Might one of the fixes to what ails California's ballot initiative process be a second, and separate, system of ballot measures that makes it easier for grassroots groups and ordinary citizens to compete?
That was one of the more novel, and best received, ideas floated Saturday at a Bay Area gathering of folks from around the world talking about direct democracy. And it was suggested by an unlikely duo.
The buzz around the state Capitol grows louder this afternoon that a deal is close at hand on a $26.3 billion solution to California's gaping budget deficit.
Of course, it ain't over 'til it's over... which means a likely long day for negotiators and those of us left in the Capitol press corps.