Over a decade ago in a somewhat jarring state legislative race in our area between a long time incumbent and a right wingnut challenger we observed the aftermath of large campaign sign vandalism. An acquaintance, he of a mathematics and computer science background, who also noticed the sign vandalism mentioned the spray painted message on the challenger’s sign by asking me, “What does big zero plus mean?” The typography of the spray painted tag wasn’t exactly evenly spaced. I replied that I thought the spray painting spelled out “bigot”. “Oh.”
We were both correct.
The Springfield, Missouri LGBT inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance was overturned by the voters in yesterday’s election by a very narrow margin:
SUMMARY REPORT Greene County, Missouri
April 7, 2015
RUN DATE:04/07/2015 08:40 PM
PRECINCTS COUNTED (OF 78) . . . . . 78 100.00
REGISTERED VOTERS – TOTAL . . . . . 172,016
BALLOTS CAST – TOTAL. . . . . . . 40,681
VOTER TURNOUT – TOTAL . . . . . . 23.65
City of Springfield Question 1
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 15,347 51.43
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 14,493 48.57
A “yes” vote was for repeal of the city ordinance.
Turnout was just under 24%. That, and the margin, ain’t exactly an overwhelming mandate for denying civil rights. Times are changing. That tiny margin will soon disappear.
This morning, at the Missouri Ethics Commission:
A151124 04/08/2015 YES ON QUESTION 1 National Black Robe Regiment PO Box 397 Aledo TX 76008 3/31/2015 $14,978.64
A151124 04/08/2015 YES ON QUESTION 1 National Black Robe Regiment PO Box 397 Aledo TX 76008 4/7/2015 $19,700.00
A151124: Yes On Question 1
G10-A East Battlefield Pmb 109 Committee Type: Campaign
Spring Field Mo 65807
[….] Established Date: 04/06/2015
610-A East Battlefield Pmb 109
Springfield Mo 65807
Ballot Measure History
Ballot Measures Election Date Subject Support/Oppose
Question 1 04/07/2015 Shall The City Of Springfield Repeal General Ordinance No 6141 Adopted By City Council 10/13/14 That Amended Chapter 2 On Human Rights & Community Relations/City Of Springfield Support
What? The day before the election?
National Black Robe Regiment? That sounds like a group name from the past appropriated for other purposes by a modern day lunatic.
What we know about Beck’s Black Robe Regiment
August 30, 2010 5:29 PM EDT
This weekend, Glenn Beck announced the re-creation of a revolutionary force called the Black Robe Regiment. At his Restoring Honor rally on Saturday, Beck claimed that “our churches have fallen asleep” and that the “thousands of clergy” in the Regiment who subscribe to his particular views on the role of religion in American life, will “start the heart of this nation again and put it where it belongs: our heart with God….”
Big zero plus.