Hold Your Nose and Vote on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - Dispatches from the Eccentric Frontier

October 26th, 2014

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22:20 Hold Your Nose and Vote on Tuesday, November 4, 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. It’s a midterm election without even a senator on the ballot. That means you especially need to vote, because a lot of people won’t be bothering.

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From:kalimac
Date:October 27th, 2014 5:49 (UTC)
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Ironically, I'm told, the random drug testing part of Prop 46 was put in to sweeten the pot of increasing the damages cap. What makes that ironic for me is that I might support an increase in the damages cap; it has been eaten away by inflation. But random drug testing is, as you say, a calculated insult. By all means test if there's any concrete reason to suspect the doctor is doped up, but to assume guilt until proven innocent is objectionable.

I'm voting for Torlakson because Tuck bashes teachers' unions too much for me. I do not accept the idea that making the job harder for teachers will improve education.

No on 48. If the tribes get to flout state law and run casinos because of sovereignty rules, they should have to keep them on their own land and not take over the rest of the state. And I refuse to do anything that will encourage gambling, anyway.
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From:emberleo
Date:October 27th, 2014 10:18 (UTC)
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Honestly, I was so inundated with advertising from Ro Khanna that I ended up set against him just because it felt like he was trying to push me into voting for him through sheer force of shouting via paid advertising. The first couple I saw seemed very even-handed and respectful, which impressed me, but after multiple *calls* and a full recycling bin full of dead tree bits, I want to call up his campaign and say "I'm NOT voting for you because I don't think buying an election is a good thing to encourage."

But really, I would prefer to make a rational decision based on what their actual ability to do the JOB, and "tends to advertising overkill" isn't enough of an answer.

-E-
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From:kalimac
Date:October 27th, 2014 16:44 (UTC)
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I don't mind the mailings - they go straight into the recycle bin - but I dislike the phone calls. One phone call asking if I support the candidate, yes or no, is OK (I got one from a Honda person, I said "yes," she said thanks and hung up), but not repeated pleas for support. In a tough multi-candidate legislative primary some years ago, I was undecided, and took to saying, "I will vote for no candidate who telephones me more than once." That actually worked.
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From:emberleo
Date:October 27th, 2014 22:44 (UTC)
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I don't get a lot of snailmail these days, so each individual thing actually addressed to me by name registers as a separate ping.

I got a LOT of pings from just one person trying to convince me to do what he wanted instead of whatever I decided for myself. I don't like that.

-E-
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From:canyonwalker
Date:October 27th, 2014 22:08 (UTC)
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Thanks, as always, for compiling this information.

In the District 17 Congressional race I have been leaning toward Ro Khanna. I see Honda as a do-nothing representative who's been reelected numerous times for belonging to the correct party. This is strongly Democratic turf, and under the traditional party primary system whoever runs with the (D) after their name enjoys a strong advantage. Of course, the local Republicans did little to help their own cause for years by nominating laughably far-right candidates. So we'd see empty suits like Honda and Eshoo win 75% popular vote landslides. Now, with an open primary system, we get credible competition in the general election. For us, in D17, that means two Democrats with generally moderate views. Would Khanna be able to do more than Honda in office? I don't know. But that's such a low hurdle to cross. We can do better than Honda. It's time to try.
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From:cyan_blue
Date:November 3rd, 2014 2:29 (UTC)
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Many thanks!
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From:taeriel
Date:November 3rd, 2014 18:00 (UTC)
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Thank you for posting your research again! As always, it is an enormous asset and great time saver for learning more about any issues I haven't yet decided. In addition, this year I've passed a link to this to family and friends, so many thanks from all.
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