Hoc The Vote
My picks, my ballot...
- President: John Kerry
- Swift Kick In The Crotch: Dick Cheney
- U.S. Senator: Ron Wyden
- U.S. Congress Representative: David Wu
- Fuck You: The Oregonian
- Secretary Of State: Bill Bradbury
- State Treasurer: Randall Edwards
- Who The Hell Are These People: Everybody running for treasurer including the shmuck I voted for
- Atorney General: Hardy Myers
Here's hoping I get to meet Laurel
- State Senator: Ginny Somebodyorother
- State Representative: The chick
- Director, At Large: NEITHER!
Both candidates are women... and I know better than to call a woman "large."
Well, ok, truth be told, I simply have no idea who these women are nor what they stand for, so I passed on this one.
- Portland Mayor: Jim Francesconi
It pains me to vote for this guy, but his opponent, Tom Potter, isn't as dedicated to improving Portland's core. Potter gets a howler from me for coming out against light rail expansion, which would be good for the entire city.
- Commissioner: Sam Adams
...because Nick Fish ran a really negative campaign, including a moderately phony phone "survey" that was more about repositioning his opponent than gathering useful information.
- 31: YES - postpone an election if the person running dies.
- 32: YES - tax mobile homes like a freaking home, not a car.
Do we really need to put this on the ballot? Sheesh.
- 33: NO - on the medical marijuana act amendment
- 34: YES!!!!!! Set aside more state land for wilderness.
Goddamn timber industry would cut everything down if given the chance, devastating our old growth forests. Anything for a buck. I think not.
- 35: NO - don't limit non-economic damages caused by healthcare negligence
- 36: NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't amend the state constitution to clarify marriage as being between a man and a woman. I sometimes think we need to ban straight marriage since we don't seem to be very good at it. I can't wait until enough time has passed so research can be done regarding divorce rates among straight couples versus gay couples. I suspect that FAR more gay couples (percentage wise) will marry out of LOVE rather than consequences ("I knocked her up").
Also - it personally offends me that any form of hate or discrimination is on the ballot.
- 37: Eh... NO, only because the TV commercials on the YES side were so damn negative.
- 38: YES - abolish SAIF.
This one's a tossup really. I think SAIF is a mess, but opening the doors to big insurance companies isn't the answer either. Ugh.
- 26-57 through 26-63: YES, though not enthusiastically.
- 26-64: NO - don't abolish Multnomah County's VOTER APPROVED three year income tax before it expires.
Need more info for casting your own votes? Here are a few handy links:
The Portland Mercury's endorsements
The Willamette Week's endorsements
Portland Communique's endorsements
(click & read their right column)
And the Oregonian? Oh yeah - Fuck the O. Dirty politics and our city newspaper shouldn't mix.
::::: | Wednesday, Oct 27 2004 at 5:14 PM
Ok, am I the only person who reads this site or the only freak that comments on everything?
READ THIS SITE - THIS GUY IS HILARIOUS!
::::: | October 28, 2004 2:17 PM
Thanks for the kind words!
I tend to get most of my comments via email actually. I've noticed that readership here ebbs and flows... Some people drop by for a few weeks and trail off. Others pop by from time to time, again and again over a longer period.
My site is still pretty new, but I really appreciate anyone who takes the time to read this stuff.
::::: | October 28, 2004 2:29 PM
You are so wrong about Nick Fish running a negative campaign!! Both he and Adams did a poll in the general election, and both asked questions critical of their opponents in the poll -- totally legitimate. Adams actually paid for focus groups to interview people in person about their choice in the Council race. The upshot of it was the Adams went to the Housing Authority of Portland, where Fish served on the board, and tried to dig up dirt on him. But there wasn't anything there. And Adams made sure he buried information about his 11 years as the Mayor's right hand and told voters nothing about it, as though he'd spent all those years as a community activist. That's what Nick Fish has actually been. All he's said about Adams is that he has been a City Hall insider during a time that Portland lost jobs. Telling the truth isn't a negative campaign!
::::: | October 31, 2004 8:18 AM
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