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August 16, 1992 | Guy Molyneux, Guy Molyneux is president of the Next America Foundation, an educational organization founded by Michael Harrington
As Republicans gather this week in Houston, we hear much talk of conservatives and conservatism. Is George Bush a true conservative? Will conservatives support the President, or stay home? Is the movement intellectually exhausted? Who will emerge to lead conservatives in 1996? But these discussions all overlook one significant point: The Republicans are not really a conservative party. Indeed, we might say of American conservatism, as Mohandas K.
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October 13, 2013 | Doyle McManus
The Republican Party is at war with itself. It's divided over how best to shrink the federal budget and how to undo President Obama's healthcare law. It hasn't been notably successful at either, which helps explain why the GOP's standing in the eyes of most voters has plummeted to depths not seen in three decades of modern polling. None of this was planned, of course; parties don't flirt with political suicide on purpose. But it wasn't accidental either. Behind the GOP crackup over the government shutdown lies a much bigger battle for control of the party.
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NEWS
March 5, 1985 | MICHAEL PARKS, Times Staff Writer
A major row is developing over a new book that says that many of South Africa's leading whites, including politicians who insist on maintaining "racial purity" here, may have black ancestors.
WORLD
July 14, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- It's finally official: Nearly a week after elections for governor in Baja California, the candidate for the conservative party that has ruled the state for a generation was declared the victor. Francisco Vega of the National Action Party (PAN) narrowly defeated Fernando Castro Trenti of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). The difference was fewer than 25,000 votes, a margin of slightly less than 3%. The vote count, abruptly halted on election night , July 7, was completed over the weekend, and the PRI recognized its loss.
WORLD
July 6, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - The year was 1989. The Berlin Wall came down. Czechoslovakia was experiencing its Velvet Revolution. Chinese were demanding democracy in Tiananmen Square. And in Mexico, the first cracks emerged in what had been more than six decades of one-party rule. For the first time in its history, the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, which had molded modern Mexico, lost a state government, in Baja California, to a small opposition faction. Baja became the launching pad for that group, the National Action Party, or PAN, to eventually rise to national power, ousting the PRI from the presidency in 2000 after 71 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2012
Manuel Fraga Iribarne, 89, a blunt-talking politician who founded Spain's ruling conservative party and was the last surviving minister from Gen. Francisco Franco's right-wing regime, died Sunday of heart failure at his Madrid home, according to the Spanish news agency Europa Press. In a career spanning 60 years, Fraga served as Franco's information and tourism minister and as Spain's interior minister after the dictator died in 1975. He helped write the country's post-Franco, democratic Constitution that was passed in 1978 when democracy was restored.
NEWS
May 2, 1997 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Promising a just and dynamic new Britain, political modernizer Tony Blair led his restructured Labor Party to a landslide election victory of historic proportions here today. Five days short of his 44th birthday, Blair and his newly middle-of-the-road party dealt ruling Conservatives under Prime Minister John Major their worst defeat in more than a century. "You have put your trust in me, and I want to repay that trust.
NEWS
October 21, 1991 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Turkish voters rebuffed American ally President Turgut Ozal on Sunday, depriving his party of a third term and setting the stage for an opposition coalition government that has vowed to drive him from office. Mounting returns early today gave a lion's share of seats in the 450-member Turkish Parliament to the conservative True Path Party of four-time former prime minister Suleyman Demirel, but not enough to rule alone.
NEWS
March 29, 1992 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In this handsome, 18th-Century spa city, with its rows of honey-colored stone houses, the economic recession has bitten deeply, a factor that may determine the outcome of the national election campaign. Affluent Bath and other southern England communities that stretch along a light industrial corridor eastward to London prospered during Margaret Thatcher's years of Conservative government.
NEWS
June 11, 1997 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Britain's Conservative Party, one of the most enduring and successful political movements in the democratic world, on Tuesday began a long and uncertain road back from electoral defeat, internal division and a reputation tarnished by scandal. Favorite Kenneth Clarke led a five-man race to elect a party leader as successor to the defeated John Major but fell far short of victory in first-round balloting.
