CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2013 |
Voter registration by Republicans in this state continues to slide, but a smaller percentage of Californians are also registered as Democrats this year. Republican voter registration dipped from 2011 to 2012 from 30.88% to 29.4%, but the new report by the secretary of state says GOP registration was at 28.94% as of Feb. 10. Democrats make up 43.93% of registered voters in California as of February, down slightly from 44.04% in February 2011, the last non-election year. More than 259,000 voters have switched their registration to "no party preference" since 2011, according to Secretary of State Debra Bowen.
March 8, 2013 |
The two candidates who earned a spot in the runoff to be Los Angeles' next mayor have little time to savor their victory. Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti must immediately start raising money , because unlike in state and federal elections, they were prohibited for raising money for the general election during the primary. And they weren't allowed to reserve any of the millions of dollars they raised in the primary for the runoff, meaning the candidates started raising new funds within hours of the polls closing Tuesday.
February 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, the last of the World War II veterans in the Senate, is retiring at the end of this term, he said Thursday. Lautenberg, who turned 89 last month, had been planning to run for reelection in 2014. This year, however, Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, indicated interest in the job and began forming a campaign committee to explore the option. Booker is not the only potential candidate, and the prospect of an open Senate seat could set up a scramble among Democrats.
December 6, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, one of the most influential leaders of the tea party wing of the party, will retire in January to head a conservative think tank in Washington. DeMint has been a renegade on and off Capitol Hill, and earned a reputation for often rousing - and clashing - with his colleagues over his hard-line positions. The two-term senator carried those views to the campaign trail, where his political action committee endorsed right-flank candidates - often against the party's wishes.
December 4, 2012 |
Florida's secretary of state took a grilling Tuesday from lawmakers about why the Sunshine State struggles to provide efficient elections and vote tallies. But officials still seemed to lack the clear resolve to end the state's long polling waits and stagecoach-era ballot tabulation systems a dozen years after disputed Florida voting threw the presidential election into a constitutional crisis. Secretary of State Ken Detzner, who oversees the state's elections, blamed the delays on election supervisors in five mostly urban counties.
November 11, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - It was at a modest house on the outskirts of this gambling mecca last weekend that I finally became confident President Obama would win reelection. As I approached the door, I noticed three young men standing inside, drinking beer in the middle of the afternoon. No point trying to talk a bunch of slackers into voting, I thought. Best to move on. Then, one ambled over. "What's up?" he asked, clearly wondering why a middle-aged white guy was standing on his porch, clipboard in hand.