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2012 Ballot Questions From 30,000 Feet

Posted by Garrett Quinn, Less is More  July 11, 2012 09:59 AM

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APBallotBox.jpgLadies and gentlemen, here are your 2012 Massachusetts ballot questions:

  • Question 1 Availability of Auto Repair Information.
  • Question 2 Prescribing Medication to End Life
  • Question 3 Medical Use of Marijuana

Question 1 you probably already know as "Right To Repair" or as others have called it, the Talk Radio Stimulus Bill. The Right To Repair Law has been fought over for what seems like forever and now this epic battle will come to an end in November.

In short, it's a fight between major car companies and auto parts dealers over releasing information needed to repair modern cars that are more computers on wheels than gears and grease. The car manufacturers say that the release of this information could jeopardize their business and lead to the manufacturing of potentially dangerous knockoffs. The auto parts dealers and some small repair shops say that this limited release of information hurts them and forces people to go to more expensive dealers.

The fight over Question 1 will probably be one of the most expensive in years and saturate the airwaves. The supporters of the questions spent nearly $300,000 to get it on the ballot. So wedged in there between ads about how horrible Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren are will be ads explaining Question 1.

Questions 2 and 3 are more self explanatory and easy to understand so we won't see the barrage of advertising that we will with Question 1. Most people can tell you where they stand on the usage of marijuana for medical purposes and whether or not people should be able to take their own lives with the help of a doctor.

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Garrett Quinn began writing for newspapers at age 17 with CNC in his native South Shore. He has been published in BlueMassGroup, RedMassGroup, Pioneer Investigates, and Wonkette. He is a More »

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