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June 28, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - A proposed voter initiative to require greater regulation of health insurance premiums in California has failed to qualify for the November ballot, according to the measure's author. Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog, said he was told Thursday by the secretary of state's office that a spot-check signature tally by county registrars of voters fell just short of the 110% or 555,236 needed to go before voters in the upcoming presidential election. Instead, the initiative is likely to appear on the November 2014 ballot, if it collects the requisite 504,760 validated voters' signatures.
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December 27, 2013 | By Anthony York
A requirement for minors to notify their parents before having an abortion and a new tax on tobacco products are among the proposals that could be headed to the state ballot next fall. Sponsors of both have received clearance from the Secretary of State to begin gathering the hundreds of thousands of signatures needed by mid-June to begin qualifying for the November election -- a process that can cost upwards of $1 million. It is unclear whether backers of either proposal will invest the necessary money and effort.
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November 4, 2012 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - If you're still scratching your head over the long list of state ballot propositions, here's a voter's guide. It's not to be confused with those slick home mailers, often produced by political profiteers masquerading under some phony name such as "Californians for the American Way and Cute Puppies. " Don't even bring that stuff into the house. Half of you probably already have voted by mail. But for the other half who will cast ballots the old-fashioned way Tuesday, here's my take on the 11 props.
BUSINESS
December 1, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - A former head of Caltrans wants to save drivers more than the average of $600 a year he says they now spend fixing flat tires, aligning wheels and repairing other damage caused by potholes and bad pavement. Will Kempton, who ran the state Department of Transportation from 2004 to 2009, has submitted a proposed voter initiative for the 2014 ballot that would raise money to rebuild roads and bridges and boost mass transit. If it qualifies for the ballot and is approved by voters, such an initiative would more than double the state vehicle license fee - known as the car tax - to 1.65% from 0.65% of the value of an auto or truck.
NATIONAL
August 4, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A federal appeals court panel in Austin refused to let state Republicans replace Tom DeLay's name on the November congressional ballot. The finding upheld a July ruling by a federal judge that the ballot must list DeLay, who won a March primary before resigning from Congress on June 9. He now lives in Virginia. State GOP officials said they would appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
NEWS
September 1, 1987 | JOHN M. BRODER, Times Staff Writer
A group promoting President Reagan's space-based Strategic Defense Initiative announced Monday that it will try to place a resolution on California's ballot in November, 1988, urging quick deployment of the missile defense system. High Frontier, which credits itself with originating the idea that became Reagan's SDI plan, said it hopes to begin soon trying to collect the 360,000 signatures needed to get the issue on the ballot. The private, nonprofit group's chairman, retired Army Lt. Gen.
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November 6, 1994 | LUCILLE RENWICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With his hands shaking and heart racing, Tony Zepeda stood nervously at the microphone before a dozen Los Angeles City Council members and implored them to oppose Proposition 184. "We want you to vote for your people, not for the seats you sit in now," the 18-year-old South-Central youth told the council.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2010 | By John Hoeffel
Proponents of an initiative to make California the first state to legalize marijuana have collected about 693,800 signatures, virtually guaranteeing that the measure will appear on a crowded November ballot. "This is a historic first step toward ending cannabis prohibition," said Richard Lee, the measure's main backer. Advocates, trailed by television cameras and photographers, dropped off petitions with elections officials in the state's largest counties, including Los Angeles, where organizers said 143,105 voters signed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1999 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing the "divisive" consequences of recent state ballot propositions, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors narrowly voted to oppose an initiative that would bind California to legally recognize only marriages between a man and a woman. "How many gay men do you want to see beaten up on the prairies of America before you come to realize that some of these propositions really do much more damage than they do any help?"
