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Working People in Small Washington Community Take Living Wage Directly to Voters

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

In the city of SeaTac, which surrounds the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, something special is happening.

Washingtonians Fight for GMO Labeling

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 11.30.2013 | Green
C. Robert Gibson

This November, voters in Washington State will get to decide whether or not people should have the right to know if there are genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in the food they buy when they vote on Initiative 522.

Recent Presidential Elections: Better Juries, Harder Ballot Initiatives

David J. Brunell | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
David J. Brunell

I generally take the longer view and think Supreme Court nominations are the most significant actions U.S. presidents take, but besides anything Obama has already done or will do in the future, the election itself made democracy better -- maybe.

Salmon or Gold: Ballot Initiative Will Give Alaskans Chance to Weigh In on Pebble Mine

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 02.23.2013 | Politics
Alaska Dispatch News

Opponents of the Pebble Project believe Alaskans should get a chance to choose which resource the state prizes most from Bristol Bay -- gold or wild s...

Robert Bork Leaves Legacy for Right and Left

Hans Johnson | Posted 02.22.2013 | Politics
Hans Johnson

The death of influential former judge Robert Bork marks the conclusion of a career in conservative advocacy, on and off the bench, and the closing of an era in American politics.

The Slow Demise of the Death Penalty

Richard C. Dieter | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Richard C. Dieter

The divided vote on Proposition 34 indicates that the machinery of capital punishment may not grind to a halt all at once. But the signs of its demise are clearly on the horizon.

The Next Four Years: Invest in Nature for a Stronger America

Mark Tercek | Posted 01.07.2013 | Green
Mark Tercek

Our country's leaders cannot put aside this problem for later. They should work now to put a price on carbon, invest in advanced energy research and development and help communities adapt to climate impacts, especially by investments in natural infrastructure.

Oklahoma Would Suffer Under Ban of Programs That Expand Opportunity

Wade Henderson, Esq. | Posted 01.05.2013 | Politics
Wade Henderson, Esq.

Equal opportunity is not a zero-sum game. Policies and programs that expand opportunity help create shared prosperity, where everyone has a chance to succeed in education, work, and business. And when that happens, everyone wins.

Share Your Voice in Our Future by Voting Tuesday

Benny Napoleon | Posted 11.02.2012 | Detroit
Benny Napoleon

The future of our nation, Michigan and Wayne County rests with you and other voters. Do not give up your right to vote! I encourage you to become familiar with your ballot by reviewing it online and deeply considering each candidate and issue.

Looking for Bipartisanship? Head Outdoors

Mark Tercek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Mark Tercek

As a nation whose prosperity and well-being has always been tied to natural resources, Americans love the outdoors. A poll this past July found that 80 percent of us even believe that conservation is downright patriotic.

Dear Governor Christie: Please Come Home to NJ and Sell the Higher Ed Bond Issue

Gordon MacInnes | Posted 12.25.2012 | Education
Gordon MacInnes

Governor Christie is the essential salesman for the bond issue. Taking credit for putting on the ballot doesn't count if it doesn't pass. The bond issue is the governor's to lose, and New Jersey can't afford for that to happen.

The Other Election

Justine Sarver | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Justine Sarver

On November 6, Americans will cast votes in the other election -- deciding the outcome of more than 170 ballot measures across the country. Here are just a few of the big issues at stake.

Democracy: Is California About to Make History?

Preeti Vissa | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

Today, millions of California voters have no say in a crucial part of the voting process: deciding what gets on the ballot in the first place. That's because while the citizens of this incredibly diverse state speak 200 languages, our initiative petitions speak only one: English.

The Preview Health Insurance Executives Don't Want You to See

Jamie Court | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
Jamie Court

Thirty five states require health insurance companies to get permission before raising rates, but not California.

Will Patients Beat Blue Shield Again... This Time With the First Online Ballot Petition for Rate Regulation?

Jamie Court | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics
Jamie Court

Shouldn't the CEOs of health insurance companies like Blue Shield have to sign under penalty of perjury that their rate hikes are justified? Californians will vote on that proposition in November, and are almost sure to approve.

6 Reasons Mississippians Said No to "Personhood" Amendment

Burns Strider | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Burns Strider

Why did those pushing "personhood" lose in arguably the most conservative state in the Union? Why did the opposing forces win a majority of the vote in Mississippi? Here are six reasons.

The War on Women You Haven't Heard of

Nancy Keenan | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics
Nancy Keenan

Anti-choice extremists never take their eye off the prize: making abortion illegal in the United States. Right now, they have their sights set on Mississippi.

Jerry Brown Sends Birthday Present to the 99% on 100th Anniversary of Ballot Initiative Process

Jamie Court | Posted 12.10.2011 | Politics
Jamie Court

With a simple signature, Brown has struck a blow for populism in the ballot initiative process by signing a new law to clarify that all ballot initiatives be voted on in November, when twice the number of voters show up, rather than in primary elections.

Tyler Kingkade

North Carolina To Vote On Gay Marriage Ban In May 2012 | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- North Carolina residents will vote whether to amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage in May 2012, after the state Senate ...

Last Call in Sacramento for 2011. Will Gov. Brown Make Ballot Initiatives Simpler?

Jamie Court | Posted 11.10.2011 | Los Angeles
Jamie Court

The clock ticking down on the last night in the California statehouse is always a lot like waiting for last call at a rowdy bar around 2 AM -- you wonder how much damage will done before the last shot.

Will Prop 8 End California's Democracy?

Rick Jacobs | Posted 11.05.2011 | Politics
Rick Jacobs

If the State Supreme Court grants standing to, the state of California will have made its final descent into feudal politics, one in which the rich can buy laws and a place in court while the rest of us just stand idly by.

Amanda Terkel

Progressives Plot Ballot Initiative Strategy | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Buoyed by grassroots energy from the protests in Wisconsin earlier this year, progressives are now planning an offensive strategy. Organ...

New Laws Proposed To Curb Abuse In CA's Ballot Initiative Process

| Will Evans | Posted 09.24.2011 | Los Angeles

By Will Evans. Story comes courtesy of California Watch. One hundred years after California adopted the ballot initiative process, legislation ...

Pain May Favor a Tax Hike Come November

Robert Schwab | Posted 06.15.2011 | Denver
Robert Schwab

Carol Hedges figures Colorado voters will be ready for a tax hike by November once they begin to feel the pain of closed parks, crowded first-grade classrooms and much higher tuition at colleges.

Taking the Initiative

Nicholas Stephanopoulos | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics
Nicholas Stephanopoulos

Democrats and good-government advocates, then, have nothing to lose (and much to gain) by pushing for redistricting initiatives and referenda everywhere that they are available in 2012.