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May 30, 2012 | Patt Morrison
The man who made his political bones handling Boston's blizzard of 1978 has spent the last 17 winters in the sunshine glow of UCLA. Michael Dukakis, the former Massachusetts governor and the 1988 Democratic presidential candidate for president, is a visiting professor at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, launching young people into the public service careers he endorses so passionately. UCLA is where he staged his last fervent campaign rally the day before he lost toGeorge H.W. Bush; the day after the election, he was back at his governor's desk.
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February 19, 2013 | By Jean Merl
Former Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis and his wife, Kitty, are helping with a "debt retirement" fundraiser for Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), who last fall won one of the most contentious -- and most expensive -- House races in the nation. Dukakis, a onetime Massachusetts governor who also helped Sherman raise money during the campaign, and his wife will be guests at a reception Thursday at a home in Studio City. Sherman defeated longtime Rep. Howard Berman (D-Valley Village)
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2013 | By Jean Merl
Former Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis and his wife, Kitty, are helping with a "debt retirement" fundraiser for Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), who last fall won one of the most contentious -- and most expensive -- House races in the nation. Dukakis, a onetime Massachusetts governor who also helped Sherman raise money during the campaign, and his wife will be guests at a reception Thursday at a home in Studio City. Sherman defeated longtime Rep. Howard Berman (D-Valley Village)
OPINION
September 27, 2012 | By Michael Kinsley
If, as seems possible, Mitt Romney is not elected U.S. president on Nov. 6, he will not be the first presidential candidate to run on the issue of competence and then lose because he ran an incompetent campaign. He will not even be the first governor of Massachusetts to do so. In 1988, Michael Dukakis, who was ahead in the polls just after the Democratic convention, declared in his acceptance speech: "This election isn't about ideology. It's about competence. " Then he proceeded to blow his large lead and lose to George H.W. Bush, who turned out to be a tougher old bird than anyone suspected.
NEWS
November 4, 1988 | SHERRY ANGEL, Times Staff Writer
The majority of Orange County voters are expected to choose Vice President George Bush for President on Tuesday--and so are their kids. As their parents go to the polls, many members of the too-young-to-vote set will be casting their ballots for President in classroom mock elections across the county. Yes, there are budding Democrats out there who will vote for Gov. Michael S. Dukakis, although they may be timid about speaking out in classrooms dominated by Bush supporters.
NEWS
July 21, 1988 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Staff Writer
Less than three weeks ago, Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis presented his old friend Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton with one of the most important roles at the Democratic convention--making his presidential nominating speech Wednesday night. It quickly became clear that Clinton, 41, was faced with a multi-faceted task. The speech not only had to enter Dukakis' name, it had to refocus the attention of the convention on Dukakis after the Rev.
NEWS
October 22, 1988 | Cathleen Decker
He's no Johnny Carson, but Dan Quayle did bring down the house Friday when he tweaked Michael S. Dukakis with a few familiar lines. The Republican vice presidential nominee, speaking to 3,000 supporters and a few dozen detractors at East Tennessee State University, reminded the crowd of recent comments by the state's junior senator, Albert Gore Jr., who said the Dukakis campaign was reminiscent of Harry S. Truman's 1948 effort.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1990
After presenting seven different reasons, George Bush still has been unable to offer the nation a persuasive rationale for going to war with Saddam Hussein. Why doesn't the President give the real reason: It was Hussein, not Michael Dukakis, who arranged for Willie Horton's prison leave. It worked in '88. BILL STEIN Cambria
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1988
Before we have debates between George Bush and Michael Dukakis, I would love to see a debate between Dukakis and his running mate Lloyd Bentsen. Their different stands on many key issues should be aired for the voters. CARL V. OLSEN Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1988
Conrad says Michael Dukakis is a liberal. Then goes on to give us the dictionary definition of liberal. I'm particularly interested in the part that says "giving freely and generous." What I'd like to know is, whose money is Dukakis going to give freely and be generous with, his or mine? FRANK MUNICINO Camarillo
OPINION
May 30, 2012 | Patt Morrison
The man who made his political bones handling Boston's blizzard of 1978 has spent the last 17 winters in the sunshine glow of UCLA. Michael Dukakis, the former Massachusetts governor and the 1988 Democratic presidential candidate for president, is a visiting professor at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, launching young people into the public service careers he endorses so passionately. UCLA is where he staged his last fervent campaign rally the day before he lost toGeorge H.W. Bush; the day after the election, he was back at his governor's desk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2006 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
Michael Dukakis lost his bid for president in 1988, but he can declare victory in his latest campaign -- against parking scofflaws in Westwood. The former Massachusetts governor has been at the center of a more than two-year battle against the longtime practice of "apron parking" in the neighborhood west of UCLA known as North Village. There, parked cars spill out of apartment driveways and straddle sidewalks and streets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Euterpe Dukakis, 99, a teacher and the mother of Democratic presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, died Wednesday. Euterpe Boukis Dukakis, who was named for one of the nine muses in Greek mythology, was born in northern Greece and immigrated to the United States in 1913 with her parents and three sisters. They joined her two brothers, who were in Haverhill, Mass. During the summers, she worked in a local shoe factory with her brothers, Michael Dukakis said.
