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Ballot Initiative

The Year of the Schizophrenic Voter?

Kevin Price | Posted 11.13.2014 | 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 11.07.2014 | 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.

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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 11.04.2014 | 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.

Ballot Measure to Divide CA Into 6 Mini-States Is Based on Idea That Smaller Government Is Always Better Government -- Not So

Peter Scheer | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Peter Scheer

The theory behind Draper's ballot measure is that subdividing California creates smaller state governments -- and that the smaller and more local the state governments, the more politically accountable and the better managed they will be.

Alaska Voters May Legalize Marijuana This Summer

AP | By MARK THIESSEN | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Enough petition signatures have been verified to place an initiative seeking to legalize marijuana on the ballot this summe...

Ballot Initiatives Gone Wild

Jessica Levinson | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

Want to change how many lawmakers it takes to pass the state's budget? Pass a ballot initiative. Want to change the definition of marriage? Pass a ballot initiative. Want to cut or increase taxes? Pass a ballot initiative.

The Top 10 Marijuana Developments in 2013

Rob Kampia | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Rob Kampia

Public support for making marijuana legal reached a record high in 2013. A Pew Research Center poll released in April showed 52 percent support, and a Gallup poll in October showed 58 percent support. It's now safe to say most Americans are fed up with marijuana prohibition.

On November 5th, Local Power Is on the Line

John Farrell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Denver
John Farrell

Will it be another example of how a corporate monopoly buries its political and economic opponents? Or will it be Boulder's shot heard 'round the world of locals taking charge of their energy future?

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

Carl Gibson | Posted 11.30.2013 | Green
Carl 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.