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November 3, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
DUBUQUE, Iowa - President Obama waxed sentimental Saturday night about the closing days of his final campaign for office in an appeal to the voters who put him on the map. Standing under a bright yellow gingko tree as he spoke in a town square here, Obama asked several thousand supporters to help him win Iowa just one more time. “I started my presidential journey right here,” he said. “You know me by now. You may not agree with every decision I've made ... but you know I say what I mean.” Five years ago, Democratic caucus participants gave Obama the first win of the primary season, erasing suspicions that the young senator could give a good speech but wasn't a bona fide contender for the party nomination.
October 29, 2012 | By Robert Greene
How could the Los Angeles Times oppose Proposition 35 , the measure to combat human trafficking, when almost everyone else on the planet supports it? What were we thinking when we opposed Proposition 37 , the measure to require labeling of genetically modified foods? What union got to us and persuaded us to oppose Proposition 32 , the measure to ban union (oh yes, and corporate) contributions to political candidates? How do we even make these decisions? Where do we get off telling people how to vote?
October 24, 2012 | By Keith Smith
When sample ballots started arriving this month, many California voters must have wondered where all the candidates went. Previously it was possible to vote for someone other than a Republican or Democrat; most voters will not have that option this year. Some won't even get to choose between a Republican and Democrat. They'll have to pick between two Democrats or two Republicans. What happened to all the other candidates? Proposition 14 and the California Legislature happened. Neither was good for democracy.
October 16, 2012 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
BOSTON - As Mitt Romney has plunged into the general election campaign, he has notably softened his message about issues as varied as abortion, immigration and healthcare. But while he has moderated his rhetoric, the GOP nominee's policies remain unchanged. Political observers say his measured tone during the first debate with President Obama was one reason his performance was viewed so positively - in one night, he neutralized months of the Obama campaign painting him as an extremist.
September 18, 2012 | By Melanie Mason
WASHINGTON -- Hamstrung by campaign finance laws, the Mitt Romney campaign sought a $20-million loan last month, a campaign official confirmed Tuesday, of which $11 million still needs to be repaid. Romney's fundraising this summer has been prolific, stringing together three consecutive months of raising more than $100 million for his presidential bid. But there was a catch: Until late August, he couldn't spend a good portion of that money. The result: the $20-million loan. That liability pales in comparison to Romney's cash reserves.
August 7, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
WASHINGTON -- It's easy to overlook congressional primaries in a presidential election year. Though the outcome of most of Tuesday's contests is almost certain, some races are worth watching. Who will take on Claire McCaskill in Missouri? The most-watched contest Tuesday will  take place in Missouri, where three Republicans are vying for the party's nomination to challenge embattled Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. There's no clear front-runner, but polls suggest any of the candidates would enter the general election with an edge over McCaskill.
July 25, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - As congressional Democrats prepare to vote this week on President Obama's proposal to raise tax rates for wealthier Americans, the strategy is a turnaround from two years ago. In 2010, Democrats never would have dared to do this. Faced with expiring tax breaks from the George W. Bushadministration, the White House and its allies on Capitol Hill appeared so nervous about the pending midterm election that they postponed action on the tax issue until after November. After the tea party-fueled Republican electoral sweep, Democrats struck a lame-duck deal to keep the tax breaks in place for two more years.
July 14, 2012 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
Less than a third of California's voters participated in the June primary election, the secretary of state's office said Friday, and the majority did so by mail. Turnout for the June 5 election was 5,328,296, or 31%, and 65% used mail-in ballots instead of voting at the polls on election day. Among the counties, turnout was lowest in Los Angeles County, where just 21.8% of voters cast ballots. It was highest in rural Sierra (59.2%), Alpine (58.6%) and Amador (57.1%) counties.
July 12, 2012 | By Ted Rall
Under the new primary rules in California, the top two winners in a race go on to the general election, regardless of their party. Now the perverse result is that candidates of party A, which is overwhelmingly popular in their districts, must appeal to party B voters to win. ALSO: Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s medical mystery mistake Poll: Is there a better way to break a...
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