Though the general election is still 27 days away, here are my California endorsements for the November 2 ballot.
US Senate: Barbara Boxer
Governor: Jerry Brown
Lieutenant Governor: Gavin Newsom
Secretary of State: Debra Bowen
Attorney General: Kamala Harris
Controller: John Chiang
Treasurer: Bill Lockyer
Insurance Commissioner: Dave Jones
State Superintendent of Public Instruction: Larry Aceves
For the partisan offices (all but the last), I’m endorsing Democrats. I have endorsed Republicans in past elections. In 2006, I endorsed a Green (Peter Camejo) for Governor and two Republicans (Steve Poizner over Cruz Bustamante for Insurance Commissioner and Bruce MacPherson for Secretary of State over Debra Bowen.) But the caliber of the Democrats is uniformly higher this cycle, and genuinely progressive Republicans like MacPherson have been purged from the GOP.
A full list of the state propositions and ballot summaries can be found here.
Prop 19 (legalize marijuana): Yes (see Monday’s post)
Prop 20: (redistricting of congressional districts): Yes
Prop 21: ($18 increase in vehicle license fee for state parks): Yes
Prop 22: (local versus state funds): No
Prop 23: (repeal the state’s landmark emissions law): No
Prop 24: (business taxes): Yes
Prop 25: (simple majority for budget): Yes
Prop 26: (two-thirds majority for protecting environment): No
Prop 27: (put redistricting back in legislative hands): No
Feel free to inquire about these positions in the comments.