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September 24, 2004 | Megan Garvey, Times Staff Writer
With television advertising campaigns intensifying, California voters currently favor two closely watched ballot initiatives -- one authorizing $3 billion in bonds for research using stem cells taken from embryos, and another that would ratify a state law requiring small- and medium-sized businesses to provide health coverage for workers, according to a new Times poll.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2005 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
The unsuccessful Democratic challenger to Rep. Elton Gallegly, beaten nearly 2 to 1 last November, has persuaded state party officials to investigate whether Democratic leaders in the Ventura County area inappropriately sought to have him abandon a second campaign. Brett Wagner, who failed in his bid to unseat the Simi Valley Republican, intends to run again in 2006 but was approached by local party leaders who advised him to halt his campaign to make way for a stronger candidate.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2004 | Jean Pasco and Monte Morin, Times Staff Writers
In a televised debate marred by technical difficulties Tuesday, Republican Senate challenger Bill Jones characterized his opponent as an out-of-touch politician who supported ousted Gov. Gray Davis, while Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer played up Jones' support of President George W. Bush and his increasingly controversial decision to send American troops to Iraq. The hourlong debate was the only scheduled meeting between the two candidates.
NATIONAL
December 5, 2004 | From Associated Press
Republicans picked up a congressional seat in southern Louisiana on Saturday, but gave another back to Democrats in a second, much closer runoff election that was also in Cajun country. A longtime Democratic bastion in Louisiana's 7th District went to Republican Charles Boustany, a retired heart surgeon. With nearly all precincts reporting, Boustany had 72,223 votes, or 55%, and Democratic state Sen. Willie Landry Mount had 58,968, or 45%.
NATIONAL
June 6, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Two Republican candidates vying for Colorado's open U.S. Senate seat negotiated a settlement that puts both men on the primary ballot after complaints over voting at the state GOP convention. Brewery magnate Peter Coors and ex-congressman Bob Schaffer reached the deal after party officials found some delegates were given two ballots and others none.
NATIONAL
June 27, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Republicans rushed to dig themselves out of a political hole and replace for Senate candidate Jack Ryan, who dropped out of the race amid tawdry sex allegations. About 150 Republican leaders met in Chicago a day after Ryan's withdrawal to discuss candidates who might mount a comeback against Democratic state Sen. Barack Obama. Potential candidates include a state senator who seems to be an early favorite, a millionaire and an former professional football player with the Chicago Bears.
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July 30, 2004 | Janet Hook, Times Staff Writer
The Democratic convention may have been a love fest of unity and enthusiasm for John F. Kerry and John Edwards, but many Democratic candidates in conservative parts of the country were keeping a distance from the national ticket, its agenda and the whole spectacle here in the hotbed of liberalism. Some of the party's most promising U.S. Senate candidates in the South chose to stay home and campaign rather than hang out in Boston with national Democratic leaders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2004 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer widened her financial advantage over Republican rival Bill Jones during the U.S. Senate campaign's second financial quarter, pushing her available cash to $7.1 million on the strength of $2.9 million in fresh contributions. Boxer raised $900,000 more than Jones in the three months ending June 30, and her reserves dwarf Jones' $956,000. His total does not reflect $622,000 in debt, including a fresh $100,000 personal loan from his own funds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2004 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
The political gathering, small though it was, amounted to a convening of the local Barbara Boxer faithful here on Kole Upton's farm, a 1,400-acre spread of wheat, nut and cotton fields in the eastern Central Valley. Perched on mismatched chairs dragged from Upton's nearby ranch house, about 20 people listened in a metal-walled work barn to Boxer's plea for help in her bid for a third term in the U.S. Senate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2004 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
Republican U.S. Senate nominee Bill Jones assailed Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer on jobs, the military, guns, abortion and oil drilling on Wednesday as he formally launched his campaign to oust her. The former secretary of state framed his candidacy as a natural extension of the voter revolt that put Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger into office.
