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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2006
Key to election tables An asterisk (*) denotes an incumbent candidate; a double asterisk (**) denotes an appointed incumbent. Results are not official and could be affected by absentee ballots. District locations are identified by county. In Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties, they are identified by community. Uncontested local offices and write-in candidates are not included in the tables. County-by-county results are available at http://vote.ss.ca.
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November 22, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - After pushing through one of the most significant rule changes in Senate history, Majority Leader Harry Reid struck a solemn tone: "This is not a time for celebration. " But behind closed doors in a room off the Senate floor, some of the newer Democratic senators couldn't help themselves, gathering for a quick party to congratulate one another. They were the ones largely responsible for pushing the veteran Nevada lawmaker to pull the trigger on ending filibusters against most presidential nominations.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2006 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
Judicial contests in Los Angeles County are usually quiet affairs. Not this year. First came June's election, when a bagel shop owner with limited legal experience ousted a highly regarded sitting judge, prompting near hysteria from some judicial officers who complained that the election's outcome had sent them into "despair." Now, a lawyer in his 70s is alleging age discrimination by the county bar association, which rates judicial candidates and called him "not qualified."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2010 | By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
Despite two losses in court and a dwindling stock of legal arguments, John Chiang has made himself the roadblock to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's attempt to ratchet down the paychecks of some 200,000 state employees to minimum wage. Chiang, the state controller, has said the order is illegal. He has said it is impractical. He has said his computers can't do it. Mostly, he's just said no. Through the tussle, the unassuming 47-year-old Democrat has emerged as an unlikely counterweight to the muscle-bound Schwarzenegger.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2006 | Mark Z. Barabak, Times Staff Writer
With just six weeks left in their primary race for governor, the fight between Democrats Steve Westly and Phil Angelides is turning into a test of money versus institutional muscle. For months, Angelides, the state treasurer, was perceived as the front-runner in the contest, collecting a string of high-profile endorsements, ignoring Westly and campaigning against Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as though the Democratic race had been decided.
NATIONAL
October 14, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Republican Rep. Christopher Shays, who is in a tough reelection fight, said in Hartford that the Abu Ghraib prison abuses in Iraq were more about pornography than torture. "It was a National Guard unit run amok," Shays said in an interview with the Associated Press. "It was torture because sex abuse is torture. It was gross and despicable.... This is more about pornography than torture."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2006 | Andrew Blankstein and Martha Groves, Times Staff Writers
Voters in several Los Angeles County cities approved a slew of local ballot measures in Tuesday's election, addressing issues ranging from political reform and street parking to preserving open space and clean beaches. Nearly a dozen municipalities put a total of 18 measures on local ballots. Claremont voters approved Measure S, a $12.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2006 | George Skelton
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's comeback continues: A new poll finds him leading his Democratic challenger, with voters happier about both his job performance and the state's direction. But the poll also contains a cautionary flag for the governor and a roadmap for Democrat Phil Angelides: President Bush would be a heavy burden for Schwarzenegger if Angelides could link the two Republicans together in voters' minds. So far, that doesn't seem to be happening.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Ethics Commission on Tuesday levied $38,695 in fines against Regency Outdoor Advertising for disclosure-rule violations involving billboards it provided in the 2001 municipal elections. The amount was more than five times what an administrative law judge had recommended. Regency had exercised its right to have the commission staff's initial finding of violations heard by a judge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Accusing oil companies of lying about the cost of Proposition 87, former President Clinton on Friday called "bogus" their contention that approving a tax on oil revenues would trigger higher gas prices for California motorists. During a rally at UCLA, the former president said the state ballot measure would help California move toward less expensive, cleaner forms of energy by funding research into alternative fuels.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2010 | By Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
Claude Parrish likes to say he's been named treasurer of just about everything he's been involved in, from the Echo Park Coin Club to the Republican Party of Los Angeles County. But the 59-year-old Parrish, a member of the powerful if obscure state Board of Equalization, faces his toughest treasurer run yet in his November matchup against state Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer. Before spending eight years as the state's top law enforcement official, Lockyer, 65, was a fixture in the Legislature, serving from 1973 to 1998 and spending his final four years as Senate president pro tem. A Democrat with funds remaining from past campaigns, he has more than $10.5 million at his disposal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2007 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
Candidates hoping to fill the vacant seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors are beginning their final dash as the last week of the campaign approaches. But some of the hardest sprinting in this truncated Feb. 6 special election has been done by campaign committees that are not allowed to have contact with the candidates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2007 | Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writer
Four senior aides to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger were paid nearly a quarter-million dollars in bonuses for political work they performed during the governor's race -- money that came from insurers, oil companies, real estate developers and other private interests that contributed to the governor's campaign. Chief of staff Susan Kennedy received a $100,000 bonus as a reward for the time she devoted to Schwarzenegger's reelection bid, the governor's office said Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Ethics Commission on Tuesday levied $38,695 in fines against Regency Outdoor Advertising for disclosure-rule violations involving billboards it provided in the 2001 municipal elections. The amount was more than five times what an administrative law judge had recommended. Regency had exercised its right to have the commission staff's initial finding of violations heard by a judge.
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November 30, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Democratic challenger Larry Kissell conceded defeat in Charlotte to Republican Rep. Robin Hayes, after an initial phase of a hand recount showed the result of the midterm vote would probably not change. Kissell conceded after five of the 10 counties in the district had completed the hand recount of sample precincts that he requested. He picked up two votes, but would have needed a total of about 10 to trigger a full recount.
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November 29, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Just weeks before election day, Jen and Andrew Fitzgibbon got a card from Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich congratulating them on their new baby. The only problem was that the Fitzgibbons' youngest daughter, Lydia, wasn't so new anymore -- she celebrated her first birthday the week the card arrived. Batches of greeting cards bearing niceties from Blagojevich and his wife arrived in mailboxes right before the spring and fall elections, raising new ethical questions about the Illinois governor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2006 | Tanya Caldwell, Times Staff Writer
Not that many voters have noticed -- or cared, depending on whom you ask -- but there's a battle brewing at the bottom of ballots next month for Orange County assessor. The three contenders for the nonpartisan post make for an eclectic crew of candidates. Running for reelection is Webster J. Guillory, a registered independent who has served for the last eight years and has been in the assessment business for nearly three decades. Then there are his two Republican opponents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2006 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
It's been a decade since legendary Hollywood fixer Sidney Korshak was buried following a half-century of rubbing elbows with mobsters, movie executives and politicians. Now tales of the late lawyer's colorful career -- relegated to newspaper archives and dusty FBI documents -- could reemerge as political fodder in the contest for California attorney general.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2006 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Whether she won or lost, Lucille Kring was going to be the most fit and exhausted candidate for Anaheim City Council. For 10 weekends and some weekdays, she walked the city's neighborhoods, knocking on doors, asking residents for their votes and occasionally a glass of water or the use of their bathroom. In the end, Kring had covered nearly 100 miles, worn through two pairs of shoes, dropped 13 pounds and collected 21,783 votes, enough for second place and a seat on Anaheim's council.
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November 27, 2006 | Janet Hook, Times Staff Writer
The college student loan industry has been so well-connected in the Republican-controlled Congress that a powerful committee chairman once assured its bankers and other financiers that their interests were in "two trusted hands." Now that Democrats are about to take control of Congress, those bankers will have to contend with a lawmaker who has compared them to the usurers Jesus drove from the temple of Jerusalem.
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