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February 5, 2008

Election Day 2008

It’s Super Tuesday, and California is one of the states electing our presidential nominees today. In a few hours, the polls will open. Which candidate do you feel will do the best job of protecting our environment, and by environment I mean the water we drink, air we breathe, food we eat, and all the systems of earth that support our quality of life?

Regardless of whether or not you’re a Clintonite or Obamian, how are you Californians voting on Prop 93, the term limits proposition? Many, many environmental organizations are supporting it. Californians Against Waste, a group I support, sent me the following email outlining the reasons they are endorsing this proposition:

On Tuesday, February 5th, you will have the chance to make an important decision about the future of California’s environment.

Californians Against Waste has been helping California’s environment for over thirty years now and we couldn’t have been able to do this without help from the environmental leaders in the state legislature. Currently, California’s legislative term limits are just about the tightest in the country, and remain a barrier to effective governing, which is why CAW supports Proposition 93. Prop 93 strikes a balance that would still stick legislators with tight term limits, but allow legislators more time in one house, greatly increasing continuity and institutional memory necessary to be effective leaders.

The flaw in our current system is that it keeps legislators from gaining enough experience to be effective and to oversee the implementation of often complex, important legislation, including environmental laws.

Additionally, the current system often requires some of our best legislative allies to run against each other when their Assembly terms expire–after just 6 years. Case in point, CAW Legislators-of-the-Year Lloyd Levine and Fran Pavley have carried several successful recycling bills each during their 6 years in the Assembly. Now they are forced to run against each other for the Senate seat of another termed out CAW legislator-of-the-year: State Senator Sheila Kuehl.

Currently, legislators can serve up to three two-year terms in the Assembly and two four-year terms in the Senate, for a total of 14 years. Prop 93 would reduce the total amount of time a legislator can serve in the Legislature to 12 years, but allow a legislator to serve all 12 years in the Assembly or the Senate. This limit gives legislators time to gain experience, but still maintains a healthy turnover rate to allow for new issues to be brought up. It also helps drastically reduce the political jockeying that dominates Sacramento and help stabilize our system by breaking the cycle of legislators constantly wanting to move up the political ladder.

Other environmental groups support Prop. 93, including the Sierra Club and the CA League of Conservation Voters.

Sorry I don’t have many of my own words on these election issues. I’m usually more of a “personal is political” type. But we all personally get to vote today. And I’d really like to know your opinions.

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7 years 9 months ago

Both bounced back. Here’s the system admin bounce info I got:

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7 years 9 months ago

OK, hate to leave this in your comments, but here’s the “rejects” I’ve gotten while emailing you:

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Subject: FW: Riot4Austerity
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AND the one to FPF:

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7 years 9 months ago

I wanted to comment on an old post from Jan 23 regarding styrofoam use in Hawaii. See this article —

proposed styrofoam ban

Village Green
7 years 9 months ago

Here in Ohio, we are waiting for your CA results. It looks very much like our own primary on March 4th might actually mean something in this election cycle.

I want a Clinton/Obama ticket.

7 years 9 months ago

I just voted. I am tremendously embarrassed to admit that this was the first time I voted. I have a lot of political interest, but living in California, I never felt that my vote mattered much. The outcomes of past elections have been consistent with my preferences. But this time around, I felt that my vote mattered (even in primary).

7 years 9 months ago

I support Obama. Time has come for change. He is from a working family and knows the issues facing working Americans. At a Rally this weekend in Los Angeles, his wife stated that they are just 4 years out from paying off their student loans. To me that makes him someone who is real. Hoping he manages to take this election!!!!

7 years 9 months ago

I’m in Colorado, which is voting today… but it’s a caucus system. I’m a staunch independent voter… I don’t want to be associated with either party. So, I can’t vote today. Colorado should fix this.

That being said, I haven’t done a lot of thinking about the Democratic side, as I don’t care too much who wins that one. Both will have their pluses and minuses. In the Republican race, however, I care. I would prefer a Democratic president… however, if it came down to having to have a Republican president I would prefer McCain. … Read more »