Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Redistricting measure, Prop. 77, bites the dust again

From the SF Chronicle:
A state appeals court rejected efforts Tuesday to restore to the Nov. 8 special election ballot Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's initiative to change the way political districts are drawn, concluding the proponents violated legal requirements to qualify the measure and concealed their mistakes from authorities for weeks.

In a 2-1 ruling, the Third District Court of Appeal found that the measure's proponents submitted a different version of the initiative to the attorney general's office than the one circulated in signature-gathering efforts and that the version approved to appear on the ballot was never endorsed by voters.
The funny thing about this 'year of Grover Norquist reform' item was that this was a self-inflicted problem. What were these right-wingers thinking?

The anti-tax guy Ted Costa, involved in the Davis recall and Prop. 13, plans to appeal the ruling.