Podcast: Democracy reform: Propositions & ballot initiatives
The promise and perils of direct democracy are at the heart of the debate over voter propositions and ballot initiatives. They have emerged as one way that citizens in more than two dozen U.S. states can vote directly on policy and bring issues they care about to their fellow voters.
This episode of “How Do We Fix It?” is inspired by the recent podcast series, "When The People Decide", from The McCourtney Institute for Democracy. The show's producer, writer and host, Jenna Spinelle, tells the stories of some remarkable people who have organized initiative campaigns across the country. Spinelle also discusses the history of ballot measures, including California's Prop 13 in 1978, and more recent efforts to expand Medicaid.
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