ballot initiatives

Legal weed could pass in all nine states voting on it this November

Support for marijuana legalization has hit an all-time high in the U.S., according to two recent national polls, raising the possibility that legal weed could pass in all nine states where it’s on the
Why environmental groups are rejecting a carbon tax measure in Washington

Why environmental groups are rejecting a carbon tax measure in Washington

Just one state is giving voters the chance to directly decide on a policy to fight climate change this Election Day: Washington’s Initiative 732 proposes a state tax on carbon emissions aimed at

Maine embraces Obamacare, votes to expand Medicaid to 70,000 low-income people

Tens of thousands of low-income people previously locked out of affordable coverage got good news tonight. Voters in Maine elected to expand the Medicaid program, which offers health insurance to
Despite Comcast's "misinformation campaign," Colorodans vote en masse to reject ban on municipal internet

Despite Comcast's "misinformation campaign," Colorodans vote en masse to reject ban on municipal internet

The telcoms industry has aggressively lobbied state legislatures to pass laws banning cities from setting up their own internet infrastructure, even in places where there is no broadband, exacerbating
Alaskans set to vote on bill that would ban transgender people from using the bathroom

Alaskans set to vote on bill that would ban transgender people from using the bathroom

On Tuesday, voters in Anchorage, Alaska will weigh in on Proposition 1, a ballot initiative to ban transgender people from using bathrooms and other facilities. Given 40 percent of the state’s
Anti-marijuana group says it’s working with the DEA to sabotage medical pot

Anti-marijuana group says it’s working with the DEA to sabotage medical pot

Federal officials are getting dragged into a state-level fight over medical marijuana, after opponents of a ballot initiative to legalize the idea in Utah claimed that the Drug Enforcement Agency
California Will Vote on a Proposal to Split the State in 3 Parts

California Will Vote on a Proposal to Split the State in 3 Parts

A Silicon Valley billionaire has amassed enough signatures to have his proposal splitting California into three parts on the state’s ballot in November. Venture Capitalist Timothy Draper filed more
California Voters May Decide to End Daylight Savings Time in November

California Voters May Decide to End Daylight Savings Time in November

As of last week, both houses of the California legislature have now passed a bill that would allow voters to end Daylight Savings Time by referendum this November.
D.C. Council moves to overrule voters, reinstall tipped wage system

D.C. Council moves to overrule voters, reinstall tipped wage system

This week, the majority of the D.C. Council supported a repeal of Initiative 77. Initiative 77 is the ballot measure voters approved in June that eliminates the tipped minimum wage and would gradually
Missouri voters kill the state's anti-union law with a massively successful ballot initiative

Missouri voters kill the state's anti-union law with a massively successful ballot initiative

Many of today's "red" states have historically had strong trade union movements -- think of Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin -- but after Citizens United opened the floodgates to dark money from the
It’s official: Medicaid expansion will be on the ballot in Nebraska this November

It’s official: Medicaid expansion will be on the ballot in Nebraska this November

In November, Nebraska residents will get to decide whether or not more people should qualify for public health insurance. Should voters decide to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA),
Study shows oil and gas industry wields ‘meta power,’ but Colorado residents are fighting back

Study shows oil and gas industry wields ‘meta power,’ but Colorado residents are fighting back

An initiative that will appear on the ballot in Colorado next month marks the first time that voters anywhere in the U.S. will have the power to control the distances between oil and gas drilling
California's Proposition 10 Rent Control Initiative Imploding in Polls

California's Proposition 10 Rent Control Initiative Imploding in Polls

An October 19 poll revealed that Proposition 10 to expand rent control in California is in big trouble, with just 41 percent support in the campaign's final weeks.
Data show that when US voters legalize weed, they hurt Mexican cartels

Data show that when US voters legalize weed, they hurt Mexican cartels

US voters in four states—Michigan, North Dakota, Utah, and Missouri—will decide whether to approve some form of legal marijuana on Nov. 6. The effects of…
Republican Diane Harkey Leads Rally for Proposition 6 Gas Tax Repeal

Republican Diane Harkey Leads Rally for Proposition 6 Gas Tax Repeal

Republican Diane Harkey led a rally outside her Carlsbad, California, campaign office on Sunday afternoon for Proposition 6, the ballot initiative to repeal last year's 12-cent-per-gallon gas tax
Alabama, Oregon, West Virginia Face Abortion Restriction Ballot Initiatives

Alabama, Oregon, West Virginia Face Abortion Restriction Ballot Initiatives

Voters in Alabama, Oregon and West Virginia are facing specific questions about abortion restrictions on their ballots Tuesday.
Coca-Cola and Pepsi have a strategy to beat soda taxes: Confuse as many voters as possible

Coca-Cola and Pepsi have a strategy to beat soda taxes: Confuse as many voters as possible

Many Americans are worried about the potential results of Tuesday’s midterm elections. Coca-Cola and Pepsi have reason to feel fizzy with nerves, too. On Nov.…
A progressive’s guide to what to watch for on Election Day 2018 — after you vote

A progressive’s guide to what to watch for on Election Day 2018 — after you vote

On Tuesday, Americans will elect 435 U.S. Representatives, 35 U.S. Senators, 36 governors, more than 6,000 state legislators, and a whole lot of statewide, county, and local officials. They’ll also
Voters just gave more than 300,000 people health care

Voters just gave more than 300,000 people health care

Residents in Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah voted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Tuesday, granting health coverage to more than 300,000 low-income people. Although all three states
West Virginia and Alabama voters approve dangerous anti-choice ballot initiatives

West Virginia and Alabama voters approve dangerous anti-choice ballot initiatives

Voters in Alabama and West Virginia approved ballot initiatives on Tuesday that will update the state constitutions to declare that abortion rights are not guaranteed, a move that will severely
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