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Democratic Party Picks State Ballot Measures to Support

The party's executive board plans to support Gov. Jerry Brown's sales and income tax measure and not the competing Proposition 38.

The California Democratic Party Executive Board Sunday voted to support Proposition 30 -- the November ballot measure backed by Gov. Jerry Brown to increase the sales and income taxes -- and to oppose Proposition 38, which would increase the income tax to bolster funding for education.

In its meeting in Anaheim, the board also voted to support Proposition 34, which would end the death penalty in California;

-- Proposition 35, which would increase criminal penalties for human trafficking;

-- Proposition 36, which would make changes to the state's three strikes law; Proposition 37, which would require labeling of genetically engineered food; and

-- Proposition 40, a referendum of the new state Senate district boundaries.   The board also voted to oppose Proposition 31, which would establish a two- year state budget cycle and make other changes to the state budget process;

-- Proposition 32, which would prohibit unions, corporations, government contractors and state and local government employers from spending money deducted from an employee's paycheck for political purposes; and

-- Proposition 33, which would allow insurers to offer discounts to new customers who can prove they were continuously covered over the previous five years.

The board voted to stay neutral on Proposition 39, which would change the way multistate businesses calculate how much income taxes they owe.

- City News Service

Ann Marin October 10, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Thanks for the reverse guide. Anything the Dems say vote Yes on, I vote No and vice versa.
Maxine Doogan November 01, 2012 at 12:44 PM
The California State Democratic Party, the State Republican Party, the Federation of Labor, the California National Organization for Women, the California Federation of Teachers, the California Nurses Association and the NAACP and Planned Parenthood rubber stamped Prop 35 without bothering to ask to hear the opposition. These group have neglected their responsibility to act democratically on behalf of the victims of trafficking, their own members not to mention the public when they didn't bother to vet properly this reckless ballot measure. Its not lost on the voters that Prop 35’s exact same lock'em up and throw away the key policies are being rolled back in both Prop 34 and 36. Not only have these failed policies robbed the public trust of affordable public education but they are contrary to the democracy these member organizations claim to value. Its of no small consequence that Prop 32 is before the voters poised take away some of these group’s right to politically associate as they have voted against their own self interest and violated the public trust in the process over and over again. These groups have clearly made a mistake by not soliciting the No On Prop 35 when it endorsed this bait and switch ballot measure. We call on them to take responsibility and admit they didn’t act democratically when they endorsed Prop 35. Vote No ON Prop 35 Maxine Doogan 10/23/2012 noonprop35.info @opposeprop35 noonprop35@gmail.com
Jonn Bonnjtu November 04, 2012 at 02:28 AM
This story is inaccurate. California's Democratic Party opposes Proposition 32: http://www.cadem.org/admin/miscdocs/files/Slate-for-Web_1.pdf
Andy Shrader November 06, 2012 at 08:26 AM
Yes on 37: http://benicia.patch.com/blog_posts/prop-37-label-gmos-exposing-48-million-in-lies-yesonprop37-4e7dbcf8

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