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Jan 12, 2012
Jan 12, 2012

Special report: Jerry Brown’s California budget nightmare

SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – Last summer, just days before California was required by law to pass a state budget, Republican State Senator Tom Harman got word that he’d been summoned to meet Governor Jerry Brown “right now.” Harman, a veteran legislator from conservative Orange County, hurried downstairs to the Horseshoe, the governor’s suite of offices in the state capitol building.

Harman was one of five Republican senators who spent months negotiating with Brown on fiscal reforms that promised to solve the state’s chronic money woes and restore the Golden State’s faded glory. But no deal had been reached.

Dec 9, 2011

South Carolina could be Perry’s last stand

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – South Carolina might be the last stand for Texas Governor Rick Perry if he fails to kick-start his U.S. presidential bid soon.

Overshadowed by Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney and hit by gaffes and missteps, former front-runner Perry has seen his support tumble to single-digit percentages in states voting early for the Republican nomination.

Nov 22, 2011
Nov 22, 2011

Mitt Romney’s thrill of victory at the Olympics

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (Reuters) – - By the late 1990s, Mitt Romney had succeeded in business, failed in politics, and reached a crossroads. The path he took was to the Olympics.

In 1999, three years before the 2002 Winter Olympics, the Salt Lake City games were mired in a bribery scandal and facing a $400 million budget shortfall. Utah’s capital city, home of the straight-laced Mormon Church, had won its bid to host the Games with a shower of cash and presents on International Olympic Committee officials, bringing disgrace upon itself and the global sports organization.

Nov 22, 2011

Special Report: Mitt Romney’s thrill of victory at the Olympics

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (Reuters) – By the late 1990s, Mitt Romney had succeeded in business, failed in politics, and reached a crossroads. The path he took was to the Olympics.

In 1999, three years before the 2002 Winter Olympics, the Salt Lake City games were mired in a bribery scandal and facing a $400 million budget shortfall. Utah’s capital city, home of the straight-laced Mormon Church, had won its bid to host the Games with a shower of cash and presents on International Olympic Committee officials, bringing disgrace upon itself and the global sports organization.

Nov 17, 2011

Gay marriage case back into high gear

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California’s Supreme Court cleared the way on Thursday for supporters of the state’s same-sex marriage ban to defend it in federal court, a crucial ruling that allows the pitched battle to decide if gay marriage is a U.S. right to go forward.

The case on California’s 2008 ban, the voter initiative known as Proposition 8, could set national policy if the U.S. Supreme Court takes it up, and the high court might agree as early as next year to hear it, one lawyer said.

Nov 17, 2011

California gay marriage case back into high gear

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California’s Supreme Court cleared the way on Thursday for supporters of the state’s same-sex marriage ban to defend it in federal court, a crucial ruling that allows the pitched battle to decide if gay marriage is a U.S. right to go forward.

The case on California’s 2008 ban, the voter initiative known as Proposition 8, could set national policy if the U.S. Supreme Court takes it up, and the high court might agree as early as next year to hear it, one lawyer said.

Nov 17, 2011

U.S. gay marriage case back into high gear

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 17 (Reuters) – California’s Supreme
Court cleared the way on Thursday for supporters of the state’s
same-sex marriage ban to defend it in federal court, a crucial
ruling that allows the pitched battle to decide if gay marriage
is a U.S. right to go forward.

The case on California’s 2008 ban, the voter initiative
known as Proposition 8, could set national policy if the U.S.
Supreme Court takes it up, and the high court might agree as
early as next year to hear it, one lawyer said.

Nov 5, 2011

Agitators blamed for Oakland unrest that injured 8

OAKLAND, Calif (Reuters) – Police arrested more than 100 demonstrators early on Thursday in clashes that activists and Oakland city officials alike blamed on agitators who provoked unrest following a day of mostly peaceful rallies against economic inequality.

Officials said eight people — five civilians and three police officers — were injured in violence that left Oakland streets littered with graffiti, smashed glass and debris. But the nature or severity of those injuries was not disclosed.

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