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September 16, 2009 | Michael Finnegan
Seventeen years after Bill Clinton and Jerry Brown clashed in the 1992 race for the White House, the former president made clear Tuesday that bygones will not be bygones: Clinton signed on to support Brown rival Gavin Newsom in the Democratic primary for governor. It is highly unusual -- perhaps unprecedented, according to the San Francisco mayor's campaign -- for a former president to take sides in a California gubernatorial primary. But the bad blood between Clinton and Brown, now state attorney general, runs deep, much as Newsom would like Californians to believe that Clinton's choice is based on merit alone.
January 23, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
Three years after falling short in a bid for higher office, Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo has taken the first step toward launching a second campaign for California attorney general, a spokesman said Thursday. Term limits prevent Delgadillo, 48, from seeking reelection as city attorney this year. Papers filed with the secretary of state this week allow Delgadillo to begin fundraising for a statewide campaign for attorney general in 2010, according to Delgadillo spokesman Stephen J.
June 1, 2009 | MICHAEL HILTZIK
I don't know if this is an old adage or a new one I've coined based on years of depressing observations, but it seems that California's political leaders mostly operate according to the following principle: The best way to avoid taking action on something is to call for "action." The aftermath of the May 19 special election affords us an especially good look at this principle in, well, action.
March 15, 2010 | By Michael Finnegan and Seema Mehta
Some of the major Republicans vying to become California's next governor or U.S. senator have more money than others. Some are better known. Some are more in sync with their party's traditional views. But what all five have in common as they look toward the June 8 primary is a determination to tap what they see as public fury over the failures of government. "Our government is out of control and out of touch, and so we will take it back and we will make it work," U.S. Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina told hundreds of delegates at a weekend convention of Republicans in the Silicon Valley.
November 3, 2010 | Jack Leonard
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley took a narrow lead Tuesday in the race for attorney general, with the career prosecutor providing the GOP with its best hope at a statewide office as Democrats led in the other partisan races. Early voting tallies showed Cooley with an edge over his opponent, San Francisco Dist. Atty. Kamala Harris, who sought to make history by becoming the first woman, first Asian and first African American to serve as the state's top law enforcement official.
January 26, 2010 | By Kim Murphy
Oregon officials know all about anti-tax fervor. Over the years, voters here have capped property taxes (saddling the state with two-thirds the cost of running the schools) and passed a constitutional amendment requiring rebates whenever tax receipts come in 2% over budget. Nine times they have been asked to OK a sales tax -- and said no. Proposals to increase the state income tax? Down in flames twice. But now the Legislature is taking a tack that analysts think could finally pull the rug out from under the tax revolt: soaking the rich.
January 14, 2010 | By Jean Merl
In choosing Orange County Supervisor Chris Norby for a vacant state Assembly seat, voters got a homegrown leader whose views on limiting government play well in the Republican stronghold. As expected, the former teacher, who grew up in Fullerton and served on its City Council before his 2002 upset election to the county Board of Supervisors, coasted to an easy victory in Tuesday's special runoff election, capturing 63% of the vote. Democrat John MacMurray won 31% and Jane Rands of the Green Party garnered 6%. "I have deep roots in the district," Norby said.
May 7, 2009 | Jessica Garrison and Maura Dolan
The recent run of states legalizing gay marriage -- punctuated Wednesday by Maine becoming the fifth state to do so -- has increased the likelihood that California voters will face another ballot measure on the issue as early as next year, according to strategists on both sides. The California Supreme Court is expected to uphold Proposition 8, November's ballot measure banning same-sex marriage, with a decision coming in the next few weeks.
November 8, 2009 | Cathleen Decker
A small majority of California voters supports the right of same-sex couples to marry, but by a much larger margin, voters oppose efforts to place the issue back on the ballot next year, a new Los Angeles Times/USC poll has found. Views on same-sex marriage were sharply polarized, with 66% of Democrats backing it, and 71% of Republicans in opposition. Nonpartisan voters were less enthusiastic than Democrats but still backed it, 59% to 34%. Overall, 51% of California voters favored marriage rights for gay couples, and 43% were opposed.
April 11, 2010 | By Raja Abdulrahim
After Orange County's sheriff was indicted on corruption charges on 2007, supervisors made a point of looking beyond the county limits to find a replacement who was free of the cronyism and scandal that had tainted the office. A retired Los Angeles Sheriff's Department division chief, Sandra Hutchens was lauded by one county supervisor for being "removed from the political machinations in the county" and was seen as a welcome breath of fresh air in a department that had been led for decades by politically connected lawmen.
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