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October 29, 1992 | JEFFREY L. RABIN and JANET RAE-DUPREE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
After boiling just beneath the surface, the emotion-packed issues of religion and intolerance have shot to the forefront of an increasingly bitter and ugly battle in the 53rd Assembly District.
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March 4, 2014 | By Jean Merl
From dysfunctional technology to disaffected voters, California's next top elections official is going to have his or her hands full. But all of the six men who have filed paperwork to run for secretary of state so far said at a candidates forum this week that they could solve those problems and more. The event, co-hosted by the ACLU of Southern California, the League of Women Voters of California and the California Endowment, was the first of four such sessions planned around the state.
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October 20, 2010 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
Debra Bowen won election as California's secretary of state four years ago promising to turn the low-profile office into a more tech-savvy and efficient operation and to fix security flaws in the state's electronic balloting systems. She garnered national acclaim for protecting the integrity of state voting, but the state's budget crisis, bureaucratic inertia and missteps by her office have stymied other initiatives. The time it takes her office to process business filings has more than tripled, to an average of 58 business days.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Pete Peterson, a Republican candidate for California secretary of state, is casting himself as the antidote to the "Sacramento merry-go-round" as he pledges to bring new transparency to state government. Peterson, the executive director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at Pepperdine University, said during a Wednesday news conference that he, if elected, would tie his salary to metrics such as increasing voter turnout. He also criticized Debra Bowen, the termed-out Democrat he is seeking to replace, as slow to respond to concerns from businesses, which face hefty registration fees and long wait times for paperwork to be processed.
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April 11, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
State Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) announced Thursday that he will run for California secretary of state in 2014, joining what looks to be shaping up as a crowded field that includes other current and former lawmakers. Padilla, 40, was elected to the state Senate in 2006 and must leave the upper house because of term limits next year. "The strength of our democracy depends on the active involvement of all of our citizens," Padilla said in a statement. "Last November, more than 10 million Californians did not vote.
OPINION
January 11, 2007
Re "Brown sworn into office, quirks and all," Jan. 9 The Times gave extensive coverage to the inauguration of Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown and to the swearing in of Ron Dellums as mayor of Oakland. Only 11 words were given to the inauguration of Debra Bowen as secretary of state. Bowen is only the sixth woman to be elected to a statewide constitutional office in California. It is apparent that your new editors do not understand the importance of this office. The secretary of state does many jobs, including serving as chief election officer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Pete Peterson, a Republican candidate for California secretary of state, is casting himself as the antidote to the "Sacramento merry-go-round" as he pledges to bring new transparency to state government. Peterson, the executive director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at Pepperdine University, said during a Wednesday news conference that he, if elected, would tie his salary to metrics such as increasing voter turnout. He also criticized Debra Bowen, the termed-out Democrat he is seeking to replace, as slow to respond to concerns from businesses, which face hefty registration fees and long wait times for paperwork to be processed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 1994
I would hope that your paper would give some space to inform the public about an Assembly bill co-authored by Jackie Speier (D-Burlingame) and Debra Bowen (D-Marina del Rey) and pushed by women's groups and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. It was recently signed by Gov. Pete Wilson and will become law on Jan. 1. This bill will free the women who are covered under certain HMOs to go to their obstetrician/gynecologist for all services. Previously, these HMOs directed all female patients go to the primary-care ("gatekeeper")
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October 15, 2006 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
The race for secretary of state is shaping up as a referendum on whether California elections are properly run and, in particular, whether electronic voting machines are secure. Incumbent Bruce McPherson, appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last year to replace disgraced Democrat Kevin Shelley, is arguing that he turned a dysfunctional agency into an efficient, well-run office that has certified five types of electronic voting machines. His main challenger, termed-out Democratic state Sen.
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October 28, 1992 | JANET RAE-DUPREE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An ideological line has been drawn in the coastal sands of the 53rd Assembly District. In an increasingly rancorous political tussle, Redondo Beach Mayor W. Brad Parton is angrily denying any ties with the religious right and is retaliating by comparing his opponent, attorney Debra Bowen, to Nazis and religious bigots. Nasty brochures have been filling mailboxes in the newly drawn district, which stretches from Venice south into Torrance. "A fundamental right, or right-wing fundamentalism?"
