“Marsy’s Law ballot question will appear in Pa., but state Supreme Court says votes won’t be counted for now”; Odd Decision of Pa. Supreme Court

Philly Inquirer: If you’ve turned on network television in Pennsylvania in the last several weeks, you’ve probably been treated to political advertising in the form of the actor Kelsey Grammer telling the story of how, after his father was shot … Continue reading

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In Aggressive and Somewhat Bizarre Opinion, Divided 10th Circuit Panel Rejects Constitutional Challenge to Colorado Constitutional Amendment Making It Harder to Qualify Initiatives for Ballot

On a 2-1 vote, a 10th Circuit panel has rejected a constitutional challenge to a provision of the Colorado Constitution requiring those who gather signatures for ballot measures to collect signatures from at least two percent of registered voters in … Continue reading

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“Arkansas GOP moves to keep progressive measures off the ballot—but not conservative ones”

Daily Kos: Angry that voters passed a ballot initiative to increase the minimum wage in 2018, Arkansas Republicans are using their legislative majorities to put a constitutional amendment on the 2020 ballot that would make it vastly harder for progressives—but not conservatives—to ever … Continue reading

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“Investigator: Arizona secretary of state violated law, but faces no penalties”

Arizona Republic: Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan broke the law when her office failed to mail publicity pamphlets to hundreds of thousands of voters in time for the May 2016 special election, a state-appointed investigator has concluded. But, the investigator found, there is no provision in state law … Continue reading

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CA Supreme Court in 5-2 Vote Holds CA Voter Initiative Limiting Taxing Power of Local Governments Does Not Apply to Local Voter Initiatives Raising Taxes

David Ettinger: Employing a Homeric reference, the Supreme Court today holds in California Cannabis Coalition v. City of Upland that a state constitutional provision, which was added by initiative to limit the taxing power of “local governments,” does not affect the ability of voters … Continue reading

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