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LLOYD OMDAHL: ‘Direct democracy’ saved lawmakers from liquor fights

Published 02/25/2013, Grand Forks Herald

The authority to initiate and refer laws, often called “direct democracy,” has been a constant irritant to the Legislature but, in fact, it has saved the Assembly from some unpleasant job-threatening controversies. Take our century-long seesaw fight over alcohol.

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