SOURCE: The Atlantic
The Trouble With the Gavin Newsom Recall
by Ron Brownstein
California's Recall law can allow a relatively small number of petitioners to initiate a recall of an elected official, and for that official to be removed even if he or she gets more votes than any alternative candidate. This isn't what the Progressive Era architects of the law intended, says San Jose State historian Glen Gendzel.
Corporate Money Turns Democracy Upside Down in California Initiative Process
by James Thornton Harris
Intended as a tool to circumvent the power of big business in the state legislature, California's ballot initiative process has become yet another channel for the political influence of big money.
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