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November 16, 1990
I have two suggestions that I would appreciate intelligent voters or intelligent politicians (are those last two words compatible?) addressing: Federal budget: Congress has for years ignored the law by not delivering its budget proposal on time. Yet, within my memory, presidents have met their legal obligation by presenting their budget proposals on time. Why not a constitutional amendment stating that if Congress is delinquent, the president's budget becomes law? Perhaps the president should have the freedom to give Congress one extension--if deserved in the president's opinion.
April 25, 2014 | By David Zucchino
LATTA, S.C. - Police Chief Crystal Moore was born and raised in this tiny farming crossroads and served as a volunteer police dispatcher while she was still in high school. She became the town's first female officer with a sterling 23-year record on the force - until she was ordered into the mayor's office this month and summarily fired. Mayor Earl Bullard handed Moore a list of seven reprimands citing, among other alleged transgressions, questioning authority and failing to maintain order at a council meeting.
June 6, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he would go ahead with a referendum on a political plan that would implicitly recognize Israel even though the governing Hamas party firmly opposed such a vote. Abbas' office made the announcement after he failed in last-ditch talks to persuade the Islamic militant group to accept the principle of a Palestinian state alongside Israel in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem -- land Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East War.
March 16, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
PEREVALNE, Ukraine - Shortly after hundreds of polling stations opened across the breakaway Ukraine's Autonomous Republic of Crimea on Sunday, it became increasingly clear that after 23 years of being part of the Ukraine Crimean peninsula washed by the Black Sea in its south made albeit an illegitimate but quite effective leap toward rejoining Russia, to which Crimea had belonged for over three centuries before. The referendum, declared illegal by the Interim Government in Kiev and by all the Western powers, would have hardly happened at all without the impressive assistance of Russian armed forces which have de facto occupied the breakaway peninsula since the end of February, when the  heavily armed Russian commandos captured the government and parliament buildings in the regional capital of Simferopol and installed the pro-Kremlin government, immediately asking for military and economic assistance from Russia.
December 18, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA
A referendum petition signed by more than 7,000 city residents who want to block a proposed 216-unit apartment complex was validated Tuesday by the Orange County registrar of voters. The victory for residents, however, may be short-lived. The city staff believes the petition has legal problems and is recommending that the City Council reject it at its meeting tonight.
December 6, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A referendum March 20 will ask Taiwanese voters to demand that China remove hundreds of missiles aimed at the island, a presidential spokesman said. President Chen Shui-bian had said the referendum would not concern independence. China has viewed Taiwan as a renegade province since they split in 1949. It had threatened military action if the independence question were put to a vote.
February 14, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Ecuador's Congress approved holding a referendum on whether to create an assembly to rewrite the constitution, bowing to demands by leftist President Rafael Correa, who is seeking to weaken traditional political parties. Correa blames the parties for the Andean nation's problems. He called on Ecuadoreans "to fulfill their role in history, crushing the political mafias at the ballot boxes." Ecuador has been marked by political instability, with seven presidents in the last decade.
June 17, 1988 | DON SHIRLEY
The Western Advisory Board of Actors' Equity has rejected a request to set aside a spring referendum that resulted in the adoption of a controversial Actors 99-Seat Theater Plan. In his letter Tuesday explaining the board's decision, Western Regional Director Edward Weston denied claims that the referendum ballot was unaccompanied by "a differing viewpoint," that the voting time was any shorter than that of any Equity election and that a secret ballot was not employed in the referendum.
December 7, 1989 | SHANNON SANDS
A legal glitch has stalled the referendum efforts of a Tustin group trying to overturn the City Council's decision to change local election dates. The group has gathered more than 600 signatures for a referendum, but some members, including leader Berklee Maughan, have stopped collecting signatures after learning of potential legal problems with the referendum. City Atty.
November 22, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Kenyans voted whether to approve a new constitution in a referendum that officials said went relatively smoothly. The draft charter had bitterly divided the nation and led to preelection violence that killed seven people. In a country where a third of the citizens can't read, voters marked a banana to vote yes and an orange to vote no. Opponents of the constitution won two out of the first three constituencies. An additional 207 constituencies had yet to report their results.
