Patrick Dorinson

Spokesman, 'No on 21' campaign


Spokesman for the No on 21 campaign and blogger at

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Proposition 21  would establish an $18 surcharge on vehicles when they’re registered every year, commercial vehicles and trailers excepted.

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Proposition 21 would establish an $18 surcharge on vehicles when they’re registered every year, commercial vehicles and trailers excepted.

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