Minimum Wage Increase Might Be Put on California’s Ballot…By a Conservative

By: Tuesday November 26, 2013 11:13 am

This could potentially be one of the most significant, impactful and interesting ballot initiative campaigns next year. A rich California conservative is pushing to have his state lead the way on significantly raising the minimum wage. From the New York Times: Ron Unz, a Silicon Valley millionaire, rose to fame by promoting a ballot initiative [...]

Prop 8 Decision Could Cause Long Term Problems for Direct Democracy

By: Wednesday June 26, 2013 12:04 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, [...]

California GMO-Labeling Initiative Tightens in the Polls

By: Thursday October 25, 2012 1:31 pm

The fate of California’s Proposition 37, which would require the labeling of food that contains genetically modified ingredients, could go either way. New polling confirms that there has been significant tightening in the past month. Only a month ago the initiative lead by a two-to-one margin in most polls, but now the yes side is [...]

Negative Ad Blitz Erodes Support for California GMO Labeling Initiative

By: Friday October 12, 2012 1:28 pm

Over the past few weeks Monsanto, DuPont and other large corporations have flooded California with millions of dollars in ads against Proposition 37, which would require the labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients. Two new polls confirm the well-funded negative campaign has managed to significantly reduce support for the ballot measure. The California Business [...]

GM Food Labeling Likely to Be Approved in California

By: Thursday September 27, 2012 11:09 am

Indications are that Proposition 37, Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food, is on track to be approved by the voters of California this November. The initiative currently holds a large lead in a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. From the LA Times: With less than six weeks until election day, Proposition 37 is supported [...]

Health Insurance Rate Review Will Be on California Ballot in 2014

By: Friday August 24, 2012 12:58 pm

In two years the voters of California will get to decide whether or not to give state regulators the right to review and reject unreasonable health insurance premium increases. The California Secretary of State recently announced that Consumer Watchdog succeeded in gathering the roughly half a million valid signatures to qualify their initiative for the [...]

Obama Is Dominating in California

By: Friday July 6, 2012 2:00 pm

President Obama holds an incredible 18 point lead over Mitt Romney in California, according to the newest Field Poll of the state. According to the poll, Obama is winning 55 percent of likely California votes while Romney is getting just 37 percent. In California at least, Obama gets solid marks for his job performance, 55 [...]

Health Insurance Rate Review Likely to Make California Ballot

By: Friday May 18, 2012 2:12 pm

This November the voters of California will likely decide whether or not to give their state regulators the ability to approve or deny health insurance premium increases. Today the group Consumer Watchdog turned in over 800,000 signatures for their ballot initiative which should be more than enough to qualify. From Consumer Watchdog: 800,000 signatures to [...]

California Voters Likely to Decide on Tax Increase

By: Friday May 11, 2012 3:03 pm

This November voters in California will likely be deciding whether or not to raise taxes. Yesterday, California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown and fellow supporters turned in what should be more than enough signatures to get their tax measure qualified. From the San Francisco Chronicle: Gov. Jerry Brown and backers of his tax initiative submitted petitions [...]

CA: Genetically Modified Food Labeling Initiative Likely to Make the Ballot

By: Wednesday May 2, 2012 12:28 pm

Voters of California will likely have an opportunity to vote to require labeling of some genetically modified foods. The California Right to Know campaign filed over 970,000 signatures to the Secretary of State. Even if a significant percentage of the signatures are found to be invalid, the initiative will likely clear the 504,760 valid signature [...]

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