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First Statewide Online Assembly Will Look at Coronavirus Recovery

From Portland Tribune: Forty Oregonians, just under half the size of the Legislature, will meet online during the next six weeks...

Oregonians to weigh in on COVID-19 recovery issues in ‘virtual citizen assembly’

From KTVZ News Channel 21: PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Oregonians from all walks of life will participate in the state’s first...

Citizens’ Initiative Review: Helping Citizens Make Better Informed Voting Choices

From medium.com/participo: Linn Davis is a program manager at Healthy Democracy, a US-based nonpartisan non-profit that designs and coordinates deliberative democracy...

Do you trust your fellow citizens more than your leaders?

From swissinfo.ch: A Swiss experiment bringing together a group of citizens to prepare an informational sheet for February’s national vote has...

Exploring Oregon-Style Democracy

In this episode, Jefferson Smith talks with Linn Davis, Healthy Democracy Program Manager. Linn oversees the Citizens Initiative Review, in...

Bridging the Urban Rural Divide

From Ruralite: On a Saturday morning in August, Mike and Jeanney McArthur gather in their living room with urban visitors...

From ancient Athens to the town hall: Can a new wave of deliberative democracy save the world?

From Salon: . . . What’s a good regional example? At the regional/state level, it is worth highlighting the impact...

Milwaukie jury: Pay elected officials more

From Clackamas Review: Milwaukie city officials this month received a ruling from a Citizens Jury on Council Compensation calling for increased...

Swiss town tests citizen panel to help voters analyse information

From swissinfo.ch: The municipality of Sion in southwestern Switzerland is planning a participative democracy experiment, first tried out in the US...

New report: Doing Democracy Better

From The Constitution Unit at University College London: The report, Doing Democracy Better: How Can Information and Discourse in Election and...

A deliberate fix for democracy

From Knowable Magazine: As hard as it may be to believe — especially in times of government shutdowns and partisan paralysis...

Citizens’ Juries – providing a neutral recommendation on voting issues

From swissinfo.ch: In Switzerland, issues up for vote are typically complex and the interests of different parties are often difficult...

Lawmakers Consider Including ‘Citizens’ Statements’ In The State’s Voter Guide

From WGBH News:  Across the state, in mailboxes, libraries and lobbies, there are stacks of Massachusetts voter guides. The red booklet...

Smart Initiative Reform Took Place in Sacramento. So Where Was the Media?

From Fox & Hounds: Where was the media? The Citizens Initiative Review – the best proven way we have to evaluate...

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...

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