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Yesterday's announcement of a potential ballot initiative to lift California's ceiling on medical practice offers a reminder that, even though we're closer to the 2012 election than the 2014 contest, the Attorney General's office has already fielded a dozen proposals. Since the State Capitol building remains vacant, it seems like an appropriate time to survey the direct democracy landscape and sample what has been submitted:

MICRA: Just filed on Wednesday (with language drafted by Consumer Watchdog), this would raise the $250,000 cap on pain and suffering medical damages and allow the maximum award amount to rise with inflation.

VIDEO: Another chapter in one of the Capitol's longest-running and most expensive political disputes -- one that has spanned both of Gov. Jerry Brown's administrations -- is beginning, Dan Walters says.

OIL TAX: With an oil extraction tax bill by Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, stuck on the suspense file, a ballot measure to tax energy harvesting and channel the proceeds to education and parks becomes the next best thing. Filed by a Berkeley undergraduate, no less.

TRIBAL GAMING: Guided by longtime gambling critic Cheryl Schmit, this referendum would reverse recently-ratified gaming compacts with the North Fork Rancheria of tribe Mono Indians and the Wiyot Tribe.

WATERWORKS: The Southern California leg of the Delta project campaign continues. Deputy Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency Jerry Meral, who was in Los Angeles last week to discuss the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, will talk on the same topic in Irvine today at an event sponsored by the Southern California Water Committee. At the Irvine Ranch Water District at noon.

TORLAKSON TALK: State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is putting in an appearance in San Jose today, where he'll speak on California's switch to Common Core instructional standards at a 5:30 p.m. meeting of the organization La Raza Roundtable de California.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Tom Daly, D-Anaheim, who is 59 today.

PHOTO: Election officials process the ballots by machine as a last step after the hand count at the Sacramento County Elections office on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. The Sacramento Bee/Renee C. Byer.



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