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March 20, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Even if Rick Santorum won the presidential preference vote in Tuesday's Illinois Republican primary -- and polls indicate that it's actually Mitt Romney who is the favorite -- he still could lose out in the delegate race. Why? Of all the states that choose presidential nominating delegates in a primary election, the rules governing the process in Illinois may be among the most complicated, requiring Republicans to actually indicate presidential preference twice on their ballot.
March 16, 2014 | By Seema Mehta and Michael Finnegan
BURLINGAME, Calif. -- Republican gubernatorial candidates feted delegates to their state party's weekend convention late into the night Saturday with parties, cocktails and music. Former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari had a cover band that introduced him to Michael Jackson's “Thriller.” “I love to dance but my campaign team has forbidden me from dancing,” he told supporters gathered in a hotel ballroom. “So the point of tonight is to have fun. This has been a fantastic convention,” Kashkari said.
August 25, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. - California delegates who have gathered here for the Republican National Convention  were unfazed by the cancellation of Monday's events, saying that safety must be the first priority. “So it's official, official-official. They're canceling Monday,” an aide announced Saturday as she read from her iPad in the lobby of the Tradewinds Island Resort, where California's delegation is staying during the convention. “I'm fine with that, whatever they decide,” said Diane McGlinchey, an alternate delegate from Huntington Beach.
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.
February 2, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
Newt Gingrich is challenging Florida's winner-take-all primary, arguing in a letter that is being sent Thursday that since the state held its primary early it must award delegates proportionally under existing Republican National Committee policies. "The RNC already has an existing rule that any contest held before a certain date ... need[s] to award delegates proportionally," said Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond. "We are writing the state party of Florida to ask them to enforce that rule.
August 13, 2000 | RACHEL USLAN
In a city that favors black attire and utter hipness, who are these 4,369 people wearing red, white and blue and getting away with donkey-shaped jewelry? They're Democratic National Convention delegates, and they're in Los Angeles for the first time since 1960.
March 1, 2012 | By Paul West
Two days after winning the popular vote in the Michigan primary, Mitt Romney has also been declared the victor in a bitter fight for the state's GOP national convention delegates. After lengthy behind-the-scenes wrangling, the Michigan Republican Party announced Thursday afternoon that Romney would receive 16 delegates and Rick Santorum would get 14. Romney won the popular vote by less than three percentage points, and the two men split the state's 14 congressional districts, each of which awarded two delegates to the winner.
August 28, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg
TAMPA, Fla. -- As much as Mitt Romney might wish it, Ron Paul just won't go away. Paul, the Texas congressman with a passionate, libertarian-leaning following, created a stir Tuesday when he made two swings through the floor of the Republican National Committee, shaking hands and greeting supporters -- acting, in short, like a candidate for president. Perhaps more significantly, pro-Paul delegates announced that they had submitted nomination forms from six states that could require that his name be placed in nomination alongside Romney's.
August 28, 2012 | By James Rainey
TAMPA, Fla. -- Party regulars and insurgents may be squaring off in a floor fight Tuesday afternoon at the Republican National Convention over just how much control Mitt Romney and future presidential nominees should have over who gets to pick the delegates for future conventions. Sarah Palin and Republican officials from Clark County, Nev., joined what seemed to be a growing ruckus over whether the Romney camp (and presumably a President Romney in 2016) should have veto power over the seating of future nominating delegations.
February 7, 2012 | By Paul West
Get ready for plenty of sound and fury, signifying almost nothing, after Republican voters caucus in Minnesota and Colorado and cast ballots in a statewide primary in Missouri today. With a three-week break ahead in the non-stop GOP voting action, Mitt Romney's remaining rivals for the party's presidential nomination will be seeking a spurt of badly needed publicity from the trio of tests. Polling in caucus states is often unreliable, but Minnesota -- where social conservatives are a strong force inside the party -- may provide the best chance for an upset.
March 3, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
The U.S. won't send a presidential delegation to the Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia, the White House announced Monday in response to Russia's military advances in Ukraine . President Obama is still in full support of the U.S. athletes and wishes them success, White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said. The British government made a similar announcement Sunday, with British officials boycotting the Paralympics and Prince William canceling his trip to the Games “on the advice of government.” British athletes are still permitted to participate in the Games, which begin Friday.
