ICYMI: Top stories of the week

Each week, we bring you a collection of the most viewed stories from The Daily Brew, condensed. 

Here are the top stories from the week of March 4-March 8.

California voters approved Proposition 43 22 years ago

On March 5, 2002, voters approved California Proposition 43, a constitutional amendment that provided “a voter who casts a vote in an election in accordance with the laws of this state shall have that vote counted.” The vote was 3,391,678 (71.51%) to 1,351,179 (28.49%).

Our coverage of this measure is part of Ballotpedia’s Historic Ballot Measures project (HBM), which will document nearly 200 years of direct democracy in the U.S. This ongoing research effort will provide an unparalleled resource for researchers, reporters, and the voting public on how ballot measures have evolved, the issues they’ve covered, and the role they have played in our civic life.

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A rundown of Super Tuesday’s battleground primary results

More than one-third of the country had something to vote on on Super Tuesday. Here are three of the 25 battleground primaries across five states we covered:

Click here to catch up on Super Tuesday results.

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Financial institutions pull $14 trillion from ESG initiative

On Feb. 15, J.P. Morgan Chase and State Street Global Advisors — two of the largest asset managers in the world — withdrew from Climate Action 100+, an asset manager initiative aimed at making companies reduce their carbon emissions through ESG investing. BlackRock, the largest asset manager in the world, announced it would reduce its involvement in the initiative.

The three companies removed roughly $14 trillion in funds from the initiative.

Our Economy and Society newsletter covers developments in the world of ESG and hits inboxes every Tuesday. Our ESG hub can be found here, while our tracking of opposition to ESG is here and areas of disagreement and inquiry here.  

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