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30 Crucial Ballot Measures to Watch This Election

30 Crucial Ballot Measures to Watch This Election
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With all of the presidential hoopla, it’s easy to forget that a lot of other issues will be on the ballot this November. In fact, many states are turning it over to their voters to make decisions on some pretty important subjects. Whether you live in these states or not, here are 30 ballot measures you might want to keep your eye on:

Same Sex Marriage

  • Maine Same Sex Marriage Question (Question 1)
  • Maryland Same-Sex Civil Marriage Referendum (Question 6)
  • Minnesota Same-Sex Marriage Amendment (Amendment 1)
  • Washington Same-Sex Marriage Veto Referendum (Referendum 74)

It just wouldn’t feel like an election if voters weren’t asked whether to legitimatize the love of other people. Three years after the people of Maine voted to ban same-sex marriage, a repeal of this ban looks poised to pass. On the other hand, Minnesota is looking to ban it, though the wording may still leave room for civil unions.

Genetically Modified Food

  • California Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food (Proposition 37)

The proposition will change the way food in the state can be labeled. While supporters want people to better know what they are putting in their bodies, many in the food industry are donating large sums money to defeat the proposition in order to avoid facing new regulations.

Health Care

  • Alabama Health Care Amendment (Amendment 6)
  • Florida Health Care (Amendment 1)
  • Missouri Health Care Exchange Question (Proposition E)
  • Montana Health Care Measure (LR-122)
  • Wyoming Health Care Amendment (Constitutional Amendment A)

Five states currently have ballot measures designed to counter Obama’s health care reform efforts. However, even if these Amendments pass, they are not likely to hold up, given that the Supreme Court has upheld the plan and states are not permitted to disregard federal law.

Owning All the Land and Water and Air

  • Arizona Declaration of State Sovereignty Amendment (Proposition 120)

In one of the most unconventional propositions this year, Arizona is attempting to declare ownership of all “air, water, public lands, minerals, wildlife and other natural resources within the state’s boundaries.” If it passed, the Constitutionality of reclaiming federal parks and, most notably, the Grand Canyon, certainly will be contested in courts.

Affirmative Action

  • Oklahoma Affirmative Action Band Amendment (Question 759)

As the Supreme Court currently hears a potentially affirmative-action ending case, Oklahoma similarly seeks to end affirmative action and forbid providing special treatment based on sex or race.

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10:01AM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

It's important to keep track of which states you would never want to move to!! Wow!

It's sad to think we are voting on such things---things we had already fought for and taken for granted, and now must fight for again....

Then I think about it, and perhaps we need to put more things on the ballot--or have issue ballots 3-4X a year in each state so the public can actually have their way instead of voting for bought and paid for lying politicians....

6:29PM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

David nice try. Ain't gonna fly pard. You have posted all kinds of things just as inane as that was. It sounded just like every post you make, and we haven't been gullible about any of those either. I think you were drinking, but it sounded just like you when and if you are sober. I kind of remember a guy chasing you around from forum to forum for days nailing you again and again as he had cut you off at the knees on five individual empty claims that were bald faced lies.

I'm not gullible enough to believe this weak, limp wristed attempt to try and get out of this one either. You've been nailed pard. Nailed to the wall.

6:00PM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

David, you flatter yourself if you think I believed that Obama quote. You, however, posted it as a direct quote from Obama, which is why I asked you to cite your source...knowing full well it was BS.

5:52PM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

Teresa, I did not believe anyone could be so gullible as to think the president would say that quote, entertaining, if it wasn’t so serious that some can vote with such a capacity. Let me explain slowly, it was the President that went to bed so he could raise funds in Las Vegas while his ambassador was being attacked and murdered.

5:11PM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

Richard you have made a fool of yourself 5 or 6 times already today. I have been enjoying popcorn and scotch watching you do so.

But, um .... don't you think it's time to go visit the kitty litter box?

4:53PM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

Thanks Kevin.

Send a Green Star to Teresa B.

Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"

Teresa it is such a pleasure to watch you in action slapping that old Pard David around like that. Those moments were precious. It was almost like watching it in slow motion with each slap striking his pudgy face watching his cheeks and jowls jiggle, with spittle and snot flying everywhere. And then afterwards he stumbled to his feet bent over almost losing his balance to pick up his hat thrown off his head by the first blow, cough once or twice unable to properly put it on his head and instead let it hang from his hand as he stumbled out the door.

Priceless.

4:29PM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

Oh Richard B. - Michael knows more about facts and truth than you can even imagine. If anyone looks like a clown it is you!

4:28PM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

Lee, Michael, Teresa - The green star bin is over there on the left. Go ahead and grab a handful, my treat!

4:17PM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

Why on earth would I want to watch a white nationalist/white supremacist right wing nut job video posing as something patriotic? Roll on troll.


"Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

4:13PM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

David F, you got caught yesterday in a flat-out lie, couldn't cite a source when I asked for it, changed your Obama quote, then said you were going to bed cuz you were heading to Vegas today. And you're back again.....like herpes.

Who Do You Want Calling The Shots Against Al Qaeda?

David states: Obama declares to the Press “ No one wants to know more of what I did before, during and after the attack then Me”

When asked for a reference for his alleged Obama quote, he doesn't have one, and so changes his Obama quote to : "No one wants to know what happened more then I do”

Yep....knew he couldn't find any source for his original Obama quote.


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