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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2001 | DALONDO MOULTRIE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A panel of federal judges in Los Angeles has refused to postpone March primary elections in several congressional districts as requested in a lawsuit challenging the state's recently enacted redistricting plan, officials said Tuesday. The three-judge panel said a temporary restraining order sought by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund was denied because the nonprofit group's arguments did not overcome the public need for regular, undisrupted elections.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 1986
Primary elections allow voters to judge which of their political party's candidates is best qualified to run for office in general elections. The system works well--when the political parties let it. The problem is that the major parties, Republicans and Democrats, do everything possible to discourage contested primaries.
NEWS
August 19, 1987 | From the Associated Press
A federal appeals court Tuesday struck down California's turn-of-the-century law preventing political parties from endorsing candidates in primary elections, calling it "paternalism that is inconsistent with the First Amendment." The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals also overturned state laws from the same period that dictate parties' internal structure, including the membership and size of party central committees and the terms of office of their leaders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1999
Sunday in Mexico's first-ever primary election, the party in power showed its strength and delivered an impressive victory for the candidate of the establishment, Francisco Labastida. Despite this business-as-usual outcome, things have irreversibly changed in Mexico's political landscape, because for the first time it was 10 million voters, not a powerful politician, making the decision.
NEWS
January 16, 1991 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Pete Wilson on Tuesday set March 19 as the date for special primary elections to fill vacancies in three legislative districts, including the central Orange County Senate seat left empty by Wilson's appointment of John Seymour to the U.S. Senate. March 19 primaries were also scheduled in the 26th Assembly District in the central San Joaquin Valley and the sprawling 1st Senate District in Northern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1997
Re "Central O.C. Candidates Begin Testing Waters Early," July 14: As politicians gird their loins for the 1998 primary elections, one wonders if this will be the election when the "Great Awakening" occurs. That is, when Republican voters decide that they are fed up with the religious right who have taken over the Republican Party in Orange County and who offer only religious right candidates such as Robert K. Dornan, Dana Rohrabacher, Scott Baugh and Rob Hurtt. Given the fact that no moderate Republican would-be candidate has a chance to run, how many Republicans will vote Democratic this election as they did in the last election when Loretta Sanchez was elected?
NEWS
January 13, 1987 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
In a move that puzzled attorneys on both sides of the case, the Supreme Court on Monday told an appeals court to take another look at its ruling that threw out a California law forbidding political parties from endorsing candidates before primary elections. But the justices said that the lower court should base its review on a recent high court ruling, which said that states cannot dictate the internal affairs of a political party.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2000
Re "Justices Reject State's 'Blanket Primary' Law," June 27: The Supreme Court invalidated a bad law but not a bad idea. In striking down the California "blanket primary," the justices also disenfranchised me in primary elections. I agree Democrats should vote in the Democratic primary and Republicans in the Republican primary. Greens, Reforms and Libertarians should vote in their own. But how about us independents? We, who are not ready to go in lock step with any of the established parties, prefer to determine the best people regardless of party.
NEWS
September 9, 1992 | From Associated Press
In voting delayed by Hurricane Andrew, Democratic state Sen. Carrie Meek won a Florida primary Tuesday that will make her the state's first black in Congress since Reconstruction. She faces no Republican opponent for the House seat. Some Dade County voters had to cast ballots in Army tents because of the hurricane damage. Florida's 66 other counties voted as scheduled Sept. 1. The winner of another Florida congressional primary Tuesday will be the first Cuban-born man in Congress.
NEWS
June 9, 1988 | From Associated Press
Voters set the stage for three Senate races, nominated a councilman to become the first black congressman from New Jersey and launched a comeback attempt by former Montana Gov. Thomas Judge, returns from primary elections in six states outside of California showed Wednesday. Here are the key results of Tuesday's primaries in those states: New Jersey--First-term Democratic Sen. Frank R.
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