Ballot Measures

The "NASTY Women" act just passed in Massachusetts to prepare for the death of Roe v. Wade

President Donald Trump nominated conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court only a few weeks ago, but states have started preparing for the potential death of <i>Roe v. Wade.</i> And Massachusetts just became one of the first to act on those plans.<p><i>Roe v. Wade</i> legalized abortion nationwide in …

Pro-choice Movement

Voters won't decide in November whether to split California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A measure that would divide California into three parts won’t appear on the November ballot, the state Supreme Court decided …

Chicago

Republican States Have Become the New Cannabis Legalization Battleground

Conservative states are beginning to get on board with cannabis legalization.<p>A Gallup poll released last fall found that, for the first time in …

Cannabis

California Supreme Court blocks proposal to split state in 3 from November ballot

The California Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked a proposal that would split the state into three from the November ballot.<p>The court wrote that it took the step “because significant questions have been raised regarding the proposition’s validity and because we conclude that the potential harm in …

U.S. Politics

How might Oregon's fall 2018 initiatives impact the economy? Tough to say

State officials are drafting the explanations for ballot measures that Oregonians will see in their voter's pamphlets this fall, including how the …

Health Care

With latest defeat in South Dakota, drug pricing initiatives unlikely to see the ballot in 2018

WASHINGTON — An initiative that would have attempted to cap drug prices in South Dakota was removed from the statewide ballot by a judge on Monday, …

South Dakota

One campaign rides through Death Valley; Democrats endorse props; a debate over debates

At this point in the election year, most candidates are calling donors and knocking on doors.<p>But one candidate is going to extraordinary lengths to …

Government

Democratic Party Weighs In On California Ballot Measures

The California Democratic Party Executive Board voted not to support the gas tax repeal while coming out for a rent control measure.<p>LOS ANGELES, CA — …

Democratic Party

Guidelines for letters to the editor and opinion columns

iStock / Getty ImagesThe Anchorage Daily News seeks to publish a wide range of points of view and to be a town square of ideas on issues affecting …

Ballot Measures

Don't Fear the Reefer? Legal-pot push shifts to red states

Since Colorado and Washington became the first states to fully legalize marijuana for recreational purposes in 2012, a green wave has swept across the country as more states OK marijuana use on at least some level.<p>The initial surge of legalization measures, though, was mainly confined to liberal …

Cannabis

Alex Azar is consolidating power

By DAN DIAMOND (ddiamond@politico.com; @ddiamond)<p><i>With help from Paul Demko and Renuka Rayasam</i><p><b>ALEX AZAR CONSOLIDATES POWER —</b> POLITICO scooped that the HHS secretary is getting a new White House liaison after Tim Clark, who's played a pivotal role in agency staffing and messaging, resigned on …

Health Care

Expand-Medicaid Measures Move in Four Right-Leaning States

A union-supported advocacy organization is pushing Medicaid expansion ballot measures in four conservative states as part of a larger political …

Law

State abortion ballots prepare for post-Roe world

Many states have turned to both ballot measures and legislation to enact abortion policy in the event of a dramatic Supreme Court decision.<p>Anti-abortion initiatives on the ballot in West Virginia and Alabama this November could lay the foundation for the states to ban or sharply limit legal …

Politics

Gerrymandering As A Campaign Issue

After the Supreme Court declined to make a decision about whether partisan gerrymandering is unconstitutional, the issue is becoming a campaign issue for Democrats around the country.<p>Transcript<p>LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:<p>Gerrymandering is becoming a campaign issue for Democrats. Ashley Lopez with …

Government

California voters almost always say yes to bonds, but don't always understand the trade-offs

Perhaps more than any state, Californians govern themselves through the ballot. Most of the attention goes to the laws they write, but voters also spend taxpayer money — a lot of it.<p>They do so through bonds, instructing government officials to borrow money for specific projects. It’s the closest …

Voting

Medicaid stalemate could roil Maine governor’s race

The race to succeed Maine Gov. Paul LePage is shaping up to be a referendum on the controversial GOP firebrand — and his refusal to implement an expansion of Medicaid that voters strongly backed last year.<p>The Obamacare coverage expansion that would extend health benefits to 80,000 low-income adults …

