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Where Did The Pro-Obamacare House Votes Come From?

April 6, 2010

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about what was essentially the ‘do you support or oppose Obamacare’ vote in the state House. HCR 101 would have amended the state Constitution to prohibit mandatory participation in any healthcare plan. Rather quietly, the Democrats prevailed in defeating the bill.

Looking at the vote, I have broken down the districts that the bills’ opponents represent. This first list is of the 18 opponents of the bill who come from a district that Haley Barbour won at least 53 percent of the vote in 2007:

Note: DuVall (19) actually did not vote.

As with anything there are variables involved. This includes the length of service for the representative (obviously someone who has served longer should feel comfortable about re-election) and minority percentage of the district (blacks are certainly in support of this almost across the board). Another factor is the white, Northeast Mississippi constituency that still votes Democratic both in the legislature and for governor; but is generally conservative and (you would have to imagine) opposes the healthcare bill.

Look for a spreadsheet to detail all this at a later date.

And here you can check out the supporters who come from districts where Barbour won less than 53 percent of the vote in 2007.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Republican Dawg permalink
    April 6, 2010 10:00 am

    How many seats do Republicans need for a majority in the House? 12, 13? Not knowing a lot about some of these Reps., I would guess this would be a good start for targets.

  2. INDEPNMS permalink
    April 7, 2010 9:54 am

    would any of you readers care to comment on the possibility of HCR 101 being put on the ballot by a voter led signature initative? Also, can anyone tell us if the state legislature can some how block a voter initative even if it meets all the requirements to be placed on the ballot? Some of us are willing to go down the same road as the voter id initative, but would like to know if we would have a reasonable chance before we began the hard work. Any comments?

    • April 7, 2010 10:32 am

      No the state legislature can not block or change a voter initiative. They can offer an alternative where voters could choose either one or reject both. So I suppose they could offer the comprehensive voter ID with early voting, etc. but I imagine it would have to clear the House and Senate and I don’t see it clearing the Senate.

      • INDEPNMS permalink
        April 7, 2010 11:07 am

        Brett: Thank you for your reply. Would you care to make any additional comments on the merits of HCR 101 being taken up by a voter initiative?
        With the likelihood of Governor Barbour joining the other states in suite, a voter initiative may be a mute point or could strengthen Mississipp’s constitutional hand. Any comment?

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