Pundits opine on 2010's naughty and nice ballot measures

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October 15, 2010

By Leslie Graves

With less than 3 weeks until 2010's pivotal mid-term elections, ballot-watching pundits are starting to draw up lists of which of 2010's ballot measures matter the most or tell the most interesting story about the mood of the electorate.

Justin Elliott, a columnist at Salon, published a list of "The five most alarming right-wing ballot initiatives" on September 29.[1]

Elliot's list is reproduced here:

Subject State Ballot measure Description
Abortion Colorado Amendment 62 Fertilized egg to be defined as a person
Affirmative action Arizona Proposition 107 Government entities banned from race/gender preferences
Environment California Proposition 23 Suspend AB 32, the "Global Warming Solutions Act" until unemployment falls below 5.5%
Healthcare Oklahoma SQ 756 Can't be forced to buy health insurance
Spending/taxes Missouri Proposition A Cities with earnings taxes would periodically have to put up for public vote

Fiscal conservative Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform gave Ballotpedia a list of "The 12 ballot initiatives for fiscal conservatives to watch" on October 12.[2]

Norquist's list is here:

Subject State Ballot measure Description
Spending/taxes Washington I-1098 Taxes gross income above $200,000 for individuals, $400,000 for couples, reduce property tax 4%
Spending/taxes California Proposition 26 2/3rds vote required to enact new taxes/fees
Healthcare Arizona Proposition 106 Can't be forced to buy health insurance
Healthcare Colorado Amendment 63 Can't be forced to buy health insurance
Healthcare Oklahoma SQ 756 Can't be forced to buy health insurance
Spending/taxes Massachusetts Question 3 Roll 6.25% sales tax back to 3%
Environment California Proposition 23 Suspend AB 32, the "Global Warming Solutions Act" until unemployment falls below 5.5%
Labor Arizona Amendment A Guarantee all elections (including employee) by secret ballot
Labor South Carolina Amendment 2 Guarantee all elections (including employee) by secret ballot
Labor South Dakota Amendment K Guarantee all elections (including employee) by secret ballot
Labor Utah Amendment A Guarantee all elections (including employee) by secret ballot
Spending/taxes California Proposition 25 Simple majority, not 2/3rds vote, required for legislature to pass state budget

Elliott and Norquist agree on the notability of 2 measures, California Proposition 23 and Oklahoma State Question 756.

We're encouraging pundits, bloggers and anyone who cares about ballot measures and has an opinion to give us their list, which we'll include here.

Please email Leslie Graves or Bailey Ludlam if you have an opinion and a list.

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