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October 1, 2012 | By Patt Morrison
Republicans' current crop of "voter security" laws are Democrats' "voter suppression" laws. For several years now, Republican-led legislatures have been loud in their concerns about what amounts to a solution in search of a problem: massive, organized voter fraud in order to steal elections. Real verified instances of organized, deliberate voter fraud can likely be counted in the scores at best, and Republicans have been ardent about using the specter of the now-disbanded ACORN group to raise a national warning.
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April 5, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali
MAIDAN SHAHR, Afghanistan - For weeks, the Taliban circulated threats in Sher Agha's rural district that anyone who participated in Saturday's election in Afghanistan would be punished or killed. So the night before the vote, the 52-year-old farmer drove a half-hour to this quiet provincial capital where government security forces patrol the streets. Early Saturday morning, draped in a mustard-colored shawl to ward off the chill and spitting rain, he cast his ballot in a pivotal election that will determine Afghanistan's next president and could reshape its relations with the United States.
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OPINION
May 10, 2012
Re "Failure's no option in fight for Florida," May 7 That there are "places that don't matter in the general election" of a free, democratic society is a disgrace. The two-party system, regardless of which party happens to dominate, fosters the pandering to and representation of the few while rendering whole segments of the population voiceless. Angeline Olliff Mission Hills ALSO: Letters: Smoking tax Letters: Subway horrors Letters: Marriage and North Carolina
NEWS
March 28, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
The state Senate voted Friday to suspend Sens. Leland Yee, Ronald S. Calderon and Roderick D. Wright. This was the right decision, of course. But it's still a lose-lose-lose situation.  The senators will continue to receive their $95,291 annual salaries until they are convicted and expelled, resign or are termed out. No $163 per diem payments, though. Yee, who was indicted this week on charges related to correction and conspiracy to traffic guns, and Calderon, indicted last month on charges of bribery and corruption, are termed out this year.
OPINION
March 23, 2013
Re "Protect Arizona voting rights," Editorial, March 20 The people of Arizona approved a law requiring evidence of citizenship to vote. They are the ones suffering the worst effects of illegal immigration, not those of us in California. You note that the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that voter fraud in Arizona is not a "significant" problem. Must it be "significant" to do something about it? There should be no voter fraud at all. And who today in this country does not have a Social Security card or some form of photo identification?
NATIONAL
April 2, 2013 | By Joseph Tanfani
A Virginia judge has dismissed eight felony counts against a Republican Party campaign worker who threw voter registration forms in a dumpster. Colin Small, 23, still faces misdemeanor charges related to the incident in October, according to his lawyer, John Holloran of Harrisonburg, Va. But the felonies were thrown out during a preliminary hearing Tuesday, Holloran said in an interview. “I think they charged it three days after the event and thought it was the tip of the iceberg and that there was this huge voter fraud conspiracy that was occurring,” Holloran said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 | By Jean Merl, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
A Los Angeles jury on Tuesday convicted state Sen. Roderick D. Wright on all eight counts in his perjury and voter fraud trial. The Inglewood Democrat was indicted by a Los Angeles County grand jury in September 2010. He had pleaded not guilty and said he thought he had been following the law in 2007 when he took steps to run for the seat he has held since late 2008. In a trial that began Jan. 8, prosecutors accused Wright of faking a move to a rental property he owned in Inglewood so he could run in what was then the 25th Senate District.
NATIONAL
October 24, 2012 | By Joseph Tanfani
WASHINGTON - The son of a Virginia congressman resigned from his father's campaign Wednesday after an undercover video captured him discussing possible voter fraud. Patrick Moran, whose father is Democratic Rep. James P. Moran, was secretly recorded in a video posted by conservative activist James O'Keefe. In the video, Moran, who was working as his father's campaign field director, talks about using utility bills and other documents to evade Virginia's new voter ID laws.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2010 | By David Zahniser and Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
A grand jury unsealed a 24-count felony indictment on Wednesday against Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife, Flora Montes de Oca, saying they committed perjury and voter fraud when they listed their home as being in Panorama City. Ending a 15-month investigation by Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley's Public Integrity Division, the criminal grand jury accused Alarcon and his wife of falsely claiming that their home was at an address in Alarcon's 7th Council District, which takes in a portion of the northeast San Fernando Valley.
