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  •  Not statewide but in municipalities, (1+ / 0-)
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    it can. Not all states have the three cornerstones of citizen power: recall, referendum and initiative.

    Just starting the process will give citizens a sense of empowerment and ought to put the fear of God into the officials. And get more people to register to vote!

    We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

    by occupystephanie on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 10:41:21 AM PDT

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    •  I think that there has to be enabling (1+ / 0-)
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      state legislation for it to happen in a municipality. States have ultimate control of municipalities.

      I live in California where the various mechanisms of popular democracy have been enshrined in the constitution for a century. Sometimes it works well and sometimes it doesn't.

      •  There is such legislation in Missouri - I looked (2+ / 0-)
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        it up.  Its even cited in your ballotpedia link.

      •  That concept that the state is the parent (0+ / 0-)

        and municipalities are children is being challenged by the community rights movement. It does not need to be.

        When Jackson county in Oregon began their push to ban GMO cultivation in their county, the Gov and Legislature tacked on the ALEC bill which expressly forbade counties from making any laws about agriculture. They could not pass this law in the regular session so it came through the back door. That has not stopped other counties, including mine, from drafting ordinances in defiance of that state preemption. Ours will be on the ballot in May. Lane county is still in court with theirs.

        The question is whose constitutional rights trump whose: corporations or communities. The only way to ask that question is to challenge the current corporate domination of our governments.

        We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

        by occupystephanie on Sun Aug 17, 2014 at 10:26:15 AM PDT

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