CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2013 |
Any kind of political communication -- be it a mailer, a phone call, a billboard -- is required by law to identify who paid for it. But at least three signs supporting the reelection of Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich have sprung up without the required disclosure. First came a large sign affixed to a building fronting the busy I-5 where the freeway passes through LA.'s northeast communities. It showed up in January, during the city primary election. In April, another billboard, bearing the same "Re-Elect Carmen Trutanich for LA City Attorney" message as the first, sprang up at a nearby Atwater Village intersection.
December 14, 2012 |
The 2012 election was one of the most anticlimactic races of modern times. As donors shattered records on political contributions, an Internet-dominated political media environment seized on every candidate misstatement as a top news story and a massively polarized electorate squabbled throughout, one could have been forgiven for thinking major changes would be afoot after November. But then, almost inexplicably given the country's dissatisfaction with the state of the economy and a gridlocked Congress that seemed incapable of doing anything about it, voters largely opted to keep the status quo. Barack Obama will serve another term as president, the Senate remains in Democratic hands and the House is still controlled by Republicans, an outcome that pretty much guarantees more of the same.
September 29, 2012 |
I don't know why anyone would want to call the presidential race over. We haven't even had a single debate. The fun is just starting. But in the last week we've had a few commentators and politicos say they already know the outcome. None of them stepped out of their predictable ideological silos, so the early prognostications didn't make much news. But here they are: -- Cenk Uygur, host of Current TV's “The Young Turks,” said this week that “barring a major miracle, I'm calling the election right now. It's already over.” The liberal outlet, founded by Al Gore, has supported President Obama all along.
June 11, 2013 |
TEHRAN -- Leading reformist candidate Mohammad Reza Aref announced Tuesday that he was dropping out of the race to be Iran's next president , leaving centrist Hassan Rowhani as the sole moderate-leaning candidate in Friday's election. There had been earlier calls for Aref, a former vice president, to step aside to strengthen Rowhani's chances. Aref said former President Mohammad Khatami, a reformist, had urged him to withdraw. Rowhani, 65, who previously headed Iran's nuclear negotiating team, is the only cleric among the eight presidential candidates vetted by the powerful Guardian Council.
March 10, 2013 |
NAIROBI, Kenya -- As Kenya faced another disputed election Sunday, the country passed an important test: Despite outrage among many Kenyans over a result they saw as flawed, there was no major outbreak of violence. A massive deployment of security forces dispersed the few protests, earlier banned by Kenyan authorities. Kenyans were determined to break with the past, after tribal violence broke out in the wake of the disputed 2007 election, killing more than 1,000 people and tainting the country's reputation as an emerging democracy.
June 28, 2009 |
While some in the press press the president about coffin nails, and the 24/7 infotainment machine has moved on to celebrity obits and sex scandal, much of the world is still focusing on the Iranian election. Beirut's Bleibel (Hassan Bleibel) artfully reduces Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a ballot-box padlock, while Moscow's Tunin (Sergei Tunin) frames him followed by fatal footsteps. Nairobi's Gado (Godfrey Mwampembwa) initiates him into an inauspicious gathering of the suspicious.
May 4, 2010 |
Campaigning in Britain's most unpredictable election in years entered the homestretch Tuesday even as the nation began girding itself for a period of political uncertainty stemming from a potential stalemate in Parliament. The opposition Conservatives remain in the lead in the polls as they try to smash the Labor Party's 13-year grip on power. But there are increasing signs that no party is likely to emerge from Thursday's vote with a majority in the House of Commons, which would throw this country into murky political waters not seen here in more than 30 years.
June 12, 2013 |
Often, by the end of an election, the weaknesses of the existing campaign finance laws have become evident, and the need to update them has been made clear by the ways those weaknesses have been exploited. That is certainly the case with Los Angeles' most recent city elections. Some of the problems are not fixable locally. The explosive rise of independent expenditures, for instance, is constitutionally protected. The Supreme Court has held that the 1st Amendment protects the right of individuals, unions and corporations to spend unlimited sums on a political race, so long as the spending is not made directly to (or coordinated with)