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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 05:25 PM

Citizens United: California Poised

To Become Largest Electorate To Vote On Constitutional Amendment

"...California Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) introduced a bill, AB 644, Wednesday to put a measure on the state's 2014 ballot urging Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the 2010 Citizens United ruling, which lifted restrictions on political spending by corporations and labor unions. Independent spending in federal elections has exploded since the ruling.

"It's one thing for a legislator to say he wants this," Wieckowski said. "It's another thing for Congress to have direct instruction from the voters. There comes a tipping point where people are upset with billionaires having a disproportionate impact on our electoral system...."..."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/21/citizens-united-california-constitutional-amendment_n_2728560.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false

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xxqqqzme Feb 2013 OP
Auggie Feb 2013 #1
xxqqqzme Feb 2013 #2
JayhawkSD Feb 2013 #3
Jim Lane Feb 2013 #4
JayhawkSD Feb 2013 #5

Response to xxqqqzme (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 05:54 PM

1. This should be easy

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Response to Auggie (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 06:01 PM

2. That is my hope!

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Response to xxqqqzme (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 12:41 AM

3. Won't stand up for a minute

The Supreme Court of the US has ruled. No state may pass laws contrary to US laws. California does ths and it will be struck down as fast as a law limiting free speech would be, or a law permitting searches without warrant.

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Response to JayhawkSD (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 05:42 AM

4. Sure it will, because it's only advisory.

If California were to pass a law limiting corporate spending in state elections, in ways not permitted under Citizens United, then it would be contrary to the Constitution (as currently interpreted) and it would be struck down. As the OP makes clear, however, and as the linked article confirms, the bill does nothing more than urge Congress to amend the Constitution. That's perfectly OK.

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Response to Jim Lane (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 10:18 AM

5. Ah, yes, I misread the post. Thanks. n/t

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