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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...

Healthy Democracy receives inaugural Bridge Alliance Collective Impact Award!

Healthy Democracy, along with Public Agenda and the Davenport Institute at Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy, is a recipient of the Bridge Alliance 2017 Collective Impact grant program! Read about how this funding will elevate the voices of citizens in California and around the country.

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.

Guest Blog: Innovative Process Helps Voters Make Better Decisions

Chip Taylor of Colorado describes why county commissions might find the Citizens Initiative Review intriguing, based on his observations of a Citizens Initiative Review in California.

“Citizens’ Initiative Review” Demonstrates Potential for Public Engagement in Initiative Process

Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership PRESS RELEASE What:   For the first time in state history, the...

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...

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

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.

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

Italians are voting on a significant ballot measure next week, and voters there are paying to learn about it. Program Director Jessie Conover explains why they shouldn’t have to.

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...

Citizen Panel Finalizes Review of Measure 97 in Oregon

The Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Review citizen panel has completed their review of Ballot Measure 97, the corporate gross receipts tax, and the final statement is now available.

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...

CITIZEN PANELIST SELECTION PROCESS BEGINS FOR UPCOMING CITIZENS’ INITIATIVE REVIEW

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon’s unique Citizens’ Initiative Review Commission has sent a special mailing to 10,000 randomly selected registered voters in...

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...

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