(LAKE RIDGE, VA) – Citizens in Charge Foundation, a national voter rights group focused on the ballot initiative and referendum process presented the Institute for Justice, a libertarian public interest law firm, with the September 2011 John Lilburne Award for filing a lawsuit in Washington State earlier this year to protect the right of citizens to recall their elected officials.

(LAKE RIDGE, VA) – Today, Citizens in Charge Foundation, a national voter rights group focused on the ballot initiative and referendum process, presented Washington state senators Don Benton and Pam Roach with the March 2011 John Lilburne Award for their outstanding work in successfully defeating Senate Bill 5297, legislation that would have severely restricted Washington’s initiative process.

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Wed, Jul 14 by Anonymous

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When members of the Puyallup City Council revisited the issue of term limits last week, it seemed likely they would vote to approve or reject an advisory ballot measure for the public this November. Instead, conversation at the council’s June 8 meeting shifted to the possibility of enacting public initiatives and referendums, a way of taking the highly controversial subject of term limits out of the council’s hands.

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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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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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Supporters of Initiative 1068, which would legalize marijuana in Washington, are up in smoke at being dumped by an influential union and being treated as a “fringe issue” by the state Democratic Party. “It was (bleeping) tacky after they danced with us for months,” said Philip Dawdy, I-1068 campaign coordinator. The campaign learned, from an Associated Press reporter, that it would not be getting money from the Service Employees International Union and other wellsprings of cash for liberal causes in the Evergreen State.

It appears all Puyallup residents will have a chance to publicly voice their opinions on term limits for city council members. The council voted unanimously at its May 25 meeting to have city staff draft a proposal that would appear on the Nov. 2 general election ballot. Under Councilmember Don Malloy’s plan, the results of the “advisory ballot” wouldn’t bind the council to a decision but would give officials a clearer sense of how the public feels about the issue.

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.

Costco Wholesale stores in Washington will begin collecting signatures next week to put an initiative on the ballot in November that would take the state out of the liquor business. Initiative 1100 would allow businesses in good standing that currently sell beer and wine to also sell liquor, and it would eliminate price controls and allow volume discounts.

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