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January 27, 1997 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a tumultuous two-year reign, Irvine attorney Jim Toledano will attempt to win reelection tonight to another term as chairman of the county Democratic Party. It won't be easy. Having barely escaped being ousted from his post last year, Toledano now faces stiff opposition from rival candidates Jeanne Costales of Lake Forest, the party's former vice chair, and Margaret (Meg) Robinson of Santa Ana, an intermediate school science teacher and current vice chair.
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October 20, 1996 | PETER M. WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every two years, somebody tries to beat Rep. Robert K. Dornan, the pugnacious conservative from the heart of Orange County. Sometimes the contender pops up in the GOP primary, while other times the challenge comes from a Democrat. Either way, they attack from the left. But Dornan always spends lavishly and buries them from the right. This year, it is different for Dornan. He has come late to the race and is scrambling for dollars.
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October 19, 1996 | PETER M. WARREN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Every two years, somebody tries to beat Rep. Robert K. Dornan, the pugnacious conservative from the heart of Orange County. Sometimes, the contender pops up in the GOP primary, while other times the challenge comes from a Democrat. Either way, they attack from the left. But Dornan always spends lavishly and buries them from the right. But this year, it is already different for Dornan. He has come late to the race and is scrambling for dollars.
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September 13, 1996 | JOHN POPE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Beatrice Hillard doesn't consider herself much of an activist for Jewish causes--her greatest accomplishment on that front has been persuading a local grocer to carry more gefilte fish and Rosh Hashana greeting cards. But when the Laguna Beach Democratic Club, which she considered a haven for Jewish Democrats in a largely Republican county, announced it was having its annual fund-raiser Saturday evening, on one of the Jewish faith's most revered holiday weekends, Hillard was incensed.
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August 30, 1996 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rarely, very rarely do Democrats in Orange County have the opportunity to root for an incumbent candidate who is ahead of a Republican in the polls. So Thursday night as the South County Democratic Club gathered to watch President Bill Clinton's acceptance speech, their euphoria was palpable.
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August 25, 1996 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Now it's the Democrats' turn to party. A 37-member delegation of spirited Democrats is scheduled to arrive in Chicago on Monday for the party's four-day national convention, the counterpart to the Republicans' gathering in San Diego two weeks ago. Even though Orange County is predominantly Republican, the Democratic group includes prominent business, education and community leaders, said Howard Adler, a wealthy Laguna Hills developer and party activist attending his fourth convention.
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August 9, 1996 | LEN HALL
A powerful local Democratic organization has pledged $100,000 to help get out the vote in central Orange County in November, the only district in the county where Republicans are a minority.
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July 11, 1996 | LEN HALL and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Orange County Democrats hold no county, state or federal elected office other than a few judgeships. The last Democrat to hold a countywide office was former Treasurer-Tax Collector Robert L. Citron--the man most often blamed for the county's disastrous bankruptcy. "It's never been this bad as far as I can remember," said George Urch of Garden Grove, a party strategist for 16 years. "This is the lowest of the low."
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May 29, 1996
Democratic officials are asking party members from across the county to join those from Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Dana Point and San Clemente at Hennessey's Bar in Dana Point Thursday night for a strategy session to plan for November's elections. The meeting is not a fund-raiser, organizers said, just a means for Democrats who want to be more actively involved in the election process to meet each other. The 73rd Assembly District Democratic Committee is sponsoring the event.
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May 24, 1996 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state Republican Party official filed a complaint Thursday charging the Orange County Democratic Party with failing to report a controversial $10,000 campaign contribution and three other alleged violations of state law. Irvine attorney Michael J. Schroeder, the state GOP vice chair, said the Democrats tried to conceal the contribution, which he maintained should have been made public before the March 26 primary.
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