Don't worry, I'll be a lot briefer here.
Here are my current thoughts on how I'll be voting tomorrow:
- Prop. 73: requires parental notification for abortions for minors
- Voting No. Even if I didn't care about the rest of it, the part about defining abortion as causing "death of the unborn child" in the state constitution would turn me off.
- Prop. 74: extends probation period for teachers from 2 years to 5, and makes it easier to fire teachers
- Voting No. Proponents seem to take the view that the schools are overrun by terrible teachers, and that the only way to stop this plague is to make it easier to get rid of 'em by eliminating the "tenure" system, which 74's opponents say doesn't really work like tenure. I don't completely buy the anti-74 argument, but I have a high opinion of teachers in general, so (oversimplification alert!) I'm against laws that hurt them.
- Prop. 75: prevents unions from using any member's dues for political contributions without explicit opt-in from that individual member
- Voting No. I'm not entirely convinced that unions should be spending their members' dues on political causes the members don't support--but then, shouldn't those members be voting for union leadership that they like better? At any rate, the deciding factor for me is that I think it should be up to the unions how they spend their money. Though I realize I'm being glib and insufficiently sympathetic toward members whose political views don't match the majority views in their union. (Btw, the subtext of this measure is quite clear: it's an attempt by business to break the political clout of the unions. I suspect the proposition's sponsors couldn't care less about the plight of minority-view union members.)
- Prop. 76: amends constitution to limit school funding in a complicated way
- Voting No. I don't remember what led me to that decision, only that it took a long time and I was both uncertain and bored during most of that time.
- Prop. 77: sets up a complicated system for improving the redistricting process
- No idea. It sounds like a reasonably good system, but I don't understand enough about how the current system works to be able to tell whether this is an improvement, or even to be able to judge the pro and con arguments. And I know I should care, but the truth is I'm not all that excited about this either way.
- Prop. 78 and 79: provide discount drug programs
- See my gargantuan exegesis. Hey, baby, wanna come up and see my gargantuan exegesis? . . . Getting punchy. Must . . . stay . . . awake.
- Prop. 80: re-regulates ESP, which is to say the Electrical Service Providers, in the wake of having tried more or less unsuccessfully to deregulate the IOUs (Investor Owned Utilities) ten-plus years ago
- Am trying to care about this, but instead I keep thinking, "ESP took the IOU down to Main Street, PUC. . . ."
Thankfully, that's all the propositions. Anyone have any useful techniques for removing the glaze from eyes?