This is of course a partial list of all three categories. I want to comment on some interesting anomalies.
First, the differences between the two left parties – Peace and Freedom and Green. P&F opposes Prop 56 while the Greens support it. That’s the difference between bourgeois post-New Left and socialist views – the latter view the cigarette tax as regressive. There’s nothing socialist about regressive taxes. The Greens, unlike the Democrats who support Proposition 53, take no position on the gun control proposal. P&F joins the Republicans and Libertarians in opposition. That’s the difference between liberalism and radicalism.
All the parties oppose mandatory porn condoms – except the socialists who probably see it as a work safety issue.
Neither the Greens nor P&F are buying into the contractors’ push for Prop 51. They join the Libertarians who probably just don’t like any bond initiatives. Both the Democrats and Republicans support it.
For whatever reason, the Libertarians oppose bilingual education. Maybe it’s a process issue as I raised, or maybe because it will cost money.
Libertarians also oppose the marijuana legalization prop. Interesting.
And while both the Republicans and Libertarians oppose the elimination of plastic grocery bags, the Libertarians aren’t buying into the Prop 65 manipulation by the industry. Good on them.
On Prop 54 everybody supports it except for the Democrats (and unions) because the Democrats probably aren’t going to lose the legislature anytime soon.
Looking at the non-profits – it’s interesting that the ACLU isn’t taking a stand against mandatory porn condoms. I know that some of them have voiced their opposition, but apparently couldn’t put together a position as an organization.
Interesting that the Police Chiefs organization opposes the gun control, but the Peace Officer’s union takes no position. The Peace Officers Research Association also opposes it.
The Chamber is mostly conservative as usual, but they break from the Republicans, Libertarians and tax posse over Proposition 53 which imposes statewide voter approval of funding for local projects. The Chamber is looking at it from an economic perspective more than ideological. And they support bilingual education and the hospital fee diversion. I only disagree with them on two propositions, proposition 55 which extends the tax on rich and the tying of drug purchases to VA prices (Bernie came to California to speak on behalf of 61 last Friday!).
Nearly everybody except the Republicans, Libertarians, and tax posse oppose Proposition 53, which is horrendous.
The League of Women Voters takes its customary liberal positions with the exception of Proposition 59 – the anti-Citizens United advisory prop. I wonder if it’s a process objection against advisory measures in general. Will look into it.
The firefighters support Prop 66, but take no position on 62. Odd. Otherwise the firefighters take liberal positions.
The unions all either support or take no position on the tax on rich and tax on poor. Same with probation reform/child prosecution reform and bilingual education. As usual the nurses and teachers are the most liberal unions.
The Quakers and the interfaith church group mostly agree, but the Quakers oppose the hospital fee diversion and the drugs at VA prices measures while the churches support them. The churches support mandatory porn condoms. The Quakers oppose.
I should point out the 0bvious – that some organizations avoid taking positions on propositions with subject matter unrelated to their central purposes. Still, some of the abstentions are kind of surprising.
The newspapers all seem to be pretty unified on most initiatives. They are split on taxing the rich, probation reform/child prosecution reform (should really be two propositions), and bilingual education. Also to a lesser degree gun control.