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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - As Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer prepares to take power at City Hall, some are wondering what his easy victory over Democratic Councilman David Alvarez means for the statewide GOP. Faulconer beat Alvarez 55% to 45%. “Faulconer overnight goes from minority member of the City Council to the highest ranked and highest profile Republican in the state,” said Carl Luna, a political science professor at San Diego Mesa College. Allan Hoffenblum, a former GOP strategist who now publishes the nonpartisan California Target Book, said Faulconer's victory shows that Republicans can still win big races, “if they have the right candidate.” He noted Faulconer campaigned as a fiscal conservative who is moderate on social issues, including supporting gay marriage and abortion rights.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - As Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer prepares to take power at City Hall, some are wondering what his easy victory over Democratic Councilman David Alvarez means for the statewide GOP. Faulconer beat Alvarez 55% to 45%. “Faulconer overnight goes from minority member of the City Council to the highest ranked and highest profile Republican in the state,” said Carl Luna, a political science professor at San Diego Mesa College. Allan Hoffenblum, a former GOP strategist who now publishes the nonpartisan California Target Book, said Faulconer's victory shows that Republicans can still win big races, “if they have the right candidate.” He noted Faulconer campaigned as a fiscal conservative who is moderate on social issues, including supporting gay marriage and abortion rights.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2010 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
Cutlery clatters against china as Bill Chambers rises to give his spiel. He has five minutes to persuade 120 or so Republicans that they should entrust him with their precious votes. But first, he has to convince the audience at the Sacramento Republican Women Federated Whistle Stop Candidate Forum that Bill Chambers exists at all. On this Wednesday afternoon in May, it is a tough sell. "There are eight Republican candidates running for governor," begins the railroad switchman, Little League manager and three-time gubernatorial candidate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1989 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, Times Urban Affairs Writer
A group of county business and civic leaders agreed Thursday to hire a political consultant to direct a million-dollar campaign to bolster slipping public support for a proposed half-cent sales-tax increase to pay for traffic improvements. Orange County voters will be asked in November to consider increasing the sales tax to 6 1/2% from 6%, but recent polls showed that support had slipped to 48% countywide, down 6 points from 54% 11 months ago.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2010 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
Cutlery clatters against china as Bill Chambers rises to give his spiel. He has five minutes to persuade 120 or so Republicans that they should entrust him with their precious votes. But first, he has to convince the audience at the Sacramento Republican Women Federated Whistle Stop Candidate Forum that Bill Chambers exists at all. On this Wednesday afternoon in May, it is a tough sell. "There are eight Republican candidates running for governor," begins the railroad switchman, Little League manager and three-time gubernatorial candidate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2012 | By Steve Chawkins and Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times
SANTA BARBARA — The last time Chris Mitchum won an election was when he ran for the board of the Screen Actors Guild, vowing to wrest the union from the grip of leftists. Nearly three decades later, he's promising pretty much the same thing as he mounts a long-shot bid for a congressional seat in a newly designed Central Coast district. "We're on the brink of a thousand years of darkness," the Santa Barbara Republican said in an interview, echoing a trademark Ronald Reagan phrase.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1998
With all seven Torrance City Council members being forced from office by term limits in 2000 or 2002 and a lack of major issues facing the fourth-largest city in the county, Tuesday's municipal election has attracted only one challenger to seek one of three city council seats. David Hill, 26, a student at Cal State Northridge and a former Marine who served in Somalia, is running against three incumbents seeking reelection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1998
Despite a strong primary showing, Republican incumbent James E. Rogan has his work cut out for him this fall when he faces Democratic challenger Barry Gordon. "The problem is the district--it's trending Democratic," said Allan Hoffenblum, a veteran Republican political consultant whose California Target Book provides a detailed look at the state's hotly contested legislative and congressional races. "He can't afford to sit back and do nothing."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 1998 | TOM SCHULTZ
Allan Hoffenblum, a Republican political consultant, will discuss this year's political races in an address Wednesday at the Greater San Fernando Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon. Hoffenblum is expected to comment on the hotly contested June state Senate primary in which Richard Katz lost to Richard Alarcon by 29 votes. Hoffenblum managed the 1980 reelection bid of former Assemblyman Bob Hayes, who lost to Katz, and the 1993 City Council campaign of Ray Magana, who lost to Alarcon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1989 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, Times Urban Affairs Writer
A group of county business and civic leaders agreed Thursday to hire a political consultant to direct a million-dollar campaign to bolster slipping public support for a proposed half-cent sales-tax increase to pay for traffic improvements. Orange County voters will be asked in November to consider increasing the sales tax to 6 1/2% from 6%, but recent polls showed that support had slipped to 48% countywide, down 6 points from 54% 11 months ago.
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May 29, 1994 | RON RUSSELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three members of the Westside congressional delegation face what appears to be token opposition and a fourth is unopposed as the June 7 primary election approaches. "It shouldn't be a difficult time for any" of the three, said Republican political consultant Allan Hoffenblum, referring to the Democratic incumbents with primary opponents. Some of the challengers acknowledge as much. "Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be a salmon swimming upstream?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1996 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After months of speculation, Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Panorama City) publicly acknowledged Friday that he is giving serious consideration to running for mayor of Los Angeles in the April 1997 election. Although he is not the first Democrat to express interest in the mayor's race--state Sen. Tom Hayden is another potential candidate--Berman's political clout is such that even an exploratory bid is potentially bad news to Mayor Richard Riordan, according to some political professionals.
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