A good election day… mostly

Obama won, and gave a really damn good acceptance speech. If he can lead the country half as well as he can speechify, we’ll be in much better shape 4 years down the road.

Locally, the owner of my favorite restaurant won the position of Charter Commissioner.

Michigan proposals 1 & 2 passed, so now we have medical marijuana (if you can avoid federal prosecution) and legal embryonic stem-cell research. Fantastic news on both counts, that will improve our quality of life down the stretch.

Voter turnout is being tentatively reported at 64.1%, which is higher than any turnout on record (starting 1960). Be nice if I could find stats on earlier elections, but it’s newsworthy at least that more people and a higher percentage of people voted this year than at any time since well before I was born. Keep in mind, that’s just a preliminary number. I doubt the number will go down any. Might actually go up if some late votes are reported.

On the bad side, it looks like Prop 8 in California is going to pass, signaling that bigotry is far from dead. It’s just changed focus. 😦

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  • TeraDyne  On November 5, 2008 at 11:41 am

    If Prop 8 passes, it’ll signal the beginning of the end of the term “freedom and justice for all”. I’m willing to bet there’s something not-so-legal behind the reason it’ll pass, too.

  • Greg  On November 5, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Indeed, a mostly good night.

    I’m still saddened about prop 8; I know a lot of good people in CA who were just spat on the face. And I know a lot of good people who did the spitting (indirectly as they don’t live in CA). They are all still good people, I just wish they could get along.

  • Jess  On November 26, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    San Francisco I Am has a great video on whether illegal cannabis clubs are really hurting medical marijuana patients with California Attorney General’s recent crackdown down on medical cannabis clubs.

    You can check out the video here:


    San Francisco IAm also has a lot of other interesting video journalism bringing us stuff that the mainstream media isn’t.

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