[FoRK] The story behind No-bama's Soviet-style iconography

Karl Anderson kra at monkey.org
Mon Jun 9 17:45:17 PDT 2008

On 6-Jun-08, at 5:48 PM, Tom Higgins wrote:

> Gota agree, having been in Oregon for 11 years now I have to say it is
> not , very much not, "an unquestionable disaster"
> People get a chance to send up their ideas for a vote given a set of
> some simple rules and requirements.

Not a disaster at all, but I don't know how I'd tally up the pros and  
cons.  For several years, the gay-rights groups pretty much had to run  
continuous defensive campaigns against the OCA or whatever shell  
organization was running Lon Mabon's fundie ballot initiative  
factory.  And more recent legislative tweaking (such as making it  
illegal to pay signature gatherers by the signature) show that there  
are some problems.

The more recent continuous theme seems to have moved from fundies to  
Bill Sizemore's tax changes [1].  I never could tell who he was  
working for.  He got taken down on racketeering charges, and his army  
of signature gatherers was the reason for some of the weird laws, but  
his bastard children still live on in Measure 37 [2] - are the  
attempts to clean that up done yet?

In the end, it's democracy as usual (whoever can fund the most  
effective media campaign wins), minus a key element of democracy IMHO  
(political elites as the insulator between the people and the creation  
of laws).

At least it gives us some good political theater [3].

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Sizemore
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_Ballot_Measure_37_%282004%29
[3] http://www.sos.state.or.us/elections/nov22004/guide/meas/m36_fav.html

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