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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Anthony York
As California Republicans prepare to gather outside of San Francisco for their semi-annual convention this weekend, at least one of the party's gubernatorial candidates wants to debate. Republican Tim Donnelly wants to debate his GOP gubernatorial rival Neel Kashkari at the state Republican Party convention in Burlingame. But party officials and Kashkari's campaign say there are no plans to put the two onstage together. Donnelly issued a debate challenge in an open letter addressed to Kashkari and sent to reporters on Monday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Despite fervent courting of delegates at the California Democratic Party convention this weekend, no statewide candidate in a contested race received enough votes to capture the party's endorsement, an official said Sunday. Candidates needed 60% of the vote to obtain the party's imprimatur, which can be a key signal to voters, especially in low visibility down-ballot races. Many credit Dave Jones' 2010 party endorsement as critical to his election that year as the state's insurance commissioner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2014 | By Jean Merl
Politicking at the California Democratic Party Convention by candidates competing for official endorsements continued Saturday morning after delegate-hunting at a round of parties the night before. Volunteers started with pep talks and breakfast at "boiler rooms" set up at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles by Assembly Speaker John A. Perez and state Sen. Alex Padilla, who are running for state controller and secretary of state, respectively. With balloting for the party's endorsement scheduled for later in the day, time was running out as the two Los Angeles officeholders and their competitors rushed from one caucus to another, hoping to sway those who would be voting on whom the party should endorse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2014 | By Seema Mehta, Michael Finnegan and Jean Merl
California Democrats gathered Saturday to celebrate their dominance in state politics, buoyant about their prospects in this year's elections. But the party's annual convention showed potential minefields for a group that appears to be at the peak of its power. In particular, there were fears that Democratic voters could be complacent in November, along with fissures on a critical environmental issue and a series of endorsement battles that could presage significant internal fights in California's changed electoral landscape.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2014 | By Jean Merl
Organized chaos reigned Saturday afternoon as delegates of the California Democratic Party began casting their endorsement ballots in races featuring more than one Democrat vying for the party's backing. Cheering sections for state Sen. Alex Padilla of Pacoima, who is running for secretary of state, and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez of Los Angeles, who is campaigning for state controller, raucously greeted delegates as they arrived at the balloting area at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti opened the state's Democratic convention on Saturday with a tribute to the party's dominance in California, saying it has ensured progress on climate change, immigration, public transit and civil rights. Garcetti ran down a list of laws enacted on Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown's watch, including one that increases the minimum wage and another that grants driver's licenses to immigrants in the country without documentation. “While Washington dithers, here in California Democrats get things done,” Garcetti told Democrats gathered at the L.A. Convention Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Thousands of California Democrats will descend on downtown Los Angeles on Friday to kick off their annual convention, largely a celebration of the party's dominance in state politics, but also a showcase of some internal spats that leaders tried unsuccessfully to keep hidden from public view. Gov. Jerry Brown, who last week filed to run for reelection, is expected on Saturday to outline the rationale for his bid for an unprecedented fourth term. National figures such as Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will also address delegates. And they'll meet with potential donors -- critical relationships they must forge if they plan to run for higher office.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton, welcoming delegates to their annual convention, said Friday evening that while they should savor their many victories, they must remain vigilant about them, staying involved in congressional and legislative elections this year. He noted the party's sweep of statewide offices in 2010, and touted Gov. Jerry Brown's work to fix the state's finances. “We've done such a good job, [Republicans] are having trouble finding anyone to run against some of our candidates,” Burton told hundreds of people gathered on the pool terrace of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
NATIONAL
February 26, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer began meeting Wednesday with key groups before deciding the fate of legislation that would give more protection to businesses citing religious beliefs in denying service to gays. The meetings come as a group representing Latino lawyers announced it was moving its scheduled convention out of state. The Hispanic National Bar Assn. said it will move its 40th annual convention, scheduled for September 2015 in Phoenix, because the legislation, SB 1062, discriminates against members of Arizona's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2014 | Hugo Martin
Teen volleyball players, firefighters and female engineers are among the Los Angeles visitors who are expected to make 2014 one of the biggest years for the L.A. Convention Center in decades. The Convention Center has booked 29 conventions for 2014, surpassing the 22 conventions held at the facility last year. The events include 11 gatherings that are new to L.A. "Los Angeles is hot right now," said Ernest Wooden Jr., president and chief executive of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board.
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