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April 11, 2010 | By Andrew Malcolm and Johanna Neuman
Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Barney Frank traces the hyper-partisan atmosphere of the nation today to -- wait for it -- the rise of Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich in 1994. Gingrich was a driving force behind that year's so-called Republican Revolution that seized control of both houses of Congress with the "Contract With America" after the first two years of President Clinton's first term. Some Republicans hope for a repeat of that experience in this November's first midterm election for the Obama administration.
November 9, 2009 | Patrick Collins, Patrick Collins is director of the Claremont Institute's Golden State Center for State and Local Government.
Two ballot initiatives were filed last week that, if passed, would call forth a constitutional convention in California. Half of the approximately 435 delegates would be randomly selected, the other half appointed by local officials to represent citizen diversity. Those in favor of rewriting the state Constitution through a convention are encouraged by a growing acceptance that the current document is an unworkable hodgepodge of conflicting amendments, largely culpable for our broken legislative process.
October 17, 1987
If the attack on Judge Bork is partisan (and it is), surely the nomination of this man is also (admittedly) partisan. Was he not selected for those qualities which the President admires--turn back the clock to the good old days, which Bork has openly and proudly promulgated? C'mon! What's all the silly commotion about? HANNAH SAMPSON Torrance
October 21, 1988
So J. Danforth Quayle thinks and Times staff writer Itabari Njeri perpetuates the idea that the "partisan" audience at the vice presidential debate sneered at this "Nana's" advice, Midwestern advice. . . ." Pleeeease! Coming from a multi-millionairess who married money, her grandson unwittingly presented her as a modern-day Marie Antoinette. The reason the "partisan" (it's hard for me to call an audience made up of Republicans and Democrats partisan) audience burst into spontaneous laughter at Quayle's comment is for someone of such extreme wealth to say, "You can do anything you want to if you just set your mind to it and go to work," rings more than a little thin.
June 4, 1986
In your editorial you question the ethics of Commissioner Ezell for assisting Antonovich in filming a campaign commercial. I am no longer surprised by unethical behavior by Reagan appointees, however I find the timing of Ezell's partisan activities very interesting. It was only a few months ago that the Reagan Administration found it necessary to prosecute two government employee union leaders for Hatch Act violations. Both of these union leaders had been on leave without pay from their government jobs for many years when their alleged partisan activities took place.
October 17, 2004
Re "Broken Politics, Drastic Fix," editorial, Oct. 13: I respectfully disagree with your stands on Propositions 60 and 62. One proposition would create an open primary and the other would embed into our state Constitution our current system. As a partisan Democrat I do not want Republicans influencing my party's choice of candidates -- and I know that partisan Republicans feel the same about their primaries. But I agree with those who say our current system tends to entrench extreme incumbents in office with little hope of voting them out. The proposal to have a nonpartisan commission draw district lines is really the way to go -- and I am willing to wait until 2011 rather than put a Band-Aid on the current system by voting in Proposition 62 -- and setting the current system into the Constitution if Proposition 60 passes.
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