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Dustin Moskovitz, Facebook co-founder, donates $20 million to Democrats, liberal causes
Arguing that the 2016 election cycle is a "referendum" on the direction of American society, Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz said he and wife Cari Tuna are endorsing Hillary Clinton for president and will contribute $20 million to Democratic campaign groups and liberal causes this year. Mr. Moskovitz made the announcement ...
82 points by The Washington Times | Elections Dustin Moskovitz Referendum Democracy Initiative Bill Clinton Hillary Rodham Clinton President of the United States
This 224-page California voter guide is heftiest one ever, thanks to 17 ballot measures
In a season replete with clothing catalogs and campaign flyers, the biggest item stuffed in mailboxes this fall may be the Nov. 8 statewide voter guide, coming in at a record-setting 224 pages. The information booklet covers all 17 statewide ballot propositions, a document that election officials...
3462 points by Los Angeles Times | Elections Election Initiative Voting Voter turnout Voting system Democracy Referendum
Detroit wins national $4M grant for Fitzgerald project
Grant to bolster northwest Detroit project to reoccupy 100 homes, build walkable neighborhood        
-1 points by The Detroit News | City Honda Civic Neighborhoods Mayors Michigan Chicago Initiative Economic development
Why marijuana legalization in liberal Mass. might be a tough sell
Deep-blue Massachusetts has a recent history of marijuana-friendly votes. In 2008, voters turned out in droves at the ballot box to decriminalize possession of less than an ounce of pot. Four years later, advocates were rewarded with a landslide victory to legalize medical marijuana in the state. The third act is set for November, when Massachusetts voters will […]
374 points by The Boston Globe | Elections Election Referendum Initiative Voting Marijuana Policy Project Ballot Cannabis
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signs legislation targeting signature gathering for voter initiatives
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signs legislation targeting signature gathering for voter initiatives.
-1 points by The Washington Times | The Washington Times Initiative Joaquin Phoenix Phoenix Arizona
Political Road Map: California campaign spending broke records in 2016 — expect more of the same in 2018
Baseball fans are cheering the arrival of spring training, the first chance to see what’s in store for the long season ahead. And there’s another big-money enterprise limbering up: California statewide political campaigns. Candidates and ballot measure supporters alike know that a strong message...
1 points by Los Angeles Times | Elections Referendum Initiative Election Voting system Political campaign Voting Democracy
TouchPoint Baltimore opens at Mondawmin Mall
TouchPoint Baltimore, a new community resource center, opened Friday near Mondawmin Mall. TouchPoint is a collaboration between Baltimore companies and nonprofits to pool their services for families and children, such as tutoring, mentoring, leadership development and entrepreneurial support. The...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Organizational studies and human resource management Shopping malls in Maryland Mondawmin Mall Initiative Maryland Route 26 Leadership Avengers: The Initiative Trauma
Service employees union denounces Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson in political ad
The Service Employees International Union District 1199 took aim at Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's record this week in a new political ad set to air on several local radio stations. CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Service Employees International Union District 1199 on Monday released a radio ad blaming Mayor Frank Jackson and his administration for the city's poverty, homicide rate and neighborhood deterioration. The minute-long commercial, titled "The failed leadership of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson," features a conversation between a man and a woman about Jackson's policies. (Listen to the radio ad in the Soundcloud player at the bottom of this post.) Here's the transcript: Man: Uh-oh. Looks like Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson made the news again. Woman: That's usually bad news for Cleveland families. Hasn't he failed us enough? Like when Mayor Jackson shut down the buses on Public Square. Man: Putting RTA funding at risk. Woman: And the homicide rate continues to climb. It's the worst in 10 years. Man: How about the staggering number of Cleveland families struggling to make ends meet on poverty wages? Woman: And the children. Half of Cleveland kids are living below the poverty rate. Man: All of this while Cleveland politicians beg their Republican cronies in Columbus to stop our city from voting on the minimum wage. Woman: And how about this? After Mayor Jackson lavishly hosted Donald Trump and the RNC, our neighborhoods are still falling apart. And grocery stores are now closing. Mayor Jackson's list of failures just goes on and on. Voiceover: Stop this insanity. Call the Jackson accountability hotline at 216-512-1740. Let's work together to build a better future for our neighborhoods and our families. Paid for by SEIU District 1199. Becky Williams, president. Anthony Caldwell, director of public affairs for District 1199, said in a written statement that the city "needs a leader who has the ability to successfully address these difficult