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A group trying to repeal Montana’s medical marijuana law received the approved petition Friday evening and can now collect signatures to put the initiative on the November ballot.

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Potential ballot measures, the campaign finance reform ordinance and the city’s budget are a few of the items up for discussion at the Eureka City Council’s meeting on Tuesday. The city has to submit measures to place on the November ballot soon, and the council will consider approving the Balloon Track property zoning measure and the supplemental transaction and use tax measure for that election.

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The votes haven’t even all been counted for the propositions on last Tuesday’s ballot, and yet another measure has been cleared for the general election. Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced last week that proponents of the so-called State Parks and Wildlife Conservation Trust Fund Act had submitted enough valid voter signatures to qualify it for the Nov. 2 ballot.

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According to the Juneau Empire on Sunday, Gov. Sean Parnell has signed off on House Bill 36, which sets new financial disclosure requirements for ballot initiative campaigns and gives new duties concerning initiatives to the lieutenant governor’s office.

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Lorie Graff married her American husband at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in the late 1950s, before returning to Canada to apply for a green card so she could live in the U.S. legally. In the 1990s, Tiarani Samsi was able to finally follow her husband to the U.S. from Indonesia, after waiting three years for the legal papers.

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The City Council has decided not to develop a ballot measure for voters in the November election that would impose term limits on council members. The council on Tuesday reviewed a report explaining the process for drafting the ballot measure, and a majority decided not to move forward with the initiative. No vote was taken on the issue.

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Dozens of existing medical marijuana dispensaries could be outlawed in Colorado Springs, and the mayor would have sweeping powers, including the authority to lower taxes, under two separate proposals making their way to the ballot. The effort to ban pot shops involves a man who says his two daughters died because of drug use. The proposal for a mayor with a wide range of powers involves anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce.

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The head of a ballot initiative campaign to reduce Arizona property taxes says the effort will go down to the wire. Lynne Weaver is chairwoman of the Prop 13 Arizona campaign. She said Thursday that supporters are still collecting voter signatures to put the measure on the ballot and likely won’t file petitions until right before the July 1 filing deadline.

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Supporters of a citizen-initiated half-cent sales tax increase submitted 470 signatures on Monday to have the question put on the November ballot. Before it can be officially placed on the ballot, the county will need to verify that at least 396 of the signatures are valid. The initiative calls for allocating one-quarter-cent sales tax to fund construction of a new library and one-quarter-cent to fund construction of long-awaited ball fields, amenities and infrastructure on the Town’s 118-acre park site off State Route 260 and McCracken Lane.

California voters went to the polls Tuesday and recast future elections in the state by passing a ballot measure that creates open primaries, one of five propositions on the ballot. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who championed the open-primary measure called its passage a “historic change” that “sends a clear message that Californians are tired of partisan gridlock and dysfunction.”

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