Who I Will Be Voting For And Why

Thank you to the FPC for asking me to cross post.

My shit is custom.
What if I told you that when a candidate sways from your ideology by an angstrom, you don’t have to give the proverbial finger to the elections process. A vote doesn’t mean you’re personally endorsing everything a candidate chooses to do.
You, myself or anyone else will probably never agree with a politician 100% of the time and pragmatically I have to exercise the right to elect a candidate who won’t increase the rate of suck.

If you’re familiar to voting in Florida, the current Governor is a nominal example. (Sad to say the link is directed to only his most recent fiasco)…

Don’t even start with the apathetic bullshit that voting is about who is the best of two evils so you can feel better about not taking your lazy ass to the polls. In the words of Patton Oswalt, shit in the voting booth afterward if it makes you feel better, but vote. Or even better, vote early. If you so choose not to, you don’t become part of some liberating protest in the name of idealism. Instead, it means your choices are about to be determined for you and the people who represent you will be picked by, well not you. So grow a proverbial pair and vote.

President: Barack Obama double rainbow all the way.

Obama has been moderately successful, especially considering the inheritance of the economic depression from the prior administration. He adheres to the remarkably significant idea that when the private sector abuses their power or fails to take responsibility for their actions, there’s somejustice to be had. Or to the least degree, a form of intervention. His track record isn’t one to scoff at, either. Does that mean I am batshit crazy about the guy? Not entirely – he’s arguably a moderate in that he has made some decisions which were too compromising. That doesn’t mean voting for Obama won’t be a step forward (or if Romney wins, a backwards fumble). Romney is pursuing more extreme economic policies than Bush Jr., who evidently got us into this fiscal clusterfuck in the first place. I also can’t ignore that if Obama is re-elected we could have a liberal majority in the supreme court for the first time in years, then lasting 15-20 years once the appointments have been ratified.

U.S. Senate: Bill Nelson

Nelson’s Republican contender Connie Mack was one of Florida’s congressman who supported the Iraq surge alongside president Bush. Bill Nelson isn’t as hard pressing as some of our Senate democrats but he still votes progressively 85% of the time. It’s highly understated how consequential it is to lose seats in the Senate and we could really use a Democratic super majority to support the President instead of partisan spoon-feeding.

U.S. Representative: Al Lawson

Al is only slightly more progressively leaning than Alan Boyd was and Boyd was the worst
acting Democrat in the House during his term. So, the choices here aren’t too spectacular. Al is running against Steve Southerland, a co-owner of a funeral parlor and right-wing guy who attacked Lawson on the same Medicare legislation he himself had voted for to pander to his party’s decries against the healthcare mandate.

State Attorney: Pete Williams

I am about to vote for a Republican in this race and here’s why. 1, party affiliation isn’t everything. Steve Stewart, for instance, is running under the guise of a democratic ticket and you will see more about him below. And 2, “Slick” Willie Meggs, along with Larry Campbell, are probably two of the least publicly trusted candidates on the ballot. Megg’s cover-ups and allegations are all over the interwebs, so check him out.

State Senator: Bill Montford

…because I had to. Way ahead of his opponent but a horrible senator in terms of my own left-leaning ethics. Primaries are crucial. Just saying.

Sheriff: Lisa Sprague 

I have worked with Lisa before. I think she has a great background for the job and let’s face it, how long has Larry been Sheriff? 16 years, since 1996. Commonly referred to as Larry “corrupt” Campbell, he hasn’t been doing too well under the public eye. Even the Florida Department of Law Enforcement filed a complaint against him. And oh yeah – he made a cut-out of Lisa to use for target practice in a press release with the media. Classy.

Superintendent of Schools: Jackie Pons

I was iffy about this because Pons and Jon Ausman are close. Ausman is our state committee man who endorsed Jeff Green over Kendrick Meek in the Democratic primary – and accepted a large sum of money for it despite the conflict of interest. However, Pons seems to be doing his job right so far and I can’t think of a significant reason why he shouldn’t be superintendent.

Ron Swanson, Parks and Recreation

Supreme Court Justices: I won’t be inclined to vote out a justice of the supreme court unless they have done something outlandish. It is of grave importance though that you note one of them is named Ron Swanson :)

County Commission: Akin Akinyemi

Akin has been doing a great job and I am more than happy to re-elect him. Nothing against Mary.

City Commission: Scott Maddox

From the inbox: highly entertaining evidence as to why Steve Stewart should not be elected (click).  And he has had some issues with his business’ taxes, too:

The Florida Department of Revenue filed a lien against the business Feb.
21 totaling $2,664 and a second lien March 19 totaling $10,481,
according to state records. Both amounts include unpaid taxes,
penalties, interest and fees. – Tallahassee Democrat

In the beginning of his career, Maddox had some sponsorship issues I wasn’t elated about but his work in local politics, like expanding state parks and aiding small businesses, are an improvement for Florida and for that I will be voting for him.

