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California voters have repeatedly voted down initiatives that would take redistricting out of the hands of legislators. But supporters of this year's version are hopeful that the record-setting delay in passing a budget will help their cause, the Sacramento Bee reports:
Like a giant "kick me" sign, California's budget morass is drawing lawmakers into the fire of a November ballot fight.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and other backers of an initiative to strip lawmakers of authority to draw political districts are seizing ammunition from the record 85-day delay in passing a budget.
"Time to hold politicians accountable," is a slogan of Proposition 11.
"Our system is set up for failure and gridlock," Schwarzenegger said during a news conference last week to push the initiative. "It's time we fix the system once and for all."
Satisfaction with lawmakers has plunged to a record low, with only 15 percent of voters approving of their performance, a Field Poll found this month.
But the story suggests the measure is likely to fall short yet again in November.
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