Commentary: No Special Election, Please

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, July 29, 2005

Let’s face it, Governor. Your special election is a mistake. Your reform agenda looks like a nice batch of clothes all shrunk up because they were left in the dryer too long.

First you had a plan to reform state pensions, but it was so badly drafted you had to drop it. Now it appears a clerical error will derail your plan to change how political districts are drawn. 

So what's left? A convoluted spending control plan, and a measure that would require teachers to work longer to gain tenure. Then we have an odd collection of stuff that others have added. Prescription drugs. Parental notification of abortion. Re-regulation of energy. A requirement that public employees give their OK before unions spend their dues on politics. 

There's nothing urgent here. All these issues could be taken up on the June primary ballot, and it won’t cost an extra $50 million dollars – money the state can't spare. 

Listen to the voters. We’re tired of this yearly march to the ballot. The only people who stand to gain are the political consultants and ad companies. Tell them to take a vacation. Cancel the election.


Stuart Leavenworth writes for the Sacramento Bee Opinion pages.