CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2013 |
A stylish crowd waited beneath a flashing marquee outside the Fonda Theatre. "Appearing tonight!" the sign read. "Eric Garcetti 4 Mayor. " In a city where political campaigns are typically waged at neighborhood meetings, not Hollywood concert halls, last week's star-studded fundraiser for Garcetti highlighted the entertainment industry's outsized role in this year's mayoral race. Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel started the show with a stand-up routine and musician Moby got the crowd of several hundred dancing.
February 7, 2013 |
Lena Dunham did too vote, ya big meanies! Even if a New York politics blog thought it had uncovered proof that she didn't. "Hey kids, some people on the internet are saying I didn't vote. Some of them are still mad I used a sexy metaphor re: voting. Read on," the "Girls" star and creator tweeted Thursday. "Some people" would refer to New York politics blog Room 8 - later picked up by larger outlets - which on Wednesday revisited Dunham's suggestive ad about her "first time" voting for Barack Obama and then declared that Dunham hadn't had, well, a "second time.
October 10, 2012 |
HEBRON, West Bank - Stumping for votes in the first Palestinian election since 2006, Hebron City Council aspirant Maysoun Qawasmi strides into a plastics factory to promote the West Bank's first all-female political party. The 43-year-old candidate begins wooing executives, listening to workers' concerns and promising reform. She predicts that her list of candidates will shake up the conservative Islamist-leaning city, where women rarely take center stage. "We are seeing the same people running, and they aren't offering anything new," says the journalist, who comes from a well-connected family.
September 20, 2012 |
MOSCOW - Russia's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday said that the U.S. Agency for International Development was being barred from operating in the country beginning Oct. 1 because it had meddled in elections. The statement followed a State Department announcement the day before that USAID had been ordered out after operating in Russia for two decades. The U.S. agency had strayed from "the declared goals of assisting the development of bilateral humanitarian cooperation," Alexander Lukashevich, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, said in a statement posted on the ministry's website.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2012 |
Local elected officials can vote to appoint themselves to paid positions on government boards, the state ethics watchdog panel decided Thursday, changing a rule that addresses conflict-of-interest accusations against dozens of city council members in Orange County. The state Fair Political Practices Commission voted 3 to 2 to exempt local elected officials from conflict rules that prevented them from voting on their own paid appointments and instead required that information about the boards be posted on the Internet, including the amount members are paid.
December 13, 2011 |
Local elections were held across Syria on Monday even as opposition activists said government forces were continuing their violent crackdown against dissent and clashing with insurgents. President Bashar Assad's government had promoted the poll as part of a series of reforms in response to months of anti-government protests, saying steps had been taken to allow more people to run and to avoid fraud. But opposition activists dismissed Monday's vote as a charade, saying they wanted nothing short of Assad's removal.