Dear Readers: Several members of the San Diego Local Order of Bloggers (SLOBs) have noted that they are getting a lot of queries on the following search topic “Tea Party Voter Guide”. So, we have all begun organizing our recommendations from varying perspectives; because there is no “leader”, I will offer my Blue-Dog Democrat perspective along with those from my Libertarian/Republican/Conservative/Independent colleagues.
To get started, please review your ballot or a list of the current proposition slate for the June 5th election in California (click HERE for details).
Before I start on my list, I would like to direct you to a couple of others:
- WC Varones: Varones Tea Party Voter Guide to the 2012 California Primary Election. W.C. has a libertarian-based selection (e.g., Ron Paul for President/Gail Lightfoot for Senate). His insights are well worth considering.
- B-Daddy/The Liberator Today: San Diego tea party Ballot Proposition Recommendations B-Daddy has an independent Republican viewpoint, and a great take on the issues.
- CHECK BACK — As the other SLOBS develop their lists, I will add the link here!!!
In fact, B-Daddy had an innovation I would like to adopt for the purposes of this post. In regards to the propositions, he notes: I am using my own shortened and more accurate versions of the titles. I will follow suit, using the ones he recommended.
So, onto the Blue-Dog, Catholic, Rebel Democrat list:
1) For President: Write In – Mickey Mouse (see THIS for a solid, reasoned perspective).
2) For Senator: Diane Feinstein. An important note to my Republican/Conservative friends — when the “Big Red Wave of 2010” stopped at the Sierras and the state GOP failed to eject the contemptible Babs Boxer, then how in the hell do you think they are going to get rid of the much more respected Feinstein? As a friend, I say this to you: Direct your money and energies to battleground Senate races (e.g., Richard Mourdock in Indiana). This in not a battle worth fighting, given the field that is being offered.
3) Proposition 28 – The Faux Term Limits Initiative – NO. Per B-Daddy – This will actually increase the time that legislators remain ensconced in uncompetitive districts. Vote NO..
4) Proposition 29 – Cigarette Tax Dollars for Special Interests – NO. Increasing taxes on cigarettes to create another state government slush fund! A plan that is surely full of fail.
5) Mayor: Carl DeMaio. W.C. Varones summarizes the sentiments of all the SLOBs — DeMaio is the only reformer in the race. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is a GOP establishment coddler of corruption. Nathan Fletcher is a slimy opportunist who was behind the scenes supporting the Schwarzenegger tax hikes while pretending to be a fiscal conservative Bob Filner is a union-owned Washington Democrat. (MUT NOTE: Bonus — Fletcher became “Independent” so he enjoy the donations and support of progressives who realize Filner is an unsavory candidate unlikely to win this race).
- Prop A: YES – Open city jobs to non-union contractors.
- Prop B: YES – Reform pensions before they bankrupt us.
- Prop C: NO – City of Chula Vista Charter Amendment. Limit Authority, Compensation and Establish Term Limits for Elected City Attorney. Establish Office of Legislative Counsel (more government offices are not what we need).
- Prop D: YES – Municipalities going from General Law to Charter status gives cities greater control and flexibility in their decision making while holding officials accountable for those decisions.
- Prop E: YES – Implementing vacancy decontrol...and decontrol is something a good capitalist can get behind.
- Prop F: YES – Under the current plurality election system, candidates can be elected to public office without receiving a majority of votes. Under a runoff majority system, the winner is guaranteed a majority of the support from the electorate.
- Prop G: NO – Californians should be very wary of any measure with the following words: “bond”, “student”, “teacher”, “schools”. It is just another way to hose the taxpayer.
- Prop H: NO – For the same reasons as above.
7) Heaven Help me! I am suppose to select between Scott Peters for Congress/52nd District (a member of the council who was embroiled in the pension deficit scandal) or “true believer” Lori Saldana (who ordered the toxic “global warming solutions act”). I am going to have to go with the choice based an a Clintonian perspective: I think with enough pressure, Peters will be responsive to a little fiscal sanity. As you can tell with what is going on in the nation’s capital, “true believers” will double down whenever they are wrong.
8) State Senator: 39th district: George Plescia, a small business consultant.
9) Board of Supervisors, 3rd District: Dave Roberts. See W.C. Varones post for the reason, which I think is sensible.
10) City of San Diego Council District 7: Scott Sherman –– he is a small business owner who is closely aligned with Carl DeMaio. Plus, he has been calling the house alot — working hard for the vote. I have to respect the effort.
11) Judges: I will recommend that everyone head over to CALIFORNIA JUDICIAL VOTERS GUIDE and make your pick.