Chris is a lifelong Democrat who supported Senator Paul Wellstone and the Vote Yes for Saint Paul Kids referendum in 2002, and he proudly backed John Kerry for President. Chris Coleman will bring people together to move Saint Paul forward."3

"Coleman is a progressive liberal, coming out of the Saint Paul Democratic tradition. Chris was a Wellstone supporter and strong advocate for small business. Chris serves as president of the United Family Practice Clinic serving uninsured and low-income people. The current mayor Kelly however holds many conservative views, from supporting Bush in the last presidential election to advocating pro-life policies."—MoveOn member Chris Freeman, St. Paul

Support Chris Coleman: http://www.chriscolemanformayor.com

Progressive Chris Coleman overwhelmingly won his race, a significant victory. The St. Paul Pioneer Press wrote, "Randy Kelly suffered a resounding defeat on Tuesday, the first St. Paul mayor in 33 years to lose his job at the polls. Voters elected former City Council Member Chris Coleman in his stead by a better than 2-to-1 ratio. It was, by all measures, a crushing defeat."

New Jersey: Jon Corzine for Governor  Victory!

Jon Corzine, a Democrat, is a U.S. Senator. His website says: "Jon Corzine is running for Governor to make New Jersey one of the best places to live, to work, to raise a family, to go to school, to start a business, and to retire with security. He believes New Jersey deserves a government that provides people value for their hard-earned tax dollars, and also respects the values that hold us together. Jon brings the leadership experience of managing one of the most successful businesses in the world, and possesses tough negotiating skills that have allowed him to succeed in the U.S. Senate...Jon Corzine plans to grow our state economy, strengthen our homeland security, and improve the quality of life and opportunities for our families."4

"Jon Corzine is a progressive, honest politician whose support for stem cell research, women's rights, and civil rights should not go unnoticed. He is truly the only choice for New Jersey.""—MoveOn member Jen Kosakowski of Bayonne, NJ

Support Jon Corzine: http://www.corzineforgovernor.com/

Jon Corzine won by more than 10 points on election night as voters across the state endorsed his brand of progressive politics. "We stood up for what is right tonight!," he shouted to the crowd at the East Brunswick Hilton. Corzine will now appoint his own replacement to the U.S. Senate.

New Jersey: Yes on Public Question 2  Victory!

The New Jersey Legislature has passed legislation to clean up diesel pollution. While the program enacted is poised to clean up 30,000 diesel powered vehicles, it will not go into effect until the voters approve the funding this fall on the ballot. Without requiring any new taxes from residents or businesses and at no cost to municipalities, the diesel cleanup program before voters would fund the installation of pollution traps on the tailpipes and engines of all the state's diesel buses and some trucks, making them 50-90 percent cleaner. The program would also clean up all of New Jersey's diesel school buses.5

"I am tired of watching diesel vehicles pollute more than a dozen cars. Furthermore, diesel emissions are carcinogenic. It is time to clean up trucks and buses."—MoveOn member Michael Molnar, Warren, NJ

Support NJPIRG's campaign: http://www.njpirg.org

New Jersey voters delivered a strong mandate to cleanup diesel emissions, approving Ballot Question Number 2 with a clear mandate for a healthy environment. Reducing diesel pollution—one of the most toxic types of air pollution—will mean more lives saved and less asthma attacks for New Jerseyans, as New Jersey Public Interest Research Group's grassroots campaign made clear.

Ohio: Yes on Issues 2, 3, 4, & 5

Reform Ohio Now is a broad coalition running a massive grassroots campaign to pass 4 election reform amendments in November. These reforms would:

Issue 2: Allow all Ohioans to vote by mail to avoid long lines and increase turnout.
Issue 3: Greatly reduce campaign contributions in state elections.
Issue 4: Stop politicians from drawing their own legislative districts to keep themselves in power—this could shift six congressional seats to the Democrats.
Issue 5: Place a bipartisan board in charge of Ohio's elections instead of a partisan politician like Ken Blackwell, who oversaw the 2004 Ohio elections while helping run George Bush’s Ohio campaign.6

"Democracy in Ohio is in critical condition. When campaign finance laws are rigged to favor wealthy donors and corporations; when legislative district lines are drawn by politicians to ensure victories for themselves and their party; when partisan political office holders are given authority over how elections are administered; when the right to cast an absentee ballot requires a narrowly defined, 'acceptable' reason for doing so...the death of representative democracy is virtually assured. On November 8, we will be given the opportunity to administer a life-saving prescription by voting YES on four proposed constitutional amendments: Issues 2, 3, 4 and 5 on the ballot." (published in the Akron Beacon Journal)"--MoveOn Member Tom Liston, Stow, OH (quoted in the Akron Beacon Journal)

Support the Reform Ohio Now campaign: http://www.ReformOhioNow.org

Reform Ohio Now's powerful reforms unfortunately suffered a defeat on Election Day. Some voters reportedly were confused by the complex ballot language needed to make those changes, and there were problems with some Diebold electronic voting machines. In the end, Reform Ohio Now was outspent and outadvertised by their opponents, backed by the state GOP and funded by huge contributions like the $500,000 from billionaire Carl Lindner, while many Democratic officials remained silent. On the bright side, Democracy for America's recommended candidates for the Columbus City Council were all victorious.

