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December 17, 1991 | DAVE LESHER, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
On their national scoreboard for maintaining control of Congress, Democrats in Washington on Monday moved Orange County's proposed 46th district from the "leaning Republican" column to "tossup." Strategists and officeholders from both major parties were forced to rethink plans for next year's Orange County elections Monday after Rep. Robert K. Dornan's (R-Garden Grove) surprise announcement that he plans to abandon his central Orange County district and run next June for a seat on the coast.
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July 18, 2008 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
One of Southern California's most long-shot congressional races just got a little more interesting. Figures released this week show that Debbie Cook, an upstart Democratic challenger for the congressional seat held by Republican Dana Rohrabacher, raised more money in campaign contributions in the last three months than the popular 10-term incumbent. It was the second straight quarter in which Cook received more campaign donations than Rohrabacher, though he has far more cash in the bank.
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October 16, 1986 | LARRY GORDON, Times Staff Writer
Except for one nagging issue, Democratic Assemblyman Mike Roos appears to have a smooth sail ahead of him in his bid for re-election in the 46th District. After all, his position as Assembly majority leader gives him high visibility against three relatively unknown opponents, including a Republican even local GOP activists say they have never met.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1998 | ROBERT OURLIAN
Declaring that "Bob Dornan is not through," the maverick Orange County Republican said Saturday that he has hired pollsters to gauge his image and name recognition in several congressional districts outside the one taken from him in 1996 by Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez. Although he said he would not challenge a fellow Republican, Dornan said he is exploring political opportunities in districts now held by Reps. Edward R. Royce, Christopher Cox, Dana Rohrabacher and Ron Packard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1991 | BILL STALL, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
If Los Angeles is the nation's new racial and ethnic melting pot, the state's 46th Assembly District is the caldron. Bounded on three sides by affluence, the 46th is a human laboratory of racial, ethnic and cultural diversity that stretches from the downtown skyscrapers to the teeming apartments of Mid-Wilshire; from the drug and gang turf of Pico and Vermont on the south to million-dollar hillside homes abutting Griffith Park on the north.
NEWS
May 31, 1990 | LORI GRANGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a low-key race, one Democrat is challenging Assemblyman Mike Roos (D-Los Angeles) in the Tuesday primary while two Republican contenders battle for the chance to unseat the veteran legislator. It appears highly unlikely that any challenger will defeat Roos, 44, speaker pro tem of the California Assembly, who is running for his eighth term representing the 46th District.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1992 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Declaring it "a good year for women candidates," former Superior Court Judge Judith M. Ryan on Wednesday officially kicked off her campaign to unseat conservative Rep. Robert K. Dornan. Her formal entry into the race for the seat in the newly formed 46th District followed pressure from Dornan and Orange County Republican Chairman Tom Fuentes that she stay out of the June 2 Republican primary.
NEWS
November 6, 1996 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Locked in the political fight of his life, Rep. Robert K. Dornan (R-Garden Grove) was trailing narrowly Tuesday behind Democratic challenger Loretta Sanchez, a political unknown seeking to unseat the conservative congressman in the 46th District. Early election returns showed Sanchez holding a thin lead over Dornan, who became known in his political career for caustic attacks on liberals, gays, abortion rights supporters and other perceived leftist advocates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1992 | DAVE LESHER, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Rep. Robert K. Dornan's attack-style politics and millions of dollars in contributions have long made him Orange County's 400-pound gorilla at the polls--able to scare off formidable rivals and easily defeat those who challenge him. Two years ago, Dornan had just one opponent--a Democrat who withdrew shortly after the race started, even though her party held a majority among voters registered in Dornan's central county district. This time, though, things are different.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 1996
The only truly competitive congressional race this year in Orange County matches incumbent Republican Robert K. Dornan against Democrat Loretta Sanchez. Dornan prides himself on being a leading Republican accuser of Democratic President Bill Clinton. Too often his comments have been out of line. Last year, they were too much even for a Congress with a new Republican majority.
NEWS
November 4, 1998 | ESTHER SCHRADER and JANET WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez rolled to a crushing victory Tuesday night over Republican Robert K. Dornan in a bitter Orange County rematch that attracted a nationwide audience and became the most expensive congressional race this year. With more than half the vote counted, the Democratic incumbent proclaimed victory, saying she hoped it would end debate over her narrow 1996 defeat of Dornan and the contentious voter fraud investigation that followed.
