popular referendum and recall elections

One of the most fascinating developments in state and local government is the rise of direct democracy through popular referendum and recall elections.  Describe a popular referendum and a recall election.  Then discuss whether you think recent referendums and recall elections in California are best for the governing of the state and why.  

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7.