November 9, 2007


State initiatives: New Jersey rejects stem-cell research, Utah axes vouchers: Of 34 ballot measures in six states, voters on Tuesday approved 27 of them (Daniel B. Wood, 11/09/07, The Christian Science Monitor)

New Jersey voters...voted to reject a measure that earmarked $450 million in bonds for stem cell research projects. The rejection was seen as a big defeat for Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine, who reportedly spent $200,000 of his own money backing it. The rather ambitious plan was to borrow $450 million over 10 years to fund stem-cell research.

"The stem-cell research initiative failed in New Jersey because the state is facing a $3 billion budget deficit," says Max Pizarro, a political analyst for "The overriding argument … is that New Jersey is simply not in a state of financial health to start branching off into stem-cell research.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 9, 2007 6:15 AM

Here in Illinois, our REPUBLICAN LEADERS (the same ones that promoted the vile Topinka) are helping a corrupt Dem governor with ratings lower than Bush with a $tem $ell bill.

With Jindal as Gov. of LA, and NJ citizens voting down $tem $ells, Illinois is rapidly on its way to becoming the toilet bowl of the nation - showcasing nearly every example of poltical craveness and corruption.

It's so bad here, that one silver lining may be the possible birth of new party. It wouldn't be a 3rd party, because Illinois doesn't have a 2nd one.

Posted by: Bruno at November 9, 2007 8:47 AM

It's worse up here in Seattle Bruno. An approved ballot measure limiting property tax increases to 1% per year was overturned because the state supreme court decided 5-4 that the voters were too stupid to know what they were actually voting for. It is amazing what liberals get away with when the press is in their pocket and they control the house, senate and governorship.

Posted by: Patrick H at November 9, 2007 10:27 AM

Come on guys, render unto Ceasar don't you know?

Posted by: Perry at November 9, 2007 10:41 AM

But there's nothing about rendering unto Incitatus.

(And the Upper Left Washington ruling was the day after the voters in the Puget Sound area turned down another multi-billion dollar attempt to foist super-trolleys in more areas, and statewide declined to remove a supermajority requirement for school levies. Ain't having a judiciary that's above mere petty politics grand!)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at November 9, 2007 10:55 PM