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May 28, 2000
Re "Troubled Complex Won't Get Officer," May 18. The Thousand Oaks City Council voted against having a full-time police officer at the Conejo Creek complex where a young man was killed on April 28. According to news reports, an earlier experiment of assigning an officer to the area was successful in reducing crime. If this is correct, it is difficult to comprehend how the majority of the council decided this was too costly. Yet this same City Council voted to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to plant trees and shrubs on a postage-stamp-size lot on Thousand Oaks Boulevard.
November 4, 2004 | From Reuters
Hungary will withdraw its 300 troops from Iraq by the end of March, government officials said Wednesday. Hungary is the first of the new European Union states that had joined the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq to announce a formal withdrawal date, although the mandate of the troops, who form a transport battalion, had been due to expire at year's end. The new withdrawal date will require a two-thirds majority vote in parliament.
September 2, 2010 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
California badly needs someone, some party, to just make a decision about a state budget and be held accountable for the consequences. The state has needed that for years. But it's impossible while a two-thirds majority vote is required for legislative passage of a budget and a one-third minority can stand in the way. Can't the governor and the two parties just get together and compromise? Figure out a solution that's acceptable to all three? One — and this is the key — that honestly balances the budget, closing a deficit projected at $19 billion?
June 13, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
When a deal was reached on the state budget, Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate leader Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez gathered in the Capitol to declare victory. Missing from the press conference, says George Skelton in his Thursday column , was a fourth group that made a balanced budget possible. "Let's not forget where most of the credit belongs for a punctual, sensible budget," he writes. "It's with another, oft-maligned group: the California voters. " Two votes played a crucial role in this year's largely smooth budget process.
May 30, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
The day after a special election last week, Republican Andy Vidak declared victory in the race for a vacant state Senate seat. He had 52% of the vote. But provisional ballots counted since then put Vidak just below the majority vote he needed to win the 16 th District seat outright. As a result, he will face the second-place candidate, Democrat Leticia Perez, in a July 23 runoff election. The secretary of state said Wednesday night that the final vote tally was 49.8% for Vidak and 43.9% for Perez in a field of six candidates.
June 18, 2012 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO — This is nonsense, I'm thinking: A legislative candidate wins a majority of votes in the June primary but still must run in November against the same guy he already beat. That seems a waste of tax dollars for an unnecessary election redux. You'd think if a candidate collected a majority of the vote — not a plurality, but a clear majority — that would be it. Game over. That's how it works in mayoral and other local elections — also for state superintendent of public instruction and special elections to fill legislative and congressional vacancies.
August 4, 2011
If nothing else, the extended debate over raising the federal debt ceiling, which brought the country to the brink of economic catastrophe, demonstrated that this Congress was unusually willing to risk doing extreme harm to the nation in order to score political points. Ultimately, lawmakers stepped back from the edge on that issue — but when it came to funding the Federal Aviation Administration, they jumped off a cliff. Because Congress failed to approve a temporary spending measure for the FAA before leaving town for the rest of August, 4,000 FAA employees have been furloughed, airport construction projects have been halted, 70,000 construction workers have been idled, and the federal government stands to lose roughly $1 billion in uncollected airline ticket taxes.
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.
October 2, 2013 | By Christi Parsons, Kathleen Hennessey and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - President Obama has invited congressional leaders to the White House on Wednesday evening to discuss the government shutdown, according to an administration official. The meeting will be the first face-to-face conversations between the president and the top four leaders since a budget standoff closed many federal agencies Tuesday. Obama will meet with House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
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