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December 10, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
California initiative campaigns have a way of reducing all important public policy issues to their lowest intellectual denominators -- and highest financial numerators. The coming battle over the state's medical malpractice limits looks certain to set records in both categories. We've written before about the necessity of modernizing MICRA , the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act of 1975. Even its drafter acknowledges that it was botched at birth; because its limit of $250,000 on pain-and-suffering recoveries isn't indexed to inflation, it serves merely to shut the courthouse door to the victims of medical malpractice.
January 24, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
The underwhelming, would-be political satire "Knife Fight" plays more like a failed network TV pilot than the savvy feature it clearly set out to be. Think: Aaron Sorkin-lite, uh, really, really lite. Rob Lowe, in an odd flip on the upright Republican senator he played on "Brothers & Sisters," stars as Paul Turner, a thriving campaign advisor and "fixer" stuck on constant spin cycle. That is, when he's not making faux-serious speeches, often directed to his newbie assistant (Jamie Chung)
An angry Gen. Colin L. Powell cautioned Al Gore on Thursday against "playing the polarizing 'race card' " in the presidential campaign after the vice president's campaign manager said in a recent interview that the Republican Party would rather "take pictures with black children than feed them."
May 7, 1999 | From Associated Press
CNN changed its mind about having Vice President Al Gore host its "Larry King Live" program just hours before the show aired Thursday night, instead scheduling him as a guest. CNN Executive Producer Wendy Whitworth had approached Gore last weekend to see if he was interested in hosting the show for an evening to discuss the shootings in Littleton, Colo., and the tornadoes in the Midwest. Gore agreed, but the network changed its mind Thursday afternoon.
December 3, 2003 | From Associated Press
Democratic presidential candidate Wesley K. Clark will begin airing television commercials this week in three states with Feb. 3 primaries, spreading the TV ad wars beyond Iowa and New Hampshire. Clark's campaign is spending about $200,000 in each state -- South Carolina and Oklahoma beginning Tuesday and Arizona later in the week -- to run for at least a week a 60-second biographical ad that highlights his military career.
House Republicans fired a political rocket at Vice President Al Gore on Wednesday, dropping funding for a project he had proposed for the nation's space budget. At issue was Gore's idea for sending up a U.S. satellite, to be called Triana, that would transmit pictures 24 hours a day to the Internet, showing images of cloud formations, large fires and other phenomena.
Prompted by Vice President Al Gore's claim that he created the Internet, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott took credit Friday for inventing the paper clip. Firing off the latest salvo in a game of tit-for-tat begun a day earlier, Lott issued a tongue-in-cheek release saying he "created" the paper clip. "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the paper clip," said Lott (R-Miss.
May 16, 2000 | From a Times Staff Writer
Texas Gov. George W. Bush routinely accuses his opponent, Vice President Al Gore, of stretching the truth. But now the presumed Republican presidential nominee has found the way to make Gore really mad: accuse him of owning stock.
January 31, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- A coalition of healthcare providers and insurance companies has amassed a massive financial show of force as they prepare to fight an effort to raise limits on medical malpractice awards. The opposition campaign had $31.3 million at the end of December, almost entirely in loans, according to a report filed Friday. The loans allow the contributors to retract their money if the proposed initiative does not qualify for the November ballot. Meanwhile, supporters had just $374,843 in the bank at the end of December, but all of their resources came from cash contributions.
April 11, 2014 | By David Ng
San Diego Opera has enlisted the spin expertise of Mark Fabiani -- theĀ  former deputy mayor of Los Angeles and former special counsel to President Bill Clinton -- to handle the company's public relations as it faces mounting criticism over its decision to shut down. A PR man with a long roster of prominent clients, Fabiani was an ascendant L.A. politician during the '80s. He served as the chief of staff under L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley and also took on the role of deputy mayor. Fabiani later served as special counsel to President Clinton, advising him on the Whitewater scandal and other matters.
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