June 14, 2013 |
The Anaheim City Council showed its contempt for the principle of representative government again this week, defeating another proposal to let residents vote for council members on a district-by-district basis. The decision means that the voting power of the city's growing Latino population will remain diluted for now. But it's easy to envision a day when demographic change overtakes the city's political elite, and the shoe will be on the other foot. The council has previously stiff-armed efforts to change the city charter and end at-large voting, a practice that enables more politically active residents of the wealthier parts of the city - along with entrenched special interests - to dictate the council's membership.
May 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In spring 2010, agents in the Cincinnati office of the Internal Revenue Service, which handles applications for tax-exempt status, faced a surge of filings by new advocacy groups, with little guidance on how to treat them. Their decision to deal with the problem by singling out tea party and other conservative groups for extra scrutiny has now triggered a criminal inquiry, congressional investigations, the departure of two top IRS officials and the naming of a new acting commissioner Thursday.
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October 23, 2012 |
Michael Wahl is aware that he has a choice - President Obama or Mitt Romney. "It's either this guy or that guy," the Cal Poly Pomona sophomore says. But he didn't know about the candidates lower on the ballot, or the measures that could shape California's future - until volunteers came to his ethnic studies class one evening with a video aimed at convincing Asian Americans to turn out on election day. Wahl, who is half-Chinese, is among the thousands of prospective voters targeted in what is probably the most aggressive push yet to unlock the Asian vote in Southern California.
September 24, 2012 |
Veteran activist supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash will team with muckraking musician Tom Morello for an Oct. 3 concert at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles to raise awareness and money to defeat Proposition 32, a campaign-finance measure on the November ballot. Morello will open for CSN in an evening that will also feature actor Edward James Olmos in rallying opposition to the measure that is opposed by the League of Women Voters, the California Alliance for Retired Americans and a consortium of teachers, firefighters, nurses and other members of organized labor.
June 9, 2012 |
For decades, the Boy Scouts of America has weathered anger, petitions and lawsuits over a long-standing policy that bans gay Scouts and troop leaders. But the dissent that erupted this week is different. It's coming from a group that's exclusively its own. A group of Eagle Scouts has banded together to form Scouts for Equality, a group aimed at challenging the century-old policy. Its formation comes on the heels of an announcement from Boy Scout top brass: They will examine a recent resolution that would reverse the policy.
May 17, 2012 |
A New York federal judge temporarily blocked enforcement of a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act that opponents contend could subject them to indefinite military detention for political activism, news reporting or other 1st Amendment activities. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan ruled Wednesday in favor of a group of writers and activists who sued President Obama, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and the Defense Department. Obama signed the bill into law Dec. 31. The complaint was filed Jan. 13 by a group including former New York Times reporter Christopher Hedges.