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April 9, 1997 | VERONIQUE de TURENNE
Tickets are still available to hear California Secretary of State Bill Jones speak at a special dinner meeting of the Thousand Oaks Republican Women, Federated on Friday. Jones, the state's chief elections official, will discuss election-related issues, including his reform platform targeted at voter fraud. Jones, a Fresno vegetable farmer and cattle rancher, has also proposed requiring naturalized citizens to present a naturalization number when they vote.
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April 23, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Energized by Capitol scandals, four candidates for California secretary of state clashed in a forum Wednesday over which one is best suited to restore voter faith in state government. Candidates Alex Padilla, Dan Schnur, Pete Peterson and Derek Cressman also criticized each other's ideas for reducing the corrupting influence of big money in state government. Three other candidates were not invited to participate in the forum by the Sacramento Press Club. With three senators suspended while facing criminal charges and his campaign holding a big lead in fundraising, Democratic Sen. Padilla found himself the target of attacks from the other candidates who said his proposals for tougher ethics rules are too little, too late.
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July 27, 1992 | Associated Press
James A. Baker III will remain secretary of state "for some time to come" and reports that he will step aside to help with President Bush's campaign are nonsense, the State Department's No. 2 official said Sunday. "I will wager you that, for some time to come, I will be the deputy secretary of state and Jim Baker will be the secretary," Lawrence S. Eagleburger said on the ABC-TV program "This Week With David Brinkley."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - It has come to this: California politics have become so one-sided that the only half-way intriguing statewide races this spring are for two largely ministerial jobs. One is secretary of state. The other is state controller. Both are pretty mundane. The secretary of state oversees elections and maintains public databases on campaign contributions and lobbyists' spending. The office also processes a lot of business-related stuff. Sounds simple. But under termed-out Democrat Debra Bowen, few things seemingly have been simple.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1990
California's secretary of state interprets and enforces election laws. The state's chief elections officer also handles the filing of numerous corporate documents. Secretary of State March Fong Eu has handled all of these diverse responsibilities well enough that she should be returned to office. Eu and her capable staff are especially knowledgeable about voter registration and have worked to make the process more convenient.
NATIONAL
November 14, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama's former rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, is among those President-elect Obama is considering for secretary of State, according to two Democratic officials in close contact with his transition team. The two officials spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid angering Obama and his staff. The New York senator's spokesman Philippe Reines referred questions to the Obama transition team, which said it had no comment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
California lawmakers confirmed a new secretary of state Wednesday but delayed voting on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's nominee for the teachers retirement board. Bruce McPherson, a former Republican state senator from Santa Cruz, will fill out the term of Kevin Shelley, a Democrat who resigned amid questions about his fundraising and the distribution of money intended to improve elections. McPherson was unanimously approved by the Senate earlier this month and by the Assembly on Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
  SACRAMENTO -- The decision by the Sacramento Press Club to exclude from a debate three of the seven candidates for secretary of state led Tuesday to a call by one watchdog group for all contenders to boycott the event. The protest action was proposed by the nonpartisan Independent Voter Project, headed by former state Sen. Steve Peace and former Assemblyman Jeff Marston. The debate scheduled for Wednesday features state Sen. Alex Padilla and former Common Cause director Derek Cressman, both Democrats, as well as former Fair Political Practices Commission Chairman Dan Schnur, running as a “no party preference" candidate, and Republican Pete Peterson, executive director of the Davenport Institute at Pepperdine University.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - The arrest of a front-runner in the race for California secretary of state on corruption charges has made ethics a key issue for the seven candidates still in the contest. State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) quit the race after his arrest last month on charges of taking payments in exchange for official favors and conspiring to illegally traffic in firearms. He has pleaded not guilty. As the remaining candidates focus on the best way to clean up Sacramento, Yee's stumble has thrown the June primary competition wide open.
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April 2, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
Thanks to state Sen. Leland Yee's alleged attempts to broker illegal gun deals for campaign contributions, candidates for California's secretary of state are suddenly getting a lot of attention and news coverage. Yee is out of the race, although his name will still appear on the ballot in the June primary. But his scandal is giving some candidates an opportunity, if they choose to use it. On Tuesday, Dan Schnur called a news conference in Sacramento in which he denounced lawmakers for failing to pursue meaningful reforms after the recent ethics scandals among legislators.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO--Secretary of State candidate Dan Schnur, denouncing lawmakers' response to the recent series of ethics scandals in the state Senate as "diffident and lackadaisical," cast his bid to be the state's top elections official as a campaign to be "California's reformer-in-chief. "  Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Schnur said "there has been almost no meaningful effort on the part of the state's political leaders to clean up the Capitol's culture of corruption. " "If you add up all the reforms that have been proposed over the last several weeks, they end up comprising almost a complete fig leaf," he added.
WORLD
March 30, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - The top U.S. and Russian diplomats agreed Sunday to work with Ukrainian government officials to ease the crisis triggered by Russia's annexation of Crimea, but remained far apart on other key points after four hours of negotiations in Paris. Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the meeting constructive. Lavrov's remarks suggested that Moscow may now be more willing to work with the interim Ukrainian government, which it has previously dismissed as illegitimate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - A day after he was arrested on suspicion of wire fraud and firearms trafficking, state Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) said Thursday he is dropping out of the race for secretary of state in this year's election. However, Yee's decision came too late to take his name off the ballot for the June 3 primary, where it will appear along with seven other candidates seeking to become California's top elections official. “I hereby withdraw my candidacy for election of Secretary of State, effective immediately,” Yee wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Debra Bowen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - State Sen. Leland Yee, a child psychologist and veteran lawmaker, was a visible member of the Capitol's Democratic majority who most recently has done much of his work out of the spotlight. He focused on issues involving mental health, open government and the protection of minors. He was involved in efforts to regulate guns, particularly after the 2012 mass murder of children at a Connecticut elementary school, a tragedy that Yee said touched him. "As a father," he said then, "I have wept for the parents and families who lost their precious children.
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