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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.
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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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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
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.
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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.
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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.
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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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April 17, 2005 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
Emboldened by the slide in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's popularity, California Democrats took turns pounding their chief Republican adversary Saturday as tensions erupted at their state convention among three men vying to challenge him if he seeks reelection.
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December 2, 2005 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
Political fallout from corruption scandals and the Iraq war cast a pall over a gathering of Republican governors in Carlsbad, Calif., on Thursday as GOP strategists and leaders acknowledged the party faced a tough climate for its 2006 campaigns. "You'd have to be really disconnected from reality to not see and admit that Republicans nationally have gone through a tough patch here the last six or eight months," Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said. "We should just acknowledge that."
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December 22, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Supporters of an initiative to amend the state Constitution to outlaw same-sex marriage said they didn't get enough signatures to qualify the measure for the June ballot. The supporters of the "Protect Marriage" initiative failed to gather the 598,105 signatures they needed by Tuesday's deadline, said Andrew Pugno, a lawyer for the campaign.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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March 31, 2005 | George Skelton
Sacramento People react to state Treasurer Phil Angelides in three ways -- only one of them good: * They're grateful for his playing the role of California's leading anti-Arnold. * They deride him as an opportunistic, tax-and-spend liberal. * They shrug and ask, "Who is he?" If they even care. Most people fit into the last category. When the Field Poll, in mid-February, asked voters their opinion of Angelides, 62% said they had none. They didn't know enough about him.
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November 17, 2005 | George Skelton, George Skelton writes Monday and Thursday. Reach him at george.skelton@latimes.com.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger took a bruising fall at the ballot box. The question now is whether he can pick himself up and win his race for reelection. And that will largely depend, of course, on who he runs against. Forget Warren Beatty and Rob Reiner. They are not going to run. They don't want to, at least in 2006, both actor/directors have told me. Beatty keeps playing this game: He hints at a possible gubernatorial run to attract news media attention to his anti-Schwarzenegger message.
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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 22, 2006 | From the Associated Press
More than a week after Republican Rep. Heather A. Wilson claimed a razor-thin election victory, her Democratic challenger conceded Tuesday, saying a recount would cost too much and there was no guarantee it would reverse the result. In Ohio, Rep. Jean Schmidt, a Republican, clinched reelection Tuesday. Additional ballot counts gave her an insurmountable edge of about 3,200 votes over Democratic challenger Victoria Wulsin.
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