Reflections on the First Ever Citizens’ Initiative Review — and a Six-Year Bipartisan Friendship

December 30, 2016

Ann Bakkensen and Marion Sharp, two participants in Healthy Democracy’s first CIR in Oregon in 2010, discuss experiencing deliberative democracy in action — and the unlikely friendship that resulted.

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In Italy, Voters Pay for Ballot Information – But There’s a Better Way

December 2, 2016

By Jessie Conover, Program Director

Brexit, Colombia, Turkey . . . time and time again this year we have pointed out examples of where a citizen-based review of confusing, high stakes ballot measures could have made a real difference in countries around the world. People the world over have lamented the poor understanding that voters report after casting a ballot on these national referenda, while the voters themselves in the impacted countries also report being … more »

A bright spot for civic dialogue – in an unlikely place

October 11, 2016

By Jessie Conover, Program Director

You may not have seen it amongst the mudslinging and vitriol, but there was a bright spot in Sunday night’s second presidential debate. The evening didn’t start on the best foot, as indicated by the candidates’ rather pointed refusal to shake hands. The tenor of the debate didn’t improve much, focusing heavily on matters of behavior, temperament, and trustworthiness.

But the last question of the night took me by surprise.… more »

Citizen Panel Finalizes Review of Question 4 in MA CIR Pilot

August 30, 2016

The Massachusetts Citizens’ Initiative Review citizen panel has completed their review of Question 4: Legalization, regulation and taxation of marijuana.  For the final statement of Key Findings and Pro and Con arguments, please visit the link below.

MA CIR Pilot Citizen Statement… more »

Clarifying Statement for M97 CIR Results

August 24, 2016

Please take a moment to read the important addendum below regarding M97 CIR Results.

Clarifying Statement in M97 CIR Results

Oregon 2016 Final Citizen Statement… more »