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H-Town Elects Openly Gay Mayor

Congratulations to Houston, TX Mayor-elect Annise Parker!

The Third Coast has shown us that sexual orientation is no barrier to high office. Houston is the fourth largest city in the U.S., and it is now the largest U.S. city to have elected an openly gay leader.

What is especially encouraging to me is that sexual orientation only became an issue late in the race. I think this suggests that homosexuality is becoming less of a wedge issue. Voters in Houston responded more to Parker’s extensive record in handling government budgets in a fiscally responsible way than they did to last-minute attack ads about her being gay. To put it another way, “fiscal conservatives” lined up behind a candidate that “social conservatives” attacked.

I like this trend. Texas 2010 election season is going to be an exciting one!

Annise Parker campaign website

The Morning After

It’s always worth taking a few deep breaths and thinking things over the morning after a prolonged election.

Nationally, the results are mixed no matter how you look at it.

Under the “excited about” column, we have CA-10 and NY-23 victories for the Democrats, increasing our Congressional majority. NY-23 was supposed to be the spectacular debut of the tea-party-inspired takeover of the GOP, but all it succeeded in doing was shattering the Republican Party in a district that has sent a Republican to Congress for the last 120 years.

Under the “bummed out” column, the Governor races in Virginia and New Jersey were won by the GOP. Virginia is no surprise to me, but NJ was disappointing. The silver lining for New Jersey is that some progressive Democratic mayors were elected in Charlotte and Chapel Hill.

Also depressing is the outcome of Question 1 in Maine, a setback in the fight for gay rights.

In Texas, the 11 constitutional amendments all passed, which is no surprise. It’s good to see eminent domain limitations leading the way in voter support. That result suggests that restricting the use of eminent domain is an issue that crosses party lines (A-J coverage).

Locally, City of Lubbock residents said yes to street repairs (and new streets) and firefighters, and no to splash pads and soccer fields (A-J coverage). My biggest gripe about this whole bond election was the way in which the propositions were packaged, especially the disconnect between the citizen advisory committee recommendations and the final ballot language.

Unfortunately, today’s post must end on a sad note. Yesterday we lost a great man: Bidal Aguero, owner/editor of El Editor, the longest-running Hispanic newspaper in Lubbock. The A-J had a nice front-page article about Bidal today. Bidal was a force for good in our community, and he will be missed.

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