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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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