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December 16, 1990 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK and PAUL HOUSTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When Pete Wilson becomes governor next month, he will bring with him one of his closest friends--the man he has always trusted to tell him when he is wrong. He is Bob White: loyal adviser, political strategist, keeper of the gate and hatchet man. To some, he is Wilson's alter ego. Without question, he is the man Wilson relies on to make things work. "He is politically very adept and sensitive," Wilson says. "He is not a yes man. I have great personal affection for him.
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May 18, 2013 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
An incumbent who styles herself as an outsider and a reform-minded community activist and political aide will face each other in a runoff election Tuesday for the final seat on the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees. Unlike the hard-fought Los Angeles mayor's race, the match between trustee Nancy Pearlman and challenger David Vela has been conducted with little public scrutiny and virtually no contact between the two candidates. It's a source of frustration for Pearlman and Vela, running for a seat in the largest community college district in the nation - with nine campuses serving 240,000 students in communities spread across 882 square miles, from Sylmar to San Pedro.
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February 14, 1986 | ALEX NEILL, Times Staff Writer
Bill Garcia walked briskly back into his office, wiping his hands after hauling trash cans around Echo Park in a pickup truck. He had been there several times, cleaning trash from vacant lots and scrubbing graffiti off neighborhood walls. Garcia, a 38-year-old field deputy for Los Angeles Councilman John Ferraro, spends much of his time out in the district listening to residents' concerns and lending a hand in such roll-up-your-sleeves-and-pitch-in activities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Federal prosecutors recommended Monday that former campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee - who pleaded guilty earlier this year to mail fraud involving the theft of more than $7 million from her clients - be sentenced to about eight years in prison. Among those who said Durkee had raided their campaign funds were Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Democratic Reps. Laura Richardson of Long Beach, Loretta Sanchez of Garden Grove, Linda T. Sanchez of Lakewood and Susan A. Davis of San Diego, and the Los Angeles County Democratic Party.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1992 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County Supervisor Deane Dana, forced into a runoff election by the upstart campaign of Rolling Hills Mayor Gordana Swanson, has fired his longtime political adviser and brought in a new team to plot a different course for the November election. The shake-up in the campaign comes after Dana's surprising weakness in the June primary, in which he polled just 42% of the vote, far less than the 50% plus one vote need to win the election outright.
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October 5, 1991 | PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Clashing sharply over what kinds of political payments are lawful, attorneys in the federal corruption trial of two former legislative aides made their final arguments to the jury Friday. There was general agreement between the two sides over what was said by defendants Tyrone Netters and Darryl Freeman, because the prosecution in the seven-week trial relied heavily on secretly recorded videotapes and audiotapes.
NEWS
November 12, 1990 | TRACY WOOD and RICH CONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
For at least five years, Mayor Tom Bradley's staff operated a political fund-raising network inside City Hall, according to interviews and internal campaign records. City telephones and postal meters were used by Bradley campaigns. During one month, City Hall aides took nearly 150 phone calls from a single Bradley campaign office. Campaign-related memos were typed by city secretaries on city equipment.
NEWS
February 2, 1996 | MAX VANZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tripped up by his own telephone number, an aide to Assemblyman Jim Battin (R-Palm Desert) was caught this week using a false name in attacking a Battin political rival in a local newspaper. Blaming "youth and inexperience rather than maliciousness," Battin suspended Chris Brown, who heads the assemblyman's district office, for two weeks without pay for a letter to the editor Brown wrote and signed "Jorge Rosa." The letter appeared in the Desert Sun of Palm Springs on Dec.
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December 14, 1995 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A first-time GOP legislative candidate charged Wednesday that Republican Assembly Leader Curt Pringle's chief of staff warned him to stay out of the 70th District race, "threatening" to use the party's resources against him if he took on the incumbent. Despite what he described as a last-minute demand from Pringle aide Jeff Flint at the Orange County registrar of voters office Nov. 29, Jacob "Jim" Rems of Irvine took out nominating papers to challenge Assemblywoman Marilyn C.
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July 20, 1992 | JOHN M. BRODER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ross Perot dropped out of the presidential race because he abhorred the intense press scrutiny, was unwilling to spend the money required to win and lacked the temperament either to run a successful race or to govern, according to Edward J. Rollins, his former campaign co-chairman.
