It’s not easy to overturn a U.S. Supreme Court decision. Congress can’t do it alone, and unless the court reverses itself, the only other avenue is changing the Constitution.
For national groups hoping to overturn the 2010 Citizens United decision that altered how much corporations can spend on politics, they know it’ll be a slow, state-by-state slog they hope passes through California when voters consider Proposition 59 on Tuesday.
They’re working to get measures like the proposition, which asks Californians whether they want their members of Congress to work on a constitutional amendment to overturn the decision. It would have no binding power, and because it has no legal force, opponents say passing it is a waste of time.
Opponents of an initiative to allow recreational marijuana use in California said Wednesday that its extensive licensing requirements would not include websites, including Weedmaps, that provide guides to cannabis stores, varieties and doctors without handling the product.
A spokesman for the Proposition 64 campaign called the complaint “silly and desperate” and noted that existing laws regulate such websites.
The issue was looked at by the Office of Legislative Counsel, the nonpartisan public agency that prepares legal opinions, at the request of state Sen. Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber), an outspoken opponent of Proposition 64.
A federal judge has denied the ACLU’s request for California voters to be allowed to take and share “ballot selfies” when they go to the polls Tuesday.
Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court of Northern California said he was denying the ACLU’s request because of the “lateness of the request” and to avoid the risk of confusing voters.
The civil rights group filed the suit against Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Monday, saying it was concerned about the “chilling effect” the ban could have on voters’ free speech. A new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this year will repeal California’s ban on sharing photos of marked ballots, but it doesn’t take effect until January 1.
The ad accuses Bera of wanting to raise taxes on retirement savings, eliminate tax credits for families with children and make it harder for married parents to receive tax credits. Child tax credits, the so-called marriage penalty and tax policies affecting retirement savings were all addressed under laws enacted during President George W. Bush's administration.
Saying it wants to counter Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's claims of a rigged election, the California Democratic Party is hosting a hotline staffed with attorneys who can address legal questions about voter intimidation.
Civil rights groups have compared Trump's urging supporters to “go check out” polls in “certain areas” to a call to monitor and intimidate minority votes.
“Voting is the most basic right in our democracy, but we have already seen Republicans here in California and across the nation using voter suppression tactics to stop people from voting,” California Democratic Party Executive Director Chris Masami Myers said in a statement.
The campaign to legalize marijuana in California has raised close to $16 million.
The number of people jailed for marijuana misdemeanors in California has dropped significantly since possession was reclassified to an infraction, but thousands continue to be put behind bars each year, according to a study released Wednesday by supporters of legalization.
The study was commissioned by the group Drug Policy Alliance, which said the results show the need for Proposition 64, a measure on the Nov. 8 ballot that would legalize recreational use of marijuana, allowing Californians to possess and transport an ounce and authorizing retail sales.
The study looked at incarceration numbers in 12 of the state’s counties since former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a law in 2010 that made simple possession of an ounce or less of cannabis a non-criminal, ticketable offense.
U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris’ statewide bus tour rolled into Santa Barbara on Tuesday for a rally at the campaign office of Democratic congressional hopeful Salud Carbajal, who’s locked in a tight race against Republican Justin Fareed to replace retiring Rep. Lois Capps.
The small outpost on State Street was jammed with the Democratic faithful — but Carbajal was a no-show.
The Santa Barbara County supervisor was stuck in an all-day board meeting in Santa Maria, where the supervisors were voting on an application for 96 new steam-injection oil wells in the Orcutt Hill area. Carbajal joined the 3-2 majority in rejecting the proposal.
Delaine Eastin, who served eight years as California's top education official, said Tuesday that she intends to be a candidate for governor in 2018.
"I'm a very frustrated person who's been watching from the sidelines for some time now," Eastin said in an interview with The Times.
A Democrat first elected to the Assembly in 1986, Eastin has been out of public office since her second term as superintendent of public instruction ended in 2003. During her tenure, she was a vocal advocate for the state's class-size reduction law.