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January 10, 2010 | By Janet Hook
The Senate filibuster has emerged as the bane of President Obama's legislative agenda, igniting anger among liberals over a tactic that is now hogtying Congress even on noncontroversial bills. The threat of filibusters has become so common that congressional leaders take it for granted that any bill of consequence will not pass the 100-member Senate with a simple majority of 51. Instead, 60 votes -- the number needed to cut off the interminable speeches of a filibuster -- has become the minimum required.
April 27, 2014 | Doyle McManus
Hillary Rodham Clinton sure sounds like a woman who wants to run for president. "If you really want to do something, if you believe you're the right person to do it, if you think that it could make a difference, then you have to be willing to compete, to get into the arena," she told an audience at Simmons College last week. And women in their 60s aren't too old to be effective, she added. Far from it. At that age, "women are raring to go because they feel like they've fulfilled their responsibilities, their kids are now on their own, it's now time for them to show what they can do. " Plenty of Democrats hope Clinton heeds her own words.
January 11, 1992
If Bush wins in '92, it will be by default--default of de Democrats. NANCY RILEY Whittier
April 27, 2014 | By Jean Merl
Attorney Barbara Mulvaney prosecuted killers in Rwanda and promoted democracy for the U.S. State Department in Iraq before returning to Los Angeles and running for Congress. She could hardly believe it when a local Democratic club barred her - and several other candidates of that party - from the dais at a recent campaign forum. "I'm a very qualified candidate," Mulvaney said in an interview, taking issue with the club's decision to include only those who had raised at least $200,000 for their campaigns.
November 6, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
WASHINGTON - Democrats secured control of the Senate on Tuesday after holding at least a dozen seats and picking up two seats held by Republicans, although key races remain undecided. With contests still too close to call in Montana, Nevada and North Dakota, it was impossible for the GOP to gain enough seats to take control of the chamber. Republicans went into the 2012 campaign aiming to gain the four seats they needed for a majority. Earlier in the year, that goal had seemed possible - even likely - especially since Democrats were facing a tough year with 23 seats to defend.  But a combination of factors thwarted the GOP's efforts.
November 8, 2012
Re “ Blue reign in Sacramento ,” Nov. 8 In recent years, California Republicans have focused on signing pledges and on intransigence instead of engaging constructively to get things done. This has resulted in draconian cuts to schools, state programs and services. On Tuesday, the people of California said, “Fine, we'll do it without you,” and now the Democrats in the Legislature are on the cusp of a super-majority. That's a shame. While we Californians trend to the left, we need a robust two-party system in our state to curb the excesses from both sides of the aisle (and there are excesses on both sides)
January 18, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
The chairman of Democratic efforts to retake the House this fall said his party doesn't have the seats locked up but is nipping at the heels of the GOP majority. "A year ago, we had a gale force wind running against us," Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said Wednesday. "Now, we have a nice wind at our backs. "     Democrats need 25 seats to retake the majority and rolled out their list of battleground races. Polls give Congress dismal approval ratings, but show Republicans faring worse than Democrats.
November 22, 2012
Re "Stop before you tax again!," Editorial, Nov. 18 Words of caution are probably necessary concerning the Democrats' two-thirds majority in the Legislature, but it should be pointed out that the intentions of the voters of California have been thwarted for many years because of the undemocratic tyranny of the legislative minority in both houses. There have been many proposals to fix our budget deficits. Our problems would not be occurring, and Proposition 30 would not have been needed, if there had been an orderly process for the expression of the will of the voters.
April 26, 2014 | By Jon Healey
Some California lawmakers worry that California is losing too many businesses to other states. State Sens. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) and Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) evidently worry that we're not losing enough. DeSaulnier and Hancock are the authors of SB 1372 , a measure that purportedly addresses one of the most talked-about (and, Democrats hope, politically fertile) problems with the U.S. economy: income inequality. Specifically, they take aim at the compensation packages that publicly traded corporations give their chief executive officers.
April 25, 2014 | By Paul Thornton
How Lincolnesque is the Party of Lincoln? Depends on who you ask. According to reader Joan Smith of Northridge, the Republican Party that freed the slaves in the 19th century and stood in opposition to civil rights-averse Southern Democrats in the 1960s doesn't deserve a bad rap. In a letter to the editor published Sunday, Smith wrote: “The Republican Party since the time of Abraham Lincoln has championed civil rights, while the Democratic Party...
April 23, 2014 | By David Lauter
WASHINGTON - Three lessons jump out from the latest round of polling on key U.S. Senate races. First, just as Democrats have been saying, their endangered incumbent in Arkansas, Sen. Mark Pryor, is doing better than analysts in Washington had believed. By 47% to 38%, registered voters in Arkansas approved of Pryor's work in office, with only 14% unable or unwilling to give an opinion, according to a new poll by the New York Times and the Kaiser Family Foundation. By 46% to 36%, Pryor led his Republican opponent, Rep. Tom Cotton, a former Army captain who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and has been a rising conservative star since winning a seat in the House in 2012.
April 23, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
HONOLULU - In primaries across the country - in Idaho, Kentucky, Mississippi and other states - Republicans are locked in a heart-and-soul battle between purists and pragmatists clashing over what it means to represent the party, its philosophy and core values. Here in Hawaii there's a similar fight over power and purpose, but this one is between Democrats. It's a fight for a U.S. Senate seat, a rare enough prize in a state that has elected just six people senator since statehood in 1959.
April 23, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
A Green Party candidate for secretary of state is planning to crash a debate Wednesday in Sacramento, after he and two other contenders were excluded from the event. This is oddly amusing for a couple of reasons. First, when has there ever been so much interest in the race for secretary of state? It's a job that largely involves overseeing election procedures and managing various business and political filings. Second, David Curtis, the Green Party candidate who was not invited to the debate, recently placed higher in a Field Poll voter survey than two other candidates who were invited to debate.
April 21, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON - For decades the Republican Party prided itself for being tough on crime, often putting Democrats on the defensive by pushing for longer, mandatory sentences for convicts. In 1988, that hard-line stance helped sink the presidential dreams of then-Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, who was blamed in Republican TV ads for having released convicted killer Willie Horton as part of a weekend furlough program. (Horton failed to return after a furlough and went on to commit robbery and rape.)
April 20, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - After nearly four decades as a Washington lawyer and lobbyist for the cable and cellphone industries, Tom Wheeler was eager to revive long-stalled initiatives as the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. But within weeks of taking charge in November, he ran into unexpected turbulence in pushing for a review of the ban on using cellphones on airplanes. Consumers howled that airline cabins would fill with annoying chatter. Opponents petitioned the White House to tell regulators that cellphone use should stay grounded.
April 15, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
When Sen. Mary L. Landrieu assumed the chairmanship of the Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Committee this year, it was a major boon to her difficult reelection campaign - placing her in a prominent position to aid her state's oil and gas industry and strengthening her argument to voters that her seniority is an asset. A new television ad released by Landrieu on Tuesday hammers that point, reintroducing the three-term Democrat as holding “the most powerful position in the Senate for Louisiana” and demonstrating her independence from the Obama administration - a recurrent theme in her red-state campaign where President Obama has cast a long shadow.
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