August 25th Townhall Meeting

Fri, Nov 20 by Anonymous

We asked attendees what they thought about the initiative, referendum and recall process.

Some of our staff attended the Townhall Meeting in Reston, VA hosted by Congressman Jim Moran and Howard Dean on August 25th.  We asked some of the folks waiting outside what they thought about the initiative, referendum and recall process.  They all had great things to say and we found support for the process from both sides of the aisle.  Check out the video to hear what people said.

The Michigan Democrat Party is exploring a series of initiatives that party officials claim will help the average citizen. Proposed initiatives include hiking the minimum wage to $10, forcing employers to offer health benefits to their workers, and placing a one-year moratorium on home foreclosures. Critics of the plan say the initiatives are “anti-jobs” and “anti-growth” and that they would put the state at a disadvantage when competing with nearby states for business.


A bill moving through the Arizona House would amend the constitution to guarantee consumers a choice in healthcare. The measure ban forcing anyone to participate in a healthcare program, as well as protect the right of consumers to pay directly for health services. If the bill passes the state legislature it would then go on to a vote of the people before taking effect.

Read the story from Forbes

A House appropriations committee gave its approval to a ballot measure that will raise the sales tax by about $486 million. Most of the funds generated will go to health care services with the rest going to tax credits. The bill must now go to the House floor for a vote. If passed by the legislature the measure would also have to be approved by voters.

Read the story from the Seattle Times

A group of citizens is considering a ballot initiative that would force Colorado Springs to sell city-run Memorial Health System, which ended last year in the red. The initiative must pass the city’s title-setting board. If it passes the board proponents will have 180 days to collect over 11,000 signatures.

Read the story from the Colorado Springs Gazette