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I believe in the case of California an dother states, the "initiatives and ballot measures" originates in the Progressive movement of the early 20th century. One can debate to what extent the US political system was "established" back then.

Bush is a symptom, not the disease.
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 11th, 2007 at 12:01:53 PM EST
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