NEWS
May 31, 1994 | GREGG ZOROYA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With ho-hum contests such as state controller, treasurer and insurance commissioner facing voters in next week's primary election, it's understandable that many of us will not be up on the candidates' experience, issues and character. This year, we may be relying instead on our innate appreciation of a candidate's strong jaw or flat cheekbones, the professionalism in her high neckline or the trust in his Windsor knot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2013 | By Rosanna Xia and David Zahniser
Two L.A. City Council members are calling for their colleagues to back a statewide ballot measure that provides funding to cities for "earthquake safety improvements," including helping property owners strengthen potentially dangerous buildings that could collapse in a major temblor. The resolution, proposed Friday by Tom LaBonge and seconded by Mitch Englander, asks the City Council and Mayor Eric Garcetti to support or sponsor state legislation that would help fund local seismic safety efforts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2012 | Steve Chawkins
Voters throughout California weighed in Tuesday on more than 370 local measures, most of them aimed at raising money for hard-pressed cities and counties. In addition to bread-and-butter measures that included more than 100 school bonds, voters grappled with a number of environmental and political questions. In San Francisco, residents resoundingly rejected a proposal to spend $8 million on a plan to demolish a dam and drain the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in the Sierra, which provides water for 2.6 million area residents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2012 | Evan Halper
More than half a billion dollars in political cash is likely to be spent in California by Tuesday, a staggering amount in a year when the presidential candidates are barely present and voters appear tepid about much of the state ballot. This election will rank among the top in California history for campaign spending -- without the governor's office or most other top posts in play. The money infused into ballot-measure campaigns, congressional races and bids for state legislative seats is a reminder that California is an election powerhouse in its own right.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2012 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - If you're still scratching your head over the long list of state ballot propositions, here's a voter's guide. It's not to be confused with those slick home mailers, often produced by political profiteers masquerading under some phony name such as "Californians for the American Way and Cute Puppies. " Don't even bring that stuff into the house. Half of you probably already have voted by mail. But for the other half who will cast ballots the old-fashioned way Tuesday, here's my take on the 11 props.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - California voters may feel overwhelmed by the loud battles being waged over measures on next month's state ballot, but the discussion about Proposition 40 is quietly one-sided. After spending $2 million to put the proposition on the ballot in hopes of tossing out newly drawn state Senate districts, Republican lawmakers and activists have dropped their campaign for it. The Republicans, who are at risk of losing seats in the new voting districts, had alleged the boundaries were drafted improperly when an independent remapping commission took over the process last year.
BUSINESS
June 28, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - A proposed voter initiative to require greater regulation of health insurance premiums in California has failed to qualify for the November ballot, according to the measure's author. Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog, said he was told Thursday by the secretary of state's office that a spot-check signature tally by county registrars of voters fell just short of the 110% or 555,236 needed to go before voters in the upcoming presidential election. Instead, the initiative is likely to appear on the November 2014 ballot, if it collects the requisite 504,760 validated voters' signatures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2005 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger may have forsaken ballot initiatives for the near future, but lawmakers and advocacy groups are moving forward with new proposals to raise taxes on cigarettes and the wealthy, keep sex offenders off the streets, increase spending on preschools and healthcare and forever ban same-sex marriage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2012 | By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — Politicians utter thousands of words — in speeches, debates, advertisements — but the most important may be the handful they use on the ballot to describe their day jobs. Those three or so words may never have been as critical as they are this year in California. That's especially true for candidates not as well known as, say, Jerry Brown, who ran for governor as the state's attorney general two years ago, or Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose ballot designation in the 2003 recall race was "actor/businessman.
NEWS
January 6, 2012 | By Melanie Mason and Tom Hamburger
Rick Santorum's surging campaign now must contend with increased scrutiny of his legislative and personal record, but it is one of the most rudimentary campaign steps that could foil his chance for success: getting on the ballot. The former Pennsylvania senator has already failed to get on the ballot in Virginia and Washington, D.C., sacrificing a potential 68 delegates before the votes are even cast. In Virginia, Santorum has joined rivals Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman in a lawsuit against the state alleging that the requirement of 10,000 registered voter signatures on the ballot access petition is a “severe burden,” making the ballot rules unconstitutional.
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