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LAist Guide to the Primary: Proposition 98

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You won't be faulted if you feel as if it just now seems we are getting out from under the covers of the Feb. 5 Primary. For one, there was very little finality -- something that elections are supposed to deliver -- when we were promised Super Tuesday would end all lingering doubts about our preferred candidate. For another, election officials are just now getting around to changing the flawed ballots that left so many crying Bubble Trouble last time around.

But, here we are, mere weeks from the June 3 primary where two important ballot propositions command our attention and understanding, even if the judicial races are pointless and potentially harmful.

Both Propositions 98 and 99 deal with the plucky issue of eminent domain, a social contract that gives the government authority to take property under very specific circumstances. If passed, both would curb the government's ability to take land that they might have previously claimed the right to based on public interest. Inherently stark differences, however, mark both proposition's divide and could ultimately doom one over another.