Ballot Time

It’s time for Dallas Polling. I’ve got my votes details below. I’ll be taking my cheat sheet with me to fly through it all tomorrow. If you are interested, it is in the extended entry.

Dallas Prop 1

This is the “strong mayor” proposal. It double’s the mayor’s salary, lets the mayor hire and set the pay of the city manager, puts the mayor in charge of the city budget, and essentially makes the city manager the Assistant City Manager and the mayor the city manager.

I’m voting NO on this one. Laura Miller is a shitty, shitty mayor. I’m sure that she isn’t the first, and won’t be the last. Right now, the cronyism in city hall is diffuse and low level because you have to suck up to the whole city council. With a strong mayor, you just have to suck up to the mayor, and I don’t like one-stop corruption. Let’s stay with the evil we know, rather than the evil we don’t.

Dallas Prop 2

This proposition is to require the City Manager and other bureaucrats to live in the city of Dallas and lets the city council fire them by majority vote instead of a supermajority. I’m not big on residency requirements, especially for civil servants. Residency requirements were a big reason that New Orleans had such a shitty police force, for example. I’m all for residency for elected officials, but not civil servants.

On the other hand, anything that makes it easier for the council to boot a shitheel like Benivides is something I’ll vote YES for. The more antsy those sumbitches are about their jobs the better.

Dallas Prop 3

This proposition allows the city to make a procedure for impeaching municipal judges. HELL YES. We can’t even boot judges for being disbarred right now, and that needs to be changed. As I said before, anything that makes the sumbitches easier to fire is what I’m for.

Dallas Prop 4

This is a doomsday proposition. This gives the city the authority to legally implement the disaster plan, and lets the city hold emergency elections if, say, some pullstart blows himself up in the middle of a city council meeting. YES. Turnover in government is my friend. Granted, I like the idea of half the city council seats being empty, but not all of them.

Dallas Prop 5

This proposition makes it easier to fire city employees and not tie everything up in hearing after hearing. YES.

Dallas Prop 6

This is the Dallas campaign finance proposal. HELL NO. Any sort of campaign finance deal is usually simply Incumbent Protection. All the reporting requirements are simply a bludgeon to use against those not as well connected into the good ‘ole boy club. Fuck the club,

Dallas Prop 7

This proposition is to clean up the civil service board so that you can kick the bastards off even if you don’t have a replacement yet. I’ll usually vote YES for empty seats on a board or committee.

Dallas Prop 8

This proposition cleans up some language, making it clear that all the money coming into the city actually belongs to the city, and not the treasurer. YES, so we don’t have to string a treasurer up from a lightpole because he stole from us. That is something that should be done strictly for fun.

Dallas Prop 9

This proposition takes away the power for the city council to fix the prices for waste disposal. I’ll vote YES to take commie powers from the city council.

Dallas Prop 10

This proposition is to rename the Dallas Fire Department to “Dallas Fire-Rescue Department”. The firefighters don’t want the change. I don’t know why the Sexy Mr. Abraira decided that they needed to be politically corrected, but I’m telling him NO, no matter how good he looks in his sexy firefighter coat. Jesus Christ, let the Fire Department be the Fire Department, you fucking busybodies.

Dallas Prop 11

This proposes to end the official city newspaper (read: Belo) and says to print all the official city notices in newspapers of “general circulation”, which is fine by me. YES to putting city notices next to Miko’s Tan and 976 numbers in the Dallas Observer.

Dallas Prop 12

This proposal cleans up a long jumble on how to annex new land into a short passage. YES.

Dallas Prop 13

This proposal is to make the city charter “gender neutral” Fuck NO. Take your politically correct bullshit, roll it up real tight, and shove it sideways up your gender neutral asshole.

State Prop 1

The constitutional amendment creating the Texas rail relocation and improvement fund and authorizing grants of money and issuance of obligations for financing the relocation, rehabilitation, and expansion of rail facilities.

