Saturday, October 2, 2010

Espressopundit: Arizona Republic not accurate to say Prop. 107 "failed" in Arizona 2 years ago

Great analysis from Greg Patterson at - 

Just one Nit to Pick...

The Republic's Doug MacEachern has a good summary of the upcoming propositions together with his predictions of the winners and losers.  I do, however, want to point out one sentence that's not clear. 
Proposition 107: This is the Ward Connerly-backed proposal to ban affirmative-action programs, aka racial preferences. It is the same measure that failed in Arizona two years ago.
Saying that the proposition "failed" implies that it was rejected by the voters.  The 2008 version of Prop. 107 was disqualified from the ballot--together with the TIME Transportation Initiative and the Trust Fund initiative--due to a high signature failure rate. 
I don't think that Doug is trying to foist a "people have spoken" argument on us.  I think he just made a small error. 
The Star however is blatant in its attempt to claim that "the people" have spoken.
Arizonans have already spoken on this proposition.
In 2008 supporters failed to get enough signatures to put the measure on the ballot. This time around, the Legislature referred it to the ballot.
That's simply absurd. 

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