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By Dan Evans | May 2, 2010
Why people choose to show up to the polls — or choose not to — is almost as varied as the people themselves. Some can’t find the time, some don’t like any of the choices, and others just don’t care. The recent nastiness in the 43rd Assembly special election certainly did not help things, and I predict that the blizzard of mud sure to come as the next round of balloting approaches in June will only depress turnout further. But, I will admit, voter apathy is talked about so often and so frequently that many people just tune it out. A different idea is needed.
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By Zain Shauk | April 30, 2010
Democrat Chahe Keuroghelian could face thousands of dollars in fines for failing to report media advertising expenses while campaigning for election in the 43rd Assembly District, officials said. His failure to comply with campaign disclosure requirements could leave doubt about the nature of his backing and his spending, said Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies. “It’s important for the public to know where the money is coming from and how the money is spent because it gives the information of who is trying to support or oppose the candidate,” Smith said.
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July 31, 2009
Republican Rep. David Dreier insists that there was nothing wrong with the more than $210,000 in campaign funds he used to reimburse himself over the last nine years, a spokeswoman said Thursday. Dreier?s campaign disclosure forms list $210,384 in expenditures since 2000 for the purpose of ?candidate reimbursement,? which is not uncommon, according to the Federal Election Commission. But the commission?s guidelines for reporting expenses requires candidates to include itemized lists for reimbursement expenditures that exceed $200.
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By Zain Shauk | February 3, 2010
A contentious initiative that would require public utilities to secure voter approval before proceeding with some infrastructure or expansion plans has qualified for the June ballot, according to California’s secretary of state. If approved, the measure would require public utilities to obtain two-thirds voter approval in their coverage areas before they can make decisions that would result in higher bills for ratepayers, according to the initiative. But while “The Taxpayers Right to Vote Act” has been couched as an effort to give residents more control over publicly owned utilities and their expenses, it would likely create insurmountable obstacles for some providers, utility officials said.
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By Zain Shauk | January 31, 2010
A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that President Obama last week said would “open the floodgates for special interests” to influence elections could have an effect on area races in November, political experts said. The court’s ruling will remove any limits on organizations to contribute to independent political campaigns, although it will not affect current laws limiting contributions from corporations or other associations directly to a political candidate. The ruling will not immediately affect state or city races, because California does not have limits on contributions to so-called independent expenditure committees, which campaign for or against candidates without coordinating with them.
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By Zain Shauk | May 29, 2009
On Tuesday, the California Supreme Court upheld a gay marriage ban approved by voters in November. Proposition 8, narrowly approved by voters last year with 52% of the vote, amended the state Constitution to define marriage as being between a man and woman, but only after about 18,000 same-sex couples had said their vows. The court?s ruling on legal challenges of the ban upheld Proposition 8 and will prevent future same-sex unions. Pastor Skip Lindeman of the La CaƱada Congregational Church, formerly the Church of the Lighted Window, said he was disappointed in the decision but not surprised.
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By Zain Shauk | May 27, 2009
GLENDALE ? Emotions flared Tuesday in Glendale and Burbank just hours after the California Supreme Court upheld a gay marriage ban approved by voters in November. Proposition 8, narrowly approved by voters last year with 52% of the vote, amended the state Constitution to define marriage as being between a man and woman, but only after about 18,000 same-sex couples had said their vows. The court?s ruling on legal challenges of the ban upheld Proposition 8 and will prevent future same-sex unions.
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May 6, 2004
Josh Kleinbaum As General Growth Properties and other opponents of the Americana at Brand continue to collect signatures for a referendum to force a citywide vote on the $264.2-million development, City Atty. Scott Howard said that misinformation spread by the signature-gatherers could lead to a court challenge. "We're just gathering information at this time," Howard said. "Depending on the nature and the extent, it may be referred to the district attorney's office.
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September 30, 2004
Josh Kleinbaum With two big businesses interested in Glendale's City Council election and a slate of candidates wary about taking their money, don't be surprised if something like the Swift Boat Veterans for a Better City Council comes to Glendale. Council candidates and election experts believe that Glendale's City Council elections could mimic the presidential race in one aspect -- independent committees modeled after Moveon.org and Swift Boat Veterans for Truth could play a role.
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By Dan Evans | May 2, 2010
Why people choose to show up to the polls — or choose not to — is almost as varied as the people themselves. Some can’t find the time, some don’t like any of the choices, and others just don’t care. The recent nastiness in the 43rd Assembly special election certainly did not help things, and I predict that the blizzard of mud sure to come as the next round of balloting approaches in June will only depress turnout further. But, I will admit, voter apathy is talked about so often and so frequently that many people just tune it out. A different idea is needed.
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