| Mar 8, 2014
| 7:08 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — Anxious about last summer's ruling on Proposition 8, sponsors of California ballot measures are going to considerable lengths to ensure they will be able to defend them if the state doesn't.
Nearly 1 in 4 proposed initiatives...
| 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...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 4:46 PM
SACRAMENTO — A legal dispute may postpone a campaign battle over public pensions, which was poised to become one of the most high-profile and expensive fights this year.
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and his allies are filing a lawsuit saying that the...
| 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,...
| 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...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 8:57 PM
For Barbara Coe, everything changed the day she accompanied an elderly friend to an Orange County social services center in 1991.
"I walked into this monstrous room full of people, babies and little children all over the place, and I realized nobody was...
| 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...