| Feb 27, 2014
| 9:00 PM
If trial lawyers and out-of-state billionaires have their way, Florida will join states like California and Colorado by creating a massive industry selling things like marijuana cookies, lollipops and candies — all in the name of "medicine." In...
| Feb 26, 2014
Ron Unz knows his way around the California ballot. He ran for governor against Pete Wilson in the GOP primary 20 years ago. He lost big, but four years later he won with his Proposition 227, which altered California schools by effectively ending...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 3:37 PM
Voters in tiny SeaTac might be drawing the most attention when they go to polls Tuesday to vote on raising the minimum wage for airport and hotel workers to $15 an hour. But SeaTac isn't the only localized battle where advocates are trying to gather...
| Dec 26, 2013
Californians could be faced in November with a proposal to dramatically alter the pension and benefit system for public employees. San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has submitted a statewide ballot initiative that would allow government agencies to negotiate...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 5:05 PM
No more GMOs in your Cheerios.
General Mills Inc. said it is no longer using genetically engineered ingredients to make its signature cereal.
The switch comes after a nearly yearlong campaign by a consumer activist group to pressure General Mills to...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 3:16 PM
TALLAHASSEE — A constitutional amendment effort asking Florida voters to legalize medical marijuana might be headed for a photo finish.
The group has until Feb. 1 to gather the more than 683,000 valid voter signatures to make the ballot. The group...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 11:57 AM
Ron Unz is back.
The software engineer who authored a 1998 ballot initiative to end bilingual education, and challenged Gov. Pete Wilson in the 1994 Republican primary, is now out to make the conservative case for increasing the state’s minimum...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 7:38 AM
Medical marijuana backers in Florida say they've reached a big milestone, collecting enough signatures -- more than 1 million -- to place a constitutional amendment legalizing medical pot on the November ballot.
Ben Pollara, the campaign manager of...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 7:13 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — Three former California governors are endorsing a proposed initiative for the November ballot that sponsors say would end lengthy death penalty appeals and speed up executions.
Former Govs. George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Gray...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 12:05 AM
SEATTLE — A coalition of investors and strategists, which played a key role in passing most of the legislation to reform drug laws nationwide since 1996, has decided not to put a pot initiative on the ballot in California this year but will wait...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 7:53 PM
SACRAMENTO — A protracted political battle over California's medical malpractice law may be coming to a new front: the voting booth.
For decades, trial lawyers and consumer groups have railed against limits on certain damages in malpractice cases,...