Tag: California Initiative

Feb 24 2012

California Field Poll: Millionaires Tax Out Polling Governor Jerry Brown’s Tax Increase Measure


Today’s California Field Poll has the California Federation of Teacher’s initiative (Millionaires Tax Initiative) leading California Governor Jerry Brown’s tax measure.

Scott Lay has the summary at the Nooner.

  • CFT/Millionaires: 63% Yes, 31% No, 6% Undecided
  • Governor’s Brown’s plan: 58% Yes, 36% No, 6% Undecided
  • Munger’s tax initiative: 45% Yes, 48% No, 7% Undecided

The California Field Poll is here (PDF).

While Gazillionaire Molly Munger is also pushing a tax increase ballot measure, it is at the bottom of the totem poll. But, she has pushed some more campaign cash towards qualifying her initiative – some $750,000.

Frankly, I hope all are funded and qualify for the ballot.

Let the teacher’s unions and other leftist causes, including public employee unions thoroughly confuse the California voters enough that all three measures fail. This will be the best scenario for the California economy anyway.


Nov 03 2011

SB 202 California Initiative Law Referendum Effort Sputters


Unless there is a sudden infusion of campaign cash, it looks like organized labor has won this battle for the election calendar.

With the clock ticking, opponents of a new law limiting future initiatives to November elections have failed to raise the cash needed to qualify a referendum for the ballot.

About two months remain for opponents of Senate Bill 202 to gather the roughly 505,000 valid voter signatures needed to ask voters to overturn the law. Collecting that many signatures in such a short time frame has proven to be a costly endeavor.

“As of right now, there has not been enough financial support for it to really get off the ground,” Chuck Bell, the GOP political attorney who filed the referendum papers, said in an interview Wednesday.

Will it make any difference?

You bet.

The move to November only initiatives dramatically changes the demographics of voter turnout – towards the LEFT. Plus, it allows the unions to save their cash for large voter turnout elections.

This is the effort the California Republican Party should be pushing and not the redistricting for California State Senate districts.


Oct 13 2011

California Field Poll Watch: Voters Oppose Changes to Initiative Process


According to the latest California Field Poll.

  • Majorities of voters reject two other proposed changes to the initiative process.  By a 59% to 33% margin they oppose giving the legislature the right to amend or repeal an initiative four years after its initial approval by voters in an election.

  • They also disapprove 53% to 35% of allowing the legislature to place a companion proposal on the same election ballot after an initiative qualifies, that if approved can amend all or some of the initiative’s provisions.

Very interesting, since this is what the super Legislative majority of California Democrats and their public employee union cronies favor.

Wonder if these proposals will make it to the ballot anytime soon?

The Field Poll is clear on the matter.


Aug 27 2011

Arrogant Democrat Legislators Propose Changes to California Initiative Process


It is not enough that the Democrats control almost 2/3’rd of the California Legislature, now they want to hamper California citizens to use the initiative and referendum process to act as check on their political power.

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.

One measure would allow the Legislature to propose changes that would appear on the ballot alongside an initiative even if its sponsor rejected them. Another would give the Legislature the right to amend or repeal initiatives that pass, after four years have gone by.

Such changes would severely weaken what little leverage Republicans and their allies still have in California after last year’s election, which solidified Democratic control of the Capitol.

But Democrats say their efforts have nothing to do with politics and everything to do with moderating “direct democracy” gone wild.

“I don’t want to get rid of the initiative process,” said state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord), one of the effort’s leaders and author of a proposal to make signature gatherers wear badges showing they are paid to collect names. “I just want it to work better.”

Republicans and their supporters are crying foul, saying Democrats just want to maintain the status quo.

The sad fact is that the Democrats have controlled the Legislature for decades in California and without a strong Republican Governir to veto bills, California would have been in a worse fiscal mess. Remeber when Gray Davis was Governor?

The initiative and referendum act as a check on the exuberance of California Democrats to spend the California treasury blind.

The proposed changes “are basically attempts to … blame the process because you are kind of losing the game,” said Shaun Bowler, an initiative expert at UC Riverside.

Assemblyman Dan Logue (R-Linda), vice chairman of the lower house elections committee, called the initiative legislation “the height of arrogance.” Democrats “own the Legislature,” he said, “and they are making it impossible for the people to rise up and say enough is enough.”

The bills are just a blatant power grab by Democratic Legislators and should be rejected. But, will Democrat Governor Jerry Brown have the guts to veto the legislation?