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October 29, 2004 | Mark Arax, Times Staff Writer
Roy Ashburn's run for Congress would appear a long shot, at least on paper. He is a Republican in a solidly Democratic district. Unlike his opponent, Jim Costa, or the outgoing congressman, Cal Dooley, Ashburn didn't grow up on a San Joaquin Valley farm. He has never milked a cow or picked a grape. Short and round, he is more doughboy than cowboy.
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November 11, 2010 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
Rep. Jim Costa (D-Fresno) has pulled ahead of Republican Andy Vidak in the bid to keep his congressional seat, updated tallies from the California secretary of state's office showed Wednesday. In late afternoon, Costa was leading Vidak, a cherry farmer, 39,829 votes to 38,511. Thousands of ballots remained to be counted, and the secretary of state's office expects to have another update Friday. Wednesday marked the first time since the Nov. 2 election that Costa, a three-term incumbent, had not trailed Vidak.
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February 6, 1994 | MARK ARAX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Assemblyman Jim Costa was one of the bright, young lights on the Democratic scene when one summer night in 1986 he was charged with soliciting a Sacramento prostitute and a police decoy posing as a prostitute for a three-way sex act. The timing of his arrest--in the midst of a reelection campaign--could have hardly been worse, and a chastened Costa returned home to Fresno and apologized to a roomful of supporters that included his mother and political mentors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2010 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
A week after the election, it's still too soon to say whether two Democratic congressmen from Central California will be unseated or sent back to Washington for another term. In the Central Valley, Republican cherry farmer Andy Vidak held a 27-vote lead over Rep. Jim Costa (D- Fresno) on Tuesday, but tens of thousands of ballots remain to be counted to determine whether the political neophyte will harvest the seat from the three-term incumbent. A bit farther north, Rep. Jerry McNerney (D- Pleasanton)
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March 17, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Assemblyman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) has been elected chairman of the Assembly Democratic Caucus. Costa replaces Assemblywoman Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles), who gave up her caucus post because of her campaign for the seat of Rep. Augustus Hawkins (D-Los Angeles), who is retiring from Congress. The caucus chairman is the third-ranking Democrat in the Assembly, after Speaker Willie Brown (D-San Francisco) and floor leader Tom Hannigan (D-Fairfield).
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1992 | JACK CHEEVERS
State Assemblyman Jim Costa (D-Hanford) has announced that he will run in a special election to succeed state Sen. Don Rogers (R-Tehachapi). Costa is the third major candidate to enter the race to serve out two remaining years of Rogers' term in the 16th Senate District. The sprawling Senate district is centered in Kern County, but also covers portions of the Antelope Valley, Pasadena and Altadena as well as parts of Kings and San Bernardino counties.
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February 1, 1995 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A key legislator Tuesday launched his own inquiry into a Department of Fish and Game decision to award nearly all the contracts for a lake restoration program to a businessman who has connections to a powerful legislator and a top official in the Wilson Administration. State Sen.
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February 3, 1994 | From a Times Staff Writer
Assemblyman Jim Costa, author of a "three strikes and you're out" anti-crime bill, said Wednesday that police investigating a burglary at his Fresno condominium found a small quantity of marijuana, but that it was not his. The Democratic legislator issued a press announcement reporting that the home was burglarized last Thursday while he was working on anti-crime legislation in Sacramento.
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July 14, 1994 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an unusual twist, the author of a $1-billion rail bond act is now opposing his own proposal and seeking to have it removed from the statewide election ballot. Assemblyman Jim Costa (D-Fresno), in the midst of a spirited state Senate campaign, is urging Gov. Pete Wilson to delay the vote on Proposition 181 until 1996, a request that the governor thus far has opposed.
