The American people are no longer represented by their own government. The corrupting influence of money in politics has escalated into a national crisis that blocks progress on nearly every issue – from taxation and healthcare to education and the environment. But most people believe the problem is too entrenched to be fixed. California is no exception. As a USC/LA Times Poll conducted in 2014 reveals, an overwhelming ...more »
Would make it illigal for any person to accept payment or gifts with the intent of influencing or lobbing any government official.
Legislators are essentially above the law in their actions. There should be a means of holding them personally liable for damages in instances when their policy hurts the general public and benefits their contributors. Everyone knows the large donations they get are essentially the result of selling their influence often at our expense. If circumstantial evidence is there to suggest influence peddling then independent ...more »
An act, to be submitted for approved in the 2016 Ballot, to increase the ratio of representation in California by limiting the number of citizens each elected legislator may represent to 5000 (per State Senator) and 10,000 (per State Assembly member). There will be 3 beneficial results. First, elections will be conducted locally, door-to-door and on social media, without massive TV, radio and billboard campaigns. The ...more »
California and the United States are Republics, not true democratic states, due to vote count distortions like first past the post and gerrymandered districts, which all mathematically decay into single party +1 states of unequal representation. Well known voting methods that require only trivial ballot changes, studied by institutions like The Center For Election Science, can mitigate the effects and unearned power ...more »
It is against the law to bribe a politician for their vote yet lobbyist do it everyday. Get rid of the lobbyist and give the vote back to the citizens. And prosecute any politician who accepts any type of compensation for their vote.
Legislators in our state (our country) have an unspoken but clearly evident drive to be reelected or to move to a higher office. This desire biases every bill they vote on because they need to raise money for the next election. Also professional politicians have the advantage of running campaigns while they are "working for the public". No other citizen has that ability. The proposed referendum will mandate the following ...more »