May 22, 2013 |
Well, Los Angeles has a new mayor. It's nice-guy Eric Garcetti, who defeated nice-woman Wendy Greuel. If you're not from here, you've probably never heard of either of them. If you are from here, you probably didn't even vote -- turnout in Tuesday's election was put at 19% (which, shamefully, was a bit higher than expected). So how come we can't have a mayoral race like New York's? That's right -- I'm suffering from a bad case of East Coast envy. We get Garcetti vs. Greuel; the Big Apple gets Anthony Weiner vs., well, a bunch of other no-names (at least to us on the Left Coast)
May 22, 2013 |
The Los Angeles mayor's race saw record-high campaign spending and low turnout for a job that's not all that powerful. ALSO: How to buy happiness Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons In L.A., a bad case of Anthony Weiner envy Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
HOME & GARDEN
August 4, 2012 |
We went for it anyway ... even though we were geographically undesirable. Love knows no bounds, right? So we flew in the face of reason and committed to a commuter relationship. If it weren't for the vexing distance between us, we'd be the inspiration for a Lifetime movie. His marriage officially dissolved the same week my husband died 51/2 years ago. Middle-aged, hearts trampled, we rediscovered joy and magic and all those things supposedly reserved for the young. We'd been friends for 30 years.
April 29, 2012 |
To anyone who does not make a living peddling leadership courses, it might seem unsurprising to be told the whole leadership industry is nonsense. Whoever took seriously all those professors cruising the corporate training circuit promising leadership magic? Of all the dubious subjects chosen by academics, leadership may well be the most dubious. Barbara Kellerman, the James MacGregor Burns lecturer in public leadership at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, is an academic leadership all-star.
March 1, 2012 |
Andrew Breitbart, already an increasingly prominent player in the political and media influence game, never had a moment quite like the one on June 6, 2011. One of his websites, BigGovernment.com, had caused a sensation when it posted lewd photos of a man that appeared to be U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner , a firebrand liberal congressman from New York. Breitbart's move came after a suggestive photo of Weiner had been posted on the Democrat's Twitter account, which the congressman repeatedly said was the work of hackers, though he had not offered any evidence.
September 9, 2011 |
The Republican candidate has taken a surprising six-point lead over the Democrat in the closely watched special election to fill the congressional seat vacated by Anthony Weiner, who was forced to quit amid a sexting scandal, according to a Siena (College) Research Institute poll released on Friday. Republican Robert Turner is ahead of Democrat David Weprin, 50% to 44%, in the latest survey of likely voters in the congressional district that covers parts of Brooklyn and Queens. In an Aug. 10 poll, Siena found that Weprin led Turner 48% to 42%. The latest poll confirms fears in some Democratic circles that the party could lose the seat, once considered safely the Democratic column.
September 8, 2011 |
New York's 9th Congressional District should be a seat that Democrats hold in the face of any disaster, man-made or natural -- but that political wisdom will be sorely tested next week when voters choose a replacement for Anthony Weiner, forced to resign in disgrace amid a sexting scandal. What should be a safe seat has turned into a toss-up, the Rothenberg Political Report announced Thursday, citing new media buys by Democrats fearing a loss of the seat once held by Sen. Charles Schumer.
August 10, 2011 |
Democrats scored a surprise win on Republican turf in a May special congressional election in upstate New York. Now, a new poll suggests the GOP could be closing in on an upset in the race to succeed disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner in New York City. A Siena Research Institute poll released Wednesday shows Democratic candidate David Weprin with a 48-42 lead over Republican Robert Turner in the 9th District, which includes parts of Queens and Brooklyn. The election is scheduled for Sept.
July 27, 2011 |
Democratic Rep. David Wu of Oregon announced Tuesday that he would resign from Congress, following allegations of sexual misconduct with a young woman. The resignation announcement came in the wake of a report last week that the daughter of a longtime friend and campaign donor called the congressman's office this year to accuse him of an unwanted sexual encounter on Thanksgiving. Wu, 56, acknowledged the incident to his aides but said it was consensual, the Oregonian newspaper reported.
July 26, 2011 |
Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) announced Tuesday he would resign from Congress, following allegations of sexual misconduct with a teenager. Last week, the Oregonian newspaper reported that the teenage daughter of a Wu associate called the congressman's office earlier this year to accuse him of an “unwanted sexual encounter” over Thanksgiving. Wu, 56, acknowledged the incident but said it was consensual, the paper reported. After the story broke, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)