Words matter. And when those words appear on the ballot, where space is limited and the competition for voter attention is high, they matter a lot.
This has become an issue for a group of Republicans who have proposed a ballot initiative to repeal a recently passed package of gas taxes and vehicle fees. On Friday, they sued California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra, a Democrat, claiming his office put a partisan spin on the title it gave their initiative. Instead of describing the initiative in a straightforward way, saying something like “Repeals the gas tax,”