Truth in Governance

Wed, Jul 14 by Anonymous

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Georgia received a poor grade for its statewide voter initiative rights, according to a Virginia-based national voter rights group. The non-partisan organization, dubbed Citizens in Charge Foundation, stamped the Peach State with a ‘D’ on its 2010 report card because state residents “do not have any statewide initiative and referendum rights,” according to its report called The 2010 Report Card on Statewide Voter Initiative Rights. The report did note “a majority of state citizens do enjoy local initiative and referendum rights.”

State gets big fat F on voter-initiative-rights report card: Citizens in Charge Foundation, a transpartisan national voter-rights group focused on the ballot initiative and referendum process, released its Virginia Report in the 2010 Report Card on Statewide Voter Initiative Rights on Thursday, and Virginia received an F in the rendering by Citizens in Charge.

Read the story from the Augusta Free Press

Right idea, wrong time. That was the consensus among the Lathrop City Council members on a proposal to put a ballot measure before the voters in the November 2010 elections aimed at raising local sales taxes to fund police services.

Read the story from the Manteca Bulletin

Early voting for the upcoming November election is now open, and it has been since Oct. 12. 1 call it an election, but actually we aren’t electing anyone, at least not in unincorporated Fayette County. What we are doing is deciding whether or not to extend the current Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) past its original deadline. The current tax was approved back in 2003 for the purpose of building and repairing roads in the county.

Georgians will get to decide whether to give many Georgia businesses a tax break.  This week, the Governor signed a bill that will let voters decide whether to repeal the state’s inventory tax.

Read the story from WALB10

Voters in Social Circle, GA this week approved the sale of liquor by the drink. Eleven percent of the city’s registered voters turned out to approve sales by a 63 percent margin.

Read the story from the Walton Tribune

A group attempting to recall four members of the Board of Education have secured Dodge County’s first-ever recall application. The group leading the recall has 15 days to collect signatures and then must reappear before a judge.

Read the story from WMGT-TV


Mon, Feb 16 by Anonymous

The I&R movement was never a major force in Georgia politics.
However, between 1911-1913, the high-water mark of the Progressive era
nationwide, the Georgia legislature enacted laws granting initiative,
referendum, and recall rights to the residents of four cities, including

Excerpted from the Initiative & Referendum Almanac by M. Dane Waters.


Mon, Feb 16 by Anonymous