CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2009 |
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.
March 31, 2009 |
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 |
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.
December 13, 2008 |
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.
December 9, 2008 |
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.
December 6, 2008 |
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.
November 14, 2008 |
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.
November 13, 2008 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2008 |
Huntington Beach Mayor Debbie Cook has survived a few long-shot political battles. But the Debbie-versus-Goliath matchup she's facing this fall is her biggest gamble yet. The popular Surf City official is the Democratic hope to unseat GOP incumbent Rep. Dana Rohrabacher -- seeking his 11th term -- in an underdog campaign some observers believe may succeed.
April 21, 2008 |
The mayor of Anchorage plans to run for the Senate seat held by Republican Ted Stevens since 1968. Mark Begich, a 46-year-old Democrat, said he planned a formal announcement today. The 84-year-old Stevens is popular, but his legacy was tarnished last year when the FBI and IRS raided his home.