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Tue Jun 5, 2012, 10:09 AM

California primary vote turnout expected to be light: 35% of registered voters

6-5-12 / San Francisco Chronicle

Voter turnout for California's presidential primary election Tuesday is projected to be the worst ever in the state's modern era: Only 35 percent of the state's registered voters are expected to perform their civic duty, according to a Field Poll estimate Tuesday.

That's a long, loud yawn from where the excitement level was four years ago, when an emotional, high-profile Democratic battle between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton - held on Feb. 5 in the thick of the campaign season - inspired 57 percent of the state's registered voters to cast ballots.

Analysts say the expected drop-off in voting this year is not surprising given the relative lack of political drama on Tuesday's ballot, starting at the top of the ticket.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/06/05/MN181OSOMM.DTL&tsp=1

I hate to see this. It's so easy to vote by absentee ballot.

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 10:20 AM

1. Biggest issue on the ballot is a new tax on cigarettes which

the tobacco industry is contesting.

I live in a newly formed Congressional district. The top two vote getters today- regardless of party - will face each other in November. One of the slots will go to the rw Repuke. The other may well go to a county supervisor who is running as an Independent, though she was a Repuke until this election. She refuses to say which party she will caucus with. Politically unsophisticated people think her promises to straddle the fence are just what DC needs - not. Unfortunately the Dem in the race has chosen to go negative and sent out a bunch of fliers practically touting the supervisor as Satan. I think in this one the people in the district will be the losers.

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Response to LibDemAlways (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 11:03 AM

2. What district, may I ask?

Just curious

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Response to Auggie (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 03:36 PM

8. 26th - lines were recently redrawn. Elton Gallegly, the

Repuke who was a rubber stamp for the R's is retiring. District now leans slightly Democratic, but the so-called Independent has a good shot. Have a feeling she's not about to change her R stripes, though.

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Response to LibDemAlways (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 02:03 PM

7. I voted NO on the extra $1 tax per pack of cigarettes.

I'll tolerate more feel-good taxing on cigarettes IF and WHEN CA finally puts a severance tax on oil companies extracting oil out of California for profit.

There are twenty-two oil states in this country. CA is in the top three, yet we're the ONLY state that has never and still doesn't tax oil companies, missing out on BILLIONS per year revenue, yet we have the highest gasoline prices, second only to Hawaii, than any other state in the Union. Tax them first before people decide to tax consumers. Again.

Also, cancer research paid for by donations by citizens who might never benefit from the cure they "discover" doesn't make sense to me especially when I know there are already alternative products available - but herbal. The U.S. cancer research community totally dismisses the power of Marine Coral Calcium + vitamin regiment that has proven to reverse cancer, or refused to acknowledge Carnivora as another herbal cure for the Big C, discovered by a German botanist and what President Reagan, in 1985, used religiously.

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Did former president Ronald Reagan use Carnivora?

In 1985, former president Ronald Reagan sent for Carnivora herbal drops. He ingested a once-diluted version of the drops, drinking from a glass several times a day.

Note: this information first appeared in the July 2003 nationally released text "German Cancer Therapies," page 101. "...Having therapies from around the world at his disposal... U.S. president Ronald Reagan had sent to... Germany for Carnivora herbal extract to take as a preventive... Thereafter, he drank thirty drops of the extract in a glass of purified water or herb tea four times a day. According to records kept by the extract's manufacturer, the U.S. president continued to buy and swallow these drops...
http://www.carnivora.com/faq.html


I apologize for trailing off here, but I'm very excited about the alternative methods to keep my family healthy, and I wanted to share this information for those who might be interested in them.

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Response to BlueCaliDem (Reply #7)

Wed Jun 6, 2012, 11:31 PM

13. Also voted No on 29

because we need to channel any new source of revenue into people's needs right here and now, like the $1.2 billion impending cuts to Medi-Cal, not research that's years or decades from fruition. And I believe we're the only oil-producing jurisdiction on the entire face of the planet that does not have some sort of a severance tax or fee.

Slight quibble: I believe Alaska also has higher gas prices than we do. Then again, they have only a handful of intercity highways (same in HI).

Also, we now know that Carnivora is not a cure for Alzheimer's.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #13)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 03:26 AM

14. I'm glad we weren't the only ones who thought Prop 29 was a bad idea.

According to Rachel Maddow, it didn't pass.

I also just found an article that California gasoline prices are higher than both Hawaii and Alaska now. The article is from March 2011. Again, not mentioning that we are the only state in the union that doesn't charge oil companies for extracting OUR OIL. Ugh! And until they do, I'm not willing to see Californians being taxed more than we are already being taxed.

And at least in Alaska, thanks to that half-Gov, every Alaskan gets a $1,000 dollar check (I believe every year). What do Californians get? We can't even get our "senior senator" DiFi to get back money from the Federal government for our state for anything! This is why we voted for Mike Strimling - not that it helped much. He got less votes than Orly Taitz!

Yeah, too bad for St. Ronnie Carnivora couldn't cure Alzheimers , but I believe he used Carnivora to cure his cancer.

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 11:30 AM

3. I mailed in my absentee ballot nearly 2 weeks ago.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 11:40 AM

4. Me too. It was painless.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 01:16 PM

5. Mailed it in last Friday. Brought it to the Post Office to ensure it would be delivered. eom

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 01:57 PM

6. filed out my absentee on sunday and dropped at my polling place this morning

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 07:20 PM

9. There are people here I have never heard of......like look at the judges

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Response to Alameda (Reply #9)

Wed Jun 6, 2012, 12:52 AM

10. I looked up the endorsements of the Dem Party for my county for the judicial contests...

...and other downballot races. That made it easy to fill in my sample ballot, take it with me to my polling place, and complete my ballot in about 2 minutes.

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Response to Alameda (Reply #9)

Wed Jun 6, 2012, 11:25 PM

12. I just read the candidate statements for the judges

or you could just leave those lines blank; the rest of the ballot would still count.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #12)

Fri Jun 8, 2012, 08:11 PM

15. I ended up Googleing them.

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Wed Jun 6, 2012, 11:24 PM

11. It turned out to be far worse than that -- a pathetic 24 percent

If we don't get it together in the fall, while we still won't give up the state (and the country, and the free world) to Robme , we could still blow a chance to pick up that magical two-thirds in the legislature, as well as hand a couple of swing House seats to the repukes.

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