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March 4, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Eric Cantor, the second-ranking Republican in the House, threw his support behind Mitt Romney just days before the marquee day of the GOP presidential nominating race -- Super Tuesday. The House majority leader and Virginia congressman said Romney was the party's best candidate on what is likely the central 2012 campaign issue: the economy. "Mitt Romney is the only candidate in the race who's put forward a bold, pro-growth, pro-jobs plan for the future," Cantor said in an interview on NBC's "Meet The Press" on Sunday.
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December 20, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON --Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was taken to the hospital early Friday morning after not feeling well, and remained for observation, his spokesman said. Reid, the Nevada Democrat who turned 74 this month, led the chamber Thursday night through its second midnight session in recent days amid steep partisanship. He is not expected to be at work Friday, as the Senate wraps up its final workday of the year. Reid decided to go to the hospital "as a precaution," said the senator's spokesman Adam Jentleson.
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WORLD
February 16, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Hamas made its first parliamentary appointments since winning the Jan. 25 Palestinian legislative elections. The militant group named Mahmoud Zahar from the Gaza Strip as majority leader in the legislature, which convenes Saturday. Aziz Dweik from the West Bank was chosen as speaker. Dweik would become interim president, pending an election within 60 days, in the event of the death, resignation or incapacitation of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas of the Fatah faction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - California's ethics agency has fined a former state Senate majority leader $60,000 for campaign violations that include spending $26,541 in political funds on personal expenses, buying furniture, concert tickets, ski trips to Utah, expensive dinners, fireworks, a satellite radio subscription and gas for his car. Former Sen. Dean Florez, a Democrat who represented a San Joaquin Valley district until 2010, agreed to the fines, submitting a...
NEWS
January 17, 1996 | From Associated Press
Assembly Republicans have chosen Assemblyman James E. Rogan of Glendale as the new majority leader. Rogan will be the No. 2 Republican in the Assembly, after Speaker Curt Pringle (R-Garden Grove). Pringle was the majority leader before he was elected speaker on Jan. 4. Rogan was elected to the Assembly in a special election in May 1994 and was reelected in November 1994. He served on the Glendale Municipal Court bench from 1990 until his election.
NEWS
April 22, 1994 | Associated Press
Sen. Jim Sasser (D-Tenn.) on Thursday entered the race to succeed Sen. George J. Mitchell (D-Me.) as majority leader. Sasser, 57, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, is competing against Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) for the leadership post. Democratic senators will choose their new leader at the end of the year. Mitchell will retire from the Senate in January. Several other Democrats have recently declared that they would not seek Mitchell's job, including Sens. Wendell H.
NEWS
March 5, 1994 | WILLIAM J. EATON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell (D-Me.) announced Friday that he will not seek reelection this year, a surprise move by a staunch ally of President Clinton that may affect prospects for Administration programs in Congress. Mitchell's decision will remove a respected leader whose influence and negotiating skills helped get Clinton's legislative proposals through Congress. It also may add to Democratic difficulties as they try to retain their 56-44 edge over Republicans in the Senate.
NATIONAL
November 10, 2004 | Richard Simon and Mary Curtius, Times Staff Writers
Leading the majority party in the Senate, a job that has been likened to herding cats, is tough enough in ordinary times. For Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), last week's Republican election triumphs paradoxically made the job tougher yet. Conservatives describe themselves as "downright giddy" that the elections expanded the Senate GOP majority by four seats to 55 and cost Democratic Minority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota his seat.
NEWS
November 29, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
George J. Mitchell of Maine was elected Senate majority leader today by Democrats seeking a forceful new spokesman during yet another Republican reign at the White House, and he quickly promised George Bush that his initiatives will be met with "interest and enthusiasm." Mitchell, a 55-year-old former federal judge, easily defeated Sens. J. Bennett Johnston of Louisiana and Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii. He succeeds Robert C.
NATIONAL
September 29, 2005 | Faye Fiore, Times Staff Writer
Soon after Rep. Tom DeLay was forced to temporarily resign his position as the No. 2 leader in the House on Wednesday, Republicans announced that it would take three men to do the work he had done alone. The process of dividing up the Texas Republican's job as majority leader became a confusing matter, ensnared in personal loyalties, grass-roots demands and the traditional Republican respect for the established chain of command.
