$5.5 billion stem cell initiative facing rocky road

Backers of a $5.5 billion stem cell research proposal in California today have once again missed a self-imposed, but critical deadline as they continue to struggle with securing enough signatures to place the measure on the November ballot.

The campaign’s website this morning listed what is now its third deadline for gathering the signatures of 950,000 voters. Previously, the campaign had set an April 11 deadline and then an April 18 deadlineThe latest deadline is tomorrow (April 21). The rolling extensions do not augur well for its “unprecedented” attempt to collect signatures via a combined online and mail-in effort. 

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