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    Any Referendum or Public Questions on your ballot this year ?

    We have one - about city/county consolidation.
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    Three bond proposals but no referendums.
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    Yes, 6 of the MFers. I hate them.
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    Quote Originally posted by btrage View post
    Yes, 6 of the MFers. I hate them.
    I'll take your six add 4 county ones. It would be five if I still lived in the City proper.
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    Saw one. "Should term limits be reduced from 3 terms to 2?" I have no idea how to vote on something like that. I mean I really don't care at the local level.

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    Yes there are too many (state and local) and some of them seem to conflict. I haven't been paying attention to any of them (just following the political elections) so I have to do some homework.

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    It seems to be silly season in Michigan with statewide ballot proposals this year.
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    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner View post
    I'll take your six add 4 county ones. It would be five if I still lived in the City proper.
    I have 2 more - one county and one township. So I guess you win!!
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    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner View post
    I'll take your six add 4 county ones. It would be five if I still lived in the City proper.
    Quote Originally posted by btrage View post
    I have 2 more - one county and one township. So I guess you win!!
    We have zero extra county or local ones. I feel cheated.
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    We have a number of bond questions and a few state level amendments to the constitution. These revolve around altering the structure of the Public Regulation Commission, including spinning off a committee exclusively devoted to overseeing healthcare providers' activities in the state.
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    Legalizing MJ here, plus the usual school ballot questions.
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    Two state level amendments to the constitution - one to allow a state panel to approve charter schools (right now only local school boards can - a previous state panel was shut down by the courts as unconstitutional), and another to allow the state to enter into multi-year lease deals for real property (right now they can only rent/lease on a year-to-year basis). I'm skipping the charter school one (don't have any kids), voting yes on the lease one.
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    Florida has 11 constitutional amendments on the ballot. Each requires a 60% majority to pass.
    This demonstrates to me that the Tallahassee elected officials are not doing their jobs.
    I don't do anything right.

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    Quote Originally posted by ColoGI View post
    Legalizing MJ here, plus the usual school ballot questions.
    Why did I think Colorado had already done the legal Marijuana thing? Or was it just the "medical dispensaries" thing?
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    None here in the county. I'm just outside the city limits and Wilmington has a ballot measure for a $37M public bond to finance a minor league stadium. There have been signs and TV ads on both sides. I think it will lose 4 to 1.
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    A measure of a big of an issue these are

    174 statewide ballot questions in 38 states,
    plus more than 1,000 local decisions, mostly to raise or cut taxes.
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/n...sdom/1676109/#
    and
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/n...-list/1674893/
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    Petition-driven city charter change to make the mayor a directly elected position, rather than selected from among the elected councilmen in a closed-door meeting. I suspect it will pass pretty easily, I'm a fan. I also don't think it will change anything in this notorious machine/insider-driven city government, as all the council members are elected at-large (with some of the seats having a residency requirement but still voted on by the whole city), so technically the eventual mayor is already being elected direclty, you just sometimes don't know who will be selected.

    The funny part was that in the previous election cycle some of the winning candidates had a charter review and mayoral election as a part of their platforms. But when a charter review was proposed this spring it was promptly nixed by a unanimous council. So the petitioners got enough signatures for the mayoral election to be voted on. Now, one of the arguments against the change is that the proposed language is screwed up for a variety of reasons. Too bad, the representatives had a chance to do it right but ignored it, so now the people must take over.

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    Quote Originally posted by Richmond Jake View post
    Florida has 11 constitutional amendments on the ballot. Each requires a 60% majority to pass.
    This demonstrates to me that the Tallahassee elected officials are not doing their jobs.
    I think my mom said she voting NO on all of them. I heard they tried to put cute titles on them to make them sound like a good thing and slipped in some crap too. Gov. Scott and the boys strikes again
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    None that I'm aware of. Al least I'm not seeing any signs for any.
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    No interesting state stuff this round in Texas.

    Locally, we've got a non-binding referendum regarding acquisition of riverfront land for a park that is currently proposed for multifamily development. It is actually a 3-part question:

    Should the city acquire the land?
    Should the city use eminent domain if necessary?
    Should the city acquire it if it means taxes may increase?

    I'm very supportive of all three questions--the area this property is located in is completely underserved. Also, this acquisition will join the east side of the city with the west side using parkland to make the connection under the interstate highway. Also, the river is home to four endangered species in that area, so bringing the property into the public domain affords the best protection.

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

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    We have 7 statewide ballot questions here in MD. Three are mostly administrative type stuff for certain counties but the final four are pretty interesting and three of those were petitioned to referendum. Question 4 asks if you're in favor of upholding the newly established congressional district map. (it will almost certainly get rid of a long time incumbent in my district that I've voted against for years, but it's so gerrymandered it's embarassing.). Question 5 is called the "Dream Act" which will allow children of illegal immigrants who pay taxes the opportunity to obtain in-state tuition for college. Question 6 is about Marriage Equality (gay marriage) which was passed by the General Assembly last year but petitioned to referendum. Polling looks like Maryland will be the first state whose voters pass a law like this. The last question is about expansion of gambling by permitting another casino. 10 years ago I would have been in opposition of this but in that time slots have been legalized and the surrounding states of Delaware, West Virginia and Pennsylvania have enabled gambling and that is a lot of money that leaves the state with residents going to those places to gamble.
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    We have one and we have not received one call or a lititure regarding it. but the odd thing is that we get robo calls for ballot referendum for a city 10miles north of our city:r:. There are two other cities in between our city and this city. We get at least three calls per day regarding this refendum and they even mention the Mayor of that city:r: It does make me wonder about this company that this city hired to do this.:r: And where did they get the list from and are they making all of their calls to the wrong city.:D

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    Where do I start?

    State (Oregon)
    #77 - Governor may declare catastrophic disaster
    #78 - defines three "branches" of government. (grammatical corrections)
    #79 - prohibits real estate transfer taxes (for rich people)
    #80 - allow personal possession, and growing of marijuana
    #81 - prohibits commercial gill nets on inland waters
    #82 - allows private casinos
    #83 - allows a specific private casino
    #84 - phases out inheritance taxes on estates over $1,000,000
    #85 - allocates corporate taxes over a specific amount to schools

    Local
    #21-144 - Taxes for "Children's Trust"
    #21-146 - Urges Congress and state legislature to amend US Constitution addressing corporate speech (overturn Citizens United)
    #21-147 - Taxes for animal shelter

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    Nothing. Nice clean one-sided paper ballot with nothing but candidates for various offices.

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    Massachusetts has three statewide referendum:

    Medical marijuana
    Assisted suicide
    Anyplace can repair cars

    Or as several had said: Why not combine the three and have a vote on whether to allow the use of marijuana to commit suicide in an auto repair shop?

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