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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 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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October 4, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who was ousted in 2003 for disobeying a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state Judicial Building, said he would be a candidate for governor in 2006. Moore, 58, a fundamentalist Christian who supports school prayer and opposes gay marriage, pledged to fight higher taxes, tighten restrictions on illegal immigrants and improve education if elected.
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October 12, 2005 | Dan Morain and Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writers
Led by public employee unions, organized labor has raised more than $80 million in its effort to defeat the initiatives promoted by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, campaign finance reports show. With a month left before the Nov. 8 special election, unions, particularly those representing state and local civil servants, could shatter California spending records for ballot measure battles. The tally changes daily as reports are filed.
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October 21, 2005 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
Once Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced he was running for reelection, the money spigot opened wide. Schwarzenegger raised $10 million in the month following his Sept. 17 declaration, according to campaign reports being filed daily with the secretary of state's office. He had collected $3.7 million in the preceding month and $25 million in the first 8 1/2 months of the year.
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September 22, 2005 | Robert Salladay, Times Staff Writer
It's after Labor Day and the campaign has begun: endorsements, dueling news conferences, TV ads, a rowdy party convention and the requisite release of a candidate's tax returns. Only it's the wrong Labor Day. Californians won't choose a governor for 14 months, but thanks to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the state is experiencing a gubernatorial race far earlier and more intensely than in previous years.
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September 15, 2005 | Robert Salladay, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger all but declared Wednesday that he would run for a second term next year, saying, "I am not in this for the short run," and promising an official announcement Friday in San Diego. Speaking at a special election campaign event in this Central Valley town near Fresno, Schwarzenegger was asked by an audience member if Californians would get "a chance to vote for you again." It was the last question during a carefully planned "town hall" meeting at a window factory.
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September 16, 2005 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to announce his re-election bid today reflects the gravity of his political and financial troubles as he strives to restore a battered public image in time to win approval of his November ballot measures.
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