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Forum Post: Any good news to report in your area on good initiatives that passed?

Posted 1 year ago on Nov. 7, 2012, 10:32 a.m. EST by DKAtoday (34907) from Coon Rapids, MN
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Minnesota on Tuesday became the first state to reject a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. ( equality does not get forced back a step )

Minnesota voter suppression initiative was defeated.

Colorado and Washington - voters passed legalizing marijuana. ( what will this mean for current prison populations in these states? )


The National Campaign to End Corporate Personhood and Demand Real Democracy!

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Thank you to the fabulous Move to Amend volunteers across the nation who poured their energy into their local resolutions! You rock. Onward!! ~Move to Amend National Leadership Team

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 7, 2012 CONTACT: Move to Amend, info@MoveToAmend.org Move to Amend Wins Big at the Ballot Box: Americans Fed Up with Big Money and Undue Corporate Influence

From Massachusetts to Oregon, Colorado to Illinois and Wisconsin, and Ohio to California, citizens throughout the country voted overwhelmingly yesterday for their legislators to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling and declare that only human beings – not corporations – are entitled to constitutional rights and that money is not speech and campaign spending can be regulated.

Residents in over 100 cities had the opportunity to vote on measures calling for an end to the doctrines of corporate constitutional rights and money as free speech, and in every single town the vote was supportive. Often by an overwhelming margin.

In Eau Claire, WI the vote was 71% in favor of a measure stating, "Should the US Constitution be amended to establish that regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting freedom of speech, by stating that only human beings, not corporations, unions, or PACs, are entitled to constitutional rights?"

In largely conservative Pueblo, Colorado, where the city newspaper came out against the measure, residents still voted 65% in favor of Move to Amend's resolution, placed on the ballot by County Commissioners. Move to Amend volunteers in Massachusetts collected signatures to place the constitutional amendment question before one third of the population of their state. The "MA Democracy Amendment Question" passed by 79%.

Voters in Mendocino County, CA where volunteers collected signatures to become the first California county to place a Move to Amend citizen's initiative on the ballot, explicitly voted to "stand with the Move to Amend campaign" by a 73% margin. Move to Amend resolutions also passed in several towns in Illinois and Ohio and Oregon, all by similar landslide margins.

Montana voters approved a state-wide resolution by 75%.

Another organization -- Common Cause -- put forward several measures calling for simply overturning Citizens United and granting Congress authority to regulate campaign spending. These measures also passed by a wide margin. In the state of Colorado, the Common Cause measure passed by 64% and in San Francisco approval was 80% and 72% in Richmond, CA. The group's measure in Chicago passed by 74%. Common Cause was also an active member of the MA Democracy Amendment Coalition.

Move to Amend's position is that the Constitutional amendment must go beyond simply overturning Citizens United, "There is no reason for us to shy away from a true and lasting solution, rather than just band-aids," stated Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, a member of the Move to Amend National Leadership Team. "In every single community where Americans have had the opportunity to call for a Constitutional amendment to outlaw corporate personhood, they have seized it and voted yes overwhelmingly. Tuesday's results show that the Movement to Amend has nearly universal approval. Americans are fed up with large corporations wielding undue influence over our elections and our legal system. Citizens United is not the cause, it is a symptom and Americans want to see that case overturned not by simply going back to the politics of 2009 before the case, but rather by removing big money and special interests from the process entirely."

Move to Amend is a national coalition of hundreds of organizations and nearly 250,000 people. The organization also boasts over 150 local affiliates across the country. The Resolve to Amend Campaign goal was to have 50 cities vote on the group's resolution.

MOVE TO AMEND PO Box 610, Eureka CA 95502 | (707) 269-0984 | www.MoveToAmend.org

We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.

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[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (34907) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

MAP: You Won't Believe What These States Did

It is just a start of what could be a powerful process of the people.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (34907) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

In other news today - it was reported that Rushing Limpballs was found on the floor of his studio this morning - witnesses say it looked like an apparent steam build-up explosion of his forehead. Reported also - someone was heard to lament - damn and they just legalized pot out west - it might have prevented this.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (34907) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

BTW - Mn now has a new dem majority in both houses. Wonder if any good will come of that without public participation.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (34907) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Elections come and GO - the real work of society is 24/7/365/forever.

[-] 1 points by Underdog (2971) from Clermont, FL 1 year ago

DK, I am pleased to report that of the 11 proposed state constitutional amendments that were put on the ballot by the conservative Florida legislature, only 3 passed. The other 8 were voted down by We The People. I was hoping that none of them would pass, but grateful that there were not more. The effort to remove 3 state Supreme Court justices failed also (a good thing imho). All in all, I think Floridians did a good job in understanding what the cons and neo-cons in Florida government were trying to do, and told them to "shove it where the sun don't shine".

Proud to be a Floridian today!

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (34907) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Good deal ..... I suppose that it helps to have a population that includes many retirees from around the country.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (34907) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

The National Campaign to End Corporate Personhood and Demand Real Democracy!

