MoveOn.org, the liberal public policy advocacy group and political action committee, has released to West Hollywood voters its endorsement of candidates and propositions on the Nov. 6 ballot. The endorsements, emailed as a “progressive ballot guide,” are billed as recommendations garnered from MoveOn’s West Hollywood supporters.
MoveOn’s endorsements are as follows: Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) for re-election as U.S. Representative for the 28th District; Dianne Feinstein (D-San Francisco) for re-election as U.S. Senator, and Betsy Butler (D-Beverly Hills) for re-election to the State Assembly in the 50th District.
MoveOn also recommended “yes” votes on all but three of the 11 propositions on the ballot. Its “no” recommendations concerned:
— Proposition 31, a project of California Forward, a group created by California Common Cause to press for more government accountability. Major elements of Prop 31 would bar the state legislature from authorizing expenditures of more than $25 million without finding offsetting revenues or spending cuts, require performance reviews of all state programs, require performance goals in state and local budgets, and authorize the governor to cut the budget in fiscal emergencies if the legislature fails to act.
— Proposition 32, which would ban corporate and union contributions to state and local candidates; ban contributions by government contractors to politicians who control contracts awarded to them, and ban automatic deductions by corporations, unions, and government of employees’ wages to be used for politics.
— Proposition 33, which would let car insurers offer discounts to new customers who can prove they were continuously covered by any licensed auto insurance company over the previous five years. These “persistency” or “loyalty” discounts can only be offered now to existing customers.