Our endorsements

The following is a recap of The Daily Sentinel’s endorsements for items that appear on the ballot in Mesa County. If an item on the ballot is not listed here, we have not taken a position on it.


ELECTED OFFICIALS

Presidential Electors:              John McCain/Sarah Palin (R)

United States Senate:                                  Bob Schaffer (R)

Representative to Congress — District 3:        No endorsement

State Board of Education — District 3:            Marcia Neal (R)

State Representative — District 55:          Bernie Buescher (D)

County Commissioner — District 1:                Craig Meis (R)

County Commissioner — District 3:          Janet Rowland (R)


JUDGES (Yes is a vote to retain the judge)

District Judge David A. Bottger:                                    Yes

District Judge Thomas M. Deister:                                Yes

District Judge Brian J. Flynn:                                        Yes

Mesa County Judge Craig P. Henerson:                            Yes

Mesa County Judge Gretchen B. Larson:                          Yes


STATE BALLOT MEASURES

Amendment 46, affirmative action programs:                Yes

Amendment 47, right to work:                                      No

Amendment 48, defining personhood:                            No

Amendment 49, prohibiting government collection
  of union dues:                                                            Yes

Amendment 50, expanding bet limits and hours
  of casino gambling:                                                    Yes

Amendment 51, raising the state sales tax:                      No

Amendment 52, redirecting increased
  severance tax money to highways:                                  Yes

Amendment 53:                          Withdrawn by the sponsors

Amendment 54, banning political contributions
  by certain groups that contract with the government:        No

Amendments 55, 56 and 57:          Withdrawn by the sponsors

Amendment 58: Eliminating the property tax credit
  for severance taxes:                                                      No

Amendment 59: Ending automatic annual increases
  in public education funding and TABOR Amendment
  revenue caps for state government:                                Yes

Referendum L: Dropping the minimum age
  to serve in state House of Representatives to 21:                Yes

Referendum O: Raising the requirements for placing
  constitutional amendments on the ballot:                        Yes


LOCAL BALLOT MEASURES

Mesa County Referred Measure 1A, enlarging
  the board to five county commissioners:                          Yes

Mesa County Referred Measure 1A,
  secondary question:                                Election method 1

City of Grand Junction Question 2A, raise
  sales tax to pay for new public safety facilities:                Yes

City of Grand Junction Question 2B, eliminate
  TABOR revenue restrictions in perpetuity:                      No

School District 51Referred Measure 3A,
raise property taxes to operate new schools:                    Yes

School District 51 Referred Measure 3B
  raise property taxes temporarily to pay
  for bonds to build new schools:                                      Yes


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