CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2013 |
For the second time in a year, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has rejected the person picked to run the pension system for police officers and firefighters, antagonizing representatives of public safety employees who rely on the agency's $15.8-billion investment portfolio. In a tersely worded letter, Villaraigosa informed the nine-member Fire and Police Pensions board last week that he had vetoed their decision to hire William Raggio, who is favored by representatives of the city's sworn employees.
March 15, 2013 |
Bad news for the "Breaking Bad" bill. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed a film tax incentive that would increase the state's film credit to 30% for TV series shooting at least six episodes in New Mexico. "I support the film industry as an important contributor to New Mexico's economy," Martinez said in a statement. "But like many New Mexicans, I previously questioned the logic of an unlimited subsidy to a single industry at the expense of other worthy and competing investments the state must make, including classroom spending and healthcare for the most needy.
March 15, 2013 |
Michael Govan came to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art seven years ago with a mission to make it one of the most prestigious institutions in the country, one worth mentioning alongside New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art. Now he's trying to seize an opportunity to gain ground on them in a single stroke. Govan and LACMA's trustees have proposed a takeover of L.A.'s financially adrift Museum of Contemporary Art and its crown jewels: a 6,000-piece collection that's one of the world's most admired troves of post-World War II art. But Govan has an imposing rival in billionaire Eli Broad, L.A.'s eminence grise of art philanthropy.
March 6, 2013 |
Arkansas legislators approved the nation's most restrictive abortion law on Wednesday after overriding a veto by the state's Democratic governor, who said the legislation was "blatantly unconstitutional. " Senate Bill 134, known as the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act , bans abortions involving fetuses 12 weeks or older that have heartbeats, excluding medical emergencies, and mandates an ultrasound for expecting mothers before they attempt an abortion. The state's House of Representatives followed the Senate in voting to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto.
December 7, 2012 |
Democracy as conventionally understood relies on decision by simple majority. Whichever side has more votes wins. Supermajority requirements stand this principle on its head. Whenever the side with the greater number of votes fails to reach the designated threshold, the side with the least votes prevails. The inevitable outcome is minority veto power. Though minorities cannot govern, supermajority requirements enable them to prevent majorities from governing as well. That is the primary structural source of our political gridlock at the federal and state levels.
December 6, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was in the nation's capital Thursday to lobby for billions in federal aid for his and other states affected by Superstorm Sandy, amid uncertainty over the fate of a supplemental appropriations bill that will be considered during the "fiscal cliff" debate over spending and taxes. Christie met with senior Obama administration officials, and briefly with the president himself, before heading to Capitol Hill for a scheduled appearance with Garden State lawmakers who are pushing for relief beyond the $50 billion that the White House was expected to request.
November 1, 2012 |
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Stressing the importance of bipartisan collaboration, Mitt Romney boasted Wednesday about his work with a Democrat-dominated legislature while he was governor of Massachusetts. “And it's something I have to do - I've got to be able to reach across the aisle and get good Democrats and good Republicans to work together,” Romney told more than 4,000 people gathered at Veterans Memorial Arena. “I happen to be elected in a state that has a few Democrats - Massachusetts. My legislature was about 85% Democrat and it was not lost on me that to get anything done at all, and even to have my veto upheld, I had to have people across the aisle I could work with.” But the GOP nominee consistently struggled to have his veto upheld during his tenure.
October 9, 2012 |
How close was Pau Gasol to playing for the Houston Rockets? Members of his inner circle bought airline tickets from LAX to IAH, resigned to Gasol's stunning fate amid an alphabet soup of airport codes. Gasol, though, never booked one. He hoped for a miracle reversal of the trade involving Chris Paul to the Lakers, and it came a day later when NBA Commissioner David Stern vetoed the deal. It didn't help Gasol's mind-set that the same team that delivered a three-year, $57-million contract extension on the way to winning consecutive championships wanted to drop him for the dynamic New Orleans point guard in a three-team trade.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2012 |
This year's legislative battle over immigration seemed to come to a draw when Gov. Jerry Brown signed one key bill but vetoed another. Immigration rights advocates, however, said Monday that the political give-and-take was largely an illusion. They lost. The bill that Brown signed, which lets some young immigrants have driver's licenses, allows nothing beyond what is permitted under a new federal program granting a two-year reprieve from deportation. But the bill that Brown vetoed - the Trust Act - was among the most closely watched pieces of immigration legislation in the country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - The message was in the vetoes. With a deadline approaching, Gov. Jerry Brown had hundreds of bills heaped on his desk, but just one key point to get across to voters: Sacramento had to take the tough medicine on fiscal discipline. "California faces fiscal challenges unparalleled since the Great Depression," Brown wrote in rejecting a bill that would have made it easier for the survivors of public safety workers to collect death benefits. "While much progress has been made to reduce our structural deficit, balance our budget, reform workers' compensation and rein in spiraling pension costs - much work remains.