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  • Maryland GOP gives voters the last word

    05/08/2012 9:11:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 7, 2012 | David Hill
    When Marylanders go to the polls in November, the most interesting races might not involve political candidates. The state’s voters will elect eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives and one U.S. senator, and will help choose a president, but an unprecedented slate of ballot initiatives is expected to set the state’s course on social issues, including same-sex marriage and illegal immigration, and potentially on gambling and congressional redistricting. This will be the first time in 20 years that a voter-petitioned referendum makes the state’s ballot, and as many as three could appear. All were initiated by Republicans who...
  • CA Paycheck initiative gets $250,000 donation; union trumps it

    04/18/2012 12:33:36 PM PDT · by fifedom · 1 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | April 16, 2012 | Jon Ortiz
    -the initiative received -- $250,000 last month to support a ballot measure that would ban payroll deductions for raising money for political purposes, ... Two days after the California Faculty Association Political Issues Committee put $350,000 into opposing it. -The initiative will start- a political slugfest that could total $50 million or more in campaign spending by the time voters decide on the measure in November.
  • Democrats Propose Measures To Rein In California Initiative Process [Lets Now Handcuff The People!]

    08/26/2011 5:19:42 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 26 replies · 1+ views
    LATimes ^ | August 25, 2011 | Michael J. Mishak
    Democrats Propose Measures To Rein In California Initiative Process Some say the bevy of voter-mandated programs leaves lawmakers hamstrung and that the process is subject to abuse by special interests. Critics say the proposed changes would 'neuter direct democracy.' California is the only state that doesn't allow its Legislature to amend or repeal statutes created by voters. By Michael J. Mishak, August 26, 2011 Reporting from Sacramento— Democrats in the Legislature are trying to make it harder for Californians to pass their own laws at the ballot box, saying the state's century-old initiative process has been hijacked by the special...
  • California Democrats declare war on ballot measures

    08/04/2011 4:52:20 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/4/11 | Dan Walters
    Do California Democrats want to eviscerate the initiative process, or merely smother it to death with a blanket of supposed reforms? The party has almost complete control of state government and apparently doesn't want to contend with pesky ballot measures. So this year – the 100th anniversary of the initiative, the referendum and the recall – it has declared war. Last weekend, the state Democratic executive board made it official, declaring that "the initiative process is being abused by the use of misleading titles and advertisements by unscrupulous signature-gathering companies, hired signature collectors, and concealed sponsors to create laws and...
  • Brown vetos SB 168 Petitions: compensation for signatures. (unions lose)

    08/01/2011 8:12:25 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Gov. Brown Veto Message ^ | Aug 1, 2011 | Moonbeam
    To the Members of the California State Senate: I am returning Senate Bill 168 without my signature. This bill makes it a crime for a person to payor receive money (or any other thing of value) based-directly or indirectly--on the number of signatures obtained on a state or local initiative, referendum, or recall petition. While runderstand the potential abuses of the current per-signature payment system, 1 believe this bill is flawed for two reasons. First, this bill would effectively prohibit organizations from even setting targets or quotas for those they hire to gather signatures. It doesn't seem very practical to...
  • EDITORIAL: Governor should veto bill aimed at signature gathering

    07/21/2011 3:33:00 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 3 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | 12:00 AM on Thursday, Jul. 21, 2011 | Fresno Bee
    Legislators are forever looking for ways to "improve" the initiative process. And why not? Direct democracy infringes on their power. California needs fewer ballot propositions, not more. The system needs an overhaul. But Gov. Jerry Brown should veto Senate Bill 168, on his desk, a veiled attempt to limit initiatives in a loaded manner... Supporters include organized labor, which long has made heavy use of direct democracy. Unions could rely on members and their family and friends to sign petitions, and perhaps could gain an advantage over rivals if the pay-by-signature system were outlawed. The California Chamber of Commerce and...
  • Obama administration spends $1.2 billion on cycling and walking initiatives

