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Thanks for the info about the De Anza. I'd been wondering what was up and am happy that Rob Dickson is at least still talking about it like it's going to happen.
So the League of Women Voters election guide constitutes "electioneering"? Boy, that's really wrong-headed...it's a sad commentary on our democracy if simple information - the text of the amendments and bond issues being voted on, etc. - is seen as somehow a threat.
"Our attorneys took a look and the point was made that within the guide you have the candidates advocating their positions on the issues, and so for that reason it could be considered electioneering."
If they just made a list of positions instead of inserting statement of positions then this wouldn't be an issue.
If the State would publish a voter's guide then the League wouldn't have to. But maybe that's the point, keep the voters uninformed. The League guide is available online.
What's the difference between listing a candidate's positions and publishing the candidate's positions in his or her own words. Seriously. If all the candidates have a statement published in the guide, then I don't understand how it's a problem.
One is a speech and one is just facts.
Not really. The opinions and positions of candidates aren't facts just because the candidates endorse them. And the vast majority of the issues that candidates have to weigh in on are more complex than a "yes" or "no" position list.
I'm interested to know whether someone asked the secretary of state's office to examine the legality of the guides or whether this was initiated by Duran herself. It's notable that these guides have been available at polling places with no issues for many election cycles.
Actually, the Sec. of State does publish a limited Voter Guide. It says it's about the "Proposed Constitutional Amendments and General Obligation Bonds -- Content and Purpose." But that's only a small part of what's on the ballot in each county.
I think it's interesting that the Sec. of State waited untill less than a week before the election to do this, with no warning. The law she cited was passed in the 2011 Legislature.
@Michelle, that is good to know. I guess I'm still used to the California model where the guide is actually mailed out to all registered voters and contains pro and con arguments and a fiscal impact analysis. All we are hearing is how these bonds "won't raise your taxes" but that, of course, is a dishonest and misleading statement. They won't raise your taxes only if they are sold in the same amount and at the same interest rate as the bonds that they are replacing. Ask PERA and ERA about predicting economic conditions. And anyone who just received their property tax bill knows taxes go up due to the "automatic" annual increase in the valuation.
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