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October 17, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
CHESAPEAKE, Va. - Showing the importance of undecided women voters in the presidential contest, Mitt Romney is airing a new ad aimed at reassuring them about his position on contraception and abortion. In the ad, a woman says she is concerned that she has heard that Romney opposes all abortion and contraception, but she Googles his views and finds he does not oppose contraception “at all” and allows for abortion in the cases of rape, incest or if the life of the mother is at stake.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
As Republicans seek to improve their standing among Latinos and women, fresh controversies in California could further damage the party with both groups. On Monday, a GOP gubernatorial candidate's inflammatory rhetoric likening illegal immigration to war came to light. The previous day, a conservative website on California politics was launched, featuring a raunchy photo-shopped image of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi - a depiction that prompted the most powerful Republican congressman from California to remove his column from the site.
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NATIONAL
November 9, 2010 | By Matea Gold and Jordan Steffen, Tribune Washington Bureau
Aja Sutter is the kind of voter the Democrats could not afford to lose this year. The 26-year-old physical therapist, part of a cohort of unmarried women that has long been one of the most reliable Democratic bases, enthusiastically voted for Barack Obama in 2008. But in last week's midterm election, Sutter cast her ballot for Republicans, frustrated by the administration's lack of progress in righting the economy "A lot of the things that were promised, in my opinion, didn't happen, and I wasn't satisfied," said Sutter, who noted that many of her female friends, feeling let down and ignored by politicians, did not even bother to vote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2014 | By Jean Merl
Heading off a lawsuit over compliance with a federal voting rights law, California officials have agreed to help millions of state residents register to vote. Under a deal announced Monday by several voting-rights groups, the state will send voter registration cards to nearly 3.8 million Californians who have applied for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The move will ensure that many residents can complete or update their registration in time for the June 3 primary election, representatives of the groups said, and bring the state into compliance with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.
OPINION
May 7, 2000 | Linda A. DiVall, Linda A. DiVall, president of a public-research firm, was a senior advisor to Bob Dole's 1996 presidential campaign
One story the media have underreported this campaign season is Texas Gov. George W. Bush's strength among women. Could it be that they are in denial about Vice President Al Gore's gender-gap problems? Consider the results of my poll, taken April 5-9. The Texas governor defeats the vice president 44%-37%. Bush leads among men, 47%-34%, and women, 41%-39%. Four years ago, former Sen. Bob Dole trailed President Bill Clinton among women 35%-53%.
NEWS
January 6, 1986 | United Press International
The League of Women Voters has hired a male executive director for the first time since it was founded in 1920, it was disclosed today. League President Dorothy Ridings said Grant Thompson will become the chief of staff of the nonpartisan organization Jan. 27, ending a six-month search for an executive director for the league's national office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 1996
The 1996-97 kickoff meeting for the League of Women Voters of the Capistrano Bay Area will be Saturday. Topics for discussion include upcoming ballot issues such as Propositions 208, 209 and 212. The meeting will be at 9:15 a.m. at Marie Callender's Restaurant, 31791 Del Obispo St. Information: (714) 249-4477.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1994
Thanks for highlighting the Central Orange County League of Women Voters' appeal for new young members in Newswatch ("Less Gray?" Jan. 8). Unfortunately, the word "Central" was dropped from the name, leaving the impression that our countywide ranks have dwindled down to about 100 old-timers. We'd like all those prospective members out there to know that the Orange County league actually has 700 members enrolled in its four area groups. Wherever you live in the county, you'll be able to find active, enthusiastic women and men who see the nonpartisan league as a source of solid information which gives them a channel for constructive action in their communities.
NEWS
July 24, 1989 | KARL SCHOENBERGER, Times Staff Writer
Yellow was the color of Corazon Aquino's "people power" revolution in the Philippines three years ago. If there was a theme color in Sunday's crushing electoral defeat for Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, it would have to be pink. Pink because the country's demure, soft-spoken women emerged from political obscurity to dominate campaign rhetoric with outrage over a new consumption tax they claimed betrayed ruling party promises and gouged their pocketbooks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1992 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
The Orange County League of Women voters will host two of a group of 20 women leaders from Poland selected to visit the United States. Alicja Kedzia, vice president of the local Parliament in the district of Kalisz, and Zofia Rummel-Syska, a council chair of the Legal Commission of Warsaw, will stay in private homes and meet with elected officials and political groups during their stay from Saturday through June 13.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By Jean Merl
From dysfunctional technology to disaffected voters, California's next top elections official is going to have his or her hands full. But all of the six men who have filed paperwork to run for secretary of state so far said at a candidates forum this week that they could solve those problems and more. The event, co-hosted by the ACLU of Southern California, the League of Women Voters of California and the California Endowment, was the first of four such sessions planned around the state.
