Monthly Archives: March 2007

Week Enders

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A few samplings from the buffet line of news items as the weekend arrives… * Voting Machine Testing: As reported here first last week, Secretary of State Debra Bowen is now prepping for a new series of tests on voting … Continue reading »


Term Limits: Hands Off

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That’s the message that voters in a new poll are sending to lawmakers who hope to modify the state’s 17-year old term limits law. Just out tonight, the Public Policy Institute of California’s poll finds overwhelming support for the current … Continue reading »


No Hard Feelings, How About Some Eggs?

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To be fair, this morning’s legislative conference of the California Professional Firefighters featured almost all of the state’s constitutional officers wearing red and gold aprons and serving breakfast to firefighters who had gathered from around the state. But no one’s … Continue reading »


Elections Officials Worry About Bowen Plan

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Four days after California’s chief elections officer outlined a new review of voting machines used in the state, local elections officials say they have significant concerns about not only the timeline… but about the way the review will be conducted. … Continue reading »


California (Primary) Dreamin'

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You could almost feel it in the wonkish air of this morning’s Sacramento conference on California’s role in the 2008 presidential election: the Golden State needs to feel the love. The event, sponsored by the Public Policy Institute of California, … Continue reading »


New Testing Of Voting Machines

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Making good on a pledge from her campaign last fall, Secretary of State Debra Bowen has taken the first step toward a new review of all electronic voting machines. And the criteria for the new testing makes it clear: she … Continue reading »


"Your Objective Is Different Than Mine"

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That was Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s message to conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh during a spirited, but largely predictable, 15 minute on-air discussion this morning. For those who haven’t breathlessly followed how we got here: in an NBC interview this … Continue reading »


Fewer California Voters

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There are now almost a million fewer Californians who are registered to vote than there were just two years ago. Meantime, the number of independent voters continues to grow. Those are some of the findings in the voter registration stats … Continue reading »


Week Enders...

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In anticipation of a downright groovy weather weekend (mid 80’s in Sacramento and an extra hour of daylight?), a few final crumbs to examine before they’re swept off the table… * Shuffling Off To The Big House: This must have … Continue reading »


Early Primary: IOU, Reform Package

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The vote on the Assembly floor isn’t until sometime late this afternoon, but let’s end the suspense: the proposal to move California’s 2008 presidential primary to February 5, 2008 is on its way to Governor Schwarzenegger, who will almost certainly … Continue reading »