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September 9, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - After 30 minutes of praise to God and several rollicking, hand-clapping hymns, John Morse stepped to the glass pulpit and offered a prayer of his own. "We need you to reach down deep," Morse, the state Senate president, told about 100 worshipers seated Sunday beneath a vaulted ceiling at Grace Be Unto You Outreach Church. "I need you not to just support me," he said, slowing down to emphasize each word. "I need you to vote no. " Last winter, Morse helped push through the Legislature a sweeping package of gun laws in response to the December massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
A recall effort in bankrupt San Bernardino ousted a number of elected officials Tuesday, including a longtime city councilwoman who, despite facing the music in her own district, managed to be the top vote-getter in the citywide race to be mayor, according to unofficial election results.  That councilwoman, Wendy McCammack, led the pack of 10 candidates running for mayor with just under 25% of the 11,161 votes cast in the race. She heads to a February runoff with Carey Davis, an accountant and political newcomer.  McCammack, a member of the council for 13 years, has disputed critics who say that she contributed to the city's decline.
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September 10, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - In an unprecedented backlash, two state lawmakers who helped stiffen Colorado's gun laws were ousted Tuesday in a recall that turned into a nationally watched referendum on gun control. Colorado Senate President John Morse, who shepherded the legislation to passage, was defeated on a 51%-49% vote. Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo, a fellow Democrat who voted in favor of the measures, lost 56% to 44%. They were replaced by Republicans who opposed the new restrictions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
For political roadkill, Gray Davis sounds awfully chipper these days. After decades spent in methodical, often joyless pursuit of higher office, the man who won the governor's office in 1998 was ousted in a recall election that was equal parts carnival and runaway train. He has the distinction of being only the second governor in U.S. history tossed from office midterm. More painful still, Davis' ouster came less than a year after he had scraped his way to reelection. Regrets?
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2003 | Don Shirley
"Continental Divide," David Edgar's two-part epic play set against the backdrop of a gubernatorial election in a state that seems to be California -- though it's never identified -- officially arrives in California today as the production opens at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Since the play's March premiere at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Ore., California has gone through its real-life gubernatorial drama.
NEWS
October 6, 1985
The board of directors of the Charter Oak Unified School District has set Jan. 21 as the date for a recall election of district school board directors Carol Cherry and Ann Hall. Cherry and Hall, proponents of an already approved district reorganization plan, have become the focus of continuing community opposition to the proposal. The Los Angeles County registrar of voters two weeks ago validated enough petition signatures to require the recall election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1991
South El Monte Mayor Stan Quintana was thrown out of office Tuesday in a special recall election. Widely criticized for his role in an alleged hit-and-run accident in October, Quintana was defeated by about a 3-2 margin. The final tally was 591 for recall and 365 against. Quintana had lied about his involvement in the accident, fabricating a story to explain the damage to his car, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1996
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has rescheduled a recall election against three Hawaiian Gardens councilmen for Dec. 17, the same day city voters are set to decide whether to eject a fourth council member. Superior Court Judge Diane Wayne offered minimal explanation for pushing back the election, which she originally scheduled for Dec. 3. Attorneys representing the council members, however, have argued that a consolidated election would save the city tens of thousands of dollars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1987 | BILL BILLITER, Times Staff Writer
Seven people, including a UC Irvine administrator, filed for the Laguna Beach Unified school board recall election by Thursday afternoon's deadline, the Orange County registrar of voters reported. The candidates are seeking board seats that will be open only if a majority votes in the special election Sept. 22 to recall three incumbents: Janet Vickers, Carl Schwarz and board President Charlene Ragatz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1994 | BERT ELJERA
The county registrar of voters certified this week that organizers of the petition drive to recall Mayor Charles V. Smith and three other City Council members have gathered sufficient signatures to force a recall election. City Clerk Mary Lou Morey said the registrar finished verifying signatures Monday. Each petition had more than the 6,938 signatures required to put the measure on the ballot, she said.
