State of California Archives: on Government Reform


Alex Padilla: Implemented same-day voter registration

Source: 2022 California Senate campaign website Alex-Padilla.com Dec 23, 2020

Alex Padilla: Gave voter outreach money to consulting firm, not counties

Bypassing the state's regulations that ensure fair contracting, Padilla gave a $35 million "voter outreach" contract to a partisan Washington D.C. based political consulting firm. In an affront to public trust, Mr. Padilla ignored the Legislature's intended purpose for the money. He spent this money instead of sending it to the counties. As written in the state budget, this funding was supposed to go to local elections officials to administer November's election, not to bankroll a partisan firm.
Source: Sacramento Bee on 2022 California Senate race Dec 3, 2020

Alex Padilla: Has focused on lowering barriers to voting

Padilla has focused on lowering barriers to voting in California. He's been sued by Republicans who say he's failed to rid voter rolls of dead or duplicated voters. "If you're a Republican, you probably see Alex Padilla as really supporting Democratic causes. If you're a Democrat, you probably see Alex Padilla is doing what he should be doing, which is expanding the ability of people to easily vote to make sure that the barriers to vote are very low," said Loyola Law School's Jessica Levinson.
Source: KQED San Francisco 88.5 FM on 2022 California Senate race Oct 12, 2020

Alex Padilla: Supported allowing let 17-year-olds vote in primaries

[OpEd by Padilla]: Allowing those who turn 18 by the general election the right to vote in primary elections will kick start voter education much earlier And when people start voting at a younger age, they are more likely to become higher propensity voters and be more engaged in their communities.

A civically engaged citizenry feeds oxygen to our democracy. Teaching young voters the value of this right and responsibility will show them the power they possess to shape their future.

Source: San Diego Union Tribune on 2022 California Senate race Sep 17, 2020

Alex Padilla: Reducing city council districts an assault on voting rights

The state's top elections official showed up in Santa Clara to denounce the city's effort to shrink the number of council districts. Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Measure C would unlawfully exclude people of color from representation in their local government. At a presser hosted by the Council on American Islamic Relations in Santa Clara, Padilla said the initiative echoes the "strategic assault" on voting rights by the White House and GOP-led state legislatures throughout the country.
Source: San Jose Inside on 2022 California Senate race Sep 17, 2020

Alex Padilla: Vote by mail works in blue states and red states

Alex Padilla condemned Trump's latest tweetstorm threatening to pull federal funding to Nevada and Michigan if they proceed with vote-by-mail drives, calling it Trump's "clearest example yet of using disinformation to try and influence the November election."

"It's particularly appalling because there's many blue states that do a good amount of vote-by-mail, like California - as well as many red states, like Utah," Padilla said.

Source: Politico e-zine on 2022 California Senate race May 2, 2020

Tom Steyer: Electoral College votes should reflect popular vote

Source: Ballotpedia.org on California ballot measure voting records Jul 2, 2019

Antonio Villaraigosa: Increase voter turnout among Latinos & all demographics

Villaraigosa said that his campaign will seek to increase Latino voter turnout for the upcoming governor's race. "When I ran in 2001 and 2005, I said, 'I want to be the mayor for all of us,' " he said. "I'd like to see turnout increase dramatically among all demographics. But clearly, one of them is the group who votes the least, and that's the Latino community. "A big part of our campaign is going to be to energize and organize that part of the electorate," he added.
Source: Los Angeles Times on 2018 California gubernatorial race Nov 16, 2017

Gavin Newsom: Campaigned to boost student registration

Voter registration among 18 to 24 year-olds has been in a steady decline, especially In regions with the poorest economic and social well-being. Lieutenant Governor Newsom is helping to lead a coalition with Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Common Cause, CALPIRG and the ACLU to spearhead a number of technological and grassroots strategies to boost voter registration on California's community college, California State University and University of California campuses.
Source: 2018 California Lieutenant Governor website www.ltg.ca.gov Nov 7, 2017

John Cox: Smaller districts better against special interests

A California State Assembly Member represents more than 450,000 people, and a State Senate district includes nearly one million people. Legislators spend countless hours on the phone raising money. I have a plan to make legislative districts small enough that anyone can run, and they won't need special interest money to do it. These smaller, neighborhood districts will allow elections to be decided on issues and character, not 30 second commercials or vicious mail pieces.
Source: 2018 California Gubernatorial website JohnCoxForGovernor.com Sep 1, 2017

Travis Allen: Sponsored voter ID law

Travis has sponsored legislation requiring voters to show photo ID.
Source: Los Angeles Times on 2018 California governor race Jun 22, 2017

Jimmy Panetta: Regulate "dark money" indirect campaign contributions

Q: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?

A: Yes

Source: Vote-Smart 2016 California Political Courage Test Nov 8, 2016

Lou Correa: Use double postage to ensure absentee vote is counted

We want to make sure every vote is counted. That is why we're reminding you that this year, some permanent absentee voters may need to put additional postage on their ballot return envelope.

To ensure your ballot is properly delivered, the Orange County Registrar of Voters recommends hand delivering your ballot return envelope to your local post office. For voters wishing for peace of mind without visiting the post office, two 47 cent stamps may be placed on your ballot return envelope.

Source: 2016 California House campaign website LouCorrea.com Nov 8, 2016

Ro Khanna: Push back on Citizens United with online campaign disclosure

Using the Internet and Technology as a Force for Democracy: Mandate online disclosure of interest groups' independent expenditures.

The Supreme Court decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, permits corporations, unions, and other organizations to donate unlimited amounts of money as independent expenditures. To give Americans more oversight and to push back against the increasing influence of special interests, Congress should mandate that campaign finance information be made public on a user-friendly online platform. Implementing a government-run platform that standardizes and streamlines campaign finance data will further the public's interest in electoral transparency and accountability. This platform should include data on campaign contributions and independent expenditures from all sources.

Source: 2016 California House campaign website RoKhanna.com Nov 8, 2016

Ro Khanna: I never accept contributions from lobbyists or PACs

Q: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?

A: Yes. I have made a commitment to the voters of my district to never accept contributions from lobbyists, PACs, or corporations. This independence from special interests will allow me to better represent real people, not wealthy insiders. Transparency must be a pillar of effective governance and civic engagement.

Source: Vote-Smart 2016 California Political Courage Test Nov 8, 2016

Jerry Brown: District-based elections OK even if protected class impaired

ACLU argument in favor of AB 182: The 2002 CA Voting Rights Act empowers challenges to race-based vote dilution in local at-large elections. AB 182 extends these protections to single-member district systems and designs remedies to avoid diluting the voices and votes of protected communities.

SFGate.com veto analysis: Gov. Brown said in his veto message that existing laws "already ensure that the voting strength of minority communities is not diluted." The law signed by Gov. Gray Davis in 2002 allows minority groups to challenge at-large (city-wide) elections, increasing the likelihood of control by a white majority. [Since 2002] over 100 local governments switched to district elections.˙The [new] law could challenge district lines if intended to dilute minority votes.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 26-14-0 on 9/3/15; Passed Assembly 53-24-3 on 9/8; Vetoed by Gov. Brown on 10/10.

Source: ACLU on California voting record AB 182 Oct 10, 2015

Gray Davis: 2002:˙Neighborhood districting for minority representation

ACLU argument in favor of AB 182: The 2002 CA Voting Rights Act empowers challenges to race-based vote dilution in local at-large elections. AB 182 extends these protections to single-member district systems and designs remedies to avoid diluting the voices and votes of protected communities.

SFGate.com veto analysis: Gov. Brown said in his veto message that existing laws "already ensure that the voting strength of minority communities is not diluted." The law signed by Gov. Gray Davis in 2002 allows minority groups to challenge at-large (city-wide) elections, increasing the likelihood of control by a white majority. [Since 2002] over 100 local governments switched to district elections.˙The [new] law could challenge district lines if intended to dilute minority votes.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 26-14-0 on 9/3/15; Passed Assembly 53-24-3 on 9/8; Vetoed by Gov. Brown on 10/10.

Source: ACLU on California voting record AB 182 Oct 2, 2015

Kamala Harris: Neighborhood districting increases minority representation

ACLU argument in favor of AB 182: The 2002 CA Voting Rights Act empowers challenges to race-based vote dilution in local at-large elections. AB 182 extends these protections to single-member district systems and designs remedies to avoid diluting the voices and votes of protected communities.

SFGate.com veto analysis:Gov. Brown said in his veto message that existing laws "already ensure that the voting strength of minority communities is not diluted." The 2002 law allows minority groups to challenge at-large (city-wide) elections, increasing the likelihood of control by a white majority. [Since 2002] over 100 local governments switched to district elections.˙The [new] law could challenge district lines if intended to dilute minority votes. Minority advocates and state Attorney General Kamala Harris, supported it.˙

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 26-14-0 on 9/3/15; Passed Assembly 53-24-3 on 9/8; Vetoed by Gov. Brown on 10/10.

Source: ACLU on California voting record AB 182 Oct 2, 2015

ACLU: Neighborhood districting increases minority representation

ACLU argument in favor of AB 182: The California Voting Rights Act empowers citizens to challenge unlawful vote dilution in local at-large election systems where racially polarized voting exists. AB 182 extends these protections to single- member district systems & provides clearer guidance for judges on how to design appropriate remedies to ensure that jurisdictions do not continue to dilute the voices & votes of protected communities.

SFGate.com veto analysis:Gov. Brown said that existing laws "already ensure that the voting strength of minority communities is not diluted." The 2002 law allows minority groups to challenge at-large (city-wide) elections, increasing the likelihood of control by a white majority. [Since 2002] over 100 local governments switched to district elections.˙The [new] law could challenge district lines if intended to dilute minority votes.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 26-14-0; Passed Assembly 53-24-3; Vetoed on 10/10/15.

Source: ACLU on California voting record AB 182 Sep 22, 2015

David Hadley: Prohibit district-based election if protected class impaired

ACLU argument in favor of AB 182: The 2002 CA Voting Rights Act empowers challenges to race-based vote dilution in local at-large elections. AB 182 extends these protections to single-member district systems and designs remedies to avoid diluting the voices and votes of protected communities.

SFGate.com veto analysis: Gov. Brown said in his veto message that existing laws "already ensure that the voting strength of minority communities is not diluted." The law signed by Gov. Gray Davis in 2002 allows minority groups to challenge at-large (city-wide) elections, increasing the likelihood of control by a white majority. [Since 2002] over 100 local governments switched to district elections.˙The [new] law could challenge district lines if intended to dilute minority votes.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 26-14-0 on 9/3/15; Passed Assembly 53-24-3 on 9/8/15; State Rep. David Hadley voted YES; Vetoed by Gov. Brown on 10/10/15.

Source: ACLU on California voting record AB 182 Sep 8, 2015

Jay Obernolte: District-based elections OK even if protected class impaired

ACLU argument in favor of AB 182: The 2002 CA Voting Rights Act empowers challenges to race-based vote dilution in local at-large elections. AB 182 extends these protections to single-member district systems and designs remedies to avoid diluting the voices and votes of protected communities.

SFGate.com veto analysis: Gov. Brown said in his veto message that existing laws "already ensure that the voting strength of minority communities is not diluted." The law signed by Gov. Gray Davis in 2002 allows minority groups to challenge at-large (city-wide) elections, increasing the likelihood of control by a white majority. [Since 2002] over 100 local governments switched to district elections.˙The [new] law could challenge district lines if intended to dilute minority votes.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 26-14-0 on 9/3/15; Passed Assembly 53-24-3 on 9/8/15; State Rep. Jay Obernolte voted NO; Vetoed by Gov. Brown on 10/10/15.

Source: ACLU on California voting record AB 182 Sep 8, 2015

Rocky Chavez: District-based elections OK even if protected class impaired

ACLU argument in favor of AB 182: The 2002 CA Voting Rights Act empowers challenges to race-based vote dilution in local at-large elections. AB 182 extends these protections to single-member district systems and designs remedies to avoid diluting the voices and votes of protected communities.

SFGate.com veto analysis: Gov. Brown said in his veto message that existing laws "already ensure that the voting strength of minority communities is not diluted." The law signed by Gov. Gray Davis in 2002 allows minority groups to challenge at-large (city-wide) elections, increasing the likelihood of control by a white majority. [Since 2002] over 100 local governments switched to district elections.˙The [new] law could challenge district lines if intended to dilute minority votes.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 26-14-0 on 9/3/15; Passed Assembly 53-24-3 on 9/8/15; State Rep. Rocky Chavez voted NO; Vetoed by Gov. Brown on 10/10/15.

Source: ACLU on California voting record AB 182 Sep 8, 2015

Young Kim: District-based elections OK even if protected class impaired

ACLU argument in favor of AB 182: The 2002 CA Voting Rights Act empowers challenges to race-based vote dilution in local at-large elections. AB 182 extends these protections to single-member district systems and designs remedies to avoid diluting the voices and votes of protected communities.

SFGate.com veto analysis: Gov. Brown said in his veto message that existing laws "already ensure that the voting strength of minority communities is not diluted." The law signed by Gov. Gray Davis in 2002 allows minority groups to challenge at-large (city-wide) elections, increasing the likelihood of control by a white majority. [Since 2002] over 100 local governments switched to district elections.˙The [new] law could challenge district lines if intended to dilute minority votes.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 26-14-0 on 9/3/15; Passed Assembly 53-24-3 on 9/8/15; State Rep. Young Kim voted NO; Vetoed by Gov. Brown on 10/10/15.

Source: ACLU on California voting record AB 182 Sep 8, 2015

Kevin de Leon: Prohibit district-based election if protected class impaired

ACLU argument in favor of AB 182: The 2002 CA Voting Rights Act empowers challenges to race-based vote dilution in local at-large elections. AB 182 extends these protections to single-member district systems and designs remedies to avoid diluting the voices and votes of protected communities.

SFGate.com veto analysis: Gov. Brown said in his veto message that existing laws "already ensure that the voting strength of minority communities is not diluted." The law signed by Gov. Gray Davis in 2002 allows minority groups to challenge at-large (city-wide) elections, increasing the likelihood of control by a white majority. [Since 2002] over 100 local governments switched to district elections.˙The [new] law could challenge district lines if intended to dilute minority votes.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 26-14-0 on 9/3/15; State Sen. Kevin de Leon voted YES; Passed Assembly 53-24-3 on 9/8/15; Vetoed by Gov. Brown on 10/10/15.

Source: ACLU on California voting record AB 182 Sep 3, 2015

Steve Knight: Require photo ID for voting

Q: People should be able to vote without photo identification?

Knight: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 California House race Sep 30, 2014

Jerry Brown: Pilot program for all-mail-in ballots

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Concurrence vote passed House, 47-29-3; passed Senate 24-8-8; approved by Governor 9/26/14

OnTheIssues Explanation: The states of Washington, Colorado and Oregon require all of their elections to be run entirely by mail. California is experimenting with the same idea in this bill, recognizing that a growing number of Californians prefer to vote-by-mail anyway. The "10 day" provision allows counting to begin before election day, to address the problem that several races were decided a week after election day, due to counting starting on election day.

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 1873 Sep 26, 2014

Jimmy Gomez: Voted YES on pilot program for all-mail-in ballots

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Concurrence vote passed House, 47-29-3; passed Senate 24-8-8; approved by Governor 9/26/14

OnTheIssues Explanation: The states of Washington, Colorado and Oregon require all of their elections to be run entirely by mail. California is experimenting with the same idea in this bill, recognizing that a growing number of Californians prefer to vote-by-mail anyway. The "10 day" provision allows counting to begin before election day, to address the problem that several races were decided a week after election day, due to counting starting on election day. (Jimmy Gomez voted YES).

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 1873 Aug 28, 2014

Kevin de Leon: Pilot program for all-mail-in ballots

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Concurrence vote passed House, 47-29-3; passed Senate 24-8-8; approved by Governor 9/26/14

OnTheIssues Explanation: The states of Washington, Colorado and Oregon require all of their elections to be run entirely by mail. California is experimenting with the same idea in this bill, recognizing that a growing number of Californians prefer to vote-by-mail anyway. The "10 day" provision allows counting to begin before election day, to address the problem that several races were decided a week after election day, due to counting starting on election day. (Kevin de Leon voted YEA).

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 1873 Aug 28, 2014

Mark DeSaulnier: Voted YES on pilot program for all-mail-in ballots

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Concurrence vote passed House, 47-29-3; passed Senate 24-8-8; approved by Governor 9/26/14

OnTheIssues Explanation: The states of Washington, Colorado and Oregon require all of their elections to be run entirely by mail. California is experimenting with the same idea in this bill, recognizing that a growing number of Californians prefer to vote-by-mail anyway. The "10 day" provision allows counting to begin before election day, to address the problem that several races were decided a week after election day, due to counting starting on election day. (Mark DeSaulnier voted YES).

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 1873 Aug 28, 2014

Mimi Walters: Voted NO on pilot program for all-mail-in ballots

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Concurrence vote passed House, 47-29-3; passed Senate 24-8-8; approved by Governor 9/26/14

OnTheIssues Explanation: The states of Washington, Colorado and Oregon require all of their elections to be run entirely by mail. California is experimenting with the same idea in this bill, recognizing that a growing number of Californians prefer to vote-by-mail anyway. The "10 day" provision allows counting to begin before election day, to address the problem that several races were decided a week after election day, due to counting starting on election day. (Mimi Walters voted NAY).

