UPDATE NO. 3: I've edited or removed several comments urging people to vote for certain items in three or four different states. This blog and this post are not a political billboard. Please, no electioneering.
UPDATE NO. 2: If the video below is missing, it is due to YouTube being intermittently unavailable as a result of Sandy. Check back later.
UPDATE EARLY TUESDAY MORNING: I wrote this post over the weekend to help give me some time off this week but now there is Sandy.
Taking nothing away from California Prop34 and Jan Adams, please feel free to also discuss the mega-storm in the comments below. I'm surely interested in hearing from readers who are affected and I'm sure others are too.
In case you've been wondering where Time Goes By's Gay and Gray column has been for most of this year, blame it on the writer, Jan Adams, who keeps her own blog at Can It Happen Here?
Jan took on a most important and heavily time-consuming project in 2012 – the effort to repeal the death penalty in California, and it's making astonishing progress.
TPM reported that polling on Proposition 34 was at a statistical dead heat. Here, from Jan's blog, is the best video about it:
In case you missed any of the points, here they are in writing:
The death penalty is no BLEEPING laughing matter. But when you learn that the death penalty will cost California tax payers $1 billion dollars over the next 5 years, it costs a lot less to keep someone in jail for life than it is to put them on death row, it does not deter crime and make our communities safer and the US has sentenced 140 innocent people to death since 1973, it can be viewed as a joke!
VOTE YES on Prop 34 to replace the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole in California.
Hey, Californians, please do that. If Prop 34 passes, to a great extent it will be due to Jan's hard work all year and as such things often happen, it could be the beginning of a death penalty rollback in other states.
There is another little note for you at The Elder Storytelling Place today.