NEWS
January 14, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has refused to lift a 30-year consent decree that bars the Republican National Committee from targeting racial and ethnic minorities in its efforts to end fraudulent voting. The justices without comment turned down an appeal from RNC lawyers who said the decree has become “antiquated” and is “increasingly used as political weapon” by Democrats during national campaigns. For their part, lawyers for the Democratic National Committee had argued that recent campaigns show the “consent degree remains necessary today.” The court's action is a victory for the DNC, and it comes after an election year in which the two parties regularly exchanged charges over “voter fraud” and “voter intimidation.” But most of the recent battles have been fought on the state level, and it is not clear whether the long-standing consent decree has had much impact.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Trying to counter ethics scandals in which lawmakers stand accused of voter fraud, bribery, money laundering and other misdeeds, Democratic leaders Thursday proposed sweeping changes to state political laws aimed at restoring public confidence in the Legislature. The proposals, which Gov. Jerry Brown has yet to embrace, would ban lawmakers and other state officials from accepting such gifts as spa treatments, golf games and tickets to Lakers games. Officials could take other gifts, but only if their worth totaled $200 or less annually from any source - down from the $440 now allowed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- A day after going on a leave of absence, Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood) was replaced Wednesday as the chairman of the Senate Governmental Organization Committee by Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana). Wright was removed as chairman after a jury last month found him guilty of eight felonies including voter fraud and perjury for lying when he signed forms indicating that he lived in his Senate district when he ran for office. On Wednesday, the Senate Rules Committee appointed Correa to head the committee overseeing gambling and liquor laws.
OPINION
February 25, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Hours after state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon was indicted Friday for allegedly taking $100,000 in bribes, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg conferred with his members and produced a statement calling on the Montebello Democrat to resign, take a leave of absence or face expulsion. This was bold action from the Senate, no doubt aimed at preserving the integrity of the body and sending a message to Californians that corruption and fraud among lawmakers would not be tolerated. But if that's the message Steinberg wants to send, why is Sen. Roderick Wright still serving?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2014 | By Chris Megerian and Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - For a while it looked like the state Legislature was shedding its reputation as a political punching bag, its ratings in public opinion polls climbing out of the cellar as the budget crisis eased and the economy began to recover. Then federal authorities announced criminal charges against state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) and his brother Tom Calderon, a former lawmaker, on Friday. The senator is accused of fraud, money laundering and taking nearly $100,000 in bribes in return for pushing to expand tax credits for the film industry and opposing certain workers' compensation legislation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
 SACRAMENTO -- State Sen. Roderick Wright's felony verdict by a jury this week has been a major topic of news in gambling-oriented newspapers and chat rooms, with the consensus being his legal problems are a setback for efforts to legalize Internet poker in California. That is because Wright, a Democrat from Inglewood, has been chairman of the Senate Governmental Organization Committee, which handles all gambling bills, and he is the author of multiple bills over the years seeking to allow state-sanctioned poker and other games on the Internet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Three days after a jury found him guilty of eight felony counts, state Sen. Roderick Wright reported Friday that political supporters have helped him raise $248,000 for his legal defense fund. On Tuesday, a Los Angeles jury found Wright guilty of voter fraud and perjury after prosecutors said he lied about living in his Senate district when he ran for office.   Wright reported Friday that he had raised $89,200 last year for the account, bringing the total raised since 2011 to $248,000.
NEWS
December 18, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
Admittedly, I don't get a lot of my news from Fox News. But when I saw this headline Wednesday, “Non-citizens caught voting in 2012 presidential election in key swing state,” well, let's just say they had me at “non-citizens caught voting.” Like Mitt Romney weeks later, and Karl Rove on election night, Fox has its own way of spinning the 2012 election. But hey, if voter fraud cost Romney Ohio, that's big news - bigger than President Obama being born in Kenya, bigger than Obamacare as the worst government disaster ever, bigger than Benghazi, bigger than Obama's uncle whom he did/didn't know, bigger than, well, you get the Fox(y)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
The Los Angeles County district attorney has launched an investigation into "allegations of impropriety" in the upcoming election in Inglewood, a spokeswoman said Thursday. The inquiry by the office's Bureau of Investigation began within the last month, said district attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons, who said she could not elaborate on the probe. But Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles), in a letter to U.S. Atty. Gen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Two days after he was convicted of eight felonies for perjury and voter fraud, state Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood) introduced a bill that would allow some nonviolent felonies to be converted to misdemeanors. However, a spokesman for Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said the bill will not be allowed out of the Senate Rules Committee for a vote. "Regardless of any merits of the bill, wrong author, wrong time," said Rhys Williams, a spokesman for Steinberg.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
State Senate leader Darrell Steinberg said Thursday that he will not seek expulsion of state Sen. Roderick Wright until an appeal is decided that finalizes the felony convictions. Steinberg said in the interim he will honor Wright's request to remove him as chairman of the Senate Governmental Organization Committee. The announcement came two days after a Los Angeles jury found Wright guilty of eight felony counts including voter fraud and perjury. Prosecutors said he lied when he said he lived in his Senate district when he was elected.
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