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Peter Schrag: Latest term limits measure makes more murkiness
Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/2/8 | Peter Schrag

Posted on 01/02/2008 7:52:59 AM PST by SmithL

As a political villain, Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez is a pallid substitute for his flamboyant predecessor Willie Brown, self-proclaimed "ayatollah of the Assembly" who was the original poster child for California's term limits law.

...But in their search for a bad guy, the opponents of Proposition 93, which would make the law a little more flexible, have no choice. Núñez is the best they've got.

Let's be fair. Proposition 93, which is on the February ballot, is a slippery piece of work. It offers present office holders, Núñez among them, a chance for more years in the house in which they're now serving even as it reduces the total number of years they can serve in the Legislature.

So anyone who believes that punishing Núñez or Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata or other legislators is the highest first priority will probably vote against it. But those who want a legislature that has a chance of being a little more effective and of taking a longer view of the state's problems will hold their nose and vote yes.

Under the existing law, passed by the voters in 1990, no one can serve more than 14 years in the Legislature – six in the Assembly and eight in the Senate. Proposition 93 would allow anyone, including Núñez and Perata, to serve a total of 12 years in one house or the other, or in a combination of both.

Thus, with the help of clever labeling, it can be sold as a reduction in term limits (which most voters presumably like) even as it would allow Núñez, who otherwise would be termed out at the end of this year, to run for three more two-year terms in the Assembly and Perata (ditto) to run for another four-year term in the Senate.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: calinitiatives; nunez; perata; termlimits

1 posted on 01/02/2008 7:53:00 AM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL
Proposition 93 is a slick attempt to EXTEND politicians terms by marketing it as a REDUCTION in term limits. Fortunately, the voters are wising up.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

2 posted on 01/02/2008 7:56:48 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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The idea that we need “experienced” politicians governing us is a red herring, usually peddled by politicians who are experienced in the fine art of conning the electorate. And that’s pretty much the value of their experience; a self-serving process of garnering practice in hiding the money effectively.

We need to send people fresh from the real world to places like Sacramento and DC, on a limited excursion to do the necessary work of government, end it soon, and return to the real world in order to resume their productivity. Where politician are concerned, “experienced” shows up in the thesaurus under “corruption.”

3 posted on 01/02/2008 9:54:33 AM PST by DPMD
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