The cover story for the May 29th issue of the Seattle weekly The Stranger was "Fuck the Vote: The Initiative Process Is Turning Washington State into a Destitute Shithole."
Anybody who dares to defend the modern initiative process as a net plus for Washington State is either a total fucking idiot or a morally reprehensible piece of shit who puts their own selfish self-interest ahead of the commonweal.
Honestly. I mean it.
... "The process has basically become the province of the well-financed, and it's as true of SEIU as it is of Costco," I-1149 organizer Philip Dawdy told me, stating the obvious.
Here in Oregon, we've got a host of measures likely to hit the ballot this fall. As Jeff Mapes of The Oregonian reported in today's paper:
The National Realtors Association bought themselves a ballot slot for their anti-affordable-housing measure to put a ban of new real estate transfer taxes in Oregon's Constitution.
There are competing measures to change Oregon's marijuana laws. One would give adults the right to possess, the other would allow people to commercially grow and sell marijuana.
Casino developers are working to allow a non-tribal casino in Wood Village.
Unions are working to repeal the corporate kicker, dedicating the money to schools.
There's an effort by conservatives and Kevin Mannix to make Oregon's tax system more regressive by repealing Oregon's estate tax.
So this is meant to be an open thread.
Which initiatives do you like? Which do you dislike? And what do you think of our initiative system?