May 7, 2012 at 6:30 AM
Monday Eye Openers: Wisconsin recall; North Carolina Amendment One
May 8 = Decision Day
Tomorrow, May 8, voters in Wisconsin and North Carolina will take to the polls.
In Wisconsin, the ballot will include the next round of recall elections for four Republican state Senate seats and the gubernatorial Democratic primary. The recall elections stem from a larger campaign to recall Gov. Scott Walker (R) and six Republican state Senate seats that began in 2011 over Gov. Walker’s efforts to curtail union’s collective bargaining rights. In 2011, two of the six Republican Senate seats were recalled, leaving the four up for tomorrow’s election.
The election tomorrow will also decide who will run against Gov. Walker in the gubernatorial recall election set for June 5. According to the latest polls, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D), who lost to Walker by six points in 2010, leads the three other primary candidates by double-digits.
In North Carolina, voters will decide on Amendment One, which would rewrite the state constitution such that the only recognized domestic union would that between a man and a woman. On its surface, many see the initiative as a ban on same-sex marriage, but others see it as having much more far-reaching effects. UW Election Eye contributor A. V. Crofts reported on the “unintended consequences” of Amendment One in an interview with Jen Jones, the director of communications for Equality North Carolina:
Opponents of Amendment One are emphasizing what they call the amendment’s “unintended consequences,” claiming laws involving all domestic, nonmarital unions, not only same-sex ones, will be legally cut adrift if Amendment One passes.
“People don’t get on board with marriage equality in the numbers that will help us defeat this,” Jones said. “But where they do get on board with us is best interest of a child, a child losing health care, women losing domestic-violence protections, and how this impacts all unmarried couples in the state of North Carolina, not just same-sex couples. Based on the 2010 Census, for every one gay and lesbian couple impacted by this amendment, there are 10 straight couples.”
Nevada and Maine keep Paul alive…sorta
Ron Paul may be in Mitt Romney’s presumptive shadow, but 22 of Nevada’s 25 delegates headed to the Republican National Convention are Paul supporters. Paul also grabbed 15 at-large delegates in Maine this past weekend — garnering him the majority of Maine’s 24 delegates.
At the convention in Augusta, ME, Paul supporters came baring preprinted ballots and large signs reminding backers which candidates to support. But before Paulites take to the streets and indulge in celebratory lobster rolls, some GOP convention officials claim that the Paul supporters may have violated certain guidelines at the convention. Officials have yet to release any specifics on the exact violations.