Chicago’s 4th Ward is currently holding a special election to decide who will serve as alderman until May 2019. You can read more about the election and how to vote here. It’s a pretty important race and even Obama has gotten involved.
We put together some key facts about each of the five candidates running– their education, their job experience– and included some quotes of what they said at the candidate forum on February 21st. Check it out below!
Since 2000, almost all minimum wage state ballot measures introduced have passed, and the 2016 election was no different.
Five states addressed the minimum wage this past November: Arizona, Colorado, Maine, Washington, and South Dakota. While most of these ballot measures focused on increasing the minimum wage, it’s important to note that not all did. Some proposed changes to paid time off policies or even a wage decrease.
The very premise of democracy rests upon the concept of choice. If you don’t like your current representative, you can choose another one — just pick the other name on the ballot.
But what if you don’t really have a choice? What if there is only one option — for state senator, for city council, for so many down-ballot offices?
Wondering what former president Barack Obama’s been up to since leaving office? Well, it turns out he’s still interested in politics. Local politics on the South Side of Chicago, in particular.
Chicago’s 4th Ward will be holding a special election for alderman on Tuesday, February 28th. The 4th Ward’s previously elected alderman, Will Burns, left the office in April to go work for Airbnb. Mayor Rahm Emanuel then appointed Sophia King, a former teacher and Chicago Public Schools administrator, to the position.
Imagine a 2016 election where, instead of candidates competing in the separate Democratic and Republican primaries, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Bernie Sanders, and Hillary Clinton all ran in one primary. Then, the top two proceeded to the general election. Maybe two Democrats, maybe two Republicans.
Sounds crazy right? But that’s exactly what the jungle primary does in state and local elections across the country.
This November, 9 states across the country didn’t just elect candidates when they went to the polls. They also voted to legalize recreational or medical marijuana.
Here are the results from ballot measures proposing to legalize marijuana statewide this past November:
In the past few weeks, the news has been dominated by the incoming Trump presidency, with confirmation hearings galore.
But for Montana, and the US House of Representatives, the Trump Cabinet will also have some indirect effects. Ryan Zinke, Montana’s sole Congressman, has been nominated as the Secretary of Interior. Experts believe he will be confirmed, especially after Montana’s Democratic Senator Jon Tester voiced his support.