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A Century of Direct Democracy

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Today is the 100th anniversary of direct democracy in California.  Laurel Rosenhall has this post at the SacBee's political blog.  Among the first initiatives was women's suffrage, nine years before the Nineteenth Amendment.

The initiative process certainly has its drawbacks, but overall the voters' judgment has been better than the Legislature's, and initiatives have done far more good than harm.  This is especially true in the criminal justice area.

"Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."  -- Winston Churchill

In California we carry that a step further.  Direct democracy is the worst form of democracy except for the other one.

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Now, now, you're going to be off Bev Perdue's Christmas card list . . . .

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