Michigan Proposal 2; an insanely backwards and anti-democratic attempt to make public-sector unions into a super-legislature, and permanently stop Michigan from maturing into a right-to-work state. This is easily the most important ballot measure of the election, and it's right on a knife-edge.California Proposition 30 is probably the second-most important, but it's just so predictable and depressing it's hard to muster up much outrage.Both of those are ballot measures that need to fail. But on the positive side, Virginia's Referendum Question 1 would be a very important step in preventing Kelo-style seizures of property, and hopefully we can entrench these protections in as many state constitutions as possible, so that an "emerging consensus" will be clear by the time a similar issue gets before the Supreme Court again.
Maturing? Into a what?I don't mean to be snide, but gosh you're a mean one mister grinch.VA's Referendum is poorly worded shlock. At least Prop 30 isn't that badly worded - I don't like Prop 30's amendment position, but we just can't seem to get the final 1/3 plus 1 Republicans in the state to pay for basic services, so this is what it leads to. Better 30 than 38.
I do not understand why you call me a grinch.
I agree, Michigan proposal 2 is by far the most important ballot measure up for a vote in 2012. Writing a compulsion to bargain with public sector unions into the state constitution would likely make Michigan a big government state with powerful public sector unions for decades to come.
Interesting stuff from anonymous. I've been watching the marijuana legalization questions in Washington and Colorado. If either passes, it may be enough to encourage the White House to finally start doing the right thing on this issue... but I'm not holding my breath.
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