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Citizens Initiative and Recall

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  • The martial art of subduing special interests

    Passing a major reform in Sacramento has the same odds as a novice knocking out the champ at a martial-arts competition. This is particularly true when it comes to reforming ballot-box budgeting. I’ve introduced eight measures on this topic over the...
  • Why yes on Prop. 39 but no on Prop. 35

    Why yes on Prop. 39 but no on Prop. 35
    Proposition 35, the human trafficking measure on the Nov. 6 ballot, is a near-perfect example of how far the initiative process has strayed from its original role as the people's essential check on the Legislature and how it is now helping to run the...
  • Think Again: California's political system is the root of the problem

    We’re at that time in the political season where voters are getting hit at every turn with election advertising like being the target in a combat video game. It peaks every four years when elections coincide with presidential elections because...
  • Ballot measure to create charter schools still too close to call

    Ballot measure to create charter schools still too close to call
    Same-sex marriage and legalizing marijuana (R-74 and I-502) stole the spotlight from other initiatives on the ballot. But here's how the voters weighed in as of 8:29 p.m. Thursday. Initiative 1240: After three previous times on the ballot and...
  • Obama's State of the Union address as prepared for delivery [Text]

    Obama's State of the Union address as prepared for delivery [Text]
    Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, fellow citizens:  Fifty-one years ago, John F. Kennedy declared to this Chamber that “the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress…It is my task,” he...
  • Obamacare, same-sex marriage initiatives before voters

    Obamacare, same-sex marriage initiatives before voters
    Obamacare, same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization dominated the hot-button ballot initiatives before voters in a number of states on Tuesday. A key component of President Barack Obama's signature health care reform law is on the line in a...
  • California Democrats Emerge More Powerful After Election

    California Democrats Emerge More Powerful After Election
    SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown and his fellow Democrats are on the cusp of a coveted supermajority in both the Assembly and Senate, giving them the rare power to raise taxes without any Republican support. No single party has held such a supermajority in...
  • Marijuana legalization passes in Colorado, Washington

    Marijuana legalization passes in Colorado, Washington
    Voters in Washington and Colorado passed ballot initiatives Tuesday to legalize marijuana for recreational use, the biggest victory ever for the legalization movement. "The significance of these events cannot be understated," said NORML, a pro-...
  • Marijuana Legalization Passes in Washington, Colorado

    Marijuana Legalization Passes in Washington, Colorado
    Voters in Washington and Colorado passed ballot initiatives Tuesday to legalize marijuana for recreational use, the biggest victory ever for the legalization movement. "The significance of these events cannot be understated," said NORML, a pro-...
  • Glendale fund transfer measure going on April ballot

    An initiative that would simplify how Glendale transfers tens of millions of dollars from the city-owned utility to pay for general public services is officially going on the April ballot. City Hall officials say the changes, which the City Council...
  • Ballot Initiative 1185: It would keep 2/3 legislative vote requirement to raise taxes

    Ballot Initiative 1185: It would keep 2/3 legislative vote requirement to raise taxes
    What should it take to raise your taxes? The issue is back on the ballot again. This year’s Tim Eyman effort, Initiative 1185, is essentially the same as the one Eyman successfully pushed two years ago, requiring that new taxes receive at least 2/3...