As usual, I’ve done my research for the upcoming election and written up my notes to share with the rest of the class. I’ve given my conclusions, and invite you to come to your own. Even if we disagree on every issue, I’m happy if this saves you a headache.

San Jose Inside has A Voter’s Guide to California’s 17 Statewide Ballot Measures and Santa Clara County Voter’s Guide to All 32 Local Ballot Measures.

Measures submitted to the voters )
As usual, I’ve done my research for the upcoming election and written up my notes to share with the rest of the class. I’ve given my conclusions, and invite you to come to your own. Even if we disagree on every issue, I’m happy if this saves you a headache.
  • President and Vice President of the United States

    Thanks to our electoral system, there are only two viable choices for President, protest votes are ineffectual, and often regretted. How many Nader voters are happy with their choice in 2000, after George W. Bush got us into a $3tn war in a country that posed no threat to us? If you want more than two choices, I commend your attention to FairVote, who support electoral reform that would give us more possibilities. If you want to make a stand, demand of your representatives that they commit to reform that will make more parties viable, so we can have more than two choices. And if you’re tired of the concept of “swing states” altogether, check out the National Popular Vote compact.

    No matter what you see in the polls, the election belongs to the people who show up to vote; in the UK, people got complacent and wound up with a vote for Brexit that is inflicting ongoing damage to their economy. Please be sure to vote.

    Just in case you haven’t already made up your mind... )
The rest of the offices )

As usual, I’ve done my research for the upcoming election and written up my notes to share with the rest of the class. I’ve given my conclusions, and invite you to come to your own. Even if we disagree on every issue, I’m happy if this saves you a headache. It’s a midterm election without even a senator on the ballot. That means you especially need to vote, because a lot of people won’t be bothering.

Political information cut to spare your sanity )

As usual, I’ve done my research for the upcoming election and written up my notes to share with the rest of the class. I’ve given my conclusions, and invite you to come to your own. Even if we disagree on every issue, I’m happy if this saves you a headache.

Political information cut to spare your sanity )
As usual, I’ve written up my research notes for the coming election so you can all crib from my work. I’ve given my conclusions, and invite everyone to come to their own. Even if we disagree on everything, I’m still happy if this collection of links saved you a headache. No issues outside Sunnyvale this time )

As usual, I’ve written up my research notes for the coming election so you can all crib from my work. I’ve given my conclusions, and invite everyone to come to their own. Even if we disagree on everything, I’m still happy if this collection of links saved you a headache.

Offices and local measures )

As usual, I’ve written up my research notes for the coming election so you can all crib from my work. I’ve given my conclusions, and invite everyone to come to their own. Even if we disagree on everything, I’m still happy if this collection of links saved you a headache.

State Propositions )

While this is being touted as a primary, don’t be fooled. Thanks to Proposition 14, this is a general election with a mandatory run-off in November. So, as Pete says, you need to vote for the best viable candidate, not for the one you like best.

Political information cut to spare your sanity )
As usual, I’ve written up my research notes for the coming election so you can all crib from my work. I’ve given my conclusions, and invite everyone to come to their own. Even if we disagree on everything, I'm still happy if this collection of links saved you a headache. No issues outside Sunnyvale this time )

Vote Easy is a Flash application from Project Vote Smart that matches you up with candidates by your policy preferences. If you find that a third party candidate matches your views better than a Democrat or Republican, consider supporting the Center for Voting and Democracy and Californians for Electoral Reform to give the two main parties some serious competition. If the influence of money in politics bothers you, check out Public Campaign and the California Clean Money Campaign.

Federal Office ) Statewide offices )

I’ve done my customary election research, and assembled my notes so you can all crib off my paper. I’ve given my conclusions based on the available data, and invite everyone to come to your own. Feel free to pass on links to anyone who would find them useful. If this helped you decide how to vote, even if only because you think I’m so reliably wrong you can just vote the opposite of whatever I choose, please leave a note here. Knowing I saved someone else a headache makes this effort worthwhile.

Statewide propositions ) County and District Measures )
[Poll #1575889]

If you’re disgusted with the available choices and want your choice of politicians to look more like a free market and less like a duopoly, or annoyed by having to worry about vote-splitting among too many candidates, I commend your attention to Californians for Electoral Reform; they’re promoting instant-runoff voting, which would make new political parties a real threat to the established ones. If you’re exasperated with the influence of money in politics and would like to try out clean elections, check out the California Clean Money Campaign.

California statewide offices )

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California propositions )

Distilling my impressions of two hours of exposure to our local candidates:

For seat 1, it’s the incumbent Tony Spitaleri (currently mayor, elected by the city council) and challenger Pat Meyering. Spitaleri has never impressed me— in past council meetings I’ve attended, he’s always upheld the status quo and been resistant to change— and in this one he demonstrated a mastery of political doublespeak that I found very offputting. Meyering showed more interest in policy detail than Spitaleri, and spent a lot of time attacking his opponent as corrupt, claiming that Spitaleri was in the pocket of developers who donated to his campaign (and that there was a general problem with this on the City Council); he did it often enough that I found it offputting as well. (Meyering’s skills probably work well when he’s working as a prosecuting attorney, but they clashed with the atmosphere of the event. He was also the only candidate not to show up with campaign literature touting a web site, which struck me as a lack of preparation for the obvious.) I’m leaning toward Meyering but not thrilled with either candidate.

For seat 2, it’s the incumbent Chris Moylan (currently vice mayor, elected by the city council) and challenger Michael Anthony Flores. Chris Moylan demonstrated an impressive command of policy detail, had good green credentials to cite (including endorsements by the League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club), and has usually been on my side on issues in the past four years. Flores showed good intentions, but didn’t have the detailed knowledge to back it up; most of his answers were rather vague. (Flores also suggested people visit Special Interest Watch, which is owned by the wife of former Sunnyvale mayor Tim Risch, so he’s already enmeshed in Sunnyvale politics and is not an outsider.) I think Moylan is a much stronger candidate.

In seat 3, John Howe is being termed out, so the newcomers are Penny Kelly (chairperson of my local neighborhood association) and Jim Griffith. Griffith is clearly a policy wonk and knows a lot about local issues and details; Kelly was refreshingly honest in saying she doesn’t have Griffith’s level of knowledge, but has plenty of experience in learning on the job. Much as I like Kelly personally, I think Griffith is better qualified for the position.

If we were using the single transferable vote to get the top three candidates instead of dividing them up with these arbitrary seats, I would currently be inclined to vote Moylan, Griffith, Kelly, Meyering, Flores, Spitaleri.

The first city-sponsored forum for the candidates for the City Council in this November’s election will be held on Thursday, September 24 at 7:00pm at the Council Chambers at 456 W. Olive Avenue. It will also be broadcast on KSUN-15 and webcast.

[Poll #1460545]
A question posed by Warren Buffett:
Suppose a genie comes to you twenty four hours before you're born and asks you to design the world into which you are going to be born— the social rules, the political rules, and so on. The catch is that you have to go to a barrel of six billion tickets, and pick one at random. The ticket identifies what you will be when you enter this world, for example, rich or poor, black or white, retarded or bright, male or female. Given the “randomness” of this trait assigning process, what kind of world would you want to design?
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