Acknowledging the importance of political activities in California to the United States as a whole, the Wall Street Journal recently took a look at Proposition 11. The article mainly describes the arguments for and against for their national readers who may have been previously unfamiliar with the initiative and its implications. However the article does acknowledge the potential national importance the proposition could have if it is adopted by the largest state by population.
The ballot initiative has national implications. It could spur more efforts across the country to end lawmakers’ monopoly on redistricting, the norm in most states. The odds of passage in California are improving. According to a poll earlier this month from the Public Policy Institute of California, 41% of Californians favor the proposition, with 34% against and 25% undecided. That compares with 38% in favor and 33% against in September.