In the run-up to the June 8 California Statewide Direct Primary Election, I have been getting bombarded with printed material in the mail, probably three pieces per day on average. And it’s damned confusing. A bunch of candidates vying for the same position (such as Assembly Member), often with very similar-sounding positions. Tit-for-tat attack pieces sent on alternate days by candidates and the special interest groups who oppose them. What’s a voter to do?
For starters, do a little research. Check out the websites of the candidates for their stated positions and their records. See who endorses and opposes them. Enlighten us here through your comments. Check out your Voter Guides if you have been sent them. Then read the fine print on some of those special interest group pieces. Often, the groups with the loftiest-sounding names (Citizens For a Fair Economy, Moms For Health Care Justice, Girl Scouts for Puppies) are primarily backed by big corporations which may not have your interests in mind.