The big prize on this November's Election Day was seized by the unions. In a landslide, Ohio voters rejected limits on collective bargaining for public unions. At last count, the vote was 61% to 39%. Republicans will try to spin this, probably by pointing out that the union coalition outspent the opposition by about 4 to 1. That may be true, but it doesn't help much. Spending is as much a reflection of political strength as a cause of it.
The simple truth is that Ohio Republicans overplayed their hand on this one and their opponents ran the table. Governor Kasich now has to walk back with his tail between his legs. No surprise, but I think that this will prove unfortunate. The state of Ohio, like most states, is facing very severe fiscal challenges. Local governments are in even worse shape. This will make it a lot harder to meet those challenges. That, however, is democracy.
The news wasn't all bad for Republicans. Voters also passed a constitutional amendment that says that Ohioans cannot be legally required to purchase health insurance. Unlike Issue 2, this will have no real effect. That's a good thing because if it did have legal weight it would be a case of nullification, which is a bad thing. However, it may have a very real meaning on a national level. The health care mandate in ObamaCare has polled very poorly since before the bill was passed. The vote in Ohio is a lot more authoritative than any opinion poll. ObamaCare is really, truly, unpopular in a key state for next year's presidential election.
Something the same is true of Mississippi. Voters rejected a personhood amendment, which is a blow to prolifers. That amendment would have been entirely symbolic, as almost any real effect would have been rejected by Federal Courts. If the prolife side can't win in Mississippi, it can't win at all.
Voters in Mississippi apparently did pass an anti-Kelo restriction on the eminent domain powers of the state, a very strong victory for property rights. Libertarians and conservatives can take a great deal of satisfaction in that. So in these United States, all human beings enjoy unalienable rights to life, liberty, and property, so long as said human beings have skulls on this side of the birth canal. All are created equal, with qualifications on the "all".