Hold Your Nose and Vote on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - Dispatches from the Eccentric Frontier

June 1st, 2014

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14:28 Hold Your Nose and Vote on Tuesday, June 3, 2014

As usual, I’ve done my research for the upcoming election and written up my notes to share with the rest of the class. I’ve given my conclusions, and invite you to come to your own. Even if we disagree on every issue, I’m happy if this saves you a headache.

Follow the Money don’t seem to have 2014 financing information yet, so it’s not as easy to see who has been bought by whom at this time.

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From:kalimac
Date:June 1st, 2014 22:17 (UTC)
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I'd be willing to vote for Khanna in an open seat, but his arguments as to why he'd be better than Honda raise a lot of warning flags for me. Everything he says about being up to date and Honda being obsolete suggests that he means that he's "business-friendly" which means screwing over the workers. No thanks. Also, his plan to fix our educational problems by teaching all students computer coding is inane.

The Bee's endorsement of Padilla was a rarity: an endorsement that convinced me not to vote for that candidate. "Sure, he's only running for Sec State to position himself for the Senate! But doesn't that mean he'd have to do a good job?" Quel naive.
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From:merhawk
Date:June 3rd, 2014 6:51 (UTC)
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As usual, thank you for the round-up. Quite helpful!
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From:taeriel
Date:June 3rd, 2014 15:21 (UTC)
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Thank you for sharing your research again! As always, it is very helpful.
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From:canyonwalker
Date:June 4th, 2014 0:01 (UTC)
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Thanks as always for your comprehensive information gathering.

I am generally reluctant to vote Yes for bond measures. Too many of them propose to borrow funds to build or operate things whose lifetime is less than the term of the loan. It's ludicrous to spend 15 years paying for something we're only going to get 5 years of benefit from. For such short horizon benefits I'd rather see us "pay as we go".

In this particular election, though, I support both of the bond measures. Measure AA secures land and improvements that will provide value for a good long time. Proposition 41 would fail my test of spending much longer paying back loans (15 years) than it spends providing benefits (5 years) except that it doesn't actually authorize new bonds. It just amends a previously approved bond measure to broaden the array of benefits provided to veterans.
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