    06/16/2010 6:46:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies · 559+ views
    telegraph ^ | 6/16/10 | staff
    The Obama administration more than doubled spending on cycling and walking initiatives to $1.2 billion (£810 million) last year as it seeks to coax Americans out of their cars. Spending on biking and walking projects rose from less than $600 million (£407 million) in 2008, according to the Federal Highway Administraion. Twenty years ago, the federal government was spending only $6 million a year on such projects. The spending on biking and walking projects was scheduled to rise last year anyway, but the administration boosted it with $400 million in funds set aside under the economic recovery program. The new...
  • Gay Marriage Effort Fails

    04/12/2010 6:53:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 473+ views
    NBC11 ^ | Mon, Apr 12, 2010
    Gay rights activists say they have failed to qualify a measure that would repeal California's same-sex marriage ban for the November ballot. Restore Equality 2010 chairman Sean Bohac says the volunteer-run group fell short of gathering the nearly 695,000 signatures needed to put the initiative before voters. Monday was the deadline for submitting the signatures to the Secretary of State's Office. Bohac says Restore Equality's failed effort was undermined by the decision of more established gay rights groups not to participate in the campaign. He says same-sex marriage supporters now are turning their attention to trying to repeal Proposition 8...
  • Glenn Beck and the Fox Puppets Want to Repeal the 20th Century

    02/22/2010 12:15:34 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 71 replies · 1,624+ views
    Newsweek ^ | February 22, 2010 | Jonathan Alter
    Glenn Beck has now supplanted Rush Limbaugh as the most influential broadcaster in America. He's the one the tea-party movement looks to. Beck wowed the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) crowd Feb 20 with his attack on progressivism, which he said must be "eradicated." "Progressivism is the cancer in America and it's eating our Constitution," Beck told the crowd. Now that Beck has given his marching orders, expect to hear all the Fox Puppets echoing him. The goal is to discredit "progressivism" as they did "liberalism." Beck fancies himself a historian; his patter is full of historical references that seem...
  • Obama announces initiatives for middle class

    01/25/2010 9:23:00 AM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies · 1,103+ views
    ap ^ | 1/25/10 | Julie Pace
    Obama announces economic aid for struggling middle class families WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is offering new ideas meant to help struggling people pay bills and care for their families, aiming to help a middle-class he says has been "under assault for a long time." Obama and Vice President Joe Biden outlined a series of proposals that will be in Obama's budget next month. They include a doubling of the child care tax credit for families earning under $85,000, a program to cap student loan payments for people carrying a big college debt burden and aid for families taking...
  • There are 45 Initiatives in Circulation — And More Coming

    12/15/2009 6:20:19 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 370+ views
    California's Capitol ^ | 12/15/09 | Greg Lucas
    Former Gov. Hiram Johnson, recently posthumously inducted into the California Museum’s Hall of Fame, helped create California’s initiative process to break the stranglehold of the railroads on the state Legislature. Johnson, a Sacramento native who was governor from 1911 to 1917, is likely spinning in his grave. As of December 14, there are 45 measures being circulated for voter signatures, another 38 are awaiting titles and summaries by the Attorney General. So far, three initiatives have qualified for the 2010 primary election – the most significant of which would create open primaries in 2012 allowing voters to cast a ballot...
  • Going Broke: Do-it-yourself lawmaking often a budget buster

    09/22/2009 7:53:55 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 285+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/22/9 | Steve Wiegand
    Voters' distrust of the people they elect has been around as long as voting itself. But armed with a 98-year-old constitutional weapon, California voters repeatedly have parlayed that distrust into making laws on their own - and greatly complicated the state's budget process. "There's not a lot of faith in Sacramento or in the process," said Robert Stern, president of the nonpartisan Center for Governmental Studies and an expert on California's initiative system. "I think the initiative (process) expresses that lack of faith ... but it quite literally adds another layer to finding good solutions." It's a layer that has...
  • Direct link to vote totals for California Initiatives

    05/19/2009 8:46:48 PM PDT · by catnipman · 23 replies · 1,649+ views
    California Secretatary of State ^ | May 19, 2009 | California Secretatary of State
    Direct link to California Secretary of State tabular results of California initiatives.
  • Obama plans new company bailout initiatives (Here a bail-out, There a bail-out, eieiooooo)

    04/04/2009 10:34:43 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 678+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/4/09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – The administration of President Barack Obama is considering new bailout initiatives that will allow troubled companies to benefit from rescue programs while avoid restrictions imposed by Congress, The Washington Post reported Saturday. ... Experts at the Obama administration have concluded that this approach is vital for persuading firms to participate in programs funded by the 700-billion-dollar financial rescue package, the report said. The administration believes it can sidestep the rules because, .. it has decided not to provide federal aid directly to financial companies,.. Instead, the government has set up special entities that act as middlemen, channeling...
  • Analysis: President Obama Creates New Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

    02/06/2009 11:35:11 PM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 20 replies · 931+ views
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 2/6/09 | Derek Davis
    By Derek H. Davis, J.D., Ph.D. Director, UMHB Center for Religious Liberty University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Belton, Texas WASHINGTON, DC - President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Thursday, February 5, to create the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The office replaces the controversial Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives that George W. Bush created to provide government grants to churches and other faith-based organizations to administer welfare programs. ”The goal of this office will not be to favor one religious group over another–or even religious groups over secular groups,” Obama stated when announcing the new...
  • California Propositions that are on the November 4, 2008 General Election Ballot

    06/29/2008 2:26:39 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 36 replies · 1,595+ views
    Propositions that are on the November 4, 2008 General Election Ballot* Bond MeasureProposition 1 SB 1856 (Chapter 697, 2002). Costa. Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century.** **Note: The Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century was originally scheduled to appear on the November 2, 2004, General Election ballot. Subsequently, Senate Bill 1169, Chapter 71, Statutes of 2004, provided that it appear on the November 7, 2006, General Election ballot. However, most recently, Assembly Bill 713, Chapter 44, Statutes of 2006, provides for the submission of this Act on the November...
  • California Ballot Measure Update as of June 2, 2008 (November election)

    06/04/2008 12:20:23 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 15 replies · 285+ views
    California Secretary of State ^ | 2 June 2008 | Debra Bowen and staff
    Changes since the last update: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1310. (07-0081) Nonviolent Offenders. Sentencing, Parole and Rehabilitation. Statute. Qualified for the November 4, 2008 General Election 1326. (07-0094, Amdt. #1S) Criminal Penalties and Laws. Public Safety Funding. Statute. Qualified for the November 4, 2008 General Election 1304. (07-0066, Amdt. #1S) Renewable Energy. Statute. Qualified for the November 4, 2008 General Election 1298. (07-0068) Limit on Marriage. Constitutional Amendment. Qualified for the November 4, 2008 General Election Propositions that are on the November 4, 2008 General Election Ballot Bond MeasureSB 1856 (Chapter 697, 2002). Costa. Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the...
  • State of Washington Initiative Process - Tim Eyman

    03/14/2008 11:36:59 AM PDT · by stubernx98 · 13 replies · 912+ views
    Email to supporters ^ | 3/14/08 | Tim Eyman
    Coulda been worse. With mega-majority control by the Democrats of the House, Senate, and Governor's mansion, it's critical to highlight the good, not just the bad: * The legislative jihad against the initiative process totally imploded thanks to all of us working together. Bills that would have shut down the signature gathering process were clearly illegal, unconstitutional, and aimed at endangering citizens -- that's why the Democrats pushed so hard for their approval. But six weeks on non-stop emails, phone calls, faxes, and letters from all of you -- and scathing editorials and columns in every newspaper -- successfully beat...
  • A parting shot at the people

    02/17/2008 6:04:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 223+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17, 2008 | Paul Jacob
    >Nebraska State Senator DiAnna Schimek's 20-year legislative career is nearly over. She feels victimized, no doubt, by the voter-enacted term limits that make this her final year in power. Still, Senator Schimek hopes to go out with her boots on, firing one final shotgun blast to maim or kill the initiative process she has long abhorred. You see, it was only through the voter initiative that Nebraskans passed term limits . . . three times. Yup. It took three petition drives and three votes of the people. Of course, term limits passed overwhelmingly each time. But a charmed third initiative...
  • New Initiatives Raise Hopes for Army to Reach Recruiting Goals

    09/04/2007 5:12:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 150+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2007 – The Army’s new “quick-ship” bonus program is showing success in getting prospective recruits to enlist and is expected to help the Army make its end-of-year recruiting goal, the Army’s recruiting chief told Pentagon reporters today. Maj. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, commander of U.S. Army Recruiting Command, credited the $20,000 quick-ship bonus with helping to motivate would-be soldiers who were “on the fence” into joining the ranks. The program was introduced in late July to provide a financial incentive for recruits willing to ship off quickly to basic training. In August alone, 200 recruits who were...
  • Oil Initiatives, Funding Paying Off in Iraq, U.S. Engineer Official Says

    05/21/2007 4:59:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 376+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 21, 2007 – The $1.725 billion appropriation committed to improving Iraq’s oil sector has had a major impact in building or restoring the country’s crude oil, natural gas and cooking fuel capacity, a senior official in Baghdad reported. Navy Capt. Richard D. Fritzley, director of the oil sector for the Army Corps of Engineers’ Gulf Region Division, told reporters during a May 19 roundtable session the funds committed to oil and gas production are paying off. The program’s goal, he said, is to repair and rebuild existing oil systems and components throughout the country and to restore...
  • LA Mayor Villaraigosa calling for initiatives to reduce poverty (tax-free learning savings accounts)

    01/24/2007 9:19:43 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 361+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/24/07 | Erica Werner - ap
    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called Wednesday for tax-free learning savings accounts for every student in the country as part of an ambitious package of anti-poverty initiatives developed by a mayors task force he chaired. The plan was to be formally unveiled Thursday at the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, but Villaraigosa gave a preview during a speech at the National Press Club. "This is a downpayment on America's future we can no longer afford to postpone," said Villaraigosa. The main points of the plan included: -A tax-free learning account for every student, with the government chipping...
  • New Yorker Pushes Ballot Initiatives in 12 States

    08/10/2006 9:19:51 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 4 replies · 404+ views
    http://www.newhousenews.com ^ | 8 10 06 | DAVE HOGAN And BETSY HAMMOND
    Organizations controlled by Howard Rich, a Manhattan real estate investor with a longstanding interest in libertarian causes, have funneled more than $7.3 million into ballot initiative campaigns in 12 states, according to an analysis by The Oregonian newspaper in Portland. Most of the Rich groups' money is for state spending caps and property rights measures in the West and Midwest, led by $2.3 million to fund a now-derailed effort to get both causes on the ballot in Missouri. Next come California, with $1.5 million for a campaign to prohibit government from condemning property for private use, and Oregon, with $1.1...
  • CA: 13 ballot measures could be bad luck - Bond, tax initiatives dicey for candidates

    07/09/2006 8:30:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies · 1,022+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 7/9/06 | John Marelius
    Thirteen propositions that have qualified for the Nov. 7 ballot ask voters to authorize billions of dollars in bond issues and new taxes, creating political land mines for the candidates for governor, especially Democrat Phil Angelides. The cumulative weight of the measures could make it more difficult for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to sell his ambitious package of public-works bonds. In the June primary election, voters decisively rejected a seemingly routine library bond issue whose price tag was a tiny fraction of what the Republican governor is promoting. The proposed tax increases on the November ballot complicate life for Angelides, the...
  • CA: Judges to Rule on Use of English-Only Initiative Petitions

    06/19/2006 12:24:05 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 13 replies · 437+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 19, 2006 | John Spano
    Federal challenges to English-only initiative petitions are roiling election officials across the state and have thrown into doubt a handful of citizen-spawned ballot issues. The question is whether petitions circulated for signatures to qualify initiatives and referendums for the ballot must be translated for voters who speak another language. California began providing Spanish-language ballots statewide in 2002, and local jurisdictions also provide multilingual election materials. But petitions, which are written by ordinary people hoping to change laws from the grass-roots level, are often available in English only. Federal judges have disagreed on the question, resulting in disruptions to elections in...
  • Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives to come to California?

    03/15/2006 9:11:16 AM PST · by Craig DeLuz · 1 replies · 144+ views
    The Home of Uncommon Sense ^ | 03/15/2006 | Craig DeLuz
    For those of you who have been wondering where I have been. The following press release from my boss will explain it all… LESLIE PROPOSES GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF FAITH-BASED AND COMMUNITY INITIATIVES AB 2704 will help California Non-Profits help Californians Read More... Craig DeLuz Visit The Home of Uncommon Sense... www.craigdeluz.com
  • CA: Ballot fatigue probably won't last past June (70 initiatives OK'd for fall or await clearance)

    01/29/2006 10:33:19 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 232+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 1/29/06 | John Marelius
    After voters resoundingly rejected the entire special-election ballot in November, California's thriving initiative industry has fallen on hard times, at least momentarily. Only one citizen initiative will be on the June 6 primary-election ballot – actor-director Rob Reiner's universal preschool measure. But dozens of initiatives aimed at the ballot this fall are in the preliminary approval stages. “I think there was some fatigue among donors and everybody else after the November ballot,” said Dave Gilliard, a Republican political consultant active in ballot proposition campaigns. “I don't think it's a long-term trend.” Seventy initiatives have been approved for circulation for the...
  • Ballot Box Budgeting…Tax hikes & increased govt. spending coming to a ballot near you!

    11/28/2005 1:19:25 PM PST · by Craig DeLuz · 158+ views
    The Home of Uncommon Sense ^ | 11/28/2005 | Craig DeLuz
    As the California Legislature proves itself to be more and more irrelevant, liberals have decided to take their tax and spend agenda to the ballot box. Unfortunately, recent history has proven that voters are willing to approve increased government spending as long as they believe that someone else is footing the bill. Read More... Craig DeLuz Visit The Home of Uncommon Sense... www.craigdeluz.com
  • Voter Initiatives Taking Shape for '06 State Ballot

    11/28/2005 7:09:08 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 393+ views
    LA Times ^ | 11/28/05 | Jordan Rau
    SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger may have forsaken ballot initiatives for the near future, but lawmakers and advocacy groups are moving forward with new proposals to raise taxes on cigarettes and the wealthy, keep sex offenders off the streets, increase spending on preschools and healthcare and forever ban same-sex marriage. Schwarzenegger interpreted the rejection of all eight measures in this month's special election as a sign that California voters want lawmakers to solve the state's problems by themselves. But advocates from across the political spectrum — including several Republican state legislators — say they are preparing initiatives for next year...
  • Devious Democrats Attack Arnold’s Initiatives

    11/07/2005 3:37:48 AM PST · by AliVeritas · 18 replies · 414+ views
    Human Events ^ | Nov 7, 2005 | Larry Kelley
    Come tomorrow night, Arnold Schwarzenegger might be wishing he stuck to movie stardom and real estate barony rather than trying to save California from itself—wishing instead that he were perhaps lounging on the French Riviera with fellow Europhiles such as Johnny Depp and Gweneth Paltrow in salons where the conversations inevitably come around to trashing President Bush and those American boorish boobs that voted for him. But instead he’s spending his days being trashed by California’s myriad special interests: fireman, teachers, nurses, cops, public employee unions, city, county and statewide elected officials, trial lawyers, illegal alien activists and the vast...
  • The Anti-Everything Party

    11/04/2005 9:55:38 AM PST · by Impeach98 · 10 replies · 1,708+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 11/04/2005 | Melanie Morgan
    Rush Limbaugh has a penchant for putting his finger on the driving forces and central themes in contemporary American politics. And once again he's nailed it. I'm speaking of Mr. Limbaugh's repeated assertions of late that the Democrat Party has suffered a series of setbacks because they simply lack positive ideas on how to improve the lives of Americans. Instead, the Democrats have become the anti-party – being against anything proposed or advanced by President Bush or any other Republican politicians. It doesn't matter whether the dateline is Washington, D.C., or rural America – the party of Roosevelt and Kennedy...
  • Field Poll: No side leads Yes side on all four of the propositions backed by Governor Schwarzenegger

    11/01/2005 6:38:12 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 903+ views
    Field.com ^ | 11/01/05 | Mark DiCamillo and Mervin Field
    NO side leads YES side on all four of the propositions backed by Governor Schwarzenegger.
  • CA: Villaraigosa featured in TV ads to fight ballot initiatives

