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September 3, 2012 | By Morgan Little
John Burton, the chairman of the California Democratic Party, has apologized for comparing Republicans to Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels, a comment that quickly sparked outcry from the GOP . “If Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, or the Republicans are insulted by my describing their campaign tactic as the big lie -- I most humbly apologize to them or anyone who might have been offended by that comment,” John Burton said in a statement....
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - Stung by scandals that threaten to put three of their own behind bars, state lawmakers were preparing Thursday to suspend Sen. Leland Yee, who was arrested a day earlier on charges of corruption and conspiracy to traffic in guns. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) has called for a Friday vote to sideline the San Francisco Democrat - with pay - if he does not leave voluntarily, action supported by the leader of the Republican minority. Yee, arrested by the FBI in a criminal sting operation that also ensnared a notorious Bay Area gangster known as "Shrimp Boy," abruptly ended his campaign to become California's secretary of state in this year's elections.
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NEWS
February 20, 1996 | MAX VANZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the floor of the California Assembly--where conduct runs from informal to rowdy amid fourscore voices slicing and dicing in partisan disunity--volcanic John Burton fits right in. Erupting recently against proposed Republican cuts affecting the poor, the old-time San Francisco liberal presented his own patented production of an Assembly defining moment.
BUSINESS
June 22, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - California voters would be asked to decide the fate of the state's controversial enterprise zones in November 2014 under a proposal Friday by the head of the state Democratic Party. John Burton, a former state Senate president pro tem, jumped into a legislative battle over the zones by unveiling a proposed ballot measure to outlaw the zones. The 27-year-old enterprise zone program currently provides mainly large corporations but also small businesses with about $700 million a year in credits they can use to reduce the taxes they pay the state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2004 | Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writer
Driving back to his hotel in Tel Aviv after an exhausting day in Israel earlier this month, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger decided he needed to make one more call. "I really miss you," he said as he got on his cell phone. "I can't wait to see you again." "You got the wrong number," came the gruff reply from 7,000 miles away. "I think you're calling for Maria." It was no wrong number. Schwarzenegger was calling the profane and prickly leader of the state Senate, Democrat John Burton.
NEWS
January 28, 1987 | From a Times Staff Writer
Rep. Sala Burton, being treated for cancer in a Washington hospital, plans to decide in six to eight weeks whether to step down before her term ends, her brother-in-law, former Rep. John Burton, said Tuesday. A family spokesman for Sala Burton said last weekend, after her meeting with close friends and advisers, that the congresswoman hoped to finish out her term but would not run for reelection in 1988. But John Burton's statement Tuesday indicated that she has not ruled out resigning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2002 | CARLA HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jeff Adachi's trouncing of Kimiko Burton, the heir to a family political dynasty, in a bitter race for San Francisco public defender was seen Wednesday as the triumph of an independent over the machine. Although the influence of state Senate leader John Burton (D-San Francisco) over the race was exercised out of fatherly love, it appeared to have backfired, possibly costing his daughter the contest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2000
An old-school liberal, state Senate President Pro Tem John Burton (D-San Francisco) revels in his reputation as a champion of civil rights and democracy. That crown was touched by a bit of tarnish last week when he used a legislative trick to prevent senators from considering a sensible bill that had passed overwhelmingly in the Assembly in May.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - Stung by scandals that threaten to put three of their own behind bars, state lawmakers were preparing Thursday to suspend Sen. Leland Yee, who was arrested a day earlier on charges of corruption and conspiracy to traffic in guns. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) has called for a Friday vote to sideline the San Francisco Democrat - with pay - if he does not leave voluntarily, action supported by the leader of the Republican minority. Yee, arrested by the FBI in a criminal sting operation that also ensnared a notorious Bay Area gangster known as "Shrimp Boy," abruptly ended his campaign to become California's secretary of state in this year's elections.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- John Burton, the combative chairman of the California Democratic Party, isn't too worried about Republican Abel Maldonado running for governor next year.  "Oh, I bet Jerry Brown is wetting his pants," he quipped Friday before speaking during the opening night of his party's convention here in Sacramento. Maldonado filed paperwork earlier this month to begin raising money for a potential gubernatorial campaign. A former state lawmaker, he was appointed as lieutenant governor by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger but lost the seat to Gavin Newsom in the 2010 election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- John Burton, the combative chairman of the California Democratic Party, isn't too worried about Republican Abel Maldonado running for governor next year.  "Oh, I bet Jerry Brown is wetting his pants," he quipped Friday before speaking during the opening night of his party's convention here in Sacramento. Maldonado filed paperwork earlier this month to begin raising money for a potential gubernatorial campaign. A former state lawmaker, he was appointed as lieutenant governor by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger but lost the seat to Gavin Newsom in the 2010 election.
