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By Matthew Hoy on April 4, 2016

My latest column in Sunday's San Luis Obispo Tribune is available here. It deals with public financing of municipal elections.

This bad idea was proposed by the same group fronted by anti-First Amendment crusader William Ostrander, who's apparently running to replace the retiring Rep. Lois Capps this fall.

In the past couple of days there have hilariously been a couple of letters to the editor taking SLO councilman Dan Carpenter to task for reversing course on his support of this public financing scheme after he heard from his constituents.

According to the letter writers, listening to your constituents is apparently a "bad thing" when they encourage the politician to oppose your views.

Anyway, my research for the piece was rather far reaching and there's a lot of "stuff" that ended up on the proverbial cutting room floor. If you're interested in reading more, here are some links:

In the end, I cut a bunch of Obama-hypocrisy out. His abandonment of the post-Nixon public financing for his presidential elections says all you need to hear about the depth of Democrats' belief in public financing schemes.

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This complaint was resolved (not really!) in mere hours!

Seriously, this is crazy, @factchecknet. Your transparency on this craziness is long overdue. @baybarsorsek @Ferdi_Ozsoy

https://ifcncodeofprinciples.poynter.org/complaint/view/7A36B746-A30F-8FAC-DD15-D4A7E806FBD4/79FD1952-EDCD-286D-4291-AD4F0D4F903F

It was a weak field for @PolitiFact's "Lie of the Year" readers' poll this year, so I wrote in a suggestion.

The suggestion may not be original with me, so apologies to anyone who specifically suggested this one before.

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