Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
There was a mayoral and council election in Los Angeles on Tuesday, but also on the ballot was Prop. C, a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court decision of Citizens United v. FEC. Prop C Wins: LA Voters Send Strong Message Against Supreme Court's Citizens United Ruling:
Los Angeles voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition C, a
resolution that instructed local and state officials to promote the
overturning of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. With
100 percent of precincts reporting by 3:16 a.m. Wednesday, Prop C had
won 76.6 percent of the vote, according to the LA
City Clerk's unofficial results.
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With this measure, Los
Angeles joins Chicago, San Francisco and 175 other cities who
have protested the court decision via the ballot box.
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California voters may also get a chance
to join Colorado and Montana as state electorates that support the
ruling's reversal. California Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski
(D-Fremont) hopes to put a measure on the state's 2014 ballot urging
Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens
(Over the past two years, 17
bills to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United
have been proposed by members of Congress.)
Here in Arizona, the cities of Flagstaff and Tucson passed similar resolutions last year.
Bills have been introduced in the Arizona Legislature to refer a measure to the ballot over the past two years, most recently HCR 2018, introduced
by Representatives McCune-Davis, Campbell, Cardenas, Mendez, Peshlakai,
Quezada, Wheeler, Alston, Contreras, Dalessandro, Escamilla, Gabaldon,
Hernandez, Larkin, Otondo, and Saldate on January 30, 2013, proposing a ballot measure supporting the repeal by constitutional amendment of
Citizens United decision. It was not taken up prior to the February 22,
2013 deadline for House consideration of House bills.
If our Tea-Publican controled legislature will not consider referring this measure to the ballot, then it will require a citizens initiative. There should be a complimentary measure on the ballot to similarly amend the Arizona Constitution, as the state of Montana did last year. Each city and town in Arizona could also refer a measure to the ballot, if the mayor and council are unwilling to simply adopt a resolution.