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October 2, 1986 | JERRY GILLAM, Times Staff Writer
Assemblyman Jim Costa's recent run-in with the law for soliciting a sex act from an undercover policewoman he thought was a prostitute has energized the moribund campaign of his Republican opponent, Christian educator Blaine T. Anderson. Until the prostitution incident, Costa (D-Fresno) was regarded as a shoo-in for reelection. Both Anderson and Republican leaders in Sacramento knew it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2010 | By Jean Merl and Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
The Republican tidal wave that swept across the nation's congressional districts spilled into two of Democratic California's most hotly contested House races. In battles still too close to call, Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) was leading his Republican challenger and Jim Costa (D-Fresno) was trailing his GOP rival Wednesday. Democrats fared far better in the state Legislature, picking up an open seat in the Sacramento area and a second in the Central Valley. California was one of only eight states in which Democrats added seats in a legislative house, according to data compiled by Stateside Associates, a state and government affairs consulting firm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2004 | Mark Arax, Times Staff Writer
Roy Ashburn's run for Congress would appear a long shot, at least on paper. He is a Republican in a solidly Democratic district. Unlike his opponent, Jim Costa, or the outgoing congressman, Cal Dooley, Ashburn didn't grow up on a San Joaquin Valley farm. He has never milked a cow or picked a grape. Short and round, he is more doughboy than cowboy.
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March 7, 1996 | BILL STALL, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
The Fresno lawmaker who pushed for years to get California voters into the thick of the presidential nomination process by moving the primary from June to March said this week he will work for more far-reaching reforms after this month's balloting. A more rational system would be to have five regional primaries nationwide, said state Sen. Jim Costa (D-Fresno), who began working for an earlier primary when he was in the Assembly in the early 1980s.
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February 1, 1995 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A key legislator Tuesday launched his own inquiry into a Department of Fish and Game decision to award nearly all the contracts for a lake restoration program to a businessman who has connections to a powerful legislator and a top official in the Wilson Administration. State Sen.
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January 31, 1995 | VIRGINIA ELLIS and MARK ARAX, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Over the past several years, a powerful Democratic legislator and a top official in the Wilson Administration have nurtured a program with an admirable goal--restoration of the state's dwindling bass fisheries. But records show the "Adopt a Lake" program has done little to enhance fish habitats and has almost exclusively benefited a mutual friend of state Sen. Jim Costa (D-Hanford) and Craig Schmidt, a longtime assistant to Gov. Pete Wilson.
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July 14, 1994 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an unusual twist, the author of a $1-billion rail bond act is now opposing his own proposal and seeking to have it removed from the statewide election ballot. Assemblyman Jim Costa (D-Fresno), in the midst of a spirited state Senate campaign, is urging Gov. Pete Wilson to delay the vote on Proposition 181 until 1996, a request that the governor thus far has opposed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1993 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A current member of the state Assembly and one who left the chamber last year will face off in what is expected to be a bare-knuckles runoff campaign for a state Senate district that includes parts of the Antelope Valley. Assemblyman Jim Costa (D-Hanford) narrowly outpolled former Assemblyman Phillip D. Wyman (R-Tehachapi) in Tuesday's primary election in the 16th Senate District, which featured 10 active candidates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1993 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Less than a year after he was defeated in a San Fernando Valley congressional district, Republican Phillip D. Wyman is battling Democratic Assemblyman Jim Costa in Tuesday's low-key special state Senate election. In his bid for a political comeback in the 16th Senate District, former Assemblyman Wyman of Tehachapi is banking on support from conservative voters in the sparsely populated eastern Antelope Valley and the Bakersfield area--which he represented in the Assembly.
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February 6, 1994 | MARK ARAX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Assemblyman Jim Costa was one of the bright, young lights on the Democratic scene when one summer night in 1986 he was charged with soliciting a Sacramento prostitute and a police decoy posing as a prostitute for a three-way sex act. The timing of his arrest--in the midst of a reelection campaign--could have hardly been worse, and a chastened Costa returned home to Fresno and apologized to a roomful of supporters that included his mother and political mentors.
NEWS
February 3, 1994 | From a Times Staff Writer
Assemblyman Jim Costa, author of a "three strikes and you're out" anti-crime bill, said Wednesday that police investigating a burglary at his Fresno condominium found a small quantity of marijuana, but that it was not his. The Democratic legislator issued a press announcement reporting that the home was burglarized last Thursday while he was working on anti-crime legislation in Sacramento.
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