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August 24, 2016

San Jose Mercury News Opposes Prop 60 in Blistering Editorial

LOS ANGELES, CA � San Jose�s Mercury News, the second biggest newspaper in California, has published an editorial excoriating Proposition 60, the adult film initiative. The paper�s editorial board calls the upcoming ballot measure �daft,� for the �porn czar� provision giving proponent Michael Weinstein the power to overrule the attorney general � and encourages voters strongly to Vote No on 60.

In the editorial, �Vote no condom measure Prop 60,� the Mercury News board pulled no punches:

�How bad is Prop 60? In a rare display of unity, California�s Democratic Party and Republican Party are opposed �

Prop. 60 is the brainchild of Michael Weinstein, CEO of the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation. He�s often described as uncompromising and dictatorial, and let�s just say he brought both those qualities to Prop. 60�

Weinstein is setting himself up as the state�s porn czar, apparently for life. He could only be ousted �by a majority vote of each house of the Legislature when �good cause� exists to do so.� Funny, there�s no provision for the governor, Legislature or voters to name a successor if Weinstein is removed by the Legislature.�

�The problems with this law have been apparent from day one, for anyone who reads beyond the headline, � says Eric Paul Leue, Executive Director of the Free Speech Coalition. �It gives one misguided man the power to control the lives and livelihoods of thousands of adult industry workers, and creates a digital mob to sue, harass, attack those who work in this industry, even a married couple filming from their own home. Under Prop 60, the entire production chain is liable, from performers and producers to retailers and cable companies.�

The Mercury News Group, which publishes over two dozen papers in California, also published the editorial under a slightly different title in the East Bay Times. The full editorial can be read at MercuryNews.com

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