California Statewide Primary Election (June) 2010 Propositions

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On June 8, there’s a statewide primary election for California. There’s five propositions on the ballot. The propositions, summaries, and commentaries are provided below.

I’m still debating several of these, even though I just recieved my mail-in ballot yesterday. I’ll solidify my decisions as the week progresses.

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Loving Day

I first learned of the US Supreme Court case of Loving v. Virginia when I was researching constitutional laws and court cases regarding same-sex marriages. The SCOTUS decision overturned Virginia’s law against interracial marriages and ended all state’s raced-based restrictions on marriage.

In 1966, interracial marriages were illegal in 17 states. Before this court case, interracial bans were considered legal as long as both parties were equally punished.

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May 35th, 2009

Twenty years ago, I was just a student in high school, but I remember watching the events unfold on the national news. I was a bit shocked, but it took many years later after understanding the events, growing a bit older, and reading a lot more that I began to fully understand what had happened.

The day in 1989 is censored by the Chinese government which is why it is now becoming known as May 35th instead of today’s date (since that date is blocked by the censors). This year those speaking about the day are trying to refer to it as “May 35th,” “535” and “VIIV” (Roman numerals).

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Balancing the California Budget

LA Times just uploaded a interactive tool to give everyone a chance at balancing the California budget. After playing around for a little bit, it’s easy to see how much you’ll need to comprise in order to make any substantial reduction of the deficit. Although both sides might not admit it, there’s just no way to balance the budget without new taxes and spending cuts – you just can’t do it without both.

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