There is an aspect of this just past election that has me scratching my head. Conservative politicians were voted into office and yet at the same time, the same voters approved a whole bunch of liberal initiatives, such as the following: 1. Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota raised the minimum wage. 2. Oregon and Alaska became the third and fourth states to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes. 3. Californians voted to shorten the sentences of people serving time in prison. 4. Colorado and North Dakota dealt rejected the effort by some opponents of reproductive rights to ban all abortions by passing laws giving fertilized eggs legal rights and protections that apply to individuals. 5. In Washington State passed initiative 594, which will require criminal and mental-health checks on gun buyers, drew an impressive 60 percent voter support on Tuesday. 6. Florida passed a constitutional amendment will dedicate $9 billion in real estate transfer taxes over the next 20 years to preserving open spaces, including major investments in the threatened Everglades. 7. New Jersey voters dedicated $2.15 billion in corporate tax revenue to land conservation, also over the next 20 years, rescuing a popular program that was on the verge of extinction.