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November 4, 1989 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The rift between Senate Democrats and gubernatorial hopeful John K. Van de Kamp widened Friday as Majority Leader Barry Keene accused the Democratic attorney general of pandering to the polls in an "opportunistic and unstatesmanlike" manner. Although saying he is a Van de Kamp supporter, Keene (D-Benicia) complained that in his quest for the governorship the attorney general has attacked the integrity of the Legislature and is trying to bypass lawmakers through the initiative process.
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October 24, 1997 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Providing a rare insider's view, a retired state senator testified in federal court Thursday that campaign contributions have come to dominate the outcome of bills in the Legislature. Former Sen. Barry Keene (D-Benicia) offered his perception of the influence political donations play as a defense witness on behalf of the Proposition 208 political reform law.
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NEWS
November 5, 1992 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Discouraged and frustrated, Democratic Sen. Barry Keene, a cerebral veteran of two decades in the Legislature, said Wednesday he is quitting at midterm because he no longer believes he can "make a difference" for a better California.
NEWS
December 27, 1993 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No one at Farmers Insurance Group saw the commercial, and no television station aired it. But the impact jolted executives at the Los Angeles offices of the huge company. The 30-second commercial prepared by the California Trial Lawyers Assn., the insurance industry's bitter adversary, detailed how a judge had ordered Farmers to pay $57 million and said the company had "lied, cheated, stonewalled and tromped on the rights of the insured to escape its own responsibilities."
NEWS
November 6, 1992 | From a Times Staff Writer
Democratic Assemblyman Dan Hauser of Arcata says he'll run for the soon-to-be-vacant state Senate seat occupied by Majority Leader Barry Keene of Benecia, who plans to resign next month. Keene, a 20-year legislative veteran, has announced that he will resign next month, frustrated by his inability to make changes through "the Rube Goldberg-type of legislative operation that we have."
OPINION
August 19, 1990
Political infighting and opposition from the oil industry are choking prospects for a comprehensive oil-spill prevention and cleanup bill in our state capitol. State Assemblyman Ted Lempert (D-San Mateo) has crafted an excellent bill (AB 2603) to prevent oil spills, provide tougher fines for polluters, and fund clean-up operations along our coast in the case of an accident. But his proposal is hung up in the state Senate, where senators refuse to support AB 2603 because they have already voted on an oil spill bill written by Senate leader Barry Keene (D-Benicia)
NEWS
February 5, 1988 | From a Times Staff Writer
Republican Gov. George Deukmejian, when he was a state senator, voted 14 times against confirming appointees of his predecessor's administration and on three of those occasions cast the only "no" vote, a top Democratic lawmaker said Thursday. In addition, said Senate Democratic Leader Barry Keene, Deukmejian, as attorney general and a member of the Judicial Appointments Commission, voted "no" on 17 of 54 appellate court justices appointed by former Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr., a Democrat.
NEWS
December 5, 1987 | From a Times Staff Writer
Senate Democratic Leader Barry Keene on Friday charged that Gov. George Deukmejian's nomination of Rep. Daniel E. Lungren (R-Long Beach) to be state treasurer was "unnecessarily politically motivated and divisive." "A person whose voting patterns consistently reflect the views of a few people at one end of the political spectrum is probably not sufficiently mainstream," Keene (D-Benicia) said of the conservative Lungren.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1990 | JERRY GILLAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A key legislator on Wednesday warned executives of British Petroleum America Inc. that the state expects more from the company than merely a cleanup effort as a result of the Huntington Beach oil spill. Sen. Barry Keene (D-Benicia), chairman of the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture, warned BPA officials that the oil industry should stop trying to block legislation aimed at restricting tanker traffic off the California coast--or face the consequences.
NEWS
November 6, 1992 | From a Times Staff Writer
Democratic Assemblyman Dan Hauser of Arcata says he'll run for the soon-to-be-vacant state Senate seat occupied by Majority Leader Barry Keene of Benecia, who plans to resign next month. Keene, a 20-year legislative veteran, has announced that he will resign next month, frustrated by his inability to make changes through "the Rube Goldberg-type of legislative operation that we have."
NEWS
November 5, 1992 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Discouraged and frustrated, Democratic Sen. Barry Keene, a cerebral veteran of two decades in the Legislature, said Wednesday he is quitting at midterm because he no longer believes he can "make a difference" for a better California.
NEWS
September 2, 1991 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is pitting environmentalist against environmentalist, logging company against logging company and a Republican governor against Republican legislators. California is in the midst of a timber war. Like many other wars, it began with a common goal--the passage of a legislative package that would provide longstanding protection for forests that are privately owned.
NEWS
August 28, 1990 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former state Sen. Paul Carpenter confided four years ago that he believed he was the target of a sting investigation and said he was "going to have some fun with it," Senate Majority Leader Barry Keene testified Monday. Keene (D-Benicia) told a federal court jury that he dismissed Carpenter's statement because the senator had many "idiosyncrasies" and was known to do "a certain amount of fantasizing."
OPINION
August 19, 1990
Political infighting and opposition from the oil industry are choking prospects for a comprehensive oil-spill prevention and cleanup bill in our state capitol. State Assemblyman Ted Lempert (D-San Mateo) has crafted an excellent bill (AB 2603) to prevent oil spills, provide tougher fines for polluters, and fund clean-up operations along our coast in the case of an accident. But his proposal is hung up in the state Senate, where senators refuse to support AB 2603 because they have already voted on an oil spill bill written by Senate leader Barry Keene (D-Benicia)
NEWS
August 28, 1990 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former state Sen. Paul Carpenter confided four years ago that he believed he was the target of a sting investigation and said he was "going to have some fun with it," Senate Majority Leader Barry Keene testified Monday. Keene (D-Benicia) told a federal court jury that he dismissed Carpenter's statement because the senator had many "idiosyncrasies" and was known to do "a certain amount of fantasizing."
NEWS
September 10, 1988 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB and DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writers
Federal authorities, widening their probe of alleged Capitol corruption, have subpoenaed the records of Senate Majority Leader Barry Keene and named his top aide as the latest target of their investigation, it was learned Friday. The FBI also plans to interview Sen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1990 | JERRY GILLAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A key legislator on Wednesday warned executives of British Petroleum America Inc. that the state expects more from the company than merely a cleanup effort as a result of the Huntington Beach oil spill. Sen. Barry Keene (D-Benicia), chairman of the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture, warned BPA officials that the oil industry should stop trying to block legislation aimed at restricting tanker traffic off the California coast--or face the consequences.
NEWS
November 4, 1989 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The rift between Senate Democrats and gubernatorial hopeful John K. Van de Kamp widened Friday as Majority Leader Barry Keene accused the Democratic attorney general of pandering to the polls in an "opportunistic and unstatesmanlike" manner. Although saying he is a Van de Kamp supporter, Keene (D-Benicia) complained that in his quest for the governorship the attorney general has attacked the integrity of the Legislature and is trying to bypass lawmakers through the initiative process.
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