59. Tenatively, yes. More sunlight on government information is generally a good thing. Tentative only because I’m not sure what’s wrong with the existing law.
60. Sure, why not. I’d rather we didn’t vote to mess with the primaries at all, but if we must, then at least vote for this one as a defensive measure against the uncommonly silly Proposition 62.
61. No. Ever notice how these bond measures always target the tear-jerkers rather than the less popular programs government doesn’t even ask us about funding? This time it’s children’s hospitals. Call their bluff.
62. No. This is the constitutional version of Proposition 198, the silly “blanket primary” law we tried in the 1990s, which resulted in Gray Davis becoming the governor. Probably a bad idea for other reasons, too. Let the parties select their own candidates. If you don’t like their candidates, no one’s stopping you from voting for an independent.
63. No. Another soak-the-rich proposal, which is a great idea if your objective is to get all rich people to leave California and stop paying taxes here.
64. Yes. The Legislature should be doing this on their own, but too many of them are in the pockets of the trial lawyers. No one should be allowed to sue unless they were harmed by the allegedly unfair business practices.
65. No. It’s all well and good to say local governments shouldn’t lose funding, but sometimes money is tight and something has to give.
66. No, no, no, no, no, no, no! Are you out of your freaking mind? No! Unless, of course, you’re a career criminal yourself, or are planning on moving to a neighboring state and want state state’s criminals to relocate here. In that case, vote yes, by all means. Otherwise, vote hell no.
67. No. Unless, of course, you were on crack and voted yes on 66. In that case, you’d better vote yes, as the increased crime rate will also result in the need for expanded emergency room care.
68. Yes. Ever wondered why Nevadans don’t pay state income tax like we do? This is why. Gambling is, for all intents and purposes, a tax on stupid people. Right now, under the newly negotiated compacts, only 10% of the revenue goes to the state. This initiative would bump the percentage up to 25% and allow non-Indians to participate.
69. No. Collecting DNA samples from people convicted of violent offenses is a no-brainer. Collecting it from any adult charged with any felony is not. If this were a bill by the Legislature, I might say pass it now and amend it later. Unfortunately, initiative statutes are difficult to amend, so we’d best tkae a pass on this one now and vote for a better version later.
70. Bo-ring! I like 68 better. Why let the injuns have all the fun? For many years, we screwed them over, only to have them return the favor in the past decade or so. Time to quit playing this back and forth game and start allowing gambling by the same rules for all. But if that’s too much to stomach, this one is probably better than nothing.
71. Neutral. I have no strong opinions on stem cell research. If you oppose it, vote no. If you mildly support it, still vote no, it’s not cheap. But if you’re a big fan who is mad at George Bush for defunding it, then vote yes. It’s better than voting for John Kerry.
72. No. This is a referendum on SB 2, which a “no” vote would repeal. Thus, the people who got this thing on the ballot want you to vote “no,” while those who wanted to keep it off the ballot want you to vote “yes.” Got that? No? Exactly.