June 28, 2010 |
Irascible rednecks are nothing new in politics. Once upon a time, they tended to be either marginal firebrands like George Wallace or, more recently, the ne'er-do-well, embarrassing siblings of well-educated Southern pols — think Billy Carter or even Roger Clinton. But nowadays they seem to be the mainstream politicians themselves. In April, Haley Barbour, governor of Mississippi, former national GOP chairman and potential 2012 presidential candidate, referred to himself as "a fat redneck" on CNN's "John King USA."
July 13, 2013 |
"NYPD Blue" actor Esai Morales will square off against SAG-AFTRA co-President Ken Howard in an election this summer to determine who will lead Hollywood's largest entertainment union. SAG-AFTRA said late Friday night that Howard and Morales had registered to run in elections that will begin next week to select a new president for the union representing actors, recording artists, broadcasters and other performers. Morales, a former SAG board member and star of "La Bamba," is part of a slate of candidates known as Membership First that strongly opposed the merger of the former SAG and AFTRA unions a year ago. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Howard, who was first elected as SAG's president in 2009, championed the merger.
August 14, 2012 |
DANVILLE, Va. -- Vice President Joe Biden said the American people would reject Paul Ryan's vision for the nation. In remarks to about 800 supporters in this southwest Virginia city Biden, escalated the Democratic ticket's push to tie Republican nominee Mitt Romney to unpopular House Republicans, to the point of saying Romney would not be the one calling the shots if elected. “Before, Gov. Romney [had] a tendency to either be vague or change his positions a lot,” Biden said.
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January 7, 2014 |
L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca is expected to announce his retirement at a 10 a.m. news conference outside department headquarters. Baca, 71, told top officials in county government late Monday that he believes stepping down would help the department recover after several years of tumult and criticism, according to sources familiar with the conversations. The expected announcement comes a month after federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against 18 current and former sheriff's deputies accused of beating jail inmates and visitors, trying to obstruct the FBI and other crimes following an investigation of corruption inside the nation's largest jail system.
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January 7, 2014 |
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, facing a tough battle for reelection amid scandals in his agency, plans to announce his retirement as soon as Tuesday, sources told The Times. Baca told top officials in county government late Monday that he believes stepping down will help the department recover after several years of tumult and criticism, according to sources familiar with the conversations. Baca's decision comes a month after federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against 18 current and former sheriff's deputies accused of beating jail inmates and visitors, trying to obstruct the FBI and other crimes following an investigation of corruption inside the nation's largest jail system.
July 25, 2011 |
Rep. Mike Ross, one of the few conservative Democrats who survived the midterm elections of 2010, announced Monday he won't stand for reelection in 2012. In a letter announcing his decision, Ross cited the "tough political environment" he'd face in seeking a seventh term, and he bemoaned the current state of Congress. "While I have worked hard to bring folks to the middle to craft common-sense solutions to the many problems that confront our nation, Washington is mired in gridlock, gamesmanship and constant partisan bickering," he said.
May 24, 2012 |
Two of the states are familiar bellwethers, the third a relative newcomer to the swing-state category. For either Mitt Romney or President Obama, a clean sweep would guarantee victory on election night. And, for the moment, it's Obama with the advantage in Ohio, Florida and Virginia, according to a new round of polls from NBC News and Marist. In Florida and Virginia, Obama leads 48% to 44%. In Ohio, Obama's lead is 48% to 42%. The margin, though, has narrowed in each state since Romney essentially clinched the Republican nomination and will probably continue to fluctuate as both campaigns start honing their general election messages there.
March 1, 2014 |
KIEV, Ukraine -- Crimea's new pro-Moscow premier, Sergei Aksenov, moved the date of the peninsula's status referendum to March 30. On Thursday, the Crimean parliament, which appointed Aksenov, had called for a referendum on May 25, the date also set for the urgent presidential election in Ukraine. “In connection with a necessity we decided to speed up the holding of the referendum on the stauts of the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea,” Aksenov said Saturday in Simferopol at a new government session, the UNIAN information agency reported.
February 10, 2008 |
Myanmar's military regime announced Saturday that it would ask voters to approve a new constitution in May to make way for democratic elections in 2010, a move that drew the scorn of a skeptical opposition.