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  1. The main rea­son the entire Ini­tia­tive and Ref­er­en­dum process should END is that is, in its entire­ty, a direct vio­la­tion of Arti­cle IV, Sec­tion 4, of the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion, in which the ONLY require­ment ever spec­i­fied for state gov­ern­ments is giv­en: “The Unit­ed States shall guar­an­tee to every State in this Union a Repub­li­can Form of Gov­ern­ment.” In oth­er words, “No, you may not have direct democ­ra­cy, ever, because it’s stu­pid and dan­ger­ous; over our dead bod­ies, signed, the Found­ing Fathers.”

    # by Daniel Ballard :: August 16th, 2013 at 11:40 PM
    • Daniel, the founders may have well agreed with you. They’re not around to tell us whether they think states hav­ing the ini­tia­tive, ref­er­en­dum, and recall vio­lates Arti­cle IV, Sec­tion 4. 

      The courts have held that the ques­tion of whether ini­tia­tives and ref­er­en­da are incom­pat­i­ble with the Guar­an­tee Clause of the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion to be a polit­i­cal ques­tion. Read Pacif­ic States Tele­phone and Tele­graph Com­pa­ny v. Ore­gon.

      Ted­dy Roo­sevelt’s view, expressed in his 1912 Char­ter of Democ­ra­cy speech, was “I believe in the Ini­tia­tive and Ref­er­en­dum, which should be used not to destroy rep­re­sen­ta­tive gov­ern­ment, but to cor­rect it when­ev­er it becomes misrepresentative.”

      That is our view as well. The ini­tia­tive and ref­er­en­dum can be used for good and can be used to bypass a grid­locked Leg­is­la­ture. Wash­ing­ton’s ban on smok­ing in pub­lic places, its pub­lic dis­clo­sure law, and the tax on haz­ardous sub­stances to fund waste cleanup efforts were all enact­ed by initiative.

      # by Andrew :: August 17th, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    # by Gretchen Anna Sand :: September 11th, 2013 at 2:15 PM

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