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Newsletter: To the resisters and the MAGA-capped: Vote

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Voters fill out their early ballots at the Los Angeles County registrar of voters office in Norwalk last month.
(Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

Good morning. I’m Paul Thornton, and it is Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. All that’s left to do now is vote, so with that in mind, let’s take a look back at the week in Opinion.

Regular readers of this newsletter have gathered by now that I do not support much of what President Trump has done over his nearly two years in office (an opinion shared by my colleagues on the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board). But that doesn’t matter now; in fact, disagree as much as I might with fans of this president, I wouldn’t hesitate to share a line at the polls with a MAGA-capped citizen wielding his marked-up sample ballot.

My point: Vote, please — everyone of you who’s eligible. Do it. In this polarized environment, one of the few things we have in common politically is our ability to cast a single ballot making our opinions official government business. It neatly equalizes the power of the loudest Trump rally-goer, the pink-capped Women’s Marchers with the pithiest protest sign, and the quiet citizen who cares just enough about policymaking to vote.

In this election, it’s more important than ever for voters to cast their ballots. The Times Editorial Board explains why:

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If you still haven’t voted, here are The Times Editorial Board’s recommendations (and yes, we included judges, and no, we didn’t forget Proposition 9 — because there is no Proposition 9):

Governor: Gavin Newsom

U.S. Senator: Dianne Feinstein

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Lieutenant governor: Ed Hernandez

Attorney general: Xavier Becerra

Secretary of state: Alex Padilla

Controller: Betty Yee

Treasurer: Fiona Ma

Insurance commissioner: Steve Poizner

Proposition 1 (affordable housing): Yes

Proposition 2 (mentally ill housing): Yes

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Proposition 3 (water bond): No

Proposition 4 (children’s hospitals): Yes

Proposition 5 (property taxes): No

Proposition 6 (motorist taxes): No

Proposition 7 (daylight saving time): Yes

Proposition 8 (dialysis centers): No

Proposition 10 (rent control): Yes

Proposition 11 (EMT pay): Yes

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Proposition 12 (chicken cages): Yes

California Supreme Court and 2nd District Court of Appeal: Yes to all judges

L.A. County Superior Court: Alfred A. Coletta, Sydne Jane Michel, Holly L. Hancock, Michael Ribons

L.A. Charter Amendment B (public bank): No

L.A. County sheriff: Jim McDonnell

Reach me: paul.thornton@latimes.com


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