    10/31/2005 7:26:28 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 237+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 10/31/05 | Harrison Sheppard
    SACRAMENTO - As Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger struggles to make his case for reform measures on the Nov. 8 special-election ballot, he and his opponents have stepped up their battle for the state's Latino voters. The governor taped a town-hall forum on Spanish-language Univision that aired statewide over the weekend, even as opponents launched their first Spanish-language TV ads featuring Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa attacking the governor's proposals. The high-profile events are just the latest campaign efforts aimed at courting the 2 million Latinos registered to vote in California, accounting for 14 percent of the statewide electorate. "We've been on the air...
  • Voters to Weigh Propositions in 7 States

    10/30/2005 7:25:52 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 2 replies · 476+ views
    ABC News ^ | Oct. 30, 2005 | DAVID CRARY
    Gay Rights, Teen Abortion Among Issues Facing Voters in Ballot Measures in Seven States As is often the case, California has the most intriguing mix of propositions including four backed by Schwarzenegger, the Republican governor, to curb the power of the Democratic-controlled Legislature and the state's public employee unions. Another measure, notable in a state with liberal leanings, would require parents to be notified when a minor seeks an abortion. Texas voters are expected to approve a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriages a step already taken in 18 other states. In Maine, a conservative alliance is urging voters to...
  • CA: Poll finds little support for governor, initiatives

    10/27/2005 5:10:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 611+ views
    ap on Monterey Herald ^ | 10/27/05 | AP
    A Public Policy Institute of California polls shows none of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's initiatives on the Nov. 8 special election ballot with majority support. The poll also found voters also dissatisfied with the job performance of the governor, the state Legislature and President Bush. All results are from the sampling of likely voters. _ Proposition 73, the parental notification initiative, had support of 42 percent of likely voters but was opposed by 48 percent. _ Proposition 74, the teacher tenure initiative, was supported by 46 percent of likely voters and opposed by 48 percent. _ Proposition 75, the union dues...
  • Governor stakes political capital on 'year of reform' initiatives

    10/19/2005 6:46:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 230+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/19/05 | Beth Fouhy - ap
    The Nov. 8 special election called by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger remains a mystery to many California voters. Public opinion polls show they don't understand its urgency and are turned off by its $50 million price tag. But to Schwarzenegger, it's an essential next step to the recall election that swept him into office in 2003. And he says its cost is a bargain when compared to the fiscal and political changes it will bring if he's successful. The movie star-turned-governor sees the special election as simply the middle chapter of a three-part series that is needed to turn around California's...
  • CA: Feinstein to oppose Schwarzenegger's special election initiatives

    10/14/2005 3:51:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 521+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/14/05 | ap - Washington
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein will participate in the campaign against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's agenda in the Nov. 8 special election, as well as an initiative seeking to impose restrictions on minors seeking abortions. "Feinstein believes that the special election is a mistake. It's a costly waste of taxpayer dollars," spokesman Howard Gantman said Friday. Feinstein, a San Francisco Democrat who also appeals to many independents and Republicans, plans to participate in opponents' efforts to explain why voters should defeat the initiatives, Gantman said. Such efforts could involve a direct mail campaign. Schwarzenegger, a Republican, called the special election...
  • CA: What Shriver won't talk about with Oprah (silent on the ReFoRm initiatives on the Nov. ballot)

    10/12/2005 12:20:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 527+ views
    SFgate.com ^ | 10/12/05 | Carla Marinucci
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest dilemma in the uphill battle to pass his initiatives in the Nov. 8 special election carries a catchy musical theme: "How do you solve a problem like Maria?" Maria -- as in the California first lady, as in Democratic royalty, Kennedy clan member, and uber-campaigner for her famous husband. Shriver is scheduled to appear today as a guest on "Oprah," but it's what she won't say that may speak volumes. Shriver, a former reporter for NBC News, will appear on the nationally televised talk show as a journalist to discuss "America's Invisible Poor" -- not the...
  • CA: Schwarzenegger enlists McCain to help ailing initiatives campaign

