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June 21, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Jon Huntsman declared himself a candidate for president Tuesday, offering himself as a strong leader capable of restoring the nation to greatness. The former Utah governor used a scenic backdrop that included the Statue of Liberty to begin a campaign against a president he served under just months earlier as ambassador to China. His speech included its share of swipes at President Obama, as he said the nation was in need of new leadership "that knows we need more than hope.
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WORLD
March 26, 2014 | By Laura King and Amro Hassan
CAIRO - Like an Arabian fable, it was the candidacy of a thousand and one hints. After months of carefully choreographed suggestions that he would seek the presidency, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Sisi, the man who toppled Egypt's first democratically elected president, told the nation Wednesday that he was leaving his military post and embarking on his long-expected campaign. More than three years after the dizzying uprising against dictator Hosni Mubarak, a former air force commander, Sisi's announcement sets the country back on the path to which it hewed for decades: strongman leaders drawn from the ranks of the military.
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August 11, 2011 | By Matea Gold and Michael A. Memoli
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is expected to make his presidential candidacy official this weekend in a speech to conservative activists in South Carolina, a move that could reshuffle the Republican race and dislodge Mitt Romney from his purported front-runner status. Mark Miner, a spokesman for the Texas governor, said he "will make his intentions known on Saturday," but declined to say what Perry would announce. All signs point to Perry jumping in the race, however. After visiting South Carolina on Saturday, he's scheduled to make swings through New Hampshire and Iowa.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - State Sen. Leland Yee, a child psychologist and veteran lawmaker, was a visible member of the Capitol's Democratic majority who most recently has done much of his work out of the spotlight. He focused on issues involving mental health, open government and the protection of minors. He was involved in efforts to regulate guns, particularly after the 2012 mass murder of children at a Connecticut elementary school, a tragedy that Yee said touched him. "As a father," he said then, "I have wept for the parents and families who lost their precious children.
NEWS
May 20, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty plans to formally announce his Republican candidacy for president in Iowa on Monday, a campaign aide confirmed Friday. The announcement will come during a town hall meeting in the lead-off caucus state. His wife will introduce him at the event at the State of Iowa Historical Building. In the eyes of the Federal Election Commission, Pawlenty is already a full-fledged candidate. But he has maintained he is still in an exploratory phase, waiting until the pace of the campaign picked up before making a showier splash.
NEWS
April 22, 2012 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON - Marco Rubio declined to reiterate previous denials that he might be Mitt Romney's running mate and said Sunday he will "be respectful of the process," a response sure to fuel speculation that Rubio is at least in contention for the No. 2 slot on the Republican ticket. Appearing on CNN's “State of the Union,” Rubio, as has been the case since Romney all but locked up the GOP presidential nomination, was asked about the vice presidency by host Candy Crowley. “I'm not going to even discuss the process anymore,” the Republican senator from Florida said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2003 | Solomon Moore, Times Staff Writer
The husband of Los Angeles school board candidate Nellie Rios-Parra acknowledged Monday night that he wrote a memo requesting that billionaire Eli Broad donate millions of dollars to her pet projects in exchange for her candidacy, which Broad had sought. But Alvin Parra said the memo was "all a joke." "I don't know if I even sent it at all," Parra said of the memo obtained by The Times. But, he added later, "I can't say with 100% certainty that it was not sent."
NEWS
September 15, 2010 | By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
After initially expressing concerns about the strength of her candidacy, national Republicans offered symbolic support to Christine O'Donnell the morning after her surprising victory in the Delaware Republican Senate primary. "Let there be no mistake: The National Republican Senatorial Committee – and I personally as the committee's chairman – strongly stand by all of our Republican nominees, including Christine O'Donnell in Delaware," Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said in a statement Wednesday morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2010 | By Michael Rothfeld, Reporting from Sacramento
When Meg Whitman wanted the rights to Internet addresses she would later use in her campaign for governor, she hired a top-notch law firm to pry them from the Santa Monica man who owned them. She took her fight with him to a United Nations arbitrator. And she sued him in federal court. Whitman obtained the names in a settlement early last year as she was raising campaign money, and she linked them to her campaign website. Now the leading Republican candidate for governor, she has refused to reveal how much she spent on the protracted legal effort, saying campaign disclosure laws don't apply.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2011 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Geraldine A. Ferraro, the savvy New York Democrat who was embraced as a symbol of women's equality in 1984 when she became the first woman nominated for vice president by a major party, died Saturday at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She was 75. The cause was complications from multiple myeloma, her family said. Ferraro was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable form of blood cancer, in 1998. She did not disclose her illness publicly until 2001, when she went on NBC's "Today" show and said she had beaten the cancer into remission with thalidomide, the once-banned drug that had proven effective with some end-stage cancers.
SPORTS
March 15, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
MVP talk San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich , on Chicago's Joakim Noah being considered a candidate for most valuable player alongside LeBron James and Kevin Durant : "They won't choose him as the MVP, but I think it's great that he's in the conversation and he should be. But it's just not the way it works, from my experience. It's got to go in the basket for you guys [media] to pay attention to somebody. But he's pretty damn valuable in my opinion. " The Big Techie Minority Sacramento Kings owner Shaquille O'Neal , on being a tech nerd: "I probably spend $1,000 on apps a week.
WORLD
March 8, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO - Egyptian authorities have enacted a new law that makes it impossible for results in the upcoming presidential election to be disputed in court, a presidential advisor said Saturday. The measure was approved by the country's interim President Adly Mansour as part of final preparations for a presidential vote this spring. The presumed front-runner, Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah Sisi, has yet to declare his candidacy. The vote was to have been held by mid-April, but the weeks-long delay in wroking out the election law makes that highly unlikely.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 2013 | By Jean Merl
Eloise Gomez Reyes' frustration seemed to leap off the pages of her recent complaint letter to the head of the California Democratic Party. She described how she had tried repeatedly to address local party clubs about her candidacy for a hotly contested congressional seat in the Inland Empire, only to learn four of those organizations had endorsed a rival, Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar. The backing, announced by the Aguilar campaign, "suggests that information needed to participate fully in the Democratic Club endorsement process has intentionally been withheld" from other candidates, Reyes, a Colton attorney and first-time candidate, said in her letter.
NEWS
August 16, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
SAN FRANCISCO -- Wendy Davis, who rocketed to overnight political celebrity by temporarily blocking passage of antiabortion legislation in Texas, said Friday she was “very, very seriously considering” an uphill run next year for governor. Speaking to an audience of about 300 female activists and donors -- who cheered the mere mention of a Davis candidacy -- the Democratic state senator said, “It's about time that we have a general election conversation” that dispels the notion of Texas as a right-wing fortress.
SPORTS
August 2, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
CHICAGO - Hyun-Jin Ryu deserves to be in contention for the National League rookie of the year award, Manager Don Mattingly said Friday. “I think he should be considered,” Mattingly said. “He's throwing the ball really well, he's been consistent pretty much every time out. I'm sure he'll be part of it if he continues to pitch the way he's continued to pitch.” Before the start of the season, Ryu said his goal was to win 10 games in his rookie year. He could get there Friday in the Dodgers' second game of a four-game series at Wrigley Field.
NEWS
July 10, 2013 | By Paul Thornton
Democratic Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska had perhaps the most appropriate reaction to the " news " that Sarah Palin may seek to run against him in 2014: Win a primary, then you'll get my attention. He continued: "I take every candidate seriously -- that is, if she's still a resident, but you know she quit on Alaska when she was governor. She's been somewhat vacant from the state and quit on the state, so I wish her the best on her potential run. " Begich was responding to an interview Palin gave to (who else?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Councilman Ed Reyes is one of a handful of elected officials leaving City Hall next week, part of an exodus of politicians who are stepping aside because of term limits or election-year defeats. But while packing boxes and participating in farewell ceremonies, the term-limited veteran councilman has also become enmeshed in a nasty dispute with the man who will soon replace him in his Eastside council district: veteran state lawmaker Gil Cedillo. Since the May 21 election, Reyes and Cedillo have traded charges and countercharges centering on campaign money, a property deal and thinly veiled allegations of pay to play.
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