Posts Tagged ‘ballot initiatives’

Low turnout in 2014, high initiative count in 2016

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

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 election, acti...

Ballot initiatives to watch in 2014

Friday, December 13th, 2013
voting, beeler, cagle, Dec. 12, 2013

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 of the last — ...

Brazil anti-govt. protests spreading

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013
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 the streets late Thursday, according to Brazil...

Why a split-roll property tax is DOA

Monday, June 11th, 2012

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 signatures. (See Item 1560 -- Initiatives Cleared for Circ...

Jerry Brown’s deficit teeter-totter game

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

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 balanced heavy or balanced light -- either way will work. Under Proposition 58, California i...

Thieving Signature Gatherers

Friday, July 29th, 2011

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. However this week when I did a Google searc...

Legislators: 'Less Power to the People'

Monday, July 4th, 2011

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 anything else, for that matter -- want to blame the government's p...

Good, bad and ugly initiatives

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

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 realities. Anything ...