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October 23, 2013 |
Steve Glazer may represent the California Legislature's wave of the future. Then again, he may just crash on the rocks. Glazer is a moderate Democrat running for the Assembly while bucking powerful organized labor. That just is not done in California for the most part, at least successfully. A "Jerry Brown Democrat," he calls himself with some credibility. Not only was Glazer the governor's chief strategist during his lopsided election victory in 2010, he also espouses fiscal restraint like Brown.
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October 19, 2013 |
Linda Griego and Wendy Greuel, former candidates for Los Angeles mayor, had this advice for women attending a training session Saturday on running for political office: Raise plenty of money, because you're going to need it. "Ask for money.... Don't take no for an answer," Griego, a businesswoman who ran in the mayoral primary in 1993, told a workshop organized by EMILY's List, a group that helps Democratic, pro-choice women seek elected office. "The most important thing is raising money," said Wendy Greuel, a former city controller and councilwoman who lost last year's hard-fought race to then-Councilman Eric Garcetti.
October 17, 2013 |
Back when the Houston Chronicle endorsed GOP candidate Ted Cruz to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate, it largely expressed admiration for his Democratic opponent, whom it seems not to have supported mainly on the grounds that he didn't have a lot of campaign support and obviously wouldn't win. This week, the newspaper has drawn national attention - a mix of praise and scorn - for a new editorial that has been described as a withdrawal of...
October 13, 2013 |
RICHMOND, Va. - Ken Cuccinelli is running for governor, not Congress, but the Virginia Republican is struggling to dodge the political fallout from Capitol Hill. His campaign in this crucial battleground state is in danger of becoming the first political casualty of the federal government shutdown, which Americans largely blame on Republicans. With the election just weeks away, Cuccinelli's poll numbers have tumbled since federal agencies were closed Oct. 1. The conservative state attorney general was already lagging, but he went from within striking distance of a vulnerable Democrat to trailing by 8 to 10 percentage points in three independent polls.
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October 12, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO -- A political action committee that apparently formed last year to hurt the San Diego mayoral bid of Carl DeMaio by reminding voters that he is gay has been fined $7,500 for violating campaign disclosure laws. The group, called Conservatives for Gay Rights Supporting Carl DeMaio for Mayor 2012, did not provide the names of its principals or a valid street address, according to the city Ethics Commission, which announced the fine Friday. It also did not keep records explaining its expenditures, the commission said.
October 10, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS - Matt Carpenter has heard the names and seen the comparisons. His regular season this year was the best by a Cardinals second baseman since Rogers Hornsby in 1925. With 69 runs batted in he is the team's most productive leadoff hitter since Lou Brock. And his 55 doubles broke Stan Musial's franchise record for a left-handed hitter. St. Louis has become caught up in that trip down memory lane, but Carpenter has politely excused himself from making the journey himself.
October 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- In the contentious Virginia gubernatorial race, which has been dominated by accusations and counter-accusations of unsavory business dealings, the campaigns are constantly accusing one another of spreading false information. But on Wednesday night, it was not a campaign, but a major national news organization that put out the wrong facts. The Associated Press published a story that threatened to be extremely damaging to the campaign of Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who enjoys a comfortable lead in the polls.
October 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Over the last seven years, a series of decisions by the Supreme Court has opened the way for hundreds of millions of additional dollars to flow into the nation's political campaign system. On Tuesday, the justices appeared sharply divided over whether to allow the wealthy to contribute even more by lifting restrictions on the amounts they can give directly to candidates. At times, the argument turned into a debate among the justices over the relationship between money and the political process.
October 4, 2013 |
For Republicans thinking of running for president in 2016, one imperative may be rising fast: not to be Bob Dole. The former Kansas senator was the party's nominee for president in 1996, in the campaign that followed the last big government shutdowns. His opponent, Bill Clinton, succeeded in wrapping the brouhaha -- then, as now, blamed more on Republicans in Congress than on the Democratic president -- around Dole's neck, tight as a noose and just as lethal, politically. In ads and speeches, Clinton repeatedly castigated the “Dole-Gingrich” agenda, tying the senator to the prime mover behind the shutdowns, House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
September 28, 2013 |
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The Cowboys were playing at home on a recent Saturday, which meant a big crowd, which meant Mike Enzi was outside the University of Wyoming football stadium, looking like an elderly but still popular homecoming king. Fans in brown and gold strode up to the state's senior U.S. senator to slap him on the back, offer an arm-pumping handshake or make small talk about farming, kids' soccer and his recent radio interview on the Middle East. At 69, Michael B. Enzi is the epitome of unassuming, a figure widely known and liked at home but scarcely seen or heard outside Wyoming or beyond Capitol Hill, even after more than 16 years in the Senate.