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February 18, 2013 | By Paul Thornton
The presidential campaign season filled The Times' mailbag many times over, but not always with the kind of commentary suitable for a letters page. Criticism was plentiful, pointed and often unfair. Praise was rarely offered, and when it was expressed, it typically resembled campaign talking points or punditry memes. A common reaction by letter writers to The Times' 1,000-plus-word endorsement of President Obama, for example, was short and dismissive: "Big surprise. " So far, the local campaigns for the three citywide offices and eight odd-numbered City Council  districts have been different.
April 24, 2014 | Times Editorial Board
It's called the June 3 elections, but voters can start marking their ballots and sending them in as early as May 5. Topping the state portion of the ballot is Gov. Jerry Brown, who is seeking a fourth term and is eligible for it because he served his first two in the 1970s and early 1980s, before voters adopted a two-term limit. The lieutenant governor, attorney general, insurance commissioner and superintendent of public instruction are each seeking a second and final term. The incumbent state treasurer, controller and secretary of state are termed out. In those and all other statewide offices, all candidates will run in the June primary, regardless of party, with the top two finishers in each race facing off in November.
January 2, 2012 | By Paul West
As Rick Santorum rises in the polls, the Republican presidential candidate is receiving fresh scrutiny over his endorsement of moderate Republican incumbent Arlen Specter against a strong conservative challenger in the 2004 GOP Senate primary in his home state of Pennsylvania. At the first two stops of his final swing through western Iowa, the most conservative part of the state and his stronghold, Santorum was questioned about his endorsement of Specter, an abortion-rights supporter.
April 23, 2014 | By Jean Merl
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, taking a broadening role in efforts to help candidates of his party, on Wednesday endorsed former state legislator Tony Strickland, the Strickland campaign announced. The former state assemblyman and state senator is running in the June 3 primary for the Los Angeles-area seat being vacated by Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Santa Clarita), who is retiring when his term expires. McKeon already has endorsed Strickland, one of several Republican candidates in the GOP-leaning 25th Congressional District.
January 19, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
Herman Cain seems to be having something of a Sarah Palin moment. The retired pizza chain executive, who enjoyed a brief but intense flash of political fame last fall when he shot into the lead as a Republican presidential candidate, thrust himself back into the spotlight Wednesday with an "unconventional" endorsement in the GOP primary race. "Here is my unconventional endorsement," he said in an appearance at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Charleston, S.C. "Not a candidate seeking the nomination, not someone that's not running.
October 11, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Just one week after announcing he would not run for president, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is endorsing Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination, sources confirm. Christie will attend Tuesday night's Republican debate in New Hampshire as Romney's guest. The Romney campaign had announced the former Massachusetts governor would address supporters this afternoon with a "special guest. " When he reaffirmed his decision not to be a presidential candidate, Christie had suggested he was not likely to endorse one of the official candidates soon.
September 12, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
The first bit of rapid response among Republican presidential hopefuls came hours before the start of Monday's "tea party" debate in Tampa, as Rick Perry answered Tim Pawlenty's endorsement of Mitt Romney by announcing the support of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Jindal, once seen as a rising GOP star, said in a statement that Perry's "record on job creation simply cannot be beat. " "The 1 million jobs he's helped create as governor is a stark contrast to the 2.4 million jobs lost on President Obama's watch," said Jindal.
January 28, 2012 | By Seema Mehta and Kim Geiger
Herman Cain, the charismatic former pizza chief executive and one-time presidential candidate, endorsed Newt Gingrich in the GOP race for the nomination on Friday, a nod that could provide a boost to the former House Speaker in the crucial Florida primary that is just days away. “I had it in my heart and mind a long time ago,” Cain said, speaking to Republicans gathered for a fundraiser in West Palm Beach. “One of the biggest reasons is the fact that I know that Speaker Gingrich is a patriot.
March 8, 2014 | By Jean Merl
Organized chaos reigned Saturday afternoon as delegates of the California Democratic Party began casting their endorsement ballots in races featuring more than one Democrat vying for the party's backing. Cheering sections for state Sen. Alex Padilla of Pacoima, who is running for secretary of state, and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez of Los Angeles, who is campaigning for state controller, raucously greeted delegates as they arrived at the balloting area at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
October 17, 2013 | By Karin Klein
Back when the Houston Chronicle endorsed GOP candidate Ted Cruz to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate, it largely expressed admiration for his Democratic opponent, whom it seems not to have supported mainly on the grounds that he didn't have a lot of campaign support and obviously wouldn't win. This week, the newspaper has drawn national attention - a mix of praise and scorn - for a new  editorial that has been described as a withdrawal of...
