We've received numerous requests for our positions on the propositions and our candidate endorsements, which were published in the Star over the past several weeks.
We will recap our complete list of proposition positions and candidate endorsements on Sunday, but we will also run them this week as space allows.
On the propositions
Prop. 106: Would keep federal health-care reform from applying to Arizonans. NO
Prop. 107: Would amend the state constitution to gut any affirmative-action programs, with likely harmful effects on government and school programs. NO
Prop. 109: Would amend the state constitution to include the right to hunt and fish, and give the Legislature control of wildlife management. NO
Prop 110: Would amend the constitution to require that state trust lands be sold or exchanged in a way that protects military installations from potential incompatible uses nearby. YES
Prop 111: Would create a lieutenant governor position instead of secretary of state. We support the idea, but this proposition has troubling language that causes problems for independents and third-party candidates. NO
Prop. 112: Would change the petition deadline to give election officials more time to validate signatures before election deadlines. YES
Prop 113: Would amend the state constitution to require workers seeking union representation to hold an election, even if federal laws were changed to simply allow workers to sign a card to indicate their support for unionization. YES
Prop. 203: Would allow people with specific conditions, such as cancer, who have a doctor's prescription to legally buy and use specific amounts of marijuana for medicinal purposes. YES
Prop. 301: Would sweep money from a voter-protected conservation fund, the Growing Smarter program, and allow lawmakers to use the money toward balancing the state budget. YES
Prop. 302: Would eliminate voter-approved protection for tobacco-tax revenue now dedicated to early childhood education and similar programs. This would allow the Legislature to divert the money to other uses. NO
Prop. 400: Would increase the sales tax within Tucson city limits by a half-cent per dollar; the revenue would go to fund police and fire protection, parks and transportation. YES
Prop. 401: Would change the Tucson City Charter to give the city manager hiring and firing power over his immediate deputies; would make the mayor's powers equal to those of City Council members; would increase mayor and council salaries and would eliminate alternating terms, so the entire council and mayor would be elected at once. YES