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So I was a volunteer escort at Planned Parenthood on Saturday, and one of the protesters starts rattling on about how there's gonna be a initiative on the ballot today that would make women look at the sonograms before an abortion. I sort of ignored her because a) we don't have ballot iniatives in Texas (unless we're changing the constitution) and b) the election is primary election, so it doesn't really impact state law.

So color me shocked when I discovered today that the Republicans inserted a poll in their primary.
Ballot Proposition #1: Photo ID
The Texas Legislature should make it a priority to protect the integrity of our election process by enacting legislation that requires voters to provide valid photo identification in order to cast a ballot in any and all elections conducted in the State of Texas.

Ballot Proposition #2: Controlling Government Growth
Every government body in Texas should be required to limit any annual increase in its budget and spending to the combined increase of population and inflation unless it first gets voter approval to exceed the allowed annual growth or in the case of an official emergency.

Ballot Proposition #3: Cutting Federal Income Taxes
In addition to aggressively eliminating irresponsible federal spending, Congress should empower American citizens to stimulate the economy by Congress cutting federal income taxes for all federal taxpayers, rather than spending hundreds of billions of dollars on so-called "federal economic stimulus".

Ballot Proposition #4: Public Acknowledgement of God
The use of the word "God", prayers, and the Ten Commandments should be allowed at public gatherings and public educational institutions, as well as be permitted on government buildings and property.

Ballot Proposition #5: Sonograms
The Texas Legislature should enact legislation requiring a sonogram to be performed and shown to each mother about to undergo a medically unnecessary, elective abortion.
'course, the nut* outside Planned Parenthood thinks that this poll will have some sort of impact on state law, or what most Texans think, or some such nonsense.

I'm truly curious what the Kay Bailey Hutchison people are going to do after she loses either today or next month. They can't stand Perry, anyone else involved is even further to the right, and Bill White is a ridiculously moderate, well-liked, gets-things-done kind of guy.

*She told me I have an evil laugh, and then was appalled when I thanked her.

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cz_unit
Mar. 2nd, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
Acknowledgment of God?

Oh man, you live in a weird place.

C
archaica
Mar. 3rd, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
Honestly, the West's fascination with ballot initiatives and direct democracy halfway baffles me. I mean, I *get* it, but I'm from Connecticut .... we don't do that sort of thing.

Maybe if my state had been run by cattle/oil/railroad barons, we'd have had a different political tradition.

I'm a Californian now, though, I better get ready to read giant ballot books!
texaslawchick
Mar. 3rd, 2010 02:37 am (UTC)
Well, we don't generally do this sort of thing. Generally for something to end up on the ballot to change the constitution, both branches of the legislature have to approve it first.

We do have bond initiatives from time to time for the city government, and that's usually for major expenditures like stadiums, mass transit projects and prison and school bonds.
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rlmurphy
Mar. 3rd, 2010 12:20 am (UTC)
Ballot Proposition #6: Douchebags
We are all such incredible douchebags, and there should be a day of appreciation set aside for what incredible douchebaggery we are capable of.
electricland
Mar. 3rd, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)
Bizarre!

Oh hey, very off topic, but I kept thinking about you (Texas! law! health care!) when I read about this case -- were you following it at all?
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charlayne
Mar. 3rd, 2010 05:36 am (UTC)
I was prepared for most of that ballot until I found the initiatives. My first thought was "when the hell did we start doing this and are the Dems doing it in their ballot".

I was less upset about 1-3 but when I got to 4 and 5, I seethed and happily hit "no" on both. I will also be watching how this plays out in the future.
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