This is the final round. We went through the free for all back in the summer so for those I voted for back then that made it, you can see my comments about them in that ballot. However, if anything, vote YES ON PROPOSITION 45. This will make the ACA much stronger (and more affordable) for Californians that need it most (and hopefully later be extended to give those of us who have health insurance from our employer the same rate protections).
United States Representative; Distict 37: Karen Bass (D)
Proposition 1 Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014: Yes
66% of this proposition is good, 33% of it is bad. The good is conservation, recycling and infrastructure programs. The bad is building dams that could destroy the environment (and potentially cause more harm than good when it comes to water). I can only hope the dams are planned well because we do need the rest of it.
Proposition 2 State Budget. Budget Stabilization Account: No
There's some weird stuff in here about capping local school reserves that makes me cock an eyebrow. It sounds good, but I've never been a fan of accounting-by-proposition. Managing the budget is best left in the hands of those who actually know how the state spends its money, not by a voter who votes based on their own self-interest. As it is, the rainy day fund already requires 3%. This alters that number but then has some other language that frankly complicates it, with add-ins when capital gains taxes are good and caps for school funding. What's with all that? Something fishy, that's what.
Proposition 45 Healthcare Insurance. Rate Changes: Yes
Auto insurance, homeowners insurance; these were voted in by California back in the 1988 under Prop 103 when health insurance was not mandatory. Today, health insurance is mandatory and it needs to be affordable. The Insurance Comissioner of California has done a pretty good job of keeping rates reasonable as well as promoting competition among the various insurance companies, so why should healthcare be an exception? Why would I think insurance rates would go up when an office is there to limit rate hikes? What sort of disinformation can you possibly promote considering it's the same crap insurance companies whined about back in 1988 and none of it came true, except that rates got cheaper? If anything, this proposition doesn't go far enough: it only covers small businesses and indivuals, about 40% of insured Californians. If you work at a place with more than 50 employees, your rates still get decided by the insurance companies. This is a yes and we need another one next year to cover the rest of us.
Proposition 46 Drug and Alcohol Testing of Doctors. Medical Negligence Lawsuits:No
Yes, let's just go ahead and screw over doctors more. We already make them work more than a day straight with little sleep and when they mess up because of fatigue we should sue them for a lot of money. This doesn't solve the problem. It ignores it and simply discourages doctors. The problem is why are we making doctors and nurses work such long hours? Why are hospitals so inefficient with their workforce as to increase risk of an incident?
Proposition 47 Criminal Sentences. Misdemeanor Penalties:Yes
Our prison system should be about rehabilitation, not punishment that turns a young man into a criminal.
Proposition 48 Indian Gaming Compacts: Yes
A casino on state land earning state income. I say yes and I hope the floodgates open such that we can open a casino in California that isn't owned by an Indian tribe; open the gates and let's compete against Nevada!
Governor: Jerry Brown (D)
There's not much to say about why I'm voting for Brown again. He's an even-handed, practical governor who simply cuts to the chase and doesn't give to whoots about what either side tries to do for political gain. He did all that back in the 70s and now that he's in his 70s I think he's just here to do the job.
Lieutenant Governor: Gavin Newsom (D)
Not that big a fan but his opponent wants to keep Prop 13 untouched (it needs revision), wants tax reform (this usually means trickle down voodoo economics, and expand charter schools (i.e. gut public schools).
Secretary of State: Pete Peterson (R)
- Voted for him in the free primary, where I saw him as leasty partisan.
- Does not support voter ID but does support election reform.
- A lot of small business stuff, but it's practical stuff like making registration an online process (wait, it currently is not? what the hell, California!?), reducing registration fees, improving lines of communication using new media, etc.
- Very technology minded. I like that.
- The other guy's a life politician; he probably just sees this as a stepping stone.
Controller: Ashley Swearengin (R)
Voted for her in the free primary because of how she turned Fresno around.
Treasurer: John Chiang (D)
Voted for him in the free primary, voted him as Controller last term.
Attorney General: Ronald Gold (R)
As I mentioned last June, I think Harris is looking to go up and is at this point using her office more for political posturing. Is she going to win? 99% yes. Am I voting for her? 100% no. I did that before when she looked promising and even-handed; she isn't looking that way today.
Insurance Commissioner: Dave Jones (D)
Voted for him in the free primary because his opponent opposes the idea of having health insurance be under his domain. What? It's insurance. This is for the Office of the Insurance Commissioner.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction: Marshal Tuck (NP)
State Board of Equalization; District 3: Jerome E. Horton (D)
State Senator; District 26: Ben Allen (D)
Member of the State Assembly; District 62: Autumn Burke (D)
California Supreme Court Justice
This is a Yes/No vote for the three justices. I can't say, but all the endorsements everywhere say Yes to all three. I might do a little more digging later but for now I'm okay with that.
California State Courts of Appeal; Various
This is a Yes/No vote for all. I can't reall say right now. This will need a future edit.
Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angekes; Office 61: TBD
This will need a future edit.
Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angekes; Office 87: TBD
This will need a future edit.
Measure P Safe Neighborhood Parks — County of Los Angeles: Yes
This continues a previously approved local measure. I say we keep going.
Assessor; County of Los Angeles: Jeffrey Prang
His opponent brought up Prop 13 again; talk about political pandering. Automatic fail, so default: vote for the other guy.
Sheriff; County of Los Angeles: Jeffrey Prang
Abstained before, abstaining again. Don't like either of these guys.