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July 20, 2006

Prop. 89

California's politics are so screamingly dysfunctional that I long ago gave up any hope that they could be reformed. But a new proposition proposes to dynamite the system, and it looks to me as if it just might work. The only question: Can a ballot initiative to kill the special interests survive the campaign the special interests will mount to defeat it? I'm unconvinced. But do read Steve Lopez on Prop. 89, one of the most promising pieces of legislation in the country.

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If only they could craft it such that voting no means voting for it, it will probably go down. Look for the campaign by the special interests to be one that confuses voters into apathy.

The folks who should be for this are groups like the unions and the teachers. They have numbers. They can do the ground work that would be needed in campaigns with fewer dollars, and it would make their support possibly even more influential from a relative standpoint.

Posted by: Vladi G | Jul 20, 2006 5:26:37 PM

If anyone wants a perfect example why mob rule is no way to govern a large democracy, they need look no further than California's prop and referendum system.

Posted by: akaison | Jul 20, 2006 6:29:45 PM

We have to get the word out. Clean money systems are working today. This is a national movement... state by state and city by city.

Arizona has it, and even John McCain likes it. One of its greatest test survived as a politician in Arizona was removed from office because he violated the agreement he made to run on the clean money system.

The California proposition has enforcement provisions similar to Arizona's law.

Other clean money venues, Maine, Connecticut, Albequerque, NM

Posted by: David | Jul 25, 2006 12:10:28 PM

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