Here is what I recommend in voting..and why.
Prop 100: Bailable Offense - YES
What it would do: Prevents those charged with serious felonies from being eligible for bail if they are in the country illegally.This makes sense, if you release them on bail, they WILL run.
PROP. 101 -- LOCAL PROPERTY-TAX LEVIES - YES
What it would do: Known as the 2006 Taxpayer Protection Act, it would require the levy limit for cities, towns, counties and community college districts, to be calculated from the 2005 actual tax levy.Force the city lawmakers and managers to better spend the money they are given, don't penalise homeowners for living the american dream
PROP. 102 -- STANDING IN CIVIL ACTIONS - YES
What it would do: Blocks undocumented immigrants from being able to obtain punitive damages in lawsuits. Limits awards to actual damages.I am reminded of that case where the farmer had to give up his land to an illegal alien because of something that happened (Cant recall what it was) If you are here illegaly.....YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS BECAUSE YOU ARE A LAW BREAKER
PROP. 103 -- OFFICIAL ENGLISH - YES
The issue: English as the Official Language. Would require state government to take all formal action in English. Includes many exemptions, such as for legal proceedings. Backers include Republican Rep. Russell Pearce of Mesa and the Arizona Farm Bureau Federation. Opponents include the Coalition for Latino Political Action. I say learn english if you are going to be in my country, that is the language I speak!
PROP. 104 -- MUNICIPAL DEBT - YES
What it would do: Allows municipalities to raise debt capacity for street and public-safety projects. It would rise to 20 percent from 6 of assessed property valuation.It would not raise a community's level of indebtedness but would allow greater flexibility in financing streets and public-safety projects. Voters would have to approve projects before the debt could be incurred.
PROP. 105 -- TRUST LAND - UNDECIDED
The issue: State Trust Lands. Would preserve almost 43,000 acres of state trust land and give the Legislature the option to set aside 400,000 more acres.This is a tricky one....I havent quite decided on it...on the 1 hand it preserves the trust land, on the other, it gives politicians an incentive to line their pockets with money by leaving the decision to how to use this land up to them. Comments?
PROP. 106 -- TRUST LAND - UNDECIDED
The issue: Conserving Arizona's Future. Would preserve 694,000 acres of state trust land across Arizona. Same as above, undecided...Comments?
PROP. 107 -- MARRIAGE - YES
The issue: The Protect Marriage Initiative would amend the state Constitution to ban same-sex unions. Why does this even need to be put to the voters? Support family and traditional marriage!!!!
PROP. 200 -- ELECTIONS - NO
The issue: AZ Voter Reward Act. Would create a lottery with a $1 million prize for people who vote in the primary or general election. It would be funded through unclaimed state lottery prizes. Why entice people to vote? Its a civic duty and responsibility...if someone doesnt vote, then its probably a good thing, because they REALLY dont care..right?
PROP. 201 -- SMOKING - NO
The issue: Smoke-Free Arizona Act. Prohibits smoking in most indoor public places, including restaurants and bars. Exceptions include tobacco shops, outdoor patios and some hotel rooms. Nothing really needs to be said here...prop 201 creates another layer of beauracracy which needs to be funded through YOUR tax dollars (regardless of what they say about it being funded by a 2 cents per pack price increase) Do we REALLY need more government running every aspect of our lives? Whether you are a smoker or not, the one thing you have to ask yourself is...why set precedence? Think about that...first smoking, then food, then your guns, then your free speech (Its happening right now in New York!)
PROP. 202 -- MINIMUM WAGE - NO
The issue: Arizona Minimum Wage Coalition. Would raise the minimum wage in Arizona from $5.15 to $6.75 per hour starting in 2007, adjusted thereafter for cost of living. Though the arguments against this say that it will bankrupt small business and retard economic growth, and I agree with the No part...I disagree with the reasoning for a no. My reasoning is that if you dont have the skills, you will pay the price in working for minimum wage. Increasing it just creates another layer of welfare and another excuse to not better yourself...this is AMERICA, free enterprise, freedom to decide what you want to do etc.
PROP. 203 -- PRESCHOOL EDUCATION - NO
The issue: First Things First for Arizona's Children. Would add 80 cents per pack of cigarettes to fund preschool programs, health screenings and other services, mostly targeted to children living in poverty. Local councils and a state board would oversee funds. This is penalising a small segment of the population (Smokers) with something that isnt even related! It also encourages those who are to act irresponsibly to continue their wreckless actions. UNLESS YOU CAN SUPPORT A CHILD.....DONT BRING ONE INTO THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!! WE WILL NOT CONTINUE TO FEED AND HOUSE AND CLOTHE YOU WHILE YOU SIT ON YOUR ASS!!!!!!!!
