So, as some Californians may have already realized, we have 12, yes 12, propositions on the ballot this November, after having already voted on 9 propositions earlier this year (7 on Super Tuesday and 2 more during the June primaries), I'm wondering if any Californians out there are beginning to see the initiative process as an abuse of a once sacred political tool. Perhaps what's even more alarming is that the initiative process allows the constitution to be amended so easily (it is only slightly harder to do this than to pass a standard law via the initiative process). Aside from that complaint/question, I'd also like to know how some of you plan to vote on some of these props. For the moment I've made up my mind about props 4 and 8, but some of them are very much up in the air for me: Prop 1: I'd like a high speed train, but I'm worried about generating new debt at a time like this. Prop 2: While I'm all for making the lives of farm animals more humane, I'm worried about any loopholes that the law might have that will allow farmers to "comply" only to the letter of the law and be just as cruel at the end of the day. Prop 3: Like the train, I like the idea but I'm worried about the debt it would create. I guess that since it isn't nearly as expensive as the train, I'll probably vote 'yes' on it. Prop 4: Places a waiting period and parental notification on teenager abortion access, and since this is the third or forth time this has been on the ballot in one form or another, my vote is a safe 'no.' Prop 5: This remains ambiguous to me, as it promises a reduction in the statutory penalties for nonviolent drug crimes (which I'm all for), but it asks for half a billion in other programs, which with the state's budget in the condition it is I'm hesitant to vote for spending increases. Why can't the reduction in penalties stand alone? Prop 6: This asks for nearly a $1 billion to beef up law enforcement and build/expand the prison system. I think that our prisons are already overcrowded, and that building more of them isn't the solution, so I'm going to vote 'no' for this rather expensive proposal. Prop 7: Requires certain quotas for renewable energy (as in 40% of the state's total power by 2020 and 50% by 2025), and I like this idea, so a safe 'yes' for me. Prop 8: Bans gay marriage; needless to say, I'll be voting 'no' on this prop. Further discussion can be found here. Prop 9: Even though I know this prop's general idea (helping violent crime victims) I'm unclear as to this prop's end result. I'd appreciate some discussion on this one. Prop 10: Uses the state's budget to fund subsidies for alternative energy fuels and vehicles. I don't quite like how the state would be using upwards of $5 billion directly from the general fund to do this, especially because the funds are setup to benefit certain companies more than others. Prop 11: Changes who draws the state's boundaries for elected seats, taking it away from the Legislature. I like this idea, because California's districts are incredibly gerrymandered at the moment, and politics as usual is not working for us. Prop 12: Subsidies for veterans, including helping them with housing. I'm a bit divided on this. The cost is high (nearly a billion), and the responsibility is normally on the Federal government for these kinds of benefits. What do you guys think?