Quick and dirty voter’s guide (or, how to vote like the author, if you are too lazy to read your own sample ballot and voter information pamphlet):
Prop 73: NO
Teen rights and abortion rights, all in one package! Vote no if you care about vaginas!
Prop 74: NO
Penalizing teachers is not a good way to fix our education system.
Prop 75: NO
Any union member can opt out of political contributions if he or she chooses to do so. Corporations are allowed to use shareholder funds to finance campaigns–let’s not cripple the unions, who speak for organized labor as a united front, and leave corporations untouched.
Prop 76: NO
Let’s not take any more money from education than we already have, folks, thanks.
Prop 77: NO
This is a poorly worded and unwise proposition. California does need to address the districting problem, but this is once again not a good solution. It essentially sets up an old-boy crony system which could set up a potential power grab.
Prop 78: NO
Drug companies, left to themselves, will not reduce the cost of prescriptions. This measure does not cover nearly enough Californians, and will not ultimately be of much use to those of low income, since the drug companies will “voluntarily” reduce costs–and probably still make a large profit from the sick.
Prop 79: YES
Vote NO on 78 and YES on 79 to ensure that 79, the true prescription drug measure, will pass. The way the ballot is set up currently, if 78 and 79 pass 78 will prevail–it is, as discussed above, essentially a self-regulating system. 79 will get the state involved in forcing drug companies to lower costs, making it possible for low income Californians to get access to the drugs they need.
Prop 80: YES
Deregulation of electricity obviously didn’t work. A return to regulation may the best current solution for consumers at all levels.