My fellow Californians, your government is lying to you. Without conscience or remorse. About two very important subjects: democracy and elections.
The lie is not new. It is 14 years old. And in our polarized era, it is a bipartisan falsehood—parroted by both political parties and defended by media of all types—including, perhaps, the newspaper or website where you are reading this column.
The lie is not hidden. The state uses your tax money to publish it in the voter guide and ballots it sends you.
So, what is this lie?
It’s that the …