In Arizona, voters on Tesday threw out of office in a recall election the author of the state’s harsh anti-immigrant law, Semate President Russell Pearce, and replaced him with a fellow Republican with more moderate views.
In Mississippi,voters unexpectly rejected an anti-abortion law that would granted “personhood” to human embryos at the moment of fertilization.
In Ohio, voters overwhelmingly repealed a tough law stripping public employees of many of the union bargaining rights just one year after putting conservative Republicans into control of the state houses and governor’s at least in part because they promised to reign in union power.
And in Los Angeles, voters in the special election to replace Congresswoman Janice Hahn (yes that Janice Hahn) in CD 15 once again did exactly what they were told to do by the big money from the Democratic Party, SEIU, IBEW, the firefighter and the police unions which together put up nearly all of the $600,000 in independent expenditures to make sure that ordinary citizens never stood a chance.
The No. 1 beneficiary of IE money was former firefighter union box Pat McOsker who raised $392,000 from the SEIU and from the IBEW”S front group Working Californians — money that comes on top of the $144,000 he got from $500 or less donors and the $100,000 we the taxpayers so generously bestowed upon him in a failed experiment in providing triple matching funds provided by taxpayers.
McOsker finished a pathetic fourth with 10 percent of the vote, running behind well-to-do San Pedro businessman Jayme
Wilson who spent a good chunk of his own money and was the only candidate to refuse public money. He got 12 percent of the vote.
Gordon Teuber, the first more or less ordinary citizen candidate as a Hahn Council staffer to meet the $25,000 minimum threshold to get matching funds, finished sixth in the field of 11 with 6 percent of the vote.
Runner-up in the election and in the runoff is long-time union servant Warrem Furutani who is seeking the best-paying job of his life after helping to wreck LAUSD as a school board president and bankrupt the state as an Assemblyman.
Furutani got IE help mainly from Democratic Party groups to the tune of $42,000 but raised $255,000 in contributions of less than $500 from a long list of special interests of various sorts. All that money and his long time disservice to the communion won him second place with 22 percent.
The primary winner with 29 percent of the vote was LAPD Officer Joe Buscaino who got $72,000 from his union, the Police Protective League, and $172,000 in direct contributions plus the city matching.
If he wins the runoff, Buscaino will give the cops two seats on the Council with the ever obedient Dennis Zine who hopes to move up to City Controller in 2013 where he would be in position to oversee how every dollar is spent or more likely look the other way as it is squandered and stolen.
The election with its 16 percent voter turnout doesn’t provide any evidence that expanded public financing will bring any kind of balance to city politics since all it seems to have assured is the unions, developers, corporations and special interests will have to cough up even more money to feed the system of consultants, lobbyists and political operatives.and put into office people who will do their bidding.
“Last night was my best professional day ever in my entire life. We showed that you dont need anything — the democratic party, the county federation of labor, seiu, ibew, park skelton, john shallman, eric hacopian, the speaker, the mayor, all of the city council, all of the assembly, all of the senate — years of making deals in city hall.