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  • California Supreme Court denies challenge of Senate maps

    01/27/2012 11:55:30 AM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 1/27/12 | Jim Sanders
    The California Supreme Court ruled today that state Senate maps drawn by a citizens commission will be used in this year's elections, despite a pending referendum to overturn them. The issue came before the High Court after a Republican-backed group, Fairness and Accountability in Redistricting, filed more than 711,000 signatures with county elections offices in a referendum to overturn Senate maps drawn by a 14-member citizens commission. Californians will decide the fate of the newly drawn Senate districts in November if 504,760 of the signatures are from valid voters. Legislative candidates must file and run their campaigns before then, however,...
  • Judge strikes parole-revocation provisions in California law

    01/26/2012 8:10:30 AM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/26/12 | Denny Walsh
    A Sacramento federal judge has struck down as unconstitutional the part of California's so-called Victims' Bill of Rights that governs parole revocation. The law, enacted by voter approval of a 2008 ballot initiative known as Proposition 9, was a sweeping amendment to the state constitution, conferring a long list of entitlements on crime victims. The sections dealing with parole revocation were made part of the state's Penal Code. U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton ruled Tuesday that those sections fall short of providing the minimum due process guaranteed by the Constitution and two U.S. Supreme Court decisions, Morrissey v. Brewer...
  • California's redistricting battle comes to a head

    01/11/2012 4:46:20 PM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/11/12 | Dan Walters
    The three-pronged battle over which state Senate districts will be used for this year's elections is reaching a climax that will determine whether Democrats can achieve a two-thirds majority in the upper legislative house. The state redistricting commission released maps for Senate, Assembly and congressional districts last August. It immediately became evident that with a little luck, Democrats could gain two seats in the 40-member Senate, thus reaching the two-thirds threshold and empowering them to pass tax bills without Republican support. Republicans filed suit to block the Senate maps, only to be rebuffed by the state Supreme Court, but also...
  • Unions seeking to delay ballot measure on 'rainy day fund'

    09/09/2011 4:03:31 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 9/9/11 | Laurel Rosenhall
    Public employee unions never liked former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to ask voters to create a "rainy day fund" that would give the state a stronger reserve. Today, on the last day of the legislative session, they showed up in force to urge lawmakers to unravel Schwarzenegger's plan to put the question to voters next year. Lobbyists for the state's largest public employee unions -- representing nurses, teachers, state workers and others -- made their case during the first public hearing on a bill that was written late last night and may run through the entire law-making process in less...
  • Judges seem to side with backers of Prop. 8

    09/06/2011 2:10:09 PM PDT · by SmithL · 39 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/6/11 | Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
    The California Supreme Court signaled today that it won't stand in the way of a showdown in federal court over the state's ban on same-sex marriage. At a hearing in San Francisco, all seven justices, including newly confirmed Justice Goodwin Liu, appeared to agree with sponsors of the voter-approved Proposition 8 that they had the right to appeal a federal judge's ruling declaring the 2008 ballot measure unconstitutional. When Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled in August 2010 that Prop. 8 violated the rights of gays and lesbians to marry their chosen partners, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General...
  • Calif AG asks court to lift gay marriage stay

    03/01/2011 12:58:09 PM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 3/1/11 | LISA LEFF, Associated Press
    San Francisco, CA (AP) -- California's attorney general has asked a federal appeals court to allow gay marriages to resume while the court considers the constitutionality of the state's ban on same-sex unions. Attorney General Kamala Harris submitted a petition to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday.
  • Gay-weddings ruling expected by noon

    08/12/2010 8:40:48 AM PDT · by edcoil · 20 replies
    OC Register ^ | 8-11-10 | edcoil
    SAN FRANCISCO – The federal judge who overturned California's same-sex marriage ban is set to rule Thursday on whether gay marriages should resume immediately in the state or await an appeals court's input. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker announced late Wednesday that he would issue his decision by noon on requests to impose a stay that would keep Proposition 8 in effect while its sponsors appeal his decision.
  • Oklahoma poised as unlikely same-sex battleground

    08/06/2010 6:49:33 AM PDT · by SoonerStorm09 · 9 replies
    The Norman Transcript ^ | August 6, 2010 | Trevor Brown
    NORMAN — A federal judge’s ruling Wednesday in California — and a federal judge’s decision last month in Massachusetts — have made conservative Oklahoma in the middle of the country an unlikely battleground for gay marriage. Longtime Broken Arrow couple Sharon Baldwin and Mary Bishop, who are the named plaintiffs challenging Oklahoma’s Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, said California’s case does not carry any legal precedent in their own case. However, Baldwin said it shows “the tide is turning” and more judges could follow the lead of what has happened in California and Massachusetts. On the other side of the...
  • California Proposition 8 ruling: PROP 8 UPHELD (faux marriages to remain)

    05/26/2009 10:03:42 AM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 212 replies · 9,011+ views
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    The California Supreme Court rules to UPHOLD Proposition 8 (which put into the California state constitution that marriage is defined as being between a man and woman) The court also ruled on the validation of the pseudo-marriages performed before passage of Prop 8.
  • California Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage ban nears (Prop 8 ruling)

    05/21/2009 11:03:40 AM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 52 replies · 1,432+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 20 May 2009 | Howard Mintz
    California Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage ban nears The clock is ticking down on the California Supreme Court's imminent decision on whether to uphold Proposition 8, the voter-approved ballot measure restoring the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Based on regulations that require the justices to rule within 90 days of oral arguments in a case, the Supreme Court's decision in the legal challenge to Proposition 8 now will fall on one of three remaining days: Tuesday or next Thursday, or June 1. The high court normally only rules on Mondays and Thursdays, but will issue rulings next Tuesday because...
  • Another wave of legal arguments filed over California's Proposition 8

    01/05/2009 4:36:33 PM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies · 579+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 1/5/9 | Howard Mintz
    Another wave of legal arguments hit the California Supreme Court on Monday in the battle over Proposition 8's ban on same-sex marriage. Local governments, led by San Francisco and Santa Clara County, filed their latest opposition papers to Proposition 8, describing the voter-approved initiative as a "dark moment'' in California history. The brief is an attempt to refute the legal arguments of Proposition 8 backers as the Supreme Court weighs a challenge from government officials, civil rights groups and same-sex couples who are seeking the right to marry. The San Francisco brief sides with the unique argument raised in December...
  • Gov's advisers recommend canal { Peripheral Canal }

    01/02/2009 9:03:28 PM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies · 479+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 1/2/9 | Mike Taugher
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's top water policy advisers have recommended construction begin in 2011 on an aqueduct to carry water around the Delta, a version of the Peripheral Canal that California voters rejected in 1982. In a report released late Friday, the Delta Vision Committee largely embraced the broad outlines of a report from a task force in October. But the committee of mostly cabinet-level officials stopped short of embracing how the goals of protecting the environment and improving water reliability should be met. For example, the committee did not take a firm stance on the first concrete recommendation in the...
  • S.F. archbishop defends role in Prop. 8 passage

    12/04/2008 7:43:02 AM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies · 363+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/4/8 | Matthai Kuruvila
    San Francisco Catholic Archbishop George Niederauer, in his first extensive explanation about his role in the passage of Proposition 8, on Wednesday defended the church's actions in the successful ballot initiative. "Religious leaders in America have the constitutional right to speak out on issues of public policy," Niederauer wrote in a statement posted on the archdiocese's Web site. "Catholic bishops, specifically, also have a responsibility to teach the faith, and our beliefs about marriage and family are part of this faith." Niederauer, who has declined interview requests, wrote that "to insist that citizens be silent about their religious beliefs" would...
  • AG: Keep Proposition 8 in effect for review

    11/17/2008 3:19:21 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 396+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/17/8 | Aurelio Rojas
    State Attorney General Jerry Brown today urged the California Supreme Court to review legal challenges to Proposition 8, but steered clear of taking a position on the gay marriage ban measure approved by voters. In a written responses to three lawsuits seeking to overturn the initiative, Brown's office said the state's highest court should allow the measure to remain in effect during the review period because of the confusion that a stay of the measure would cause. "Due to the potential uncertainty that may be caused in important legal relationships by a temporary stay, the public interest would be better...
  • Dan Walters: Surge for Obama sealed Prop. 8's victory

    11/11/2008 9:51:12 AM PST · by SmithL · 30 replies · 170+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/11/8 | Dan Walters
    Supporters of same-sex marriage rights are fuming over California voters' approval of Proposition 8, which would place a ban on such marriages in the state constitution – especially since in other respects voters showed a somewhat left-of-center bent, including a massive victory by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Ironically, however, a mathematical analysis of voting and exit poll data indicates very strongly that it was exactly that pro-Obama surge that spelled victory for Proposition 8. When Proposition 8's passage first became apparent, it was widely assumed that hundreds of thousands of first-time or occasional voters had turned out to vote...
  • Prop 8 ruling could come quickly

    11/11/2008 9:46:11 AM PST · by SmithL · 80 replies · 377+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/10/8 | Aurelio Rojas
    The California Supreme Court could rule as early as this week on a lawsuit that seeks to invalidate Proposition 8, court spokeswoman Lynn Holton said today. Meanwhile, more than 40 Democratic state legislators filed a friend of the court brief on behalf of opponents of the gay marriage ban approved last week by California voters. The lawmakers -- including Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, Senate President pro Tem Don Perata and incoming Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg -- maintain the initiative process was improperly used. They say only the Legislature can place a measure before voters that radically revises the...
  • Lawmakers join call to overturn Prop. 8

    11/10/2008 6:53:05 PM PST · by SmithL · 87 replies · 358+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/10/8
    San Francisco, CA (AP) -- More than one-third of California's lawmakers added their voices Monday to the chorus calling on the state's highest court to overturn the prohibition on same-sex marriage approved by voters last week. Forty-four members of the California Legislature filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support one of the three lawsuits seeking to invalidate Proposition 8. The case, brought on behalf of gay couples who have not yet married, argues the ban should be tossed out because voters did not have the authority to make such a dramatic change in state law. The brief argues that the gay...
  • Prop. 8 proponents want their day before state's high court

    11/10/2008 6:43:48 PM PST · by SmithL · 19 replies · 229+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/10/8 | Bob Egelko
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A group opposed to same-sex marriage wants to help defend Proposition 8 before the California Supreme Court, saying lawsuits seeking to overturn the Nov. 4 ballot measure threaten the initiative process. Three suits filed the day after the election open the door to "step-by-step elimination of the people's right to amend the Constitution by initiative," attorneys with Liberty Counsel said Monday in papers submitted on behalf of the Campaign for California Families. They said Attorney General Jerry Brown's office, which plans to defend Prop. 8 in court, represents only the interests of state officials in "furnishing marriage...
  • Voters' word may not be last in Minn. Senate race

    11/06/2008 1:37:23 PM PST · by SmithL · 29 replies · 3,069+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/6/8 | BRIAN BAKST, Associated Press Writer
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- One Senate candidate says the voters have spoken. The other says the electorate still needs to be heard. In the end, experts say, it could be the courts or even the Senate that speaks the loudest on Minnesota's unsettled Senate race. While the race is headed for an automatic recount, Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and Democratic challenger Al Franken have other options to alter the outcome. The recount is due to start once results are made official Nov. 18, and it could take weeks. Coleman clung to a 342-vote lead, out of nearly 2.9 million...
  • Tennessee Republicans have first majority in both chambers since 1869

    11/06/2008 10:56:22 AM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies · 1,050+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 11/6/8 | Richard Locker
    Tennessee Republicans served notice Wednesday that the legislature is under new management, all but promising to replace the three state constitutional officers and challenging Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen to open talks on state budget issues. Although Republicans won a one-vote majority in the state Senate two years ago, they built it to a 19-14 margin Tuesday and, unexpectedly, won a 50-49 majority in the House, which Democrats held 53-46 until Election Day. Legislative historian Eddie Weeks confirmed it's the first time the GOP has held a majority of both chambers since 1869, during Reconstruction after the Civil War. Both parties...
  • 'Will of people' likely Schwarzenegger mantra on same-sex marriage

    09/17/2007 8:03:59 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 238+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/17/7 | Haley Davies,John Wildermuth
    If Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger goes through with his expected veto of San Francisco Assemblyman Mark Leno's measure to allow same-sex marriage in California, it's almost guaranteed the governor will say he's following "the will of the people." That's the argument the Republican governor made two years ago when he rejected a similar measure. Although Schwarzenegger hasn't taken an official position on the new bill, he made clear in February that he did not intend to sign it. "I don't want, as the governor, to go against the will of the people," Schwarzenegger said at an event put on by the...
  • (Vanity) The One-Way Ratchet

    05/20/2007 6:00:42 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 4 replies · 844+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 5-20-2007 | grey_whiskers
    It is interesting to consider the platitudes of politicians and the chattering classes when considering controversial topics. There seem to be two main threads. One of them is the old chestnut, “I’m personally opposed to X, BUT the will of the people is…”. The other one is “I know that some (probably misguided) polls show that the public wants X, but I must be guided by higher standards than mob rule.” Let us see how this works on three of the common hot-button issues of the day: abortion, illegal immigration, and global warming. For abortion, let us pick on both...
  • Term limit measure cleared for signatures

    04/12/2007 8:07:33 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 391+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 4/12/7 | Lisa Vorderbrueggen
    California Secretary of State Debra Bowen cleared the way for proponents of a term limit reform initiative to seek the signatures required to place the measure on the statewide ballot next year. The measure's sponsors, an unusual coalition of labor and business interests, must collect at least 694,354 signatures of valid registered voters, or 8 percent of the total votes cast for governor in the 2006 gubernatorial election. The proponents have 150 days to circulate petitions for this measure or until Sept. 10. The initiative changes the way term limits operate in California, allowing state legislators to serve a total...
  • A dozen done - High court upholds Knox County charter

    01/12/2007 10:10:52 PM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 526+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 1/13/7 | COTT BARKER
    Knox County Sheriff Tim Hutchison will have to turn in his badge. Eight members of County Commission - including its only woman - will cast final votes. The trustee, register of deeds and county clerk will leave their jobs in the hands of untried successors. In a sweeping decision, the Tennessee Supreme Court on Friday unanimously upheld Knox County's charter and its term-limits provision. County officials, with the exception of school board members, court clerks and judges, can serve no more than two terms. That means a dozen elected officials - Hutchison, Register of Deeds Steve Hall, Trustee Mike Lowe,...
  • {Tennessee} Supreme Court upholds term limits

    01/12/2007 1:08:42 PM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies · 552+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 1/12/7 | DAVID KEIM
    Sheriff Tim Hutchison, eight of 19 county commissioners and other officeholders must leave office under a ruling issued today by the Tennessee Supreme Court. The court upheld the county’s charter and its term limits provision, which was approved by voters in 1994, for all government officials except court clerks and school board members. Politicians who have served more than two terms therefore must leave office. Affected officeholders include Hutchison, Register of Deeds Steve Hall, Trustee Mike Lowe, County Clerk Mike Padgett and commissioners Mark Cawood, John Griess, John Mills, Diane Jordan, Larry Clark, Billy Tindell, Phil Guthe and John Schmid....
  • {Mass. Supreme} Court Won't Force Gay Marriage Vote

    12/27/2006 10:22:25 AM PST · by SmithL · 39 replies · 1,197+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/27/6 | JAY LINDSAY
    BOSTON -- The state's highest court ruled Wednesday it had no authority to force lawmakers to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, but it still criticized them for not acting. Opponents of same-sex marriage had collected 170,000 signatures to get an amendment on the 2008 ballot that would define marriage in Massachusetts as between a man and a woman, but their effort still needed the support of a quarter of the Legislature. When lawmakers failed to vote on the question in November, the governor and angry opponents sued. They asked the court to clarify whether the...
  • [Knox County's] Charter's course unclear

    09/07/2006 7:54:04 AM PDT · by SmithL · 175+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 9/7/6 | JAMIE SATTERFIELD
    It was a packed house for a historic court case. But if folks came in search of clues to how the state Supreme Court justices might rule on the validity of Knox County's charter, they left empty-handed. The state high court's five justices - Gary Wade, Janice Holder, William "Mickey" Barker, Cornelia A. Clark and the retiring Riley Anderson - fired off plenty of questions for the slew of attorneys arguing various points on the charter, term limits and application of term limits. None of those queries, however, revealed the justices' leanings in a case that some contend could rend...
  • Charter gets day in court - Supreme Court to hear arguments for and against validity of document

    09/06/2006 8:01:43 AM PDT · by SmithL · 232+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 9/6/6 | AMIE SATTERFIELD
    Knox County's entire form of government is being put to the ultimate legal test today. The state Supreme Court will hear this afternoon arguments for and against the validity of Knox County's charter, the guiding force for the way citizens in Knox County are governed. Also on the Supreme Court platter will be the validity of an amendment to the charter that created term limits. Up in the air is whether the high court will go farther and opine as to which officeholders those term limits would apply if valid. As rare as the issue before it is, it is...
  • Federal judge vows quick charter decision [Knox County]

    06/21/2006 3:48:42 PM PDT · by SmithL · 116+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 6/21/6 | SCOTT BARKER AND JAMIE SATTERFIELD
    A federal judge said today he would cut through the confusion surrounding the Knox County charter by asking the Tennessee Supreme Court to rule on the charter's validity as soon as possible. Senior U.S. District Court Judge James H. Jarvis said he wants the state Supreme Court to settle the matter once and for all so he can hear a lawsuit challenging the county's adult business ordinance. Though a federal judge, Jarvis can ask the state's highest court to intervene to settle a matter of state law that is crucial to the federal lawsuit. Under court rules, Jarvis can send...
  • Our leaders don't want to know what we think (trying to force unwanted liberalism)

    10/30/2005 8:01:29 AM PST · by Heartofsong83 · 14 replies · 831+ views
    Calgary Sun ^ | 10/30/05 | Ted Byfield
    Our leaders don't want to know what we think By Ted Byfield If anything characterizes the prevailing Ottawa attitude on government, it is dread, doubt, suspicion, contempt, loathing and fear of the Canadian people. At bottom, they simply do not think we can be entrusted with any real power over government. In American politics, that the public should have the final say goes without saying. In Canada, every expedient is invoked to prevent this from happening. "We do not want to be ruled by the mob," said one editorialist, arguing against a referendum on gay marriage. And who is "the...
  • [CA] Same-sex marriage bill stalled by backers

    09/09/2005 10:20:39 AM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies · 654+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 9/9/5 | Aaron C. Davis
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's vow to veto a landmark same-sex marriage proposal this week -- saying it violated the will of the people -- has prompted the bill's authors to delay delivering the bill to the governor to give gay-rights advocates two weeks to bombard him with calls, e-mails and protests in a last-ditch effort to win support. "The governor has said he supports the will of the people," said Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, one of the Legislature's six openly gay members. "Well, let the people call him, let the people e-mail him, let the people be heard. Then he...
  • Schwarzenegger says he will veto gay marriage bill

    09/07/2005 6:06:36 PM PDT · by SmithL · 308 replies · 7,827+ views
    AP ^ | 9/7/5
    SACRAMENTO - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Wednesday that he will veto a bill seeking to allow gay marriages in California. Schwarzenegger said the legislation, given final approval Tuesday by lawmakers, would conflict with the intent of voters when they approved Proposition 22. That measure was put on the ballot in 2000 to prevent California from recognizing same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. "We cannot have a system where the people vote and the Legislature derails that vote," the governor's press secretary, Margita Thompson, said in a statement. "Out of respect for the will of the people, the governor will veto (the bill)."...
  • 'Nuclear' Waste: The McCain Mutiny, Judicial Dictators, and Men In Black

    06/02/2005 9:09:46 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 590+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | JUNE 3, 2005 | MATTHEW HOLMES
    Will President Bush show John McCain and the rest of the ‘Filibuster Five’ why it’s unwise to pick a fight with a Texas Cowboy? Or, like every moderate Republican (and the French they work so hard to emulate), will Mr. Bush, Senator Frist, and company simply surrender? In the battle for the judiciary—undoubtedly the most important non-terrorism related issue we face—the American people need to know which George W. Bush is going to show up at the shootout. Will it be the man that supported McCain’s campaign finance reform bill in an effort to set a new 'tone,' let Ted...
  • Emergency Marriage Alert (4/15/04)

    04/15/2004 10:30:13 PM PDT · by Exton1 · 83 replies · 296+ views
    PLEASE FORWARD THIS URGENT MESSAGE TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW IN CALIFORNIA CAMPAIGN FOR CALIFORNIA FAMILIES (CCF) Randy Thomasson, Executive Director www.savecalifornia.com "HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE" BILL SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 20 HEARING AT 8 A.M. Emergency Action Alert: AB 1967 Needs Phone Calls, Emails, Faxes, Letters ImmediatelyUnder the cover of the big workers' compensation issue at the State Capitol, the Democrat-controlled Assembly Rules Committee today sent AB 1967, the full-blown homosexual "marriage" bill that rejects the vote of the people, to the Assembly Judiciary Committee for a vote early Tuesday at the unusual early time of 8:00 a.m. This controversial "gay marriage" bill...