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California Voters Double-Crossed By SEIU -- For The Second Time

Sal Rosselli | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
Sal Rosselli

Rather than subverting workers' rights, unions should be democratic and member-driven. Rather than engaging in collusive backroom deals, a union should be open and transparent. Rather than tease and betray voters at the ballot box, a union should be forthright and honest.

Funding The Homeless Fight: Let The Voters Decide

Mark Ridley-Thomas | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Mark Ridley-Thomas

Faced with what may be the most critical moral, civil rights and social justice issue of our time, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is considering asking voters to approve a tax to fund the fight against homelessness.

Friday Talking Points -- It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.06.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's been a pretty momentous week in the history of American politics, folks. The Republican Party is going to nominate Donald Trump to run for the highest office in the land. Politics and entertainment are now one.

The $15 Revolution

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Even though New York got much of the attention (they actually scheduled their signing ceremony before California), the California law is much more interesting -- not so much for the statewide aspect, but rather for the way it was enacted.

Turning Momentum Into Results

Ryan Johnson | Posted 02.19.2016 | Impact
Ryan Johnson

The problem is, to date, very little has changed. Politicians talk about how we need to raise the wage, but have been unable to deliver. We have some hopeful allies who still think federal action is possible, and frankly, I hope they are right, but at The Fairness Project we are tired of waiting.

California Gov. Wants To Downsize Nation's Second-Largest Inmate Population

The Conversation US | Posted 02.05.2016 | Crime
The Conversation US

The initiative seeks to reintroduce parole hearings and early releases. If it passes, nonviolent felons will come up for parole once they complete the basic term for their original offense.

Leading the Way On Wages

Ryan Johnson | Posted 12.18.2015 | Business
Ryan Johnson

At this time of year, many of us will be taking time off to enjoy the holidays with loved ones. But for minimum wages workers, the holiday season often means longer days at their jobs. Even with the extra hours, employees still struggle to afford a happy holiday for their family.

The Rising Cost of Giving Thanks

Ryan Johnson | Posted 11.25.2015 | Business
Ryan Johnson

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to take real action to improve the lives of others. Too often we accept inaction and current realities because we feel helpless or hopeless to make positive change.

Ballot Initiatives Offers Voters a Real Chance to Reduce Income Inequality

Ryan Johnson | Posted 10.21.2015 | Impact
Ryan Johnson

For too long, we've read the headlines: income inequality has reached its highest levels since the Great Depression, wages have stagnated for all but the very top and equal access to opportunity, the pillar of American greatness, is disappearing before our eyes.

This Pro-Marijuana Mascot May Hurt Ohio's Chances of Legalization

Sam Tracy | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics
Sam Tracy

That's right, ResponsibleOhio is the first marijuana legalization campaign in the country to have a mascot -- a cartoon superhero with a marijuana bud for a head, at that. Buddie (yes, that's actually its name) was condemned from the minute it was unveiled,

Starved for Democracy? California Says Pay $2K

Jamie Court | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics
Jamie Court

Governor Brown's signature on legislation increasing the filing fee for citizens who file ballot initiatives from $200 to $2,000 is the modern equivalent of the famous salvo attributed to Marie Antoinette upon hearing of a famine among the French peasants, "Let Them Eat Cake."

Friday Talking Points -- The Rehabilitation of Golf in the GOP

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.14.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

We're going to begin today with a wrapup of the week that was in the presidential campaigns, and as befitting his status as the Republican frontrunner, we're going to start with Donald Trump.

The Past, Present and Potential Future of Marijuana Legalization

Anna Greenberg | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics
Anna Greenberg

The wins in Colorado and Washington represent the fruit of a broad national evolution on this issue. A majority of American voters now support full legalization. This movement does not result simply from the rise of the millennial generation, which is more favorable towards reform.

Winning One for the Future in Mississippi

Burns Strider | Posted 05.15.2016 | Politics
Burns Strider

Initiative 42 matters to a group of dedicated and hard working Mississippians who have raised more than $2 million and organized as 42 for Better Schools to pass this important initiative.

Is the Marijuana Vote Up for Grabs?

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

On one issue, though, there is a sizeable (and growing) bloc of voters who are not only cross-partisan but also so committed they could be called "single-issue voters." I'm speaking of the marijuana vote. And it could be up for grabs next year.

Must Sadism Be Cleared to Gather Signatures?

Hans Johnson | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Hans Johnson

The wrestling match now unfolding in California over a proposed ballot measure aimed at exterminating gay people is actually a teachable moment, and not only about religious extremism and violent hate. It calls attention to the value of a simple screen test for the subjects of initiatives and constitutional amendments. In this area, California might take a lesson from New Mexico.

10 Reasons to be Encouraged We Made Real Environmental Progress in 2014

Mark Tercek | Posted 03.04.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

2014 was a year of significant progress for the environment. To be sure, we still face plenty of very daunting challenges (you know the list). But there was also a lot of very significant progress to celebrate. Around the world, governments, businesses, nonprofits, and communities successfully came together to protect nature in a big and powerful way.

Electoral Systems and the Democracy Gap in Southern Europe

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 02.28.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

The discrepancy between the U.S. and Europe in what concerns direct democracy is shocking and absurd in this day and age. Current electoral systems in Southern Europe are an assault on the ideal of a modern democracy.

The Year of the Schizophrenic Voter?

Kevin Price | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Kevin Price

Throughout the country, as states voted for Republican candidates for office, they largely voted against GOP policies in their initiative and referendum positions.

Our Government Is Broken: Ballot Initiatives Prove It

Eric Lotke | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Eric Lotke

We need our government to do that. We need people with time and expertise to balance interests and reach fair conclusions. And we need them to reflect the interests of the people.

Dave Jamieson

Paid Sick Days Are Coming To Another State

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

Massachusetts on Tuesday became the third state in the nation to guarantee paid sick days for workers, with voters decisively approving a sick-leave b...

5 Things You Should Know About the California Election

Jessica Levinson | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

Didn't think you were ever going to see the words "exciting" and "Secretary of State" or "State Controller" in the same sentence? Well, then you haven't really lived.

Prop 47 Supports Women and Families

Surina Khan | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Surina Khan

If we can improve the lives of thousands of California's women and children, shouldn't we do it? Proposition 47, a common sense initiative on the November ballot, gives us a critical opportunity to do all that -- and save the state money.

Marijuana Legalization Update

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This year may see some progress on legalization, but it will be limited. But there are five state-level efforts where news is being made on the legalization front.

Thinking Beyond One Election Cycle and a $10-Per-Hour Minimum Wage

Justine Sarver | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Justine Sarver

Reporters are correct to look for political consequences beyond the policy itself. But a narrow focus on a few specific states in a single election year misses the more important story.