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Initiative Process

Must Sadism Be Cleared to Gather Signatures?

Hans Johnson | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Hans Johnson

The wrestling match now unfolding in California over a proposed ballot measure aimed at exterminating gay people is actually a teachable moment, and not only about religious extremism and violent hate. It calls attention to the value of a simple screen test for the subjects of initiatives and constitutional amendments. In this area, California might take a lesson from New Mexico.

The Subversion of Direct Democracy

Roy Ulrich | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Roy Ulrich

The truth is that the give and take of the legislative process is a much better way to make public policy, especially on complex issues.

Initiative Abuse 101: How to Buy an Election in Beverly Hills

John Mirisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
John Mirisch

With all the talk about belt-tightening, Measure 2P in Beverly Hills aims to expand government-subsidized free parking. Seriously.

Calif. Supreme Court Perverts Power of Initiative Process

Paul Hogarth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Hogarth

It is unclear why the Court believes the "will of the people" is more important than the equal protection rights of minorities, but not the due process of property owners.