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April 11, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
State Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) announced Thursday that he will run for California secretary of state in 2014, joining what looks to be shaping up as a crowded field that includes other current and former lawmakers. Padilla, 40, was elected to the state Senate in 2006 and must leave the upper house because of term limits next year. "The strength of our democracy depends on the active involvement of all of our citizens," Padilla said in a statement. "Last November, more than 10 million Californians did not vote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2012 | By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - A state appellate court has asked Secretary of State Debra Bowen to explain why she allowed Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative to be placed above all other propositions on the November ballot. Judge Vance W. Raye gave Bowen until July 30 to explain her actions to the court in writing or undo the ballot order she set Monday for the 11 measures. Brown's tax proposal, Proposition 30, was placed first among all initiatives. Raye's ruling came in a case originally brought by Molly Munger, who is backing a tax measure that competes with Brown's.
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March 22, 2012 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
Undeterred by documentary evidence and repeated judicial rejection, a group of conspiracy theorists who say President Obama was born in Africa have sued the California secretary of state to demand that she verify the eligibility of all presidential candidates before putting them on the November ballot. Minor party politicians and voters aligned with the so-called birthers filed the lawsuit in Sacramento County Superior Court, noting that their action was on the advice of a federal appeals court ruling last year that they bring their suspicions about Obama's eligibility to a court's attention during an election, not after it. The lawsuit filed by Republican primary write-in candidate John Albert Dummett Jr., Markham Robinson of the American Independent Party of California and five others also alludes to "questions concerning the eligibility" of Mitt Romney to vie for the role of commander in chief.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2011 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
California may be the home of Silicon Valley, but for most of the last two weeks state officials have been unable to handle an elementary task of the digital age: putting information online about who is giving money and gifts to politicians. The database is older than Facebook, and it's the only easy way for the public to track special-interest influence in the Capitol and beyond. It lists donations and lobbying expenditures by unions, oil companies and billionaires, for example.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2011 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn will face conservative businessman Craig Huey in a July runoff for former Rep. Jane Harman's congressional seat after Secretary of State Debra Bowen, unable to elbow Huey out in final ballots, conceded Thursday. With all but a handful of ballots from Tuesday's primary counted, Bowen trailed Huey by 750 votes in an upset that is likely to draw party resources — and more national attention — to the race. Politics watchers had expected a second-round contest between Hahn and Bowen, both Democrats.
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May 19, 2011 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
Who will compete in the runoff to replace former Rep. Jane Harman (D-Venice) won't be determined until at least Friday, when workers finish counting the estimated 9,811 remaining ballots, L.A. County elections officials said Wednesday. The top finishers late Tuesday night were Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn and conservative businessman Craig Huey, with 13,137 and 11,648 votes, respectively. But Secretary of State Debra Bowen trailed Huey by just 206 votes. A candidate has five days after the tally is completed to seek a recount.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2006 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Two Democratic lawmakers are competing in the June 6 primary to take on Secretary of State Bruce McPherson, the only Republican running for that office, in November. McPherson was appointed to the job last year by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger after his predecessor, Democrat Kevin Shelley, resigned in a fundraising scandal. State Sens. Debra Bowen (D-Marina del Rey) and Deborah Ortiz (D-Sacramento) haven't raised enough money to do a lot of campaigning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2011 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
In a seemingly major upset in the race to replace former Rep. Jane Harman (D-Venice), Republican Craig Huey appears to have captured one of the spots in a July 12 runoff. With all of the election night ballots counted late Tuesday, Huey squeaked past California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, a Democrat, by 206 votes. If the outcome stands after outstanding ballots are counted, Huey will face Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, a Democrat. Antiwar activist and teacher Marcy Winograd, who challenged Harman twice in Democratic primaries, finished fourth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2011 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
One is the daughter of a storied Los Angeles political family. Another is California's elections chief. The other built a following during her two previous challenges to the politician she wants to replace. Although there are 16 candidates on the May 17 special election ballot to succeed former Rep. Jane Harman of Venice, much of the attention during the short, intense campaign has focused on three Democrats: Los Angeles Councilwoman Janice Hahn, Secretary of State Debra Bowen and antiwar activist and teacher Marcy Winograd.
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