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Friday, 11 November 2011 19:30

Election night 2011

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Last Tuesday there were elections all across this great nation of ours, and many can be seen as a referendum on the 2010 elections. Reacting to an imploding economy, 2 endless wars, and a dismal performance by President Obama, America swung far to the right in 2010 with wins by ideologues like Scott Walker in Wisconsin, John Kasich in Ohio, and Rick Scott here in Florida. Last night was a display of voter's remorse to the right-wing agenda in several states.

Ohio Rocks!
In an overwhelming rebuke of Governor Kasich's anti-union policies, the citizens of Ohio quite rightly voted against Issue 2 on the ballot. The citizens of Ohio have shown that they support public employee's right to bargain collectively and will not tolerate demagoguery on the part of bought and paid for charlatans like Scott Walker.

There is intelligent life in Mississippi.
Voters rejected what would have been a law so overreaching, it would have made some forms of birth control like IUDs and the morning after pill illegal. Even ultra-conservative Governor Barbour had misgivings about the wording in the proposed law. Look for the issue to be revived in other states including here in Florida.

Dirigo
Maine voters lived up to their state motto: Dirigo (I Lead). Maine is leading the country in voter's rights by keeping a law that allows same-day voters registration.

Arizona wants accountability.
In a move that shows Arizona voters want politicians who don't answer to corporate interests, State Senator Russell Pearce lost his recall election. It appears voters were fed up with his pandering to big money lobbyists.

Little town says NO to big corporations.
In a related story, voters in Missoula, Montana have shown that common sense tells you that corporations are NOT people! They have called on the U.S. Congress and state leaders to say that "corporations are not human beings".

Here in Brevard there were municipal elections that will have a huge impact on how cities across the county are managed. In Rockledge I was so proud to accompany my oldest daughter as she voted for the first time. We encountered incumbent City-Councilman Frank Forester in the parking lot, and he was gracious enough to spend some time answering questions. Although we didn't agree on some issues like collective bargaining and local preference on city contracts, he was decidedly the better choice over a Tea Party neophyte who's only answer to any municipal problems is to cut taxes.

I look forward to the 2012 elections as a referendum on the overreaching legislation passed by corporate stooges who claim to be the peoples representatives on both sides of the aisle.

Fernando Rendon

Labor Line

I would like to introduce a blog dealing with labor issues and how those issues affect all Americans in their daily lives. Labor Line will address the many factors that shape the labor movement including politically, socially and economically. I hope that this gives non-union members a better understanding of what those of us in the labor movement believe in, which includes respect and dignity on the job, a safe work environment and a living wage. The Labor Line blog will deal with labor issues and how those issues affect all Americans in their daily lives. Labor Line will address the many factors that shape the labor movement including politically, socially and economically. I hope that this gives non-union members a better understanding of what those of us in the labor movement believe in, which includes respect and dignity on the job, a safe work environment and a living wage.

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