YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsJoan Blades

Joan Blades

September 3, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The U.S. Justice Department approved the California secretary of state's request to include Propositions 53 and 54 on the Oct. 7 recall ballot, clearing one more legal obstacle to the election. Proposition 53 would require that as much as 3% of the state budget be spent on public works projects. Proposition 54 would prevent public agencies from collecting and using many kinds of racial data.
September 5, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
A review of about 8,000 U.S newspapers, magazines and television news show transcripts found Arnold Schwarzenegger with a small lead over Gov. Gray Davis in the number of mentions each received in the national media during August.
December 4, 2003 | Johanna Neuman, Times Staff Writer, the antiwar organization that started five years ago with a plea to Congress to drop the impeachment case against President Clinton, today will launch its latest advertising salvo of the 2004 election season. In a $2-million media campaign scheduled to run for two weeks in five states that could prove critical in next year's race,'s voter fund is airing a 30-second spot that questions the recent federal appropriation of $87 billion that is targeted mostly for Iraq.
June 23, 2003 | Ronald Brownstein
Across the political world, there's been a general assumption that ordinary voters won't cast any meaningful ballots in the Democratic presidential race until January, when the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary kick off the competition for delegates to the party convention. But in fact, the first significant vote in the race will be cast this week -- not in Iowa or New Hampshire or any other state, but in cyberspace. From 9 a.m. PDT today until 8:59 p.m. Wednesday,, a 1.
The capital's raging debate on impeachment is spawning a lively array of lobbying efforts, tapping a subculture of Americans fired up about an issue that others want to forget about. The forces nudging Congress on impeachment run the gamut from college students in Glendale to Christian Coalition activists, from conservative radio hosts to history professors to rabble-rousers on the Internet.
September 23, 2007 | Matt Bai, Matt Bai, a writer for the New York Times Magazine, is the author of "The Argument: Billionaires, Bloggers, and the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics."
As pundits have already noted more times than John Edwards has uttered the words "two Americas," Democrats may well make history this presidential season by nominating, for the first time, either a woman or an African American. What the party will not do next year, however, for the 39th straight time since the massive territory of California won its statehood in 1850, is to select a nominee who hails from the West Coast. For the record, Sen.
May 29, 2006 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
ABC anchor Elizabeth Vargas' recent announcement that she would be giving up one of the most prestigious jobs in broadcast news because she is expecting her second child was viewed with skepticism among some television industry observers, who noted the sharp ratings decline at "World News Tonight" this season.
August 11, 2003 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
The first call came before 9 a.m. For the next eight hours, they kept coming: call after call at the rate of 20 per second, crippling the telephone systems of several U.S. senators. The geeks were speaking -- in opposition to the imminent war in Iraq. After years as political agnostics, the programmers and engineers who orchestrated the technological revolution of the 1990s are trying to reboot government. Top technology executives such as Bill Gates found their public voice years ago.
July 4, 2004 | Ronald Brownstein, Times Staff Writer
After revolutionizing the political use of the Internet, the liberal advocacy group is now pursuing a leading role in the electoral mobilization of Hollywood. Even as the 2.25-million-member organization comes under increasing criticism from the GOP for its fierce opposition to President Bush, MoveOn is building what may be the most systematic effort to enlist celebrities in liberal causes in several years.
February 29, 2004 | Scott Duke Harris, Scott Duke Harris last wrote for the magazine about vote-swapping on the Internet.
The news cycle had downshifted for the holidays. To Wes Boyd, founder of the suddenly celebrated political group, the season seemed too quiet. He had a vague feeling that trouble was lurking. Certainly things had been going well. Once regarded as an over-optimistic Internet experiment, by late last year MoveOn had matured into a potent, well-financed force of dissent. MoveOn provided the forum for former Vice President Al Gore to deliver high-profile speeches that took President Bush to task.
Los Angeles Times Articles