“Democracy is a pathetic belief…

in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.” – H. L. Mencken
– In that optimistic vein, I’m going to start paying more attention to politics. With Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger using initiatives as a threat, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez serving thousand-dollar bottles of wine, state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata fending of the FBI and our own Congressman Gary Miller scoffing at investigations that the feds say they are conducting, it just seems like a good time.
– On the day of the CA Feb. 5 presidential primaries, voters will also be deciding about Proposition 93. The initiative will allow legislators to serve office in either the Assembly or state senate up to 12 years total. That would be down from the current 14, 6 in the Assembly and 8 in the senate. The caveat in the supposed “transistion period” that would allow current legislators to serve a total of 12 consecutive years in the house in which they are currently serving, regardless of any prior service in another house. Which of course means Nunez and Perata, who are now slated to be term limited come 2008, can run for re-election in 2008. I would imagine some impatient newly elected legislators aren’t so happy about that.

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