I think the early ballot is becoming essential as there are so many elected positions in American Democracy these days. The ballot is split into two, a partisan ballot and a non-partisan ballot. In the latter you cannot use party signalling to make quick decisions. As a result you have to research each person, which makes voting at the ballot box on election day almost impossible. These are all the positions I have to elect someone for on the 2012 Presidential ballot.
- Central Arizona Water Conversation District
City Judge Retention
- Board of Supervisors
- County Assesor
- County Attorney
- County Recorder
- County School Attendant
- County Treasurer
- Justice of the Peace
- Maricopa County Special Health Care District
In these ones you only vote to retain or note the Judge. Appointment is done by the executive but a Judge can be kicked out by popular vote.
- Supreme Court
- Judges of the Court of Appeals Division 1
- Judges of the Superior Court
- Scottsdale Unif No.48
- Prop 114
- Prop 115
- Prop 116
- Prop 117
- Prop 118
- Prop 119
- Prop 120
- Prop 121
- Prop 204
I was speaking with a couple of folks that vote in Arizona and California and thought this west-coast style of democracy was superior to the east-coast style where everything was appointed and it was just jobs for the boys style of nepotism and favoritism.
I am not so sure, this is a large confusing array of things to vote on - especially at the county level. I am also nervous about the constant changes that are occurring to the state constitution. If the constitution needs to be that flexible or is that volatile then it suggests it is either poorly written or needs to be legislation rather than entrenched constitutional language.
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Most Popular Restaurants in Phoenix
Phoenix Eats Out
is the restaurant review site for Phoenix
and Old Town Scottsdale
which lists the modernist and contemporary restaurants, taverns and bars in the greater Phoenix area.
This is the list of the most popular restaurants pages from phoenixeatsout.com that have been viewed the most;
My personal favourite restaurants in Phoenix are AZ88
, Humble Pie
, Orange Table
, The Vig
and others coming close behind. View the complete list with the photo-journalistic style images on phoenixeatsout.com
Most Popular Hikes in Arizona
Arizona is an outdoor state and has lots of hiking in the city and around the state. Phoenix is unusual for most cities in having several large mountains in the center of the city with great hiking. Anyone who comes to Phoenix has to do the Echo Canyon trail on Camelback
and the Summit Hike on Squaw Peak
or Piesta Peak. The views of the city, suburbs and surrounding mountains are wonderful from Camelback and Piesta Peak.
For more experienced hikers there is the McDowell Mountains in North Scottsdale that has several difficult and strenuous hikes in Tom's Thumb
and Bell Pass
. Alternatively, you can hike the highest mountain in Arizona. At 12,600 feet Humphrey's Peak
is a long and difficult hike.
Alternate Australian Constitutions
Between 2004 and 2009 this site, southsearepublic.org
, was a constitutional blog based on scoop which focused on Australian and global constitutional issues.
One of the strongest aspects of it was the development of constitutions by those involved in the blog. These constitutions are the outcome:
The constitutions were built using principles from Montesquieu's separation of powers, the enlightnment's universal political rights and the ancient Athenian technology of sortition and choice by lot.
Archives For South Sea Republic
South Sea Republic started in 2004 as an Australian constitutional blog in 2004 based on scoop software. It was an immigrative outgrowth of Kuro5hin. The archives for each year since then;
The articles are ordered by views.
Who Is Cam Riley
I am an Australian living in the United States as a permanent resident.
I am a software developer by trade and mostly work in Java and jump between middleware and front end.
I originally worked in the New York area of the United States in telecommunications before moving to Washington DC and
working in a mix of telecommunications, energy and ITS. I started my own software company before heading out to
Arizona and working with Shutterfly. Since then I have joined a startup in the Phoenix area and am thoroughly enjoying myself.
I do a lot of photography which I post on this website, but also on flickr. I have a photo-journalistic website which lists
the modernist and contemporary restaurants in phoenix. I have a site on the Australian Flying Corps [AFC]
which has been around since the 1990s and which I unfortunately
lost the .org URL to during a life event; however, it is under the www.australianflyingcorps.com
The AFC website has gone through several iterations since the 90s and the two most recent are Australian Flying Corps Archives(2004-2002)
Australian Flying Corps Archives(2002-1999)
which are good places to start.
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