Ohio, which gave Barack Obama an historic battleground victory, rejected a $600 million casino project that was one of some 60 major ballot initiatives across the United States on Election Day. The sharp defeat of Issue 6 sent gambling backers to their fourth loss in Ohio since 1990, according to Columbus Business First. The result curiously brings to mind the New York Times report in September on John McCain’s long record of promoting gambling interests, which may be out of synch with the Buckeye State.
Despite the bad economy In California, voters narrowly approved a $9.95 billion bond issue to build a $45 billion bullet train from Orange County to the San Francisco Bay area. In addition to the statewide rail bond, The Los Angeles Times reported that Measure R (the transportation tax hike) and the LAUSD school bond are passing. Additionally, the much-discussed Santa Monica anti-growth ordinance was going down in defeat despite the big-name endorsement. See Westside initiatives.
In New Orleans, voters agreed to amend the City Charter to give the city’s forthcoming master plan the force of law, meaning that all zoning and land-use decisions will have to conform to the plan, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Over the next few days, The Saint Report will publish results from these initiatives and invites comment.