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Election 2020 Statewide Referendums: marijuana, mushrooms, wages, state flags, and more

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The biggest news on Election Night was the ongoing presidential race between incumbent Republican President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden.

The House and Senate races even broke through the headlines. However, like in every election, there were ballot measures voted on too.

Many states across the country allow for their voters to vote on specific policy referendums that are printed on their ballots alongside their candidates, with some that are binding and others that are non-binding. This election, the topics of the measures that voters approved ranged widely from drugs and criminal justice reform to electoral reform. Let’s look over the most significant ballot measures successfully approved by voters in this election.

Note: Millions of ballots nationwide have yet to be counted, so the results of some of these measures could change in the coming days.

(States are listed in alphabetical order.)

ARIZONA

Arizona Proposition 207: Legalize recreational marijuana

CALIFORNIA

California Proposition 22: Classify gig workers as contractors

California Proposition 24: Enhance consumer privacy laws

COLORADO

Colorado Proposition 118: Institute paid family and medical leave

If current trends continue, another measure, Colorado Proposition 113, will likely be approved by voters. This would have Colorado join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.

DISTRICT of COLUMBIA

Initiative 81: Decriminalize entheogenic plants and fungus

FLORIDA

Florida Amendment 2: Increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2026

KENTUCKY

Kentucky Constitutional Amendment 1: Include crime victims’ rights in the state constitution

MICHIGAN

For Michigan, it’s worth noting that Proposal 2 appears it will be approved by voters if current trends continue. Proposal 2 would require a warrant for accessing electronic data.

MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi Ballot Measure 2: Establish runoffs for gubernatorial elections

Mississippi Ballot Measure 1A: Decide whether to change the state’s marijuana laws

Mississippi Ballot Measure 1B: Deciding what kind of medical marijuana law to pass

For clarification, Measure 1 is a two-part measure related to legalizing medical marijuana. Measure 1A asked voters if they wanted one of the medical marijuana laws proposed in Measure 1B, and then 1B asked voters if they wanted a law that would limit medical marijuana to terminally ill patients or one which would permit it for patients with over 20 other illnesses. Mississippians approved both parts of Measure 1.

On top of those two measures, Mississippians also voted to adopt the new flag that a state commission approved after receiving thousands of entrees from a flag-design contest.

This carries immense historical significance because the former Mississippi flag incorporated the Confederate battle flag in its design, making it the final state in the former Confederacy to remove the battle flag from its official state flag. The new flag, designed by graphic artist Rocky Vaughan, makes use of the state’s official flower, the magnolia, and includes the motto “In God We Trust”:

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MISSOURI

Missouri Amendment 3: Change the redistricting process

MONTANA

Montana Initiative 190: Legalize and tax recreational marijuana

NEBRASKA

Nebraska Amendment 2: Extend the TIF (Tax Increment Financing) repayment period to 20 years

Nebraska Initiative 428: Place a cap on payday loan rates at 36%

NEW JERSEY

New Jersey Public Question 1: Legalize recreation marijuana for adults (ages 21+)

OREGON

Oregon Measure 110: Fund drug treatment centers with money from marijuana taxes

It’s important to mention that Oregon also approved decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of hard drugs such as heroin, MDMA, psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, cocaine, and others—making it the first state to do so.

SOUTH DAKOTA

South Dakota Constitutional Amendment A: Legalize recreational marijuana

UTAH

Utah Constitutional Amendment C: Change the state constitution to remove slavery as a punishment

VIRGINIA

Virginia Redistricting Commission Amendment: Create a redistricting commission

WASHINGTON

Washington Advisory Vote 32: Repeal plastic bag tax

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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BREAKING: Clinton herself ‘agreed’ to leak Trump-Russia allegations to press

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Remember this 2016 post from Hillary herself just days away from the election? During Friday’s trial of her former attorney Michael Sussmann, some juicy details behind this vey post have emerged.

“Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager, said that Clinton ‘agreed’ to leak allegations that the Trump Organization had a secret communications channel with Russia’s Alfa Bank to the media during his Friday testimony” reports National Review.

The media “report” Hillary tweeted about above, was spoon-fed to them with her blessing. Mook also revealed the “purpose” for the campaign to leak it to the press was to have a reporter “run it down” further and “vet it out.”

As for Mrs. Clinton’s involvement, Mook added that he “discussed it with Hillary as well” after which, “she agreed to” their decision to turn the loose gossip over to the press.

She was then able to use Slate’s “reporting” to discuss the fake collusion publicly. Clinton then tweeted the campaign’s press release on the “statement from Jake Sullivan on New Report Exposing Trump’s Secret Line of Communication to Russia.”

FBI agent James Baker, the then-agent who Sussmann took the Alfa Bank information to, testified in the trial Wednesday. He said he was “100 percent confident” that Sussmann said he wasn’t representing a client when they met.

A text message from Sussmann to Baker from the day prior reads: “Jim — it’s Michael Sussmann. I have something time-sensitive (and sensitive) I need to discuss. Do you have availability for a short meeting tomorrow? I’m coming on my own — not on behalf of a client or company — want to help the Bureau. Thanks.”

National Review reports of the case:

The former FBI general counsel said that he would have treated the meeting and subsequent investigation differently had he known Sussmann was coming forward on behalf of the Clinton campaign.

 The evidence that Sussmann delivered to Baker came in the form of Domain Name System (DNS) data that allegedly showed frequent communications between servers associated with the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alfa Bank. The data was provided to Sussmann by Joffe, an executive at the cybersecurity firm Neustar, which was also being represented by Sussmann as part of his role as a partner at the Perkins Coie law firm.

FBI agent Scott Hellman testified Tuesday that he was immediately skeptical of the data and accompanying analysis that suggested illicit communications between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank. In fact, the quality of the analysis was so poor, that Hellman questioned whether its source had a “mental disability” in a private chat with FBI colleagues, obtained by prosecutors.

Opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which Perkins Coie hired to work on behalf of the Clinton campaign, translated the DNS data into laymen’s terms and pitched it to various reporters, including Franklin Foer, a writer for Slate.

 “We certainly hoped that he would publish an article,” former Fusion GPS employee Lauren Seago testified.

Foer obliged them, touting the claims in an article published on October 31, 2016, a little over a week before Election Day.

 

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