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March 7, 2000 | From a Times Staff Writer
In a rare defection, a group of Democratic stalwarts Monday denounced their party's decision to contribute heavily to a campaign to defeat a political reform initiative on Tuesday's ballot. At a news conference in Los Angeles, former Secretary of State March Fong Eu, longtime Democratic financial backers Stanley Sheinbaum and Max Palevsky and pollster Pat Caddell accused the party hierarchy of being out of step with rank-and-file members who overwhelmingly support campaign finance reform.
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March 4, 2000 | VIRGINIA ELLIS and MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
One day after a Los Angeles businessman donated $1 million to support Proposition 25, state Democrats dropped $500,000 into a last-minute effort to defeat the measure that would cut off large contributions to candidates. Although both major political parties have opposed the March 7 ballot initiative to limit campaign funding, the infusion from the California Democratic Party was the first time a party organization had spent such a substantial sum to stop a reform.
NEWS
March 1, 2000 | CARL INGRAM and MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
With presidential contenders and ballot propositions flooding the airwaves and jamming mailboxes in the final days before California's primary election Tuesday, candidates for the Legislature may never get the public's full attention. Yet despite being lost in the clamor, their contests are full of important implications for California. At stake in this year's legislative elections are all 80 seats in the Assembly and half of the 40 seats in the Senate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2000 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The crowded Democratic primary race for the 41st Assembly District is shaping up to be one of the more quirky of the season, pitting a nationally respected manager of a public agency who moved here two years ago against three established, home-grown public servants with state-level ambitions. Four Democrats, two Republicans and a Libertarian are vying for the seat of Assemblywoman Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica), who is running for the state Senate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2000 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Democratic primary for the 41st Assembly District is shaping up to be one of the quirkier of the season, pitting a nationally respected manager of a public agency who moved here two years ago against three established, home-grown public servants with state-level ambitions. Four Democrats, two Republicans and a Libertarian are scrambling for the seat being vacated by Assemblywoman Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica), who is running for the state Senate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2000 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It may come down to a matter of style in the race between Democratic Assemblymen Jack Scott and Scott Wildman, who are vying for Adam Schiff's state Senate seat. Do voters want Scott, a genteel former college president with a soft Texas twang, or do they want Wildman, a hyperkinetic, attention-grabbing former fourth-grade teacher? The winner of the March 7 Democratic primary for the 21st State Senate district will likely face a tough fight against well-funded Republican Paul Zee.
NEWS
December 1, 1999 | JIM NEWTON and BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Political agendas and personal conflicts have conspired to delay the planning of next year's Democratic National Convention, a signature moment for Los Angeles that is being overseen by men so used to having their own ways that President Clinton himself has been called upon to prod them into working together. There are still months to go before the convention is scheduled to open in downtown Los Angeles.
NEWS
November 24, 1999 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa on Tuesday announced he will step aside next spring and back his friend and fellow Democrat Bob Hertzberg to succeed him as the lower house's second successive leader from the Los Angeles area. Villaraigosa, a former union organizer who has been speaker for nearly two years, displayed some wistfulness about giving up the high-profile post to focus on his bid to win election as mayor of Los Angeles in 2001.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 1999 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With Antonio Villaraigosa's announcement Tuesday that he will step down as Assembly speaker next spring to campaign for mayor of Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley is virtually assured of reaping political benefits as one of its lawmakers is elected speaker for the first time in a quarter century.
NEWS
November 21, 1999 | MIKE DOWNEY
Larry Houlgate is a university professor from California's central coast who is presently on a sabbatical leave in the south of France. He and his wife have been living in the Provence region since September, in a quaint rented house. Their village is so small that it appears on few maps. Houlgate spent two years preparing for this getaway. He is writing a book and won't return to his San Luis Obispo home until the end of March.
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