Last Monday Governor Schwarzenegger announced that California will hold a special election this fall on several high-profile initiatives.
While Schwarzenegger's willingness to use the initiative to circumvent the legislature is admirable — going straight to the voters — the content of these initiatives is in many respects disappointing.
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