January 16, 2014 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita), a onetime western wear haberdasher who rose to become chairman of the powerful House Armed Services Committee, is announcing Thursday that he will retire after more than two decades in Congress. His departure at the close of the current term will further diminish California's clout on Capitol Hill, at least in the short term, and set the stage for a competitive race to choose his successor. The 75-year-old McKeon has chaired the Armed Services Committee since 2011, taking a leading role in fighting spending cuts to the Pentagon, but must give up the gavel after this year because of GOP term limits for its committee leaders.
December 24, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - California's congressional delegation has entered the fierce jockeying among states to land a Boeing Co. manufacturing plant. But even with the promise of jobs, it can be tough to unify the fractured group of lawmakers. Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) gathered the signatures of most but not all of the state's 53 House members for a letter urging the Chicago-based aerospace company to choose Long Beach for production of its next-generation 777X airliner. The California lawmakers cited, among other things, the state's "rich history" of aerospace manufacturing and the existing assembly plant and workforce in Long Beach.
December 19, 2013 | By David Wharton
Just two days ago, President Obama made news by placing two openly gay athletes on the delegation that will represent the U.S. at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Now it is known the delegation has three. Brian Boitano, a figure skating gold medalist who was included on Obama's original list, has announced that he is gay. "I am many things: a son, a brother, and uncle, a friend, an athlete, a cook, an author, and being gay is just one part of who I am," Boitano said in a statement.
December 18, 2013 | By David Wharton
President Obama's decision to send two openly gay athletes to the 2014 Sochi Olympics as part of the U.S. delegation continued to reverberate  Wednesday. Christine Brennan, a columnist for USA Today, called the move "genius. "  The Human Rights First organization referred to it as a "positive message. " On the other end of the spectrum, veteran Olympic reporter Alan Abrahamson criticized Obama for playing politics in the sports realm and potentially jeopardizing an American bid for the 2024 Games.
December 17, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI -- India reacted Tuesday to the arrest of one of its diplomats in New York last week by snubbing a U.S. Congressional delegation, removing security from outside the U.S. Embassy and threatening to treat U.S. diplomats the same way it says its envoys were treated by America. The issue has become a major story, with India's often-breathless media calling the situation a “full blown diplomatic war,” while National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon was quoted describing the U.S. action as “barbaric” and “despicable.” The incident was sparked off when Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general, was arrested last week by New York police on charges of visa fraud.
August 20, 2012 | By Paul West
TAMPA, Fla. - It didn't take long for strains within the Republican Party to surface Monday as national delegates got down to work on a final draft of the party platform, one week before the nominating convention opens. Ron Paul delegates are making a diligent effort to wedge the defeated presidential candidate's libertarian ideas into the party document. Among them: curbing the power of the Federal Reserve, enhancing the constitutional rights of individuals and opposing the overseas role of U.S. military forces.
September 5, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It included six straight hours of speechifying, mind-bendingly long lines to buy overpriced water and hot dogs and the requirement that all umbrellas be abandoned at the entrance. But delegates inside the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte gave high marks to the opening night of the Democratic National Convention, emphasizing that they're just as enthusiastic this time around as they were in 2008. “I have been coming here since [Walter F.] Mondale ran for president and this was the best I've heard,” said Elsie Burkhalter, a delegate from Louisiana.
December 17, 2013 | Wire Reports
President Obama sent Russia a clear message about its treatment of gays and lesbians with whom he is - and isn't - sending to represent the United States at the Sochi Olympics in February. Billie Jean King will be one of two openly gay athletes in the U.S. delegation for the opening and closing ceremonies, Obama announced Tuesday. For the first time since 2000, however, the U.S. will not send a president, former president, first lady or vice president to the Games. Russia has come under fierce criticism for passing national laws banning "gay propaganda.
December 12, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Reps. Dana Rohrabacher, an Orange County conservative, and Maxine Waters, a Los Angeles liberal, on the same side of an issue? The Ripley's Believe It or Not moment came Thursday in a House vote to pass a budget deal designed to prevent another government shutdown. The vote scrambled the usual alliances within California's congressional delegation, with nine of the state's 53 House members - seven Democrats and two Republicans - voting against the agreement. Democrats who voted no were upset that the budget deal did not extend federal unemployment benefits for an estimated 214,800 Californians whose benefits expire after Christmas.
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