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Voters can make laws when legislators won’t

Voters have options to take the law into their own hands when the Legislature won’t.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019

Suit contends affirmative action campaigners didn’t pay companies that gathered signatures to get initiative passed

When the campaign to change Washington’s affirmative action laws turned in thousands of petitions to send the initiative to the Legislature, sponsors bragged that they had a record number of …


UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019

Referendum would stop recently approved initiative that allowed some affirmative action plans in Washington

Washington voters will likely get the chance to continue or revamp the state’s 21 year-old law that restricts affirmative action programs.


Voters in Pacific territory choose to keep ties with France

A majority of voters in the South Pacific territory of New Caledonia chose to remain part of France instead of backing independence Sunday, a watershed moment that led French President …


With push for referendum, debate over Seattle head tax hits the streets

Earlier this year, the big-business tax of $275 per employee, per year took shape inside City Hall, as City Council members sought money for low-income housing and homeless services. This …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 4, 2018

Current, former presidents at odds in Ecuador referendum

Ecuadoreans have voted overwhelmingly to limit presidents to two terms in a nationwide referendum that is seen as a critical test of former President Rafael Correa’s enduring political strength.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018

Washington State University newspaper’s future is in the students’ hands

In a last-ditch effort to keep the Daily Evergreen publishing five days per week, the Associated Students of WSU on Wednesday approved a referendum that will be placed on the …


Farage says he might support new EU membership referendum

Anti-EU British politician Nigel Farage said Thursday that he might support a second referendum on Britain’s European Union membership to kill off any prospect of staying in the bloc.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 17, 2017

Catalans protest sedition case, court declares vote illegal

Spain’s top court ruled Tuesday that an independence referendum in Catalonia was unconstitutional, adding weight to government efforts to block the region from breaking away from the rest of the …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 13, 2017

Catalan leader faces mounting pressure from all sides

Catalonia’s leader faced mounting pressure Friday from all sides, with hard-liners in the separatist movement demanding he definitively declare independence from Spain. Spain’s government and the European Union, on the …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 9, 2017

Spain on edge before possible Catalan secession declaration

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned anew Monday that Spain will not be divided by a declaration of independence from Catalonia and said the government is ready to respond to …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 6, 2017

Spooked businesses shift headquarters out of Catalonia

As separatists in Catalonia jockeyed Friday to elude court rulings and find ways to deliver on their promise to declare independence, business giants hit back with plans to relocate their …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 3, 2017

Catalans stop work to protest police force during referendum

Highways were blocked, schools closed and much business halted across Catalonia Tuesday as tens of thousands of workers and students joined strikes and took to the streets to protest the …


World leaders urge dialogue to calm tensions over Catalonia

European and world leaders are urging dialogue between Spain’s government and authorities in Catalonia, saying Monday they are worried about the potential for a further escalation of tensions after a …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 1, 2017

Melee in Catalonia as Spanish police violently attack voters

Catalonia’s regional government declared a landslide win for the “yes” side in a disputed referendum on independence from Spain that degenerated into mayhem Sunday, with more than 800 people injured …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 30, 2017

Catalans assemble in polling stations, defying police orders

Police in Catalonia issued an ultimatum Saturday: the separatists, parents and children who are occupying schools to use them as polling stations for a disputed referendum on the region’s independence …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 22, 2017

Spain to send extra police to try to halt Catalan referendum

Spain will deploy police reinforcements to Catalonia to help maintain order if an independence referendum pledged by Catalan officials but opposed by the national government goes ahead, officials said Friday.


Madrid tightens grip over Catalan spending to quash vote

MADRID – Spain’s central authorities have increased their control over Catalonia’s regional spending to make sure that no funds are diverted to paying for a suspended independence referendum, the country’s …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 3, 2017

Virginia contest a referendum and bellwether in age of Trump

For the two mild-manned moderates vying to be the next governor of Virginia, running for office in the Trump era makes for some awkward looks.


Disputed Iraqi province to vote on Kurdish independence

Iraq’s ethnically-mixed Kirkuk province, long claimed by both the Arab-led central government and the autonomous Kurdish region, voted Tuesday to take part in a vote on Kurdish independence slated for …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017

Swiss to vote on push for at least 4 weeks paternity leave

The Swiss government says petitioners have successfully collected enough signatures to launch a nationwide referendum that would grant new fathers at least 20 days of paid paternity leave, up from …


Polish president wants referendum on constitution in 2018

Poland’s president says he wants the country to hold a referendum next year on possible changes to the nation’s 20-year-old constitution.


Turkey’s justice minister: Time to contest vote results over

Turkey’s ruling party and the main opposition party kept up their fight Saturday over the results of the referendum on expanding the president’s powers.


Turkish opposition party files to have referendum voided

Turkey’s prime minister on Tuesday called on the opposition to respect the result of a referendum that will give sweeping new powers to the office of the president, but the …


Outcome of Turkey vote likely to further cool EU relations

European leaders reacted with restraint and concern Monday to the narrow outcome of a referendum in Turkey that grants sweeping new powers to the nation’s president.


UPDATED: Sun., April 16, 2017

Turkey votes to expand president’s powers; critics cry fraud

Voters in Turkey’s landmark referendum Sunday appeared to approve constitutional changes that will greatly expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to near-complete results carried by Turkey’s official …


Scottish leader to seek second independence referendum

LONDON – Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon announced Monday she will seek a new referendum on independence in a bold move of defiance even as British leaders forge ahead toward a …


2.1 million Britons join online petition urging second vote on leaving EU

More than 2.1 million people joined an online petition by Saturday urging the government to hold a second referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union.


Britain, EU at odds over timing of divorce talks

The European Union wants a quickie divorce, but Britain wants time to think things over.


London financial hub braces for possible EU exit ‘nightmare’

From the international banks in the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf to the traditional home of Britain’s financial industry in the City of London and the hedge funds of Mayfair, bankers …