Saturday, October 11, 2014

2014 FL Constitutional Amendments: 1 & 2 Yes! 3 Hell No!

Amendment 1-Dedicated Funding to Acquire and Restore Florida Conservation and Recreation Lands:--YES!!!

Under Rick Scott, Florida has become the 2nd most polluted state in the union behind Ohio. The agencies charged with protection were stacked with Chamber of Commerce cronies who did the opposite, our springs are choked with slime thanks to Rick Scott's allowance of wastewater disposal, and we now have fracking in the Everglades. We can't count on our governor or his complicit right-wing legislature to do the right thing and protect our water and natural areas.... so we have to count on us.

Amendment 1 gives Florida voters a direct opportunity to keep drinking water clean, protect our rivers, lakes, and springs, restore natural resources, and protect our beaches: all without any increase in taxes! It takes 33 percent of an existing real estate tax and puts that money into environmental and drinking water protection INSTEAD of giving it to wealthy Rick Scott cronies. Pretty freaking clear folks--YES on this.

Amendment 2-Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions:--YES!

Think about the stupidity of what is going on in our state right now. If you are in serious pain at a hospital, you can be prescribed OPIUM! That happened to dying colleague I knew. Her pain was being treated with one of the harshest drugs because Marijuana was not allowed to be prescribed. Who in their right mind thinks that's okay???? Critically ill patients have died being denied cannabis treatment. There is no reason to deny this to terminally ill patients--and few people think so except our Attorney General, Pam Bondi, Rick Scott, and ideologically-warped politicians. They can only picture long-haired hippies getting high, not the actual grandmothers or toddlers being medically treated and saved by it.

Amendment 3- Prospective Appointment of Certain Judicial Vacancies:--hells NO!!

Every single damn election we go through this. Rick Scott and the teaparty legislature have tried for years to kick off the three liberal Justices of the Florida State Supreme Court. They tried to break them off to a criminal court, they tried smearing them in the last election (using Koch money), and they created a phony scandal to remove them. The last election they tried a bizarre ballot attempt of having a Senate "sign-off" for Justices. That failed. So they tried this:

If Rick Scott LOSES this year's election, he gets to kick off the THREE LIBERAL JUSTICES on the Supreme Court and replace them with conservatives. This ballot is worded so that a governor can "replace" judges if his term ends at the same time as a Justice's. (Just so you are aware, the legislature already passed a bill that allows Rick Scott to kick off the three liberal Justices IF HE WINS, so this amendment just covers all the bases.)

Vote NO. Then tell your friends to do the same.

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