Friday, November 11, 2005

Only in Cali

Every time I think I've heard it all, California makes the news again. This time the voters elected a man in prison for a parole violation of his 1998 conviction of spousal abuse and drug possession.

I know, big deal. He's a politician and all politicians are crooks. We've all heard it before. Well, this one has a slight crinkle that I found interesting, this wife beating drug user has been elected to the school board there. It seems the ever diligent voters picked him because his name was at the top of the ballot.


BigNewsDay said...

This is the same state that elected Arnold as Governor. But seriously, people do not tend to pay too much attention to who they vote for in school board elections. It is unfortunate, because local ballot initiatives and school board elections have much a much larger impact on our daily lives than congressional or even presidential elections.

Osgiliath said...


Out of the candidates that ran last time I can't think of one that had a more reasonable message to get out to the people. Personally, I would have voted for the porn star, but I'm not registered in California.

As to people not paying attention to local election info, I'm not sure how much of it is the fault of the electorate. Just having gone through a gubernatiorial election here in Virginia it was incredibly hard to find out where the candidates stood on issues. None of the local papers did much to cover it and the Wash Post and Times are worthless about VA politics.