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Category: Proposition 28

AP says Proposition 28, on term limits, passing

Click for live results from the California primaryVoters appear to have passed Proposition 28, a proposal to change California’s 22-year-old law limiting the time state legislators may serve, according to the Associated Press. The organization based its projection on about 15% of precincts reporting.

In 1990, Californians limited lawmakers to three two-year terms in the Assembly and two four-year stints in the Senate, for a total of 14 years in the Legislature.

Proposition 28 allows lawmakers 12 years in the Legislature, but all of those may be served in one house.

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It will not apply to those currently in office.

Supporters of the measure said lawmakers spend too much time fundraising for the leap from one legislative house to the other and need more time in one office to fully master complex issues and the lawmaking process.

Opponents said the initiative was pitched in a misleading way, as a toughening of term limits even though it allows legislators to serve longer in one seat.


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Obama, not issues, is the draw for some L.A. voters

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When Patricia Jordan, 57, was asked what brought her to the polls on Tuesday to vote in the California primary, her answer was swift and decisive.

"Obama! Who else?" said the Baldwin Village resident. "He's my No.1 concern."

President Obama has secured the Democratic Party's nomination as the incumbent, but here in Baldwin Village and throughout the city of Los Angeles, he is still the big draw. Some voters knew very little about issues on the ballot, such the cigarette tax and the candidates running for Los Angeles County district attorney. Instead, they showed up to throw their support behind the president.

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"I don't know much about Propositions 28 and 29," said Diane Racine, 68, referring to the term limit initiative and the controversial cigarette increase. "I came out to make sure I supported President Obama."

Racine, an adult education teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District, admitted it was harder this primary to vote for him. The Westwood resident will be laid off in two weeks because of budget cuts that will end adult education in the state. Still, Racine believes Obama has a better strategy to fix the economy than his opponent, Mitt Rommey. All Obama needs, she said, is another term.

Anthony Kent agreed. The 58-year-old Baldwin Village resident blames Congress' inability to compromise as the reason the economy has stalled and not made a full recovery.

"He's doing the best he can with the opposition he has against him," Kent said. "He can't change everything overnight. He might need a few more terms to fix it all."

Though Kent disagrees with Obama on gay marriage, he still made the trek from his job over to the Jim Gilliam Recreational Center in Baldwin Village to cast his vote for Obama.

"I'm behind him every day," he said.


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-- Angel Jennings in Baldwin Village

Photo: President Obama speaks at a campaign rally at Ohio State University. Credit: Mark Duncan / Associated Press


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