There are still one million ballots to count in Washington State so I-1240 is still in flux at about 51-49%.
According to KUOW, the Yes group was very confident last night until the first numbers came in. (I do find it funny that they kept their "guests" from the media at their event. I don't get that.) Apparently a LEV spokesperson said their campaign kept things "factual". Factual? That's a stretch.
It's wrong to not tell the truth. But after not telling truth, telling half-truths is next in line and that's precisely what the Yes side did.
In Georgia, voters passed a constitutional amendment embed a charter commission into their Constitution. It mirrored the race in Washington State in terms of the big money put into it. The vote turned out to be 58% to 42%. The issue was that event though 9 out of 10 charters that applied to school boards did get passed, it wasn't enough. So they have create a state charter commission to be able to allow even more charters to be enacted (without local oversight). Sounds familiar.
In Indiana a major blow to ed reform as Glenda Ritz, a Democratic challenger and a public school teacher, turned out Republican and ed reformer Tony Bennett as the Indiana superintendent of public instruction. Bennett had a nearly 5-1 campaign war chest against Ritz. This election was a great example of grassroots and social media.
Those teachers sent out about 100,000 post cards with hand-written
messages to family and friends across the state, pleading with them to
support Ritz. A group of teachers in heavily Republican Boone County
launched a “Republicans for Ritz” site on Facebook, calling on party
faithful to split their ticket and vote for the Democrat Ritz.
Ritz kept up the fight all the way through Election Day when she held a
series of press availabilities around Central Indiana, while Bennett
declined all media interview requests Tuesday.
Ritz’s campaign was decidedly anti-Bennett, portraying him as a
heavy-handed advocate of top-down decisions that forced federal and
state decisions on local schools.
What was Bennett pushing?
Yet nationally, the contest has been the radar screen of supporters and
opponents alike of the massive education overhaul that Bennett
championed with the backing of Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels and the
GOP-controlled legislature. Those sweeping changes included the rapid
expansion of charter schools, creation of the nation’s largest school
voucher program, a merit pay system that ties teacher pay and tenure to
student performance, more high-stakes testing for grade promotion and
graduation and a controversial to A-to-F evaluation system of the
Bennett’s campaign for his second term focused on those changes as
cutting-edge reforms that make Indiana the model for the nation, and he
promised more to come.