Monday, October 20, 2008

The Okapi Miami-Dade Voting Guide

Like just about everyone, I am completely exhausted, but extremely hopeful, regarding the upcoming election. I can't imagine how many hours I've spent surfing political blogs, or how many evenings I've spent with Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews and the whole CNN Roundtable. And, today, early voting in Florida begins. So, for my peeps in Miami, who are less politically addicted than I, and who trust my leftist liberal elite opinion....here's how I'm voting. Now, get your ass to the polls!

PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT
Barack Obama / Joe Biden

REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS, DISTRICT 18
Annette Taddeo

REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS, DISTRICT 20
Debbie Wasserman Schultz

REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS, DISTRICT 21
Raul L. Martinez

REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS, DISTRICT 25
Joe Garcia

STATE SENATOR
Dan Gelber

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 102
No One

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 106
Richard L. Steinberg

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 107
Luis Garcia

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 110
Nancy L. Stander

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 111
Frank Morra

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 112
No One

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 113
Javier Betancourt

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 119
Michael Hanley Calderin

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 120
Ron Saunders

CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
Harvey Rubin

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT NUMBER 1
Summary: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to delete provisions authorizing the Legislature to regulate or prohibit ownership, inheritance, disposition, and possession of real property by aliens ineligible for citizenship.
Vote YES!

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT NUMBER 2
Summary: This amendment protects marriage as the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife and provides that no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized.
Vote NO!

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT NUMBER 3
Summary: Authorizes the Legislature, by general law, to prohibit consideration of changes or improvements to residential real property which increase resistance to wind damage and installation of renewable energy source devices as factors in assessing the property’s value for ad valorem taxation purposes. Effective upon adoption, repeals the existing renewable energy source device exemption no longer in effect.
Vote YES!

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT NUMBER 4
Requires the Legislature to provide a property tax exemption for real property encumbered by perpetual conservation easements or other perpetual conservation protections, defined by general law. Requires Legislature to provide for classification and assessment of land used for conservation purposes, and not perpetually encumbered, solely on the basis of character or use. Subjects assessment benefit to conditions, limitations, and reasonable definitions established by general law. Applies to property taxes beginning in 2010.
Vote YES!

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT NUMBER 6
Provides for assessment based upon use of land used predominantly for commercial fishing purposes; land used for vessel launches into waters that are navigable and accessible to the public; marinas and dry stacks that are open to the public; and water-dependent marine manufacturing facilities, commercial fishing facilities, and marine vessel construction and repair facilities and their support activities, subject to conditions, limitations, and reasonable definitions.
Vote YES!

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT NUMBER 8
Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to require that the Legislature authorize counties to levy a local option sales tax to supplement community college funding; requiring voter approval to levy the tax; providing that approved taxes will sunset after 5 years and may be reauthorized by the voters.
Vote YES!

COUNTY QUESTIONS
Home Rule Charter Amendment Regarding the Offices of Manager and Mayor: Shall the Charter be amended to transfer the powers, duties, and responsibilities of the County Manager to the County Mayor and provide that the County Manager shall assist the Mayor in the administration of county government only to the extent directed by the Mayor?
Vote YES!

Home Rule Charter Amendment Relating to Salaries and Service of County Commissioners: Shall the Charter be amended to provide that County Commissioners shall:• Devote full-time service to the office of Commissioner and hold no other employment; and• No longer receive the $6,000 annual salary established in 1957, but receive instead the salary provided by state statutory formula, adjusted annually by the county’s population (currently approximately $91,995), used by other Florida counties, including Broward County?
Vote YES!

Charter Amendment Providing Alternative Process to Qualify for Office of County Commissioner or Mayor: Shall the Charter be amended to permit candidates for the office of County Commissioner or Mayor to qualify for office by either submitting a petition signed by specified number of registered voters or paying a qualifying fee?
Vote YES!

Home Rule Charter Amendment on Ordinance Initiative Petitions Requiring Clerk Form Approval and Public Hearings: Shall the Charter be amended to provide that the Clerk, not the Board, shall approve initiative petitions proposing passage or repeal of an ordinance as to form and require the County Commission to hold a public hearing on any such petition at the next County Commission meeting subsequent to the Clerk’s approval of the petition?
Vote YES!

Charter Amendment Relating to Approval as to Form of Initiative Petitions: Shall the Charter be amended to provide that the Clerk of the Circuit Court, rather than the Board of County Commissioners, approve citizen initiative petitions as to form?
Vote YES!

