Posts Tagged ‘Proposition 29’

The Tobacco Settlement Bait-And-Switch

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Dec. 08, 2012 By Joseph Perkins “California’s lawsuit against the tobacco industry has reached a successful conclusion that provides a major victory in the fight against smoking.” So said Bill Lockyer, then the state’s attorney general, back in 1999. The settlement guaranteed the state ...

Lance Armstrong should have kept fighting

Monday, August 27th, 2012
Lance Armstrong should have kept fighting

Aug. 27, 2012 By John Seiler With a name like Lance-Arm-Strong, Lance Armstrong should have kept fighting the anti-doping charges against him. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency just supposedly "stripped" him of his seven titles, although it's not clear if they have the authority to do so, and he might s...

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee attacks Chick-fil-A

Monday, July 30th, 2012

July 30, 2012 By John Seiler San Francisco has a reputation as a "tolerant" city, the capital of the 1967 Summer of Love, Haight-Ashbury and all that. Whatever it was in psychedelic Sixties, today it's one of the most intolerant cities around. For example, on June 6, San Fran voted a whopping 74 pe...

The Establishment killed cig tax Prop. 29

Monday, June 25th, 2012

June 25, 2012 By John Seiler The backers of the Proposition 29 cigarette tax increase finally snubbed out the butt of their vigil over the June 5 vote. It lost by just 28,000 votes. Proponents blamed the $47 million spent by the Big Tobacco companies to defeat the measure. Lance Armstrong, the bi...

Prop 29 tobacco tax defeated

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

June 6, 2012 Katy Grimes: Ballotpedia just reported that Proposition 29, the Tobacco tax, was defeated 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent. Whew! That was close. But in the end, I think voters are just distrustful of another tax, and particularly how politicians would spend the funds.   Propo...

Cig tax increase cliffhanger

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Update: Prop. 29 lost. June 5, 2012 By John Seiler Looks like we might not know until late tonight whether poor smokers will be taxed into penury by Proposition 29, the $735 million tax increase for wealthy cancer "charities."  As of 9 pm, it's winning with 51.3 percent of the vote, but only ...

Proposition 29: Why should voters care?

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

April 25, 2012 by Katy Grimes There are examples of waste, fraud and abuse in nearly every corner of government.  With the election season upon us, voters need to pay special attention to what is on the ballot. California's ballot initiatives say a great deal about the health of the state. The...

Prop. 29 cig haters interrupt John Denver

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
Prop. 29 cig haters interrupt John Denver

April 4, 2012 By John Seiler Usually when I work, I listen to classical music. But sometimes I put on the rock I grew up with, usually the Stones, Hendrix, Cream, The Who, Dylan, the MC5, etc. A good way to do that is on YouTube, where you can click on a video stream of up to 100 videos of the art...