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View Diary: Prop 8 is dead, but not for the reason you'd want. (140 comments)

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  •  It doesn't seem to me that the (1+ / 0-)
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    eparrot

    legislative approach is working all that well either.

    •  The initiative process has been largely captured (3+ / 0-)
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      charliehall2, mchristi314, Tonedevil

      by wealthy special interests. It is difficult to gather the signatures to place measures on the ballot. So wealthy individuals and corporate interests pay signature-gatherers to do that. $28 million was paid to collect signatures for the 2012 ballot initiatives. Wealthy interests also pay for advertising to support their favored initiatives. In the past multiple competing initiatives have been sponsored, partly to sow voter confusion and weaken the chances of a progressive initiative passing. I don't think that is what the drafters of the initiative provision had in mind.

    •  Seems to me... (3+ / 0-)
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      Adam B, mchristi314, Tonedevil

      ...that we've already established several times that it can be a lot cheaper to buy the California electorate than it is to buy the legislature. Or else we wouldn't have repeated, sometimes successful, efforts to change the laws in California to protect corporations in ridiculously unfair ways.

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