The Difference the Initiative Process Makes for Marijuana: A Tale of Two States

By: Thursday July 3, 2014 2:59 pm

To understand how important and effective the initiative process has been for advancing marijuana reform we need only look at two states recently in the news for the issue, New York and Oregon.

 

Michigan Passes Right to Work; What Are Labor’s Next Options?

By: Wednesday December 12, 2012 10:30 am

Labor has not really attempted to overturn the Indiana “right to work” law, where they had less options at their disposal. But there are tools available in Michigan, as well as a relatively dense unionized labor force ready to fight back.

The Most Important Vote in America – Ending the Tax Revolt in California

By: Tuesday November 6, 2012 9:45 am

There are a couple bellweather races in the Senate (I think North Dakota will show the power of ideology versus candidate competence) and the House (a couple member-versus-member races, like Jim Renacci versus Betty Sutton in Ohio, will be determinative).

But I’m going with Kevin Drum: Prop 30 in California, and the symbolic end to the era of the tax revolt it would usher in, is the most important thing on the ballot this year, to me.

The War on Workers Comes to California, in Disguise

By: Thursday July 12, 2012 8:15 am

After the victory in Wisconsin, many wondered where conservative interests would strike next to finish off unions and permanently alter the power relationship between labor and capital. It appears the next step is California. In November, voters will decide on an initiative, Prop 32, that would “eliminate unions from having any voice in politics whatsoever,” according to one labor official.

Activists Want DNC Convention to Move Out of North Carolina After Amendment One Passage

By: Wednesday May 9, 2012 8:15 am

Yesterday North Carolina passed Amendment One, a constitutional amendment initiative that not only puts the existing ban on same-sex marriage in the state constitution, but will also ban civil unions and domestic partnerships. The DNC is planning it’s convention for Charlotte, North Caroline, so activists are demanding the DNC move the convention.

Federal Reserve Looking to Slap Wrists of Smaller Mortgage Servicers

By: Monday April 2, 2012 7:30 am

Foreclosure fraud is a pervasive and industry-wide problem, so other servicers beyond the big 5 would eventually get sanctioned in some way. The biggest three made up over 46% of the mortgage servicing market by the end of 2011, and no other servicer controls more than 5%. But that’s still roughly 40%-45% not covered by the settlement, so the Federal Reserve plans to slap their wrists and perhaps nudge them under the settlement.

California Progressives Force Compromise on Jerry Brown-Led Tax Initiative

By: Wednesday March 14, 2012 1:20 pm

A major battle between progressive activists and a sitting governor in the nation’s largest state is nearing a conclusion today. California Governor Jerry Brown and a coalition of progressives have entered into negotiations to finalize a tax measure for the November 2012 ballot, after both sides offered competing plans.

California Conundrum: Competing Ballot Measures on Taxes Could Undermine One Another

By: Tuesday December 6, 2011 10:15 am

Yesterday, Gov. Jerry Brown penned an “Open Letter to the People of California,” announcing his intention to go to the ballot in November 2012 with an initiative that would raise revenues by roughly $7 billion annually. But there are two other progressive tax initiatives and another for tax cuts sponsored by a billionaire. It could be a very confusing ballot next year

Labor Poised to Defeat Kasich, Anti-Union SB 5 in Ohio

By: Wednesday October 19, 2011 12:15 pm

The Ohio campaign to defeat SB5, the anti-union bill, has really ramped up over the past couple weeks. And it turns out that when both sides get to make their arguments, the state of Ohio dislikes the stripping of collective bargaining rights and the right to strike, according to the latest polling.

Republican Calvinball in Wisconsin, Ohio

By: Monday June 27, 2011 1:30 pm

Republicans just can’t resist a game where they make up the rules as they go along. Two fine examples of this are Wisconsin where they are going to redistrict before the recall elections, even though they have not drawn up the ward maps yet. And then there is Ohio, where SB 5 is going to before a vote of the people, but Republicans want to split it into 5 separate bills to confuse the voter.

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