If you haven’t voted early, please vote on Tuesday.
The lines will be long, but it’s because the stakes are high. Stay in line.
“If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation…want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters…. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
–Frederick Douglass, 1857
No Guide to the Constitutional Amendments this year? Any recommendations?
The descriptions I’ve found mostly aren’t enough to decide — CA No. 6 (Act 936-SB295), for example (“To remove the requirement that public authorities first offer expropriated property to the prior owner before selling the property to a third party if the property was taken to remove a threat to public health or safety and was held for less than 30 years. Also removes the requirement that the property be sold by public bid.”) What properties? Refineries? Meth labs? Poor people’s homesteads that got too run down? The no-bid provision looks bad, but I don’t know what the rest is for — do you?
Or take CA No. 5 (Act 933-HB461)(“To allow homeowners to transfer any special property tax assessment level to their new homes when their property is sold to or expropriated by the state, federal or local government.”) Do the proposers have the wealthy or the rest of us in mind?
The only obvious loser seems to be CA No. 7 (Act 934-HB584)(“To allow public funds reserved for non-pension, post-employment benefits to be invested in stocks.”)
I could use some well-informed advice — Dem HQ in BR says they are forbidden to take public stands on any amendments.
I defer to Ryan at the Daily Kingfish, who just posted his endorsements and recommendations: