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November 18, 2012 | By Paul VanDevelder
We in the blue states hear from the talking heads on Fox News and MSNBC that many of you in the red states are so distressed about the outcome of the elections that you would like to secede from the Union. Now, it seems that at least six of you - Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina - have submitted enough signatures (25,000) on petitions to the White House website to merit a formal response, with more petitions on the way. We wish you the best of luck with this.
November 7, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
Every election night has at least one standout television moment,  and  -- with all due respect to John King and his magical fingertips -- the clear winner Tuesday was Republican strategist Karl Rove, who staged a civil war on the air after Fox News called Ohio -- and therefore the entire election -- for President Obama. Technically speaking, it was Chris Wallace who fired the first shot. Shortly after Fox projected Obama as the winner, Wallace explained that he had received an email from the Romney campaign contesting the network's decision.
November 17, 2012
Re “ The great election night scam ,” Opinion, Nov. 15 Michael Kinsley's insights are usually on the mark, but not his rant about the so-called election-night scam perpetrated by TV networks that refrain from reporting election results until the polls close everywhere. Most of us think that avoiding any possible influence on voting is worth the wait, even if that causes pundits to squirm for a few hours on election day. Garland Allen Santa Monica What Kinsley says is true, but only if you disregard everything but the presidential contest.
November 12, 1988
Bush's campaign thus becomes an example rather than a heinous embarrassment, a reinforcement of vilification as a national sport. His election night quest of unity was as glib and perfunctory as you'd expect from a politician who is, after all, a moral shrimp. We will eventually pay for this consummate yes-man's inability to say no to his own worst impulses. Pundits attributed Bush's smashing victory in large measure to his resume, as though by simply occupying a job you discharge that job with distinction.
October 24, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
LUDO @ GARAGISTE: This year's Garagist Festival in Paso Robles kicks off with chef Ludo Lefebvre's LudoBites Garagiste winemaker dinner at Thomas Hill Organics. Lefebvre will match a six-course menu with wines of garagiste winemakers Alta Colina Vineyards, Bon Niche Cellars, Cloak & Dagger Wines, Cutruzzola Vineyards, La Filice Winery and Von Holt Wines. Seats are limited; go to for event sales. BEER PAIRINGS: Christina Perozzi of the Beer Chicks co-hosts a pairing of craft beers from two local breweries with an Italian dinner at Trattoria Neapolis in Pasadena.
November 8, 1988
Orange County's public TV station, KOCE Channel 50, will carry a special election night program tonight beginning at 11 p.m. The hourlong program will include late election returns, as well as live and taped interviews with local Democrat and Republican party leaders and candidates. Among those scheduled to appear on the program are former state Democratic Party chairman Richard J. O'Neill of San Juan Capistrano and the GOP congressional candidate in the 40th District, C.
November 4, 1986 | JAY SHARBUTT, Times Staff Writer
As in past elections, network anchors are ready, projection-makers primed and analysts alerted for tonight's coverage of election returns for the full House, 34 Senate seats and 36 gubernatorial races. But this time out, there's a major change in the all-night, so-called "wall-to-wall" TV coverage that has been traditional for CBS, NBC and ABC, whether election night involved a presidential candidate or not.
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