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October 4, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey
The longest-serving member of the Illinois delegation in the House says he's calling it quits, giving an opening for Republican gains in the state.   Rep. Jerry Costello, a Democrat from the southwest Illinois, said he won't seek reelection next year, citing others pursuits. "I said when I was elected in 1988 and many times since that I did not intend to stay in Congress forever as I had other interests that I wanted to pursue," Costello said in a statement, adding that he wouldn't be retiring.
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NATIONAL
November 12, 2006 | Naftali Bendavid, Chicago Tribune
Rahm Emanuel was seething. The head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was hurtling down an asphalt road in upstate New York on the 47th trip of his ferocious effort to win control of the House. A lecture, even from political consultant James Carville, was the last thing he needed. In just 12 days, his campaign would end either in a historic victory -- a triumph that almost no one believed possible when he took the job nearly two years ago -- or in colossal failure.
NATIONAL
August 4, 2005 | Ronald Brownstein, Times Staff Writer
An unexpectedly close finish in an Ohio congressional special election reverberated through both parties Wednesday, as each side searched for clues in a race that could foreshadow next year's midterm elections. In Tuesday's vote, Republican Jean Schmidt, a former state lawmaker, held off Democratic lawyer Paul Hackett, a Marine reservist who served in the Iraq war. They were vying for the House seat vacated by Republican Rob Portman, who was named U.S.
NEWS
May 12, 1999 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Former Rep. Tony Coelho of California, a prominent Democratic strategist, will be general chairman of Al Gore's presidential effort, the campaign announced Tuesday. He takes over a political operation that stumbled out of the gates but has shown signs of rebounding in recent weeks.
NEWS
July 12, 2000 | From the Washington Post
Democrats in the House and Senate, who once believed Republicans might enjoy a permanent financial advantage in campaigns, say they are stunned to find that their campaign committees have more money going into this fall's elections, despite their minority status in both chambers.
NEWS
June 7, 1989 | JOSH GETLIN, Times Staff Writer
Rep. Henry A. Waxman of Los Angeles on Tuesday pulled out of the race for House majority whip, the third-ranking spot in the House Democratic leadership, saying that he entered the contest too late and his candidacy might divide the Democratic Party. The key job opened up when Rep. Tony Coelho of Merced decided to retire from Congress rather than face an ethics inquiry related to his purchase of a $100,000 junk bond. Waxman, an influential liberal who had hoped to retain the leadership post for a Californian, said that it would have been "very, very tough" to pry his colleagues away from commitments they have made to three other candidates in recent weeks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2000 | GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will move its headquarters for the party's national presidential convention from the nonunion Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel if a dispute over a labor election isn't settled by next week, committee officials said Monday. The committee has begun to consider using a unionized Santa Monica hotel. "If we had to squeeze into smaller spaces at the Fairmont Miramar, we can do that," committee spokesman Erik Smith said of meetings planned for next week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1998 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his first visit to the San Fernando Valley since his reelection campaign of 1996, President Clinton plans to attend a ground-breaking ceremony Monday for a transit-oriented housing development in Sylmar. While in town, Clinton will attend a Democratic fund-raising dinner on Sunday at the Los Angeles home of Eli Broad, chairman and chief executive officer of SunAmerica Inc.
NEWS
June 8, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
The White House declined Wednesday to weigh in on the scandal involving Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner, amid new pressure for him to step down. Tim Kaine, the former chair of the Democratic National Committee who is now running for a U.S. Senate seat in Virginia, told a local television station earlier that "lying publicly" about his behavior was "unforgivable and he should resign. " He was the first prominent Democrat to expressly call for him to do so. Asked for President Obama's position, press secretary Jay Carney said at his daily briefing that he had "no comment on that story.
OPINION
November 2, 2010 | By Jordan Steffen and Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
Nancy Pelosi, whose four-year run as speaker of the House of Representatives could be in its final months, offered an optimistic prediction about the outcome of Tuesday's election during a brief photo opportunity on Capitol Hill. "With the early returns and the overwhelming number if Democrats who are coming out, we're on pace to maintain the majority," she said. Pelosi, the first woman and first Californian to lead the House, appeared with Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the Democrat charged with heading the party's campaign effort, at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's offices just south of the U.S. Capitol.
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