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 1873 Aug 28, 2014

Norma Torres: Pilot program for all-mail-in ballots

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Concurrence vote passed House, 47-29-3; passed Senate 24-8-8; approved by Governor 9/26/14

OnTheIssues Explanation: The states of Washington, Colorado and Oregon require all of their elections to be run entirely by mail. California is experimenting with the same idea in this bill, recognizing that a growing number of Californians prefer to vote-by-mail anyway. The "10 day" provision allows counting to begin before election day, to address the problem that several races were decided a week after election day, due to counting starting on election day. (Norma Torres voted YEA).

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 1873 Aug 28, 2014

Rocky Chavez: Voted NO on pilot program for all-mail-in ballots

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Concurrence vote passed House, 47-29-3; passed Senate 24-8-8; approved by Governor 9/26/14

OnTheIssues Explanation: The states of Washington, Colorado and Oregon require all of their elections to be run entirely by mail. California is experimenting with the same idea in this bill, recognizing that a growing number of Californians prefer to vote-by-mail anyway. The "10 day" provision allows counting to begin before election day, to address the problem that several races were decided a week after election day, due to counting starting on election day. (Rocky Chavez voted NAY).

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 1873 Aug 28, 2014

Steve Knight: Voted NO on pilot program for all-mail-in ballots

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Concurrence vote passed House, 47-29-3; passed Senate 24-8-8; approved by Governor 9/26/14

OnTheIssues Explanation: The states of Washington, Colorado and Oregon require all of their elections to be run entirely by mail. California is experimenting with the same idea in this bill, recognizing that a growing number of Californians prefer to vote-by-mail anyway. The "10 day" provision allows counting to begin before election day, to address the problem that several races were decided a week after election day, due to counting starting on election day. (Steve Knight voted NAY).

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 1873 Aug 28, 2014

Ted Lieu: Pilot program for all-mail-in ballots

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Concurrence vote passed House, 47-29-3; passed Senate 24-8-8; approved by Governor 9/26/14

OnTheIssues Explanation: The states of Washington, Colorado and Oregon require all of their elections to be run entirely by mail. California is experimenting with the same idea in this bill, recognizing that a growing number of Californians prefer to vote-by-mail anyway. The "10 day" provision allows counting to begin before election day, to address the problem that several races were decided a week after election day, due to counting starting on election day. (Ted Lieu voted YEA).

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 1873 Aug 28, 2014

Travis Allen: Voted NO on pilot program for all-mail-in ballots

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Concurrence vote passed House, 47-29-3; passed Senate 24-8-8; approved by Governor 9/26/14

OnTheIssues Explanation: The states of Washington, Colorado and Oregon require all of their elections to be run entirely by mail. California is experimenting with the same idea in this bill, recognizing that a growing number of Californians prefer to vote-by-mail anyway. The "10 day" provision allows counting to begin before election day, to address the problem that several races were decided a week after election day, due to counting starting on election day. (Travis Allen voted NAY).

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 1873 Aug 28, 2014

Kevin de Leon: Voted YES to amend Constitution to overturn Citizens United

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 51-20-9; passed Senate 23-11-6 (de Leon voted YES)

OnTheIssues Explanation: The Citizens United ruling gave rise to "Super-PACs" which can spend unlimited money on political advertising by unknown donors. This resolution seeks to overturn the Supreme Court by a Constitutional Amendment.

Source: California legislative voting records: AJR-1 Jun 23, 2014

Mark DeSaulnier: Voted YES to amend Constitution to overturn Citizens United

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 51-20-9; passed Senate 23-11-6

OnTheIssues Explanation: The Citizens United ruling gave rise to "Super-PACs" which can spend unlimited money on political advertising by unknown donors. This resolution seeks to overturn the Supreme Court by a Constitutional Amendment.

Source: California legislative voting records: AJR-1 Jun 23, 2014

Mimi Walters: Voted NO on overturning Citizens United

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 51-20-9; passed Senate 23-11-6

OnTheIssues Explanation: The Citizens United ruling gave rise to "Super-PACs" which can spend unlimited money on political advertising by unknown donors. This resolution seeks to overturn the Supreme Court by a Constitutional Amendment.

Source: California legislative voting records: AJR-1 Jun 23, 2014

Norma Torres: Voted YES to amend Constitution to overturn Citizens United

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 51-20-9; passed Senate 23-11-6

OnTheIssues Explanation: The Citizens United ruling gave rise to "Super-PACs" which can spend unlimited money on political advertising by unknown donors. This resolution seeks to overturn the Supreme Court by a Constitutional Amendment.

