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Massachusetts: State lawmakers working to make ballot questions more clear to voters

From WWLP 22 News: BOSTON (WWLP) – State lawmakers are working to make voting easier on election day. Ballot questions...

A Manageable Improvement to the State Initiative Process?

From Fox & Hounds: Californians have a love-hate relationship with the Initiative process. Recent surveys by PPIC show that two-thirds...

Citizens’ statement on Massachusetts marijuana ballot question was effective, but little known

From MassLive: Massachusetts voters who read an independently produced statement about the marijuana legalization ballot question felt better informed about...

Making Direct Democracy Truly Democratic

Ashley Trim of the Davenport Institute at Pepperdine University writes about the challenges of the California initiative system and the unique democratic power of the Citizens Initiative Review. Via People2Power.

School of Public Policy Gets Ready for Healthy Democracy

From the Pepperdine University Graphic: The Pepperdine School of Public Policy is continuing its work from last semester on a...

Citizens’ committee drafts pro and con arguments for marijuana legalization in Massachusetts

From MassLive: Legalized marijuana in Massachusetts would be safer than marijuana bought on the black market, because it would be tested...

CITIZENS PANEL NARROWLY ENDORSES MEASURE 97 TAX MEASURE

From Oregon Public Broadcasting: What happens when you put 20 average Oregonians in a room and ask them to spend four...

Editorial: Citizen reviewers ponder Measure 97

From the Albany Democrat-Herald: The members of the Citizens’ Initiative Review panel that was examining Measure 97, the proposal for...

Can Citizen Governance Save Our Republic?

From Governing magazine: . . . Other states have taken their own steps to amplify citizen voices and drown out special...

PARSING THE PROS AND CONS OF MEASURE 97 MEANS WORK FOR VOTERS (OPINION)

From The Oregonian: Now that it has qualified for the ballot, there has been a predictable increase in public discourse about...

Think Too Much: Citizens’ review offers insight into measures

From the Albany Democrat-Herald: Next month, 24 randomly selected Oregon voters will gather at Western Oregon University in Monmouth to weigh the...

Confused about the marijuana ballot question? Committee to draft statement explaining pros, cons

From MassLive: A group of politicians and academics — including former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis — are piloting a program to...

CITIZENS’ INITIATIVE REVIEW NAMED TOP 10 GOVERNMENT INNOVATION BY HARVARD

From Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government: Cambridge, Mass. – May 5, 2015 – Today the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and...

NPR: VOTERS WILL GET THEIR SAY ON GMO LABELING IN COLORADO AND OREGON

From NPR: Ben Hamilton walks down the salad dressing aisle at his neighborhood grocery store in west Denver. The human resources...

CITIZENS’ REVIEW OPPOSES GMO LABELING (VIDEO)

From KDRV Newswatch 12: CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The statewide debate about labeling foods containing genetically modified organisms might not...

CITIZENS BALLOT REVIEW GETS TEST DRIVE WITH COLORADO GMO LABEL MEASURE

From KUNC: Colorado voters will have extra help making up their minds about a ballot initiative to label genetically modified foods....

GMO REQUIREMENT SPLITS PANEL

From The Portland Tribune: If the vote by a Citizens’ Initiative Review panel is any indication, the arguments will be robust...

GMO LABELING MEASURE GETS NARROW ‘NO’ RECOMMENDATION FROM OREGON CITIZENS REVIEW PANEL

From The Oregonian: A 20-member citizens panel has narrowly voted against recommending passage of the Oregon Mandatory Labeling of GMOs initiative....

CITIZEN PANEL OPPOSES OREGON FOOD LABELING MEASURE

From KOIN 6: A citizen review panel is narrowly opposing an Oregon ballot measure to require labeling of genetically modified foods....

CITIZEN PANEL OPPOSES TOP-TWO BALLOT MEASURE

From Herald and News: A panel chosen for a citizen-level review of ballot measures isn’t persuaded that Oregon should ditch its...

CITIZENS INITIATIVE REVIEW PANEL’S FINDINGS ON GMO BALLOT MEASURE

From The Medford Mail Tribune: Following are the key findings on Measure 15-119 — which would ban genetically modified crops in...

FINDINGS RELEASED FROM VOTER PANEL ON GMO Measure

From KOBI: They spent the last four days getting educated about what’s being called the most complex measure on any ballot...

GMO CITIZEN REVIEW FINDINGS (VIDEO)

From KDRV Newswatch 12: This May, Southern Oregon will be asked to decide between several measures and candidates in the...

VOTERS HELPING EDUCATE VOTERS ON PROPOSED GMO MEASURE

From KOBI: Measure 15-119, is a proposed ban on genetically modified crops on the upcoming May ballot. The measure is complicated...

CITIZEN PANEL REVIEWING PROPOSED GMO CROP BAN

From The Medford Mail Tribune: A citizen panel’s analysis and resulting public findings on banning or allowing genetically modified crops in...

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