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Ballot Measures

The Power of Questions to Fix Political Reputation

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Disappointingly, though perhaps not surprisingly, voter turnout in Portugal has collapsed from 91.5 percent in 1975, the year of the first democratic elections, to 58.1 percent in the 2011 parliamentary elections.

A Maryland Dream That Needs to Become a National Dream

DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D. | Posted 01.27.2013 | College
DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D.

Maryland voters made history by resoundingly voting in support of the Maryland Dream Act, which ensures that all of our young people have the opportunity to pursue affordable higher education. It's time for the rest of our country to follow suit.

You Don't Want to Know What We're Putting in Your Food!

Clifford J. Tasner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Clifford J. Tasner

We couldn't let California go the way of Europe, as well as Japan, India and China (some 50 countries in all) where labeling foods this way is the law of the land. So we swung into action.

12 State Ballot Measures To Watch In 2012

Posted 11.04.2012 | Green

From Mother Nature Network's Russell McLendon: As Americans hit the polls Nov. 6, most will be focused on the presidential race, with little intere...

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.

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.

California's Billionaire Ballot: The Good, Bad, And Ugly

Jamie Court | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Jamie Court

It takes big money to play in California's ballot measure process today, so billionaires are plenty welcome. But if they are in it for themselves, they aren't likely to fool the voters, who have a remarkable knack for rejecting any ballot initiative with a stink behind it.

10 Ballot Measures To Watch In 2012

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics

Everybody is watching Mitt Romney and Barack Obama campaign in the presidential election. But as they go to the polls this November, voters will also ...

Amanda Terkel

Big Wins For Progressives On Election Night | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Tuesday's elections saw big wins for progressives around the country, who blocked right-wing measures on issues of voting, labor, immigr...

Voters Make The Call On Tough State Education Measures

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

As millions of Americans filled out their midterm ballots, they had difficult decisions to make about K-12 education policy in their respective states...

Four Votes for Animals, Four Final Days to Spread the Word

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Pacelle

With just four days until the election, we're in a last push with coalition partners to spread our critical message to voters in Arizona, California, ...

What All the November California Ballot Measures Have in Common

Jessica Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

Disparate as the California ballot measures are this year, all have one thing in common: They are all initiatives. And this process of direct democracy is here to stay, so let's try to improve it. Here are two ideas to ponder.

Those Pesky Ballot Propositions - Is This Any Way to Run a Country?

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Alderman

Deciding whether to 'increase the "rainy day" budget stabilization fund' in a state with the seventh largest economy in the world like California, requires a little more, uh, attention.

Unsure How To Vote In The California May 19 Special Election? See How Organizations You Trust Recommend You Vote.

Kim Cranston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kim Cranston

If you're unsure about how to vote in the California Special Election on May 19, see how organizations and people you trust from across the political and ideological spectrum recommend you vote.

I Now Pronounce You A and B

Candy Spelling | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Candy Spelling

There was a lot of celebrating in California during the last week as gay and lesbian couples could finally get married legally. But for the newlyweds themselves, there was even more celebration for the most-basic rights to some of life's most mundane activities.