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Response to SHRED (Reply #6)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 12:00 PM

8. I do. I lived in California in the 90s and saw how the Republicans

lost all state offices, the last was of Secretary of State. Of course, now open primaries change everything but I saw how moderate Republicans, like former LA Mayor - Riordan - lost the primaries to run against Gray Davis to a rabid right winger. (Arnold was a joke).

The problem of California is the ballot measures systems. I think that some changes were enacted, though. When I first came to California I routinely voted NO on each measure. This is why the assembly and the senate are referred to as debating chambers. Politics is the art of compromise. You debate, you give some and you take some. But ballot measures have to come with a YES or NO results. I've seen a winning ballot thrown out by the court because it was a bit more comprehensive. They are based on yesterday's headlines, like the 3-strike laws. Prop. 13 ruined the school system that used to be the best in the nation in the 50s and 60s. And term limits removes the organizational history that long term members possess. As soon as they get elected they plan their next move.

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