Some Special Election Initiatives May Return

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, November 17, 2005

What’s down as one of the most expensive elections in state history isn’t dampening the discussion around the Capitol of what to expect on next year’s ballot, and some say it’s likely there will be some repeat performances of this year’s initiatives.   In a panel discussion in Sacramento, Political Science Professor Bruce Cain with U-C Berkeley says he believes a re-districting initiative has another shot, but it’s success will depend on support from both sides in the legislature. 

 “I believe if it was genuinely bi-partisan, and it created a more open transparent process and it got endorsed by notable state figures from both sides, then I think it would pass.  I think if it’s the Democrat party without the consent of the Republicans, or vice-versa, then it doesn’t have a chance.” 

Cain says measures approved for the ballot by the state legislature with a two-thirds vote have a better chance at the polls. Democratic leaders in the state legislature denounced Proposition 77 as the Governor’s attempted power grab.  Senate President Pro-Tem Don Perata has said he supports another constitutional amendment,  by another Democrat,  already introduced the legislature.