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 18-March 22.

A rundown of Tuesday’s battleground primary results 

Illinois and Ohio held their statewide primaries on Tuesday, March 19. 

The Ohio Republican Party’s central committee censured 22 Republican House members. Twelve of those censured incumbents faced primaries on Tuesday. Eight won and four lost. 

We followed four battleground elections for U.S. House districts on Tuesday night, three in Illinois and one in Ohio.

The next statewide primary is in Pennsylvania on April 23. 

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West Virginia will be the first state to decide on a constitutional amendment prohibiting assisted death, also known as assisted suicide

On Nov. 5, West Virginia voters will decide on Amendment 1, which would prohibit people from participating in “the practice of medically assisted suicide, euthanasia, or mercy killing of a person.” While several states have voted on ballot measures allowing assisted death, also known as assisted suicide or aid-in-dying, West Virginia is the first state where voters will decide to prohibit the procedure.

Assisted death is currently legal in 10 states—California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, as well as Washington D.C. Voters approved assisted death ballot measures in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington.

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Sixteen new statewide measures certified for the ballot in the past two weeks 

The last two weeks have been busy, with 16 ballot measures—including six citizen initiatives and 10 legislative referrals—certified in eight states. 

So far this year, state election officials have certified 80 measures for the ballot in 30 states—four more than the average (76) for this point in the election cycle from 2012 to 2022. An average of 157 statewide measures were certified in even-numbered years between 2012 and 2022.

The next signature deadline is May 1, in Idaho, where two initiatives have been proposed—one to legalize medical marijuana, and another to create a top-four ranked-choice voting (RCV) system.

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