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05 June 2006 @ 06:07 pm
There are elections tomorrow, and i never got a voter's pamphlet thing. I sure hope i'm actually registered, i'm _pretty_ sure i marked the right check box when i changed my address at the DMV. I guess i just need to go into the polling place tomorrow and see what happens =/

I'm going to do some more research later tonight, but does anyone know anything about Prop 82? I _really_ want to vote yes on it since i've gotten about a bazillion spam emails telling me to vote no on it, and from what i can tell it doesn't look like a bad piece of legislation. Does anyone know if there's any hidden nastiness about it that i should be aware of?
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Pavajmpava on June 6th, 2006 03:03 am (UTC)
I just generally look at who is writing the statements/rebuttals - that can tell you far more then the actual wordings. The people writing the statements for: President of the Teachers Association, President of the Police Chiefs Association, Executive Director of Head Start, President of a different teachers association, the 2006 teacher of the year and someone from the association of pediatrics. Against: People on the Montessori Council (who would lose money for this), some more teachers and the (never a good sign from MY perspective) California's Tax Payer Association.

Prop 81 is also interesting in that respect in that the against team apperently couldn't find a different set of people to write the origional statement and the rebutal - which, again, tends to be a red flag to me.
Geoff: Animal (eat drums)thegreatgonz on June 6th, 2006 04:50 am (UTC)
The teachers support an initiative that would require hiring more teachers. How ... big of them.
Pavajmpava on June 6th, 2006 05:01 am (UTC)
Well, sure. I wouldn't really expect you to agree. See, it comes down to who you trust more - personally, I would tend to trust teachers more then 'taxpayers associations', becuase that happens to match my personal opinions. I would imagine this is not the same with you. Which is really my point - you see who is supporting which side and you determine which tends to mesh more with your views.
Geoff: Animal (rant)thegreatgonz on June 6th, 2006 05:03 am (UTC)
See, just because I think teacher's unions are a pernicious and evil force in the education system doesn't mean I like taxpayers associations any better. It just means I have to make up my own damn mind.

Right and wrong isn't a team sport.
Pavajmpava on June 6th, 2006 05:06 am (UTC)
Eh. Ok, let me clarify - this certainly isn't the be all and end all of elections. But, if it happens to mesh up, and you don't feel like you are quite on top of all the uber-specifics (such as if you don't have the voters pamphlet, for example), it's a good second choice approach.
Geoff: Animal (rant)thegreatgonz on June 6th, 2006 04:49 am (UTC)
If I were voting tomorrow (waaaay to busy, leaving the state anyway), I'd definitely vote no on 82. First of all, there is no reason on earth why this sort of thing needs to be done by ballot initiative. The legislature is perfectly capable of operating our educational system, and if we don't believe that, this initiative sure as hell won't fix it.

I also have huge, huge issues with the all-too-popular "Tax the millionaires to fund this pet project" style of initiative. If it's really worth paying for, it's worth having us all chip in for it. The tax-the-millionaires thing is a shameless attempt to pick the pockets of a minority too small and unpopular to defend itself, and it's little better than if we'd decided to pay for preschools with a tax on some small ethnic group.
Pava: entrosjmpava on June 6th, 2006 05:06 am (UTC)
Only if we 'taxed' them on their blackness, for example ;->
Desireemadduckdes on June 6th, 2006 06:16 am (UTC)
i ... wow.

[laughing. laughing really arhd. laughing too hard to type the word hard]