Take Back The Initiative Process

Demand Transparency In Initiatve Funding

Thursday, Nov 11, 2010  |  Updated 1:50 PM PDT
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Suzanne Shaw NBC Bay Area Editorial Director argues that our voting process is no longer about "we the people."

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Initiative Process: Viewer Feedback

Suzanne Shaw, NBC Bay Area Editorial Director shares viewer response to this week's editorial
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California voters saw through a lot of the high-priced hype this election, but not all.  NBC Bay Area believes the initiative process has to change.

Viewers shared their frustration with us:  ”Why is this on the ballot? We already passed this law!"

And they’re right! The initiative system, approved a hundred years ago to give citizens the power to write law and fight government corruption, has been – on many fronts -taken away from the “little guy” and taken over by big money.

Today, we have multi-national corporations writing California law - not for the people, but for themselves.
 
With a new governor and a revamped legislature headed back to Sacramento, now is the time to call for full transparency so voters know who stands to gain from each measure.
 
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