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Topic for 11 Sep 2017 Referenda and Citizen Initiatives

Bob asked for our topic for next week and after none of the group that was polled remembered one, I asked Bob for a suggestion. Bob’s Dutch visitor (who will be there, I expect) proposed “pro’s and con’s of ” referenda/citizen initiative” system.” So unless there’s something that people remember and/or want more, that’s the topic.

We have our own experience in Maine, (Wikipedia, Ballotpedia) and we know of referenda in other states and countries gone wrong (or right, according to your political views)  here’s a good overview of the pros and cons.

Switzerland, according to this article, holds about a quarter of the world’s referenda. They vote four times a year.

I won’t be there (still in Boston recovering from knee replacement) but I will be there in spirit, and will I’ll post any links that people send me by email, or you can comment on this post.

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