About | Donate | Take Action

Thank you to the fabulous Move to Amend volunteers across the nation who poured their energy into their local resolutions! You rock. Onward!! ~Move to Amend National Leadership Team

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 7, 2012 CONTACT: Move to Amend, info@MoveToAmend.org Move to Amend Wins Big at the Ballot Box: Americans Fed Up with Big Money and Undue Corporate Influence

From Massachusetts to Oregon, Colorado to Illinois and Wisconsin, and Ohio to California, citizens throughout the country voted overwhelmingly yesterday for their legislators to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling and declare that only human beings – not corporations – are entitled to constitutional rights and that money is not speech and campaign spending can be regulated.

Residents in over 100 cities had the opportunity to vote on measures calling for an end to the doctrines of corporate constitutional rights and money as free speech, and in every single town the vote was supportive. Often by an overwhelming margin.

In Eau Claire, WI the vote was 71% in favor of a measure stating, "Should the US Constitution be amended to establish that regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting freedom of speech, by stating that only human beings, not corporations, unions, or PACs, are entitled to constitutional rights?"

In largely conservative Pueblo, Colorado, where the city newspaper came out against the measure, residents still voted 65% in favor of Move to Amend's resolution, placed on the ballot by County Commissioners. Move to Amend volunteers in Massachusetts collected signatures to place the constitutional amendment question before one third of the population of their state. The "MA Democracy Amendment Question" passed by 79%.

Voters in Mendocino County, CA where volunteers collected signatures to become the first California county to place a Move to Amend citizen's initiative on the ballot, explicitly voted to "stand with the Move to Amend campaign" by a 73% margin. Move to Amend resolutions also passed in several towns in Illinois and Ohio and Oregon, all by similar landslide margins.

Montana voters approved a state-wide resolution by 75%.

Another organization -- Common Cause -- put forward several measures calling for simply overturning Citizens United and granting Congress authority to regulate campaign spending. These measures also passed by a wide margin. In the state of Colorado, the Common Cause measure passed by 64% and in San Francisco approval was 80% and 72% in Richmond, CA. The group's measure in Chicago passed by 74%. Common Cause was also an active member of the MA Democracy Amendment Coalition.

Move to Amend's position is that the Constitutional amendment must go beyond simply overturning Citizens United, "There is no reason for us to shy away from a true and lasting solution, rather than just band-aids," stated Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, a member of the Move to Amend National Leadership Team. "In every single community where Americans have had the opportunity to call for a Constitutional amendment to outlaw corporate personhood, they have seized it and voted yes overwhelmingly. Tuesday's results show that the Movement to Amend has nearly universal approval. Americans are fed up with large corporations wielding undue influence over our elections and our legal system. Citizens United is not the cause, it is a symptom and Americans want to see that case overturned not by simply going back to the politics of 2009 before the case, but rather by removing big money and special interests from the process entirely."

Move to Amend is a national coalition of hundreds of organizations and nearly 250,000 people. The organization also boasts over 150 local affiliates across the country. The Resolve to Amend Campaign goal was to have 50 cities vote on the group's resolution.

MOVE TO AMEND PO Box 610, Eureka CA 95502 | (707) 269-0984 | www.MoveToAmend.org

We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.

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[-] 1 points by LetsGetReal (1420) from Grants, NM 1 year ago

Albuquerque raised the minimum wage to $8.50 per hour (fed min wage is $7.25), with annual cost of living adjustments. People working for tips have to be paid 60% of minimum wage as base pay.

People voted 2:1 in favor.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (34907) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

It is a step in the proper direction - but people having a living wage has a long ways to go.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (34907) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

BTW - did anyone notice that Obama almost won the election without winning the popular/majority vote? I mean I would rather see him win then see mittens win - But - the electoral college has got to go. One individual One vote - total the votes and majority should = winner. No if - and - or but.

[-] 0 points by Saesneg (-166) from Linwood, NJ 1 year ago

Well the problem is that polarization will eventually allow a minority to run the country over the will of the majority.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (34907) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

The minority rule is already a fact that is why we are here - we need majority rule - the People need to get involved and stay involved.

[-] 0 points by Saesneg (-166) from Linwood, NJ 1 year ago

Unless we can eliminate the electoral college - and we can't - then we cannot press a majority agenda. Our country will be ruled by some small portion of the population living in metro areas.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 1 year ago

San Diego has elected its first democrat mayor

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (34907) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Well now that "is" a change - lets hope it was a good change.

We have got to get past parties and address issues. The people need to be the fundamental change in government - people getting involved and staying involved dealing with issues.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (34907) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Right-ON California: California Proposition 39: Measure that could raise $1 billion by closing out-of-state tax loophole wins easily

Of the $1 billion raised per year under Proposition 39, half will fund energy-efficiency and clean-energy projects at public buildings and schools for the first five years, creating 40,000 new jobs, according to the state Legislative Analyst's Office.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 1 year ago

business goes where there are people

they don't leave because of tax

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (34907) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Service providers anyway - like power utilities.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 1 year ago

CA voted for state taxes to cover state programs

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (34907) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Is that a good thing? I mean in doing so - did they shutdown some sort of tax loop hole? Have you heard anything on their proposition 39 ?

