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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2014 | Patrick McGreevy
A cherry farmer from the San Joaquin Valley holds the key to California Republicans' hopes of loosening Democrats' grip on the state Legislature. Andy Vidak, a Republican who owns an orchard in Kings County, stunned both parties last year with an upset victory in a Senate district where Democrats have a 22-point advantage in voter registration. He ran largely on the basics, promising to cure a shortage of both jobs and water in the agricultural district and oppose the costly bullet train proposed to split the Central Valley.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1991
When they remove Lenin from the mausoleum the Soviet people will have only one line to stand in--the bread line. ROBERT EDELSTEIN Visalia
OPINION
August 27, 2013
Re “NSA has flashbacks to Watergate,” Aug. 25 Maybe it is a generational phenomenon. The country is in an uproar over the expectation of privacy in telecommunications. When the telephone was in its early days, connections were made by operators. Obviously the operator knew who was talking to whom and very often what they were saying. We also had party lines. There was an etiquette for using the phone - but everyone knew someone could listen in. The country is in a tizzy over a situation that may have never existed.
FOOD
March 24, 1994 | KATHIE JENKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before Kevin Costner and Michael Roberts opened their Pasadena restaurant, Twin Palms, they invited 480 of their closest and dearest friends to a dinner party. The guests admired the resort-like decor. They checked out the two old namesake palm trees. And then they helped themselves to a huge buffet. Little did they know that they were mere guinea pigs, in attendance to try out recipes and give the staff a chance to rehearse.
OPINION
August 29, 2002
"Senator Pays Price for Defying GOP" ( Aug. 26) just amazed me. The bitterness and party-line control of the Republican Party is amazing. Where is it written that, when elected, state senators under no circumstances can cast votes from the heart, have minds of their own and think logically, unless it falls within their own party's viewpoints? These types of controls destroy the very fabric of our state and federal elections. I cast my vote for those running for public office on vision, merit and what they have to offer, regardless of party.
NEWS
September 28, 1987 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
In a nation of strangers, they are a seven-digit ticket to distant cities, a $2 contract for friendship without obligation. Callers drop in for a three-minute share of a conversation that began before they telephoned and goes on ever after, 24 hours a day by touch-tone telephone. The gregarious make propositions and exchange phone numbers. The philosophical engage in anonymous repartee.
NATIONAL
August 3, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Even by the standards of a Congress that has earned a reputation for dysfunction, this past week - the last before a long summer recess - set a mark for futility. Republican leaders in the House had hoped to pass a bill providing money for several major government agencies. Instead, they halted the vote after a GOP campaign to reduce spending levels hit an unexpected roadblock: Rank-and-file Republicans refused to approve cuts in programs that home-state governors and mayors rely on to fix roads, streets and bridges.
NEWS
May 16, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Two of President Obama's second-term Cabinet nominees inched forward Thursday, while another was poised to win final confirmation by the Senate. Thomas E. Perez, Obama's choice to lead the Labor Department, and EPA nominee Gina McCarthy won party-line votes of Senate committees Thursday morning, after Republicans had employed various procedural tactics to delay progress in confirming their appointments. It is unclear at this point how soon, if at all, the full Senate would move to confirmation votes for either nominee.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Dear Justin Bieber: America's grown-ups aren't exactly in love with you. In fact, according to a recent poll, Bieber was the only pop artist to earn an unfavorable rating from people across the political landscape. A majority of Democrats (23% favorable-54% unfavorable), Republicans (17%-52%), and independents (18%-56%) all bagged on the Biebs.  And why not, given the 19-year-old pop star's recent neighborhood conflict, maybe pot smoking and all of his foibles while on tour in Europe, including but not limited to ditching a gift monkey in Germany?
BUSINESS
April 29, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - California's $8-an-hour minimum wage needs to go up, says Watsonville Democratic Assemblyman Luis Alejo. And he may be getting the votes he needs to make it happen. But don't count on it; Alejo has tried this before. Alejo is the author of AB 10, which would give the Golden State its first minimum wage increase since 2008. The bill would raise it 25 cents an hour next year, 50 cents in 2015 and an additional 50 cents to $9.25 an hour in 2016. In 2017 and annually thereafter, hourly pay would be adjusted upward automatically, based on the state's inflation rate.
NATIONAL
February 12, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - After a contentious debate, the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday narrowly approved former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be secretary of Defense, moving the fight over President Obama's controversial Cabinet choice to the full Senate. Hagel, a Republican from Nebraska, won the 26-member panel's endorsement with only Democratic votes. All 11 Republicans present voted against his nomination; one GOP senator was absent. The full Senate will begin considering Hagel's nomination Wednesday, with a final vote possible by week's end. Several GOP senators have threatened to delay the vote, but the White House appears confident it has enough votes to prevail.
NEWS
February 12, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
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.
OPINION
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.
OPINION
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.
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