2015 Fix California Challenge

Unicameral Legislature

Change the Calif state legislature from two bodies (40 Senators and 80 Assembly members) into one with one body of 120 members. A one body "legislature" as already used by every county and city in America, and as it is used as the state legislature in the state of Nebraska. There is absolutely no need to have two bodies when both bodies are apportioned according to the same criteria, namely population.

Submitted by (@stevesilberstein)

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2015 Fix California Challenge

California Anti-Corruption Act: A New Way To Transform Gov’t

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 »

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2015 Fix California Challenge

Accountability & Transparency for Elected Officials

I believe the biggest issue with California, as well as other federal and state elected officials, has to do with their accountability and transparency. It is a common feeling amongst young adults, which is the demographic i fall into, that the government is something that we have no say in or influence towards policies passed. It'd be hard pressed to provide an example to show otherwise. Our version of democracy, primarily ...more »

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2015 Fix California Challenge

Synergy for Democracy

Synaccord is a free, online platform where people get together to find solutions that unite us. Feel like your vote doesn’t count? Seem like an established few have a lot to do with deciding what we get to vote on? Synaccord is the modern countermeasure to the political dysfunction, polarization, and apathy that keep our democracy gridlocked. Citizens who think California is headed in the wrong direction and want to ...more »

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Easier and Better Ballot Initiatives

1. Allow petitioning via internet. This saves money, time, paper and gas. It makes it more likely people will read the initiative before signing. It will reduce harassment of people for signatures. People can be identified the same way as when they change their voting address online. That also eliminates most of the cost of the SOS reviewing physical signatures. Utah allowed this for a while, until the legislature ended ...more »

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2015 Fix California Challenge

California Net Party

The creation of the political system as it exists today is based on the technological shortcomings of the past, namely an inability to transfer information/data long distances in a timely manner. However, with today's technologies, namely the internet and cell phone, we are able to instantly receive and respond to any type of information. With that being said, why do we still need elected representatives, whose jobs are ...more »

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Bring actual democracy to the U.S.A.

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 »

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2015 Fix California Challenge

PeopleCount- make democracy representative and accountable

PeopleCount.org solves the problems in political representation, accountability & citizen engagement. It allows citizens to easily connect with issues, create agreement, & move their representatives to quickly create compromises & take action. It will empower and reward citizens & politicians alike for responsible participation & accountability. Plus it lowers the importance of money in politics. (Due to contest constraints, ...more »

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2015 Fix California Challenge

Elect the legislature using proportional representation (PR).

Proportional representation (PR) is used by most Western democracies to elect at least one house of their national legislature. Such countries tend to have higher voter turnout, a higher percentage of women in the legislature, and a more politically engaged populace than countries that do not use PR. We (Californians for Electoral Reform) believe that the same results would occur if California elected at least one house ...more »

Submitted by (@steve.chessin)

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2015 Fix California Challenge

Digital Democracy:

Every year under the dome of California's state capital, 120 full-time lawmakers along with more than 2,000 full-time staff and 130 committees gather to craft policies affecting the state's 38 million residents and the world’s 8th largest economy. These lawmakers introduce an average of 5,000 bills each legislative session, creating a booming industry for the state's 1,100 registered lobbyists. But given the size of ...more »

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