NATIONAL
March 17, 2011 | Robin Abcarian
Sarah Palin wanted to meet Rebecca Mansour. It was the summer of 2009 and the former Alaska governor was in Del Mar, Calif., working on her book "Going Rogue. " Earlier that year, Mansour had co-founded a website that offered detailed defenses of Palin's record and acidic attacks on her critics. Palin was impressed. The pair hit it off. Mansour helped Palin with research on her score-settling bestseller, and a few months later, Palin offered Mansour a job with SarahPAC, Palin's political operation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
A Ventura County jury Friday acquitted the chief of staff of a state assemblywoman on charges of assaulting protesters outside a political fundraiser last year. Jose "Joel" Angeles, the top aide to Assemblywoman Audra Strickland (R-Thousand Oaks), was found not guilty of misdemeanor criminal charges stemming from a scuffle in which a 69-year-old Episcopal priest alleged that he was body-slammed by Angeles. Angeles testified during the trial that it was he who had been roughed up during the scuffle, and that he had not hit or shoved anyone.
NATIONAL
August 12, 2009 | Tom Hamburger and David G. Savage
Karl Rove and other officials in George W. Bush's White House played an active role in the firing of the top federal prosecutor in New Mexico, according to documents released Tuesday that also show Bush political aides tried to influence Justice Department officials on other matters. The e-mails and interview transcripts made public by the House Judiciary Committee show Rove and other White House aides paying particular attention to complaints from Republican officials in New Mexico that U.S. Atty.
NATIONAL
March 11, 2009
A former longtime aide to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) pleaded guilty to swapping legislative favors for event tickets and other gifts from disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff's firm. Ann Copland, 52, wiped away tears as she admitted to U.S. District Judge Richard Roberts that she took $25,000 to $30,000 in gifts for helping one of Abramoff's top clients, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. She was released pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled. Copland is the latest among more than a dozen congressional aides, lobbyists, lawmakers and Bush administration officials convicted in a lobbying scandal spawned by Abramoff, who is serving a four-year prison term.
NATIONAL
November 27, 2008 | John McCormick, McCormick is a writer for the Chicago Tribune.
For those clamoring for invitations to future White House functions -- including Christmas parties and state dinners -- there will be few people more important than Desiree Rogers. The Chicago businesswoman will wield major clout for such events as the next White House social secretary, an appointment President-elect Barack Obama's transition office announced this week.
OPINION
November 26, 2008
Re "A too-harsh lesson," editorial, Nov. 21 I wanted to thank you for your editorial calling on Israel to lift its blockade. Your assertion that, regardless of political considerations, civilians should not be made to suffer inhumane circumstances is right on point. Collective punishment is not only prohibited by Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, but it should not be tolerated by any government that wants to see a viable and just peace take root in the Middle East. Noura Erakat Washington :: Your editorial overlooks one simple solution to the problems the people of Gaza are experiencing: They can get rid of a government that threatens the extinction of its neighbor, repeatedly attempting to kill and kidnap that neighbor's citizens -- and then weep crocodile tears when the neighbor attempts to defend itself.
NEWS
April 20, 1990 | RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A criminal investigation by the Justice Department has concluded that the chief spokesman for the attorney general and a former FBI official played roles in confirming a politically damaging CBS report about Rep. William H. Gray III of Pennsylvania, one of the top Democratic leaders in the House. The investigation failed to establish the original source of the information, but said the individual probably was outside the Justice Department, sources close to the investigation said Thursday.
NATIONAL
October 28, 2008 | Washington Post
In political campaigns today, digital video cameras and YouTube can be used as weapons. So can a good old-fashioned walking stick. After a candidate's forum at a Winchester, Va., hotel Friday, two young campaign workers for Democrat Judy Feder, who is challenging 14-term incumbent Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.), learned this the hard way.
NATIONAL
September 27, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Seven of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's top aides, including chief of staff Mike Nizich, defied legislators' subpoenas for their testimony on possible abuse of power by the governor. The chairman of the state Senate Judiciary Committee, Democrat Hollis French, waited 30 minutes before reading a statement that the witnesses could be found in contempt when the full Legislature convenes in January and that the investigation will go on "in a simple search for the truth." Alaska Atty. Gen. Talis Colberg filed a lawsuit Thursday on behalf of the seven, challenging the authority of those conducting the investigation into Palin's firing of her public safety commissioner.
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