Ballot Initiative

Democrats for Consumers or Big Pharma?

Democrats endorsed several November ballot initiatives at this weekend’s meeting of the Democratic Party, but took no position on a measure that would lower drug prices in California.

Brown's Probation Initiative Gut-and-Amend

Governor Jerry Brown's use of the new “Ballot Initiative Transparency Act” has made the citizen initiative process look more like legislative sausage-making.  

Three Weeks In Sacramento Could Change Everything

The future of the Earth, and California's dependence on Big Oil, could be determined in these last three weeks of the Legislative session.    

That’s one of the reasons we launched Capitol Watchdog, our project to pull back the curtain on corporate corruption in the Capitol. 

These are some of the questions that will be answered soon:

Initiative Filing Fee Hike Would Make California Highest in Nation

Since the California ballot initiative process is fast becoming a billionaire's club, some lawmakers want to make it even more difficult – for grassroots efforts. If a $2,500 California ballot filing fee hike is passed, it's moving through the Legislature now, it will be larger – by five times – than any other state in the nation. 

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