CA - How I voted on the candidates, propositions and ballot measures.

Hi everybody, so I filled out my absentee ballot and already sent it in, it's the only way to fly in Oakland since our know nothing Elections Supervisor bought a bunch of Sequoia systems fraud machines despite popular outcry... anyway here's how I voted:

Partisan Offices - statewide
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Governor - Phil Angelides
Lt. Governor - John Garamendi
Secretary of State - Debra Bowen
State Controller - John Chiang
State Treasurer - Bill Lockyer
Attorney General - Jerry Brown
Insurance Commisioner - Cruz Bustamente (with waffling)
United States Senate - (blank) or Diane Feinstein (see below)
United States Representative - Barbara Lee
State Assembley - Sandre Swanson
Judges - re-elect
Statewide propositions.
Proposition 1A-NO!
Propositions 1B-1E Yes.
Proposition 83 - NO!!
Proposition 84 - Yes
Proposition 85 - FUCK NO!!!
Proposition 86 - Yes
Proposition 87 - HELL YES!
Proposition 88 - No
Proposition 89 - YES YES YES! HELL YES!!
Proposition 90 - NO!
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City of Oakland
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Measure M - yes
Measure N - YES!
Measure O - YES YES YES!

The "why's" are below the cut.

Partisan Offices - statewide

Governor -

Phil Angelides


It's an easy decision really, Arnold has been playing the part of a moderate ever since he got his ass handed to him in the last "special election". Phil Angelides, has the brains, the know how, and the plan to lead this great state, and it's the rare case where the establishment backed candidate is actually the best one of the bunch. It breaks my heart that his idiot campaign manager is such a fool and might blow it.


Let's be clear, no Democrat or Independent should vote for Arnold... Period.


oh and Pete Camejo used to be cool, but is kind of a dick now.

I voted for him over Gray Davis, and would gladly do so again, but the Democratic Nominee is a Pragmatic progressive, what the hell is Pete doing in this race anyway?


I really hope Phil can pull it off, but rather then just hope, i'm going to canvass and call for him this weekend.


Lt. Governor -

John Garamendi


Tom McClintock is an asshole. One of the biggest assholes in CA.

Garadmendi is kind of "eh." but has his moments. I'm not his biggest supporter like some folks, but he's good... I like Phil a hell of a lot better personally. He's big on stem cell research... so am I, 'nuff said.


Secretary of State -

Debra Bowen


uh... Verified Voting activist/superstar vs. Arnold's Diebold loving appointee?

no fracking contest. I am totally all about Debra Bowen, and you should be too.


State Controller -

John Chiang


He's a good dude. "The Man Who Cracked Enron" gets my vote.


State Treasurer -

Bill Lockyer


I could make a statement about the statewide office "revolving door", but i'll save that for my buddy Cruz.

Lockyer has done a decent enough job as AG, why not let him handle the money?

Sure.


Attorney General -

Jerry Brown


I had my issues with him as mayor of my city, and it bugs me that he's so adamant on the very Draconian Death Penalty, but Poochigian is far worse and has way more of a douchebaggy name. ha ha! I guess Jerry's plan is to hold every office in the state before he dies...


Insurance Commisioner -

Cruz Bustamente


I literally felt dirty in the recall after I voted "NO" (esp. since Gray Davis was an ass and I wanted him gone, just not that way), and then voted for Bustamente, even though I really wanted to vote for Arianna. I have rarely felt "dirty" after voting except for when I voted for that useless waste of flesh. The ONLY thing I can think of that he did that I liked was the lawsuit against Enron after the rolling blackmail... which was admittedly heroic and kind of awesome. Otherwise... he's a jackass! And... it seems like you see the same 6 or 7 names every cycle as they all play this game of musical chairs changing positions. Totally lame. Ugh, a tactical vote at best... but at least i get to vote FOR Phil and Debra this cycle.


United States Senate -

Oh DiFi! DiFi, DiFi, DiFi... you bum me out, i'm glad this will be your last Senate term, as you are a constant source of elitism and frustration. I hate that you are so beholden to big business, you're most "reliable" when it comes time for the one liberal boilerplate issue I am most mushy on... gun control. I hate that you embolden torturers, and need to have crushing amounts of public outrage before opposing real a-holes like John Roberts confirmation. There are a few things you are ok on, but overall, the only reason to vote for you is because Democrats need to take control of the Senate to keep checks and balances and such around. I may vote for you, I may not... I wrote myself in for the primary, because quite frankly, I could do a hell of a lot better job. If I do vote for you, it's because Dick Mountjoy, while a wonderful pr0nstar name would be a absolutely horrid Senator, not because you are worth a damn at all.


United States Representative-

Barbara Lee


One of my top 10 politicians ever, and my representative, if half of the congresspeople out there had even a quarter of her integrity and guts we'd be a lot better off.


State Assembley-

Sandre Swanson


Seems like a good dude, smart progressive type, and Babs likes him. Besides what am I going to do, vote "Peace and Freedom"? It's Oakland baby!


Judges

re-elect all... got caught with my pants down on this one, but since I don't have any beefs rightn ow, i'll just be ready next time.


Statewide propositions.

Proposition 1A

NO!


