Over the past couple of centuries or so a number of requirements have fallen away — including religious tests, property ownership requirements, poll taxes and literacy tests.
And new rights for several formerly disenfranchised groups have been granted — including women’s suffrage, citizenship for former slaves and Native Americans and the right of 18 year olds to vote.
Of course, several Constitutional Amendments (15th, 19th, 24th and 26th) were necessary to accomplish this nearly universal suffrage for all American citizens.
May 1, 2012 — At 10:26 p.m. I breathed a sigh of relief. The school board members, who had been in closed session for more than two hours, were filing into the room.
Finally, they would make an announcement, probably that “no action was taken,” and we would move on to the second meeting planned for the night.
But I was wrong. Instead, the board approved a motion to extend the meeting past its mandated 10:30 end time, and exited the room to return to closed session.
May 1, 2012 — Spring has arrived. You know the season is finally here when you begin the hunt for warm weather clothes. The week before last my husband, Terry, went out to the garage to look for shorts.
Unfortunately, he could not find them because there are still a lot of bins stuffed into the space I have been trying to organize since I moved into this house a year and a half ago.
I did not have time to search for them as I pushed to finish my articles for the newspaper and get to Sacramento in time for a matinee musical for which my mom had purchased tickets.
Some people complain about the state budgeting nearly $40 million on a new courthouse when the state faces such difficult economic times, but it is a state building paid for with state money. No local funds were expended, and so far the cost is about $35 million.
The new building replaces the Historic Courthouse, Court Annex and the Access to Justice Self-Help Center.
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