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September 09, 2003

VOTE on Saturday

By Byron LaMasters

A special thanks to Kos for the link. I thought that I'd try my best to summarize some of the latest on the election Saturaday here for his readers (especially Texas folks).

We've made some endorsements on the props that we felt were most important (summarized from my comment on Kos's thread).

For my reasons for opposing Prop 12, read here

I've made other recommendations on other props as well.

Other strong endorsements are NO on 3 (tax exemptions for churches and religious schools meaning more taxes for us), NO on 8, 18 and 22 (all three cancel elections, always a bad idea), YES on 10 (helps rural and volunteer fire departments), YES on 11 (helps Texas wineries), YES on 15 (preserves pensions and benefits for police and firefighters and other union workers), and NO on 17 (cuts money for public schools - although it would give the elderly and disabled a tax break... so it's not entirely terrible).

Here's a list of some local endorsements in the "NO on 12" race. The Travis County Democratic party and basically every Democratic club in Austin has endorsed a NO Vote on Prop 12:

The Travis County Democratic Party joins the following organizations in encouraging you to vote AGAINST Proposition 12:

Austin Tejano Democrats, Black Austin Democrats, Capital Area Democratic Women, Capital Area Progressive Democrats, Central Austin Democrats, South Austin Democrats, South Austin Tejano Democrats, Stonewall Democrats, Travis County Democratic Women, and West Austin Democrats

More local endorsements include the endorsements of the University Democrats.
Prop. 1.. yes, Prop. 2.. no, Prop. 3.. no, Prop. 4.. no, Prop. 5.. yes, Prop. 6.. yes, Prop. 7.. yes, Prop. 8.. no, Prop. 9.. no, Prop. 10.. yes, Prop. 11.. yes, Prop. 12.. NO, Prop. 13.. no recommendation, Prop. 14.. yes, Prop. 15.. yes, Prop. 16.. no, Prop. 17.. no, Prop. 18.. no, Prop. 19.. yes, Prop. 20.. no, Prop. 21.. yes, Prop. 22.. no

The West Austin Democrats endorsed the following:
Prop. 1.. no, Prop. 2.. no, Prop. 3.. no, Prop. 4.. no, Prop. 5.. no, Prop. 6.. yes, Prop. 7.. yes, Prop. 8.. no, Prop. 9.. no, Prop. 10.. yes, Prop. 11.. yes, Prop. 12.. NO, Prop. 13.. yes, Prop. 14.. no, Prop. 15.. yes, Prop. 16.. no, Prop. 17.. yes, Prop. 18.. no, Prop. 19.. yes, Prop. 20.. no, Prop. 21.. no, Prop. 22.. no.

It does not surprise me that Travis County has the highest early vote numbers (%) in the state. The local Democratic Party is one of the best funded and most active in the state, and they have been phonebanking Democrats urging a NO vote on 12. They have also distributed this flyer (pdf file).

For what everyone else thinks (in the blogosphere) on Prop 12, go here (internal) or here (external site).

Susan Hays, the Chair of the Dallas County Democratic Party has made the following endorsements:

No on Prop 3 (exempting from taxation land owned by religious organizations but not used for religious purposes)

No on Prop 5 (exempting from taxation travel trailers)

No on Prop 9 (would allow a shift to a less responsible and more risky
investment strategy for the Permanent School Fund)

No No No on Prop 12 (would gut the Open Courts protections by allowing
the Legislature rather than judges and juries to set non-econmic

in all kinds of lawsuits -- not just medical lawsuits)

No on Prop 20 (would allow the state to lend money to local governments
for improvements to military facilities)

The former Chair of the Dallas County Democratic Party and current blogger Bill Howell made these endorsements. Anyway, good luck to all Texas voters out there trying to make some sense out of it all. If you want more information about particular propositions, check out the Austin Chronicle, for some fair and balanced thoughts or the Houston Chronicle. Both have thoughtful and reasonable recommendations for progressive (Austin Chronicle) to centrist (Houston Chronicle) voters.

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