Climate at the Ballot

Three states had large climate initiatives on the ballot in 2018. Efforts in Washington and Arizona were defeated, but Nevada voters succeeded in passing an initiative to require electric utilities to acquire 50 percent of their electricity from renewable resources by 2030. From statewide action to getting elected to office, how has talking to voters about climate changed? What lessons can be learned to help future ballot initiatives or candidates trying to run as environmentalists?

  • Katie Robbins, Nevada Yes on 6, Campaign Manager

Katie Robbins is a campaign operative who has been key in Nevada ballot measures, first as Deputy Campaign Manager for the 2016 Question 1 gun background check campaign and then as the Campaign Manager for 2018’s Question 6 measure on clean energy.  She previously worked for Organizing for America, and its reiteration Organizing for Action, both at the Chicago headquarters and in states across the country during the 2012 presidential election cycle. In 2014 Katie worked for the DCCC as the Field Director for one of the top frontline congressional races in the country. Shortly after the 2018 election, she joined the team at Hilltop Strategies.

  • Jessica Grennan, Arizona Proposition 127, Senior Advisor

  • Moderator: Mary-Patricia Wray, Top-Drawer Strategies, Founder