March 11, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
MOSCOW - Ukraine's Crimea region would become an independent country if voters approve secession in a hastily organized referendum Sunday, the Russian-controlled regional parliament declared Tuesday in a shift away from plans for immediate annexation to Russia. The change appeared to mark a change in strategy by Moscow to shield itself from accusations that it has orchestrated an illegal seizure of another country's territory. European Union and U.S. officials have threatened trade and travel sanctions against Russia if it persists in encouraging the predominantly ethnic Russian-populated Crimean peninsula to vote for cleaving itself from Ukraine.
March 6, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Thursday declared that a referendum asking Crimean voters if they want to join Russia would violate Ukraine's constitution and international law, and he promised to keep ramping up the pressure on Russia until it stands down in the region. “In 2014, we are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders,” the president said in the White House briefing room. Obama also said he is tightening sanctions as part of an effort to “impose a cost” on Russia for its intervention, and he praised the European Union for taking similar steps to penalize those involved in the dispute.
March 1, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine -- Crimea's new pro-Moscow premier, Sergei Aksenov, moved the date of the peninsula's status referendum to March 30. On Thursday, the Crimean parliament, which appointed Aksenov,  had called for a referendum on May 25, the date also set for the urgent presidential election in Ukraine. “In connection with a necessity we decided to speed up the holding of the referendum on the stauts of the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea,” Aksenov said Saturday in Simferopol at a new government session, the UNIAN information agency reported.
January 18, 2014 | By Laura King and Amro Hassan
CAIRO - Setting the stage for a potential presidential run by the country's military chief, Egyptian election authorities declared Saturday that more than 90% of voters had approved a new constitution, according to final official results. Results of the referendum held Tuesday and Wednesday were depicted by the military-backed interim government as a resounding public repudiation of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist movement that Egyptian authorities have spent the last six months trying to crush.
January 16, 2014 | By Laura King, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
CAIRO -- In a lopsided margin reminiscent of elections held during ex-dictator Hosni Mubarak's decades of rule, unofficial results on Thursday indicated that Egypt's new constitution was approved by nearly 98% of voters. The military-backed interim government had campaigned vigorously for approval of the rewritten charter, casting it as a mandate on its six months in power. The Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist movement of deposed President Mohamed Morsi, had called for a boycott of the two-day vote.
January 16, 2014 | By Lauren Frayer
MADRID -- Lawmakers in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia voted Thursday to demand powers to hold a referendum on independence from Spain, ramping up their confrontation with a central government determined to avoid the breakup of the country. The vote was largely symbolic, because the Spanish government has repeatedly said that it considers any gesture toward Catalan secession -- even a referendum on the question -- to be unconstitutional and that it would block any such moves.
February 20, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Black civil rights leaders, along with union leaders and corporations, warned that they would boycott a statewide referendum on bringing back the old Georgia flag with its large Confederate emblem. "Would you expect the Jewish community to participate in a campaign to raise the swastika?" said Joseph Lowery, former head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, battling to hold the Soviet Union together through an ever-deepening political and economic crisis, called Monday for a national referendum to decide whether the nation's constituent republics will join to form a new federal state or break away. Warning that the Soviet Union's very existence is now imperiled, Gorbachev said: "In going away from extreme centralization, we must not allow the union to be turned into something amorphous or to disintegrate.
December 16, 2013 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO -- The pictures were supposed to depict a cross-section of Egyptian society. But they somehow didn't look quite right -- and as it turned out, they weren't. A massive banner that was displayed Sunday during a nationally televised news conference kicking off the campaign to win popular approval for a rewritten version of Egypt's constitution showed five people, at least three of whom turned out to be non-Egyptians . Facebook and Twitter users swiftly posted links to stock photographs of the three, depicting a doctor, a businesswoman and a young man.  The doctor appeared in an advertisement on a website that sells treatments for stretch marks.
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