Nov. 1st, 2010
Vote - Los Angeles, California - Nov 2, 2010  
I really should start doing this sooner.

I've gone through my ballot and have chosen how I'm voting tomorrow (in the off chance someone might care). A prerequisite to how I vote is a candidate's position on LGBT equality. Any candidate who doesn't support basic, fundamental civil rights clearly is a complete and total moron as far as I'm concerned and unfit to govern (he/she might try running for office where such views are considered normal... say, in Iran).

Anywho here is how I'm voting tomorrow!

Governor - Jerry Brown. Whitman has stated point blank that she would use her position to defend Prop 8. If that isn't enough to dissuade you, she couldn't even be bothered to vote for over 20 years. Let her buy some other state.

Lt Governor - Gavin Newsom (guy is hot, and Lt Governor doesn't really do anything - might as well vote for the guy who isn't bad to look at... amirite??)

Sec of State - Debra Bowen. The Republican alternative has described himself as being "conservative on social issues." 'nuff said.

Controller - Democrat John Chiang. The Republican alternative has publicly stated his opposition to gay marriage.

Treasurer - Democrat Bill Lockyer. I've never had a reason to vote against him. The GOP candidate is known to be rather anti-hispanic.

Attorney General - A key election. Kamala Harris is the best choice here. Republican Cooley has criticized Schwarzenegger for not defending prop 8, and has pledged to defend prop 8 if he's elected.

Insurance Commissioner - Dave Jones

State Bd of Equalization, District 4 - Jerome Horton

US Senator - Barbara Boxer. No choice here. Fiorina is a proud anti-gay, prop 8-supporting bigot. The smug billionaire will set LGBT rights back 20 years if she's elected.

US Representative, 30th District - Henry Waxman. The GOP alternative Wilkerson is against gays in the military and is so radical he doesn't even support stem cell research.

State Assembly, 42nd District - Mike Feuer. I couldn't find much on this election, but anti-choice extremists HATE Feuer, so he must be good.

Supreme Court Justices:
Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye - YES (moderate Republican, has presided over gay marriages)
Ming Chin - NO (voted to ban gay marriage)
Carlos Moreno - YES (supporter of gay marriage)

Court of Appeals:
Robert Mallano - YES
Victoria G. Chaney - NO (couldn't find anything specific on her, but she's supported by bigoted organizations opposed to equality)
Jeffrey Johnson - YES (vehemently opposed by anti-gay groups)
Judith Ashmann - YES (opposed by anti-gay bigots)
Walter Croskey - YES (opposed by anti-gay groups)
Steven Suzukawa - NO (supported by anti-gay groups)
Orville "Jack" Armstrong - NO (supported by anti gay groups)
Paul H. Coffee - YES (couldn't find anything specific, but he is opposed by conservative groups, so I'm erring on the side of caution and supporting him)
Steven Perren - YES YES YES (strongly opposed by anti-gay bigots; he must be awesome)
Laurie Zelon - YES (opposed by anti-gay groups)
Frank Jackson - NO (supported by anti-gay groups)
Tricia Bigelow - NO (could go either way here, but was supported by anti-gay groups, so I'm voting no)
Elizabeth Annette Grimes - NO (supported by anti-gay groups)

Judge of Superior Court:
Office 28 - Randy Hammock - Republican supported by LGBT lawyers
Office 117 - Alan Schneider - supported by LA Times and various other groups I tend to trust
Office 136 - Amy Hogue

Superintendent of Public Instruction - Tom Torlakson (supports gay marriage)
County Assessor - John Noguez (gay candidate)

Prop 19 - YES
Prop 20 - NO
Prop 21 - NO
Prop 22 - NO
Prop 23 - NO (dangerous, disingenuous prop would set back our clean air legislation)
Prop 24 - NO
Prop 25 - YES
Prop 26 - NO
Prop 27 - YES

(using an old userpic... seems appropriate, and falls on the right date again!)
Mood: determined
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mark or markymarkormarky on November 2nd, 2010 - 05:24 am
awesome - thanks, david!
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Daveim_confused on November 2nd, 2010 - 05:24 am
Thanks for the information on some of the judicial candidates — I always have a hard time tracking down any useful info on those guys.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on November 2nd, 2010 - 05:43 am
yeah, those are usually the hardest. i think i got about as close/safe as i could get without wasting too much time :-P
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dirigibles: california republicdirigibles on November 2nd, 2010 - 05:43 am
I voted yes on 21... While I don't really think that vehicle fees are necessarily the best way to do it, I think that state parks are an important resource that need to be adequately funded, and that outweighs the fee issue.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on November 2nd, 2010 - 05:45 am
yeah, i'm not horribly opposed to it. i'm likewise not opposed to them charging entrance fees for visitors. i just tend to vote no unless something really compels me to vote yes.
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dirigibles: california republicdirigibles on November 2nd, 2010 - 05:50 am
It was mostly selfish reasons for me... a couple of my favorite trail races were days away from cancellation because of the state park funding issue earlier in the year.

But also I remember as a kid how great the California State Park system once was. Our family used to camp every summer at different state parks, and the quality of the facilities and programs programs and such they had were fantastic.
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ext_306547 on November 2nd, 2010 - 08:07 am
David, I don't even know you, but I am so grateful for this post that I logged in via Facebook just to thank you. I've been pulling my hair out trying to find out what judicial candidates are pro and anti-gay. I refuse to ever vote for any candidate who is anti-equality.

I don't agree with your positions on ballot props, but as far as judicial candidates you hit the nail on the head. Thanks again!!!!!!!
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Heatherheatherface on November 2nd, 2010 - 09:58 am
Re: Thanks
This is exactly how I feel, I'm so glad I found this blog entry.
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mistieyes on November 2nd, 2010 - 07:31 pm
super helpful info on judges
I didn't agree with 2 of your prop picks, but I really appreciate the LGBT perspective on judges and aligned with your picks. Thanks for the information and research!
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on November 2nd, 2010 - 11:25 pm
Re: super helpful info on judges
yeah, I figured everyone would have his/her own opinion on the props and major candidates. The smaller offices are the ones that always take the most time to figure out where people stand.
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(Anonymous) on November 2nd, 2010 - 07:49 pm
prop 24
I disagree with your vote on Prop 24. I think that by voting "yes" to it, we would be repealing recent legislation that currently allows big business to pay lower taxes. You are recommending a "no" vote that would keep the legislation in place. It is my opinion that big businesses should cough up!
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on November 2nd, 2010 - 11:24 pm
Re: prop 24
I was on the fence on this one. The idea of undoing what the legislature and the governor put into law scares me in the end, so I had to vote NO. The electorate can just be too easily swayed by a sound bite (not that the legislature doesn't have its own influences of course). I just have to somehow try to trust the system...
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(Anonymous) on November 2nd, 2010 - 08:03 pm
thanks David this was super helpful!
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