NATIONAL
October 4, 2013 | By Evan Halper
WASHINGTON - For the first two years of Barack Obama's presidency, Rep. Kevin McCarthy traveled the country recruiting and coaching anti-establishment, tea party-backed candidates for the 2010 election. Many of the candidates recruited by McCarthy and his fellow Republican "young guns" - Reps. Eric Cantor of Virginia and Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin - went on to win, creating a GOP majority and propelling the amiable congressman from Bakersfield into the No. 3 post in the House leadership, majority whip, whose job is to count votes and "whip up" support for the party's positions.
NATIONAL
July 11, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Fed up with Republican efforts to block confirmation of President Obama's appointees, Democrats threatened Thursday to limit use of the filibuster, a drastic maneuver that would end an age-old Senate tradition and could inflame tensions between the two parties. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid set the stage for a showdown next week, scheduling votes on seven stalled nominations that require 60 votes to advance under a filibuster. If those votes fail, Reid vowed that Democrats would alter Senate rules on executive branch nominations to allow them to pass on majority votes.
NATIONAL
March 19, 2013 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - To advance a cause that has defined her political career, Sen. Dianne Feinstein brought the father of a child killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School to Capitol Hill, where he talked about the last time he saw his first-grader alive. She brought in police officers to press her case against her law-and-order opponents. She made it personal, evoking the time she had sought a pulse on the wrist of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, shot seconds before, and found her fingers "in a bullet hole.
NATIONAL
January 31, 2013 | By Brian Bennett, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The Democratic-led Senate, in a bid to win support from Republicans, plans a full-fledged debate on immigration reform, a decision that means it could be most of the year before any bill reaches President Obama, who has urged Congress to act in a "timely fashion. " Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday the bill would go through the traditional committee process and told senators he would schedule "whatever time you need" on the floor. The move is in stark contrast to how the Senate handled the failed 2007 immigration bill, which was written behind closed doors, circumvented the Judiciary Committee and was rushed to a vote.
NEWS
November 14, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Republicans chose Rep. John A. Boehner for another term as House Speaker on Wednesday as lawmakers of both parties all but ensured the new Congress will have very similar leadership to this one, the most polarized and unpopular in history. Rep. Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco is expected to remain as the Democratic minority leader, and senators returned Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada as the Democratic majority leader and Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky as the Republican minority leader.
NEWS
November 14, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - The independent senator-elect from Maine, Angus King, announced Wednesday he would join the Democratic caucus , saying the decision became “easy” once Democrats retained majority control after the election. His decision boosts the Democratic tilt in the Senate to 55-45. The popular former governor campaigned as a moderate voice who would try to bridge the deep partisanship in the Senate . He arrived at his choice of party affiliation after consultations with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada - but not with Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
NEWS
April 12, 1988 | Times Wire Services
Senate Majority Leader Robert C. Byrd announced today he will not run for the leadership post next year and will, instead, seek the chairmanship of the Senate Appropriations Committee if he is reelected to a sixth term and the Democrats retain control of the Senate. Sens. George Mitchell of Maine, Bennett Johnston of Louisiana and Daniel Inouye of Hawaii immediately said they would run to succeed Byrd at a party election usually held in late November. Byrd (D-W.Va.
NEWS
November 27, 1988 | SARA FRITZ, Times Staff Writer
In an era when young, untested men of privilege such as Dan Quayle and Albert Gore Jr. appear to be on a political fast track, Senate Majority Leader Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) is an anomaly--self-taught, relentlessly methodical and perhaps the only man in Washington who has memorized the names of the English kings and the dates they reigned.
SPORTS
March 22, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Senate Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Thursday that he would chair a hearing of the Judiciary Committee on bounties in sports to determine whether federal bribery laws should be expanded to include such activities. Durbin made the announcement a day after the NFL suspended New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton for one year and imposed other suspensions and fines on Saints personnel for their involvement in a bounty program. “ Many sports involve human contact and the chance of serious injury.
NEWS
March 4, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Eric Cantor, the second-ranking Republican in the House, threw his support behind Mitt Romney just days before the marquee day of the GOP presidential nominating race -- Super Tuesday. The House majority leader and Virginia congressman said Romney was the party's best candidate on what is likely the central 2012 campaign issue: the economy. "Mitt Romney is the only candidate in the race who's put forward a bold, pro-growth, pro-jobs plan for the future," Cantor said in an interview on NBC's "Meet The Press" on Sunday.
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