October 24, 2012 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
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July 14, 2012 |
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 |
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...
July 5, 2012 |
"It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices," said Chief JusticeJohn G. Roberts Jr., making pretty clear what he thinks about the healthcare law even as he supplied the crucial fifth vote to uphold it. With those words, Roberts not only got big points for intellectual honesty, he also insured that National Federation of Independent Business et al vs. Sebelius will not join the surprisingly short list of...
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June 11, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO — This is a story of two politicians who share private horrors, a special bond and, now, a rare honor. Paul N. "Pete" McCloskey, the former eight-term Bay Area congressman, led six bayonet charges as the head of his platoon while in Korea. The holder of two Purple Hearts, a Silver Star and the Navy Cross, he returned home to dedicate his public life to fighting for peace and the environment. Now 84, with a square face and shock of white hair, McCloskey prefers not to recount the battles that twice left him wounded, telling a documentarian not long ago that recounting his experience would be "unseemly" braggadocio.