Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tuesday Must Read: Most Ballots Already Cast; Court May Uphold Racial Profiling in Arizona

By Robert Gammon
Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 7:04 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. For the first time in California history, most voters will cast absentee ballots this year, the Chron reports, citing a new Field Poll. The poll estimates that 55 percent of the votes will be cast absentee. The poll also projects that voter turnout will be about 55 percent — slightly less than it was four years ago, and down considerably from the 2008 presidential election. Turnout among Republican voters is expected to be 68 percent compared to 55 percent for Democrats and just 38 percent for independents, the Sacramento Bee reports.

2. A federal appeals court indicated that it plans to uphold a portion of Arizona’s controversial immigration law to allow police officers to demand papers from people they suspect might be here illegally, the Chron reports. The court’s expected ruling, if not appealed by the Obama Justice Department, promises to lead to racial profiling in Arizona.

3. Ex-BART cop Johannes Mehserle probably will not get the maximum sentence of fourteen years in prison from a Los Angeles judge this Friday, legal experts tell the Trib. The judge likely will give Mehserle a mid-term sentence for fatally shooting Oscar Grant.

4. The Pentagon can continue to keep openly gay and lesbian soldiers from serving in the military while a legal challenge to the controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy goes forward, an appellate court ruled, the AP reports. The appeals court turned down a request to uphold a lower court’s ruling that overturned DADT.

5. The California State University system is considering a new 15.5 percent student fee hike even though it’s receiving more state money than expected this year, the SacBee reports. The fee increase would come on top of a 32 percent hike that CSU already instituted.

6. First 5 commissions in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, which receive funds from tobacco taxes, agreed to cover childcare costs for low-income families until the first of the year, the Trib reports. State Democrats hope to overturn a line-item veto by Governor Schwarzenegger that slashed funding for the childcare program.

7. Google’s Android operating system shot to the top of the US market for smartphones last quarter, the Mercury News reports.

8. And the Giants won the World Series last night for the first time since 1954, thanks to the masterful pitching of staff ace, Tim Lincecum. The Giants won the game 3-1 and defeated the Texas Rangers 4-1 in the series.

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