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August 11, 1989 | From Associated Press
Walkouts spread Thursday in Estonia to include up to 20,000 workers, and protest leaders said they had no plans to call off the 2-day-old protest against a new election law, reports from the Baltic republic said. In a bid to stop the strike, the Estonian parliament passed a resolution Thursday suspending all strikes at enterprises and organizations in Estonia, Tass reported.
Former Huntington Beach Mayor Linda Moulton-Patterson pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor election law violation stemming from her unsuccessful bid last November in a special election for the 67th Assembly District seat. The surprise guilty plea by the Democratic candidate was the result of a months-long investigation by the district attorney's office that has largely been aimed at Republicans accused of putting a stealth candidate on the ballot to siphon votes from Moulton-Patterson.
March 8, 1988 | SAM JAMESON, Times Staff Writer
Without actually voting, President Roh Tae Woo's ruling party rammed through the National Assembly early today a new law that sets up single-member constituencies, weighted in favor of rural voters, for the new assembly elections scheduled for late next month. Both major opposition parties tried to obstruct passage of the law by keeping it from coming to a vote. They contended that it contains "poisonous clauses" that will lead to rigged elections.
April 22, 1987 | BARRY M. HORSTMAN, Times Staff Writer
Aiming to "tighten up a few loose spots" in local election laws, San Diego County Supervisor John MacDonald on Tuesday proposed several major changes, including lifting the $250-per-person contribution limit for candidates whose opponents spend more than $50,000 of their own money and strengthening rules governing repayment of campaign debts.
May 14, 1997 | From Associated Press
Federal elections officials have sued the California Democratic Party in U.S. District Court, saying that the organization violated election laws in a 1992 ballot initiative campaign against Gov. Pete Wilson's welfare proposals. The Republican governor had argued that his Proposition 165 would help prevent welfare dependency and avoid prolonged budget stalemates. Democrats characterized it as a Wilson "power grab" disguised as welfare reform. California voters rejected the measure 53% to 47%.
August 9, 1988 | LEONARD BERNSTEIN, Times Staff Writer
A member of a citizen group sponsoring the slow-growth Quality of Life Initiative has filed a complaint with the state Fair Political Practices Commission alleging that a rival coalition's activities violate election laws. Peter Navarro, economic adviser to Citizens for Limited Growth, claimed Monday that the Coalition for a Balanced Environment is violating its status as an educational foundation by taking strong public positions against his group's proposed growth cap.
February 8, 1985 | BARRY M. HORSTMAN, Times Staff Writer
His legal and political fate in the hands of the 12 most important voters he has ever faced, Mayor Roger Hedgecock expressed confidence on Thursday that he will be absolved of charges concerning his personal and campaign finances as the jury in his trial began its deliberations. After 6 1/2 weeks of testimony and closing arguments, the jurors in the mayor's felony conspiracy and perjury trial began their deliberations early Thursday morning after Superior Court Judge William L. Todd Jr.
September 29, 2005 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
The Texas law that Tom DeLay is accused of violating dates to the era of the robber barons and has been widely emulated in other states concerned about corporate influence in politics. It bans the use of corporate funds on behalf of state political candidates. Such laws -- including bans at the federal level -- have withstood legal challenges that they violate the free-speech rights of corporations. Nonetheless, it is far from clear whether Rep.
Prosecutors asked a federal judge Friday to sentence Rep. Jay C. Kim (R-Diamond Bar) to jail for accepting more than $250,000 in illegal corporate and foreign campaign contributions. In a strongly worded sentencing memorandum, the prosecution attacked the three-term congressman for once characterizing U.S. election laws as "stupid" and comparing violations to "jaywalking." They suggested that he stole his first election, in 1992, by resorting to illegal spending.
August 4, 2008 | Ned Parker and Caesar Ahmed, Times Staff Writers
The struggle for the oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk sabotaged another effort by Iraq's parliament to approve a law Sunday allowing crucial local elections this year, a stalemate that also raised questions about whether major Shiite and Sunni parties were deliberately stalling on sending people to the polls. Despite a meeting of senior Iraqi leaders and U.S. and U.N. officials seeking a compromise on Kirkuk, members of parliament failed even to muster a quorum for Sunday's emergency session.
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