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February 9, 1998 | JEAN O. PASCO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For 18 years, state Sen. John R. Lewis has honed his skills as a key behind-the-scenes political strategist for California Republicans, organizing campaigns and mail programs from his office in Sacramento. Now, during his final term representing Orange, he's stepped from behind the office door and emerged as one of the most influential paid campaign managers in Orange County, plotting the strategy for three candidates during the primary.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1998 | PETER M. WARREN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Two new local political consulting shops run by state Sen. John R. Lewis and his chief of staff, Chris Jones, threw the sharpest and what some call the dirtiest punches recently in their first efforts at managing candidates. Several politicians who opposed Lewis and Jones candidates in last week's primary elections are crying foul, saying that last-minute attacks mailed to voters were false and unethical. Even one winner complained.
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NEWS
January 24, 1990 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state appeals court on Tuesday dismissed a felony forgery charge against Republican Assemblyman John R. Lewis of Orange, ruling that Lewis committed no crime even if he did order the mailing of hundreds of thousands of campaign letters bearing the phony signature of former President Ronald Reagan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1998 | JEAN O. PASCO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For 18 years, state Sen. John R. Lewis has honed his skills as a key behind-the-scenes political strategist for California Republicans, organizing campaigns and mail programs from his office in Sacramento. Now, during his final term representing Orange, he's stepped from behind the office door and emerged as one of the most influential paid campaign managers in Orange County, plotting the strategy for three candidates during the primary.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1989
Assemblyman John R. Lewis (R-Orange) Friday urged school officials to let a 14-year-old girl caught in a jurisdictional battle remain at El Dorado High School, where she is a freshman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 29, 1996 | MICHAEL G. WAGNER
State Sen. John R. Lewis (R-Orange) endorsed presidential candidate Steve Forbes on Wednesday, a day after the magazine heir won the Republican primary in Arizona. Lewis said Forbes "embodies the positive enthusiasm of [former President] Ronald Reagan and I think that kind of dynamic enthusiasm is what's needed to sell the Republican message to voters."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1990 | McClatchy News Service
A Sacramento County Superior Court judge Friday again refused to dismiss a charge that Assemblyman John R. Lewis (R-Orange) forged then-President Ronald Reagan's signature on 1986 campaign mailers. But no trial date was set. The latest court action in the lengthy case stemmed from a defense contention that the Democratic attorney general, John Van de Kamp, had singled out Lewis for prosecution because he is a Republican.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1997 | JEAN O. PASCO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Conservative state Sen. John R. Lewis (R-Orange) will run Orange County Marshal Michael S. Carona's campaign for sheriff in 1998, raising the stakes in a race that already has pit the GOP's right wing against moderates who have supported incumbent Sheriff Brad Gates. Lewis, 42, a consummate behind-the-scenes political strategist, approached Carona several weeks ago with the offer of running his campaign. It will mark Lewis' debut as a paid professional consultant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1996 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a political toddler in the statehouse during the 1980s, Sen. John R. Lewis was best known for what he didn't do. The circumspect Republican from Orange didn't do taxes. He didn't vote for many bills, figuring it was the best way to say no to Big Government. He didn't carry a very big load of legislation, let alone get many measures signed into law. But after 16 years in the Capitol, Lewis has undergone a profound metamorphosis on the policy front.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 29, 1996 | MICHAEL G. WAGNER
State Sen. John R. Lewis (R-Orange) endorsed presidential candidate Steve Forbes on Wednesday, a day after the magazine heir won the Republican primary in Arizona. Lewis said Forbes "embodies the positive enthusiasm of [former President] Ronald Reagan and I think that kind of dynamic enthusiasm is what's needed to sell the Republican message to voters."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1996 | RENE LYNCH and PETER M. WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Siding with constituents in his district, state Sen. John R. Lewis (R-Orange) is throwing his support behind Measure S, which would repeal plans to put a commercial airport at El Toro. Lewis, whose district encompasses cities near the airport, including parts of Irvine and all of Mission Viejo and Lake Forest, said he supports the proposal as a means of ending intra-county bickering and "getting us back to an objective planning process."
BUSINESS
October 6, 1995 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sounding the death knell for mandatory ride-sharing programs, Gov. Pete Wilson has signed an Orange County lawmaker's bill that eliminates requirements on businesses to promote car-pooling. The measure, authored by Sen. John R. Lewis (R-Orange), eliminates that aspect of Regulation 15, the omnibus air pollution measure approved by the South Coast Air Quality Management District in 1987. "Gov.
NEWS
April 26, 1995 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A pair of state lawmakers are calling on cities and local districts with a stake in Orange County's fallen investment pool to forgive more than $400 million the county owes, saying the gesture would relieve pressure to raise revenue with a sales tax increase. Calling it a "bold and necessary action," Assemblyman Curt Pringle (R-Garden Grove) and Sen. John R.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1985
In recent years, with each ensuing Republican victory in Orange County, The Times has become increasingly shrill and hysterical in its outlook on Republicans and Republicanism. However, a new low was reached in Sunday's column claiming Orange Countians were "risking their lives" by voting for Republicans. The columnist's assertion that in Orange County we should elect more Democrats simply because Democrats control the House of Representatives and both houses of the Legislature could not have been penned better by Tip O'Neil, David Roberti or Willie Brown.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1994 | MIMI KO
City Councilman James Flora has taken a job as a field representative for state Sen. John R. Lewis (R-Orange). Flora, 67, will work part time representing Lewis at community events in La Habra, Brea, Fullerton and Buena Park and deal with chambers of commerce, community organizations, city officials and businesses. He started the new job earlier this month, making $400 a month.
NEWS
March 25, 1994 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The combative state Senate on Thursday handed Gov. Pete Wilson his second confirmation defeat in less than a month when it turned down one of his appointees to the California State University Board of Trustees, the first such rejection in Cal State's 34-year history. The defeat of Rosemary E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1994 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No one can accuse state Sen. John R. Lewis of amnesia. In recent days, the Orange Republican has worked behind the scenes in an effort to derail Gov. Pete Wilson's appointment of Rosemary E. Thakar to the California State University Board of Trustees. Thakar just happens to be the mother of Lewis' opponent in the 1992 Republican primary election, Newport Beach attorney Todd Thakar.
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