County Charter Amendment Creating Uniform Countywide Fire and Rescue Service and Preserving Existing City Service: Shall the Charter be amended to require that the Board of County Commissioners provide a uniform, countywide system of fire protection and rescue services for all incorporated and unincorporated areas of the County with the exception of the cities of Miami, Miami Beach, Hialeah, Coral Gables, and Key Biscayne which may provide for fire and rescue protection services in those cities?
Vote NO!

If you want to vote early...which I think is a great idea if you're not going to be happy about waiting in line for hours on November 4th, click here for a list of early voting sites, and click here for a list of what you'll need to bring with you.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Green print on a blue background is almost impossible to read.
ADA print rules require a 70% contrast to be legible.
A high % of your readers have vision problems...please don't add to the problem.

familyman said...

Hey Okapi - Good job making it easy for people to go out there and vote.

I voted already! Woooo Hoooo. I don't think I need to tell you who I voted for. :)

I'm like you. I'm exhausted worrying about this election. It's all I can think about.

If you haven't stopped by in a while, take a look at the 2 "waaaaasup" videos I posted. I think you'll like them.

Anonymous said...

You're voting in all the districts? How do you pull that one off?

Anonymous said...

"leftist liberal elite opinion"

That is why you should not be taken seriously, and that is why you are not credible.

It feels like you're telling people how to vote. Do you think that people are too stupid to decide for themselves who or what they want to vote for? If they don't know what they're voting for or how they should vote you should tell them not to vote at all. If they don't want to get informed that's their own fault, they shouldn't vote according to what you believe in.

"You're too stupid to decide how to vote, so here is how I'm voting. Now go and vote the same."

You, sir, are ridiculous.

stimpasaurus said...

Anonymous, you're such a sore loser. Why don't you go blog on Freaky Fanatics for Jeebus or someplace else where anyone would give your rants the time of day.

You, sir/ma'am, are insignificant!

Anonymous said...

How am I sore loser, Stimpasaurus? With a name like that, the only loser here is you.

Want to know why I don't go somewhere else? Because this is America, jackass.

Now you're telling me where to rant? Give me a break.

I posted here with my opinion expecting an intelligent rebuttal, but instead I got your pointless opinion on my "rant". I shouldn't have had such high expections in a blog for, and by, leftist liberal elites.

You sir, are meaningless, along with the rest of your congregation.

familyman said...
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familyman said...

OK Anonymous, I'll try to give you an "intelligent rebuttal" as you say.

I don't understand why you are calling Cyrus "ridiculous" for stating his opinion on his own blog. That's pretty much what blogs are for.

There are a lot of "leftist liberal elite" in this country. Why should they not be taken seriously?

Not to mention the fact that I think calling himself a "leftist liberal elite" was kind of tongue-in-cheek.

Cyrus said...

Anonymous # 1 - I admit that I never considered that my personal blog isn't ADA compliant. I suppose I will now have to consider that.

FM- THANK YOU, as always.

Anonymous # 2 - You're correct. Try as I did, it was impossible for me to vote in all districts. But, for those of my friends who live in those districts, I was able to let them know who I WOULD vote for.

Anonymous # 3 - You're not looking for an "intelligent rebuttal." You're looking to be an asshole, which, clearly, you have accomplished. This is my personal blog, that I keep for my own personal enjoyment, and as a way to keep in touch with my, mostly, leftist liberal friends. And, we may be ridiculous and meaningless to you...but, WE JUST WON MOTHERFUCKER! And, finally,you can "rant" all you want here...but, just so you know, I have about 3 regular readers, and I'm sure they don't give a shit what some ranting anonymous has to say.

Stimpasaurus - The most badass screenname I've ever heard.

stimpasaurus said...

Cyrus, you used to have 4 regular readers. What happened?

And, if I've never thanked you for giving me my nickname, Stimpasaurus, 16 years ago, well THANK YOU.

Anonymous said...

Familyman, I am not calling his opinion ridiculous,what I think is ridiculous is how he's telling others to vote.

If how he said it was tongue-in-cheek then I didn't notice it at all.

I can take leftist liberal elite opinions seriously, but I don't take the people seriously when they label themselves as such.

Compare if he would have said:

"Here's how I'm voting."

To:

"Here's my leftist liberal elite opinion."

Cyrus, You are wrong. I seriously was expecting an intelligent rebuttal, which Familyman was kind enough to offer, because I have high expectations about everyone.

"And, we may be ridiculous and meaningless to you...but, WE JUST WON MOTHERFUCKER!"

I WAS expecting that though. The gloating and boasting about your well-earned victory. Nice way to handle it with modesty, but I'll ignore that childish comment of yours.

Congratulations to you, your candidate, and your party. I believe Barack Obama will be a great President and I stand behind him and will respect him as such, something I don't think YOU would have done if McCain won.