    10/10/2005 3:44:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 559+ views
    ap on Monterey Herald ^ | 10/10/05 | Michael R. Blood -ap
    BURBANK, Calif. - With his popularity at an all-time low, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger turned Monday to another political star - Sen. John McCain - to help sell his November ballot proposals to a skeptical public. In a brief, joint appearance with the governor in a hotel conference room, the Arizona senator urged California voters to support the four initiatives backed by Schwarzenegger on the special election ballot. They said little about the specifics of the proposals and instead depicted them broadly as an important step in efforts to make government more accountable. "I have campaigned for reform efforts all over...
  • CA: Arizona senator to campaign for governor's ballot initiatives (John McCain)

    10/07/2005 4:52:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 697+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/7/05 | Beth Fouhy - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - To help promote his "year of reform" ballot initiatives, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has turned to one of the best known political reformers on the national stage - Arizona Sen. John McCain. The Republicans will campaign together Monday for the measures Schwarzenegger is promoting on the Nov. 8 ballot, Schwarzenegger campaign spokesman Todd Harris said. McCain has endorsed the four initiatives favored by the governor, which would curb the power of the Democrat-controlled Legislature and their allied public employee unions. "John McCain is known for two things - one is being a reformer, and the other is...
  • Poll: Initiatives lack public support (PPIC)

    09/29/2005 2:38:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 537+ views
    Stockton Record ^ | 9/29/05 | Hank Shaw
    SACRAMENTO -- Californians aren't much interested in the upcoming special election and don't support most of the initiatives they'll be voting on, according to new poll results from the Public Policy Institute of California. The three main initiatives sponsored by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger are all in sorry shape, as are dueling measures to provide low-income Californians with cheap prescription drugs. The governor's approval ratings remain dismal as well: The survey found that only 38 percent of likely voters think Schwarzenegger is doing a good job. This is the lowest such rating he has yet received. Poll director Mark Baldassare said...
  • CA: Governor vetoes signature-gatherer bill (Joe Nation power grab)

    09/19/2005 11:52:49 AM PDT · by CATravelAgent · 3 replies · 314+ views
    Marin Independent Journal ^ | 09/18/2005 | Richard Halstead
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill by Assemblyman Joe Nation yesterday that would have required people who are paid for gathering initiative signatures to wear a badge. "I am dismayed the governor decided to veto a voter-oriented, good government piece of legislation," said Nation, D-San Rafael. "However, I understand this bill would have adversely affected his govern-by-initiative approach by forcing paid signature gatherers to reveal their true identity to voters." Schwarzenegger has called for a special election in November and is backing three initiatives that will be on the ballot. Proposition 74 would increase the time required before a teacher...
  • Here's How I See the Ballot Propositions for the Special Election(CA)

    09/10/2005 2:05:18 PM PDT · by radar101 · 13 replies · 361+ views
    ChronWatch ^ | September 09, 2005 | Tom McClintock
    I've been getting calls about the various ballot propositions for the Special Election. Here's how I see them: Proposition 73: Parental Notification for Abortion. If parental consent is required for a child to use a tanning booth or get her ears pierced, shouldn’t parents at least be notified if she’s getting an abortion? YES. Whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice, this should be the all-time no-brainer. Proposition 74: Teacher Tenure. Do parents have a right to expect a higher level of competence before a teacher is granted life-time tenure? YES. This modest measure simply increases the teacher probation period from two...
  • CA: Flaws dooming initiative plans, critics contend -(...Schwarzenegger's agenda done in by details)

    07/21/2005 6:52:27 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 345+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 7/21/05 | Bill Ainsworth
    SACRAMENTO – In January, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced a "bold new era of reform" that he said would make government more accountable, improve education and control state spending. He later endorsed a series of five ballot measures for the Nov. 8 special election intended to turn his rhetoric into reality. But mistakes have shrunk Schwarzenegger's once broad agenda. Two of the measures were written so poorly that the governor decided to jettison them. A third, which deals with how political districts are drawn, faces a legal challenge today over a flaw that could cause it to be dropped from the...
  • CA: Ballot compromise uncertain as legislators leave for recess

