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Yesterday’s Common Sense article from Paul Jacob touches on the Michigan recall controversy:

The state constitution of Michigan grants citizens the right to recall their elected officials, but that right may face a challenge from the state legislature:

What's Your #1?

Thu, Dec 8 2011 by Trevor Ford

There have been many citizen initiatives passed in many different states throughout the years. Some have been fairly mundane and inconsequential, others have been controversial.

In the last 100 years, what do you think has been the most consequential citizen initiated ballot initiative that passed into law? If you can’t come up with just one, what would be the top 5? Let us know what you think in the comments section.

A Little Common Sense

Tue, Dec 6 2011 by Trevor Ford

This article from Citizens in Charge President Paul Jacob isn’t necessarily about initiative rights, but it’s a great piece and worth the read:

California Governor Jerry Brown will propose a ballot measure to increase taxes on the wealthiest Californians and increase the state sales tax:

The citizens of Wisconsin are an angsty bunch eh?

It’s now official. Sheboygan Mayor Bob Ryan will face a recall election after over 4,400 petition signatures were verified by the city clerk:

Wisconsin Recall Update

Tue, Nov 29 2011 by Trevor Ford

The signature gathering in Wisconsin to recall Governor Walker began in earnest nearly two weeks ago, and already they’ve collected quite a few signatures.

The United Wisconsin coalition claims to have collected 300,000 signatures in just 12 days, which puts them over halfway to the roughly 540,000 needed to force a recall election. When collecting signatures it’s not unusual for some of them to be thrown out as incorrect or unidentifiable. However, even with the bad signatures taken out the coalition to force a recall is off to a pretty effective start.

What do you think? Will those seeking to recall the governor of Wisconsin be successful in their efforts?

Gobble Gobble Gobble

Thu, Nov 24 2011 by Trevor Ford

Citizens in Charge and Citizens in Charge Foundation would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. We hope your day is filled with good food, family, and friends. It is a day to celebrate and remember the rights we have, but let us never forget that our work continues to protect and exand citizen initiative rights around the country.

Oh, and if you’re deep-frying your turkey try not to let this happen…


The campaign to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker gets most of the media’s attention around the state and country. However, there is another recall effort currently underway in the city of Sheboygan, Wisconsin:

In what is sure to be a hard-fought and intense process, the recall campaign against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker began yesterday across the state:

Jubilant opponents of Republican Gov. Scott Walker launched their effort Tuesday to try to recall him from office, starting a 60-day blitz to gather more than half a million signatures to force an election next year.

A Big Thank You

Fri, Nov 11 2011 by Trevor Ford

Citizens in Charge and Citizens in Charge Foundation would like to thank our veterans and active duty military personnel. All of what we work for here would not be possible without their service and sacrifice. Thank You.


A judge recently changed the wording on a ballot measure in Philomath, Oregon regarding whether or not the city should put flouride in the drinking water. This is not a nationally covered, and it really only affects those in one city, but it brings ups an interesting topic. How much should a judge be able to alter ballot measure wording? From an article on the wording changes:teef

Voters Speak

Wed, Nov 9 2011 by Trevor Ford

Yesterday in a number of states across the nation, citizens headed to the polls to vote on a variety of

In Mississippi, there were three measures on the state-wide ballot for voters, two of which passed. Initiative 27 which would require an ID at the polls to vote, and Initiative 31 which prevents government from using eminent domain to acquire private property both passed by significant margains. Initiative 26, the personhood amendment defining life as beginning at fertilization was defeated by a smaller but still wide margin.

Today, two big ballots in two different states should give us an idea of where Americans stand on the political spectrum. In Mississippi, voters will decide when life begins and when a person becomes a person. In Ohio, voters will decide whether or not to keep Governor Kasich’s union reform law.


The citizen-initiated referendum on Ohio Governor John Kasich’s public sector union law will be tested at the polls tomorrow across the state. Citizens utilizing their First Amendment petition rights could very well determine the fate of the governor’s political future: