September 26, 2011 |
There are two conversations going on inside the L.A. County Hall of Administration about the delicate matter of redrawing maps for the supervisorial districts. Both will come to a head Tuesday, but only one will be publicly acknowledged. The surface conversation concerns the rising demographic significance of Latinos and the vague but consequential question of what constitutes "polarized voting. " One faction, led by Supervisor Gloria Molina, favors creating a second district that would include a majority of voting-age Latino citizens.
April 26, 2011 |
Despite strong recent turnouts at the polls, Latinos trail other groups when it comes to voting, according to an analysis of census data released Tuesday by the Pew Hispanic Center. More than 6.6 million Latinos went to the polls in the recent November midterm election, making the group a rich prize for Democrats and Republicans in the 2012 cycle, which includes a battle for the presidency and control of both houses of Congress. The growing Latino population, particularly in the Southwest and West, makes the group a pillar of support for Democrats, who have been the beneficiaries of votes by Latinos, who generally favor the party’s position on immigration reform.
December 26, 2010 |
Just like guests who obliviously kick back on your couch long after the holiday party has ended, the year winds down with a handful of things that have overstayed their welcome in the pop culture arena. We'd like to offer a gentle tap on the shoulder and a cab ride into anonymity for the following: Toning Footwear If those shoes performed as advertised, we'd all have Brooke Burke's badonkadonk and Kim Kardashian's curves by now. Enough said. The Bieber 'Do Unless your birth certificate says " Justin Bieber" on it, let the mop-of-swept-hair thing go, ahhight?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2009 |
Sylvia Levin, who set a record for civic-mindedness by personally registering more than 47,000 Californians to vote, died Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles of complications from a stroke. She was 91. The Santa Monica resident was a familiar sight in Westside communities where, for 36 years, she spent six days a week signing up new voters. Sundays were spent at the farmers' market in Westwood Village.
October 29, 2008
Turnout for Tuesday's election is expected to be vast, but one group will be grievously underrepresented in many states. As many as 5 million felons are barred from exercising the most important duty of citizenship even though they have served their sentences or been released on parole. A disproportionate number of them are African Americans. According to the Sentencing Project, 13% of African American males are unable to vote because of felon-disenfranchisement statutes.
April 23, 2005 |
Working on a reference book about the amendments to the U.S. Constitution, I was amazed to find how many concern voting issues. The 13th, 14th and 15th amendments, passed after the Civil War, dealt with citizenship and the right of former slaves to vote. The 17th provided for direct election of senators. The 19th gave the vote to women. The 23rd allowed residents of the District of Columbia that right. The 24th outlawed the poll tax, and the 26th lowered the voting age to 18.