Hiya, Golden Staters! How have you been? Mad Props
misses you in those long spells between elections, but we’re heartened by the fact that you always come back around to pay us a visit when the ballot draws nigh. For this June’s primary election, we’ve got just two statewide propositions up for consideration. We’ll plow through ‘em with a quickness and let you get on with your life. But first, a quick rehash of this site’s principles, just so you know where we’re coming from.
holds that California’s initiative process has more or less evolved into a recurring nightmare. The measures that reach the ballot are all too often funded by (or opposed by) obscenely well-funded special interests, which tend to fill the airwaves with misrepresentations and outright, damnable lies. Couple that with the fact that most Californians know very little about how their government actually works, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster: all too often, We the People, through the initiative process, pass laws and constitutional amendments that only add to the dysfunction of our beloved Golden State. Mad Props
does its level-headed best to beat back the forces of ignorance, greed, and hate (yes, hate: remember Prop 8
?) by providing straightforward, no-bullshit commentary on statewide ballot measures (with plenty of references, so you can double-check our work), and we start from a stance that any given initiative deserves a NO vote by default
unless it is more or less crystal clear that a YES vote will leave us all better off.
All right then, the monologue’s over; let’s get on with the show. Here’s how to vote in June 2014 — or else you’re part of the problem.