Posts Tagged ‘elections’

Trust in govt. drops to new low

Sunday, August 24th, 2014
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A new Gallup Poll shows what we all know just from talking to people: Trust in government is at a new low. Just 19 percent say they trust government "Just about always/Most of the time." Must be government workers and their kin. An appallingly low 81 percent trust the government "Only some...

California experiments with open-source voting

Friday, March 28th, 2014
California experiments with open-source voting

  After spending tens of millions of dollars in recent years on ineffective voting systems, California election officials are planning to experiment with an "open source" system that may prove to be the cure-all for secure, accessible balloting – or just another expensive failure. Most comp...

Non-profit accused of 'money laundering,' exonerated, but fined

Thursday, October 24th, 2013
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The California Fair Political Practices Commission is announcing today at noon they have reached a settlement in the investigation into the mysterious $11-million donation from an Arizona nonprofit, during the 2012 California general election. One of the groups accused of the “campaign money l...

President Arnold?

Friday, October 18th, 2013
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Three years ago I reviewed Ian Halpern's biography of then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, "The Governator: From Muscle Beach to His Quest for the White House, the Improbable Rise of Arnold Schwarzenegger." Back than it was by far the best biography of him, and remains so. best computer repair sof...

Audit: Secretary of State wastes $22 million on voting machines

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
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When Debra Bowen was a candidate for California secretary of state in 2006, two of her top three priorities, according to SmartVoter.org, were to: Ensure that the state’s voting systems are accurate and secure by introducing strict auditing requirements so that every vote is counted as it was ...

Bills address campaign donations from private parties, not unions

Monday, August 19th, 2013
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Editor's note: This is Part 1 of 2. California lawmakers object to "dark money," a term for campaign contributions used to pay for an election campaign without disclosing the source of the money. But while Democratic lawmakers object to "dark money," they don't seem to want to talk about public ...

Results are in: Vidak wins in Senate race

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013
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  As of 6:00 a.m., Republican Andy Vidak was leading Democratic challenger Leticia Perez, by more than 6,000 votes for the empty seat in the Senate District 16 runoff race. Congratulations were already coming in to Vidak on his Facebook page. Vidak, a 47-year old, third-generation...

Vidak state Senate race could impact Dem supermajority

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Central Valley Senate District 16 is a crucial one for Democrats in the Capitol. They need it to keep their two-thirds supermajority that allows them to raise fees and taxes without any Republican votes. Candidates Andy Vidak, a Republican, and Leticia Perez, a Democrat, are facing a runoff...

Expected Vidak-Perez runoff would spark national attention

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013
Expected Vidak-Perez runoff would spark national attention

May 30, 2013 By Katy Grimes Only hours after appearing to win the election outright for State Senate District 16 last week, many in the political media were opining that Andy Vidak had it easy during this special election, but predicted a 2014 re-election bid would be a different game. Tuesday'...

Assembly bill would stall local pension reform efforts

Friday, May 24th, 2013

May 24, 2013 By Katy Grimes A bill to make it nearly impossible for local ballot initiatives to reform generous labor pensions was passed by the Assembly Thursday by a 50-18 vote. AB 822 by Assemblyman Isadore Hall, D-Los Angeles, would require all local ballot proposals seeking reforms to pub...