Soil and Water Conservation Districts: Ryan Terrell, Tabitha Frazier

*This one is anecdotal plain and simple so here’s your fair warning.

Just to give you an idea of how much I like Tabitha, I last ran into her when I went to see Henry Rollins speak at ruby diamond just this month. She is an acquaintance from when I was active with the democratic party last year and Ruby Diamond was the first instance I ever saw her without a clip board. Her husband is also a lawyer who happened to play drums for my best friends band. Second, my impression of Ryan Terrell is that he’s extremely tech savvy while he knows a lot about redistricting – and the same friend sings karaoke with him on occasion. Anecdotal, boom.

Leon County, Circuit Judge Of Circuit 2, Group 2: Barbara Hobbs 

If you’re in Leon county, I would recommend Barbara Hobbs hands down. She’s been working with juveniles and children as a criminal attorney for over 30 years and has practiced in almost every area of law.

Amendments:
The legislature’s long-lived right leaning majority have approved all of the amendments in place for the upcoming election, which means the potential implementation of these laws immediately tripped my wire. But I still looked into them to make sure and as I suspected, the majority of them (all but one in fact) are a No.

 

Constitutional Amendment 1:

Another ploy against the individual mandate. Federal law guarantees this won’t hold up in court if it passes but healthcare reforms could become stifled in the future. If businesses are not providing healthcare for their employees and the same advocates of this law are saying that government shouldn’t step in either, than who will? A definite No

 

Constitutional Amendment 2:

This sounds peachy at first but there’s no pay-for and in my opinion that just undermines government spending. Other programs and services will be cut instead to make up for this and the state constitution shouldn’t be used for tax policy.  No

 

Constitutional Amendment 3:

The League of Women Voters, a non-partisan organization, are unanimously against this (I mean really non-partisan, Republican Florida State Senator Evelyn Lynn who wanted to cut the pre-paid college program spoke at their Gala). They explain that Colorado tried similar TABOR legislation and it failed miserably. In fact they had to repeal it, while small business, schools and middle class families had to pay for the damage. I personally don’t think we should close a window on revenue when the economy is lagging. For instance, shouldn’t we be investing in job creation? From a nerdier
perspective you don’t overclock a computer with a limited span of MHz -
instead, you set a high and a low variable for flexibility so you get
efficiency when you need it most. No

 

Constitutional Amendment 4

Out of state residents are going to qualify for the homestead tax exemption which is disagreeable because local taxes should be giving back to the local economy. Florida Trend estimates the amendment could cost our local government $600 million mula. No

 

Constitutional Amendment 5:

The appeals court would be split in two – civil and criminal, allocated by the legislature and potentially immutable since a 2/3rds Democratic majority could only change this, which is nigh impossible thanks to Florida’s slathering of urbanism. The Florida Bar Association among several judges are also in opposition of this amendment. No

 

Constitutional Amendment 6:

If abortion is a legal medical procedure, who’s to say what source of funding is more unacceptable than another? Unprecedented infringement on women, likely instigated by a male majority. No

 

Constitutional Amendment 7: Removed by the Florida Supreme Court

 

Constitutional Amendment 8:

Orwell would give props for their wording of this. They want you to think this amendment is about religious freedom but what the law enacts is taxpayer funding of religious institutions, like churches and schools, particularly conservative ones and without proper oversight. The problem is religious institutions don’t pay taxes, even though they are active with government and influence policies – not the opposite. So I’ll be taking hell-to-the-nizzay on this one (No). And pun intended.

 

Constitutional Amendment 9:

Amendment 9 allows property tax discounts for the surviving spouses of military members or first responders killed on the job. The question is, since pay-for isn’t specified once again, what will be compromised to makeup for this? Anyone else notice how these are new proposals alongside limits to revenue spending? No

 

Constitutional Amendment 10:

According to progress Florida, “Amendment 10 prevents counties, municipalities, school districts, and other local governments from taxing “tangible personal property” with a total assessed value more than $25,000 but less than $50,000.” Personal property should be taxed, hands down and this amendment could become costly if achieved. No

 

Constitutional Amendment 11:

Might sound appealing then again amendment 11 won’t really grant much help to anyone on a significant scale and would instead deprive local governments of much needed revenue. Once again, anyone else notice how these are new proposals alongside limits to revenue spending? No

 

Constitutional Amendment 12:

Unelected bureaucrats appointed by the governor get to take over at the expense of the Florida Student Association. Eff that. No

 

YES on Local Referendum to Maintain .5 cent sales tax to fund education. Some argue this is a regressive tax however it isn’t likely that this revenue will be replaced if the referendum is withdrawn. Worth every ha’penny.

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