Brad Pitt expresses his endorsement of
Proposition 71

October 26, 2004
(Los Angeles, CA)
Actor Brad Pitt expresses his endorsement of Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004. Read More >

Yes on Proposition 71 Launches Statewide Ad Featuring
Christopher Reeve

October 22, 2004
(Los Angeles, CA) — Proponents of Yes on Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, today announced the launch of a new television ad featuring Christopher Reeve that calls on voters to support the initiative. Read More >

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Endorses Prop 71

October 18, 2004
(Los Angeles, CA) — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has joined a broad, diverse and growing coalition of business groups, elected officials, medical organizations and patient groups in endorsing a YES vote on Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, on the November 2 statewide ballot. Read More >

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Prop 71: A Shot in the Arm for California

October 12, 2004
The Business Perspective (LA Chamber of Commerce)
By supporting Prop. 71, California's voters will have a unique opportunity on Nov. 2. Not only can we give a needed shot in the arm to research that will cure some of the world's most lethal and debilitating illnesses; we can also create jobs and position California as a leader in a new industry. Read More >

ELECTION 2004: Stem cell bond measure favored in poll

October 10, 2004
Sacramento - A November ballot measure that would require the state to issue bonds to pay for stem-cell research is favored by 46 percent of likely voters and opposed by 39 percent, according to a Field Poll released today. Read More >

175 Elected Officials Statewide Endorse Prop. 71

October 10, 2004
(Los Angeles, CA) — Supporters of Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, today announced the endorsements of 175 federal, state, and local elected officials from throughout California, adding to a growing, broad and diverse coalition mobilizing to urge encourage a YES vote on the November 2 statewide ballot. Read More >

Prop. 71 opens tap for stem-cell studies

October 8, 2004
Greg Wasson isn't the typical lobbyist for a California bond initiative.

For the past nine years, Parkinson's disease has crept through Wasson's brain, killing off neurotransmitter cells that signal his muscles to move. Walking, speaking, even brushing his teeth and turning over in bed have grown increasingly difficult for the 52-year-old former lawyer. Read More >

YES on Proposition 71 Launches Statewide Advertising Campaign

September 23, 2004
Los Angeles, CA – Proponents of Yes on Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, today announced the launch of their fall ad campaign to inform voters about the initiative. The Yes on 71 coalition will begin airing television spots statewide on Friday, September 24. The spots can also be viewed on the campaign web site at

The coalition’s first four TV spots feature medical experts and patients and are titled: Dr. Berg - Logjama, Dr. Weissman - Oatha, Dr. Bluestone - Diabetes, and June and Leilani - MS & Paralysis.” Read More >

LA Times Poll: Californians Favor Stem-Cell, Health-Care Initiatives

Los Angeles Times 9/24/04
With television advertising campaigns about to begin, California voters currently favor two closely watched ballot initiatives -- one authorizing $3 billion in bonds for research using stem cells taken from embryos and another that would ratify a state law requiring small- and medium-sized businesses to provide health coverage for workers, according to a new Los Angeles Times Poll. Read More >

Californians to Vote on Spending $3 Billion on Stem Cell Research

New York Times 9/19/04
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 19 - The federal government spent $25 million last year on studies involving human embryonic stem cells. But California, in an act of political and scientific rebellion against limits on stem cell research imposed by the Bush White House, may be on the verge of spending $300 million a year in each of the next 10 years on such research. Read More >

Biotechs support stem cell ballot initiative

San Diego Union Tribune 8/27/04
The San Diego biotechnology industry group Biocom announced it is endorsing a bond initiative on the Nov. 2 ballot that would make $3 billion available for embryonic stem cell research in California.  Read More >

Jawbone created, implanted

London (AP) 8/27/04
A German who had his lower jaw cut out because of cancer has enjoyed his first meal in nine years -- a bratwurst sandwich -- after surgeons grew a new jawbone in his back muscle and transplanted it to his mouth in what experts call an ``ambitious'' experiment.  Read More >

Gates, others lead California effort for stem cell research

San Francisco (AP) 8/26/04
Silicon Valley tycoons, Nobel laureates and Hollywood celebrities are backing a measure on California's Nov. 2 ballot to devote $3 billion to human embryonic stem cell experiments in what would be the biggest-ever state-supported scientific research program in the country. Read More >

Remarks by Ron Reagan Jr. to the Democratic National Convention

PRNewswire 7/27/04
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.

