Thursday, September 29, 2005

November Ballot Preview - Measures

With the primary election behind us here in Washington State, the time has come to start thinking ahead toward the general election in November. Always conscious of his civic duty, and also always willing to pick a fight over petty differences, Skor had decided to take some time to raise political awareness by giving his readers a preview of what will be on the ballot in a scant six weeks. Rather than overwhelm you with the entire ballot at once, this preview will be broken down into parts. Scratch that, they will be called morsels. That's a much more entertaining word. Today's morsel will cover the State-wide ballot measures. I could use up a bunch of space here typing out the actual ballot measure titles and descriptions, but frankly, that would be boring and we both know it. So instead, I'm going to give you Skor's summary of what each ballot measure is all about. If you want the boring stuff, go here. So let's get on with it.

Initiative 330
This initiative is about healthcare, so obviously if passed it will make healthcare cheap (if not free) for everyone, reduce waiting times for medical procedures, and cure cancer. Upon closer investigation, the measure also appears to address lawsuits for medical issues, such as when the brain surgeon makes me think I'm a platypus pilot for the royal guard. If you pass this initiative, some people will get more money and other people will get less.
Initiative 336
This one talks a lot about a bunch of insurance and legal stuff, and might also have something to do with healthcare. For me, anything that talks this much about lawyers and lawsuits and insurance makes me want to beat up the Quaker Oats guy. Anyway, if you believe the "vote for" campaign, passing a law all about insurance will also somehow make healthcare magically better.
Initiative 900
Of course, what election year would be complete without an initiative from Tim Eyman, the man that so many people love to hate. I-900 would basically tell one government agency to keep an eye on another one, at the expense of a tiny percentage of the already-collected sales tax. REVOLUTION!This may or may not result in increased government efficiency, but it will make a lot of people feel better about the inefficiencies, once we know what they are, specifically. Apparently the State legislature and the Governor-for-now were so afraid of this initiative that they passed an even less effective version of their own earlier this year.
Initiative 901
If this initiative is passed, people who want to kill themselves slowly will be inconvenienced. That is to say that smoking will be prohibited and restricted in more places of business than it currently already is. Proponents of this measure cite the disgusting breath, foul-smelling clothes, and general rudeness of smokers as a whole. Also their teeth are nasty yellow. Opponents go off on a crazed rant about property rights and the Statue of Liberty.
Initiative 912
If you don't know about Initiative 912, you're probably either foreign or in a coma because you got kicked in the face by an alpaca. I-912 proponents headed a record-breaking, all-volunteer, signature-gathering, excessively-hyphenated effort that collected 420,000 signatures in a mere 32 days. I think they got a trophy or something. If you vote for this measure to repeal the increased gas tax, the poor State transportation department will have to make due with the measley $734,000,000 that they already collect each year. According to some people that is just not enough to maintain safe roads. You be the judge.
Resolution 8207
This last one isn't even an initiative of the people, it's a proposed State constitutional ammendment. That means that it is probably pretty important, but honestly after reading it I just can't seem to get excited one way or the other about "replacing the phrase 'district court judges' with the broader term 'limited jurisdiction court judges.'" It seems no one else can either, since I can't find a "for" or "against" campaign website for this one. Flip a coin or something.
So there you have it. Hopefully this handy guide (forward it to all your friends) will help you make the tough decisions come November. If you require further assistance deciding how to vote, my services are available for a mere $420 per hour, or the bargain "Democracy & Freedom For All" rate of just $4,200 per day.

Source: Washington Secretary of State
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