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Low turnout in 2014, high initiative count in 2016

Elections have consequences. Ironically, California’s abysmal election turnout this November has teed up a veritable flood of ballot initiatives for 2016. Because the signature threshold for qualifying initiatives is pegged to the number of Californians who cast votes in the previous

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Ballot initiatives to watch in 2014

It’s no secret Republicans have seen their influence wane throughout California. Democrats control both chambers of the state legislature with supermajorities. Every statewide office is held by a Democrat. And fewer and fewer Californians identify as Republicans each year. One

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Brazil anti-govt. protests spreading

June 22, 2013 By John Seiler I noted earlier that anti-government protests have erupted in Brazil against their crummy government. Now the protests are spreading. The latest, as reported in the New YorkTimes: “More than a million protesters marched in

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Why a split-roll property tax is DOA 23

June 11, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi A proposed ballot proposition circulating for signatures in California for what is called a “spilt tax roll” is dead on arrival at the ballot box in November 2012 should it gather the necessary 807,614

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Jerry Brown’s deficit teeter-totter game 37

May 23, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi Imagine a teeter-totter with a chubby boy on one end and a thin boy on the other.  The teeter-totter can be balanced either by two chubby boys or two thin boys.  It can be

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Thieving Signature Gatherers 12

A new political radio ad running in Sacramento this week is claiming that paid signature gatherers are often identity thieves, convicted felons and forgers. Usually when an ad campaign starts on radio, there is an active political campaign behind it.

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Legislators: 'Less Power to the People' 0

JULY 4, 2011 By STEVEN GREENHUT California legislators — who seem unable to come up with an honest balanced budget, who always seek tax increases, and who won’t pass even modest reforms to the state’s unfunded pension system or to

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Good, bad and ugly initiatives 1

Jan. 5, 2010: Any reform that will actually help fix the ongoing California government’s fiscal mess (serious spending limits, pension reform, limits on union power, cutbacks in the size of state government, educational privatization, etc.) cannot possibly pass, given political

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