ballot measures

The World Post
Disappointingly, though perhaps not surprisingly, voter turnout in Portugal has collapsed from 91.5 percent in 1975, the year of the first democratic elections, to 58.1 percent in the 2011 parliamentary elections.
College
Maryland voters made history by resoundingly voting in support of the Maryland Dream Act, which ensures that all of our young people have the opportunity to pursue affordable higher education. It's time for the rest of our country to follow suit.
Comedy
We couldn't let California go the way of Europe, as well as Japan, India and China (some 50 countries in all) where labeling foods this way is the law of the land. So we swung into action.
Environment
Maine Water Access and Wildlife, Question 3 Text: "[A]5,000,000 bond issue to purchase land and conservation easements statewide
Environment
As a nation whose prosperity and well-being has always been tied to natural resources, Americans love the outdoors. A poll this past July found that 80 percent of us even believe that conservation is downright patriotic.
Politics
The truth is that the give and take of the legislative process is a much better way to make public policy, especially on complex issues.
Politics
It takes big money to play in California's ballot measure process today, so billionaires are plenty welcome. But if they are in it for themselves, they aren't likely to fool the voters, who have a remarkable knack for rejecting any ballot initiative with a stink behind it.
Politics
Everybody is watching Mitt Romney and Barack Obama campaign in the presidential election. But as they go to the polls this
Politics
Republicans also gained seats in the Virginia legislature, and were "on the verge of taking over the Virginia Senate on Tuesday
Education
In Oklahoma, a measure to increase education spending failed to gain popular support. In cash-strapped California, voters
Politics
Prop 109 is a power grab by politicians and special interests who want to strip away voting rights in Arizona and deny the
Politics
Disparate as the California ballot measures are this year, all have one thing in common: They are all initiatives. And this process of direct democracy is here to stay, so let's try to improve it. Here are two ideas to ponder.
Politics
Deciding whether to 'increase the "rainy day" budget stabilization fund' in a state with the seventh largest economy in the world like California, requires a little more, uh, attention.
Politics
If you're unsure about how to vote in the California Special Election on May 19, see how organizations and people you trust from across the political and ideological spectrum recommend you vote.
Wellness
There was a lot of celebrating in California during the last week as gay and lesbian couples could finally get married legally. But for the newlyweds themselves, there was even more celebration for the most-basic rights to some of life's most mundane activities.