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Ballot Initiatives

Down-Ballot Races In California Worth Fighting For

Sandra Fluke | Posted 11.06.2016 | Politics
Sandra Fluke

Here in California, there are many down-ballot candidates and causes that would greatly benefit from your time and energy in the remaining days until Election Day.

The Candidates' Positions On Marijuana Policy

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.21.2017 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While mostly ignored by the media (and almost completely ignored in the debates), the issue is going to become a lot more important in the general election, as many states will have recreational legalization ballot initiatives to vote on.

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

The Conversation US | Posted 02.05.2017 | 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.

Plutocrats in California Decide to Wait Until 2018 Before Trying to Gut Public Pensions

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 01.19.2017 | Los Angeles
Joseph A. Palermo

The millionaires and billionaires who want to gut public sector pensions in California have decided to put off their anti-labor ballot initiatives until after the Roberts Court imposes its "right-to-work" regimen on the whole country this June.

Ballot Initiatives Offers Voters a Real Chance to Reduce Income Inequality

Ryan Johnson | Posted 10.21.2016 | 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.

Mandate: Nearly 60 Percent of Voters Worry About Climate Change

Keith Gaby | Posted 01.14.2015 | Green
Keith Gaby

The important lesson from all of this is that leaders in Washington shouldn't start believing their own press releases. Go ahead and claim voters endorsed everything you stand for, but don't start acting like it's true. The American people did not suddenly decide they don't care about clean air, clean water, and a healthy climate.

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.

Taming TABOR

Joel Judd | Posted 12.23.2014 | Denver
Joel Judd

Talking about taming TABOR. Last month Colorado's economists projected a 2016 TABOR surplus. This provokes alarm in some and delight in others while ...

Shepard Fairey Discusses Election 2012 and the Importance of Voting (VIDEO)

Shira Lazar | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
Shira Lazar

While he's considered making a similar poster for the 2012 election, the artist says that it would be naive to deny the realities and changes of the last four years.

The Subversion of Direct Democracy

Roy Ulrich | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Roy Ulrich

The truth is that the give and take of the legislative process is a much better way to make public policy, especially on complex issues.

Reshaping the Politics of the Golden State

Dolores Huerta | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Dolores Huerta

Voter mobilization can create a vital tipping point in this election. It's another step towards our long-term vision -- restoring the California Dream by bringing a greater spectrum of voices into the policy debate. California calls us to do so.

Marriage Equality: Our Rights Are Not Up for Debate!

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While many of our political leaders debate issues of marriage equality, I do not believe that the rights of minoritized people should be up for debate and should be settled on in the voting booth.

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...

End of an Era for Colorado Ballot Initiatives (We Hope)

Luis Toro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Luis Toro

Amendments 60 and 61 and Propositions 101 and 102 all failed, and questions raised by supporters' failures to disclose may have contributed to those defeats.

Sam Stein

Denver Voting On Congress, Governor And... Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During the 2004 elections, the Republican Party was able to use specific ballot initiatives to drive up the vote in key locals and, in t...

Prop 19 Would Help -- Not Hurt -- Medical Marijuana Patients

David Borden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
David Borden

A group of medical marijuana dispensaries has come out against Prop 19, California's "Tax and Regulate Cannabis" initiative to legalize marijuana. Are they misinformed or deliberately lying? I don't know anymore.

Colorado Liquor Ballot Initiatives Fall Flat

Denver Daily News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Another effort to get full-strength alcohol into grocery stores has fizzled out. Blake Harrison said yesterday that he has given up on his two ball...

Colorado Health Care Reform

Denver Daily | Peter Marcus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Conservatives are raising the message of Paul Revere in an attempt to convince lawmakers to repeal federal health reform legislation recently pushed t...

Will Mandate Ballot Initiatives Be the Gay Marriage of 2010?

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

Republican rhetoric feeds into an extensive and well-funded network of right wing groups that stand ready to push anti-mandate ballot initiatives that will go into overdrive upon passage of the health care bill.

Lakoff: The Poll Democrats Need to Know About

Guest Pollster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Guest Pollster

George Lakoff is Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley, and the author of T...

Perfect Storm 2010?

Robert Hertzberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Robert Hertzberg

A sour economy, political gridlock and year upon year of sagging budget revenues are threatening to combine into a perfect initiative storm that could hit California next November.

Tea Baggers Get Kicked Where It Hurts

Kristina Wilfore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kristina Wilfore

Out of all of the election results from yesterday, the anti-tax ballot measures in Maine and Washington (known as TABOR) provide a better political tea leaf into voter attitudes going into the 2010 election cycle than anything else.

Why the California Court's Decision Is Good for Gay Marriage

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

We should view the California court not as opposing gay marriage, but rather as promoting public deliberation and democratic action on the subject of equal rights.

Cal Prop 2 (Farm Animal Confinement) Interview

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Handel

Learn more about California Proposition 2, regarding cruel confinement of farm animals. Check out my interview with a representative from the Yes on 2 campaign.

Torture in the Henhouse

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Handel

Prop 2 would not require that animals be free range -- but would grant farm animals the ability to move about, even while caged, is just basic decency.