NO on Proposition 77
Here in California, our Governor and his Republican cult followers called a special election in the hopes of advancing their "agenda" with a number of ballot measures. Since the legislature and judiciary have been standing in the Governor's way (damn checks and balances), he decided to cut out the middle man in hopes that the majority of Californians will agree with him.
I don't normally get hyped or even moderately interested in ballot initiatives, but the reasoning behind Proposition 77 is troubling. In the hopes of getting more Republicans in office in this pschizophrenic blue (with a red governor) state, Proposition 77 would strip the legislature of its power to redistrict California's Senate, Assembly, Congressional and Board of Equalization districts, placing the process in the hands of a three-member panel of retired judges selected by legislative leaders. From what I can gather, the Republicans support this measure because they believe that members of the legislature draw districts in a way to ensure their re-election, thus depriving Republicans of possible seats.
As if anyone needed further evidence of how result-oriented and unprincipled the Republicans really are, this measure sums it up. The same party that invented the hollow cliche of "judicial activism" now proposes to take powers from the legislature and give it to unaccountable judges. Remarkable since the Republicans made Proposition 73 (parental notification for abortions) an amendment to the Constitution, rather than a legal statute, precisely to avoid judges who struck down the measure in the past. Rather than leave the power of re-districting with legislators who answer to their constituents every time they stand for re-election, Republicans want to remove that power from the transparent democratic process and hide it with unaccountable judges.
This result-oriented attempt to consolidate power should not be permitted. Vote NO on Proposition 77.
Democracy consists of choosing your dictators
after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear.
be governed no better than we deserve.