March 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court justices sounded closely split on gay marriage Tuesday, but Justice Anthony M. Kennedy suggested the court should strike down California's ban on same-sex marriage without ruling broadly on the issue. Twice during the oral argument, Kennedy questioned why the court had voted to hear the California case. “I wonder if this case was properly granted,” Kennedy said at one point. His comments suggested that the court's four most conservative justices voted to hear the California case.
December 9, 2012 |
Big Soda spent big bucks. That's how it defeated ballot measures to create soda taxes in two California towns. In Richmond, in the Bay Area, and in El Monte, east of Los Angeles, the measures would have added a penny-an-ounce tax on soda. Had the taxes passed, they were projected to raise millions of dollars aimed at funding local recreation and nutrition activities to fight childhood obesity. To bury these towns in an avalanche of billboards, mailers and ads, the American Beverage Assn.
November 5, 2012 |
The tax-exempt, nonprofit environmental group would never tell you to vote for President Obama and other Democratic candidates -- but only because it can't. So instead it sent out word that voters should cast their ballots with the need to combat global warming in mind. And those ballots would be for whom, exactly? There haven't been loads of GOP candidates calling for the support of clean energy such as solar and wind power, which contribute far less to climate change. The parent group didn't say vote for Proposition 30 or Proposition 38, two initiatives on the California ballot that would raise taxes for public schools.
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October 28, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - It's time to stop vacillating. Election day is almost here. There are still a few loose ends to straighten out on the California ballot. Things such as auto insurance, sex slavery and food labeling. Also an obscure legislative redistricting measure. Here are some thoughts - mostly negative - on four measures, in numerical order: •Proposition 33: It's sponsored by one very narrow interest. Mercury Insurance founder George Joseph is bankrolling this initiative - with $16.4 million at last count - in an effort to steal customers from other insurers.
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October 26, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - California's campaign finance watchdog sued an Arizona nonprofit group Thursday, escalating the battle over a controversial $11-million political donation. The Fair Political Practices Commission is seeking records, ranging from financial statements to text messages, as part of an effort to unmask the nonprofit's donors, who have been accused by activists of improperly hiding their identities. A California regulation says nonprofits cannot conceal a donor's identity if the contribution was intended for a state campaign.
October 24, 2012 |
A fascinating dichotomy has emerged between the two criminal justice initiatives on the Nov. 6 California ballot. Both are aimed at reducing harsh sentences and thus saving the state money, yet one has attracted support from conservatives and is expected to win handily, while the other is opposed widely by conservatives and trailing in the polls. Why? Proposition 36, which would tweak the state's three-strikes sentencing law by making it less likely that third-strikers who commit minor crimes end up with life terms, has been endorsed by Republican law-and-order types such as L.A. County Dist.