Although The Zero last week predicted that the Clackamas County initiative on this week's ballot faced defeat, it passed easily, by a 20-point margin.
Measure 3-401 requires countywide voter approval before officials can spend money to finance, design, construct or operate any rail lines in the county. Generally, opponents of the Portland-Milwaukie light rail extension support the measure, and light rail supporters oppose the measure.
Over in Washington County, a similar measure in King City passed by a nearly identical margin. The regressives are up in arms, yowling like cats in a bathtub, calling the voters "backwards-thinking" and a host of other names. That's standard for regressives: they're the first to leap into name-calling and cussing when others dare to disagree with them.
All of their "outrage" notwithstanding, the fact of the matter is that Portland, Tri-Met, Metro, and their sycophants got their butts handed to them, and in no uncertain terms. Those commissioners over in Clackamas County who are running for re-election even as they've systematically conspired to undermine the will of their constituents may want to consider finding a real job between now and November.