It’s time for the medical establishment to explain why it is resisting common sense solutions to weed out the small number of dangerous and dirty doctors that commit the vast majority of medical malpractice.
|By: Consumer Watchdog Tuesday September 24, 2013 6:52 pm|
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday June 26, 2013 12:20 pm|
Most people are focused on the immediate impact of the Hollingsworth v. Perry decision, which will allow same-sex marriage to resume in California, but the legal justification for this decision could end up have the more important long term impact on the process of creating laws. It may weaken the power of direct democracy tools, like ballot initiatives.
|By: Jon Walker Monday September 17, 2012 11:10 am|
The good news for the campaign is that it has a decent lead and it is currently over the all-important 50 percent mark. If the initiative can simply maintain its current level of support it would narrowly win approval and become law in the Colorado.
The bad news for the campaign is that ballot initiatives tend to lose some support as the election nears. Undecided voters tend to break against initiatives. Holding on to an eleven point lead is an achievable but difficult task for a ballot measure.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday August 7, 2012 10:25 am|
An initiative that would allow medical marijuana will very likely be on the November ballot in North Dakota. Just days before the filing deadline North Dakotans for Compassionate Care turned in just over 20,000 signatures to qualify their measure, almost twice the minimum required.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday July 10, 2012 2:00 pm|
This November the voters of Massachusetts will have the opportunity to make their state the 18th to allow for the medical use of marijuana. According to Wickedlocal the Committee for Compassionate Medicine managed to turn in enough signatures in the second round of signature collection to have their initiative placed on the ballot.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday July 10, 2012 11:05 am|
This November the voters in our nation’s capital will likely have the opportunity to ban campaign donations by corporations to local politicians. The Group D.C. Public Trust recently turned in over 30,000 signature to get their initiative on the ballot this year.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday August 25, 2011 12:00 pm|
The California based organization, Consumer Watchdog, is looking to put a measure on the 2012 November ballot in California that would create a public health insurance option in the state and provide state regulators more control of premiums.
|By: Jon Walker Monday May 23, 2011 7:45 am|
In Minnesota, a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage is going to appear on the 2012 ballot, where it will likely become a big focus of activism this election on both sides.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday March 29, 2011 4:12 pm|
Local organizers in Oregon have begun the push to gather the required 87,213 signatures to put the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act 2012 (OCTA 2012) on the ballot in 2012, now that the petition has been approved by the Secretary of State.
|By: Jon Walker Sunday December 19, 2010 8:30 am|
After World War II, the use of citizen initiatives dropped dramatically as booming populations made gathering sufficient signatures to qualify for the ballot a more daunting task. During the ’50s and ’60s statewide ballot initiatives became rare, and much like today, many of the initiatives that did appear were thanks to big corporate spending. This all changed in the early ’70s, thanks in large part to the California couple Edwin and Joyce Koupal and their People’s Lobby.