Gnorb.NET Florida (although mostly Broward) Voter Guide

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The Rundown

If you’re not interested in finding out all the issues and just want a voter guide to tell you how to vote (I don’t recommend it, but oh well), here are my voting recommendations and why:

  • US Senator: Brian Moore – While I don’t agree with many his ideas (too socialist), he’s the only candidate that offers a viable alternative to Harris and Nelson, neither of whom I’m happy with.
  • Governor: Max Linn – This is the most exciting candidate I’ve seen in a while. The guy knows finances, knows how to create and develop, and is not a career politician.
  • Attorney General: Walter “Skip” Campbell – Used to be a lawyer, so he knows a think or two about the job of attorneys. McCollum is too fond of throwing out the “liberal” card and sides too closely with the current administration and its policies for my comfort. (He’s a bit too much like Alberto Gonzales.)
  • Chief Financial Officer: Alex Sink – Sink has been the president of the Florida branches of Bank of America. Lee is a career politician. Doesn’t take a genius to figure out who’d be better as the CFO.
  • Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Charles H. Bronson – The guy has a good amount of experience in one of Florida’s main industries, Agriculture, while his opponent is going after his consumer advocate record. Still, between the two, Bronson is hands down the better qualified candidate.
  • No. 1: NO – 3% of the budget is too high an amount to depend on in one-time fees.
  • No. 3: YES – The constitution should not be as easy to amend, since it leads to the document being used in ways never intended by the original writers. A 60% majority requirement is a prudent threshold.
  • No. 4: NO – While it’s a good idea to educate youth about the dangers of tobacco use, budget items do not belong in the Constitution. That’s what budget legislation is for.
  • No 6: YES – The original legislation for this was made in 1982, when $25,000 covered about half the cost of a home. Now, $25,000 covers only the down payment on a home. Giving low-income seniors a tax break on property taxes can mean the difference between a home owner an declaring bankruptcy in old age. Unfortunately, this means cities will have to find another way to come up with that money.
  • No. 7: YES – Along the lines of No. 6, this amendment thanks our veterans who have been injured in wars, specifically those who were Florida residents at time of enlistment, by reducing their tax burden in line with the percentage of their disability. This helps those who by making a major sacrifice in service of their country, may no longer be able to work optimally.
  • No. 8: YES – Eminent domain is a sticky issue, and I’d rather a property owner’s rights be respected and protected by our constitution. Additionally, it leaves the Legislator a way to push through an eminent domain request when it’s vital.
  • Courthouses: YES – Our infrastructure is from 1960. We need something to bring us up to the 2000’s, when the population is 4 times the size of when the courthouses were originally built. Bonds are a great way to do that, better than taxes.
  • One-percent Tax Increase for Transportation: NO – The system works fine the way it is, and I don’t expect that the tax would be repealed once it is in place and all desired improvements have been made.
  • Save Our Homes Homestead Value Limitation: NO – The Florida Constitution should not be amended for the sake of one county’s home owners’ taxes.
  • Watershed Improvement District: YES – Conservation helps us all.

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