Some big 2012 votes you might have missed…
Voters approved an amendment legalizing recreational marijuana use in Colorado on Tuesday, making this one of two states to end prohibition of the drug but also raising new legal questions and setting up potential court battles over the measure’s implementation.
Puerto Ricans have supported U.S. statehood in a vote that jubilant members of the pro-statehood party say is the strongest sign yet that the Caribbean island territory is on the road to losing its second-class status.
In a historic turnaround, the ballot box is showing America’s shifting attitudes about same-sex marriage. After gay marriage rights died at the polls dozens of times in the past, on Tuesday they passed in at least two states [and possibly a third].
Wyoming residents voted strongly against Obama’s signature health care reform law, commonly referred to as “Obamacare”, which requires individuals and businesses to purchase health insurance for themselves or their employees.
My take on all of these? Voters are sending a message about rights; and they’re sending it to both parties. Pick your war (drugs, guns, gays, women, whatever), people are pushing back.