I especially enjoy running initiative campaigns. These campaigns have little relation to politics in any conventional sense. An initiative has no political party, no public record to defend or promote, no personality to charm or disgust the voters. And there are no brothers-in-law who need a job. An initiative is just waiting for you to define it and give it life.
—Political consultant Robert Nelson
If you have $1 million, you can get anything on the ballot.
—Robert Stern, Center for Governmental Studies
At the beginning of the twentieth century, Great Plains and western states, along with several eastern states, enacted legislation and amended their constitutions to permit citizens to have a greater voice in the creation of law and public policy. 1 Direct democracy, through initiatives and referenda, was seen by proponents as a way to “diminish the impact of corrupt influences on the legislature,