California Group Looking to Put Public Option on the Ballot

By: Thursday August 25, 2011 10:28 am

The California based organization, Consumer Watchdog, is looking to put a measure on the 2012 November ballot in California that would create a public health insurance option in the state and provide state regulators more control of premiums. From the San Francisco Chronicle: As Republicans try to make President Obama’s landmark health care law a [...]

Low-Cost Grassroots Activism, Innovation, and Ed Koupal – Lessons from Progressive Ballot Initiative Reformers (Part Two)

By: Sunday December 19, 2010 8:25 am

The beginning of the 20th century saw Populists, Progressives, and citizen reformers using the three main forms of large scale direct democracy — recalls, ballot initiatives and referendums — to address systematic problems with the status quo power structure in this country and expand political accountability. After World War II, the use of citizen initiatives [...]

People in Power Have No Reason to Change the System That Put Them There – Lessons from Progressive Ballot Initiative Reformers (Part One)

By: Sunday December 12, 2010 8:00 am

For turn of the century Progressives, Populists and good government reformers, securing the right of direct democracy was often a top goal. Individuals such as Samuel Gompers, Robert La Follette, Theodore Roosevelt, and William Jennings Bryan all advocated for direct democracy through ballot initiatives and referendums. Because of efforts by Progressives, Populists, women’s suffrage advocates, [...]

Will Mandate Mania Be the Gay Marriage of 2010?

By: Sunday March 21, 2010 6:57 pm

On the House floor today, the Republicans focused on attacking the individual mandate. Just like they did yesterday in the amendments they offered to the Rules Committee. Just as John Boehner relentlessly did this week on Meet the Press. Their rhetoric feeds into an extensive and well-funded network of right wing groups that stand ready [...]