PROP. 204 -- ANIMALS - NO
The issue: Humane Treatment of Farm Animals Act. Would require that pregnant pigs and calves raised for veal be given sufficient space to turn around, lie down and fully extend their limbs. Simply put....I like my pork to be cheap...thanks but no thanks
PROP. 205 -- YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE - NO
What it would do: All registered voters would automatically be sent mail-in ballots before every election. BAD IDEA!!! This will negate the voter ID requirement and make it easier for the dead and illegal to vote.
PROP. 206 -- SMOKING - NO
The issue: Non-Smoker Protection Act. Would ban smoking in some indoor public places. Exceptions include bars and separately ventilated bars within restaurants and other establishments. This is being touted as a "Reasonable alternative" to prop 201...the truth..THEY BOTH Create MORE BEAURACRACY AND GOVERNMENT INTRUSION IN THE LIVES OF A BUSINESS OWNER...see what I said about Prop 201
PROP. 207 -- PRIVATE PROPERTY - YES
The issue: Private Property Rights Protection Act. Would restrict cities' use of eminent domain and require governments to compensate property owners when decisions reduce property values. Ever since the Kelo Vs New London case this issue needs to be resolved. Restrict the governments ability to take your hard earned property!
PROP. 300 -- IMMIGRATION - YES
The issue: The referendum deals with public programs and undocumented immigrants.
The impact: It would block undocumented immigrants from accessing state-subsidized programs for adult education and childcare, among other things. Even though Prop 200 covers this, apparently we need to send a message again..STOP SUPPORTING ILLEGALS WITH MY TAX DOLLARS!!!!!!!!
PROP. 301 -- PROBATION FOR METH OFFENSES - YES
What it would do: Requires that those convicted of using or possessing meth or meth-related paraphernalia be ineligible for probation under certain circumstances.ZERO TOLERANCE for drug use....need I say more?
PROP. 302 -- LEGISLATORS' SALARIES - NO
What it would do: Increases state legislators' annual salaries 50 percent, to $36,000 from $24,000.To the politicians that I know...sorry..you get kickbacks from special interests, stop doing that and owning your million dollar home and driving your Mercedes on a 24k salary and ask again.
Governor - Len Munsil (R)
Congress CD8 - Randy Graf (R)
Secretary of State - I have to comment on this, I really had to take a good long hard look at the Democratic candidate, Israel Torres, my decision was made today when I sat down and read the clean election voter guide, where he says, "As a former member of Governor Napolitanos cabinet and having served as your Arizona registrar of contractors..." I was hooked....my recommendation, Jan Brewer (R)
Attorney General - William Montgomery (R)
Treasurer - Dean Martin (R)
Superintendant of Public Instruction - This one is another that I have to comment on, I was really interested in Jason Williams (D) he worked in Oakland, where I am from, but he touts his record as being nominated for Californias middle school teacher of the year award, I had to laugh because I remembered him then, and his school was the lowest performing in the district. So..my recommendation - Tom Horne (R)
Mine Inspector - Joe Hart (R) Only candidate running
Corporation Commissioner - Gary Pierce (R)
State Senator District 1 - Tom O'Halleran (R)
State Senator District 2 - Royce Jenkins (R)
State Senator District 3 - Ron Gould (R)
State Senator District 4 - Ed Gogek (D)
State Senator District 5 - Jake Flake (R)
State Senator District 6 - Pamela Gorman (R)
State Senator District 7 - James Waring (R)
State Senator District 8 - I dont like either candidate, you're on your own here :)
State Senator District 9 - Robert Burns (R)
State Senator District 10 - Linda Gray (R)
State Senator District 11 - Barbara Leff (R)
State Senator District 12 - Robert Blendu (R) Only candidate running
State Senator District 13 - Richard Miranda (D) Only candidate running
State Senator District 14 - Debbie McCune Daivs (D) Only candidate running
State Senator District 15 - The democrat is running on a "Progressive" ticket..meaning liberal, didnt even finish researching him, my recommendation Andrew Smigielski (R)
State Senator District 16 - Daniel Veres (R)
State Senator District 17 - Meg Burton Cahill (D)
State Senator District 18 - Karen Johnson (R)
State Senator District 19 - Chuck Gray (R)
State Senator District 20 - John Huppenthal (R)- note..I had recommended the Democratic candidate but change my recommendation based on her statements here
State Senator District 21 - Jay Tibshraeny (R) Only candidate running
State Senator District 22 - Thayer Verschoor (R)
State Senator District 23 - Cheryl Chase (R) Side note: The democratic candidate is HOT!! lol
State Senator District 24 - Russell Jones (R)
State Senator District 25 - Mary Ann Black (R)
State Senator District 26 - Charlene Pesquiera (D)
State Senator District 27 - Jorge Luis Garcia (D) Only candidate running
State Senator District 28 - Paula Aboud (D) Only candidate running
State Senator District 29 - Victore Soltero (D) Only candidate running
State Senator District 30 - Tim Bee (R)
(Other candidates as I research them and make my choices)
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