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Yes, I posted this diary last week but it came to my attention during the MoveOn phone-banking party that I hosted this weekend that there are still lots of people that haven't voted yet AND don't know what the amendment issues are all about. So here it is again.

Amendment No. 1 - Repeal of public campaign financing.
Fairly self-explanatory, a yes vote means that you'd like to repeal the current provision requiring candidates who agree to campaign finance limits to rely on public financing. Since it's pretty clear that the only way to avoid having Goldman Sachs, American Crossroads and the Koch Bros. own our elections is through public financing, I voted NO.

Amendment No. 2 - Homestead ad valorum tax credit for deployed military personnel.
Since I feel that members of our military have been asked to make enough sacrifices during our recent plunge into globe-conquering, I voted YES. Raise my property taxes to make up for the loss in revenue.

Amendment No. 4 - Referenda required for adoption and amendment of local government comprehensive land use plans.
Also known as the Hometown Democracy amendment, aims to bypass the standard developer/local politician bribery scenario for development by putting comprehensive land use plans up for a popular vote. I voted YES.

Amendment No. 5 - Standards for legislature to follow in legislative redistricting.
Seeks to do away with the ridiculous redistricting system currently fragmenting the state into gerrymandered districts. Whereas voters are supposed to choose the candidates, in the current redistricting system it's more like the candidates choose their voters. I voted YES.

Amendment No. 6 - Standards for legislature to follow in congressional redistricting.
Same as Amendment 5, but for congressional races. I voted YES.

Amendment No. 8 - Revision of class size requirements for public schools.
Seeks to make the current limit for class sizes into an average instead. Unless you favor a lower quality education system, the right vote is NO.

Not amendments, but we should all be voting to retain Jorge LaBarga and James EC Perry on the state Supreme Court. Right-wingers are campaigning to remove both because they rejected a lawsuit over Health Care Reform. I know very little about Florida Supreme Court justices, but that's enough for me.

One other thing...anyone in FL-07 should know that one candidate for the 7th Circuit Court is a graduate of Pat Robertson's Regent "University". That candidate is Scott Dupont. All I know about his opponent, Don Holmes, is that he did not attend or graduate from Pat Robertson's Regent "University". That is enough...Vote Holmes.

Hopefully this will be of some help to folks yet to vote in Florida. If you've already voted, then MAKE SOME F'N PHONE CALLS AND GOTV!

Originally posted to robroser on Mon Oct 25, 2010 at 02:12 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    Dichro Gal, merrily1000, The Nephew

    The penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by men worse than themselves. - Plato

    by robroser on Mon Oct 25, 2010 at 02:12:23 PM PDT

  •  I just saw a commercial (2+ / 0-)
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    robroser, merrily1000

    saying Vote No on 5 & 6.  That was a first.

    Veritas Omnia Vincit

    by The Nephew on Mon Oct 25, 2010 at 02:19:04 PM PDT

  •  help! (1+ / 0-)
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    Meek or Crist? Six members of my immediate family have filled out every dot except senate. Don't know what we are waiting for except a miracle...our hearts say Meek, heads say maybe Crist can pull it out...polling not helping. None of us wants to vote for Crist if they both have no chance. Ugh! Help!

    •  I'm waiting until the last minute (1+ / 0-)
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      to vote in early voting for just that reason.  I'll have to go Thursday because I work Friday, Saturday and Tuesday and won't get to vote at all if I don't.

      ~War is Peace~Freedom is Slavery~Ignorance is Strength~ George Orwell "1984"

      by Kristina40 on Mon Oct 25, 2010 at 03:29:11 PM PDT

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    •  I voted for Meek.. (0+ / 0-)

      because I see no difference in the way that Rubio and Crist would vote once in the Senate.

      It comes down to a choice between one Dem and two Republicans running. I don't vote Republican.

      The penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by men worse than themselves. - Plato

      by robroser on Mon Oct 25, 2010 at 04:33:23 PM PDT

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    •  I ended up voting for Crist (0+ / 0-)

      He seems to have the only chance, and he did veto the hideous school bill, so there is some hope.

      Every flower that you shatter; we will plant again!

      by merrily1000 on Mon Oct 25, 2010 at 04:37:56 PM PDT

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  •  I found no guidance on the judges (1+ / 0-)
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    robroser

    Not on any of the dem sites, not statewide or local.

    I did find out that none has ever not been confirmed, but still, I wanted some guidance.

    In the end, I found this site, and voted exactly the opposite.

    Every flower that you shatter; we will plant again!

    by merrily1000 on Mon Oct 25, 2010 at 04:36:36 PM PDT

  •  opposite voting (2+ / 0-)
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    my cousin and I have been ranting about the lack of democratic voting guides by county for florida...googled for hours on county and local offices to find hints and code words to tell us who to vote for/against...naturally, the right-wing has oodles of guides so we also used the "opposite' approach...this is how republicans stack the school boards and local seats!!! we will both be writing fla dem party and OFA to see if something can't be done for 2012...found nothing on supreme court either...luckily my brother, an attorney, gave guidance...nothing on referendums...am I missing something?

  •  If 5 & 6 pass, what effect will it have on ... (0+ / 0-)

    minority representation in the House and the FL legislature?  Will we again have a lily-white delegation?

    Need to know that before I can vote for them.

    Progressive ≠ utopian

    by SamCDC on Mon Oct 25, 2010 at 05:25:23 PM PDT

    •  What it aims to do... (1+ / 0-)
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      is end the ridiculous system currently in place in which the incumbents (mainly Republican) pick and choose their districts. If you look at a district map of FL, you'll see neighborhoods and streets cut in half to ensure incumbent (mainly Republican) re-election.

      The amendment would require that districts be more normally shaped and sized, with roughly equal numbers of voters in each.

      The claims that the amendments would harm minority representation are nonsense. They are straight out of the Karl Rove black-is-white, up-is-down playbook. All you have to do is look at who is fighting tooth and nail to defeat them. Unless you think that the Florida Republicans are fighting to protect minority voting rights.

      The penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by men worse than themselves. - Plato

      by robroser on Mon Oct 25, 2010 at 07:59:50 PM PDT

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  •  thanks (0+ / 0-)

    that's helpful...but we still need county by county guides...the grunt work that will take out all the guesswork on local candidates and issues...most of us are well versed on gov/sen/mayor...city council? not so much...ofcourse, I live in Greece and miss all the local stuff, but my family who live here, all relatively well-informed types, haven't the foggiest idea who some these people/ordinances etc. are!!! Dems have to make this easier on the voter less inclined to spend hours researching!!!  

  •  hmmm (0+ / 0-)

    1, and 4 are the only things i disagree with on this, and i consider myself a progressive, I don't see a difference on 1 either way, candidates still have a option for public financing and as far as what i've seen, most of them don't use it... good way to save $ in the budget.

    on 4, if the economy was fine, i'd vote yes, but it isn't so im compelled to vote no

    on the senate issue, I'm waiting til Thursday and hoping PPP comes out with their poll by then, if Crist is within the MoE, i'll vote for him (Crist is a opportunist, Rubio could be a major voice for the teabaggers). Otherwise, Meek will get my vote.

    •  I'm not sure... (1+ / 0-)
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      Dichro Gal

      what the state of the economy has to do with Amendment 4. The goal is to end the buying of local city councils by developers who then slash and burn whatever they want without any oversight.

      The penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by men worse than themselves. - Plato

      by robroser on Mon Oct 25, 2010 at 08:03:08 PM PDT

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