What’s on My Ballot? Part One

by Courtney C Horne @FireezDragon

What’s on my ballot? This is the first in a multi-part series on what is on my ballot here in Baton Rouge.

I want to look at the lack of information on local candidates and lack of clarity in wording of ballot measures. In order to do so I will be going through my ballot line by line over the time leading up to the election.

Presidential Electors
Barack Obama, Joe Biden Democratic Democrat
Jill Stein, Cheri Honkala Green Green
Gary Johnson, James P. Gray Libertarian Libertarian
Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan Republican Republican
Virgil Goode, James Clymer Constitution Other
Ross Anderson, Luis Rodriguez Justice Other
Jack Fellure, Toby Davis Prohibition Other
Peta Lindsay, Yari Osorio Socialism and Liberation Other
Jerry White, Phyllis Scherrer Socialist Equality Other
James Harris, Alyson Kennedy Socialist Workers Other
Sheila Tittle, Matthew Turner We The People Other

This is the list of presidential candidates that made it on to the Louisiana ballot. I don’t think I need to look at information available on each but I think it’s nice to document who made the ballot in our state since obviously this varies from state to state.

U. S. Representative
6th Congressional District
William “Bill” Cassidy #21 Republican
Rufus Holt Craig, Jr. #22 Libertarian
Richard “RPT” Torregano #23 No Party

Cassidy is an incumbent so he obviously has his own website. 

Rufus Craig has a website for his campaign as well.  Though I can’t help but think with all the young people the libertarians have attracted that he should maybe have been able to find a better web designer.

Torregano has a website that looks like maybe a drunk third grader made it and while it says “no party” here he is clearly a tea party candidate.   Update (10/29): I think either his website has been modified or I misread something because I can not re-find the tea party style language about taxes. Still is a very confusing site.

Unfortunately the selection leaves me without anyone decent to vote for.

Bill Cassidy will probably win and judging by his record  continue to introduce bills pertaining to suspending the duty on a wide range of chemicals.