SLP Badge Transparent.png
Read the
State Legislative Tracker
New edition available now!




Difference between revisions of "The Ballotpedia News Update"

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
m
m
Line 17: Line 17:
 
</DPL>
 
</DPL>
  
=January 2014=
+
=February 2014=
 
<DPL>
 
<DPL>
category = January 2014
+
category = February 2014
 
noresultsheader = No news has been posted yet for this month.
 
noresultsheader = No news has been posted yet for this month.
 
order = descending
 
order = descending

Revision as of 15:38, 28 January 2014

Ballotpedia News



News headlines

News about: elections, politicians and candidates at all levels of government: elections, congress, state executive officials, state legislatures, recall elections, ballot measures and school boards. You can find a full list of projects here.

[edit]



State Legislative Tracker: Utah candidate facing charges

Edited by Joel Williams
This week’s tracker includes criminal charges filed against a Utah candidate and the impact on the upcoming elections.


FBI narrows probe in St. Joseph stipend scandal

The FBI launched its investigation into the St. Joseph School District in April when it was revealed at a school board meeting that Superintendent Dr. Fred Czerwonka used a $270,000 insurance rebate to give $5,000 stipends to 54 administrators without the knowledge or approval of the board. Soon after the stipends were handed out, Dr. Czerwonka was being called "The Candy Man" by many in the district. Revelation of The Candy Man stipends led to the discovery of many other unapproved pay boosts given to administrators, principals and some teachers.

Also in question are promotions and raises given to Czerwonka’s wife, the wife of Human Resources Director Doug Flowers and the son of former board president Dr. Dan Colgan.


Contentious GMO labeling measure the last initiative certified in Oregon

By Margaret Koenig

Oregon GMO Right to Know logo.PNG

Though Oregon's ballot initiatives may be few this November, there will be no shortage of discussion about them as an initiative requiring labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) fills the final slot on the November 4 ballot. The final potential initiative was certified on Wednesday by Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown, bringing the total number of ballot measures for Oregon's 2014 ballot to seven.[1] If approved, the measure would mandate the labeling of certain foodstuffs that were produced with or contain GMOs. Initiative efforts to require GMO labeling were attempted in at least two other states this year: Arizona and Colorado. The Arizona attempt did not make the ballot. The potential Colorado measure has until August 6 to submit signatures to make the ballot.

Oregonians for Food and Shelter logo.jpg

This year will not be the first time direct democracy has been used in the battle over GMO labeling. California and Washington initiatives on mandatory labeling were defeated in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Both measures saw opposition fundraising and spending vastly exceed that of supporters. This year's measure in Oregon can be expected to attract similarly high contribution levels and campaign spending, as Oregon GMO Right to Know has already raised nearly $1.3 million in support of the measure. No opponents have registered with the secretary of state, yet, though Oregonians for Food & Shelter has spoken out against the initiative.[1] Similarly, local ballot measures on GMOs have been a growing trend.

In total, Oregonians will have the opportunity to vote on two legislatively-referred constitutional amendments, three initiated state statutes, one initiated constitutional amendment and one veto referendum this November. GMOs will not be the only measure receiving extra attention this year, with other ballot measures including equal rights for women, four-year driver licenses without proof of legal residence and marijuana legalization. Despite there being fewer measures than the average 12 per year since 1996, voters face several hefty ballot issues.



Pension Hotspots: Trend of unfavorable ballot summaries for pension reform measures continues

By Josh Altic

The Pension Hotspots Report is a monthly publication about local pension reform efforts.

It happened again: pension reformers face yet another objectionable description of an initiative on the official ballot. Proponents of Phoenix Proposition 401, outraged over ballot language approved by the city council, decided to spend money on campaigning for their measure, rather than fighting the city in court. Meanwhile, Ventura County features a classic state control vs. local control court battle over pension reform that could affect millions of Californians. These, among other stories, are covered in the July edition of the Hotspots report.

As of July 25, 2014, eight pension related measures have been proposed. Three of these have been approved, one was defeated, and the remaining four are pending. A court decision on June 26, 2014, removed one initiative, the one in Pacific Grove, leaving two measures scheduled for voter decisions and one in the planning stages.


Battleground Friday: Arizona's 1st Congressional District



January 2014


2014


2013


2012


2011


2010


2014


2013


2012


2011


2014


2013


2012


2011



2014


2013


2012


References