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Baltimore Voters Ban Privatization of Water System

November 15, 2018 |

Baltimore’s public water system will remain just that, public. Voters there overwhelmingly supported an amendment to the city’s charter declaring the “inalienability” of its water and sewer systems, Reuters reports, effectively banning privatization—the first large city to do so. Calling it, “a historic victory for local control of water,…
Newser

Bay Area voters decide tech industry should pay its dues

November 8, 2018 |

The technology industry has turned the Bay Area into an economic powerhouse that many of the world’s most valuable companies call home. But the influx of well-paid tech workers has also clogged the region’s infrastructure and sent housing prices soaring, exacerbating a homelessness crisis on the…


L.A. Times – Business

Long Beach voters approve Measure WW to give ‘panic buttons’ to hotel workers

November 8, 2018 |

Voters in Long Beach overwhelmingly supported a ballot measure requiring hotels with 50 or more rooms to provide workers with “panic buttons” that could help prevent sexual assaults. The initiative also imposes limits on housekeepers’ daily workload.

Unions that represent hotel workers in Long…


L.A. Times – Business

Candidates supported by Disney lead in Anaheim but voters are split on ‘living wage’ measure

November 7, 2018 |

Anaheim City Council candidates who are supported by the city’s biggest employer — the Disneyland Resort — were leading a wide field of hopefuls in early returns Tuesday night, but voters were split on a controversial “living wage” initiative that Disney has opposed.

The politics in Anaheim have…


L.A. Times – Business

German Voters Deal Merkel’s Coalition Another Setback

November 1, 2018 |

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s beleaguered government has suffered a new blow after both her party and its coalition partner suffered losses in Sunday’s election in one of Germany’s wealthiest states.
WSJ.com: What’s News Europe

Survey: 60% of US Voters Want Cryptocurrency Political Donations to Be Legal

October 29, 2018 |

Survey: 60% of US Voters Want Cryptocurrency Political Donations to Be Legal

Clovr recently surveyed 1,023 registered U.S. voters to learn how the American public views the possibility of political candidates accepting cryptocurrency donations for campaign financing. A majority of 60 percent said cryptocurrency donations should be treated the same as fiat, with only 21 percent disagreeing.

Also Read: New ‘Trust Machine’ Blockchain Film Tackles Politics of Technology

Safe and (Relatively) Stable

Survey: 60% of US Voters Want Cryptocurrency Political Donations to Be LegalRegarding the topic of security, 54 percent of respondents in the Clovr survey answered that cryptocurrencies were safe enough for political donations. Breaking it down by party affiliation, 63 percent of Republicans agreed cryptocurrency was secure enough to be used for political purposes, with 52 percent of Democrats and 45 percent of independents saying the same. Additionally, 73 percent of those polled who claimed to be knowledgeable about cryptocurrencies believed security was not an issue.

Voters appear less certain about the question of price stability with regards to USD exchange rates, but still supportive in relatively high numbers. The survey showed 52 percent of Republicans think cryptocurrency is stable enough for political campaign donations, with just 40 percent of Democrats and 35 percent of independents believing the same. In contrast, 62 percent of those who self-identity as ‘extremely familiar’ with cryptocurrency answered that it is stable enough.

One result from the survey that should be of particular interest to politicians is that almost 25 percent of respondents said they would be more likely to financially back campaigns if they accepted cryptocurrency as an option. This is true for 27 percent of Republicans, 25 percent of Democrats and 22 percent of independents.

Some Concerns Remain

Survey: 60% of US Voters Want Cryptocurrency Political Donations to Be LegalWith the current state of deep political division and mistrust of public institutions in the U.S., it’s no surprise that the survey also found some fears about incorporating cryptocurrency into the elections process.

A total of 60 percent of respondents were concerned that cryptocurrency donations could increase foreign interference in American elections. 66 percent of Democrats were concerned about this issue, but also 58 percent of Republicans and 56 percent of independents.

Besides the possibility of outside interference, American voters also seem to think that their elected officials can’t be trusted with cryptocurrency. In total, 62 percent of respondents answered that cryptocurrency donations would increase illegal activity within the U.S. political system.

“The overall findings are contradictory but intuitive: overwhelming support for crypto as a currency and a technology, countered by an equally unanimous distrust of what people, particularly those in politics, might do with it,” commented Clovr co-founder Mike Cribari.

Are you more likely to support a politician that accepts cryptocurrency donations? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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California Dems are running against Trump. California voters seem more concerned with liberal failures at home

October 21, 2018 |

California Democrats have to contend with the litany of local problems that their progressive policies have wrought.
FOX News

TMZ

Congressman French Hill Condemns Offensive Radio Ad Targeting Black Voters

October 19, 2018 |

Arkansas Rep. French Hill says he had absolutely nothing to do with the shocking radio ad targeting black voters with threats of white Democrats lynching black men accused of rape by white women. French called the political ad appalling and…

TMZ.com

Trump’s economy is booming. But for voters, it’s crowded out by Trump himself

October 7, 2018 |

The U.S. economy sure seems to be booming. But as a campaign issue, it can’t compete with Donald Trump.

Unemployment is at 3.7% nationwide, a 49-year low, according to Friday’s new U.S. Department of Labor report. And though wages have stagnated, the number of jobs created has grown for more than…


L.A. Times – Business

Obama, at Pennsylvania rally, urges voters to ‘restore some sanity to our politics’

September 22, 2018 |

Former President Obama took the stage at a Pennsylvania rally on Friday in an effort to help Democrats regain control of Congress and stressed the need to vote in the upcoming midterms: “On Nov. 6, you have a chance to restore some sanity to our politics.”
FOX News