For those of you who didn't catch the NY Times
on efforts to raise the minimum wage in the states, check them out. It's a pretty interesting issue, and apparently one that will have much larger national political implications than you might think.
Last November, Republicans in 11 states - including super-swing state Ohio - put gay marriage amendments on the ballot, hoping to bring out conservative voters to the polls and boost the vote totals for President Bush. The tactic proved brilliant. All 11 states approved the amendments, and Bush won 9 of the states. The amendment's presence on the ballot in Ohio may even have won the President the election.
Whether or not it's intended as a direct counter-strike, Democrats will be firing back. According to the Times
' editorial, "This year, there may be ballot initiatives in seven states, including Ohio and Michigan. Some political analysts say the initiatives could help Democratic Congressional candidates by drawing low-income voters to the polls..." Watch the Ohio vote especially closely. Republican corruption there and Iraq veteran Paul Hackett as a potential challenger could give Democrats a shot at taking seats in Ohio.
Personally, I'm proud to support a party that draws out voters by raising the wages of America's workers rather than excluding people from marriage.