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July 21, 2005

Prop. 77 decision

Election Law blogger Rick Hasen does a little gloating about the Prop. 77 decision here, and usefully offers a PDF link to the full decision, here.

Posted by dweintraub at 8:38 PM

Judge removes Prop. 77 from ballot

A Sacramento Superior Court judge has thrown the governor's redistricting plan off the ballot, according to this breaking AP report:

SACRAMENTO — A Superior Court judge on Thursday kicked Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s redistricting measure off the special election ballot, ruling that supporters violated California’s constitution by using two versions of the initiative in the qualifying process.

“The differences are not simply typographical errors,” Judge
Gail Ohanesian said. “They’re not merely about the format of the
measure. They are not simply technical. Instead they go to the
substantive terms of the measure.”

The proposal, Proposition 77, is one of three initiatives that
the Republican governor is supporting in the Nov. 8 special
election. It would take the power to draw legislative and
congressional districts away from the Legislature and give it to a
panel of three retired judges.

Attorney General Bill Lockyer asked the judge to order the
measure off the ballot because its supporters used two versions —
one to gather voter signatures and another that they gave to him to
prepare a title and summary of the proposal to use on petitions.

Daniel Kolkey, an attorney representing the measure’s author —
Ted Costa — argued that the differences between the two version
were minor and stylistic.

Kolkey said that holding initiative proponents to a requirement
that there be no differences between what is submitted to the
Attorney General for review and what is circulated to voters could
invalidate a measure for a simple printing error.

Posted by dweintraub at 5:00 PM

Stage 2 electricity warning

California's electricity grid operators have issued a Stage 2 elecricity emergency in Southern Calfironia because of high demand and the loss of about 2,000 megawatts of generation due to equipment failures. The state has not yet but is preparing to interrupt electricity to large industrial customers whose rate structure allows their power to be shut down in an emergency. The next level of emergency after that would be Stage 3 and rolling blackouts.

Posted by dweintraub at 3:12 PM


Anybody see a trend here? Another PPIC poll asks some questions about a specific issue -- in this case, the environment -- and finds that Californians are pretty much in sync with the policies Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is advocating. Then the survey asks, what do you think of Schwarzenegger's peformance on environmental policies? And he bombs. This time, 32 percent approval rating, the same as George W. Bush. Overall, Schwarzenegger's rating drops to 34 percent from 40 percent in the last PPIC poll. Bush is at 38 percent. You can find the poll here.

Posted by dweintraub at 12:18 PM

The New New Left

This book, and the author interviewed here, would seem to be pretty relevant for anyone trying to understand what's going on these days in California government and politics.

Posted by dweintraub at 12:18 PM

Toilet art chat

The Bee's online division has set up a forum and invited a discussion of the America-in-the-toilet artwork hanging in Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer's office. You can join in here.

Posted by dweintraub at 12:17 PM



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