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South Dakota GOP Repeals Anti-Corruption Act Passed By Voters

Josh Silver | Posted 02.01.2017 | Home
Josh Silver

Our broken system thrives on quid pro quo campaign contributions, Super PAC expenditures and lobbyist schmoozing that are little more than legalized bribery.

Democracy Hero: Josh Silver

Adam Eichen | Posted 11.23.2016 | Home
Adam Eichen

Josh Silver speaks onstage at the OF BY FOR Awards presented by Represent.Us on October 27, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Source: Charley Gallay...

'Green News Report' - November 10, 2016

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.10.2016 | Home
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Making history and rewriting the future: Donald Trump declared winner of ...

'Green News Report' - November 3, 2016

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.10.2016 | Home
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: President Obama suggests re-routing the controversial Dakota Access pipel...

The Normalization Of Legalization

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.02.2016 | Home
Chris Weigant

America is in the midst of a dramatic shift in public opinion, one which began at least a decade ago and shows no signs of reversing any time soon. The concept of fully legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use must now actually be considered the mainstream opinion in America.

Third Parties in America: When Will the Media Become Democratic?

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 10.24.2016 | Home
Mitchell J. Rabin

The lockdown on 3rd Party candidates and Democracy is further exemplified by the concession of the Presidential debates by the League of Women Voters to the Commission on Presidential Debates.

A Big Ballot

Joel Judd | Posted 10.18.2016 | Denver
Joel Judd

Every two years I'm asked my thoughts on the ballot issues. This year we have more proposals than usual, but my insight has not expanded accordingly. So I'm starting with those I most care about, and will get as far as I get. I expect you'll do the same.

Questions For The Candidates On Marijuana Reform

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.05.2016 | Home
Chris Weigant

There is a major political debate currently happening in many parts of this country, but the astonishing thing is that most politicians -- especially those on the national stage -- seem to want to pretend the debate doesn't even exist.

When Elections Get Personal

Ryan Johnson | Posted 09.12.2016 | Home
Ryan Johnson

Last Tuesday, Arizona joined Colorado, Maine and Washington by qualifying an initiative to raise the minimum wage for the November ballot. Now, 12.3 m...

Hey Sanders Suppoters: Want To Continue The Revolution? Use Ballot Initiatives

Ryan Johnson | Posted 08.12.2016 | Home
Ryan Johnson

With less than 100 days until Election Day, Bernie Sanders supporters are looking beyond their candidate to the issues he championed in the first place. While their candidate may be out of the race, economic inequality -- which Sanders built his campaign around -- is still an issue worth fighting for all the way to November.

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

Sal Rosselli | Posted 07.14.2016 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 02.19.2017 | Home
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 02.05.2017 | Home
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 12.18.2016 | Home
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 11.24.2016 | Home
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 10.21.2016 | Home
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 10.16.2016 | Home
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 09.02.2016 | Home
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 08.14.2016 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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.