issues and will work with community leaders to build a better future for our families." He said the anti-Jackson ad is set to air on stations WTAM 1100AM, WNWV 107.3, WENZ 107.9 and WERE 1490AM. District 1199, which represents nearly 30,000 health care and social service workers in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky, found itself at odds with Jackson when the union backed a ballot initiative to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour. Jackson opposed the measure, arguing that raising wages in Cleveland alone would undermine the city's economic recovery and drive business from the city. Petitioners eventually withdrew the proposal after Gov. John Kasich signed a bill that prohibited municipalities from raising the minimum wage beyond the state's rate. Last month the union endorsed City Councilman Jeffrey Johnson in his bid to unseat Jackson, citing Johnson's support of the minimum wage initiative. Jackson could not be reached for comment Tuesday. The mayor announced at a news conference earlier this month that he would be seeking an unprecedented fourth four-year term in November. In his announcement, he emphasized that he is a lifelong resident of Cleveland's Central neighborhood and that he lives with the same daily challenges that his constituents face. If re-elected, Jackson said, he would continue marching ahead with the key initiatives of his administration -- improving the school district, reforming the police department, and ensuring that residents share in the city's prosperity. The recent passage of a city income tax increase, which is expected to draw an extra $80 million into the general fund annually, gives the city greater capacity to improve services across departments, he said. As a result, the city expects to hire as many as 350 new employees this year, including police officers, firefighters and housing inspectors. Click here to read about the issues framing the 2017 mayoral race.
49 points by The Plain Dealer | Minimum wage Frank G. Jackson Municipality Employment Wage Mayor Initiative Poverty
Swiss ease citizenship for 'third-generation' foreigners
BERLIN — Voters in Switzerland decided Sunday to make it easier for young "third-generation foreigners" to get Swiss citizenship, agreeing to extend to about 25,000 people under age 25 access to the fast-track process now available to foreign spouses of Swiss nationals.A "naturalization of third-generation immigrants" measure passed in a national referendum with 60.4 percent of the vote, Swiss broadcaster SRF reported. The measure gives young people whose parents and grandparents have lived in Switzerland for years a simplified path to citizenship.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Switzerland Referendum Winter Olympic Games Initiative Swiss nationality law Progressive tax Direct democracy Taxation
Swiss ease citizenship for foreigners, reject tax reform
BERLIN — Swiss voters decided Sunday that they want to make it easier for "third-generation foreigners" to get Swiss citizenship. They rejected a complex tax reform initiative aimed at getting Switzerland in line with international standards.The "simplified naturalization of third-generation immigrants" measure passed in a national referendum with 60.4 percent of the votes, Swiss broadcaster SRF reported. It simplifies applications for anyone under 25 whose parents and grandparents have lived in Switzerland for years.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Switzerland France Winter Olympic Games Referendum Direct democracy Initiative European Union Europe
Outside Washington, the Democratic resistance to Donald Trump is building
From state legislatures to ballot initiatives, a look at an under-the-radar resistance that could be a significant roadblock to President Trump
3106 points by The Washington Post | Minimum wage Initiative Direct democracy Party leaders of the United States Senate Democratic Party Referendum Elections United States Senate
South Dakota Republicans just got rid of the state's first independent ethics commission
The move is similar to what congressional Republicans tried — and failed — to do in January. Except with very different results.
9430 points by The Washington Post | South Dakota Referendum Democratic Party Republican Party Law Native Americans in the United States United States Initiative
Analysis: This blunder on California marijuana Prop. 64 could cost state millions
The voter-approved Proposition 64 had addressed taxes for recreational and medical marijuana, but the omission of a date has eliminated the tax on medical marijuana from now through the end of 2017.
716 points by The Denver Post | Tax Indirect tax Tax exemption Taxation Initiative Use tax Consumption tax Referendum
In Cranes’ Shadow, Los Angeles Strains to See a Future With Less Sprawl
An economic resurgence has prompted a debate about height and neighborhood character, and, most of all, what the city should look like a generation from now.
1294 points by The New York Times | Los Angeles City Initiative Downtown Los Angeles Chicago Referendum Los Angeles Police Department Los Angeles County California
Taxpayers will shell out almost $15 million for California's biggest election guide ever
Essential Politics: California lawmakers remember 9/11 attacks, Gov. Brown signs law to crack down on fake celebrity autographs Sept. 9, 2016, 2 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching:The U.S. House of Representatives...
3462 points by Los Angeles Times | Elections Election Initiative Voting Voter turnout Voting system Democracy Referendum