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May 13, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
California unions are increasing their opposition to any sale of the Los Angeles Times and other Tribune Co. newspapers to the Koch brothers, urging the City Council to oppose such a deal and planning a protest for Tuesday. Charles and David Koch, wealthy siblings who fund conservative causes, are said to be interested in buying the newspapers. Two union leaders sent a letter to members of the Los Angeles City Council on Monday night, urging members to speak out against the Koch brothers and to consider divesting pension funds from firms that own The Times if the newspaper is sold to the men. “The Koch Brothers' America is one not consistent with the policies and values of the city of Los Angeles,” said the letter, signed by Art Pulaski of the California Labor Federation and Maria Elena Durazo of the Los Angeles Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.
June 6, 2013 | By Joe Flint
A former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said rules limiting common ownership of newspapers and television stations in the same market should be gutted -- even if it clears the way for media mogul Rupert Murdoch to control more news outlets including the Los Angeles Times. Reed Hundt, Democratic chairman of the FCC during much of the Clinton administration and a self-confessed progressive, said in a speech Wednesday at UCLA that the long-standing rule is "perverse" and needs to be thrown out. Noting the growth of new platforms for news and other content since the rule was created in the 1970s and the difficult economics of the newspaper industry, Hundt said "if a TV station wants to help a newspaper survive, the FCC should welcome that initiative.
August 1, 2013 | By Daniel Rothberg
Currently, all federal judges are required to obey a Code of Conduct for United States Judges . There's just one exception: the Supremes. For Supreme Court justices, following the code of conduct is voluntary. Or, as Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. put it in his 2011 year-end report , all members “consult” the rules and “in this way, the code plays the same role for the justices as it does for other federal judges.” For several years now there have been legislative efforts to require that high court justices adhere to the same rules set forth for all other federal judges; and today, a group of Democratic legislators are behind a renewed effort to address this disparity.
May 14, 2013 | By Walter Hamilton
About 300 labor-union members and other activists staged a demonstration Tuesday to protest the potential sale of the Los Angeles Times to the billionaire politically conservative Koch brothers. Demonstrators marched outside the downtown L.A. headquarters of Oaktree Capital Management, an investment firm that holds about a 20% stake in Tribune Co., which owns The Times. Protesters alleged that Charles and David Koch , wealthy siblings who fund conservative causes, want to buy The Times in order to skew the paper's coverage to favor anti-union objectives.
May 8, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy and Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - California legislative leaders and 10 public employee unions announced opposition Wednesday to any sale of the Los Angeles Times and other Tribune Co. newspapers to a pair of wealthy brothers who fund conservative causes. In a letter dated Tuesday to Bruce Karsh, president of Oaktree Capital Management, the largest shareholder in Tribune Co., and chairman of its board of directors, the unions said David and Charles Koch are "anti-labor, anti-environment, anti-public education and anti-immigrant.
January 21, 2011 | By Tom Hamburger, Washington Bureau
A government watchdog group alleges that two of the Supreme Court's most conservative members had a conflict of interest when they considered a controversial case last year that permitted corporate funds to be used directly in political campaigns. Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas are the subjects of an unusual letter delivered Wednesday to the Justice Department by the nonpartisan group Common Cause. The letter asks the department to look into whether the jurists should have disqualified themselves from hearing the campaign finance case if they had participated in a private meeting sponsored by Charles and David Koch, billionaire philanthropists who fund conservative causes.
June 7, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before getting ready for the cable show in D.C. The Skinny: I'm flying to Washington tomorrow for the cable convention next week. I'm such a good soldier that I'll stay with family rather than a comfy hotel near the convention center. Anyway, I'm looking to keep a low profile today after this goes up. Headlines include the weekend box-office preview, Tyler Perry gives OWN a ratings boost and a review of "The Internship. " Daily Dose: Los Angeles residents who are "Mad Men" fans and Time Warner Cable subscribers may be bumming because of the latest news from the pay-TV distributor.
December 14, 2011 | By Bill McKibben
It was one of those uncomfortable moments when you suddenly realize you're in the wrong place, that you're a rube from the sticks in a sophisticated city whose customs you don't quite understand. Politico was sponsoring a "Washington Year in Review" symposium last week, and they'd invited me to be part of the energy panel. So even though I'd spent barely three weeks in Washington this year (and the most memorable nights were spent in its central cellblock for protesting outside the White House to block the Keystone XL pipeline)
January 31, 2011 | By Rich Connell and Tom Hamburger, Los Angeles Times
Hundreds of environmentalists, union members and liberal activists converged on Rancho Mirage on Sunday to rally against what they see as the influence of two of the nation's leading financial backers of conservative causes. The protestors waved signs condemning "corporate greed," chanted slogans and surged toward a line of helmeted police officers at the entrance to a resort where billionaires Charles and David Koch were holding a retreat for prominent conservative elected officials, major political donors and strategists.
Time tends to compress the hundreds of news conferences, thousands of public appearances, the emergencies, the dreaded phone calls in the middle of the night when a cop has just been killed. But an inescapable fact remains: A student entering first grade when Edward I. Koch first was elected mayor in 1978 could have started college by the time Koch leaves City Hall in January. On Jan. 1, David N. Dinkins, who defeated Koch in the Democratic primary, takes the oath of office.
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