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"Exercise" the right to vote...

...is a slogan we take seriously here in California, with the arrival of our 165-page 2004 Voter Information Guide. After carrying the three books (I have two roommates) from the mailbox and up the stairs, I was done working out arms for that day. While I don't recall Tolstoy getting elected Secretary of State, I'm beginning to think he may have had something to do with writing it. Add to those 165-pages the 21-page supplemental guide, the 32-page county guide and sample ballot, and the 16-page city guide, and I start to wonder if it's not too late to drop this class. Oddly enough, this isn't even one of our longer ballots.

Normally, I wait until the night before the election, pull an all nighter, and go through the candidates and propositions until I'm ready to pass out, then change my mind while I'm punching my ballot. This time I thought I'd figure it all out way ahead of time. Being the geek that I am, I of course decided to organize my vote on the candidates and propositions together in two HTML tables. I'm still making up my mind on a few, but here's where I am so far. Any input? I recommend these sites to help you make up your mind: smartvoter.org. Also be sure to check out the fundamentalists at CCF. If they're supporting a position or candidate, do think twice about it. Be sure to look at who signed their marriage protection pledge (it makes for a nice disqualifier).

 Position Candidate   My Notes
PRESIDENT 16. DEMOCRATIC (JOHN KERRY)  
U.S. SENATOR 30. BARBARA BOXER Her opponent, Bill Jones, is rabidly anti-gay. He signed the anti-gay marriage protection plan put out by the fundamentalist CCF organization. Jones also supported the hateful Prop 22 (aka the "Knight Initiative"). Jones is against a woman's right to choose. Boxer has an outstanding record of protecting and supporting gay rights.
U.S. REP 36TH DIST 37. JANE HARMAN  Her opponent, Paul Whitehead, signed the CCF's anti-gay marriage protection plan. Harman is a well respected Congressperson and supports and protects the rights of gay Americans.
STATE ASSEMBLY 53RD 42. MIKE GORDON Greg Hill supported the anti-gay Prop 22 put forth by the late Bigot Sen. Pete Knight.
JUDICIAL OFFICE 18  54. PAT CAMPBELL No firm opinions on judicials offices. Took a guess based upon their responses to questions from the League of Women Voters or their websites.
JUDICIAL OFFICE 29 58. LORI JONES  
JUDICIAL OFFICE 52 61. LAURA PRIVER  
JUDICIAL OFFICE 53 63. DAVID LOPEZ  
JUDICIAL OFFICE 69 69. DONNA GROMAN  
     



 Proposition Vote  My Notes
1A-Local Renuve NO Takes away state oversight from local jurisdictions and stops the state from being able to override a local sales tax increase or runaway spending. Opposed by State Board of Equalization Chairperson. State should be able to keep local jurisdiction in check if it's warranted.
59-Public Records/Open Meetings YES The only argument against this proposition is that "it doesn't go far enough."
60-Political Party Election Rights YES  Amendment to guarantee that all parties running a candidate in the primary can advance the winner to the general election. I'm not convinced open primaries are the way to go. Open primaries are supposed to help make sure moderate candidates get elected to office, but in Louisiana it seems to have opened the door for neocons to take over the formerly Democrat controlled state. Considering the fundamentalist extremism rampant in the Republican Party today, I would hate to see such a thing happen here.
60A-Surplus Property YES Forces revenue from sale of surplus property to go towards repayment of bonds rather than general fund.
61-Bond: Children's Hospitals  YES I'm usually against bonds. Every effing election they want us to approve bonds for everything under the sun pretending that it won't cost us anything (which is a lie; money has to come from somewhere). This one seems affordable and needed, however.
62-Election Primaries NO Same argument as 60, except this is the opposite. This mandates open primaries.
63-Mental Health, 1% tax NO If this program is truly needed, then everyone should be called on to pay a little—not just those making over $1 million dollars. It seems a way to get people to begin some new government program by saying, "look, you won't even have to pay for it." 1% is a ridiculously large tax to add to donate to one project.
64-Limit Private Enforcement NO Cigarette manufacturer Phlip Morris donated $100k to yes on 64 campaign. 'Nuff said.
65-Local Government Funds NO Supporters have withdrawn support in lieu of 1A
66-Limit scope of 3 strikes NO I'm a little torn on this one. On the one hand, I find 3 strikes a little Draconian. On the other hand, the examples those in favor used were "x stole a $199 VCR and was thrown in jail for 25 years. Is that fair?" Cry me an effin river. Don't steal the damn VCR. I could change my mind on this one though.
67-Emergency Medical Services/Phone Surcharge NO You've got to be kidding me. Have you seen the number of taxes on the phone lines now?! No. No. No. No. Use one of the other 20 "emergency" taxes you have on my phone bill now.
68-Tribal Gaming Compact Amendments NO This bill seems VERY disingenuous. It basically says that if nearly all Native American tribes do not accept the terms of this proposition OR if it's determined to be illegal, then they should have the rights to open up casinos outside of reservations. It's basically a law to allow casinos outside of reservations but written in a shady, sketchy, unfair way.
69-DNA Samples NO Would catalog your DNA if you're ever arrested of a crime (even if you're found not guilty). Opposed by the ACLU and supported by religious fundamentalist California Family Council.
70-Tribal Gaming Compacts/Gaming Rights NO Seems to take away a lot of rights of the state to negotiate tribal gaming. Provided tribes pay certain rates to the state in taxes, they would be permitted to expand gambling casinos unfettered on their reservations. *Contract lasts 99 years*. 99 years is FAR too long to live with what could be a huge mistake. Let the governor continue to negotiate gaming compacts as needed.
71-Bond: Stem Cell Research YES If the Bush regime won't fund stem cell research to save the lives of our citizens out of some outdated, ass backwards, superstitious beliefs, then the state should.
72-Health Care Coverage NO We need major health care reform. I just don't think this ist it. This seems to be a patch to an already effed up system. I'd like to see something more comprehensive.
A-County sales tax increase 0.5% NO Sales tax in this city is already high enough at 8.25%. It seems every couple of years the city or county asks us to approve another bond or tax in the name of "public safety." It seems to be the city council and the legislature knows if they take money from somewhere else, no one will support a tax increase, but if they cut funding to public safety, they can come along and offer up a tax later. No. No. No. No. NO.
O-Bond: Clean water YES No argument filed against.
     


Any thoughts?

Right now, my ass is going to bed.
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