NATIONAL
September 10, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - In an unprecedented backlash, two state lawmakers who helped stiffen Colorado's gun laws were ousted Tuesday in a recall that turned into a nationally watched referendum on gun control. Colorado Senate President John Morse, who shepherded the legislation to passage, was defeated on a 51%-49% vote. Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo, a fellow Democrat who voted in favor of the measures, lost 56% to 44%. They were replaced by Republicans who opposed the new restrictions.
NATIONAL
September 9, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - After 30 minutes of praise to God and several rollicking, hand-clapping hymns, John Morse stepped to the glass pulpit and offered a prayer of his own. "We need you to reach down deep," Morse, the state Senate president, told about 100 worshipers seated Sunday beneath a vaulted ceiling at Grace Be Unto You Outreach Church. "I need you not to just support me," he said, slowing down to emphasize each word. "I need you to vote no. " Last winter, Morse helped push through the Legislature a sweeping package of gun laws in response to the December massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2013 | By Tony Perry
The biggest question at City Hall on Monday is whether Mayor Bob Filner will return to work. When he announced that he had signed up for two weeks of intensive therapy to begin to learn how to treat women with respect, he said he would return to work Aug. 19 prepared to be "the best mayor I can. " But last week, as the recall movement against him prepared to begin a signature gathering campaign, Filner's aides and lawyers told reporters that...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The campaign to recall Mayor Bob Filner amid accusations of sexual harassment begins gathering signatures Sunday. Under city law, the recall group has 39 days to gather more than 101,000 signatures of registered voters to force a recall election. If the group falls short, it will be allowed an additional 30 days. Recall movement activists plan to be gathering signatures in several locations Sunday. Also, a "Freedom From Filner" march is set for 2 p.m. downtown to call on Filner, 70, to resign or face recall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Moreno Valley Councilman Marcelo Co resigned Tuesday, a day after he was charged with fraudulently collecting $15,000 in home support services for his mother while she lived overseas. Co, 64, was taken into custody Monday afternoon after the Riverside County district attorney's office filed eight felony counts, including grand theft, fraud and making a false claim. The 4th District councilman submitted his resignation from the seat he won in November 2010. In a letter to Mayor Tom Owings, Marcelo tendered his resignation, adding, "I wish you and the City continued success and I want the opportunity to thank you and my colleagues...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2013 | By Tony Perry
One of the recall movements to oust San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will begin fundraising in hopes of hiring enough signature-gatherers to force an election, recall leaders announced Thursday. Also on Thursday, the city's Business Leadership Alliance, a group of chambers of commerce officials, business owners, and officials from economic development agencies, voted to call for the 70-year-old Democrat to resign. Earlier, former Mayor Jerry Sanders, now president of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, said Filner should leave office because he is hurting business and embarassing San Diego.
NATIONAL
October 8, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Spokane Mayor Jim West, embroiled in a City Hall sex scandal, will face a recall election Dec. 6 now that opponents have gathered enough signatures to put his fate on the ballot. Elections Supervisor Paul Brandt said that workers stopped counting after verifying 12,684 signatures, 117 more than needed for a recall election. West, 55, is accused of misusing his office by seeking dates from young men over a website and offering them gifts, trips and jobs at City Hall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2013 | By Tony Perry
Two groups are vowing to force a recall election that could oust San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, but the city's recall law is snared in legal questions. Among the questions is whether there can be two recall efforts at the same time seeking to gather the signatures necessary to force an election. A spokesman for City Atty. Jan Goldsmith said the office is researching the issue and plans to issue an opinion within a few days. Filner is facing an increasing number of calls for his resignation amid allegations that he has sexually harassed constituents and staff members.
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July 8, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Snug against the Rockies, this conservative bastion is home to the U.S. Air Force Academy, Pikes Peak, scores of evangelical churches and soon, perhaps, the most significant gun control fight in the country. Unless a judge steps in, John Morse, the Democratic president of the Colorado Senate, faces an unprecedented recall attempt arising from the sweeping gun laws passed after the school massacre in Newtown, Conn. Morse, a former police chief, calls the legislation an act of sublime leadership and said that being tossed from office, if it happens, is worth the price.
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