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  •  No, not an initiative (1+ / 0-)
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      An initiative is a law that is put before voters by collecting lots of petition signatures. It was not put there by the legislature. If a law is passed by the legislature that people don't want, then they can get signatures to put a referendum on the ballot for voters to "veto" it.

         These terms have specific meanings in electoral politics; misusing them just causes confusion. Top Two was put on the ballot by a vote of the legislature (in the aforementioned Maldo budget deal). It was most definitely not an initiative!  

    Diehard Swingnut, disgruntled Democrat, age 55, CA-30

    by Zack from the SFV on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 01:24:55 PM PDT

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    •  Geeze - (0+ / 0-)

      Picky, picky, picky.

      •  I am a burnt out petitioner (0+ / 0-)

            who has gathered thousands of initiative signatures since the early 1980s. To me the difference isn't just academic; petitioning is hard work. If you can get the Lege to put something on the ballot (or pass it themselves) it is a lot easier than getting over a half million sigs statewide.

             In California the initiative process is the fourth branch of state government so it is an important distinction. Your mileage may vary...

        Diehard Swingnut, disgruntled Democrat, age 55, CA-30

        by Zack from the SFV on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 04:54:31 PM PDT

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