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October 5, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A statement released by Kirk Fordham, who resigned Wednesday as chief of staff to Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds (R-N.Y.): I've learned within the last few hours that unnamed sources have purported that I intervened on behalf of Congressman [Mark] Foley to prevent a Page Board investigation. This is categorically false. At no point ever did I ask anyone to block any inquiries into Foley's actions or behavior. These sources know this allegation is false. Having stepped down as Mr.
July 29, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
The city attorney's office announced Friday that it would not file charges against Felipe Fuentes, the chief of staff for Councilman Alex Padilla. Fuentes was the subject of a citizen's arrest in April after he allegedly pushed a Padilla campaign aide who was being fired. A hearing was held last month.
July 26, 2006 | Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
No carbs. Just fish or chicken. And keep a takeout box handy in case he has to rush. Tea, please (green, with four packets of Splenda). Water (bottled, preferably room temperature.) And never leave his sight. In the year since he became mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa has undergone a transformation from garden-variety public official to something approaching a rock star, drawing crowds wherever he goes. And attending to L.A.'
July 15, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Rep. Katherine Harris' third Senate campaign manager has resigned, citing the candidate's "tantrums" and "increasingly erratic behavior." "It became unmanageable, unhealthy, uncontrollable," said Glenn Hodas, who became campaign manager in April when his predecessor left the Tallahassee-based candidate after only a few months in the role. Harris has been a polarizing figure on the political scene since 2000, when as Florida's secretary of state, she certified George W.
April 29, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The chief of staff to Councilman Alex Padilla was arrested on suspicion of battery Thursday night and the case will be submitted to the city attorney for a determination of whether to file a misdemeanor charge, a police official said. Los Angeles Police Sgt. Lee Sands said there was a dispute at one of Padilla's offices and that an unidentified "private person made a citizen's arrest for battery" against Felipe Fuentes, who is on leave while he works on Padilla's campaign for state Senate.
April 20, 2006 | Tom Hamburger, Richard Simon and Ronald Brownstein, Times Staff Writers
Moving to reinvigorate his presidency and recover from low public approval ratings, President Bush on Wednesday reduced the official role that Karl Rove, his chief political strategist, will play in setting policy, and accepted the resignation of spokesman Scott McClellan. The moves were part of an effort by Bush's new chief of staff, Joshua B. Bolten, to energize an administration that has faced bad news from Iraq and seen a number of second-term initiatives stall.
April 18, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
President Bush's new chief of staff said it was time to "refresh and reenergize the team" and told senior White House aides who might be thinking about quitting this year to go ahead and leave now. Joshua B. Bolten laid down his directive at his first meeting with top presidential aides. Bolten replaced Andrew H. Card Jr., Bush's staff chief for the first five years of his presidency.
April 6, 2006 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Frank W. Cullen Sr., a government relations consultant who had a long history in state and national politics and worked closely with former California Gov. Pat Brown for more than three decades, has died. He was 79. Cullen died March 20 at UCLA Medical Center after a long battle with prostate cancer, said his son, Frank Cullen Jr., chief of staff for Rep. Mary Bono (R-Palm Springs). As founder and president of FCA Co.
April 1, 2006 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
The union working with Los Angeles billionaire Ron Burkle to buy 12 newspapers from McClatchy Co. is asking elected officials to lobby the Sacramento company on behalf of labor's effort to acquire the publications. Burkle's Yucaipa Cos., working with the Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America, submitted a bid Tuesday on the papers McClatchy is selling as part of its acquisition of Knight Ridder Inc.
February 13, 2006 | George Skelton
This probably was not what Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had in mind when he signed up Democrat Susan Kennedy to be his chief of staff. You've got to wonder, however, what exactly he was thinking. It looks like yet another case of political naivete. Set aside, for a moment, the money stench: Schwarzenegger's allowing Kennedy to mix public and political funds to pad her compensation package. "I'm 45 years old; I got a mortgage to pay," she recently told the San Francisco Chronicle.
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