Designing the Perfect Pot Local Option

By: Monday February 17, 2014 11:12 am

This may seem highly technical but the impact of this one provision will be huge. We are still living with the ramifications of how local option rules for alcohol were designed almost a century ago.


Maryland’s Anti-Marriage Equality Referendum Losing in New Poll

By: Thursday August 2, 2012 3:42 pm

The State of Maryland may soon legalize same-sex marriage. Earlier this year the state legislature passed a new law allowing same-sex marriage but it won’t go into effect unless the voters of the state reject a veto referendum put on the ballot by opponents.

Washington State Voters to Decide on Marriage Equality Law This November

By: Wednesday June 13, 2012 11:50 am

Earlier this year Governor Christine Gregoire signed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, but conservative activists launched a petition gathering campaign to stop the law until it was submitted to a popular referendum. According to the Secretary of State’s office, the referendum campaign has submitted more than the 120,000 valid signatures required, so the measure should appear on the November general election ballot.

Indiana Republicans Approve Fines for Boycotting Democratic Legislators

By: Wednesday January 18, 2012 1:00 pm

Democratic House lawmakers in Indiana walked out again to protest a right-to-work bill, after there were signs of a deal on a vote this week. Republicans in the House approved $1,000-a-day fines for the lawmakers. Understand that in Indiana, legislators only make about $23,000 a year.

A Good Election Night for Rearguard Actions for Liberals

By: Wednesday November 9, 2011 6:20 am

Dayen gives his assessment of yesterday’s election results. Election Day 2011 is over, and the victories for Democrats – and more accurately, for liberal values – across the country largely shared a characteristic – they were successful defensive actions to stave off extremely draconian conservative objectives.

The Elites Have Been Saved from a Greek Referendum

By: Friday November 4, 2011 4:20 pm

For the financial elites and many of the world’s incumbent political leaders, their world is now safe from actual democracy.

Greek Confidence Vote Scheduled Today; Democracy Put on Hold

By: Friday November 4, 2011 8:50 am

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou faces a confidence vote today, and there’s a lot of confusion over the outcome and the aftermath. One set of reports says that he will lose the confidence vote, and that he’s being urged to resign prior to it. Another set says that there’s a deal in place for Papandreou to resign after the confidence vote passes, and that a unity government will be established before snap elections within a month. This is what the opposition New Democracy party has been seeking.

Papandreou Picks Up Greek Cabinet Support for Referendum on Debt Deal

By: Wednesday November 2, 2011 9:30 am

Greek Prime Minister Papandreou’s cabinet unanimously approved his call for a referendum on the proposed debt and austerity deal. It’s a way to pressure the creditors for more favorable terms or create the conditions for leaving the Euro.

The Referendum That Could Indirectly Bring Down Obama

By: Tuesday November 1, 2011 2:15 pm

The decision by the Greek Prime Minister to call for a national vote on the proposed European mechanism for reducing Greek sovereign debt, rescuing banks and imposing further austerity measures on Greece is shaking up national markets. Fear of a European financial breakdown and recession, which could carry over to the US, may make Obama’s reelection chances even more uncertain than it was.

Greek PM Papandreou Rocks Europe: Calls Referendum on Greek Debt Deal

By: Tuesday November 1, 2011 7:45 am

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou announced that he would hold a referendum on the latest austerity terms – and possibly even continued participation in the euro – a move that the rest of Europe looked upon with despair.

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