“Sounds like most people didn’t know this was coming. An Orange County attorney filing an initiative with no known backers? Hmmm…formula for failure?
“If stem cell agency folks didn’t know about it (and there’s no real reason to believe they did) and the cancer-fighting community had no knowledge, it’s hard to figure out how proponents are going to muster support from voters who only two years ago rejected a similar proposal from a more transparent and credible group. Prop. 29 barely failed, but it had a big push from advocacy organizations.
“Too many questions right now to get a good handle on how effective such a campaign might be -- who the REAL sponsors are, who would put up the money for the campaign, whether the OC attorney is a shill for someone else, whether those who back CIRM and its research role can be persuaded to back a new proposition. Many more initiative proposals are filed than are ever circulated. And many more are circulated than ever actually make the ballot in Californa. They’ve got a long way to go and not a lot of time to get there.”
“I wasn’t aware of the tie-in to CIRM funding before (Friday). I don’t think they asked us first, but I’d be happy to see it pass, of course. I’m in favor of so-called 'sin taxes' – including those I pay when I support California’s wine industry. Raising the price of tobacco is one of the single most effective things that we can do to reduce smoking rates, especially among young people who are the most price sensitive. As the guy who has to sign the death certificates, I’m in favor of anything we can do to reduce smoking.”
"It's a better source of funds. However, it does create a well-funded opposition campaign. Still trying to figure out if this is a good thing or not," Sheehy said.
“There is no campaign. We have done a single one scientific briefing on the progress of Proposition 71(the measure that created CIRM in 2004). It is strictly informational and does not constitute a campaign. We will decide in late 2015 what the next steps will be based on the scientific research at that time.”