CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2010
Among the new proposals outlined by the governor in his State of the State speech Wednesday: A $500-million jobs creation package that would fund worker training and payments to companies that hire new employees. A $10,000 tax break for first-time home buyers. Buyers of both new and existing homes would be eligible. A sales tax credit for green technology companies, such as those that produce solar panels, for purchase of manufacturing equipment. Fast-tracking major public works projects.
July 8, 2013 |
Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced Monday that he would step down at the end of his current term, a move that will end his reign as the longest-serving chief executive in state history even as he left open the possibility of another run for president in 2016. Quoting from the Book of Ecclesiastes, Perry said there was a time for everything in life and, for him, "the time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership. " Perry's decision, which was not unexpected, ensures the biggest shakeup in Texas politics in well over a decade, though the fresh faces are likely to be Republican and not Democratic.
September 5, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- The Senate sent to the governor a bill sponsored by California biotech companies that would require pharmacists to notify doctors when patients are given a so-called biosimilar drug. Such medicines are used as lower-cost substitutes for biological drugs made from human blood, serums, bacterial cultures, viruses and other microorganisms. Although not identical, the biosimilars are designed to produce similar effects on human health. The bill passed on a 30-2 tally late Wednesday.
April 11, 2014 |
HONOLULU - For political and emotional drama, it's hard to top this: U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, the most beloved and respected figure in Hawaii state history, makes a death-bed request to name his successor in Washington. But the governor, a fellow Democrat who has clashed with Inouye, spurns the dying senator's plea and appoints his own lieutenant governor to the seat. The result, playing out more than a year later, is a closely fought and emotionally wrought primary battle between the novice senator, Brian Schatz, and Inouye's choice, Rep. Colleen Hanabusa: a Democrat-on-Democrat fight tinged with ethnic and generational tension and haunted, inevitably, by the ghost of Inouye and his last wish.
August 29, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. -- The nation's first female Latino governor introduced herself on the national stage at the Republican convention to a largely responsive hall. Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico pitched the GOP brand as she told of growing up in a border town to become a prosecutor, district attorney and governor. "This is America," she said in English before flipping to Spanish. "Y en America todo es posible. " The first-term governor was given a a prime-time slot at the convention as the GOP struggles to boost its standing among Latino voters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO -- Alarmed by the cost of holding special elections whenever a vacancy occurs in the Legislature, a state panel on Tuesday endorsed putting a measure before voters that would allow the governor to appoint people to fill empty seats. Los Angeles County has held 20 special elections since 2008 at a cost of $27 million, County Clerk Dean Logan told the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee. Turnout in many special elections is as low as 12%. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento)