SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A handful of individual super-donors, business groups and unions have poured more than $350 million into California ballot initiatives ahead of the November 6 election, underscoring the extent to which the state’s system of “direct democracy” has morphed into a big-money battleground.
Some of the spending is directly tied to the financial interests of the donors. Food and agriculture interests, for example, have spent $43 million so far to defeat a proposition that would require labeling of genetically modified foods, according to non-partisan researcher Maplight, which uses state data for its calculations.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer says he will focus on pushing California toward an alternative energy future when he steps down from the company he founded, Farallon Capital.
The 55-year-old, San Francisco-based financier has been increasingly active in politics in recent years, lauding President Barack Obama’s energy policy at this year’s Democratic Party convention and donating heavily to several state ballot propositions.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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