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Man Behind 'Six Californias' Plan Says the State Isn't Working
The man behind the “six Californias” movement took his message on the road today, hammering the idea that “California isn’t working.” “Something is wrong,” venture capitalist Tim Draper said at a news conference in San Mateo. Calif. “We have extraordinary people that are governing. It...
Petition to Split California Into Six States Gets Green Light
A venture capitalist who feels colossal California is too unwieldy to govern is proposing to split it into six separate states, and Secretary of State Debra Bowen has given him the green light to start collecting petition signatures. Tim Draper filed a ballot initiative in...
The Note: Seeing Green, Seeing Red: Obama Holds Two Sides Of The Coin
As President Obama presides over faltering debt ceiling talks in Washington, candidate Obama proved today he’s got a good handle on his own finances. In an early morning video message to supporters, campaign manager Jim Messina announced that Obama 2012 and the Democratic National Committee raised
Great Expectations: Will Jon Huntsman Make A Splash And Can Newt Gingrich Turn Things Around? (The Note)
After days of dissembling by presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and at a moment when President Barack Obama is shifting his attention to the situation in the Middle East with a major speech today, everyone is keeping their eyes on Jon H
The Note: Known And Unknown: Democratic Coalitions Fraying
Sometimes the hardest part of governing in Washington is keeping everyone marching in the same direction -- a lesson that Democrats are once again learning this week.
Legalize It? California to Vote on Marijuana
The state of California is already known for lax medical marijuana laws that in many ways have dicriminalized the drug and made it easy for just about anyone to buy with a prescription. Well, soon the prescription will no longer...
Voting equipment changes could get messy on Nov. 4
Eight years after confusion over a punch-card "butterfly ballot" here helped put George W. Bush in the White House, election officials have tried just about everything else. In 2004, they switched to touch-screen machines. The cost: $16 million. But there was no printed record of votes, which
Counting Every Vote
California's Sec. of State Says Open-Source Software Is Needed to Safeguard Electronic Voting Systems
The Note: Super Feeling:
The tsunami has hereby been downgraded. The wave of voting that will take place on Tuesday will be super, maybe even super-duper, and (if this primary season -- or this NFL postseason -- is any guide) it will crash through our assumptions and expectations. But there's a flag on the play: Tuesday
Early primary pressure mounts
As if Florida hasn't had enough problems picking a president, consider this: Primary elections next year could be held 40 days earlier than usual there, in many cases with new voting machines. Absentee ballots must be mailed and poll workers trained before, during and after the winter holiday