April 18, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
In the latest sign that business interests are coalescing around his candidacy, Los Angeles County supervisorial candidate Bobby Shriver was endorsed Friday by former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan. Riordan cited Shriver's time on the Santa Monica City Council and his business and nonprofit backgrounds in announcing his support for the candidate. Shriver is seeking to replace Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky on the five-member Board of Supervisors. "The job of Los Angeles County supervisor is a challenging and important one," Riordan said in a prepared statement.
April 16, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO - A liberal Egyptian political party said Wednesday it is endorsing leftist presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabahi in his race against the overwhelming favorite, former army chief Abdel Fattah Sisi. The endorsement shows the Constitution Party is a “pillar for those aiming for a purely civil state,” Hala Shukrallah, the party's chief, told a news conference. Established by Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei in 2012, the party was one of the political groups that blessed the ouster last summer of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi at the hands of the army, which was led by Sisi.
April 13, 2014 | Jean Merl
State Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), who is vying for a high-profile congressional seat, picked up the endorsement Sunday of the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club. The endorsement came after a club-sponsored forum featuring four of the 10 Democrats on the June 3 primary ballot to succeed retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills). Club officials said they believed the forum would be more helpful to members if it included only the most viable contenders in their party.
April 3, 2014 | By Jean Merl, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
The controversy over a stalled effort to overturn a state ban on affirmative action spilled into a hot race for Congress this week when six Democratic state legislators rescinded their endorsements of state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance). In a March 25 letter mailed to Lieu's congressional campaign office, the legislators asked their colleague to "remove our names from your list of endorsements for Congress. " As of Wednesday evening, the names no longer were listed under the endorsement page on Lieu's campaign website . The letter was signed by Lieu state Senate colleagues Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens, Norma Torres of Pomona and Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles and by Assembly members Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego, Anthony Rendon of Lakewood and Jose Medina of Riverside.
March 28, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
The agreement announced Friday between Major League Baseball and the players' union to stiffen penalties for those caught using performance-enhancing drugs was applauded by players who said they are tired of seeing the sport embarrassed by cheaters. "That's something that the players have been interested in and pushing for a long time," Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. "We want to make this game clean and we want the penalties harsh for guys who want to violate the agreement. " Under the new deal, the most significant toughening of the drug protocol in eight years, the penalty for a first offense increases from 50 to 80 games and the penalty for a second violation jumps from 100 games to 162, the equivalent of a full season.
March 26, 2014 | By Jean Merl
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Wednesday endorsed attorney Igor Birman, one of three Republican challengers hoping to take on the freshman Democratic congressman representing a Sacramento-area district. Paul's endorsement should help Birman's efforts to portray himself as the most conservative of the GOP challengers to Rep. Ami Bera (D-Elk Grove). And it brings  more national attention to the race because Paul is being discussed as a likely presidential contender in 2016. Several Birman supporters, wearing T-shirts touting their candidate, attended a Paul speech last week in Berkeley.
November 14, 1992
I wish to make a significant clarification to a quotation attributed to me by Rep. Elton Gallegly. In a recent campaign mailer I was quoted in a manner which appeared to indicate that the Casa Pacifica organization supported Mr. Gallegly's reelection bid. This is erroneous and misleading. My own personal expression of support should not in any way imply that Casa Pacifica endorsed Congressman Gallegly. While I am grateful for Congressman Gallegly's successful efforts in obtaining almost $1 million in federal appropriations for our children's facility, I am highly disappointed that I was quoted in a way that implicated an organizational endorsement.
February 25, 2009
Re "Bratton's bad choice," editorial, Feb. 23 It is not appropriate for emergency services personnel to be seen favoring one politician over another. Police officers, particularly, need to be unbiased. Any thoughtful police executive, including Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton, should instinctively know that it is inappropriate to endorse a candidate -- unless, perhaps, that police official was brought up in an East Coast "pay for play" environment. As police chief of Monterey, I often was asked for political endorsements and never had trouble refusing, thanks to my upbringing with the Los Angeles Police Department.
March 22, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Former state Sen. Sheila Kuehl won the endorsement of a key activist group Saturday after a wide-ranging debate among five candidates vying to replace Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. The two-hour forum at the Pacific Palisades Woman's Club allowed the candidates to share their views on mass transit, Proposition 13, arts funding, term limits and cleaning polluted storm water. In the end, the board of the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club voted to endorse Kuehl in the June 3 primary.
March 19, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Members of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party voted Wednesday to endorse former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and former state lawmaker Sheila Kuehl in the race for two open seats on the county Board of Supervisors in June's primary election. They also threw their support behind Jeffrey Prang, a West Hollywood City Council member and special assistant in the county assessor's office, in the race for assessor. But controversy arose over which candidate to back in an upcoming special election to fill the Los Angeles Unified School District board seat formerly held by Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, who died in December.
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