The days of local communities deciding when it makes sense to have elections could soon be coming to an end.
Under current law, cities can have votes on four specific dates every year. The legislation approved Monday by the state House would limit that to just two -- and only on even-numbered years, the same days as statewide elections. Clint Bolick of the Goldwater Institute said consolidation makes sense.
A deal reached Monday will short-circuit an attempt to get voters to scrap public financing of elections.
The 1998 law allows but does not require candidates to get public funds if they agree not to take outside cash. Foes, including business interests, have been unhappy with the plan for years. And they had the votes lined up at the Legislature to ask voters to effectively repeal the law. Sen. John McComish said the deal allows the system to remain in place, but with some new restrictions on how it spends money on public relations.
This is what Enrique thought when he first noticed Ramona, a pretty brunette from Mexico, "It was as if I had seen the most beautiful girl in the whole world standing in front of me, and from then on we've been together.
"Its been about 10 years," says Ramona. "And it still feels like the first day."