April 19, 2011 |
President Obama begins a two-day swing through California on Wednesday that underscores the conflicting roles the state plays in presidential politics: Its strong Democratic bent means it will once again be written off by both sides during the 2012 general election, but the trove of supporters here will once again be mined to bolster Obama's efforts elsewhere. "He doesn't have to campaign here to win," said Jack Pitney, a government professor at Claremont-McKenna College. "He does need to tap the deep resources of Democratic political money, and he needs to inspire volunteers.
September 29, 2002 |
Defying the Senate and the California Legislature, the Interior Department has removed a key hurdle for development of the proposed open-pit Glamis gold mine in an isolated, rocky section of desert in eastern Imperial County. The action came just days after the Senate adopted an amendment written by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) that attempted to thwart the mine by prohibiting the use of federal funds to examine the mine's potential or prepare a permit for it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2002 |
Take a look at these three guys. At least two of them may be coming back soon, to a fund-raiser near you. Gov. Gray Davis has raised more than $7 million from out-of-state contributors, many of them from New York, his home state. This sort of thing happens a lot here; Republican Bob Dornan, the former firecracker congressman from Orange County, collected nearly seven of every 10 campaign dollars from out of state.
September 20, 2000 |
Vice President Al Gore, drawn to California by money rather than political imperative, touted the need for safeguards to protect the medical records of consumers Tuesday in a speech bracketed by top-dollar political fund-raising events. Extending his self-characterization as a battler for everyday people against powerful interests, Gore visited a San Fernando Valley center for adults with developmental disabilities to argue for better protection of private medical records.
May 16, 1999 |
Editor's note: This is the first in an occasional series of articles examining the origins of the California dream and its contemporary possibilities. * California was born here on a morning in winter in the cold, fast water of the American River's South Fork. Nativity occurred, quick as a glimpse, at a bend in the river between Dutch and Indian creeks, below the scrub pines of Murphy Mountain.
February 8, 1998 |
It's so quiet out here you can almost hear the shadows tugging violet twilight over the desert dunes. This is national parkland, a remote wedge of hushed mountains and sandy slopes, a place so cherished for its serenity that Congress has granted it the highest possible degree of protection by declaring it a wilderness area. It's also the site of the Rainbow Talc Mine. The mine is inactive now. But owners Carol and Edward Baumunk want to rev it up again.