No big surprise that Proposition C passed yesterday. Missouri is a red state and the election yesterday was, for the most part, a Republican primary. There were very few close Democratic primary races (or challengers for that matter). The vast majority of people who showed up at the polls were Republican. No doubt putting the measure on the ballot during a time when Democratic turnout was expected to be low was the plan all along. Also, when reading the wording of the proposition, it was clearly partisan. Not sure why this wasn’t challenged like it was in Florida. It was clearly one-sided, but that won’t even matter. When a state law comes into conflict with a federal law, the federal wins.
“The Constitution clearly states that a federal law trumps a state law when they come into direct conflict,” said Richard Reuben, a professor at the University of Missouri School of Law in Columbia. “The core of Proposition C, which is the opt-out provision, appears to be in direct conflict with the new federal statute.” Source
I seem to remember America fighting some kind of big war about federal laws and state laws and some rednecks got their panties in a bunch and decided they wanted to keep their free labor or something…
In other news, Cynthia “Let them eat McDonalds” Davis lost her primary. The O’Fallon nutjob was up against incumbent Scott Rupp. In case you don’t remember who Davis is, she’s the worst person in the world, twice, and the genius who said that the free lunch program should be abolished and if kids are hungry they should get a job at McDonalds because, you know, they let you eat for free on your break. I guess she couldn’t wrangle all that publicity in for a win.
All in all, it was an election where everything pretty much turned out exactly as people thought it would. I can’t wait to see Prop C struck down.