June 6, 1990 |
Furon Co. shareholders Tuesday approved a change in how the company's directors are elected, which will make it more difficult for a potential hostile raider to gain control of its board. At the company's annual meeting, shareholders approved the election of directors by majority vote rather than by cumulative vote, which had until recently been required by state law.
May 7, 1993 |
Local school district parcel taxes could be increased by a simple majority vote of the electorate instead of a two-thirds vote under legislation approved by the Senate. A 23-10 vote sent the bill (SB 1) by Sen. Gary K. Hart (D-Santa Barbara), the chairman of the Education Committee, to the Assembly. Last year, 82% of local ballot measures designed to increase school funding were approved by a majority of the voters, Hart said, but only 29% of those met the two-thirds vote requirement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2010 |
It's the oldest and most successful strategy for fighting ballot measures: Argue that a proposal "is not what it seems." Don't necessarily argue against the merits of the measure's intent. That's often a weak case. Instead, strive to confuse. Point to "drafting flaws." Warn of "unintended consequences." As in: This proposition purports to offer free apple pie. You may like apple pie. But don't be fooled. This is not apple pie. It's a crab apple tart.
November 4, 2010
Were California voters especially wise Tuesday when they adopted both Proposition 25, which erases the Legislature's crippling two-thirds vote requirement for adopting a budget, and Proposition 26, which imposes a new two-thirds mandate for imposing or raising a fee? End the gridlock, perhaps they were saying, but not at the expense of taxpaying families or businesses. Or were they being especially clueless, telling Democratic lawmakers to adopt the budget they want, but without knowing or caring that they were simultaneously making the job close to impossible by depriving those same politicians of one of their chief budget-balancing tools?
August 18, 2008
Thanks to the electoral college, the United States holds elections in which the candidate who wins the most votes doesn't always win the presidency. Voters in some states matter much more than others, so candidates are encouraged to ignore the concerns of the less important ones and focus on those who really make a difference. That, in turn, tends to lower turnout because many voters believe their input doesn't matter. Is this any way to run a democracy? The answer might seem obvious to most Americans -- in fact, polls have shown that large majorities in both parties favor reforming the presidential election system.
June 20, 1991 |
Explicit Bill: A bill that would make it illegal to sell records with "explicit" warning stickers to minors failed to generate a majority vote in the Louisiana House of Representatives on Tuesday, but is expected to be voted on again before the end of the week. The measure calls for fines up to $1,000 and six months in jail.