WORLD
July 6, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - The year was 1989. The Berlin Wall came down. Czechoslovakia was experiencing its Velvet Revolution. Chinese were demanding democracy in Tiananmen Square. And in Mexico, the first cracks emerged in what had been more than six decades of one-party rule. For the first time in its history, the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, which had molded modern Mexico, lost a state government, in Baja California, to a small opposition faction. Baja became the launching pad for that group, the National Action Party, or PAN, to eventually rise to national power, ousting the PRI from the presidency in 2000 after 71 years.
NEWS
May 20, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro and Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - Top conservative leaders, along with tea party activists from across the nation, have crafted a letter of opposition to the Senate's bipartisan immigration overhaul. The open letter to the Senate, which will be released Tuesday, marks the first large-scale attempt to halt the bill as it gains momentum with a key Senate committee vote expected this week. Those signing the letter include influential conservative commentators - Erick Ericksen, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin and Michele Malkin - as well as tea party leaders and talk radio hosts from around the country.
WORLD
May 13, 2013 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron moved Monday to beat back a brewing rebellion within his Conservative Party over Britain's membership in the European Union, rejecting demands for a speedy public vote on exiting the trading bloc but insisting that he would offer such a referendum by the end of 2017. As he met with President Obama in Washington - where Cameron lobbied for a U.S.-EU free-trade pact - the British leader found himself on the defensive at home against members of his party who want their country to withdraw from the 27-nation EU as soon as possible.
WORLD
April 10, 2013 | By Janet Stobart
LONDON -- British lawmakers interrupted their Easter vacation Wednesday to pay tribute to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died Monday at 87. At a special session of the House of Commons, Prime Minister David Cameron called Thatcher "an extraordinary leader and an extraordinary woman" who rescued Britain from decline and “made our country great again.” "Those who grew up while she was in office … can sometimes fail to appreciate...
WORLD
April 8, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
As education secretary in the 1970s, Margaret Thatcher said she did not think a woman would become British prime minister in her lifetime. She would occupy the job for nearly a dozen years, moving into 10 Downing St. in 1979. Thatcher died Monday at the age of 87. Here are memorable quotes from her political career: “I stand before you tonight in my Red Star chiffon evening gown, my face softly made up and my fair hair gently waved, the 'Iron Lady' of the Western world.
OPINION
February 11, 2013
In voting to legalize same-sex marriage, Britain's House of Commons has proved that a tradition-conscious society can also adapt to social change. Enactment of the legislation, which is also expected to pass the House of Lords after some additional action in the Commons, would put to shame politicians here in Britain's most powerful former colony who continue to resist the legalization of civil marriage for gay and lesbian couples. But it also demonstrates that support for marriage equality is compatible with conservative views on other issues, a reality Republicans in the United States should ponder.
NEWS
April 19, 1990 | DAN FISHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The man leading a Conservative Party revolt in Parliament against a government plan to admit up to 250,000 immigrants from Hong Kong says he is concerned about a demographic shift in the United States that will "inevitably" drive the United States and Britain apart. "I'll be sorry to see the United States becoming a less Anglo-Saxon country, a less European country," Norman Tebbit, the former Cabinet minister and Conservative Party chairman, said in an interview.
OPINION
August 30, 1992 | Martin Walker, Martin Walker is the U.S. bureau chief for Britain' the Guardian
The Republicans are putting a lot of faith into the theory that Britain and the United States have far more in common this election year than two battered currencies, sex scandals in high places and a recession that won't go away. The new buzz phrase around the Bush-Quayle campaign staff is "the British scenario," otherwise known as the John Major miracle. For George Bush, the Major story must read like a fairy tale.
WORLD
February 5, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON -- British lawmakers voted Tuesday to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed, siding with majority opinion in the country but exposing major divisions within the ruling Conservative Party. Nearly seven hours of debate in Parliament culminated in a 400-175 vote in favor of a bill that authorizes same-sex marriages but also exempts religious organizations from having to perform them. The measure puts Britain on track to join other European nations, including Spain, Denmark and the Netherlands, in opening up marriage to homosexual couples.
WORLD
January 24, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - A final tally released Thursday of votes from Israel's parliamentary election broke the tie between rival ideological factions, giving the right-wing bloc 61 seats in the Knesset compared with 59 seats for center-left parties. But the final figures - a slight change from the preliminary 60-60 dead heat that was reported after Tuesday's vote - are not expected to alter the course of coalition talks. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling Likud Party is seeking to form a broad-based government with the centrist Yesh Atid party, which surprised everyone by coming in second.
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