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July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Sacramento (CNSNews.com) - With less than five weeks before California's gubernatorial election, Democrat incumbent Gray Davis has a seven-point lead over Republican challenger Bill Simon, according to the latest independent, statewide poll.The survey, released Thursday by the San Francisco-based Field Institute, is based on the responses of 765 likely voters contacted by telephone between Aug. 23 and Sept. 3. Davis leads Simon, 38-31 percent, with 69 percent of respondents convinced Davis will win the election, according to the Field Poll.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Sacramento (CNSNews.com) - Republican Bill Simon has loaned his financially strapped campaign $4 million, according to a campaign finance report filed this week. The disclosure ends speculation about whether he would dip into his personal fortune to help bankroll his campaign to be California's next governor.The report filed Wednesday with the California Secretary of State's office shows that Simon, who is challenging incumbent Democrat Gov. Gray Davis, has been unable to attract large donors.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Sacramento (CNSNews.com) - A federal judge released long-sealed documents this week that implicate California Gov. Gray Davis in a decade-old political bribery scanda. But pundits say the revelation probably won't change the way voters see Davis, or his Republican challenger Bill Simon.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Los Angeles (CNSNews.com) - After months of negative campaigning in a governor's race marked by both surprises, upsets - even yawns - California Gov. Gray Davis on Tuesday was narrowly re-elected to a second, four-year term.The 59-year-old Davis, a Democrat - beset by lackluster approval ratings and confronted with repeated allegations of corruption - captured 47.5 percent of the statewide vote, with 76 percent of precincts reporting. His opponent, Republican Bill Simon, garnered 42.4 percent; and Green Party candidate Peter Camejo was trailing with 5.1 percent.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Los Angeles (CNSNews.com) - After months of negative campaigning in a governor's race marked by both surprises, upsets - even yawns - California Gov. Gray Davis on Tuesday was narrowly re-elected to a second, four-year term.The 59-year-old Davis, a Democrat - beset by lackluster approval ratings and confronted with repeated allegations of corruption - captured 47.5 percent of the statewide vote, with 76 percent of precincts reporting. His opponent, Republican Bill Simon, garnered 42.4 percent; and Green Party candidate Peter Camejo was trailing with 5.1 percent.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Sacramento (CNSNews.com) - A bill introduced Tuesday in the California Legislature would lay the groundwork for a ballistics fingerprinting system.Specifically, Senate Bill 35 would require gun makers and sellers to begin storing ballistics data while state legislators consider how to fund a database program that would apply to all guns, including rifles.Sen. Jack Scott, a Democrat, introduced the measure, which supporters have described as "DNA for guns."
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Sacramento (CNSNews.com) - California Republicans are facing mounting pressure to join Democrats who want to raise taxes to cure a staggering $34.8 billion revenue shortfall.Democrat Gov. Gray Davis last week announced an updated deficit estimate, which dwarfs the $21 billion estimate released in November by the non-partisan legislative analyst's office."This budget shortfall is larger than any expert predicted," Davis said, explaining the downgrade is due to an unrealized upturn in the state and national economies that forecasters had anticipated.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Sacramento (CNSNews.com) - Gov. Gray Davis unveiled on Friday his long-anticipated plan to overcome the largest budget shortfall California has ever had, depending largely on tax increases to do it.Presenting his Fiscal Year 2003-2004 budget proposal to the legislature, Davis called for $8.3 billion in tax increases and $20.7 billion in cuts to state programs.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Sacramento (CNSNews.com) - California Gov. Gray Davis is exaggerating the size of the state's two-year budget shortfall, the Legislature's top economic advisor said. In a report released Wednesday, nonpartisan Legislative Analyst Elizabeth G. Hill said the Democratic governor's estimate is nearly $8.5 billion too high. Hill estimates the state will be at least $26 billion short on cash over the next 18 months, a sharp contrast to Davis' $34.6 billion estimate.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Sacramento (CNSNews.com) - One of California's leading taxpayer rights organizations plans to launch a recall effort against Gov. Gray Davis."Simply put, the people of the state of California cannot wait four years to get our financial house in order," said Ted Costa of People's Advocate, a Sacramento-based nonpartisan watchdog group.The Democratic governor, Costa said, transformed the record budget surplus that he inherited from his Republican predecessor into the largest spending deficit in state history.