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Will 2016 be the ‘Year of the Initiative’? 

The Legislature is back in town this week but in the major policy issues department the Legislature is likely to be a sideshow in what can be labeled the Year of the Initiative. With a rush to place measures on

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What school bonds pay for: From San Diego to Burlingame, the crime is what’s legal 7

Sept. 24, 2012 By Chris Reed Dan Walters had a good column over the weekend about the staggering political expedience we’re seeing throughout California. But after spending many hours researching a $2.8 billion school bond being pushed by the San

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Harris distorts democracy to aid unions 0

Feb. 20, 2012 We expect all sides in politics to fight hard, given the stakes involved, but our system rests on the broad acceptance of a set of fairly applied rules. We know, for instance, that no matter how nasty

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Skelton Right on Initiative Reform 0

John Seiler: I was so shocked this morning when I saw George Skelton’s column that I had to read it twice. I actually agreed with him. He’s calling for reform of the state’s broken initiative process. He bashes Attorney General

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Biased Title for Jerry’s Tax Initiative 0

John Seiler: Get a load of this title AG Kamala Harris gave Gov. Jerry Brown’s $7 billion tax-hike initiative: “TEMPORARY TAXES TO FUND EDUCATION. GUARANTEED LOCAL PUBLIC SAFETY FUNDING.” That should trick a couple hundred California voters into voting for

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Dems Trying to Destroy Initiative Process 0

Note: This first appeared in City Journal California. JULY 13, 2011 By STEVEN GREENHUT A series of bills pending in California’s state legislature would severely curtail the use of voters’ initiatives and referenda — and have already sparked a long-overdue

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Republicans Finally Get Some Sense 0

John Seiler: Republicans finally are wising up to a strategy I suggested to them long ago: Use the initiative process much more often to protect taxpayers and businesses and jobs. The GOP’s minority status means they have almost no influence

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