OPINION
March 2, 2014
Re "Swift LAFD hiring cutoff limits pool," Feb. 27 In 2011, Los Angeles voters passed Measure Q, which substantially changed civil service rules for the city. Measure Q eliminated a charter provision requiring the examination process, which includes interviews, to be open to all qualified applicants. The League of Women Voters of Los Angeles opposed Measure Q because of this change. Efficiency should not be allowed to trump fairness and merit in hiring. A "first applications submitted" policy with a 60-second cutoff is not fair to the applicants, who had no idea that their futures depended on being ready to hit the "send" button right at 8 a.m. It is also not fair to Los Angeles residents, who want their Fire Department to hire the best-qualified applicants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- California's refusal to let former state prison inmates vote while they serve community probation terms is under challenge by civil rights groups. On behalf of groups including the League of Women Voters of California, lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California and the San Francisco-based Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against California Secretary of State Debra Bowen. The Alameda County Superior Court lawsuit alleges Bowen wrongly told county election supervisors in 2011 that former state prisoners remain ineligible to vote until they finish their probation sentences.
NEWS
January 29, 2014 | By Cathleen Decker
Like almost all of the State of the Union speeches before it, Tuesday's was visually dominated by men: The television screen filled most of the time with President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in dark suits and medium-blue ties; next to Biden, Republican House Speaker John A. Boehner, in a dark suit and pale green tie. Occasionally, the camera would move to the audience, more mixed but still suffused with dark suits. Only during Nancy Pelosi's brief tenure as House speaker, when she was one of the big three dominating the screen, has it been any different.
NEWS
January 28, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- Republicans accused of waging a "war on women" attempted to send a message to the nation with the selection of Washington state Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the top woman in GOP leadership and a mother of three, to deliver the party's response Tuesday night to President Obama's State of the Union address. The House GOP, though, will send another message just hours before the president visits the House chamber -- voting on a bill called the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortions Act, which seeks to expand a prohibition on the use of federal dollars to pay for abortions.
NATIONAL
October 18, 2013 | By Evan Halper
WASHINGTON - Not long ago, California was so deep in crisis that top officials pleaded with Washington for a financial bailout. A lot has changed. Now, in the wake of the federal government shutdown, many in Washington are looking to California for guidance. Over the last several years, California has upended its entire system of electing politicians. The state has become a national pioneer in efforts aimed at creating a more moderate, responsive body of elected officials less inclined to dig partisan trenches.
NEWS
May 10, 2000 | EDWIN CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A high-powered delegation of women activists told Vice President Al Gore on Tuesday that he needs to significantly sharpen his message if he is to broaden the support among women that he so desperately needs in this campaign. In a private strategy session that lasted nearly two hours, they urged Gore to assemble a more far-flung grass-roots organization to help spread the message that he is an ardent champion of women's rights, according to one key participant.
OPINION
October 4, 1998 | Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior associate at the School of Politics and Economics at Claremont Graduate University and a political analyst for KCAL-TV
Remember 1992? Women, angered by the U.S. Senate's handling of Anita F. Hill's testimony during Clarence Thomas' confirmation hearings and afraid the Supreme Court would strike at abortion rights, stormed the ballot box. They helped elect Bill Clinton president and gave California two Democratic women senators. This year, women again hold the key to the election. The question is whether--and how--they will use it. Democratic leaders are always fretting about low turnout in midterm elections.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Nearly 50 activist groups sent a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday opposing changes proposed by his office to state environmental laws to expedite development projects. The governor's Office of Planning and Research submitted proposed changes to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) that “would actually do a tremendous amount of damage to the important environmental protections it currently provides,” said the letter, signed by representatives of groups including Sierra Club California, the League of Women Voters of California and the Planning and Conservation League.
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