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October 23, 1998 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The federal government may send poll observers to a hotly contested central Orange County congressional district to oversee voting during the Nov. 3 election. A U.S. Justice Department spokeswoman said Thursday that officials are considering whether to monitor election-day activities in the 46th Congressional District, where Latino voters have complained in the past about intimidation. Spokeswoman Christine DiBartolo in Washington would not provide details until the final decision is made.
OPINION
August 23, 1998
Let's set the record straight on Bob Dornan's compensation for his challenge to the 1996 "stolen" election in the 46th District. Your paper has printed several letters on this issue. The number of illegal residents and/or noncitizens who voted now stands at 1,499 as reported by Secretary of State Bill Jones. (Dornan lost by 789 votes.) Dornan proved his case and what did taxpayers get for their money via the relentless search for truth by Dornan? Over 1 million "deadwood voters" removed from Orange County voter rolls, a newly designed absentee ballot, voter registration and information material (all revamped to deter illegal voting)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 1998
Re "Dornan May Split GOP's Unity Rally," June 20: Wanted: An adult, thoughtful, responsible, cooperative Republican to run for the 46th Congressional seat. Prefer moderate, dedicated individual who will listen to their constituency and not use position to further their ego. If satisfactory candidate not recruited by November, will default to alternate party. Signed, a weary registered Republican in the 46th District. PEARL JEMISON-SMITH Garden Grove Now that Bob Dornan has easily dispatched the liberals thrown in his path in the primary by the GOP elites, it'll be interesting to watch the general election as he fights to win back his seat from Loretta Sanchez.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1998 | PETER M. WARREN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
The 46th District primary race ignited last week as the Republicans vying to run against Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) ended their detente and began attacking one another. Former Rep. Robert Dornan and Superior Court Judge James P. Gray directed the sharpest barbs at lawyer Lisa Hughes, accusing her of concealing her pro-choice abortion views from conservative voters. Hughes has described herself variously as pro-choice and as "pro-life."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1998
Re "Sanchez Elated as Probe Is Dropped," Feb. 5: In [former Rep.] Robert K. Dornan's remarks to the press following the loss of his challenge to Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove), he says, "I look 10 years younger than my age, and I act 30 years younger." I would say he acts 60 years younger--more like a child going through the "terrible twos." As a Republican constituent in the 46th District, I am thrilled with the accessibility and help I have received from Sanchez. My last visit with the Dornan office in Washington consisted of a homophobic diatribe by an aide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1992 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A lively contest between two Latino Democrats in a newly realigned Assembly district on Tuesday may be the clearest test yet of Supervisor Gloria Molina's growing status as a powerbroker in the Latino community. Fighting for the Democratic nomination in the 46th Assembly District are Berta (Bert) Saavedra, a top aide to Assemblywoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, and West Point and Harvard-educated Louis Caldera, who is on leave from his job as a deputy county counsel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1991 | BILL STALL, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Deputy City Controller Barbara Friedman was officially declared the Democratic nominee Tuesday in the June 4 special election for the vacant 46th Assembly District seat and will be heavily favored to win the office in a runoff July 30. Friedman, 41, defeated Chief Deputy City Atty. John Emerson, 37, by 31 votes out of more than 20,000 cast to pick a successor to former Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Mike Roos, a Democrat who resigned in March.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1997 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A concerted campaign effort by organized labor and others that targeted newly enfranchized Latino voters helped boost union organizer Gil Cedillo to an upset primary victory in Tuesday's 46th Assembly District special election, political observers said Wednesday. Cedillo outpolled Los Angeles school board member and fellow Democrat Vickie Castro by a 2-1 margin to win his party's nomination for the Jan. 13 runoff election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1997 | PETER M. WARREN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
House Oversight Committee staff members will be in Orange County today to begin copying records at the Orange County registrar's office as part of the panel's investigation into the contested 46th Congressional District election, officials said. Originally scheduled to arrive Wednesday, two staffers were delayed a day in arriving from Washington, a panel spokesman said.
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