Culture Wars: Moral Victory for Social Issues
We are blessed with an incredible set of values that the vast majority of Kentuckians hold, the core Christian values that this nation was built on. And while some will apologize (applause), there is no reason that we must apologize for the core principles that make us an exceptional nation. This is a great night for conservatives in the state of Kentucky. ~Matt Bevin
Voters said ‘No’ to HERO, ‘yes’ to conservatives Tuesday
When the people of Houston were finally given the chance Tuesday, they told city government they didn’t need a Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. (Proposition 1)
Voters in the largest city in Texas voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to turn down the controversial non-discrimination ordinance passed by the Houston City Council in 2014.
A whopping 63 percent voted “No” on Proposition 1, The Associated Press reported.
The number of “No” votes represented a victory for local pastors and churches, and pro-family organizations, who were being outspent five-to-one by a homosexual group known as Houston United.
The lopsided outcome also represented an embarrassing loss for homosexual activists. Some activists were already threatening to boycott the city Tuesday night when it became clear voters had chosen “No” on the ballot.
In a Twitter message, homosexual activist Mike Signorile claimed that “haters” did better outreach to Houston’s Hispanics and black communities than homosexual activists. The activists had failed to obtain a “big ad buy” in those minority communities, he claimed.
But the city’s black pastors and Hispanic pastors also fought HERO and supported the “No” vote campaign.
“Leading the opposition to Prop. 1 is a group of Latino and African-American pastors in Houston who have been increasingly public lately about their position,” The Houston Chronicle reported the day before the vote.
The effort to defeat HERO was a “campaign of fear-mongering and deliberate lies,” claimed Houston Mayor Annise Parker (pictured below), an open lesbian who had pushed for HERO’s passage then fought the voter referendum.
Houston’s lieutenant governor, Republican Dan Patrick, called HERO’s defeat “common sense and common decency,” and said Democrats in Houston had also rejected the ordinance.
The lopsided victory for conservatives in Houston mirrored other wins for conservatives across the country:
*Republicans held onto a narrow 21-19 seat majority in the Virginia Senate, where they already control the House.
*In Kentucky, Matt Bevin was elected the state’s first Republican governor in 48 years, National Review Online reported.
A less-publicized name in that gubernatorial race is Lt. Gov.-elect Jenean Hampton, a black tea party activist who was Bevin’s running mate.
Hampton’s fascinating story – going from a laid-off plant manager to a Tea Party activist – can be read here.
Neither Bevin nor Hampton had held public office before.
*Ohio voters rejected an initiative that would have legalized marijuana. It was defeated 65-34 percent.
*San Francisco booted its scandal-plagued sheriff, Ross Mirkarimi, and elected a former chief deputy to oversee the department.
Mirkarimi was dogged with both personal and professional issues during his term, The San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday.
Among those problems was the release of an illegal immigrant who allegedly killed Kate Steinle on a pier in July. That incident “sparked a national immigration debate,” the story stated.
*Mississippi voters navigated through a complicated ballot initiative Tuesday known as Initiative 42.
Republican leaders in the state urged voters to reject 42, which would have allowed state courts – rather than the legislature – to have power over the state’s public education funding.
Much like the Houston HERO vote, defenders of Initiative 42 heavily outspent opponents but lost at the voting booth Tuesday.
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It Happened Again! Liberals Shocked to See Conservatism Win on Election Day
RUSH: It would be very hard to exaggerate how badly wrong the polling in Kentucky was on the governor’s race there. Matt Bevin is the Tea Party, unabashedly conservative and Christian Tea Party candidate. Matt Bevin wasn’t given a chance, even yesterday. Even going into the election. And he ends up winning by nine when he was supposed to lose by five. But let me give you the numbers, because the story has been since 2010 just how much the Democrats are losing. It’s a non-reported story, because it’s bad news for the Democrats.
Let me give you the numbers here. Starting with the 2010 midterms, after that election, the Democrats lost 700 seats. This is governorships, state senate, state house races, town council.
As far down the ballot as you want to go, 700 seats. After the 2014 midterms, add another 500. They’re down 1200 seats. Now, last night, or yesterday, here are the numbers as we start business today. Republicans control 68 of 98 state legislative chambers.
RUSH: When was the last time you heard the Tea Party was dead? When is it? Last week? When is the last time you heard, “Whatever happened the Tea Party? They just kind of faded away. You never hear about the Tea Party anymore.” When is the last time you heard that? Well, you hear it every week. You hear something — and the Drive-Bys are always talking about, “Gee, whatever happened to the Tea Party.” Salon.com just tweeted a couple hours ago, “Kim Davis Is My Governor Now — I Awoke This Morning to an Idiot Tea Party Takeover.” Wait. Wait. Tea Party takeover? I thought the Tea Party was dead, you people.