NEWS
September 3, 2012 | By Morgan Little
John Burton, the chairman of the California Democratic Party, has apologized for comparing Republicans to Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels, a comment that quickly sparked outcry from the GOP . “If Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, or the Republicans are insulted by my describing their campaign tactic as the big lie -- I most humbly apologize to them or anyone who might have been offended by that comment,” John Burton said in a statement....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2008 | Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writer
The executive director of a foundation created by John Burton filed a $10-million lawsuit Wednesday alleging that the former state Senate president sexually harassed her by making unwanted advances, using suggestive language and commenting on her body.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2004 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
It was the day after the election and, as always, John Burton, the Democratic leader of the California Senate, didn't mince words, though his trademark spray of vulgarity was surprisingly absent. He called the California Chamber of Commerce, which had just successfully pushed an initiative to overturn one of Burton's signature pieces of legislation, "a bunch of selfish, greedy individuals that are for nothing that helps anybody who's an average working stiff."
OPINION
August 24, 2004
The state Senate enters a new era today with the election of a leader to succeed grizzled veteran John Burton (D-San Francisco), who is serving his final days in the Legislature and as Senate leader before he is forced to leave by term limits. GOP leader Jim Brulte of Rancho Cucamonga, who also is termed out this year, was right when he told The Times' Jordan Rau, "When he leaves, a void will occur that will not easily be filled." There are candidates who could do a pretty good job.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2004 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
Amid the frenetic final week of California's legislative session, the most intense, personal and covert politicking is focused on an internal Democratic battle over who will become the next Senate leader. The decision, which Democratic senators plan to make Tuesday in a secret ballot, will have huge reverberations throughout the Capitol, as it deprives Sacramento of its last leader whose tenure predated term limits.
NEWS
March 20, 1992 | JERRY GILLAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Taking another swipe at legislative Democrats, Gov. Pete Wilson on Thursday charged Assemblyman John Burton (D-San Francisco) with seeking to eliminate funding for the state Board of Prison Terms, which controls the parole process for murderers. Using the gray walls of Folsom Prison as a news conference backdrop for television cameras, the governor said, "It is not the Board of Prison Terms that should be put out of business, but legislators like John Burton."
BUSINESS
June 22, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - California voters would be asked to decide the fate of the state's controversial enterprise zones in November 2014 under a proposal Friday by the head of the state Democratic Party. John Burton, a former state Senate president pro tem, jumped into a legislative battle over the zones by unveiling a proposed ballot measure to outlaw the zones. The 27-year-old enterprise zone program currently provides mainly large corporations but also small businesses with about $700 million a year in credits they can use to reduce the taxes they pay the state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2004 | Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writer
Driving back to his hotel in Tel Aviv after an exhausting day in Israel earlier this month, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger decided he needed to make one more call. "I really miss you," he said as he got on his cell phone. "I can't wait to see you again." "You got the wrong number," came the gruff reply from 7,000 miles away. "I think you're calling for Maria." It was no wrong number. Schwarzenegger was calling the profane and prickly leader of the state Senate, Democrat John Burton.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 2003 | Gregg Jones, Times Staff Writer
A week ago, when it looked as if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would fail to win legislative approval for his plan to address California's fiscal crisis, administration officials began threatening to bypass the Democratic-dominated Legislature by taking measures directly to voters. The fist-shaking subsided when lawmakers eventually passed a modification of the governor's plan.
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