California voters, by a modest margin, think they should be allowed to grow and consume marijuana, according to a new poll that also found more than 1 in 3 voters had tried pot and more than 1 in 10 had lit up in the past year. The Los Angeles Times/USC poll found that voters back the marijuana legalization measure on the November ballot, 49% to 41%, with 10% uncertain about it. But support for the initiative is unstable, with one-third of the supporters saying they favor it only “somewhat.”
Members of the Ridgecrest City Council have for months worked to help the legislative arm of the League of California Cities forward a statewide initiative to take an active stand against what they consider to be state raids of city coffers to balance Sacramento’s budget deficit. The measure, expected to appear on November’s ballot, is officially known as the Local Taxpayer, Public Safety and Transportation Protection Act and would provide broad revenue protection benefits to cities and other local governments.
The real estate industry has raised more than $600,000 so far to gather signatures for a ballot measure that would amend the Montana Constitution to forbid state and local governments from ever imposing taxes on real estate transfers or sales. The Coalition to Prevent Double Taxation has collected and spent more than any other group promoting or opposing Montana ballot measures this year, according to campaign finance reports filed this week with the state Commissioner of Political Practices Office.
The tiny Kent county village of Sand Lake may vote itself out of existence Aug. 3. The reason? Some residents say they pay too much in taxes. The Grand Rapids Press reports on the situation, calling it a “civil war” and noting that the battle has been brewing for months. Residents submitted 56 signatures for disincorporation in December. Of those, 53 were certified by Nelson Township Clerk Laura Hoffman.
Navajo President Joe Shirley Jr. scored two legal victories Friday when the tribe’s Supreme Court ruled that an election to reduce the Tribal Council properly passed, and a council vote to place him on leave was invalid. Navajos voted overwhelmingly in December to reduce the council from 88 members to 24 and give the president line-item veto authority. Tim Nelson, a Navajo voter from Leupp, challenged the council reduction, saying it should not have passed without a majority vote in each of the tribe’s 110 precincts.
The Hemet City Council weighed in on a couple of political issues this week, taking a stand in support of a ballot initiative and instructing the staff to prepare a resolution in support of Arizona’s immigration law. Mayor Eric McBride proposed the resolution of support for the Arizona law in part to put a positive voice into the debate over the controversial measure. “They’re getting a lot of bad press about it,” he said.
Secretary of State Al Jaeger says a proposed ballot measure to allow bottle rocket sales in North Dakota is ready for circulation. The initiative said anyone who is at least 18 years old may buy bottle rockets in North Dakota. It would reverse a ban on bottle rocket sales that the Legislature approved last year.
Leaders of the Arkansas Progressive Group announced Thursday (May 27) they will withdraw their AR OneTax ballot initiative following an Arkansas Supreme Court ruling that the group could not challenge its own initiative in court. The tax proposal sought to vastly restructure Arkansas’ tax code so that state tax revenue would largely be dependent on a higher sales tax.
Opponents of a ballot question to scrap Missouri’s non-partisan court plan say its backers have not gathered enough signatures to place it on the November ballot. The current system for selecting judges to the Missouri Supreme Court, Appeals courts and some circuit courts relies on judicial panels to select nominees, which are then chosen by the governor. The initiative would require elections for all of Missouri’s judges.
He has collected 3.4 million signatures from Washington state voters in the past decade, but now referendum guru Tim Eyman has set his sights on gathering just 1804 names — in his own home town. Eyman on Monday joined forces with Campaign for Liberty and the group BanCams.com to eliminate speed cameras and red light cameras from Mukilteo, a town of about 18,000 residents. Until now, Eyman has deliberately avoided becoming ensnared in local politics, but the traffic camera issue gave him no choice.