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Sacramento (CNSNews.com) - Ending a GOP primary marked by surprises and upsets, California Republicans voted Tuesday to send political novice and conservative Bill Simon into the ring with Democrat Gov. Gray Davis in the hopes of recapturing the governor's office.Simon's 49 percent victory crushed the other Republican candidates, former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and Secretary of State Bill Jones.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Sacramento (CNSNews.com) - Tainted with personal scandal, U.S. Rep. Gary Condit lost the political fight of his life Tuesday night.His former aide, State Assemblyman Dennis Cardoza, won the Democrat nomination for the U.S. House seat that Condit has held for six terms."Today the people of the Central Valley stood up for their values, the values that are central to our lives. You stood up for opportunity, you stood up for responsibility, and you stood up for our community," Cardoza told cheering supporters.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Sacramento (CNSNews.com) - After Bill Simon Jr. emerged victorious in California's GOP gubernatorial primary, he is finding unabashed support among many fellow Republicans.President George W. Bush has pledged his support, and Simon's two primary opponents -- former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and Secretary of State Bill Jones -- have also promised to leverage their political strength to help the 50-year-old political neophyte, as he embarks on what is expected to be a hard-fought battle against incumbent Democrat Gov. Gray Davis.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Sacramento (CNSNews.com) -- California GOP gubernatorial candidate William Simon, Jr., said Wednesday if he's elected, he will help renew the "California dream."Speaking to the California Taxpayers' Association in Sacramento, Simon criticized Gov. Gray Davis for "mishandling" the state's economy, pointing to a growing $15 billion budget shortfall, low-performing schools, and a neglected state infrastructure.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Sacramento (CNSNews.com) - Eight weeks ago, the White House was quietly supporting former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, a moderate, in California's Republican gubernatorial primary. But on Monday, President Bush arrives the Golden State to campaign for conservative Bill Simon, who won the March GOP primary in a stunning upset.Bush's visit, which includes two headline appearances for Simon -- one in Los Angeles and another in the Silicon Valley -- comes amid reports that Simon is having difficulty raising money and losing popularity among some voters.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Los Angeles (CNSNews.com) - Marking the tenth anniversary of the 1992 race riots that devastated Los Angeles, President George W. Bush on Monday told community leaders here that the rebuilding of Los Angeles parallels America's recovery from the Sept. 11 attacks."I want to congratulate the leaders here, and the people here, to show the rest of the country what is possible, what can happen, what is possible in America when people put aside differences and focus on what's best for all," said Bush, speaking at the First AME Church in South Central Los Angeles.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Sacramento (CNSNews.com) - State lawmakers in four states drop the gavel Monday and begin legislative sessions focusing on budget deficits, public safety and the cost of energy. In no state will the challenges be as daunting or the issues as diverse as California.Other proposals being considered in the Golden State are those to boost welfare spending, improve anti-terror defenses, and allow homosexual marriage.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Sacramento (CNSNews.com) - California lawmakers next week are expected to begin tackling anti-terror legislation that includes allowing the use of the death penalty for convicted terrorists and more "roving" wiretaps to monitor the activities of terror suspects. All four planes hijacked in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were bound for California and more than 100 of the state's residents died when the planes were smashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Sacramento (CNSNews.com) - Critics of California's "three-strikes-and-you're-out" law have introduced legislation that would prevent non-violent criminals from being sentenced under the 1994 law.Assembly Bill 1790, introduced by Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg and eight fellow Democrats, aims to put the question to voters in 2004: Should non-violent offenders receive a "third strike" for a petty crime conviction?The legislature and a reluctant governor would have to approve the bill before the initiative could appear on the March 2004 ballot.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Sacramento (CNSNews.com) - Illegal immigrants could be the beneficiaries of an $11,000 tuition break at the University of California, under a controversial program approved by the university regents.The plan, approved on a 17-5 vote, would allow undocumented immigrants in California to pay in-state tuition, rather than the substantially higher out-of-state fees that they now pay. The state Legislature must still codify the rule before it takes effect, and come up with a way to make up for the estimated $4-5 million revenue loss.