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November 5, 2004 | From Associated Press
Alan Keyes blamed the media and fellow Republicans on Thursday for his lopsided loss to Democrat Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate race in Illinois. Keyes also said he did not congratulate Obama after the race was called, a tradition among politicians, because doing so would have been a "false gesture" because he believed Obama's views on issues such as abortion were wicked.
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November 4, 2004
* *--* Statewide 100% Precincts Reporting Votes % Barbara Boxer* (D) 5,599,305 58 Bill Jones (R) 3,642,425 38 Marsha J. Feinland (PF) 190,429 2 James Gray (L) 171,925 2 Don Grundmann (AI) 64,844 1 *--* *--* Los Angeles County 100% Precincts Reporting Votes % Barbara Boxer* (D) 1,704,641 67 Bill Jones (R) 734,192 29 Marsha J.
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October 31, 2004 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
Republicans remain favored to retain control of the Senate in Tuesday's election, but Democratic hopes of moving into the majority have been bolstered by surprisingly tight races in a number of GOP strongholds. In perhaps the biggest surprise of the high-stakes battle, Republican Sen. Jim Bunning of Kentucky has found himself in a tough fight, with Democrats citing what they term his "declining mental health" as a reason to replace him.
NATIONAL
October 31, 2004
A radio ad drew the ire of Alaska's senior senator last week. The ad, in support of Democratic Senate candidate Tony Knowles, mocked Republican Sen. Ted Stevens, who supports GOP incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski. The ad, created by Alaska lobbyist Bill Bobrick, says: "Ted Stevens will die -- he'll die, I tell you -- and then we'll be stuck with [Stevens' son] Ben Stevens, and then [Gov.] Frank Murkowski will have to adopt him and appoint him to the U.S. Senate." The line was a jab at Sen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2004 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
Barring a last-minute change of strategy and fundraising fortunes, Republican Bill Jones could become the first major candidate in more than four decades to wage a U.S. Senate campaign in California without airing a single television ad -- the equivalent of jumping into a gun battle without bullets. Jones' lack of ads also could make history nationally.
NATIONAL
October 29, 2004 | Janet Hook, Times Staff Writer
Images of the World Trade Center in flames fill the television screen. A somber voice warns that a local Republican House member is soft on airline security. Stark words appear: "Protect America. Say No to Pete Sessions." That message is courtesy of Sessions' Democratic opponent, Rep. Martin Frost, long an influential member of his party on Capitol Hill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2004 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Former Assemblyman Howard Kaloogian of Carlsbad formally launched his campaign for the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, joining a crowded field of Republicans hoping to unseat Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) in the November election. His announcement tour included a San Diego news conference with illegal-immigration opponent Ron Prince, one of the authors of Proposition 187, the 1994 ballot measure that would have outlawed many state services for such immigrants.
NEWS
November 4, 2004
* *--* Statewide 100% Precincts Reporting Votes % Barbara Boxer* (D) 5,599,305 58 Bill Jones (R) 3,642,425 38 Marsha J. Feinland (PF) 190,429 2 James Gray (L) 171,925 2 Don Grundmann (AI) 64,844 1 *--* *--* Los Angeles County 100% Precincts Reporting Votes % Barbara Boxer* (D) 1,704,641 67 Bill Jones (R) 734,192 29 Marsha J.
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October 28, 2004 | Scott Gold, Times Staff Writer
In the last three years, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has seized upon a dominating era for Texas Republicans by ordering new congressional maps designed to buttress his power and build on the GOP majority in Washington. There has always been one seat, however, that he has never needed to worry about protecting: his own. Every two years since 1984, DeLay has run for reelection in the 22nd Congressional District south of Houston -- and has won big.
NEWS
October 24, 2004
Barbara Boxer Democrat (I) Seeking her third term. Former stockbroker and journalist, elected to the Marin County Board of Supervisors in 1976, the House of Representatives in 1982 and the U.S. Senate in 1992. One of the most liberal members of the Senate, Boxer is campaigning largely against Bush administration policies on the war in Iraq, foreign relations, the economy and the environment.
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