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March 25, 2003 | Carl Ingram, Times Staff Writer
The Senate overrode Republican charges of a "political payoff" Monday and confirmed as the new state secretary of Veterans Affairs a retired GOP lawmaker who cast the deciding Senate vote last summer to pass Gov. Gray Davis' state budget. Senior GOP Sen. Ross Johnson (Irvine) objected to giving former Sen. Maurice K. Johannessen of Redding responsibility for assisting military men and women, saying Johannessen is not trustworthy.
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November 20, 2003 | Carl Ingram, Times Staff Writer
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Maurice Johannessen, who as a state senator angered fellow Republicans by twice voting for Democrat Gov. Gray Davis' budgets, said Wednesday that he had been fired by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The governor appointed Leo Tuttle, a retired Air Force colonel and former deputy secretary of the veterans department in the Pete Wilson administration, as the interim head of the agency.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2002 | Carl Ingram, Times Staff Writer
Newly retired Sen. Maurice K. Johannessen, who twice broke with fellow Republicans to cast the deciding vote for Senate approval of Gov. Gray Davis' state budgets, was appointed Tuesday as secretary of the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs. Davis announced the appointment of Johannessen, 68, former chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, at a ceremony where Johannessen was applauded by veterans in white caps and by department employees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2003 | Carl Ingram, Times Staff Writer
The Senate overrode Republican charges of a "political payoff" Monday and confirmed as the new state secretary of Veterans Affairs a retired GOP lawmaker who cast the deciding Senate vote last summer to pass Gov. Gray Davis' state budget. Senior GOP Sen. Ross Johnson (Irvine) objected to giving former Sen. Maurice K. Johannessen of Redding responsibility for assisting military men and women, saying Johannessen is not trustworthy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2003 | Carl Ingram, Times Staff Writer
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Maurice Johannessen, who as a state senator angered fellow Republicans by twice voting for Democrat Gov. Gray Davis' budgets, said Wednesday that he had been fired by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The governor appointed Leo Tuttle, a retired Air Force colonel and former deputy secretary of the veterans department in the Pete Wilson administration, as the interim head of the agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2002 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since he cast the lone Republican vote needed to approve a state budget in the Senate nearly two months ago, Sen. K. Maurice Johannessen of Redding has been booted from his party caucus and stripped of his leadership role. He is no longer welcome at GOP lunches. He's not provided official copies of party briefing papers on upcoming bills. And today, when members of the Senate pause to give a send-off to Johannessen, who is termed out, Republicans are not expected to speak up for him.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2002 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an effort to prevent future Enron-style financial scandals, the Senate passed legislation Thursday that would require CEOs, directors and other corporate executives to report a company's suspected illegal activities or face fines of up to $100,000. The proposal, introduced in the aftermath of the collapse of the Enron Corp. and the loss of millions in employee retirement funds, also would create a special whistle-blower hotline at the office of Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 2002 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
SACRAMENTO -- Assembly Speaker Herb Wesson says he has persuaded rural legislators that his proposal to build a new state veterans home in West Los Angeles will not block their demands to shelter aging and ill vets in the San Joaquin Valley. Assembly Democrats Sarah Reyes of Fresno and Dennis Cardoza of Merced had voiced fears that a long-proposed veterans home in the valley would be further delayed or forgotten as the powerful Wesson sped ahead with his plan.
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August 27, 1994 | CARLA HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Given that women run everything from the Justice Department to Hollywood studios, and seeing as this is California, where--according to mythology--every way of life is embraced and no style of anything is forbidden, it may seem quaint to realize that some women still cannot wear pants to work. Sometimes it's just an unspoken code, other times it's a blatant rule. Either way, the state Legislature narrowly avoided tackling the issue this week.
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November 7, 1994 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the dusty farmlands of the Sacramento Valley, a Republican state legislator is campaigning as hard against illegal immigrants as he is against his Democratic opponent. But in an ironic twist to an ugly race, freshman Sen. K. Maurice Johannessen of Redding finds his own legal status under fire from Democratic challenger Mike McGowan of West Sacramento. "I'm not the one who entered this country illegally, you are," McGowan, 47, charges in a television spot directed at Johannessen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2002 | Carl Ingram, Times Staff Writer
Newly retired Sen. Maurice K. Johannessen, who twice broke with fellow Republicans to cast the deciding vote for Senate approval of Gov. Gray Davis' state budgets, was appointed Tuesday as secretary of the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs. Davis announced the appointment of Johannessen, 68, former chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, at a ceremony where Johannessen was applauded by veterans in white caps and by department employees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2002 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since he cast the lone Republican vote needed to approve a state budget in the Senate nearly two months ago, Sen. K. Maurice Johannessen of Redding has been booted from his party caucus and stripped of his leadership role. He is no longer welcome at GOP lunches. He's not provided official copies of party briefing papers on upcoming bills. And today, when members of the Senate pause to give a send-off to Johannessen, who is termed out, Republicans are not expected to speak up for him.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2003 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
Three days after Gov. Gray Davis signed a bill to greatly expand the rights and responsibilities of domestic partners, a Republican senator and a Christian legal group sued Monday to block the new law from taking effect. Sen. William "Pete" Knight (R-Palmdale) and the Alliance Defense Fund, an Arizona organization that says it's dedicated to defending traditional family values, sued in Sacramento County Superior Court to nullify AB 205.
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March 28, 2003 | Carl Ingram and Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writers
State officials moved Thursday to relocate 94 residents from the skilled nursing ward at the California Veterans Home in Barstow, a facility plagued by allegations of shoddy medical care and more than $150,000 in state fines for patient deaths.
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