California Voters and Same-Sex Marriage
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One poll shows that a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage might pass this coming November. Another poll shows it might not. In the meantime, both sides plan to spend lots of money. On Reporter’s Notebook, is a white supremacist running for judge in Los Angeles County?
The Pesky Problem of Prison Overcrowding ()California’s prisons are unconstitutionally overcrowded, and a federal judge has seized control of medical care. Governor Schwarzenegger and Democrats have agreed to spend $7 billion on improvements, but Senate Republicans say that’s too expensive.
- Michael Rothfeld: Staff writer, Los Angeles Times
A Majority of Californians Approve of Gay Marriage ()Last week’s poll by the LA Times and KTLA found a majority of voters opposed to same-sex marriage. That was good news for a constitutional amendment on the November ballot, but the Field Poll out today got a different result. By 51 to 42 percent, voters said gays and lesbians have the right to marry.
The Stealth Judicial Candidate ()On LA County’s ballot next week, one candidate to become a judge reportedly advocated deporting all non-white people from the United States. He was writing under the name James O. Pace. In 1989, running for Congress in Wyoming, he used the name Daniel Johnson. The Associated Press called him a “white supremacist.” Now, he’s running for judge under yet another name, Bill Johnson—identifying himself as “international corporate attorney.”
- Roger Grace: Editor and Co-Publisher of Metropolitan News-Enterprise
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