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November 15, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
A Roman Catholic priest should not have told parishioners who voted for President-elect Barack Obama to refrain from taking Holy Communion because of his stance in support of abortion, the church's senior officer in the state said. Monsignor Martin T. Laughlin said in a statement posted on the diocese's website that the church should not be drawn into "the partisan political arena." Earlier this week, Father Jay Scott Newman said in a letter to parishioners at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenville that they are putting their souls at risk if they take Holy Communion without first doing penance for voting for the Democrat.
April 7, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar
Bryan Mejia has some advice for the Los Angeles Board of Education. He isn't a gadfly or political consultant. He isn't running for office - he can't even vote. Mejia is a high school student. And he wants to help fix what he and other students see as the board's fundamental flaw: It is missing a voice it purports to represent. "We should have representation where the decisions affecting our education are made," the 17-year-old said. "The school board. " The board is expected to vote Tuesday on a proposal to allow a student advisory member on the board.
Every workday for the last eight years, Tatyana Yevstafyevna has set up shop on the same patch of sidewalk, tacking newspapers to a plywood stand and selling them to passersby. Between customers, she reads her wares: dailies, tabloids, TV guides. But so far, she said, they haven't helped her choose whom to vote for Sunday. "I haven't decided yet," the stout 60-year-old sheepishly said last week. "I'll probably make up my mind in the voting booth." If so, she won't be alone. In many polls, the leading contender in Russia's parliamentary elections is "undecided."
April 4, 2014 | By Paige St. John and Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Federal corruption charges against state Sen. Leland Yee, accused of soliciting campaign donations from undercover agents who sought political favors in return, put new light on donations he received while voting on legislation affecting his contributors. California allows lawmakers to accept political donations while the Legislature is in session, so it is not unusual for money and votes to coincide. Yee has said his votes reflected his conscience, not his campaign accounts.
November 3, 1998
Forget the parties. I'm voting against the polls and pundits. CURTIS M. BRUBAKER Los Angeles
June 21, 2012
Re "Debating the top-two system," Column, June 18 George Skelton says it's "screwy" to redo an election in November if one candidate receives more than 50% of the vote in the primary. But low turnout raises problems with skipping the runoff. Instead, eliminate the primary, not the November election. Allow all candidates to run in November, with voters marking their first, second, third and fourth choices. Count everyone's first choice, eliminate the candidate with the fewest votes and apply those voters' second choice.
May 22, 2009 | Maria L. La Ganga
Heather Foster initially felt unabashed pride, followed by a touch of sheepishness. "We're awesome," then, "Well, we have been better." Foster is the registrar of voters in Sierra County, which showed the rest of California how it is done in Tuesday's anemically attended special election. The unofficial voter turnout in the conservative, rural enclave was 53.
April 3, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali
KABUL, Afghanistan - The last time Abdullah Abdullah ran for president of Afghanistan the election devolved into a bloody farce. Votes cast in some areas in 2009 exceeded the number of voters. One in 5 ballots nationwide was tossed out because of fraud. Thirty-one people died in insurgent attacks. Days before a runoff against President Hamid Karzai, Abdullah withdrew from the race, fearing more fraud in the incumbent's favor. Five years later, the Karzai era is ending, as is the dominant role of the United States in Afghan life.
April 2, 2014 | Doyle McManus
Only a decade ago, Christian social conservatives were a commanding force in American politics. They helped elect one of their own, George W. Bush, to two terms. They were a cornerstone of a GOP coalition that appeared to hold a permanent electoral majority. But today, the movement has lost its momentum - in part because one of its assets has become a liability. It used to be that when Republicans wanted to increase conservative voter turnout, all they had to do was put same-sex marriage on the ballot.
March 30, 2014 | By Glen Johnson
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party appeared headed toward a sizable victory in the country's municipal elections Sunday, despite a corruption scandal that continues to swirl around Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his inner circle. With 85% of the vote counted, the party, known as the AKP, had secured between 44% and 47% of municipal posts, while the main opposition Republican People's Party, or CHP, garnered between 27% and 29%, according to Turkish media reports early Monday.
March 27, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - Stung by scandals that threaten to put three of their own behind bars, state lawmakers were preparing Thursday to suspend Sen. Leland Yee, who was arrested a day earlier on charges of corruption and conspiracy to traffic in guns. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) has called for a Friday vote to sideline the San Francisco Democrat - with pay - if he does not leave voluntarily, action supported by the leader of the Republican minority. Yee, arrested by the FBI in a criminal sting operation that also ensnared a notorious Bay Area gangster known as "Shrimp Boy," abruptly ended his campaign to become California's secretary of state in this year's elections.
March 27, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Representatives from the Catholic Athletic Assn. approved new leagues on Thursday, and for football only, L.A. Salesian was put in a league with Loyola, Bishop Amat and Gardena Serra. Salesian will appeal the decision to the Southern Section. Salesian won the Northeast Division last season. That's considered Division XIII in strength. Salesian has been adding transfer students in recent years, alienating some of its member schools, and that probably helped influence other schools to vote in favor of adding Salesian to the more powerful league.
March 22, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Former state Sen. Sheila Kuehl won the endorsement of a key activist group Saturday after a wide-ranging debate among five candidates vying to replace Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. The two-hour forum at the Pacific Palisades Woman's Club allowed the candidates to share their views on mass transit, Proposition 13, arts funding, term limits and cleaning polluted storm water. In the end, the board of the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club voted to endorse Kuehl in the June 3 primary.
March 20, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
For Republicans roaring into the midterm election, the last few weeks have brought a wave of good news. President Obama's poll numbers continue to hover in the 40s. Democrats' hopes of holding the Senate look slimmer by the day. And the GOP heralded last week's win in Florida's special congressional election as evidence that their anti-Obamacare strategy is working. But some Republican strategists and donors fear that buoyant mood spells trouble for the party down the road - by masking the long-term problems that were so evident after the 2012 election.
March 20, 2014 | By Howard Blume
The contest to head the nation's second-largest teachers union will go to a second round, pitting challenger Alex Caputo-Pearl against incumbent Warren Fletcher, who finished a distant second in the initial race, according to results released Thursday. Caputo-Pearl, 45, received 48% of the votes and Fletcher 21%. In the vote-by-mail election, 7,158 members of United Teachers Los Angeles returned ballots, about 23% of those eligible to vote. Fewer than one in four voters supported the one-term incumbent.
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