October 1, 2006
Re "Why we vote," editorial, Sept. 25 In this editorial, The Times states that only 33% of registered voters voted. The solution to that problem is simple: Issue 100% absentee ballots. HOWARD NIEDERMAN San Clemente Quoting from the editorial: "Californians love direct democracy -- and they couldn't care less about it." Really? Every politically interested Californian I know dislikes -- even disdains -- our direct democracy system. Are you sure this "Californians love direct democracy" thing isn't a myth, possibly a constituent part of California exceptionalism ideology?
June 15, 2005 |
Between now and the November special election, we will hear a lot from politicos about what the election means for the future of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Democrats who control the Legislature and their powerful union backers. But beneath the drama there is a bigger story to watch about the future of democracy in this nation. The eight probable initiatives on the ballot are the crest of a swelling wave of direct democracy.
July 27, 2003 |
California is known for setting precedents for the rest of the nation. In the past, we've taken great pride in setting the standard for higher education, a strong and diverse economy, environmental protection and opportunity for all. But today, California is setting a very different kind of precedent -- how not to govern a state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1993 |
We're approaching the day when you'll be able to vote in your living room. This is one of the benefits--and dangers--of the coming era of two-way television, when information speeds back and forth on the computer superhighway. In that very high-tech age, your television set will no longer just bring entertainment and news. The TV will also be a computer you will use for banking, home shopping, calling up movies, databases and video games--and for having a real voice in your government.
October 10, 2011
In politics and government, California is a state divided, not so much between Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, or business and labor as between political partisans and reformers. The partisans see politics as a struggle for power, and their goal is to acquire it, exercise it and protect it on behalf of policies they believe are fair and just. To reformers, power without rules is inherently corrupt. Their goal is to refine the rules of the game, believing that out of fairness and evenhanded enforcement will come policies that reflect the will of the people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2011 |
Reporting from Sacramento -- Democrats in the Legislature are trying to make it harder for Californians to pass their own laws at the ballot box, saying the state's century-old initiative process has been hijacked by the special interests it was created to fight and has perpetuated Sacramento's financial woes. In the waning weeks of this year's lawmaking session, legislators will push bills to raise filing fees, place new restrictions on signature gatherers and compel greater public disclosure of campaign contributors.