Texas: No on Proposition 2

Prop. 2 would provide that marriage in Texas is solely the union of a man and woman, and that the state and its political subdivisions could not create or recognize any legal status identical to or similar to marriage. "By including the language that refers to 'legal status identical or similar to marriage,' the reach of Proposition 2 can be expanded and applied to civil unions, domestic partnerships, and common-law marriages. According to 'No Nonsense in November' organizers, nearly 90 Texas-based Fortune 500 companies now offer some type of benefits to domestic partners. In addition, the City of Dallas provides health insurance to same-sex partners. If the amendment passes, these benefits could be lost or limited, regardless of whether an unmarried couple in a domestic partnership is same-sex or not." 7

"This proposition is solely a hate measure: same sex marriage is already illegal in Texas. Plus, the proposal would amend the Bill of Rights in a way that DENIES rights. The implications of this amendment also go far beyond same sex marriage (the language of the bill makes it apply to common law marriage, contracts, etc.). Please vote NO on Prop. 2."—MoveOn member Lynnie Henderson, Dallas, TX

Support the No Nonsense in November campaign: http://www.nononsenseinnovember.com/

No Nonsense in November faced an uphill fight from the beginning, with this anti-gay marriage measure favored to pass from the beginning. The measure succeeded at the polls but it remains to be seen whether opponents' predictions will come true that it will interfere with domestic partnerships and even with heterosexual marriages.

Virginia: Tim Kaine for Governor  Victory!

Tim Kaine, a Democrat, is the Lieutenant Governor. His website says: "As Governor, Tim Kaine's priority will be bringing better jobs to every part of the state. He will lead Virginia forward by building on the progress made working with Governor Mark Warner. He will lower homeowner taxes to make government live within its means, meet Virginia's funding obligations for public schools, reduce health care costs for small businesses and reduce congestion through transportation reforms."8

"Tim Kaine has taken a very strong stance on the environment and protecting natural resources and on the sprawl-transportation connection. He is also a tremendous advocate for education, and believes in investing for the future in numerous areas. These positions take great courage on the part of a political candidate in VA. He is extremely intelligent and open-minded, and has all the qualities of a strong leader both in Virginia and nationally."—MoveOn member Marcia de Garmo, Aldie, VA

Support Tim Kaine: http://www.kaine2005.org/

Tim Kaine's victory, winning a state where George Bush had won in 2004 and had campaigned for the Republican candidate, sends the strongest message possible that Republicans should be on notice for a change nationally in 2006. Democratic Rep. Rahm Emanual, chief of the party's efforts to take back the U.S. House of Representatives, said that in Virginia, a straight-forward Dem message of health care, education etc. beat a straight-forward GOP message of tax cuts, death penalty and immigration. "In a red state, a Democratic message beat a Republican message."

Washington: No on Initiative 330   Victory!

I-330 restricts non-economic damages to $350,000 in medical-malpractice lawsuits, with some exceptions; shortens time limits for filing suits, caps attorney's fees, and authorizes mandatory arbitration. For: Drug companies, doctors, and health-care providers. Against: Trial lawyers, nurses, labor unions, environmental & consumer groups, most Democrats. Opponents say the "$350,000 cap would apply even to cases of extreme negligence like brain injury or death," and the measure "would allow the insurance industry to pay victims over 20 or 30 years -- and keep the money if you die."9

"As a nurse, I oppose I-330 because there is no medical malpractice crisis. Rarely is a patient given millions of dollars in a settlement and when they are, it has been awarded by a jury of people just like you and I who have seen the evidence of horrendous negligence and often efforts to cover up incompetence. Don't punish the victims."—MoveOn member Katherine German, Bellevue, WA

Support the No on 330 campaign: http://www.no330.org/

After the most expensive ballot campaign in Washington State history, health care providers and insurance companies failed in their effort to cap pain & suffering damages and limit the right to jury trials following medical malpractice, leaving patients' rights untrammelled. Consumer advocates won with a surprisingly large margin.

Washington: Yes on Initiative 901  Victory!

I-901 bans indoor smoking in public places. It would prohibit smoking in buildings and vehicles open to the public and places of employment, including areas within 25 feet of doorways and ventilation openings. For: American Cancer/Heart/Lung Associations, AARP Washington, League of Women Voters. Against: Some restaurant owners.10

"Smoking was banned in workplaces because of the invasive nature of smoking and potential health hazards to non-smokers. Restaurants and bars are workplaces. This is a no-brainer. Vote Yes on I-901."—MoveOn member Dawn Wilson, Renton, WA

Support the Healthy Indoor Air for All Washington campaign: http://www.yeson901.com/

Despite some last-minute opposition, public health groups and their broad coalition prevailed in passing this ban on smoking in most public places. By a wide margin, voters agreed with most of the state's newspapers that clean air is good for Washington's health and environment.

Sources:
[1] The Rothenberg Political Report, a nonpartisan newsletter, and the Colorado Legislative Council
[2] Maine Citizens Guide to the Nov. 8, 2005 Referendum Election
[3] http://www.chriscolemanformayor.com
[4]
http://www.corzineforgovernor.com
[5] New Jersey Public Interest Research Group
[6] http://www.ReformOhioNow.org
[7] Texas Secretary of State, quote is from the LBJ Journal of Public Affairs
[8] http://www.kaine2005.org/
[9] The Rothenberg Political Report, a nonpartisan newsletter, and http://www.no330.org/
[10] The Rothenberg Political Report, a nonpartisan newsletter, and Washington Secretary of State's voters' pamphlet

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