Source: California legislative voting records: AJR-1 Jun 23, 2014

Steve Knight: Voted NO on overturning Citizens United

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 51-20-9; passed Senate 23-11-6

OnTheIssues Explanation: The Citizens United ruling gave rise to "Super-PACs" which can spend unlimited money on political advertising by unknown donors. This resolution seeks to overturn the Supreme Court by a Constitutional Amendment.

Source: California legislative voting records: AJR-1 Jun 23, 2014

Ted Lieu: Voted YES to amend Constitution to overturn Citizens United

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 51-20-9; passed Senate 23-11-6

OnTheIssues Explanation: The Citizens United ruling gave rise to "Super-PACs" which can spend unlimited money on political advertising by unknown donors. This resolution seeks to overturn the Supreme Court by a Constitutional Amendment.

Source: California legislative voting records: AJR-1 Jun 23, 2014

Jimmy Gomez: Voted YES to amend Constitution to overturn Citizens United

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 51-20-9; Gomez voted AYE; passed Senate 23-11-6

OnTheIssues Explanation: The Citizens United ruling gave rise to "Super-PACs" which can spend unlimited money on political advertising by unknown donors. This resolution seeks to overturn the Supreme Court by a Constitutional Amendment.

Source: California legislative voting records: AJR-1 Jan 30, 2014

Rocky Chavez: Voted NO on overturning Citizens United

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 51-20-9; passed Senate 23-11-6

OnTheIssues Explanation: The Citizens United ruling gave rise to "Super-PACs" which can spend unlimited money on political advertising by unknown donors. This resolution seeks to overturn the Supreme Court by a Constitutional Amendment.

Source: California legislative voting records: AJR-1 Jan 30, 2014

Travis Allen: Voted NO to amend Constitution to overturn Citizens United

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 51-20-9; passed Senate 23-11-6 (Allen voted NO)

OnTheIssues Explanation: The Citizens United ruling gave rise to "Super-PACs" which can spend unlimited money on political advertising by unknown donors. This resolution seeks to overturn the Supreme Court by a Constitutional Amendment.

Source: California legislative voting records: AJR-1 Jan 30, 2014

Alan Lowenthal: Regulate corporate & union campaign contributions

Q: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?

A: Yes.

Source: California Congressional 2012 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2012

Jared Huffman: Ban "independent expenditures"; they're out of control

Q: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?

A: Yes. So-called "independent expenditures" are out of control and should be banned. This will require a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United case. I support such an amendment.

Source: California Congressional 2012 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2012

Gloria La Riva: Eliminate corporate campaign contributions

Q: Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?

No.

Q: Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?

No.

Q: Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?

Yes.

Q: Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?

No.

La Riva adds, "Money from corporations should be eliminated from campaign contributions."

Source: California Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Julia Brownley: Limit campaign contributions and campaign spending

Q: Do you support limits on individual contributions to candidates for state government?

A: Yes.

Q: Political Action Committees (PAC) contributions?

A: Yes.

Q: Corporate?

A: Yes.

Q: Political Party contributions?

A: Yes.

Q: Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?

A: Yes.

Source: California Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2010

Julia Brownley: Lengthen term limits for state legislators

Q: Your opinion on term limits?

A: Term limits for state legislators needs to be evaluated. Six years in the Assembly is too short and should be extended somewhat.

Source: California Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2010

Bill Jones: Make government more open and responsive

Jones has been a consistent doer, someone who has changed how government works, and made it more open & responsive to the people it serves. As a Legislator, he authored some of the key regulatory reforms that cut through California’s notorious red tape, and helped lead our State’s economic recovery in the 1990s. As Secretary of State, he brought State government into the 21st Century of information technology, made the elections process more open, and championed campaign finance reform.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website, jonesforcalifornia.com Aug 13, 2004

Dan Quayle: Appoint judges who won’t push a political agenda

The most enduring presidential legacy is in the federal courts. We can win debates, we can achieve legislative victories, and we can succeed in citizen initiatives-but it will all be in vain if we have judges who step in and substitute their political agenda for the wisdom of the people. The most important qualification for the federal bench [should be] whether they are well qualified, show respect for the Constitution, and appreciate the indispensable role of religion and morality in our society.
Source: Speech to the Commonwealth Club of California May 19, 1999

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