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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2009 | Jean Merl
Voters in the San Gabriel Valley-based 32nd Congressional District will choose a new representative in a special runoff election Tuesday. Board of Equalization member Judy Chu, 56, a Chinese American, is the heavy favorite in the strongly Democratic, largely Latino district. She parlayed strong roots in local communities, support from labor and a broad multiethnic coalition into a hard-fought primary victory in May.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2009 | Jean Merl
In the final weeks before the special election to fill the San Gabriel Valley-based 32nd Congressional District seat, Judy Chu, the heavily favored Democrat, is confident enough to have moved into smaller campaign headquarters. Her Republican opponent and cousin by marriage, Betty Tom Chu, determined to make a strong bid despite long odds, has opened a campaign office for the first time since entering the race April 6. And the Libertarian in the three-way runoff, Christopher M.
NATIONAL
March 31, 2009 | James Oliphant
On a rain-spitting Sunday in Lake Placid, Republican Jim Tedisco was out fanning the flames of voter outrage. Tedisco is running for an open congressional seat here and has combined the hot-button issues of the day -- executive bonuses, the economic stimulus package, Wall Street bailouts -- into a drum-pounding campaign message against the Democrats. "The last thing we need [in Washington] is a rubber stamp," he said. "It's been kind of a shopping spree, it seems."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2009 | Evelyn Larrubia
U.S. Rep. Hilda Solis has not yet been confirmed as Labor secretary, but the race to replace her is in full swing. This week, candidate Judy Chu, chairwoman of the state Board of Equalization, received a coveted distinction in local politics: a nod from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. "She's got a tremendous labor background," said Ed Rendon, political director for the Teamsters Joint Council in Los Angeles, which is a member of the federation's Committee on Political Education.
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December 13, 2008 | Bob Secter, Secter writes for the Chicago Tribune.
Rahm Emanuel, President-elect Barack Obama's choice as White House chief of staff, talked with Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich's administration about who would replace Obama in the U.S. Senate and cited a list of people who would be acceptable, sources said. The information uncovered by the Chicago Tribune does not suggest that Emanuel tried to cut a deal involving Obama's Senate seat, which he resigned last month.
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December 9, 2008 | Richard Fausset, Fausset is a Times staff writer.
Just a few days ago, congressional candidate Anh "Joseph" Cao of New Orleans had typical underdog problems: Many people didn't know who he was or how to pronounce his name or what, exactly, he was running for. On Monday -- two days after his victory over the Democratic incumbent, Rep. William J.
NATIONAL
December 6, 2008 | Associated Press
Caroline Kennedy is interested in the Senate seat that would open if Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes secretary of State, according to a close relative who says the powerful Kennedy clan is fully behind her rising to the office previously held by her uncle. "I know she's interested," Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told the Associated Press in a telephone interview Friday. "She spent a lot of her life balancing public service with obligations to her family.
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November 14, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Democrat Al Franken, locked in a tight Senate race and headed to a recount, sued for access to data on rejected absentee ballots. The suit was filed in Ramsey County District Court, but his campaign hopes a ruling in its favor would be applied statewide. Franken trails GOP incumbent Norm Coleman by 206 votes in unofficial results. The results are to be certified Tuesday, and the recount is to start the next day.
NATIONAL
November 13, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Republican Sen. Ted Stevens fell behind by 814 votes as ballot counting resumed, and Republican Don Young won reelection to his 19th House term. In the Senate race, Democrat Mark Begich, the two-term mayor of Anchorage, began the day trailing by more than 3,200 votes. Tens of thousands of ballots remain to be counted, with the latest tally 132,196 to 131,382. A final count in the Senate race is not expected before next week. Last month, a federal jury convicted Stevens of lying on Senate disclosure forms.
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July 29, 2008 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
As voters steam over gas prices, Republican congressional candidates are bracing for a gusher of ads from now until election day attacking their ties to oil companies. "What kind of mark has Bob Schaffer made as a politician?" says an ad attacking Colorado's Republican Senate candidate and former congressman.
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