Fri. Mar 30, 2007
Dear Senator David Adelman
I am writing to you as a constituent who hopes you will use your vote to reject House Bill 340, which cuts funding for health care for the children who need it the most.
It is very possible you intend to do so regardless of this email. In fact, that would be my assumption.
However, my state representative, Mike Jacobs, has proven to me that I should assume nothing just because there is a “D” after a politician’s name. And that’s a fact that I will remember the next time I see his name on a ballot.
I failed to contact him prior to his vote, because I was very busy with work, and assumed he would “do the right thing.” I’m still busy, but I don’t want to make that mistake again, and thus this email to you.
And while I’ve “got you,” I’m equally disturbed by changes to the runoff formula, moving from 50% + 1 to 45%. For example, Cynthia “McKinney finished first in the July 18, 2006 Democratic primary, edging [Hank] Johnson, 47.1% to 44.4%.”
With this change, she’d be in Washington DC right now. And that’s not what the voters wanted, as the subsequent runoff clearly showed, by 58%-42%.
It is very difficult to watch my state legislature attempt to defund health care for children, as well as deny clear voter choice.