CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1995 |
In a legal fight rife with statewide political implications, attorneys will do battle here Friday over whether a Democrat placed on the ballot with Republican help to fuel a GOP victory in a key Orange County election last month should be forced to tell all. Attorneys for the Orange County Democratic Party are attempting to get candidate Laurie Campbell as well as Assembly GOP Leader Curt Pringle of Garden Grove to sit down for a deposition in hopes of proving a Republican conspiracy.
November 29, 1995 |
In the topsy-turvy world of California politics, the recall of Republican Assemblywoman Doris Allen would seem to finally settle all the old scores. As many see it, Allen's ouster gives a "real Republican," presumably Assembly GOP Leader Curt Pringle of Garden Grove, the votes needed to assume the speakership and thus control the lower house's policy apparatus and purse strings. Not so fast. This is, after all, the California Assembly.
September 23, 1999 |
Doris Allen, the first female speaker of the California Assembly, whose war with fellow Republicans led to her recall by Orange County voters in 1995, died Wednesday of cancer. She was 63. Allen had survived two earlier bouts with cancer. Doctors recently discovered tumors in her stomach during gall bladder surgery in Sacramento, where she had lived out of the limelight since her defeat in Orange County. Allen died in a hospice in Colorado Springs, Colo.
June 7, 1995 |
The long, slow march that led to the coronation of Doris Allen as California's first Republican Assembly Speaker in a quarter-century began one gloomy day last winter. Amid a drawn-out power struggle for control of the Legislature's lower house, Democrats made serious entreaties to the disgruntled Orange County Republican to come over to their side.
June 12, 1995 |
The next thing you know, they'll be calling her perky . Barely had newly minted Assembly Speaker Doris Allen mounted the ceremonial podium last Monday when the comments began: "The first thing she ought to do is her hair," sneered one fellow Republican assemblyman about Allen's coif, which looked perfectly stylish to outsiders. The snide remarks also dogged Democratic Assemblywoman Martha M.
June 6, 1995 |
The folks sampling the Monday night specials at the Gourmet Pie & Cafe were pretty sure they'd heard of Doris Allen. But they couldn't be absolutely certain. "She's the mayor, right?" asked Cypress resident Carolyn Richards, 26, as she sat at the wooden counter where many a town official comes for a home-style meal or a cup of coffee and pie. "I just saw something about that on the news. I thought, 'Whoa--someone from Cypress?'
September 15, 1999 |
Forgiveness can be hard to come by in politics. As former Orange County legislator Doris Allen lay gravely ill with cancer in Colorado, some of her former Republican colleagues in Sacramento refused last week to extend an olive branch and commend her for her 13 years of service to the state. They were still fuming about the deal she cut with Democrats in 1995 to make her the first female speaker of the Assembly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1992 |
It's the political equivalent of a solar eclipse--that rare phenomenon when three Assembly members are forced into a do-or-die election that could be the end of two legislative careers. Republican incumbents in Orange County are usually among the toughest politicians to unseat.
June 26, 1995 |
In the latest twist in a running battle between new Assembly Speaker Doris Allen and her GOP opponents, Allen has suspended a veteran Republican staffer who created a stir in the Capitol by suggesting that computers can damage the brains of young children. The staffer, Assembly Republican education analyst Anne McKinney, could not be reached for comment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1990 |
Nowadays, when Assemblywoman Doris Allen gets going about her latest cause, some colleagues roll their eyes or mutter under their breath. Last month, a fellow legislator went further. "Doris, you can be your own worst enemy," he snapped during a committee meeting. Let them rail. Allen won't give up. "I have passion for issues," she said. "I don't think most people up here even know me. They don't know me, inside. They don't know how I feel, they don't know what makes me tick."