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July 14, 1989
Passing federal legislation promoting universal voter registration, as Jackson urges, would leave unaddressed the fundamental problems of our languishing democracy. The problems start with the Democratic and Republican parties, a corrupt set of identical twins which give the electorate a choice between two sets of candidates who ultimately sell out to the same shifting coalition of wealthy interests forming the de facto oligarchy that is the real government of our country. These social parasites are consistently able to subvert public policy to satisfy their unbounded greed while beggaring most of the rest of us. If, like the Russians, we could cast negative as well as positive votes for our candidates, I am quite sure that many more people would show interest in our elections.
May 28, 1989
It's time to go back to the drawing board for West Hollywood. Justly, there are five members on the City Council, seven on the Planning Commission and five on the Business License Commission--each unit requiring a majority vote. Why, then, is one man, Community Development Director Mark Winogrond, given sole authority, against incredible opposition, to grant an overabundance of liquor licenses? In this respect, we are now worse off than when we were under the county. I have never seen a city structure where one man aggregates so much power to himself!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
March 15, 2010 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
When Willie Brown says that Sacramento has become too polarized and California should junk party primaries, it's the sign of a movement. Brown is the onetime self-proclaimed "ayatollah of the Assembly" -- the speaker -- and a former San Francisco mayor. The movement is "reform," although the word is grossly overused and one person's reform is another's power play. But voters are in the mood for some genuine reform that helps to unravel partisan gridlock. A private poll taken roughly 10 days ago found that 88% of likely voters believe that California has "seriously gotten off on the wrong track."
December 19, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - The Senate headed for a bitter conclusion to an often-acrimonious year, with Democrats vowing to remain in session until they confirmed Janet Yellen as chairwoman of the Federal Reserve along with other pending nominees, despite delaying tactics by Republicans who are upset over new filibuster restrictions. Rather than adjourn Thursday, as many members had hoped, the Senate was due to remain in session overnight and probably hold a rare weekend vote after Republicans spurned a request from Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
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