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Election Day Included Victory for Those Who Oppose Transgender Bathroom Use

Ohio

If expectations are any indication of reality, people pushing for legal marijuana in the Midwest have to be severely disappointed following the rejection of a proposal to do that in Ohio.

Proponents made the argument that as Ohio went, so would the rest of the Midwest, and they were confident of victory.

They were so optimistic that the only real argument seemed to be over which of several marijuana entrepreneurial cartels would win a voter-approved monopoly of the marijuana business.

They all lost. Voters rejected the idea of legalizing medical and recreational marijuana in Ohio.

Aaron Smith, the executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, speculated after the defeat the problem wasn’t with the idea of making the Buckeye State the Budeye State. Rather, he said, voters just didn’t like the idea of granting a monopoly to a cartel of suits.

"The people of Ohio have understandably rejected a deeply flawed, monopolistic approach to marijuana reform that failed to garner broad support from advocates or industry leaders," Smith said in a statement after Tuesday's vote.

It is true that hundreds of thousands of Ohio voters signed petitions supporting the idea of a public vote on legal weed.

”This debate has shown that there is a strong base of support for legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana,” Smith said. “Now the foundation has been laid for a potential 2016 effort that would put forward a more common-sense initiative and have a major impact on the presidential conversation in the process."

Washington

Where else would this happen but Seattle? Voters who want to feel like they have more of a say in the political process did themselves a favor when they approved Initiative 122.

Now, Seattle voters will each be given $100 in coupons, so-called “democracy vouchers,” which can only be spent to back the political candidates of their choice.

The measure will also lower donation caps, prevent contributions from corporations that have a lot of money tied up in city business, and will require politicians who leave that life for the civilian world to wait at least three years before going to work as lobbyists.

An idea from one of Seattle’s richest tech tycoons, Paul Allen, a Microsoft co-founder, was approved by Washington voters statewide. Initiative 1401 is intended to protect endangered animals from hunters. It criminalizes “selling, purchasing, trading or distributing certain animal species threatened with extinction.”

Texas

Twenty-nine hours, 1,889 miles and a lifestyle away from the state of Washington, voters in Texas approved a proposal Tuesday that would sanctify the right to hunt animals.

Texans are not alone on the idea of making it tougher for animal rights and anti-hunting groups to push through bills aimed at expanding protections for animals or ecosystems, like voters in Washington did.

Voters in 18 other states have also approved proposals similar to what was passed by a wide margin in Texas.

California

Finally, the so-called “sharing economy” chalked up a victory in San Francisco as voters rejected the idea of limiting the rights of people to offer short-term rentals of their homes through companies like Airbnb.

Proponents of the ballot proposition argued that very profitable short-term rentals were putting rental units out of the price range of most middle- and low-income groups in San Francisco.