Editorial: Propositions A Mix of Good, Bad

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Our view: When in doubt on propositions, vote no, but a handful of measures on the Nov. 6 ballot bring needed changes.

The state's initiative process is empowering for regular citizens, but it's fairly easy to get poorly worded propositions on the ballot, as we see every election cycle.

Our usual philosophy on state propositions is: When in doubt, vote no. Propositions written by special-interest groups or regular citizens haven't gone through the legislative process and are often full of holes. And yes, we realize that laws that have gone through the Legislature are also full of holes. Still, it's a good thing voters get the final say on propositions.

Proposition 33: It sounds good: Drivers who have a history of obtaining auto insurance should get a price break over those that don't. But this measure is a product of the insurance industry, and when an industry tries to modify its regulations we become suspicious. This comes back to our philosophy: When in doubt, vote no.

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