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Some other issues decided on election day
Posted by: McQ on Friday, November 07, 2008

Here are some of the ballot initiatives from the 4th that haven't gotten the coverage like Prop 8 in CA did:
> Arkansas: Voters approved a state lottery.
I'm alway amused with voters give the state the right to engage in activity for which they put private citizens in jail.
> California: Voters defeated a measure to ease punishment for drug offenders. They also defeated a proposal to require utilities to generate half of their power from renewable energy by 2025.
The renewable energy mandate's defeat hopefully indicates that the public is becoming more educated on the cost (and lack of availability) of present "renewable" sources.
> Colorado: Residents rejected a measure to define human life as beginning at fertilization.
For those who would like to see this issue resolved at the state level - there you go.
> Massachusetts: Voters defeated a proposal to repeal the state income tax. They also decriminalized the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana.
For the majority in MA who voted to keep their income tax, good on you - you deserve every tax hike and spending abuse that comes with that. Glad to see the MJ decriminalization though.
> Michigan: The medical use of marijuana was approved and restrictions on stem cell research were loosened.
Wonder how long it will be before the MJ law comes into conflict with federal law?
> Missouri: Voters approved a move to make English the official language of government proceedings. They also approved requiring the state to produce 15 percent of its electricity from clean energy by 2021.
Note to MO - when the cost of producing your own becomes higher in 2021 look to your own tax base and not anyone elses.
> Nebraska: The measure to ban race- and gender-based affirmative action was approved.
Excellent.
> Oregon: A bid to limit teaching of students in language other than English to no more than two years was defeated.
In terms of learning a language, full immersion is the best. There's no reason to be teaching the same student in another language after they've been here two years if they're fully immersed in the dominant language. But, it's OR's call (and money).
> South Dakota: Voters defeated a proposal to ban abortions, except in cases of rape, incest and serious health threat to the mother.
Another state ruling on abortion - by now abortion foes must be getting at least an indicator that not much has changed concerning the public's attitude on the subject.

SD for heaven sake.
> Washington: Physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill people was approved.
While I agree that I should have the final say as to when I check out if I so decide, I just find an inherent conflict in a doctor doing this and his or her Hippocratic oath.
 
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I’ve looked at the Michigan law, since I live there. I think it is set up to avoid the Commerce Clause. It permits people with medical conditions to raise small amounts of MJ for medical use. No commerce. Thus, no Commerce Clause. Thus, no Federal authority?

I’m speculating, and I know too little about medical MJ laws to know if this is unusual, but it looks to me like the law was specifically created to not trigger even the radically-expanded-by-the-SC Commerce Clause.
 
Written By: Jeremy Bowers
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There was one more issue on the ballot in MA that banned greyhound racing (dogs, not buses). The ban passed with about 65% of the vote. So, a thriving business in this state that employs thousands of people directly and indirecly, does $ hundreds of millions in revenue a year (and pays $ tens of millions in taxes), has already sunk $ hundreds of millions in venue improvements at two sites and hurts nobody is being forcibly shut down. In the midst of a recession and accompanying state revenue shortfall no less.
 
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Jeremy is 100% correct. Massachusetts liberals chose dogs over people, animal rights over human needs (jobs!)

This has to be the most f’d up state in the union.

Kevin
 
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Washington: Physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill people was approved.
While I agree that I should have the final say as to when I check out if I so decide, I just find an inherent conflict in a doctor doing this and his or her Hippocratic oath.
Not anymore. The ’first do no harm’ section of the oath has been written out of most modern versions. Pesky little conflict with killing those ’checking in’ as well as those ’checking out’.
 
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Wonder how long it will be before the MJ law comes into conflict with federal law?
I don’t know that it will.
Wouldn’t something like that be a DoJ decision? Wouldn’t the USAG have to loose the dogs of the drug war?

Like it or not, there will be some aspects of an Obama administration that might prove to be more pro-liberty than previous administrations.
Presidential Candidate Barack Obama Backs Federal Decriminalization — “I think the war on drugs has been a failure, and I think we need to rethink and decriminalize our marijuana laws.”

The Washington Times reports that Barack Obama, who told an audience of college students when he was running for the U.S. Senate in 2004 that he favored decriminalizing marijuana, still holds that position, although he opposes complete legalization.
 
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Barack Obama -
Um… the um… I would not use the justice department to prosecute… for medical marijuana. It’s a waste of resources.
Some sanity, yes?

Cheers.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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Like it or not, there will be some aspects of an Obama administration that might prove to be more pro-liberty than previous administrations.
Works for me. However, as has been demonstrated by the medical MJ debacle in CA, what he wants and what is the law don’t necessarily coincide.

So here’s a perfect deeds vs. words opportunity for him, huh?
 
Written By: McQ
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Some sanity, yes?
"Just words" until I see it happen.
 
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California has a real "renewable" power facility that works quite well. It’s solar-thermal (not photoelectric, but something practical) and generates a reasonable amount of power (not a handful of 1MW windmills). The catch is: it also burns natural gas, on cloudy days, to ensure even power generation. In practice it’s 80-90% solar.

I can’t tell you why the coming nation-wide "renewable" incentives won’t create any more of these, but since they actually make sense to power engineers, I’m sure there will be some reason they’re avoided.
 
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My my, how Arkansas has changed. I remember back when people complained about having the Weather Channel on basic cable because forecasting is just a form of fortune telling, and the Bible takes a dim view on fortune telling.
 
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I don’t think these abortion initiatives necessarily gauge the popular view of abortion. One wasn’t about abortion particularly but just sought to define ’person’ or something like that. I can see how someone who is pro-life might still not think it’s the business of the government to determine what English words mean. The other was a ban on abortion that obviously conflicts with Supreme Court precedent. I can easily see how a pro-lifer might think it’s not the right time to try to get a 5-4 Court in favor of Roe to try to overturn it (thus choosing to vote against the measure) or that it’s simply wrong to try to pass a law that you know has already been declared unconstitutional by the highest court. So we can’t use these to get an accurate sense of the popular will on abortion. Polls that ask specific policy preferences are more likely to do that, provided they’re worded precisely enough (and most polls on abortion are notoriously bad in that respect).
 
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> Arkansas: Voters approved a state lottery.
I’m alway amused with voters give the state the right to engage in activity for which they put private citizens in jail.
Why ? It’s perfectly normal. Seen any private police forces or armies around the place recently ? It’s called democracy dude...
 
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It’s called democracy dude...
Democracy is a process, not an end-state. A government doing what it won’t allow its citizenry to freely do is at best hypocrisy and at worst smacks of authoritarianism.
 
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