The votes have been cast, and the results have been announced. Some candidates I favor were elected, and others were not. Some ballot measures I favored were passed, others were not.
I tend to favor libertarian, socialist, progressive, ecological, and liberal viewpoints.
I favored the passage of the legalization of marihuana in California. This ballot failed in past years, while Oregon and Washington legalized the sale to adults over 21 years of age for recreational use. I have shopped at a number of really clean, upscale, and well stocked marihuana dispensaries in Washington and Oregon. Marihuana sales are a boost to local agricultural entrepreneurs, retail sales, and tax revenues. Legalization frees up law enforcement to concentrate on more important crime solving and prevention tasks. It also reduces the impact of the underground criminal drug activity.
A number of current and ongoing important political and social issues have less importance to a man of seventy years of age who is retired.
I favor a straight popular vote for the President of the USA, and the elimination of the Electoral College. Also, I do not believe that each State should have only two senators. There is something politically indecent and totally imbalanced with Wyoming (pop. 584,000) with two senators, and California (pop. 38,800,000) with only two senators. The business and wishes of the greatest number of people in this country are stalled by a "rigged" representation allocation formula that gives minority population viewpoints and empty wilderness land undue and unwarranted political power in the Senate.