February 15, 1996 |
Proponents of an open primary argued Wednesday that it would bring back disaffected voters by allowing them to vote for any candidate--Democrat, Republican or minor party member--in a primary election. In particular, the open primary would appeal to "many of the moderate voters who have thrown up their hands at the present system," said state Sen. Lucy Killea, a Democrat-turned-independent from San Diego.
December 28, 1995 |
A Sacramento judge has ordered changes in a ballot argument for an initiative on California's March 26 presidential primary ballot that would limit attorney fees in liability suits. Superior Court Judge James Ford rephrased a statement by initiative backer Michael Johnson invoking consumer advocate Ralph Nader's name in his argument in support of Proposition 202, an initiative opposed by Nader.
November 28, 1995 |
Secretary of State Bill Jones announced Monday the selection of 15 presidential candidates to appear on California's March 26 primary election ballot, including Democrat Bill Clinton and eight Republicans. So far, there is no prospective nominee from Ross Perot's new Reform Party. Jones, a Republican, noted that he can add names to the list between now and Jan. 27, when the lineup for the presidential ballot becomes final.
October 6, 1993 |
Gov. Pete Wilson signed legislation Tuesday aimed at gaining California more clout in selecting presidential candidates by moving the 1996 presidential primary from June to March. National political strategists agreed that advancing the primary to March 26 probably will have a greater impact on the Republican race for the White House in 1996 than on the expected renomination by Democrats of President Clinton.
July 16, 1991 |
An Assembly committee Monday revived a previously rejected bill to move up the state's presidential primary from June to March to give California more clout in choosing the nominees to be the nation's chief executive. A 13-5 vote sent the measure by Assemblyman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) from the Ways and Means Committee to the Assembly floor. The bill calls for the presidential primary to be consolidated with the regular statewide primary election on the first Tuesday in March.
March 6, 1991 |
The most splendid phrase ever used to describe political life in California belongs--as usual--to the writer Carey McWilliams. Way back in the 1940s, McWilliams saw the emergence of a California that was oversized in every regard, pre-eminent in its wealth, but lacking the political will to focus itself. He referred to California as "the Eunuchoid Giant." I remember, the first time I saw the phrase, I looked up "eunuchoid" in the dictionary just to make sure it meant what I thought. It did.