Daily Archives: Nov. 8, 2012

Rove, billionaires had a really bad election

Who was one of the biggest losers in Tuesday’s election? Karl Rove. “The Republican strategist who created the model for the outside money groups that raised and spent more than $1 billion on the Nov. 6 elections saw almost no return for their money,” Bloomberg News reported. Not only did Mitt Romney lose, nearly all of the U.S. Senate candidates that Rove’s groups backed also lost. Even Donald Trump mocked Rove, saying on Twitter: “Congrats to @KarlRove on blowing $400 million this cycle.” Conservative billionaires (including Trump) also had a bad election. Sheldon Adelson spent more than $50 million, and all the candidates he backed lost. In addition to the tens of millions spent on the presidential race, groups backed by the Koch brothers supported an anti-union initiative in California that lost and a failed attempt to oust three state Supreme Court justices in Florida.

Big election for gay rights, though not in Kansas

Though city ordinances protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination were voted down in Hutchinson and Salina, there were big victories for gay rights nationally. Maine and Maryland voters legalized gay marriage, and Minnesota voters rejected a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Washington state also appears to have legalized gay marriage. Meanwhile, Wisconsin elected the first openly gay U.S. senator in history, Rep. Tammy Baldwin.

Norton’s experience will be needed

Sedgwick County voters in District 2 wisely gave a fourth term Tuesday to Tim Norton, the sole Democrat on the County Commission and its current chairman. That keeps the current commission voting majority in place, and should mean the county will stay with its balanced course of using targeted economic development incentives and participating in a regional sustainable development planning process. Norton’s experience and commitment to mental health and other budget areas will be especially valuable as the income-tax cuts prompt the state to dump more funding obligations onto counties and cities. Count on libertarian-minded Republican Commissioners Karl Peterjohn (also newly re-elected) and Richard Ranzau to keep playing their roles as the very vocal minority on the commission.