NO. If there was a viable economic reason to do it, then venture capitalists would be climbing over each other to invest money in it. They aren’t because it is a money pit. We aren’t a centralized society anymore. We are spreading out, especially in Texas. I don’t always go into the office to go to work, and a lot of people never go into the office. That is the way we are now. Take that money that you were going to piss away on railroads and use it to fix the roads, which we were going to use anyway.

State Prop 2

The constitutional amendment providing that marriage in this state consists only of the union of one man and one woman and prohibiting this state or a political subdivision of this state from creating or recognizing any legal status identical or similar to marriage.

YES. You People brought this on yourself. We let you define the argument, and this is the one you wanted. If you hadn’t pushed so hard for the word “marriage”, when we could have done something “identical or similar”, but you made it obvious that the word was what you wanted and you weren’t going to stop with a compromise. Fine. We’ll settle it now.

State Prop 3

The constitutional amendment clarifying that certain economic development programs do not constitute a debt.

NO. No sneaky debts. A sneaky debt is a sneaky tax. Stop bribing investors. If the development makes sense, the investors will come to you. Let the other states screw themselves over by mortgaging themselves to the gills. When they go Tango Uniform like California almost did, the investors will come here. Investors like sanity.

State Prop 4

The constitutional amendment authorizing the denial of bail to a criminal defendant who violates a condition of the defendant’s release pending trial.

YES. This gives a judge the power to cut to the chase and throw our malcontent back in the pokey when he jumps bail the first time.

State Prop 5

The constitutional amendment allowing the legislature to define rates of interest for commercial loans.

NO. Waaah, we need to protect these silly business men who want to spend lots of money on interest so they can stay in business. Waah. SHADDUP! If they want to borrow the money at a stupid interest rate, let them!

State Prop 6

The constitutional amendment to include one additional public member and a constitutional county court judge in the membership of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

YES. Shifts the Judicial Council to having more non-lawyers on it. I’m all for busting up the legal cartel, and this is one more step towards it.

State Prop 7

The constitutional amendment authorizing line-of-credit advances under a reverse mortgage.

YES. Okay, here is what a reverse mortgage is. You’re ready to retire. You own your house, but you don’t have much of a retirement fund. What this lets you do is start drawing money against your house in a line of credit, and you live off that until you die. When you die, either the loan is paid off by your heirs/estate or they take the house.

I think this is a terrible idea for most people to take. If you have kids, the kids should keep you up, and they should get your house. Of course, there are exceptions, and that is why I am voting yes. If you don’t have any kids, why in the hell would you want to keep all that equity in your house? You can’t take your house to heaven. If your kids all already have really nice houses and they don’t have a sentimental attachment to your house, then live off it and don’t be a burden to your kids.

It’s a personal choice, and people should be able to make choices. Even bad ones.

State Prop 8

The constitutional amendment providing for the clearing of land titles by relinquishing and releasing any state claim to sovereign ownership or title to interest in certain land in Upshur County and Smith County.

YES. Get the state out of the mineral rights game, and give these people their property rights.

State Prop 9

The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for a six-year term for a board member of a regional mobility authority.

NO. These are board members, not running backs. Hell, it is usually a bad idea to give a long contract to a running back — why would you give a six year contract to some yahoo that is probably a political crony in the first place?

That’s it. Print out this list if you want to take it with you:

Dallas

Prop 1: NO

Prop 2: YES

Prop 3: YES

Prop 4: YES

Prop 5: YES

Prop 6: NO

Prop 7: YES

Prop 8: YES

Prop 9: YES

Prop 10: NO

Prop 11: YES

Prop 12: YES

Prop 13: NO

Texas:

Prop 1: NO

Prop 2: YES

Prop 3: NO

Prop 4: YES

Prop 5: NO

Prop 6: YES

Prop 7: YES

Prop 8: YES

Prop 9: NO

3 Comments

  1. Mexigogue says:

    Awww. I want to go vote away commie powers too.

  2. Jim Darkness says:

    Damn… I love all these little reminders of why I don’t now nor will I ever live in the Dallas city limits…

  3. Peggy says:

    Read your list and damn, I like the way you think. Probably because I would have voted the same way. Anytime you can put a choke chain on political power, you do it.