Sep 072006

I’m having some trouble deciding which state best reflects America’s red state values.

Who’s ahead in promoting Tom DeLay’s market-based legislative techniques? Is it Ohio’s Bob Ney, Bob Taft and Ken Blackwell, or is Florida whack-job Kathering Harris leading the way?

Is Florida the reddest of states because they first implemented the GOP’s White American Voting Preference Initiative, or does Ohio win because they perfected it?

Is Florida’s recently passed law that let’s you shoot someone that scares you (and ask questions later) more red than Ohio’s recently enacted rule that allows county prosecutors, the state attorney general, or, as a last resort, alleged victims to ask judges to civilly declare someone to be a sex offender even when there has been no criminal verdict or successful lawsuit the reddest of values.

The rules spell out how the untried process would work. It would largely treat a person placed on the civil registry the same way a convicted sex offender is treated under Ohio’s so-called Megan’s Law.

The person’s name, address, and photograph would be placed on a new Internet database and the person would be subjected to the same registration and community notification requirements and restrictions on where he could live.

A civilly declared offender, however, could petition the court to have the person’s name removed from the new list after six years if there have been no new problems and the judge believes the person is unlikely to abuse again.

I’ve created a poll so you can help me decide.

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