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November 5, 2009 | James Oliphant, Peter Nicholas and Christi Parsons
Even before voters went to the polls this week, moderate congressional Democrats were anxious. Would the swing voters who coalesced around Barack Obama almost exactly one year ago stay with the Democrats or defect to the Republicans? The answer came Tuesday night as Republican gubernatorial candidates swept to power in New Jersey and Virginia, with the help of large packs of self-described independents. Exit polls circulating on the House floor Wednesday were even more unnerving to Democrats.
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OPINION
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.
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January 11, 1992
If Bush wins in '92, it will be by default--default of de Democrats. NANCY RILEY Whittier
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
OPINION
January 17, 2010 | By Nancy L. Cohen
Two Democratic senators and one governor announced their retirements earlier this month, and days later, the smart money has Ted Kennedy's Massachusetts Senate seat falling to the GOP for the first time in nearly 60 years. Suddenly, the Republicans are crowing and Democrats are trembling -- everyone says the Democratic Party is doomed in 2010. What is the source of this breathless hysteria? Memories of the 1994 Republican midterm landslide. But everyone should take a deep breath: The 2010 midterms will not be a repeat of 1994.
NEWS
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.
OPINION
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)
NATIONAL
January 17, 2010 | By James Oliphant
Steve Giosi and Liam Foley have been known to tip back a few pints on adjacent stools at the Galway House in this city's Jamaica Plain neighborhood. But on Tuesday, they'll part ways -- at least politically. "I'm leaning toward him," Giosi said one recent afternoon, nodding at the TV screen, which had been playing a seemingly continuous loop of ads both promoting and denigrating Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown. "I'm a Democrat. I always have been," said Foley, 55; to demonstrate his sense of loyalty, he pointed to his Tiger Woods cap. "I'm voting for Martha Coakley.
NEWS
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.
OPINION
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...
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NATIONAL
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.
NATIONAL
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.)
BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
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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