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California Congressional Elections 1998

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October 16, 1998 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With abortion playing an increasingly prominent role in the campaign for U.S. Senate, Republican candidate Matt Fong said Thursday he endorses GOP-sponsored federal legislation that would make it a crime to help a minor evade state laws requiring parental consent for an abortion. The Democratic incumbent, Sen. Barbara Boxer, immediately denounced him as an "extremist" who would join congressional Republicans in attempting to restrict and ultimately outlaw abortion rights.
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October 16, 1998
Republican congressional candidate Randy Hoffman has run afoul of Tommy Trojan. Officials from USC ripped into Hoffman, a 1976 USC graduate, for misusing the Tommy Trojan logo in a campaign mailer recently sent to university alumni. The two-page mailer, paid for by the Hoffman campaign, was sent from "USC Alumni for a Stronger America" based in Thousand Oaks and was signed by four Hoffman supporters. The letter urged alumni to support "a fellow Trojan for Congress."
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October 9, 1998 | PHIL WILLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Vice President Dan Quayle said Republicans will dominate in the November election, in part because voters are yearning for a return to traditional family values and "integrity from our leaders" in the wake of the Clinton scandal. Quayle, in town for a political fund-raiser for congressional hopeful Randy Hoffman, repeated his call for President Clinton to resign, saying he has tarnished the presidency and damaged the country.
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October 25, 1998 | PHIL WILLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like the mountains framing Glendale and Pasadena, the scandal surrounding President Clinton towers in the background of the congressional battle over who will represent those communities. Democratic challenger Barry Gordon, gambling on a voter backlash against the Republicans, has attacked GOP incumbent Rep. James Rogan of Glendale for his high-profile role in Congress' decision to launch an impeachment inquiry.
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September 15, 1998 | PHIL WILLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Taking a page out of the Democratic Party's playbook, congressional hopeful Barry Gordon ripped into Republican incumbent Rep. James Rogan (R-Glendale) on Monday for supporting private school vouchers and voting against President Clinton's budget proposal for 100,000 new teachers.
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May 19, 1998 | PETER M. WARREN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
So much for the low-key Bob Dornan. In recent weeks, the former Orange County congressman--best known for his hard-right views and roaring rhetoric--had been taking a softer approach to his politics in competing with three GOP opponents in the June 2 primary. No more. The old Dornan appears to be back. He is putting together two mailers attacking U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez, even though he technically doesn't face the Garden Grove Democrat in June.
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May 12, 1998 | MARK Z. BARABAK, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Last week, Matt Fong got a message to call Darrell Issa, his rival in the Republican race for U.S. Senate. Issa wanted to complain about some of the rough stuff in their nasty primary fight, but Fong had something else in mind. He asked Issa when the two might get together, face to face in front of a crowd, to kick around some of the issues in their Senate contest. "His response was, 'Well, that wouldn't really be in my interest,' " Fong claims. "That's certainly not true," Issa replies.
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May 12, 1998 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In this military-heavy city, state Treasurer Matt Fong figured he had an issue that would lure the television cameras to his race for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate: inadequate housing for military personnel. For that all-important visual component, Fong was ready to pose with two magnificent aircraft carriers, the Kitty Hawk and the Constellation, in the background. And he was prepared to talk angrily about America shirking its duty to men and women in uniform.
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May 31, 1998 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No longer predictable, Tuesday's elections in the San Fernando Valley will feature new, motivated voters, renewed secession sentiment and even a new balloting format. Adding more volatility to the mix is a booming economy, a dramatic drop in crime rates, record spending by candidates for governor and controversial ballot propositions.
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May 31, 1998
BARBARA BOXER A first-term senator, Boxer leads in primary polling, despite postponing advertising until a Republican opponent for November is chosen. * Political Party: Democrat * Age: 57 * Residence: Greenbrae * Education: Bachelor's degree in economics, Brooklyn College * Career highlights: Stockbroker; journalist; Marin County Board of Supervisors, 1976-82; U.S. House of Representatives, 1983-93; U.S.
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