Colorado’s Election Results

 Posted by on 5 November 2008 at 11:05 am  Election
Nov 052008

Ari Armstrong has a great review of Colorado’s election results. In essence, the religious right was trounced — badly — in Colorado. As Ari says, “By hitching their party to the religious right, Republicans have driven themselves to overwhelming losses.” I couldn’t be happier about that!

In particular, Amendment 48 — the measure that would have granted full legal rights to fertilized eggs — was beaten by a stunning margin: 72% against and 27% in favor (87% of precincts reporting). That means — I suspect — that such “zygotes are people too” measures won’t be tried again in the near future. Hooray!

I’m quite pleased with the small part that the Coalition for Secular Government played in the defeat of Amendment 48. You can find the full list of our op-eds, letters, to the editor, and press releases at the bottom of this page. Our issue paper — Amendment 48 is Anti-Life — was downloaded over 3700 times.

The other measure that I actively opposed was Amendment 59, a permanent tax hike. With the help of Ari Armstrong and Brian Schwartz, I created a single-page web site outlining the reasons to vote no on the measure a few weeks before the election. It got about 7500 hits. Despite tons of money spent in favor of it, the measure was defeated: 55% opposed to 45% in favor (87% of precincts reporting). Given the not-so-encouraging polling before the election, that was a delightful surprise.

Go read Ari’s blog post for the full details. He has more good news.

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