- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 9, 2004

Governor, yes; president, no

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California voters love their governor but do not want to see Arnold Schwarzenegger as president and do not like the idea of amending the U.S. Constitution to let him run.

The nonpartisan Field Poll released yesterday found that 65 percent of voters approve of Mr. Schwarzenegger’s job performance — a level unchanged since May.

But by a 2-to-1 margin, voters said they do not support the Austria-born Mr. Schwarzenegger for president. Fifty percent said they were not inclined to vote for him, while 26 percent said they were.

Further, 58 percent of California voters did not support changing the U.S. Constitution to allow foreign-born Americans to run for president. Just 36 percent of voters in Mr. Schwarzenegger’s home state supported the idea.

Man to plead guilty to immigration charges

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A man taken into custody after a police officer saw him videotaping Charlotte’s skyscrapers has agreed to plead guilty to immigration charges.

Kamran Akhtar signed a deal on Thursday in which he agrees to spend up to six months in prison before being deported to his native Pakistan.

“These are all immigration-related charges, and Mr. Akhtar thought it was in his best interest to accept the plea offer and minimize his amount of prison time and expedite his departure to Pakistan,” said his lawyer, George N. Miller.

Democrats sue over voter registration

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The state Democratic Party filed a federal lawsuit accusing Florida’s secretary of state of violating federal law when she told elections supervisors to reject incomplete voter-registration forms.

The party asked a judge to order Glenda Hood to reverse her instructions to the state’s 67 counties.

Miss Hood’s office told counties that they should disqualify voters who failed to check a box confirming they are U.S. citizens, even if they had signed an oath on the same form swearing they are. She and other state officials maintain that state and federal laws require the box to be checked.

“The Secretary of State’s Office says they want to err on the side of the voter, yet they want to disenfranchise people,” party Chairman Scott Maddox said.

No ‘hard’ rules for no-fly list

SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. government has no “hard-and-fast” rules for deciding who gets put on the secret no-fly list of terror suspects barred from boarding airliners, the Transportation Security Administration said in court papers yesterday.

The 301 pages of edited documents, filed in federal court in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by the American Civil Liberties Union, also said the secret list grew from 16 names the day of the September 11 attacks to 594 by mid-December 2001.

For the first time yesterday, the government disclosed some information on the criteria it uses to update the no-fly list each day.

One heavily blacked-out document, a report by the Government Accountability Office, says getting on a list is guided by two “primary” principles: One is whether various intelligence agencies view an individual as a “potential threat to U.S. civil aviation.” The other is whether the agency requesting someone be put on a list has provided enough information to identify the person to be flagged at the check-in counter.

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