February 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- After a sometimes contentious debate, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted on party lines and narrowly approved the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be secretary of Defense, moving the bitter fight over President Obama's Cabinet choice to the full Senate. Hagel, a former Republican senator from Nebraska, won the 26-member panel's endorsement with only Democratic votes. All 11 Republicans present voted against his nomination, with one absent. The full Senate could vote as early as Thursday to confirm Hagel, although several GOP senators have threatened to seek delays.
November 13, 2012
Re “ Dear GOP: Change or Die ,” Column, Nov. 11 Steve Lopez pokes fun at the GOP and even tells Republicans to get out of California if they're so unhappy. (So much for the role of dissent in a democracy.) But jeer as he may, Lopez cannot pin the state's shortcomings and looming downfall on anyone but the Democrats. In the last state election, there were many young, qualified and articulate Republican candidates, many of them minorities and women, who were soundly beaten nevertheless.
September 1, 2012
Re "Romney says he'll do what Obama couldn't," Aug. 31 Unheard of in modern political history and downright Orwellian is how the Republicans at their convention ignored their own most recent two-term president, George W. Bush. In their collective group-think mode, do they believe that this will erase his eight-year tenure from our memories and rewrite the history of their time in office? No. I remember Bush and his terms in office. I also remember how America used to honor the position, if not the person.
August 12, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - As Rep.Paul D. Ryan begins to campaign as the presumed Republican vice presidential nominee, one aspect of his political career will be with him always: his votes. After nearly 14 years in Congress, the Wisconsin representative has amassed a record on many of the critical issues that have come to define the country's partisan divide. Overall, Ryan's votes define him as a loyal GOP foot soldier - one who has sided with party leaders even in cases in which some other small-government conservatives have refused to do so. In crucial moments near the end ofGeorge W. Bush's presidency, for example, when the White House pleaded with Congress for a bank bailout plan to save free-falling financial markets, Ryan joined the effort to pass the Troubled Asset Relief Program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2012 |
The fresh twists offered by California's new election rules are challenging candidates gearing up for November to find ways to attract votes from the opposite party. That could be key in the hottest races the June primary spawned, forcing many like-minded competitors to court voters they previously could have ignored. The fall ballot will feature 28 contests between members of the same party: nine with Republicans and 19 with Democrats. Reaching for votes across party lines could be necessary to win in many of those cases.
June 20, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - A House committee voted along party lines to find Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress for failing to provide subpoenaed documents in the flawed Fast and Furious gun-tracking case, just hours after President Obama for the first time asserted executive privilege and backed the attorney general's refusal to release the material. The developments Wednesday set up a political standoff going into the November election and a significant constitutional clash between the White House and Congress that may not be resolved until after a lengthy journey through the courts.