I already have to do the legislatures job a couple times a year because so many props like this have the budget locked down.

fuggit. Transportation funding is vital, but mandatory amounts are dumb, and i'm sick of it, and having to research these stupid things.


NO!


Propositions 1B-1E

Yes.


I'm still pissed that this somehow has turned into "Arnold's issue" when he had to be dragged kicking and screaming into it just in time for election season. But whaever... infrastructure is important.


Now again, don't we elect a fracking legislature for this crapola???

STOP BOTHERING ME!!!


Proposition 83

NO!!


A Blatant sop to get out the religious types that are always concerned about "focusing on the family" as well as authoritarian a-holes. Look, I think sex offenders are horrible too, but this is Draconian! GPS monitoring for life?

That's a slippery damn slope. All of the empty posturing that goes over sex offenders sickens me almost as much as the offending itself. Ok, not really... but still... come now. The standards are fine now.


Proposition 84

Yes


Bond measure make me curl up my lip like Billy Idol, because the mantra seems to be "borrow, borrow, borrow", but this is about water safety and flood control. Every week in rainy times when I drive to Roseville and I see the Delta swelling, I get images of the levees and New Orleans.


no thanks.

It's a begrudging yes, but a yes, nonetheless.


Proposition 85

FUCK NO!!!


Yet again another winger "base turner outter", a "waiting period and parental notification before termination of a minor's pregnancy". Right, because it's far too easy to have this horrible operation performed now right? I am for personal freedom, and that includes a woman's right to have dominion of her own body, including minors.

I cannot emphasize FUCK NO, enough.


Proposition 86

Yes
(with some waffling)

Sorry smokers! Try to see beyond the pocketbook on this one.

I'm all for everybodies personal freedom to fuck up their lungs and give themselves cancer, but we still don't have real education about the drug that is tobacco and we need that.


a few concerns have been raised by some friends of mine on this... mainly that it goes to private hospitals and adds stuff into the constitution, which bums me out... but still, i'm a soft yes.


Proposition 87

HELL YES!


Reduce dependence on foreign oil? Reduce air pollution?

Wait, why would anybody be against this again?

Oh yeah... the oil companies.

Screw them!


Proposition 88

No


It sounds good on first read, property tax to pay for more funding for schools right?

It creates a bad amount of bureaucracy, and who decides what are "academically successful" schools anyway?

lame!

no.


Proposition 89

YES YES YES! HELL YES!!


This is the public financing of elections, if you are going to vote for only two things this year... well... then you are being silly, but the key is to vote for Phil Angelides and this. Because god damn... I mean GOD DAMN... this will fix soooo many of our problems. Not the least of which is that you need to be an eccentric billionaire to win a statewide race in this damn Nationstate of ours called CA.


Proposition 90

NO!


Uh... dude? Why are NY Libertiarians writing propositions for California?

Eminant domain is BS, but so is this:

From speakout:



This measure has so much to dislike that it brings together in opposition one of the most unusual alliances imaginable. Joining virtually every environmental group in the state in opposition are taxpayers rights groups, the California Chamber of Commerce, consumer groups, scientists and public health agencies and even the California Farm Bureau.


That a-hole Tom McClintock likes it too, so that should be reason enough to vote no. A good rule of thumb is if the left and right both agree on something, there's probably something significant happening.


Pretty much everybody agrees this one is BS.

NO!


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City of Oakland


Measure M

yes


Whatever. Some BS about the polce and fire retirement board... just reading about it made my attention wander, there's no argument against, no penalty. If it wasn't about peoples retirement I wouldn't have voted either way at all.


Measure N

YES!


Kick ass new library at Henry J. Kaiser center?!

HELL YEAH!


edit: and also more funding for critical library infrastructure and other things my librarian friends can tell you more about.


Measure O

YES YES YES!


If you are against this Measure you are truly against Democracy... come on... ranked choice voting! Who loses? We'd be looking at city council member Aimee Allison if this already went through!

besides less elections = better in my book.

Tags: 2006 elections, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barbara Lee, Bill Lockyer, CA-Gov, CA-Sen, California, Cruz Bustamente, Debra Bowen, Dianne Feinstein, Jerry Brown, John Chiang, John Garadmendi, Oakland, Phil Angelides (all tags)

Comments

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questions? comments? concerns?

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by neutron 2006-11-02 09:31AM | 0 recs
McClintock and Bowen

"Tom McClintock is an asshole. One of the biggest assholes in CA." ... "Verified Voting activist/superstar vs. Arnold's Diebold loving appointee?"

These are by far the two most important items on the CA ballot (unless you're in CA-04 or CA-11).  McClintock is a first-rate, bone fide winger A-hole and the Lt. Governor spot would put him one step away from running for Governor, and with it, an automatic entry in the Presidential derby. For some reason the entirely broken and dysfunctional CA Democratic Party structure has lost sight of the fact that the governor spot in this state is a prime presidential springboard.  Angelides and revolving seat retreads like Lockyer, Garadmendi, Cruz and the aging Jerry Brown up and down the ballot? How is it that the party cannot find/groom/produce better candidates for this presidential path?

by Steve in Sacto 2006-11-02 04:06PM | 0 recs

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