November 22, 2009 |
With the Senate's 60-39 vote to proceed to debate, after Thanksgiving, on a healthcare bill that the president is seeking by year's end, the debate of the 2010 midterm elections has been joined. Democrats, in control of the White House and Congress, will present the congressional elections as a question of fulfilling an agenda of progress and change and keeping "the party of no," the intransigent GOP, in check. Republicans will frame the midterms as a chance to reclaim at least part of Congress from a party trying to take over not just healthcare and imposing big government, big spending and taxation on every aspect of life -- "socialization," a leading Republican senator calls it. If President Barack Obama is unable to sign a healthcare overhaul into law by the midterm vote, the GOP will be painting a picture of a president unable to work his will with his own party in control.
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.
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.
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.
October 17, 2007 |
The widow of 1992 presidential candidate Paul Tsongas defeated the brother of an American Airlines pilot who died in the Sept. 11 attacks in a special election for the U.S. House. Democrat Niki Tsongas won with 51% compared with 45% of the votes for Republican Jim Ogonowski with all precincts reporting. Flanked by three daughters and relatives, Tsongas said she was humbled by her victory but eager to help the district's residents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2007 |
The delicate political balance between blacks and Latinos in Los Angeles County was expected to shift after last week's special election in the 37th Congressional District, an ethnically diverse area encompassing much of Long Beach, Watts, Compton, Signal Hill and Carson. With Latinos representing an increasing share of the electorate, early predictions in the race to fill the seat formerly held by the late Rep.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2007 |
With only six weeks for a campaign season, the race to fill the congressional seat of the late Juanita Millender-McDonald has been an all-out sprint. The candidates -- 17 on the ballot and one write-in -- have been in a mad dash to raise funds, set up offices and websites, send out mailers and seek endorsements.
June 20, 2007 |
The race to replace the late U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood on Capitol Hill appears headed to a runoff. Former state Sen. Jim Whitehead, a Republican, led the crowded field of 10 candidates in Tuesday's special election. But he was unable to crack the 50% mark needed to claim the seat. With 99% of precincts reporting, Whitehead had 44% of the vote.