CA Recall Vote is Tomorrow, Support for Schwarzenegger Declines
As Californians brace themselves for the governor recall election tomorrow, support for Republican front-runner Arnold Schwarzenegger is dropping, following a weekend plagued with new allegations of sexual harassment, the Associated Press reports. In a poll conducted last week by Elway-McGuire Research for Knight Ridder, the percent of people (1,000 registered voters surveyed) supporting Davis' ouster dropped from 52 percent on Wednesday to 44 percent Saturday. Schwarzenegger's edge over Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante also decreased slightly from an earlier survey. The margin of error was 3 percentage points.
In recent weeks, Schwarzenegger has received much media attention over derogatory comments he's made over the years about women. To date, 15 women, describing instances dating as early as the 1970's have stepped forward, charging that Schwarzenegger groped and verbally harassed them. Last week, Schwarzenegger, admitted he "behaved badly" toward women in the past, but then defended himself telling the AP, "No one ever came to me in my life and said to me that I did anything, that said 'I don't want you to do that, you went over the line Arnold.'"
The special election tomorrow also features Proposition 54, an anti-affirmative action ballot initiative that would eliminate collection of racial data by most state and local agencies. Opponents of the proposal insist that without racial data, the progress of minority or disadvantaged groups in fields such as academics, law enforcement, and medicine is impossible to track.
The Feminist Majority urges other progressive groups and individuals to oppose the governor recall and Proposition 54.
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Currently, there are four petitioners on the case: the mother of the survivor, the Federation of Women Lawyers-Kenya, and two other women's rights advocates. . . .
6/30/2015 Supreme Court Ruling Prevents Gerrymandering in Arizona - In a 5-4 decision delivered by Justice Ginsburg this morning, the Supreme Court upheld Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, allowing the use of independent state commissions that draw federal congressional districts, taking that power away from the state legislature.
This gives states an opportunity to deal with partisan gerrymandering by giving an independent commission power to draw federal congressional districts.
In 2000, Arizona voters amended their constitution, shifting the responsibility of drawing congressional districts, previously held by the state legislature, to a panel called the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. . . .