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Progressive propositions win across the country, from abortion rights to Medicaid expansion

On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing propositions that passed across the country.

Vermont, Michigan, and California approved constitutional protections for abortion, while Kentucky and Montana voters rejected measures that would further restrict abortion rights. Oregon became the first state in the country to ensure a constitutional right to affordable health care. South Dakota voted to expand Medicaid. In Nebraska, Nevada, and Washington D.C., voters approved minimum wage increases. Illinois voters amended their constitution to enshrine the right to collective bargaining and organizing. Colorado voted for universal free school lunches.

Meantime, Republicans are attempting to limit the proposition process by asking voters to approve a supermajority threshold, 60 percent, for future measures to be approved.


Sam Rosenthal, political director at RootsAction

Hannah Ledford, campaigns director at The Fairness Project

Web Resources:

Truthout: Don’t Let the “Red Ripple” Overshadow the Local-Level Progressive Victories

Vox: How abortion rights advocates won every ballot measure this year

OPB: Measure 111 passes, giving Oregonians a constitutional right to access affordable health care

Vox: What wins for Medicaid and the minimum wage mean for the future of ballot initiatives

Vox: South Dakota voters decide to extend Medicaid coverage to 45,000 people

In These Times: Unionizing Is Now a Constitutional Right in Illinois. Here’s How It Happened.

NPR: Universal free lunch ballot measure passes easily in Colorado

The Washington Post: With inflation top of mind, voters raise minimum wage in two states

Vox: New Mexico just voted to make pre-K a universal right

NBC News: Voters supported progressive policies on ballot initiatives. Republicans are pushing back.

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.
Bee Soll is a producer with Your Call at KALW, and a producer, writer, and editor at KCBS Radio in San Francisco. She is a former reporter for Crosscurrents and contributor at KPFA Radio.