Mendocino County, California and Presidential races
November 4th recommendation
U.S. House of Representatives - First Congressional District (see map)
I recommend you vote for Doctor Carol Wolman, who would shake things up in Washington, D.C. Carol is against spending money on unnecessary military adventures. She favors Universal Health Insurance for Americans. She has a great record on the environment and has shown great care for the people of our district.
The incumbent, Mike Thompson, has held office for 10 years and while rich Americans are better off, the rest of us have suffered. He has devoted much of his time in Congress to representing the wine industry instead of the districts middle-class working people. He has consistently voted to waste your tax dollars making Dick Cheney's Halliburton Corporation rich in Iraq. He is not the worst person in the House of Representatives, but our district can do better.
California State Assembly
There is no one on the ballot worthy of your vote. Wes Chesbro, the Democrat, is a career political hack who has been part of the problem for so long I can't recommend him. Jim Pell is a new face, but since he is running in the Republican Party slot I don't expect him to make anything better either. The Jim Pell web site, makes it clear he has no hope of winning against the vast, corrupt Democratic Party district machine.
President of the United States
I recommend Cyntia McKinney, the first female black member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia. There are things I like about Senator McCain and Governor Palin, but if you have been convinced that you can only choose between the two "major" (read major war crimes, major corruption) parties, go ahead and vote for Barack Obama, see what it gets you.
Mendocino County Board of Supervisors
I recommend Carre Brown
I recommend Estelle Palley Clifton
Propositions - California
I am recommending against all Propositions that set aside specific amounts of money for specific programs. Even when I like the particular program. Why? Because the mess we are in is largely a result of doing this in the past. Set asides for one program lead to less spending in other programs. We need a central point where budgets are figured out based on the specifics of a budget years' expected income. That should be the state legislature. Also, I cannot support more bond measures until our current finances are sorted out. So:
Proposition 1. High Speed Rail Bonds. NO
Proposition 2. Animal Farming Standards. NO. Standards should be for all animal products sold in California, not just animals raised in California.
Proposition 3. Childrens Hospital Bonds. NO
Proposition 4. Waiting Period for Abortions. NO, NO, NO, NO!
Proposition 5. Non-Violent Drug Offenses. NO
Proposition 6. Police and Law Enforcement Funding. NO
Proposition 7. Renewable Energy Generation. YES
Proposition 8. No Same Sex Marriages. NO
Proposition 9. Criminal Justice System. NO. I sympathise with crime victims, but this is an unworkable measure that should not be law, much less enshrined in the state Constitution.
Proposition 10. Alternative Fuel Vehicles Bond. NO
Proposition 11. Redistricting. YES, although I don't like it, it would be better than the current system.
Proposition 12. Veterans Bond Act. NO