CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2012 |
The California Supreme Court expressed concern Tuesday that there might be too little time to redraw new voter maps for this year's state Senate elections even though the existing political boundaries could be put on hold pending a November referendum. During a special session, the state high court grappled with which alternative election maps to use should the court determine that a proposed referendum on the issue is likely to qualify for the November ballot. "There simply in this particular case isn't sufficient time to come up with a so-called model plan," said Justice Joyce L. Kennard.
December 25, 2011 |
With Republicans distracted by an increasingly divisive primary battle, President Obama and his aides have begun a high-stakes effort to change how voters look at the main issue in the 2012 election — the nation's continued economic troubles. Republicans would like to make the November election a referendum on Obama's economic record. For much of his presidency, they have pounded away at monthly statistics showing high unemployment and anemic growth. "We're seeing continuing high levels of unemployment.
November 4, 2011 |
Even Greeks themselves had trouble tracking everything that happened on a day of whipsaw political swings in their country. Less than 24 hours earlier, they watched their prime minister stick up for their democratic right to a referendum before hostile European officials at a summit in France. But as soon as he returned home, George Papandreou called off his incendiary plan to let his people vote on Europe's latest rescue strategy for their debt-racked nation. One moment, the Greek leader commanded the "full backing" of his Cabinet; the next, he didn't.
November 4, 2011 |
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou will keep his job, for the moment. Papandreou squeaked through a confidence vote in Parliament early Saturday, but only by indicating he would step down if necessary to allow formation of a unity government that would carry out Europe's latest plan to combat a raging debt crisis. Papandreou's narrow win, on a 153-145 vote, capped a roller-coaster week that saw him wreak international havoc by calling a referendum on that same bailout plan, a move he later retracted under heavy pressure at home and abroad.
November 2, 2011 |
Europe's latest plan to claw its way out of a monumental debt crisis lies in grave doubt less than a week after being cobbled together, following a shocking move to put the accord to a popular vote in Greece that threw both the government there and financial markets around the world into turmoil. Confounded officials, analysts and investors were left struggling to divine what they saw as Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou lobbing a grenade into Europe's attempts to keep his country afloat by calling for a referendum on the new rescue package.
November 1, 2011 |
The latest turn in Europe's financial crisis may dash any hope of taming the stock market's extreme volatility soon. Share prices took another tumble worldwide after the Greek government called for a voter referendum on the terms of the country's bailout by the rest of Europe. The unexpected announcement raised the risk of a thumbs-down by austerity-weary Greek voters. That could mean the end of Greece's membership in the Eurozone, and a disastrous default on the country's heavy debt obligations to the rest of the continent.
October 31, 2011 |
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou is not normally the gambling type. Yet in the political equivalent of an all-in bet at a high-stakes poker match, the beleaguered leader said Monday that he would ask Greek voters to determine whether to agree to a new, hard-bargained European deal to help the financially strapped country get out of debt. "This referendum will be a supreme act of democracy and of patriotism," Papandreou said, apparently catching many lawmakers by surprise.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2011 |
Reporting from San Francisco and Sacramento -- The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to intervene in new voting districts drawn by a citizens commission, deciding unanimously to reject two challenges to the boundaries. The high court considered the legal challenges, brought by Republicans seeking to overturn congressional and state Senate district maps, in a closed session, and the judges did not comment on their reasons for rejecting the lawsuits. "We're disappointed that the court denied the petition on the Senate districts without a hearing," said Charles H. Bell, an attorney for the plaintiffs.
September 13, 2011 |
Democrats suffered a stunning blow Tuesday as voters in New York's 9th Congressional District chose a novice Republican to replace disgraced Democrat Anthony Weiner in an election that became a referendum on President Obama. With more than 90% of precincts reporting, Bob Turner, a retired television executive best known for producing "The Jerry Springer Show," had 53% of the vote in unofficial returns, election officials said. Democrat Dave Weprin, a state assemblyman from a politically connected family, had 46%. Weprin did not immediately concede.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2011 |
Reporting from Sacramento -- Its aisles brimming with a rainbow of ripe organic produce, bins of grains and refrigerators stocked with soy everything, the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op has long been an oasis of civility in this combative city. Democrats and Republicans may quarrel at the Capitol a few miles away, but here they break gluten-free bread, munch on kale chips and sip acai juice in blissful bipartisan harmony: "Peace, love and granola," said Republican strategist Donna Lucas, a proud co-op member.