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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1986
Your article on Jim Wright (Dec. 8) becoming Speaker of the House left out one important piece of information: after Ronald Reagan and George Bush are impeached over Iran-scam, guess who is going to be President? I. NELSON ROSE Los Angeles
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October 18, 2013 | By Jon Healey
Former House Speaker Thomas S. Foley (D-Wash.), whose death was announced Friday, embodied everything that seems to have vanished from Washington. A consensus-builder, he was well mannered, reserved and modest, and he led the House like an institution, not a political rally. He was the antithesis both of the man he replaced, Jim Wright, a Texas Democrat who wielded power like a club, and the man who would succeed him, Newt Gingrich, a Georgia Republican whose ego and ambition were too grandiose even for the nation's capital.
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November 18, 1988 | United Press International
President-elect George Bush, hoping to mend partisan political wounds inflicted during the nasty 1988 presidential campaign, said today there is "no war" between him and House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.). Arriving for a noon chat with Wright, Bush was asked if he was on a peace-making mission with the Speaker, who has had a rocky relationship with President Reagan.
SPORTS
April 6, 1997 | PETER YOON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Chad Wright was all wrong. After reaching an all-time high in his golf career as a sophomore at USC in 1995, a year in which he finished fifth in the NCAA championships and was named honorable mention All-American, Wright could do no right in 1996. His stroke average slipped from a team-leading 73.6 as a sophomore to 75.0 as a junior. His best finish as a junior was seventh place, and he said he never even got into contention to win.
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June 1, 1989 | From Associated Press
Here are excerpts of House Speaker Jim Wright's statement Wednesday: For 34 years I have had the great privilege to be a member of this institution, the people's House, and I shall forever be grateful for that wondrous privilege. . . . And I love this institution. And I want to assure each of you that under no circumstances, having spent more than half of my life here, this House being my home, would I ever knowingly or intentionally do or say anything to violate its rules or detract from its standards.
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July 10, 1995 | MELISSA HEALY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), defending the publication of the book that has helped vault him into the realm of presidential politics, said Sunday that he will seek an open hearing of the House Ethics Committee investigating the propriety of the publishing deal he struck with media mogul Rupert Murdoch. Gingrich, speaking on CBS-TV's "Face the Nation" news show, showed some initial resistance to pressing for open hearings on his book deal, suggesting that there was no precedent for it.
BOOKS
April 7, 1996 | John Balzar
"The greatest danger facing America today is hate--unreasoning hate seeking targets to attack, someone or something to hurt. . . . I believe hate is free society's mortal menace. . . . This growing decibel level of hatemongering and negativity threatens democracy in four ways. It pollutes the atmosphere with self-destructive anger, it undermines faith in the system, it obscures any serious discussion of issues, and it keeps many good and decent people out of politics."
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November 28, 1993 | GEORGE GEDDA, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Four years have passed since Jim Wright stood before a hushed House on a late spring day and announced he was resigning as Speaker. Then, the reason seemed obvious: A series of ethical lapses uncovered by House investigators had left him no choice. But the Texas Democrat, now 70, contends there were hidden forces behind his resignation that were far more damaging.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1989
Concerning Ken Ringle's article on "Mack the Knife," I wonder what the outcome of Mack's sentencing would have been had Jim Wright's daughter been married to (victim) Pamela Small's brother? Or, if Jim Wright's daughter had been Mack's victim? JOAN CONCA Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1989
Most of us grow up knowing right from wrong. Jim Wright apparently can't tell wrong from right. It's time to resign, Jim. ARTHUR GEMME San Pedro
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1996 | ROBERT SCHEER, Robert Scheer is a Times contributing editor. E-mail: rscheer@aol.com
Newt Gingrich may not be the most corrupt member ever to walk the halls of Congress, but he is certainly among the most pompous and self-righteous of the breed. Wrapped in flag, God and country, there seems to be no limit to the mendacity of the man.
NEWS
December 22, 1996 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Of all the people touched by House Speaker Newt Gingrich's admissions of ethical wrongdoing, perhaps none has a better claim on finger-pointing than former House Speaker Jim Wright. The Texas Democrat was forced to resign his position in 1989 over allegations involving a book deal and acceptance of improper gifts from a business partner. And the man most directly responsible for the investigation that brought Wright down was a then-obscure Georgia Republican named Newt Gingrich.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1996 | ROBERT SCHEER, Robert Scheer is a Times contributing editor. E-mail: rscheer@aol.com
Newt Gingrich has been very good to me. Pressed against a column deadline without a fit topic in mind, I can always rely on the House speaker to do or say something sufficiently outrageous to get my creative juices flowing. A lot of columnists and cartoonists must feel the same way. I mean, you've got to love a guy who came up with 19th century orphanages as the solution to the exploding social problems we will experience in the 21st century. Even Dan Quayle wasn't that good.
BOOKS
April 14, 1996 | Sara Fritz, Sara Fritz, an investigative reporter in the Times' Washington bureau, covered Jim Wright in the '80s
When Jim Wright was elected speaker of the House of Representatives in 1987, almost everyone in that chamber anticipated that the Democrats would continue to be in the majority for the foreseeable future, as they had since the Eisenhower administration. Newt Gingrich was the exception. Although a virtual unknown at the time, he aspired to be speaker himself and hatched a plan that would allow him to achieve his goal by January 1995.
NEWS
July 10, 1995 | MELISSA HEALY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), defending the publication of the book that has helped vault him into the realm of presidential politics, said Sunday that he will seek an open hearing of the House Ethics Committee investigating the propriety of the publishing deal he struck with media mogul Rupert Murdoch. Gingrich, speaking on CBS-TV's "Face the Nation" news show, showed some initial resistance to pressing for open hearings on his book deal, suggesting that there was no precedent for it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1994
"Cooperation builds barns; competition burns them down" is something my grandfather told me when I was young. It is ever more evident as time goes by that it is more than barns that suffer from excessive competition. How many more poor people must live on the streets of America before we get the idea? In this disposable society, must we have "chuck-away" children? The trend in America toward "lean and mean" and many other excessive philosophies is getting ridiculous. Let's start helping each other before life becomes intolerable.
SPORTS
June 22, 1994 | BOB ROHWER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Center field. Center of attention. At least that was the case at a couple of season-ending baseball games this month. As prep sports editor, I usually stay behind the scenes, working in our office in Costa Mesa, and don't get to see as many athletic events as I'd like. But I made a point to watch Katella's Jaret Wright pitch at least once this season, and that was enough to see why he was a first-round pick in the recent amateur baseball draft.
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