A few of you may be surprised to see someone with my last name showing up to speak at a Democratic convention. Let me assure you, I am not here to make a political speech, and the topic at hand should not -- must not -- have anything to do with partisanship. Read More >

Stem cell research gets Chamber boost

Silicon Valley/ San Jose Business Journal 7/8/04
The Silicon Valley San Jose Chamber of Commerce Thursday came out in favor of a voter initiative on the November ballot to make stem cell research constitutional in California. Read More >

Scientists in region want to take lead on stem cell

San Diego Union Tribune 7/4/04
In labs from San Diego to Pasadena, scientists are trying to make Southern California the world center for stem-cell research – a young and controversial field that could lead to revolutionary treatments for some of the world's most devastating diseases. Read More >

Stem Cell Research Initiative Receives Endorsement

Los Angeles Times 6/19/04
A November ballot initiative that would have state taxpayers underwrite $3 billion of embryonic stem-cell research received its first major business endorsement Friday. Read More >

LA Area Chamber Supports Stem Cell Initiative

Press Release 6/18/04
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, representing over 1,300 businesses in Southern California, today announced its support for the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative. The LA Area Chamber is the first major business organization in California to support the initiative.  Read More >

Los Angeles business group backs stem-cell bond

Reuters 6/17/04
SAN FRANCISCO, June 17 (Reuters) - A Los Angeles business group said on Thursday it would back a California bond initiative to fund stem-cell research, marking the ballot measure's first major endorsement since its organizers briefly paused efforts following Ronald Reagan's death.  Read More >

Nancy's Next Campaign

Newsweek 6/14/04
One spring afternoon in 2002, eight long years into her husband's descent into Alzheimer's, Nancy Reagan went to her friend Doug Wick's homein Los Angeles for a Hollywood-style tutorial on stem cells. Along with Wick andhis wife, Lucy, both producers, the cast included moviemakers Jerry and Janet Zucker, actor Warren Beatty and Dr. Richard Klausner, now head of global healthat the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Nancy Reagan already knew a bit aboutstem cells--a year earlier, she'd written a letter to President Bush asking him to support embryonic research--but she was eager to delve deeper.  Read More >

A Plea for Stem Cell Research

Long Beach Press Telegram 6/09/04
Ronald Reagan's final accomplishment in life was to raise awareness and understanding of Alzheimer's disease. In death, we hope his legacy will bring Alzheimer's research the funding, attention and political support it deserves. . Read More >

Nancy Reagan Now an Alzheimer's Advocate

Associated Press 6/06/04
When Nancy Reagan appeared at a fund-raising gala in Los Angeles last month to promote the expansion of stem cell research, it was the latest step in herevolution from Hollywood socialite to Alzheimer's activist..  Read More >

Stem Cell Initiative Certified for Ballot

Los Angeles Times 6/04/04 
SACRAMENTO -An initiative that would have state taxpayers underwrite $3 billion worth of research into using embryonic stem cells to develop cures for Alzheimer's and other debilitating diseases qualified for the Nov. 2 ballot Thursday,propelling California to the forefront of a national battle at the intersection of scienceand morality.  Read More >

A Bipartisan Push on Stem Cell Studies

Washington Post 6/03/04  
In this era of intense partisanship, it is rare to see congressional Republicans and Democrats join hands, even in a humanitarian cause. Credit Nancy Reagan for helping to spur this political marvel. Read More >

California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative Qualifies for the November Statewide Ballot

Press Release 6/3/04
(Los Angeles, CA) — The California Secretary of State’s office announced today that the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative has qualified for placement on the November 2, 2004 General Election statewide ballot. Supporters submitted more than one million signatures in April, nearly double the amount required for certification. The initiative would provide desperately needed funds for the development of lifesaving therapies and cures that could save the lives of millions of California children and adults and significantly
reduce health care costs.   Read More >

Westly Backs Stem-Cell Initiative

Press Release 6/3/04
(Sacramento, CA) --California State Controller Steve Westly announced today his support for the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative as a way to close the critical gap in research funding, reduce healthcare costs, and save lives. Read More >

Statement of Senator Deborah Ortiz on the Announced

Press Statement 6/3/04
(Sacramento, CA) --Senator Deborah Ortiz (D-Sacramento), the author of three groundbreaking laws to promote stem cell research in California, today released the following statement on the announced qualification of the proposed California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative: “I am pleased that the proposed California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative has qualified for the November ballot.” Read More >

Angelides Voices Strong Support for the California
Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative

Press Release 6/3/04
(Sacramento, CA)  California State Treasurer Phil Angelides today endorsed the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, lauding the measure as a forward- thinking investment in California’s future that will improve and save millions of lives; build Californian’s economy; and reduce rapidly rising healthcare
costs.  Read More >
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