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October 13, 1996
Presidential campaigns remind me of an old song title. Remember? Yappy days are here again! W. JOHN RICHARDSON San Diego
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TRAVEL
April 27, 2014 | By Jen Leo
If Mom and Dad refuse to give you money for your travels, this website offers hope. Name: http://www.Trevolta.com What it does: Helps travelers crowd fund their global adventures. Cost: Varies depending on whether you have a fixed or flexible funding campaign. There's also a PayPal fee (the method used to collect donations). What's hot: I love that many of the trips are purpose-driven. Your "funding campaign" is placed in a category such as "Charity and Volunteering," "Education and Research," "Music and Arts," "Meaningful" and more.
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NATIONAL
September 29, 2011 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
After swarming Iowa before the August straw poll, presidential candidates have largely fled in favor of fundraising and events elsewhere. But their campaigns are working furiously as the winter caucuses loom. The campaigns are snatching up the most coveted activists and endorsements and signing up leaders for each of the state's 99 counties and the nearly 1,800 precincts. These workers, mostly volunteers, are charged with persuading the more than 100,000 voters expected on caucus night to support their candidate, and minding the details that make victory possible, like arranging rides on a freezing winter night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari, who is trailing badly in the polls, said Sunday that former President George W. Bush, 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney and other Republican leaders are aiding his campaign. "A lot of people nationally have been helping," he told reporters after speaking to a Republican women's convention in Orange. "[Former Florida Gov.] Jeb Bush has been helping, [former Indiana Gov.] Mitch Daniels has given a lot of advice on economy policy. "President Bush has been very helpful and made calls and opened doors," Kashkari said.
NEWS
August 28, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
Bucking tradition, President Obama set out on a two-day campaign swing on Tuesday, aiming to steal just a bit of the spotlight from Republicans rallying in Tampa, Fla. Obama was scheduled for a college tour, with events at Iowa State University and Colorado State University. He's slated to hold a rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Wednesday. As a courtesy, past presidential candidates have curtailed campaign activities during the other party's conventions. But Obama's campus swing -- aimed at firing up a key demographics -- coincides with the first full day of the Republican speech-making.
NEWS
October 5, 2012 | By Maeve Reston and Kathleen Hennessey
WEYER'S CAVE, Va. - The White House hailed Friday's largely positive jobs report as evidence that President Obama's economic policies are working, while Mitt Romney dismissed the slow pace of improvement, saying “this is not what a real recovery looks like.” The Labor Department said the economy added 114,000 jobs in September and that the unemployment rate dropped to 7.8%, dropping below 8 % for the first time since Obama took office in the midst...
NATIONAL
May 2, 2012 | By David Horsey
A political campaign is about the worst time to have a discussion about economic realities. The party that is out will speak of nothing but looming disaster while the party that is in will be singing nothing but “Happy Days Are Here Again.” And, since our current political system is in a permanent campaign mode, economics never escapes the warp of politics. The truth is, it is easy for politicians to pick and choose among the facts to support whatever best serves their campaigns because economic news can be good and bad at the same time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 | By Anthony York
This post has been corrected and updated . A state investigation into a network of nonprofit groups that funneled $11 million into initiative campaigns in California last year has revealed the identities of dozens of previously hidden donors to the various organizations. Those contributors include owners of the Gap Inc., for which California First Lady Anne Gust Brown was once a top executive, investor Charles Schwab and Los Angeles philanthropist Eli Broad. The groups they donated to gave money to other organizations, which gave to the campaigns.
NEWS
October 15, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Tuesday night's presidential debate may have the look of a town hall, with voters surrounding the candidates and posing the questions, but the degree to which it is a casual conversation between candidates and voters or a tough grilling on the issues is largely up to one woman: Candy Crowley. The CNN anchor and debate moderator appears to have caused some anxiety within both campaigns with her comments about how she plans to approach her role in the second debate.
NEWS
October 27, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- The presidential campaigns are adjusting their travel itineraries this weekend as the East Coast braces for a devastating storm aimed in the general direction of several battleground states. Republican Mitt Romney is taking Virginia stops off his personal travel schedule this weekend, as has Vice President Joe Biden. President Obama squeezed in a quick trip to New Hampshire on Saturday, and he will fly out Sunday night to spur his supporters in Florida, where early voting has begun.
NEWS
April 25, 2014 | Lisa Mascaro, Michael Memoli
WASHINGTON -- A Republican congressman is expected to face charges in a long-running federal investigation into campaign irregularities, but will continue serving in office, his lawyer said Friday. Rep. Michael R. Grimm, a combat Marine and former FBI agent who represents Staten Island and other parts of New York, has been under investigation for more than two years in what his attorney called a "politically motivated vendetta. " "The U.S. Attorney's office has disclosed its intent to file criminal charges against Congressman Grimm," attorney William J. McGinley said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - State authorities Thursday imposed $40,000 in fines against Sen. Tom Berryhill (R-Modesto) and two GOP committees after finding that the lawmaker laundered that amount of political money into his brother's 2008 Assembly campaign. The state Fair Political Practices Commission voted unanimously to uphold an administrative law judge's ruling that Berryhill committed a "serious and deliberate" violation of California's campaign finance laws. The commissioners decided in a 20-minute closed session to include in the fines the Stanislaus County and San Joaquin County Republican central committees for their role as conduits in passing $40,000 from Berryhill to his brother's successful campaign.
NATIONAL
April 24, 2014 | By Michael Muskal, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The New York Police Department has learned the hard way that Twitter is a two-edged sword with a point that has deeply embedded itself into the department's self-image. The department this week decided to stick a virtual toe into the 21st century by launching a Twitter campaign to allow everyone to post pictures that glorified New York's finest under the hashtag #myNYPD. It didn't exactly work out that way. Instead of the hoped-for pictures of police helpfully aiding citizens and happy cops on bicycles -- staples of the department's official news feed -- it got an outpouring of pictures of apparent police brutality, misconduct and just downright nastiness.
SPORTS
April 23, 2014 | Chris Erskine
On scratchy radios they listen to Vin Scully for a mere three innings, salvaging what they can of this aberrant young season, brimming with equal amounts promise and poison. "Come on," insists frustrated Dodgers fan Gary Mandell. "We are talking about a legendary announcer…. It's like taking the brushes away from Rembrandt. " There is the sense that maybe we shouldn't make a fuss at all, that the worst thing to do to this Dodgers front office right now is nothing. What if you blacked out 70% of your TV market in a cable standoff, and no one cared?
NATIONAL
April 23, 2014 | By David Horsey
The Koch brothers have a new ploy to protect the traditional energy business that helped make them the planet's fifth- and sixth-richest humans. They are funding a campaign to shackle solar energy consumers who have escaped the grip of big electric utilities. Of all the pro-business, anti-government causes they have funded with their billions, this may be the most cynical and self-serving. On Sunday, a Los Angeles Times story by Evan Halper outlined the Koch's latest scheme. Along with anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist, several major power companies and a national association representing conservative state legislators, the brothers are aiming to kill preferences for the burgeoning solar power industry that have been put into law in dozens of states.
NEWS
April 23, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
The oeuvre of political advertising - and let's, for a moment, let that affectation slide by - includes a number of reliable standbys. There is the homey and heart-warming family montage, intended to humanize a candidate; the employment of a female voiceover, to try to make a harsh attack ad seem less so; the use of grainy, black-and-white footage, often unspooled in slow motion, to make an adversary appear more sinister. Then, of course, there is the unflattering photo, meant, presumably, to appeal to voters on a more subliminal level, when appeals to reason - He'll open the prison gates and let criminals loose!
NEWS
May 13, 2012 | By Morgan Little
President Obama and Mitt Romney's campaigns released Mother's Day videos Sunday, saluting each candidate's wife or mother and also injecting some political jabs into the holiday festivities. Obama's video first highlights the work his mother put in raising him, drawing a clear link between her parenting and some of the rhetoric found in his campaign speeches. “She was somebody who recognized that those of us who have some talents, who have been given opportunities, that we gotta give something back, and I'll always be indebted to her for that,” he said in narration.
NEWS
June 18, 2012 | By Morgan Little
With anticipation building for the Supreme Court decision on President Obama's healthcare reform law, a survey has found that advertising purchases opposed to the law more than tripled those in support of it, $250 million to $76 million. The survey, conducted by Kantar Media's Campaign Media Analysis Group, shows just how dominant the anti-“Obamacare” movement's advertising purchases have been since the president's election in 2008. This year alone, opposition groups spent $14.2 million in their top 10 anti-reform markets, with a focus on heartland cities such as Cleveland, Columbus, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Grand Rapids and Detroit.
SPORTS
April 22, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
In a sport that prizes crunching hits and rugged players, it's comforting there's still room for an award for gentlemanly play. The Lady Byng trophy , named for the wife of a former governor general of Canada, is given annually “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability,” as chosen by voters from the Professional Hockey Writers' Assn....
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2014 | By John Horn
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who died Sunday at age 76, represented one of the most famous miscarriages of justice in recent American history: He served 19 years in prison for three murders before his convictions were set aside. But the former middleweight boxer also figured prominently in a Hollywood drama, this one focused on how negative publicity can destroy an Academy Awards campaign and how studios in the years that followed mastered the art of heading off Oscar criticism before it was too late.
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