The June Propositions

Empowering Voters or Special Interests?

Friday, May 28, 2010  |  Updated 4:38 PM PDT
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NBC Bay Area takes a stand on four high profile propositions on the June ballot

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Propositions 16 and 17

Voter Empowerment or Special Interest? NBC Bay Area takes a stand on Propositions 16 and 17.

June Propositions: Viewers Take a Stand

Did our viewers agree with our stand on the propositions? Suzanne Shaw, NBC Bay Area Editorial Director highlights the feedback
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PROPOSITIONS 14 AND 15:

And now, an NBC Bay Area Editorial...

On June 8th, Bay Area voters have a chance to take a stand for campaign reform.

I'm Suzanne Shaw (NBC Bay Area Editorial Director)

Propositions 14 and 15 will start to make California elections less partisan. We support Prop. 14 for an open primary, so that all voters, no matter what their political party, can vote for any candidate running for state or congressional office.

We also support Proposition 15, a key step in campaign finance reform. With no cost to taxpayers, lobbyists would foot the bill, for one race, Secretary of State.

Today lobbyists pay only $12.50 a year to register, but they pay over $250 million a year, to influence our legislators. Help reduce the power of special interest money.

Vote Yes on Propositions 14 and 15.

 

PROPOSITIONS 16 AND 17:

 And now, an NBC Bay Area Editorial...

Special interests are again spending millions of dollars to buy your vote.

I'm Suzanne Shaw (NBC Bay Area Editorial Director)

Proposition 16 sounds good, the "Taxpayers Right to Vote Act" but it's a $36 million dollar smokescreen from PG&E, to crush the competition from cities, like Santa Clara, which offer residents electricity at 50% below PG&E rates. Prop 16 would force a paralyzing two-thirds vote before cities could offer an alternative to PG&E. We'd support a majority vote, but this helps the PG&E monopoly eliminate choice.

Proposition 17, backed by Mercury Insurance, is a ploy to raise rates on your car insurance by allowing surcharges and penalties that are currently illegal. It will take away protections consumers have won.

Don't be fooled by the marketing.
Vote No on Propositions 16 and 17.

 

Please use the links below to learn more about the pros and cons of the propositions and the money behind them:

www.maplight.org

www.followthemoney.org

www.calvoter.org/voter/elections/2010/primary/props/index.html

 

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