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A Time-Tested Part of Our Democracy
June 18, 2013 • The New York Times
The New York Times
The New York Times ran an op-ed by John Matsusaka about the role of ballot initiatives in the political process. Matsusaka argues that, though citizens sometimes approve bad laws or are misled by special interests, elected representatives are also misled by special interests. "Citizens are more likely to get the policies they want when initiatives are available than when government decisions are the monopoly of elected officials," Matsusaka wrote.