November 15, 2013 |
For Republicans who found themselves on the losing end in November - and particularly the Republican who lost to President Obama - the events of the last few weeks have been sweet comeuppance. First the website portal for Obamacare, the healthcare plan the GOP had railed against throughout 2012, collapsed at its Oct. 1 opening. Then the president was forced to acknowledge that, contrary to his oft-uttered line, some people would lose their insurance policies as a result of his plan.
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November 13, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - State Sen. Ronald S. Calderon, who is being investigated by the FBI on suspicion that he accepted bribes, accused federal authorities Wednesday of trying to smear him for refusing to wear a wire in a sting operation against two other senators. In a motion filed in federal court in Sacramento, Calderon (D-Montebello) says authorities from the FBI and the U.S attorney's office repeatedly asked him to participate in an investigation of Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento)
November 8, 2013 |
Turns out that a few weeks away from the pool have not dried the tears of the Arizona Diamondbacks. First, the Diamondbacks whined about how the Dodgers celebrated the National League West championship by jumping into the pool at Chase Field. Then their general manager took offense to the Dodgers' banana-fueled enjoyment of Juan Uribe's amazing feats. The Dodgers and Diamondbacks open next season in Australia , perhaps with a Great Rumble Down Under. The teams had one epic fight last season, and maybe the Diamondbacks privately wish for payback.
October 17, 2013 |
The government shutdown is over, for now. Let the blood-letting and fundraising begin! Within hours after Sen. Thad Cochran, a Republican from Mississippi, voted for a budget deal that reopened the government, two influential conservative advocacy groups announced their support for a state senator challenging him in the 2014 primary. Cochran, one of 27 Republican senators to vote for the measure, has served in the Senate since 1978. “Chris McDaniel is a constitutional conservative who will fight to stop Obamacare, balance the budget, and get America working again," Matt Hoskins, executive director of the Senate Conservatives Fund, said in a statement . "Chris McDaniel is not part of the Washington establishment and he has the courage to stand up to the big spenders in both parties.
October 14, 2013 |
UCLA Coach Jim Mora's mantra, "every week is a big game," rang extraordinarily true from the moment the Bruins walked off the field with a 37-10 victory over California on Saturday. The Bruins, who moved up to No. 9 in the Associated Press poll, play at Stanford, which dropped to No. 13 after being upset by Utah, 27-21. To find this big a game for the Bruins, you have to go all the way back to ... December. UCLA lost to Stanford, 27-24, in the Pac-12 championship game. The double dip this time is that the Bruins travel to Eugene to play No. 2 Oregon on Oct. 26. "Now it gets fun," linebacker Jordan Zumwalt said.
September 7, 2013 |
The Florida-Miami game on Saturday may have been the last in a long, and sometimes strange, rivalry. The schools have not scheduled future games for various reasons. Florida already plays Florida State every year and does not need another heavyweight game when all major conferences eventually go to nine-game league schedules in the era of the four-team playoff. In my extended family, Miami's 21-16 win Saturday was sweet for many reasons as it helped avenge the infamous "Flop" game of 1971.