Mississippi rejects abortion amendment; Ohio repeals anti-union law
November 9th, 2011
07:39 AM ET
6 years ago

Mississippi rejects abortion amendment; Ohio repeals anti-union law

(CNN) - Mississippi voters Tuesday rejected a controversial amendment that would have defined life as beginning at conception while Ohio voters repealed a law that limited the collective bargaining rights of public workers, CNN projects.

The two ballot measures had national implications as Americans voted in an off-year election.


Filed under: Elections • Mississippi • Ohio
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    A sign of what's to come in 2012. Democrats are headed for a big victory.

    November 9, 2011 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  2. glenn

    sanity prevails in Mississippi

    November 9, 2011 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  3. diridi

    good for the nation...

    November 9, 2011 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  4. FM

    Congratulations to Mississippi people for your courageous vote. We are behind you when we let the truth be exposed to everybody!

    November 9, 2011 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  5. WiredweirdinSF

    No bail out money for Ohio. They allow union thugs to have their way with hard earned tax money, I don't feel my money should have to bail out that state when the unbridled greed of the unions finally bankrupts them. Just look at the states where the states are nearing bankruptcy and you will see how the theft by unions put them in that position.

    November 9, 2011 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  6. Canuck

    Welcome to the 21st century Mississippi!!

    November 9, 2011 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Good for you Mississippi and Ohio!!
    Happy to see America waking up and paying close attention to the legislation some of these Republican driven states are trying to pass.

    November 9, 2011 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Will these results convince Republicans that they have been way, way overreaching? I doubt it. They always seem to thing that unfavorable results are a "messaging problem" (translation: disinformation ain't woikin') or that people are simple "not listening" {translation: time to turn up the bubble machine) to what they are saying.

    Why do I doubt it? Did you catch the exact words of Gov. Kasich? He said that it was "too much, too soon." He didn't say that anti-union legislation was something that The People of Ohio didn't want. He said it was, "too soon." Which means given some time he, or a successor, will try it again.

    November 9, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  9. A True Centrist

    Interesting day yesterday:

    Ohio split – voting against the union bill but for an end to the healthcare mandate that is pivotal to ObamaCare

    Virginia - went all Republican...not a good sign for the Dems in that state

    NJ – went all Democrat...not a good sign for Republicans in that state hoping to ride Christie's coat tails.

    November 9, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  10. Anthony

    It bears repeating that even though a majority of Ohioans are against Obama's health care law, some opponents of the law actually think that the law does not go far enough. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey in March of this year showed that about a quarter of the health care bill's opponents think that the law is not liberal enough. They want either a single payer or a public option. Republicans should not gloat about Ohioans passing a law that allows them to opt out of the national law. Besides, since when can a state pass a law to opt out of a national law?

    November 9, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  11. Keith in Austin

    Ohio sent a strong message last night! If you want the best jobs available, work for the Government! Unlike the rest of us, you'll get a free pension, regular salary increases not based on merit, free healthcare and lucrative vacations all funded by the taxpayers. Meanwhile, your Union Leaders dump million$ in Democrat coffers. Brilliant!

    November 9, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  12. Annie, Atlanta

    I understand the right to life crowd, really I do. But what were they thinking? And what gives them the right to impose their beliefs on my free will? A miscarriage could have a woman indicted on murder charges? Is this really where we want to go? A fertilized egg having the right to exist over the right of the mother, in cases where carrying the child full term would risk the life of the mother? Birth control potentially being against the law? Rape victims having to carry the child of their attacker? Boy, who would want to be that kid? What the hell? We're living in some scary times when we have the potential to force our beliefs on each other.

    As far as unions, I grew up in a union household. My dad paid his dues, which is just like paying for an insurance policy. With those dues, over decades, all of us had health insurance, and he retired with a pension. And how many people had to die so that workers in this country could garner a few rights, like safe working conditions, decent wages, work weeks that had a beginning and end, and overtime for anything over that, paid vacations. What is wrong with us that we think this is a bad thing? Is this where we're heading, each man and woman for themselves, and the hell with the rest of you? Is this really who we want to be?

    November 9, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  13. Tired of the nonsense

    Good for the voters!

    Don't let the GOP destroy America any further!

    November 9, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    Let the GOP back away from their anti-abortionist stupidity, and recognize that women demand rights.

    November 9, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  15. Sniffit

    The percent margins obliterated both the personhood amendment in MS and the anti-union nonsense in OH, which is why CNN isn't reporting on them in this article (when, usually, they'd be all about throwing the percentages around). REFERENDUM.

    November 9, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  16. once upon a horse

    it appears that the far right agenda has hit the wall to a certain extent. America looks like it might be stopping drinking the tea and waking up smelling the coffee.

    November 9, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  17. Corporations R. People II

    Signs of things to come in Nov 2012....if GOTP isn't scared yet, they're either to too deaf or stupid. Elections have consequences.

    November 9, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  18. gt

    great now i dont have to worry about the teachers not getting a spring break ... and just haveing to work 185 days and getting pd for a full yr.

    November 9, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  19. Independent Voters

    Now we have to compaign to vote all republicans out of the office 2012.
    The republican party better listening to middle class working people because this is a wake up call.
    Vote all republicans out 2012.

    November 9, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  20. Terry,Va

    To the people of Ohio. When you get taxed to death to support the union toads, don't complain. You will see what you did within a couple of years.

    November 9, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  21. Real Patriot

    Clearly the Teapublicans have gone too far. Will they learn? Naaaahhhh.... As long as the Koch brothers have the Teapublicans in their back pockets-this kind of unAmerican legislation will continue.....

    November 9, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |