Michigan bucks liberal wave

Politics,Beltway Confidential,Conn Carroll

President Obama may have taken Michigan by a resounding nine point margin Tuesday, but liberals suffered a string of major defeats down ballot. Republicans maintained control of both the of the state House and state Supreme Court while Democrats lost three ballot propositions including two pro-union measures and a climate change proposal.

Michigan’s Proposal 2 would have enshrined collective bargaining powers for unions in the state constitution. It failed 58 percent to 42 percent.
Michigan’s Proposal 3 would have forced state utilities to produce at least 25 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources (e.g. wind, solar, biomass, etc.). It failed 63 percent to 37 percent.
Michigan’s Proposal 4 would have unionized home health care providers. It failed 57 percent to 43 percent.

Democrats eager to focus on climate change and card check in Washington should take a look at how those policies fared in deep-blue Michigan before pushing any new legislation.

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