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clauclauclaudia
clauclauclaudia
Claudia
Wed, Jul. 17th, 2002 04:54 pm
help, i've fallen off livejournal and I can't get up!

No, I'm just way behind. virelai reminded me that people might occasionally actually read claudia_media, so I think I'll have to go do some updating there... I saw several movies recently I have stuff to say about. I'm in a non-journalling mood these last couple weeks, for whatever reason.

On my mind: the Massachusetts Super-DOMA constitutional amendment ballot question appears to have been procedurally killed. I guess it's a clean kill--the procedural vote didn't even get the 50 votes the amendment itself would have needed to pass. But I don't approve of the voters' wishes (in this case, the wish of over 100,000 petition signatories) being quashed by procedural nonsense. I don't like it when it results in Clean Elections not being funded, and I don't like it here.

Hm. The original reporting had the vote at 105-46, but now it's 137-53, so the bit about a "clean kill" is no longer true. I presume many legislators weren't yet in the room and are now registering their votes for the record after the fact... but I don't really know.

So, yay result, boo tactics, I guess.

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tigerbright
tigerbright
Tiger Lily the Ginger Cat
Wed, Jul. 17th, 2002 02:22 pm (UTC)

Hmm, yeah, I'd rather it had actually been voted on. But that's me.


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browngirl
browngirl
Ayesha
Wed, Jul. 17th, 2002 02:35 pm (UTC)

Hey, I was wondering where you'd got to. :)

A.


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krikket
Krikket
Wed, Jul. 17th, 2002 08:21 pm (UTC)

Clarification: The whole reason they're voting on it is because it _didn't_ get the 10,000+ signatures needed to get it on the ballot.

And if they did, and the State Legislature killed it anyway (or refused to vote on it, thereby denying an approval (Think: pocket veto) (ala the ballot to repeal the Mass. Income Tax)) then all they would have done is collect another batch of signatures, and it would be on the ballot despite the legislature.

Personally, I think it should have been killed by the Secretary of State on the grounds that it's unconstitutional (state and federal), but that's another story.


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surrealestate
surrealestate
Safe, effective, and fun!
Thu, Jul. 18th, 2002 07:10 pm (UTC)

Yep. When I first heard about this early yesterday, I gleefully announced it to the online discussion forum I was on, then had the following exchange:

=peacefrog= In that oh-so-political way, though, they didn't actually vote -on- it.. they voted to adjourn the session, which blocked the amendment.
=otherperson= pf: But only 46 voted against, so it wouldn't have passed, anyway. It's the same thing.
=peacefrog= op: i wouldn't say it's a given that everyone who voted to not deal with it would definitely have voted against it.. this was easier than taking a more explicit stand, but in any case, it's dead, and that's good.


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