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30 Crucial Ballot Measures to Watch This Election

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Marijuana Legalization

  • Colorado Marijuana Legalization Amendment (Amendment 64)
  • Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Initiative (Question 3)
  • Montana Medical Marijuana Veto Referendum (IR-124)
  • Oregon Cannabis Tax Act Initiative (Measure 80)
  • Washington Marijuana Legalization and Regulation (Initiative 502)

Massachusetts seeks to legalize medicinal marijuana, while Montana wants to get its medicinal marijuana rules off the books (the issue has been a constant battle for the past decade). Although medicinal marijuana is already legal in Colorado, the current push is to expand to recreational use, as well. Washington’s initiative is also for recreational use. Meanwhile, Oregon seeks to create an official commission to grow and sell cannabis to state residents.

Abortion

  • Florida Abortion (Amendment 6)
  • Montana Parental Notification Measure (LR-120)

Florida’s proposal would forbid abortions from being paid for with public funds, while Montana’s would necessitate that minors have parental permission before obtaining an abortion.

Teachers’ Unions

  • Idaho Teachers’ Collective Bargaining Veto Referendums (Propositions 1 and 2)
  • Michigan “Protect Our Jobs” Amendment (Proposal 2)
  • South Dakota Teachers’ Union Veto Referendum (Referred Law 16)

Both Idaho and South Dakota’s politicians have recently passed legislation that disempowers teachers’ unions, similar to what we’ve seen in Wisconsin. These propositions aim to repeal the laws and regain the teachers’ collective bargaining rights. On the other hand, Michigan has pro-union legislation on the table, hoping to make collective bargaining rights for both public and private sector workers a part of Michigan’s Constitution.

Gun Laws

  • Louisiana Right to Bear Arms (Amendment 2)

Amendment 2 strengthens existing gun laws to grant gun owners additional rights and protections. Supporters hope it will maintain the 2nd Amendment, while opponents worry it could lead to overturning certain concealed carry restrictions.

Assisted Suicide

  • Massachusetts “Death with Dignity” Initiative (Question 2)

With the people’s permission, Massachusetts attempts to become the fourth state (joining Oregon, Washington, and Montana) to permit assisted suicide for suffering terminally ill patients. It’s a complex issue with people on both sides of the debate arguing morality.

Casinos and Gaming

  • Arkansas Casino Amendments (Issue 3 and 4)
  • Maryland Gaming Expansion (Question 7)
  • Oregon Privately-Owned Casinos Amendment (Measure 82)

Three states are looking to boost their economies by changing their gambling laws. While Arkansas and Oregon have proposals to permit full casinos in the state, Maryland would permit the construction of one more casino, as well as the addition of table games to existing casinos.

Jim Crow Laws (Yes, Really)

  • Alabama Segregation Reference Ban Amendment (Amendment 4)

111 years after their passage, Jim Crow laws and language still remain a part of Alabama’s Constitution. A similar Amendment barely lost in 2004. While proponents argue that not changing it it contributes to the state’s racist reputation, critics say that the amendment may have greater repercussions because it also effectively removes part that guarantees children the right to an education (albeit a segregated one).

Death Penalty

  • California End the Death Penalty Initiative (Proposition 34)

California may join nearly 20 other states to outlaw the death penalty, instead changing the harshest possible sentence to life in prison without the opportunity for parole. With over 700 Californians currently on death row, their sentences would therefore be reduced to life in prison. No one has been executed in California in more than five years because of current lawsuits pertaining to the state’s lethal injection practices.

DREAM Act

  • Maryland In-State Tuition Referendum (Question 4)

Despite the name, this referendum really takes aim at Obama’s Dream Act. Supporters of the proposal do not wish to allow undocumented immigrants to attend college at in-state tuition rates as the law currently permits, arguing that it is a waste of resources to educate someone who is later eligible for deportation. Opponents see the proposal as discriminatory.

With thanks to Ballotpedia

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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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