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Bespotted By The Donald And The Hillary, Election Day 2016 In Arizona Will Also Reveal Voter Judgement On Medical Marijuana, Minimum Wage Hike, A New Or Older Senator, And A Slew Of Local Races


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Nov. 7, 2016 — With the end of the election it is important to realize that every election official wants to get it right — and that means every vote is legitimate and no valid votes are unheard — regardless of the outcome.

Enough said? Hopefully.

There’s nothing more to see there, again, hopefully.

But you can’t vote if you don’t tell a governmental entity you want to do so. Go here for polling place information:

Go here to find out if you are registered:

Without a doubt, everyone will be glued to the race between Sir Grabs A Lot (Donald Trump) and Lady Hides A Lot (Hillary Clinton). Thanks to Count Royal Pest (FBI Director James Comey) the race has really tightened in the last week. But, who knows if the count’s royal decree absolving Clinton (again) will make a difference in the voting booth. Florida, North Carolina, Nevada and yes, Arizona are among the tossup (throwup for 2016?) states that might make a difference this year.

Those numbers on the “big bard will surely be fun-to-watch.

You can also check in with us for “as they are reported results” from several different sources as the night passes.

Moving on, there are many interesting races that will happen in this go around that do not include the names Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.

Our pick for some of the top to watch include McCain v Kirkpatrick and U.S. Senate results, and Arizona’s two propositions.

U.S. Senate and McCain v Kirkpatrick
The race between Sen. John McCain and Ann Kirkpatrick never really got started. The electorate was so weighed down by the top of the ticket that unless an incumbent or front runner made a big-time mistake, the challenger couldn’t gain traction at a tire convention. Just ask Mark Kirk in Illinois how he feels after laying down some serious ethic flubs in his campaign against Tammy Duckworth. And from a sitting Senator, too, by golly.

We’re shocked. SHOCKED!

Anyway, back here in Arizona, Kirkpatrick is able and capable, but she ran into Crocker Jarman (see The Candidate). And, while she is definitely a woman, she is no Robert Redford. That is, she wasn’t operating from a movie script where the underdog wins when a singular writer wants them to do so.

So, Arizona will not likely help democrats tip the balance of power in the U.S. Senate, but thanks to Duckworth and others, there will be interesting races to watch throughout the nation. Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy will be interesting to watch in Florida as will Pat Toomey and Katie McGinty in Pennsylvania. Add in Catherine Cortez Masto and Jope Heck in Nevada and there may be some close calls Tuesday night that may also run into Wednesday.

Arizona Ballot Propositions

So, since marijuana is legal for medical purposes in Arizona, some folks decided it should extend to all people. Many thousands of signatures later and Prop. 205 was on the ballot. Tuesday, Arizona voters will have their say. The latest polls show that the measure will likely be a photo finish. This one will likely not be known until Wednesday at the earliest.

If it fails, everything goes back to normal. That is, people will go to jail for it

But if Prop. 205 does pass, then the real (rhymes with it) will hit the (rhymes with ..... fan).

There will be the little matters of employers no longer being able to fire people because they used it on their “off-time”, and people in the midst of divorce not using it as the basis of legal wranglings among others. Oh, yea, and the establishment of a new state office, police and money for schools. It will be a doozy. It will be a big fight and it will likely get figuratively bloody.

In the words put in the mouth of Dr. Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters, “dogs and cats, living together, MASS HYSTERIA!”

That is the feeling of a large swath of the corporate “movers and shakers” around the state. The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry are spearheading the fight against legalization.

Who knows, those who oppose Prop. 205 may be right. If it passes, it may be the end of the world. After all, those kids on “That ‘70s Show” smoked marijuana and look how Ashton Kutcher turned out.

But, Prop. 206 is about putting more money in the hands of those workers who need it most: minimum wage earners. Simply, it raises the state’s minimum wage from $8.05 to $10 in 2017 and increases it by 50 cents each year until 2020. And, Prop. 206 guarantees paid time off for those that need it the most: those who are sick. Under the tenets of Prop. 206, 40 hours of paid sick time will be accrued per week for an employee of a businesses with more than 15 employees and 24 hours for employers with less than 15 employees.

Who’d be against that?

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry (yes, them again) also opposes Prop. 206 under the banner of “Protecting Arizona Jobs.”

The argument against Prop. 206 is it will raise the cost of getting goods to consumers.

John McCain explained it to the Tucson Weekly in September thusly: “Twice I’ve talked to groups of franchisees here in Arizona, Taco Bell and McDonalds, those places that give you the first rung on the ladder,” McCain said. “They said, ‘Fine. The next time you drive up to a window, you won’t be talking to a person. The next time you they hand you a hamburger and French fries, it will come out a slot. … They have a certain profit margin. They cannot raise their cost of their product or people will stop purchasing it. So what are they going to do? They’re going to automate. So somebody is going to have to convince me that it’s good for employment in America, and I don’t think it is.”

It speaks for itself. Get out and vote.
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