Despite losing school board races, California conservatives confident in new playbook
By Chris Bowman
28 November 2018
Two weeks ago, the California Republican party voted to join an anti-democratic campaign led by the extreme right-wing activist group, the Center for Community Change (CCC) and their allies on the Republican Right.
The new “Republican ballot measure”—conceived by CCC’s president, Eric O’Keefe, and pushed by his allies—was the brainchild of James Kloppenburg, the wealthy Silicon Valley entrepreneur, and a long-time associate of the influential billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and David. The measure would effectively ban the passage of any new laws in California based on the authority of the state’s voters via the initiative and referendum process.
The Republican ballot measure is being promoted by Kloppenburg as a measure designed to reduce the influence of the “elite political class” and “the liberal elite.”
The new initiative is being sold as a measure to restore democracy to the US by promoting the election of the “people’s representatives.” Despite the fact that the initiative would effectively wipe out the powers of the electoral college and all the laws derived from it by nullifying the state senate and assembly as well as virtually all of the environmental regulations adopted by those institutions, it is being sold as a measure aimed at strengthening democracy.
Kloppenburg’s goal was to ensure control of the entire state government at the expense of the Democrats in the legislature.
By far the most controversial provisions of the proposal are aimed at replacing the legislature with an appointed body, the so-called California Public Service Commission. O’Keefe and his allies say the idea behind the proposal is to ensure that the Democratic legislature is no longer allowed to legislate.
Another, even more radical proposal would establish the right of local governments to regulate on an issue-by-issue basis, a notion that the state Senate has opposed. The legislation would also give state and local legislative districts