May 8, 1998
Consumer groups trying to reform the state's utility deregulation law say they have enough signatures to force a referendum in November. The groups say they have about 650,000 signatures, more than the 433,000 needed. They want to change the law so consumers won't be responsible for bonds used to refinance nuclear-plant debt and other obligations that utilities say would make them less competitive. They also want to double the residential rate cut to 20%.
November 29, 2002 |
Venezuela's electoral council agreed Thursday to hold a nonbinding referendum on whether President Hugo Chavez should resign, but the Supreme Court later ruled against the panel's decision. The National Electoral Council called the Feb. 2 referendum in a 3-1 vote with one member abstaining, citing a new law allowing approval by a simple majority.
April 1, 1990 |
Circulators of petitions for a referendum in Oakland on the deal to bring the Raiders back to the city said Saturday they would continue to pursue their campaign, despite changes announced a day earlier in the city's agreement with the football team. Attorney Frank Russo said that 20,000 signatures have already been obtained and that the circulators have a goal of 30,000 by April 11, the submission deadline.
February 4, 1990 |
West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl on Saturday rejected a Soviet call for an international referendum on German unity and warned that any attempt to block reunification would ruin the East German economy. Kohl, addressing the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, declared that reunification is a matter for Germans themselves to decide. In recent days, Soviet President Mikhail S.
March 20, 1989 |
South Korean President Roh Tae Woo announced this morning that a promised referendum on his record in office will be postponed indefinitely because "violent leftist forces" are trying to use it to overthrow the government. In a nationally televised statement, Roh said the "interim assessment," widely expected to be held next month, will not now take place. "I believe holding the referendum at this time cannot help the nation and the people," he said. "The people are worried," Roh said.
November 11, 1989 |
King Hussein promised a referendum on a plan to liberalize political life in Jordan. The promise came on the heels of a national parliamentary election in which Islamic groups made strong gains and conservatives loyal to Hussein lost ground. Political parties have been outlawed in the country since 1957, but the government did not enforce the ban before and during the election. Asked if the ban on parties would lifted in any liberalization of policies, Hussein said, "This is the aim."
December 5, 2003 |
Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian, apparently reacting to strong U.S. pressure, reassured the United States on Thursday that he would not hold a referendum on independence from mainland China. Although Chen made no commitment to scrap the plan he announced last weekend to conduct a "defensive referendum" on the island's relationship with the People's Republic, a statement released by his office late Thursday said it would not involve the unification-or-independence dispute.
October 9, 2005 |
Iraq announced a curfew, weapons ban, border closings and other security measures Saturday to prevent insurgent attacks ahead of next weekend's key constitutional referendum. Two U.S. soldiers were killed in fighting in western Iraq, bringing to eight the number of American casualties in a series of offensives the military has launched to weaken militants before the Oct. 15 vote.
December 3, 1989 |
For the second time in as many months, San Diego County voters will go to the polls Tuesday to decide a special state legislative campaign that has drawn national attention as a referendum on abortion. The special 39th Senate District election also will add a new chapter to the age-old debate over separation of church and state, thanks to a religious leader's controversial intrusion in the campaign: In mid-November, Roman Catholic Bishop Leo T.
October 20, 1999 |
The Cal State Northridge student referendum intended to help fund the construction of athletic facilities might not survive without the financial support of on-campus auxiliary organizations. Robert Hanff, president of the Northridge Associated Student Body, is scheduled to meet Thursday with leaders of the Northridge University Corporation and the University Student Union to discuss their possible financial involvement.