Gov. Pete Wilson, state Sen. Quentin Kopp, and UC Regent Ward Connerly turn in more than 1 million signatures in 1996 to qualify an initiative. Kopp, who is also a retired judge as well as a retired legislator, is suing to overturn a law passed in 2016 that purports to legalize public financing of campaigns.
Gov. Pete Wilson, state Sen. Quentin Kopp, and UC Regent Ward Connerly turn in more than 1 million signatures in 1996 to qualify an initiative. Kopp, who is also a retired judge as well as a retired legislator, is suing to overturn a law passed in 2016 that purports to legalize public financing of campaigns. Anne Chadwick Williams Sacramento Bee file
Gov. Pete Wilson, state Sen. Quentin Kopp, and UC Regent Ward Connerly turn in more than 1 million signatures in 1996 to qualify an initiative. Kopp, who is also a retired judge as well as a retired legislator, is suing to overturn a law passed in 2016 that purports to legalize public financing of campaigns. Anne Chadwick Williams Sacramento Bee file
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Public campaign financing should require voter approval in California

January 07, 2017 04:00 PM

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