Darrell Steinberg
Prop. 46 is on the ballot to pick up Legislature's slack

Proposition 46 is a classic example of a citizens' initiative that should never have been on the ballot. It's also a classic example of why some initiative system is needed so citizens can do their own lawmaking when the elected lawmakers won't. The heated issue that Prop. 46 addresses — medical malpractice payouts — should have been resolved by the governor and Legislature. But moneyed interests — the big-time campaign contributors — pretty much rule the roost in Sacramento, or any capital. These power brokers, euphemistically known as "stakeholders," usually decide whether there's to be any compromising. And, if so, they do the...