NEWS
July 15, 2000 | From Associated Press
Former Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis says he sees no reason why California politicians could not operate successfully under campaign contribution limits. The former Massachusetts governor was the star witness testifying Friday against a federal lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of California's Proposition 208, a voter-approved 1996 ballot initiative that set limits but was suspended. Dukakis said he was astonished by earlier testimony from Garry South, Gov.
NEWS
May 3, 1999 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN, Ronald Brownstein's column appears in this space every Monday
As it confronts a long list of knotty disputes, the Texas state Legislature these days is operating on two levels. Legislators are contending with all the usual considerations of how their decisions will play in the state. But also looming over them is the amorphous yet inescapable awareness that their actions could affect Gov. George W. Bush's national ambitions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1996 | PATT MORRISON
Out on Hilgard, the garbage trucks were grinding away at their curbside fodder, filling the waiting silence inside Classroom 2343, where 60-some backpacks with matching students occupied every desk and much of the floor space. They were polite--high school student body officers, no doubt, and their baseball caps were brims-forward--but they wouldn't have been worth their UCLA tuition if at least one wasn't wondering how to ask the instructor, "If you're so smart, why aren't you president?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1988
It is perfectly in keeping with George Will's arrogance that he should watch Michael Dukakis and see, as he has said (Op-Ed Page, Sept. 7), a self-satisfied scold. He may be seeing Dukakis, but the voice he is hearing is his own. He is attempting to project away his own most tiresome fault. OCTAVIA E. BUTLER Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 1988
20 Hollywood Politickers--Pro-Dukakis/Pro-Bush For Michael Dukakis 1. Robert Redford 2. Richard Gere 3. Rob Lowe 4. Bruce Willis 5. Daryl Hannah 6. Morgan Fairchild 7. Cybill Shepherd 8. Sally Field 9. Meryl Streep 10. Woody Allen For George Bush 1. Bob Hope 2. Arnold Schwarzenegger 3. Chuck Norris 4. Andy Williams 5. Jerry Weintraub 6. Charlton Heston 7. Cheryl Ladd 8. Loretta Lynn 9. Crystal Gayle 10. Telly Savalas SOURCE: Campaign officials, Times reports
NEWS
December 3, 1992 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If humor is therapy, Michael Dukakis shows signs of recovery. On a chilly morning shortly after the Nov. 3 elections, he's doing something jarringly out of character, even courageous. He's trying to crack jokes. "I'm glad you asked me to talk about the presidential race," he tells those attending a Harvard University seminar on U.S.-Japanese relations. "But seriously, folks, if I knew anything about the White House, I sure as hell wouldn't be up here today." There's a smattering of laughter, and the man who had hoped to be the 41st President of the United States plows on: "You're lucky I didn't come here in a tank," he says, joking about his most disastrous TV outing during the 1988 campaign.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1992
Are we to understand that Bush is likening himself to Truman? If so, then for sure I would never vote for him. My background is solid conservative Republican. Hence, President Truman (much less Bill Clinton) is hardly my type. He was a liberal Democrat and fired a great general, Douglas MacArthur, for trying to defeat communism in Asia. Since Bush's business partners reside in Peking, can we not begin to see the connection? Four years ago Bush lambasted Michael Dukakis for declaring himself a Truman liberal.
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