December 2, 2011 |
Mitch Kupchak's worries have shifted from whether the Lakers will play to who will play for the Lakers. It may seem counterintuitive to think that a team with an NBA-high $91-million payroll would fret over manpower, but those expenditures have left the Lakers with little wiggle room when it comes to filling out the fringes of their roster. "Based on our financial structure, we would be very limited in what we can do with our team in terms of free agency in the next two weeks," Kupchak, the Lakers' general manager, said Monday at the team's El Segundo training complex.
November 29, 2011 |
The NBA isn't officially ready for business, but its doors will open soon. Beginning Thursday, players can use team training facilities for voluntary workouts, according to a league memo to team officials. The facilities will be open to all players who are currently in the NBA, including free agents and players who were selected in the amateur draft last June. Players may use any team's practice facility, but coaches and front-office officials can't be present for workouts.
November 16, 2011 |
All the while during the drip-drip-drip of the sexual harassment scandal that has dogged Herman Cain for more than two weeks, it's entirely possible that the insurgent candidate has seen his support drain away in the polls not because of the allegations, but because of a steady stream of gaffes, non-answers and missteps that have exposed his lack of experience on the national stage. The latest row involves an answer that Cain gave during a now-infamous meeting with the editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
November 10, 2011 |
It's getting redundant to write, but NBA labor negotiations stopped again without a new deal in place. The lockout lurched though its 134th day Thursday after an 11-hour bargaining session in New York failed to bear a new collective bargaining agreement between NBA owners and the players' union. Owners made a slightly revised offer, but union executives looked less than impressed. "It's not the greatest proposal in the world but I have an obligation to at least present it to our membership," union executive director Billy Hunter said while flanked by a handful of somber players.
November 9, 2011 |
One day after Ohio voters resoundingly rejected the state's new collective bargaining law, Democrats and their allies in organized labor said Republicans have reason to worry about more fallout to come from that party's overreach. The GOP meanwhile is pointing to results of another initiative on the Ohio ballot, offered by Republicans as a rebuke to President Obama's healthcare reform, as just as powerful a rejection of Democrats. What's the day after election day without a healthy serving of spin?
November 8, 2011 |
The Big One is still 52 weeks away, but the results from a host of local elections today may offer fresh clues about the state of play in politics just as the presidential nominating process is set to begin. At stake on this "off-year" general election day are a pair of governorships, control of several state legislatures, a slate of local offices and 34 statewide ballot measures on issues such as collective bargaining and abortion. Here's a look at some of the day's high-profile votes.
November 8, 2011 |
Ohioans voted Tuesday to overturn the state's new law limiting collective bargaining rights for public employees, a victory for organized labor and their Democratic allies in the key electoral battleground. With 25% of precincts reporting, the "no" votes for Issue 2 -- votes for repealing Senate Bill 5 -- had a 63-37% advantage. The Associated Press called the race at 9:16 pm ET. The vote marks a setback for Ohio Gov. John Kasich who, along with other newly-elected Republicans this year, sought to limit public sector workers' ability to collectively bargain.
November 5, 2011 |
An aggressive Republican drive to weaken the labor rights of government workers appears to have crested, at least in Ohio, where voters are expected to throw out a far-reaching anti-union law this week. The referendum over collective bargaining for public employees, potentially the most important contest in off-year elections around the nation, is being closely watched for clues about shifting voter trends in a state expected to play its usual outsized role in next year's presidential contest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2011 |
A member of the La Cañada Flintridge school board is calling for the ouster of a La Cañada High School math teacher who allegedly addressed a ninth-grade geometry student as "Jew boy" and otherwise angered parents. Board member Cindy Wilcox said she filed a formal complaint — as a member of the public — against teacher Gabrielle Leko in June, saying it was based on numerous grievances she received about Leko from school families. None of those families was willing to go on record with a complaint, she said.
October 15, 2011 |
Lanny Ebenstein wants you to vote to kneecap the state's public workers unions by banning their right to collective bargaining. Other measures scrambling to qualify for the November 2012 ballot would drop the hammer specifically on public employees' pensions or increase their retirement age, but Ebenstein's may be the most uncompromising. Ebenstein, a lecturer in economics at UC Santa Barbara, believes that it's too cozy for unions to be bargaining with bosses they've likely campaigned to elect -- and the state's economic doldrums are one result.