Saturday, August 20, 2016

LP of California Positions on 2016 Ballot Initiatives

The Libertarian Party of California's State Executive Committee met on August 6, to take positions on the November ballot propositions. I get a little miffed sometimes with LP CA when they do this. Mostly because they'll take positions on issues that are really irrelevant to individual liberty or good government, I see nothing wrong with taking No Position when there's nothing to be lost or gained with a given initiative- That one a few years ago that changed how we realigned districts, for example. I see they actually took No Position on Prop 59 that advisory vote on Citizen' United. Good for them, although I'm not sure what a Yes or No vote would mean on that, at least not yet.
This year it looks pretty good. I haven't thought about most of these much but I'll go along with the exception of Prop 64, Adult Use of Marijuana. They recommend No, saying it would make things worse than the status quo. I'm tempted to vote Yes on it. So, here's your marching orders for the November election.  I'll expect you all to follow their recommendations to the letter: 

Addendum: I see from the Secretary of State's web page Prop 59 shall be known as the Repeal Citizen's United Act. I guess I'll be voting No on that one.

Proposition 51 – NO – School bonds
Proposition 52 – NO – State fees on hospitals
Proposition 53 – YES – Voting on revenue bonds
Proposition 54 – YES – Legislative transparency
Proposition 55 – NO – Income tax hike extension
Proposition 56 – NO – Cigarette tax increase
Proposition 57 – YES – Parole for non-violent felons
Proposition 58 – NO – Changes in bilingual education methods
Proposition 59 – No Position – Advisory vote on Citizens United repeal
Proposition 60 – NO – Condoms required for adult film actors
Proposition 61 – NO – State prescription drug purchases
Proposition 62 – YES – End the Death Penalty in California
Proposition 63 – NO – Extensive new gun control measures
Proposition 64 – NO – Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA)
(While the Libertarian Party has been a strong supporter of ending marijuana prohibition for over 40 years, this proposition does more harm than good, damaging medical availability, and creating additional criminal offenses and regulations.)
Proposition 65 – NO – Directs grocery bag money to wildlife fund
Proposition 66 – NO – Makes death penalty easier
Proposition 67 – NO – Grocery stores can’t provide plastic bags (referendum)


At 8:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like their position, they put a lot of thought into it.
The auma is tricky. I must agree with them, though. It's not so much the 3/4 good v 1/4 bad, it's the weight of the bad that makes or breaks and obliberates the good that we need to fight against. No amount of good can outweigh the devastation of the bad.

At 8:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How thoughtless of you Fred.

At 6:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone was complaining about the no on auma, & Gail Lightfoot said she agrees with the LP stance because it is wrong to tax mmj. She's right, imo. Once the taxing of meds start, there would be no cap.


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