A Sacramento Superior Court Judge tentatively ruled Tuesday that an Arizona group must hand over more information about its $11 million dollar donation to a campaign against Proposition 30 — Governor Jerry Brown's tax hike to fund public schools.
California’s Fair Political Practices Committee went to court seeking the source of the money, arguing that voters deserve to know who provided the funds to Americans for Responsible Leadership. The FPPC's Ann Ravel said it asked to see e-mails, phone texts, checks, and board meeting minutes:
“Once we see those documents we’ll be able to make a determination as to whether or not the donors to that organization need to be disclosed because they knew, or should have known, that their contributions were going to a political campaign in California.”
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Images of old tax liens against Assembly candidate Matthew LIn appear in this video ad, "Lifestyles of the Rich and Republican," posted by the campaign of his opponent, Ed Chau. Lin's wife sued, alleging that her identifying information appears in Chau's videos and mailers.
The wife of Republican Assembly candidate Matthew Lin has sued his opponent, alleging he invaded her privacy and put her at risk of identity theft by publishing her Social Security number in mailers and videos seen by thousands of San Gabriel Valley residents.
Joy Lin filed the lawsuit against Democratic candidate Ed Chau. (UPDATE: Superior Court Judge Edward Simpson on Wednesday issued an order temporarily barring the Chau campaign from further displaying Joy Lin's Social Security number and he set a Nov. 27 hearing in the case.)
The candidates are running in the 49th Assembly District — the first in the state with a majority Asian-American population. Though the district has more registered Democrats than Republicans, about 30 percent of its voters do not identify with a political party. Lin won the June primary by more than 15 points.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has endorsed Democratic Congressional candidates Mark Takano and Raul Ruiz.
Villaraigosa made the announcement during a Tuesday press conference at the Los Angeles County Democratic Party's East Los Angeles office.
Takano, a teacher, is running in the newly-drawn 41st District in the Inland Empire. His opponent is longtime Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione, a Republican.
Until the recent redistricting, the 41st District was more Republican. It includes Riverside, Moreno Valley, Lake Matthews, Mead Valley and Perris.
Ruiz, an emergency room doctor, is running in another recently redrawn district, the 36th, in Palm Springs.
Analysts consider the race a toss-up between Ruiz and seven-term Republican incumbent Mary Bono Mack. That district used to be reliably Republican, but after the remapping it now merely leans that way. The district is about 40 percent Latino.
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Voting by mail is easy, but not fool-proof. Check the requirements for submitting a valid ballot that's sure to be counted.
Today is the last day in California to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot to participate in next Tuesday's election.
Michael McDonald studies voter behavior at George Mason University in Virginia. He says it’s important to review your ballot before mailing it in to make sure you’ve provided some sort of ID.
“Mail balloting is a more complicated process than voting in person and many people fail to take that step," he says. "Their ballot then only counts provisionally until the voter can provide that identification. Many of those ballots go uncounted in the election because people aren’t aware.”
First-time absentee voters in California must send off ballots with either a valid driver's license number, the final four digits of their social security number, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement or paycheck, according to the California Secretary of State's Office, if they have not previously verified their identities when registering to vote by mail.
From the Secretary of State's Office's website:
"In person" voters must show a "current and valid photo identification" or "a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter."
"Absentee voters" must submit with their ballot one of the documents listed above.
... The requirement only applies to voters who have never voted in the county in a federal election. Persons who were already registered as of January 1, 2003, or who change address within the county and re-register, are not required to show ID to vote.
Second, voters who do not register to vote "by mail" are not required to show ID to vote.
Third, Section 303(b)(3) states that if the voter provides his or her driver's license number, or the last 4 digits of his or her social security number, on the form to register to vote, and the elections official can verify the number is correct, then the ID requirement does not apply.
McDonald says election officials across the county threw out 400,000 absentee ballots during the last Presidential election because voters didn’t follow instructions.
Correction: An earlier version of this story didn't note that the identification requirements only applied to absentee voters voting in a federal election for the first time.
Whittier is a long way from the waves. But that’s where Ian Calderon grew up and that’s where the one-time state surfing champion is running for the California Assembly in a bid to extend a three-decade long political dynasty. The 27-year-old Democrat faces Noel Jaimes, 57, a rare Latino Republican looking to put a new face on the GOP.
As a kid, Calderon says he stayed out of trouble because he understood his actions reflected on his father, State Assemblyman Charles Calderon. Standing inside his own campaign headquarters, the political neophyte recalls being raised on the campaign trail.
“I can remember literally being in my father’s arms when he was giving speeches,” Calderon says. “We were always with him on stage.”
Calderon’s father – and political hero – was first elected to the state legislature in 1982. He's termed out now, and his son his hoping to inherit the seat – and extend his family's long presence in Sacramento. Ian's uncles are Ron Calderon, a state senator, and Tom Calderon, a former state assemblyman who lost a bid earlier this year to return to the legislature.