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May 11, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Paul Babeu, the Arizona sheriff who announced that he was gay after he was accused by a former lover of abusing his power, has dropped his bid for a seat in Congress and will seek another term as sheriff. In a letter on Friday to supporters, Babeu said he decided to withdraw because of complications about the succession of his chief deputy, Steve Henry, as Pinal County sheriff. The federal government had ruled that Henry is unable to seek the sheriff's office while serving as chief deputy because the office receives federal funds, the sheriff said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1994
Re "U.S. Judge Blocks Most Sections of Prop. 187," Dec. 15: From the riots to the welfare lines, Southern California has just been one big, open, free market for illegal aliens. A majority of us in California voted to stop this travesty and hopefully reverse it. I guess this is more proof that my vote doesn't count. We don't want anybody to go hungry, we don't want anybody to go uneducated or uncared-for. We just want everybody who is here illegally to go home! And if you're in that foreign country thinking about coming here illegally, don't!
NEWS
May 16, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Vice President Joe Biden today is traveling to this working-class city to amplify the Obama campaign's tough attack on Mitt Romney's economic credentials, accusing the Republican of profiting at the expense of laid-off manufacturing workers. It's the follow-through of a one-two punch from the president's reelection team concerning Romney's ties to Bain Capital, the private equity firm he controlled for 15 years. A campaign ad that aired in key battleground states told the story of a Kansas City steel plant that went bankrupt and laid off workers after Bain took control.
NEWS
May 29, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Michele Bachmann, a conservative sensation and briefly a Republican presidential front-runner, announced Wednesday that she won't seek reelection to her congressional seat in 2014. The four-term Minnesota lawmaker told supporters in an online video that it was "the right decision" not to run again. She said it was not a reaction to the difficult challenge she may face to hold the seat, or to federal inquiries into her campaign finances and activities. Bachmann, who won the 2011 Iowa straw poll and showed early strength in the leadoff caucus state before her presidential bid collapsed, did not foreclose a potential future run for national office.
NEWS
June 14, 2012 | By Michael Finnegan
CINCINNATI -- It is no small task for Mitt Romney to find new ways to attack President Obama's record on the economy - day after day, week after week, month after month. But when he went at Obama again on Thursday, he was at least guaranteed to get more attention than usual, thanks to Obama's almost simultaneous campaign stop on the opposite side of Ohio, a state better placed than any to decide the November election. “Now you may have heard that President Obama is on the other side of the state, and he's going to be delivering a speech on the economy,” Romney told invited supporters on the factory floor of a manufacturing equipment maker.
NEWS
September 25, 2012 | By Morgan Little
The gloves are officially off in one of the most tightly contested Senate races of the year, with Sen. Scott Brown bringing personal attacks to the forefront of his campaign against Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts. Brown, who recently has fallen behind Warren in several polls, once again targeted the issue of her Native American heritage with a campaign ad released Monday. The new ad, “Who Knows?” combines a series of news clips about the revelation that Warren was listed as a minority in a Harvard Law School directory, and speculation that she attempted to use her claimed heritage for her own gain.
NEWS
May 7, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
The Obama campaign has put an eye-popping figure behind its new television ad blitz: $25 million. That would make it the biggest campaign ad buy thus far in an already-expensive presidential race, and an early show of the Chicago-based campaign's sizable war chest. Consider that Mitt Romney, winding down an exhaustive Republican primary fight, had just $10.1 million in cash on hand at the close of the first quarter fundraising period. Or that the biggest single buy that had been announced previously was $6 million by Americans for Prosperity, a leading conservative group.
NATIONAL
September 25, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- Texas' first congressional candidate debate in Spanish could help decide one of the closest races in the country . Incumbent Republican Rep. Francisco “Quico” Canseco, 63, a tea party conservative, will face challenger Pete Gallego, 50, a Democratic state representative, Tuesday night in an hourlong debate aired by Spanish-language network Univision. The event at Palo Alto College in San Antonio will be moderated by KWEX Univision 41 anchor Arantxa Loizaga, with questions from a panel of reporters at the station, the San Antonio Express-News and Texas Public Radio.
NEWS
September 17, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is set to launch a new enforcement action with the World Trade Organization against China on Monday, alleging that the Asian economic giant is putting U.S. manufacturers at a competitive disadvantage by illegally subsidizing exports of autos and auto parts. The president, blending his roles as candidate and incumbent officeholder, will announce the move at the first of two campaign stops scheduled Monday in Ohio, a state where 1 in 8 jobs is tied directly or indirectly to auto manufacturing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2013 | By Jean Merl
In the final days of the contentious contest for Los Angeles city attorney, some of the area's political leaders, once reticent to make endorsements, are choosing sides. Former lawmaker Mike Feuer picked up a big endorsement Tuesday from Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey, who also slammed Feuer's opponent, City Atty. Carmen Trutanich, for what she called a false campaign mailer. At a news conference outside City Hall East, which houses the offices of the city's top lawyer, Lacey said she needed a city partner, especially in helping the county implement the state's controversial prison realignment plan, which transfers certain types of felons to local jails to relieve overcrowding in state facilities.
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