Local Elections, National Politics

Local initiatives on stem cells, abortion, same-sex marriage and the minimum wage were on the ballots this election and helped push voters to the polls in many states. Guests examine local ballot measures and how they factor into the national political landscape.

Guests:

Fred Solop, director of the social research laboratory at Northern Arizona University

John Matsusaka, president of the Initiative and Referendum Institute at the University of Southern California

Ken Rudin, NPR political editor

Earl Ryan, president of the Citizens Research Council of Michigan

Bill Richardson, chair of the Political Science Department at the University of South Dakota

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