2012 Election Roundup: Creationist Issues

The previous thread is for those of you who may still be in the mood to discuss the presidential election. As for the other races we’ve been watching — those that had some relevance to our usual concerns around here — a rapid news sweep tells us that they worked out like this:

The Florida theocracy amendment, which we last described here, has blessedly failed to pass — see Repeal of Florida’s aid-to-religion ban defeated.

Jack Wu, whom we last discussed here, failed to win a seat on the Kansas State Board of Education — see Campbell beats WBC follower.

Regarding the Texas State Board of Education, where 15 seats were on the ballot because of redistricting, creationist Marty Rowley (R) defeated Steven Schafersman (D) — see Amarillo Republican wins District 15 SBOE seat.

Also in Texas, incumbents Thomas Ratliff (who defeated Don McLeroy last time around), David Bradley (who is sane), Ken Mercer (that’s “cat-dog” Mercer) and Pat Hardy (she’s okay) were re-elected — see New faces, but same spotlight, on State Board of Education.

And although we haven’t seen it officially reported, we assume that Charles Darwin failed in his posthumous bid to defeat Georgia congressman Paul (“Pit of Hell”) Broun.

We’ll undoubtedly have more to say about everything, but that’s what we’ve got at the moment.

Addendum: Rapturous Ronda Storms, the creationist queen of the Florida Senate back in 2008, had decided not to run for re-election (she would have been term-limited after one more legislative session) and instead she challenged her county tax assessor in the GOP primary because he had been snared in a sex scandal — see Florida Creationism: Changing of the Guard. Well, she won the primary, but now she’s lost in the general election. See Bob Henriquez defeats Ronda Storms for Hillsborough property appraiser. So it looks like Ronda is out of the game — at least for now.

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14 responses to “2012 Election Roundup: Creationist Issues

  1. SC said:

    we assume that Charles Darwin failed in his posthumous bid to defeat Georgia congressman Paul (“Pit of Hell”) Broun.

    I wonder if Darwin did any better as a write-in candidate for Congressional representative and a spot on a local court? My choices for both of these frankly sucked, so I dropped his name in as a better choice than what I was provided on the ballot.

  2. Alright. I’ll try this again. I just tried to comment, and the system eated it.
    Take 2…
    SC said:

    we assume that Charles Darwin failed in his posthumous bid to defeat Georgia congressman Paul (“Pit of Hell”) Broun.

    I wonder if Darwin will fare any better as a write-in candidate as my Congressional representative or as a local court judge? Frankly, the choices I was provided for both really sucked, so I wrote him in as an alternative out of frustration.

  3. One of the State Board of Education districts in Texas had as a libertarian candidate, none other than Stephen Hawkins. Unfortunately, he lost.

  4. Our Curmudgeon brings glad tidings:

    The Florida theocracy amendment…has blessedly failed to pass

    Hooray!

    A stunning victory for explosive Curmudgeonite!!!

  5. Holding the Line in Florida

    I am pleasantly surprised that the Freedom of Religion failed to pass. I expected the worst. Hooray for sanity!!

  6. Gary says: ” I just tried to comment, and the system eated it.”

    I donno why that sometimes happens. Sorry.

  7. Thanks for the roundup! In all the hype I had forgotten about both the FL measure and the Tx BOE.

  8. There was another little victory in here in Texas: creationist SBOE member Charlie Garza, who unexpectedly got elected in 2010, just got the boot in favor of a newbie Democrat, Martha Dominguez. Let’s hope she’s an improvement.

  9. “I’m not descended from a monkey” David Bradley?.
    Oh goodee. More humor the next 4 years.
    Beaumont is a bastion of tolerance and reason.
    As in black man dragged to death behind a pickup tolerance and reason.

  10. The original post now has an addendum about Ronda Storms.

  11. SC said:

    I donno why that sometimes happens. Sorry.

    I’ll bet it’s due to one of the words I used. It got caught in your profanity / spam filters. No apology necessary.
    Even though Wu was defeated, he still racked up over 33,000 votes. That means there are a LOT more people who buy into the Westboro Baptist insanity than I realized. I’m guessing we should send in an emergency shipment of Proloft. Or beer. Whatever it takes to calm them down.

  12. Gary says: “Even though Wu was defeated, he still racked up over 33,000 votes.”

    He was a Republican running against a relatively new Dem member of the board. Lots of those votes could have been from straight-ticket voters who didn’t know anything about Wu.

  13. Someone please tell me that Kansas GOP has no control whether a random candidate puts an (R) next to their name or not. If they do, they need to hang their collective head in shame for either (a) poor/nonexistent vetting or(b) intentionally supporting/selecting him.

  14. You said, “And although we haven’t seen it officially reported, we assume that Charles Darwin failed in his posthumous bid to defeat Georgia congressman Paul (“Pit of Hell”) Broun.”

    Mr. S.C., my wife, my son and I all wrote-in ‘Charles Darwin’ against Broun in order to make a statement about our disgust with Broun’s sitting on a science and technology committee. We are interested in the count of those votes in Georgia. We can’t find the tally, but if you, or anyone else, can find those results, we would like to know them.

    Trip in Milledgeville, Georgia