Health Care

Politically Speaking: Breaking down two high-stakes statewide contests on Missouri’s primary ballot

This week’s election edition of Politically Speaking looks into the referendum over Missouri’s right-to-work law — and the GOP primary for state …

St. Louis

L.A. Times sues city to get information on security costs for Garcetti trips

The Los Angeles Times sued L.A. on Thursday after the city refused to turn over records detailing taxpayer costs for security on out-of-state trips taken by Mayor<p>Eric Garcetti.<p>The lawsuit, which accuses Los Angeles of violating the<p>California Public Records Actand the California Constitution, seeks …

Construction Industry

These States Are Leading the Fight to Legalize Shrooms

Psilocybin is a much more complex drug than cannabis and it shouldn’t be treated the same way when it comes to decriminalization.<p>While the legalization of medical and recreational cannabis is becoming more prevalent across the United States, activist organizations in Denver and Oregon are now …

Cannabis

The Dialysis Industry Is Putting Profits Over Patients. A California Democratic Party Official is Quietly Helping Them

The opposition campaign, “No on 8,” claims that capping clinic profits will force widespread closures at a time when more Californians need dialysis. …

Middle-class

D.C. Council Members Join Congressional Republicans to Override Voters’ Decision to Raise Tipped Workers’ Wages

District voters passed Initiative 77, but “Freedom Caucus” House leaders and Democrats on the council say the vote shouldn’t count.<p>The fight over …

Liberal View

Lawsuit challenges education amendment for Florida charter schools

A constitutional amendment that could create more charter schools should be removed from the November ballot because it is misleading, the League of …

Orlando

Who Got Oregon’s Arsonist Ranchers a Presidential Pardon? An Indiana Oil Tycoon on a Crusade for Big Ag

Plenty of Oregonians were flummoxed this week by the announcement that President Donald Trump had pardoned two Eastern Oregon ranchers whose prison …

Oregon

Washington, D.C., Council Members Consider Repeal of Voter-Passed Minimum-Wage Increase

The move has drawn criticism from people who accuse the council of ignoring the will of voters<p>The Washington, D.C., Council is considering a repeal of a voter-approved initiative that would require businesses to increase pay for tipped workers.<p>Seven of the council’s 13 members co-introduced the …

Campaign Finance

A $1.6 billion tax increase for Colorado education just got a lot closer to the ballot

Supporters of more funding for Colorado schools turned in more than 170,000 signatures Wednesday to place a $1.6 billion tax measure on the November …

Education

Morning Report: Water Bills Spiked for Hundreds (Maybe Thousands) of Customers

For months, customers across San Diego have been complaining about abnormally high bills.This year alone, nearly 1,100 city of San Diego water …

San Diego

GOP State Senators Sue To Stop Nebraska Voters From Deciding Medicaid Expansion

Two Nebraska Republican legislators have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to stop voters in the state from putting a Medicaid expansion initiative on the November general election ballot, questioning whether it meets legal requirements.<p>Sen. Lydia Brasch, who became a national Republican committeewoman …

Health Care

Nebraska lawmakers are suing to block voters’ chance to give more people health care by ballot

"This is clearly a desperate attempt to block the people’s ability to voice their opinion on this issue and ensure affordable healthcare for 90k …

Health Care

Majority of D.C. Council moves to overturn tipped-wage ballot measure

A majority of the D.C. Council on Tuesday backed repeal of a ballot measure approved by voters last month that would force businesses to pay more to servers, bartenders, bellhops and other hourly workers who depend on tips.<p>Seven of the council’s 13 members co-introduced a bill that would overturn …

U.S. Politics

A Powerful Lobbyist Seeks to Strike a Blow Against Oregon’s Public Employee Unions, But He Can’t Get Nike on Board

Last month, a handful of Oregon's largest companies began a new effort to wrest control of the state from Democrats.<p>On June 25, a powerful lobbyist …

Oregon