It had to happen sooner or later. From the nomination of Zoe Baird to health-care reform, citizens were making their views known loudly and clearly to their legislators. Time after time, they have been telling their representatives how to vote. Why not simply dispense with the middleman and let the public vote directly on legislation? That is exactly what happened as citizens rediscovered the "ballot initiative" and transformed it into what some have called a "fourth branch of government."