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Oct 19, 2012

Mormon feminists? Yes they exist, and they’re for Obama

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – One group was not surprised to hear Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s comments about “binders of women” at the presidential debate this week – Mormon feminists.

Yes, there are Mormon feminists, and no, they do not think it is impossible to believe in women’s rights and be devout members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a religion that once allowed polygamy and places a heavy emphasis on the role of women in the home.

Oct 13, 2012

Insight: California may set new trend with “three strikes” reform

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – More than a decade after California set a national trend toward longer sentences for habitual criminals with its three-strikes law, crime in the Golden State is down, prison costs are up – and voters are poised to soften the hardline stance.

A California ballot measure that would let some nonviolent offenders out of jail faster is the most high-profile example of what Adam Gelb, a criminal justice expert at the Pew Center, calls “a sea change across the country in attitudes on crime and punishment.”

Oct 10, 2012

California education reform election campaign goes negative

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A battle to save California’s schools through ballot box politics is turning ugly as two competing campaigns and their allies train their focus on each other, risking both initiatives.

California voters have shown profound skepticism about raising taxes, but a ballot measure sponsored by Governor Jerry Brown is squeaking by in polls ahead of the November election. However, Brown is promoting his measure in terms that his rival considers unfairly similar to her own, and she is fighting back.

Oct 3, 2012
Oct 3, 2012

Insight: In California, the Mungers haunt Jerry Brown

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown has a problem. Call it the Munger problem.

They’re scions of a billionaire financier, one a liberal lawyer in Los Angeles and the other a conservative scientist in the Bay Area. Neither claims to enjoy politics.

Oct 3, 2012

In California, the Mungers haunt Jerry Brown

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 3 (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry
Brown has a problem. Call it the Munger problem.

They’re scions of a billionaire financier, one a liberal
lawyer in Los Angeles and the other a conservative scientist in
the Bay Area. Neither claims to enjoy politics.

Sep 27, 2012
Sep 14, 2012

Las Vegas Sands hid evidence in former executive’s lawsuit-court

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Las Vegas Sands
deceived a Nevada court in an attempt to stall a lawsuit by the
former head of its Macau operations, a state judge ruled on
Friday, fining the casino operator and abridging its right to
object in a fight over key evidence.

The ruling gives former Sands China Chief
Executive Steve Jacobs new room to pursue his wrongful
termination case, which has become a public fight over the
leadership and business methods used by Sands Chief Executive
Sheldon Adelson.

Aug 13, 2012
Aug 1, 2012

Assured says Stockton bankruptcy plan unfair, favors Calpers

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Bond insurer Assured
Guaranty, facing massive losses in Stockton,
California’s bankruptcy, on Wednesday said the largest U.S.
public pension fund, Calpers, was getting preferential treatment
among creditors.

That may set the stage for a fight over whether cities in
dire circumstances legally have the ability to change
obligations under pension plan benefits agreed to in much better
times. Calpers, the California Public Employees’ Retirement
System, so far has said that the cities don’t have that ability.

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