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eBay Gubernatorial Candidate Meg Whitman Allegedly Didn't Vote Until Age 46
A mini-controversy is already surrounding Republican candidate for California Governor Meg Whitman. The former eBay CEO's first record of voter registration was found in 2002, when she was 46 years old. Whitman has admitted and apologized for the bad example that is her non-voting record, but says she had voted in some elections prior to 2002. However, a Sacramento Bee search of public records could not confirm that.
KCET blogger Brian Doherty takes note of Whitman's non-voting story, additionally linking to his own libertarian-themed post on the subject over at Reason Magazine. "Defending non-voting in bars across this great land, I often hear the ultimate 'shut up'—that if you don't vote, you have no right to complain about politics or society," he wrote back in 2004. "The reality is the exact opposite: By voting, you are playing a game whose rules are that the majority vote winner gets to control the reins of government, in all its unspeakable power. If you complain about the results of the game you chose to play, you're just being a sore loser—or winner."
Another Republican candidate, state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, sees the act of not voting differently and is asking Whitman to drop out of the race. "There's never been a person elected governor anywhere in this country with a voting record like hers," Poizner told the LA Times. "I mean 28 years of not voting at all, not even being registered to vote -- meaning she had no intention of even voting -- is something that will make her really not qualified."
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.