CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - While much of the country is gearing up for the holidays, political forces in Sacramento are girding for battle. Already, special interests are lined up with plans that could shape next year's general election ballot. They are considering propositions to increase medical malpractice awards, hike tobacco taxes and give local governments the right to scale back public employee pensions, among other ideas. Each of the proposals could spawn campaigns costing tens of millions of dollars.
October 25, 2013 |
Thanks to the tenacity of the Fair Political Practices Commission, the names are now dribbling out of the campaign donors who secretly supported an anti-union measure and opposed a desperately needed tax increase on last year's California ballot. As one might expect, it's a disgraceful roster of billionaires intent on pulling up the ladder of advancement behind them. Charles Schwab. Eli Broad. B. Wayne Hughes (founder of Public Storage). The owners of the Gap. Sheldon Adelson of the Las Vegas Sands.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2013 |
For Barbara Coe, everything changed the day she accompanied an elderly friend to an Orange County social services center in 1991. "I walked into this monstrous room full of people, babies and little children all over the place, and I realized nobody was speaking English," the South Dakota native later told the Washington Post. "I was overwhelmed with this feeling: 'Where am I? What's happened here?'" When she learned from a welfare counselor that immigrants who had entered the country illegally qualified for the same public benefits that had been denied her friend, a U.S. citizen, Coe began her journey from political neophyte to fiery crusader against the demographic tide that was transforming California.
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.