Economic Assertions in the November 2012 CA Ballot Initiative Voter Guide

September 28, 2012
By Jennifer Davis, Forward Observer Research Analyst

This November, California voters will have the opportunity to vote on 11 different ballot initiatives. Arguments for and against each initiative, with rebuttals, will be published in the California Voter Information Guide. Notably missing from many of the initiative arguments submitted by the “yes” and “no” campaigns are economic assertions to support their respective arguments.

The following table provides the verbatim economic arguments, if any, that are cited in either the “yes” or “no” campaigns for each of the 11 ballot initiatives.

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What’s Next for the California Reform Industry?

Advancing Free Society/Hoover Institution and Huffington Post July 23, 2012
By: Joe Rodota

In the current recession, the ranks of the unemployed in California have swelled by nearly 1.2 million. Still, one industry seems to be thriving in America’s nation-state: the California “reform industry.” The key organizations in the Golden State’s world of reform are California Forward and Think Long, each with high-profile board members (including Hoover’s George Shultz and Condoleezza Rice, former California Gov. Gray Davis and ex-Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg, as well as leaders from business and labor organizations), a cadre of political and policy consultants, and enthusiastic funders.

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An Inside Look At The 'Dark Art' Of Politics

NPR November 3, 2011
By: Ina Jaffe, Correspondent, National Desk NPR

No one seems to be talking about Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan this week — including Herman Cain. Instead, he's had to deal with allegations that he committed sexual harassment when he was head of the National Restaurant Association.

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The Transition from Schwarzenegger to Brown 2.0: What To Expect

Fox & Hounds November 4, 2010
By: Joe Rodota

The smoke signals were being sent as long as 10 days ago: Candidate Jerry Brown began postulating what he’d do in office, while Meg Whitman fought off media reports of unfavorable polling.  The transition from the Schwarzenegger Administration to the Second Brown Administration had begun.

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The Campaign Promises of Jerry Brown

November 1, 2010
By: Forward Observer Research Analysts

Over the past several months, Governor-elect Jerry Brown has engaged in campaign debates, released policy positions on his website, answered questionnaires and submitted to media interviews. Here are 105 specific campaign promises Forward Observer has identified in the public domain as being of particular interest.

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