    07/16/2005 4:51:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 243+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 7/16/05 | David M. Drucker
    SACRAMENTO -- State legislators wrapped up work Friday for a monthlong summer recess with focus already sharply shifted to the looming battle over the November special-election agenda and an August deadline for compromise on ballot measures. With a state budget approved and out of the way, the legislators will spend the next 30 days at home in their districts while legislative leaders ostensibly work with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to craft a compromise on his special-election agenda that both sides can live with. Yet with discussions currently occurring only at the staff level and Democrats having little motivation -- politically or...
  • Media Stumbling Over Jefferson's "Wall of Separation" - (Isaiah: "Woe to those who call good evil")

    06/11/2005 9:28:57 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 715+ views
    OPINION EDITORIALS.COM ^ | JUNE 8, 2005 | GREGORY RUMMO
    On April 22 I was presented with the 2005 Media Award by the New Jersey Family Policy Council at their annual banquet. While honored to receive such recognition, upon deeper reflection, I can’t help but ask myself the question: Was there no one else more qualified? Is there really such a dearth of professional, family-friendly journalists in newsrooms across our state that the Family Policy Council felt compelled to award a businessman moonlighting as a columnist? Apparently the answer is yes. A University of Connecticut Department of Public Policy study found that journalists who were surveyed picked Democrat John Kerry...
  • Schwarzenegger ready to do battle in special election ["summer from hell" officially begins Monday]

    06/11/2005 3:34:57 PM PDT · by RonDog · 75 replies · 1,055+ views
    www.sacbee.com ^ | June 11, 2005 | Gary Delsohn -- Bee Capitol Bureau
    .Schwarzenegger ready to do battle in special election By Gary Delsohn -- Bee Capitol BureauPublished 2:15 am PDT Saturday, June 11, 2005If the political experts are right, Sacramento's "summer from hell" officially begins Monday.That's when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, after months of threats and name-calling, has said he will sign a proclamation setting a special election Nov. 8 for his three initiatives that he says will reform state government. He plans to offer a live statement to television stations statewide at 5 p.m. The election stakes are extraordinarily high. Some political analysts say Schwarzenegger's political future could be sealed in the...
  • Proposed Initiatives (Status, California, Schwarzenegger)

    06/11/2005 1:54:46 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 12 replies · 265+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | June 11, 2005 | AP
    The following initiatives are likely to be on the ballot Nov. 8 if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger calls a special election by Monday, as he said he would. Five already have qualified. Others are awaiting verification by the Secretary of State's Office. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is proposing three initiatives(all qualified for ballot): TEACHER TENURE: CONGRESSIONAL AND LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS: STATE SPENDING CAP: Other initiatives: PARENTAL PERMISSION FOR ABORTION: (Q) PUBLIC EMPLOYEE UNION DUES: (Q) PRESCRIPTION DRUG DISCOUNTS (by D)(pending) PRESCRIPTION DRUG DISCOUNTS: (other) (pending)ELECTRIC SERVICE PROVIDERS: (pending)
  • Governor makes full use of ballot box

    06/08/2005 7:51:04 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 8 replies · 396+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | Jun. 08, 2005 | Kate Folmar and Andrew LaMar
    SACRAMENTO - No one uses California's initiative process quite like Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who swept into office through the recall election and promptly embarked on a perpetual ballot box campaign. Born nearly a century ago as a populist tool to break the railroad industry's grip on the Legislature, initiatives have morphed into a billion-dollar industry over the past decade. Since 2003, Schwarzenegger has relied on ballot measures to burnish his bipartisan sheen while campaigning with Democrats on bond and balanced budget measures, pushed an initiative to cajole lawmakers into rewriting the rules governing workers' compensation, and helped defeat gambling initiatives,...
  • CA: Assembly OKs limits for initiatives controlled by officeholders (AB709)

    05/26/2005 7:03:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 279+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/26/05 | Brian Melley - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly passed legislation Thursday that would curb Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's fundraising by putting a $5,600 limit on donations to ballot measure committees controlled by candidates or officeholders. The bill was designed to close a loophole in a voter-approved campaign finance law that Schwarzenegger has used to raise tens of millions of dollars to support his agenda at the ballot box. "This loophole is bad public policy. It undermines public trust," said Assemblywoman Lois Wolk, D-Davis, sponsor of the bill. Wolk's bill deals with contributions made to committees such as Schwarzenegger's California Recovery Team, which don't face...