Proposition 34 in California would abolish the death penalty. Humane states and nations already have.
California also proposes an anti-union measure, Proposition 32. It would prohibit union dues being used for political purposes without an individual member’s approval. It is yet another attack on public employee unions, particularly those of teachers and nurses.
Michigan voters will be asked whether collective bargain rights should be placed in their Constitution, putting them beyond the reach of politicians.
Three states will decide whether to legalize marijuana. They are Colorado, Oregon and Washington. Pot should be legalized, regulated and taxed like the far worse cigarettes and alcohol. But the outcomes are problematical in puritanical America.
Two issues are on the ballot to amend the Florida Constitution. One would restrict abortions, the other would allow religious institutions to receive state money.
Both should be defeated. In Florida, however, they probably won’t be. Roe legalized abortion yet states like Florida are constantly making abortion ever more difficult.
In religious matters, states should never have a say. Religion is a highly personal and individual choice. It should always be beyond the purview of government.
The Republican Party of Iowa is trying to remove Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins because he had the effrontery of voting to allow same-sex marriage.
Iowa is not alone. Right-wing Republicans in Florida want to oust three fine Supreme Court justices, Barbara Pariente, Peggy Quince and Fred Lewis. Their crime? They are the only Democrats on the court.