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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Trung Nguyen, the Garden Grove schools trustee who barely lost his campaign for county supervisor in February to Janet Nguyen, announced Wednesday that he had created a campaign committee to run for the seat next year. A judge ruled in March that Janet Nguyen won the February special election by just three votes. The seat will be up for its regularly scheduled vote in 2008.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2008 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
Softening his past opposition to changes to California's term-limits law, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is endorsing a Feb. 5 ballot measure that would allow many sitting lawmakers to run for office again this year rather than be forced to leave the Legislature.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2008 | John L. Mitchell, Times Staff Writer
In the final stretch before the Nov. 4 election, state Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas and Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard C. Parks face a formidable challenge in their battle for a seat on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors: how to convince voters -- expected to turn out in record numbers -- to focus on the 2nd District amid the excitement of a historic presidential campaign. Parks and Ridley-Thomas have already waged the most expensive campaign fight in county history.
NATIONAL
May 7, 2006 | Ronald Brownstein
This fall's midterm election won't only decide which party will control Congress and statehouses around the nation. It also could identify which states may emerge as new battlegrounds in the 2008 presidential race that will effectively begin as soon as the votes are counted in November. In the last two campaigns, the parties divided the electoral map almost exactly in half. In 2000, George W. Bush won the second-narrowest Electoral College victory since 1800.
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October 24, 2008 | Associated Press
A judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit by Wisconsin's attorney general demanding that state elections officials confirm hundreds of thousands of voters' identities before election day. Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi ruled that neither federal nor state law makes the checks that Atty. Gen. J.B. Van Hollen seeks a condition for voting. She said Van Hollen had no standing to sue and should have made a complaint to the state Government Accountability Board rather than going to court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2007 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Third time's the charm: After twice postponing a decision, the Anaheim City Council on Tuesday decided to place a Disney-funded referendum on the June 2008 state primary ballot asking voters to block a large housing project planned in the resort district near Disneyland. The council had previously delayed action on the matter to give Walt Disney Co. and the developer a chance to settle their differences. At its Tuesday night meeting, the vote was 4 to 1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2007 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
With a reelection race less than a year away, Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen's campaign is barely in the black, with a windfall of contributions virtually wiped out by previous debts and ongoing legal bills, according to a campaign finance filing made public Wednesday. After comparing the campaign's surplus against the ongoing debts, the account was in the black by less than $5,000 as of June 30, the last day of the reporting period, the filing shows.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2008
-- State Assembly Member District 55 -- -- Warren Furitani (D) 41,518 70 Charlotte S. Gibson (AI) 9,153 15 Herb Peters (Lib) 8,775 15 -- -- Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District Measure -- -- 100% precincts reporting Votes % -- -- V -- School improvement bond Requires 55% vote Yes 1,976 51 No 1,900 49 -- -- Downey Measure -- -- 100% precincts reporting Votes % -- -- G -- Term limits...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Cruz Baca Sembello feels under siege by City Hall, in danger of losing the modest Baldwin Park home that she and her parents have lived in for decades. The San Gabriel Valley city is threatening to use its powers of eminent domain to force the sale of the home, with plans to raze it and several others to make way for a large shopping center.
NATIONAL
November 28, 2007 | Michael Finnegan and Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writers
Finally, nearly five years into the Iraq war, John McCain sees vindication at hand. More than any other candidate for president, McCain has tied his fortunes to support for sending more U.S. troops into the unpopular war. Now that violence in Iraq has waned after a troop buildup, McCain wants some credit.
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