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For the first time the candidates running for the open seat in the Senate District 15 participated in a televised debate at Cabrillo College.Sam Blakeslee, Jim Fitzgerald, Mark Hinkle amd John Laird were all on hand to answer questions that were submitted by the public. The forum was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Weekly, Cabrillo College, KION-TV and KUSP Public Radio. Watch the debate here: http://www.kionrightnow.com/Global/story.asp?S=12919872
EditorialA Welfare Check and a Voting CardPublished: August 9, 2010 in the New York TImes
EditorialA Welfare Check and a Voting Card
State Senate Candidates Square Off on August 12
All four candidates running for the open seat in the 15th State Senate District have agreed to participate in a forum co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Santa Cruz Weekly newspaper. The candidates are:
Sam Blakeslee, Republican from San Luis Obispo
Jim Fitzgerald, Independent from Nipomo
Mark Hinkle, Libertarian from Morgan Hill
John Laird, Democrat from Aptos
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger nominated 3rd District Court of Appeal Justice
Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye as the next chief justice of the California Supreme Court.
This would make her the first Asian American to lead the state's judiciary
and give the California Supreme Court a female majority for the first time
in its history.
Justice Cantil-Sakauye nomination will be on the November 2, 2010 ballot for voter confirmation.
The Applicant Review Panel for the Citizens Redistricting Commission finalized a list of 120 applicants to be invited to interview in the next phase of the selection process. The semi-finalists consist of three sub-pools; 40 Democrats, 40 Republicans and 40 Other (not affiliated with either major party).
Interviews with applicants will be scheduled on working days between August 6 and September 13, 2010. The panel will select the 60 applicants, 20 in each sub-pool, to be sent on to Legislative leaders by October 1, 2010.
The Brennan Center for Justice has an interesting and timely report, It is one of the first systematic examinations of the chaotic and largely unseen world of voter purges. In a detailed study focusing on 12 states, the Brennan Center of Justice identified four problematic practices with voter purges across the county. To learn more, read the report here.
The League of Women Voters Education Fund is continuing our partnership with Smackdown Your Vote! to encourage registration and voting. World Wrestling Entertainment has invited Leagues to conduct voter registration drives at arena events in dozens of cities this summer and fall.
Secretary of State Debra Bowen has assigned numbers to the ten propositions that have been certified to appear on the November 2, 2010 Statewide General Election ballot. The Secretary of State's office is currently inviting interested individuals and groups to submit arguments for and against these ten measures. The arguments will be included in the Official Voter Information Guide (also known as the ballot pamphlet) that is mailed to every voting household in California.
Dear Assembly Member Monning:
The League of Women Voters of California is pleased to support SB 810 (Leno), a bill to establish a single payer health care plan for California. All California state residents will be eligible for comprehensive health care benefits when the California Universal Healthcare System, administered by the California Universal Healthcare Agency, is created.