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 1 year ago

sales tax and increased tax on higher incomes

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (34907) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Wonder how that works.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (34907) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Will there now be pardons given to Colorado and Washington prisoners of past marijuana illegality arrests?

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (34907) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Colorado and Washington made a bold move in legalization of marijuana - now we need to get the federal government on board. Because Hemp/marijuana can be so much more then a recreational product. But if Colorado and Washington look to open real job opportunities with processing hemp - new area industries like hemp plastics or hemp textiles or hemp building materials - Will the federal government let them?

[-] 2 points by gsw (2870) 1 year ago

We going to have a big influx of tax revenue from this. It will be controlled, undercut the mafias, and we'll see if there are any negatives.

It will provide jobs, as you indicate. Free up cops, prosecutors, jails.

Good to have states rights, I'll keep you updated. I heard it takes effect in 30 days.

I have hope to end the failed war on Drugs, this is a first step.

and hope it holds up to the Feds.

Never thought I would live to see this happen.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (34907) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Right-ON

End the drug wars.

Take money away from criminal enterprise.

Create jobs in legal industries - that are clean and green.

Broaden the tax Base because people are working.

Get the feds on board through public pressure.

Fundamental change for the better will happen through the involvement of the People.

I would appreciate it if you kept us up to date on what you see happening. Thx.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (34907) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Hemp paper

Hemp packaging

Hemp fertilizer ( recycled bits - cast off from other processing - as well as disposal of say used food packaging - well anyway this list is huge)

Awesome - no pesticides to grow crops? Remains of prior harvest ( root balls and such ) just turned in the soil and left to remain to decay back into the next growing process/cycle.

Colorado - Washington - this could be huge for you.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (34907) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

They truly need job creation in Colorado - it has been a work depressed state for forever. Perhaps this will be the start of a brighter future for Colorado - legalized marijuana opens so many job creation possibilities.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (34907) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Just think what new green industry job growth could do for places like PA or MI or anyplace USA ?

[+] -4 points by Nowsmichigan (-310) 1 year ago

You will need to wait another four years for that to happen

[-] 3 points by Ache4Change (3280) 1 year ago

Why are you sending me racist personal messages?

'Nowsmichigan said 3 hours ago at Nov. 7, 2012, 9:14 a.m. EST (delete) four more years of the dumb knee grow, yippee

I have people of colour in my family and I hate shit like this. Do not do it again you racist scumbag!

[+] -4 points by Nowsmichigan (-310) 1 year ago

what are you talking about??? making stuff up again??

[-] 2 points by Ache4Change (3280) 1 year ago

If you regret sending racist messages then good but I copied your message to me completely. So you are a liar as well. If you are accusing me of dishonesty then perhaps we ought to meet to discus things because I do travel out of state sometimes!

[-] -2 points by Nowsmichigan (-310) 1 year ago

I do not know who sent it but it was not me

[-] 3 points by Ache4Change (3280) 1 year ago

Nowsmichigan said 6 hours ago at Nov. 7, 2012, 9:14 a.m. EST (delete) four more years of the dumb knee grow, yippee

Ache4Change said 1 day ago at Nov. 6, 2012, 12:05 p.m. EST (delete) Well that was a surprise. I never had a 'Personal Message' before. Not sure why you sent me that though. It is a negative article and perhaps you agree with its take.

OWS is not a 'fad' and although I like Elliot Spritzer - it is far too early to talk about OWS' 'legacy'. If you think OWS has fizzled then your being here and sending me this link paints you as a right-wing, anti-OWS person or agent.

Please do not send me anything else or I'll have to confront you on the forum. Thanks but no thanks and The NYTimes stopped reporting 'the news' a long time ago!

Nowsmichigan said 1 day ago at Nov. 6, 2012, 11:53 a.m. EST (delete) http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/09/17/occupy-wall-street-a-frenzy-that-fizzled/

So the more you lie the worse you look.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (34907) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

In other news tonight - Brian Williams said: It is gonna take Citizens United to overturn Citizens United.

IMO - Fundamental change for the better will come from the People being involved.

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[-] 0 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

In Tampa it wasnt so much what passed, but what was repealed. 8 out of the 11 were repealed, the three that werent arent that big of a deal.

The big one was #6. It was voted no.

http://www2.tbo.com/news/news/2012/nov/07/namaino6-8-constitutional-amendments-fail-ar-557021/

All in all though, the amendments, except for 6, will have little effect on a country that is going down the tubes very quickly.

[-] -1 points by Saesneg (-166) from Linwood, NJ 1 year ago

Constitutional amendments are a waste of time - any Constitution that can be circumvented at will is meaningless.

[-] -2 points by Nowsmichigan (-310) 1 year ago

Chris Matthews sad he was happy we had the storm (hurricane Sandy) because he said it helped Obama