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January 20, 2007 | From the Associated Press
An aide to Prime Minister Tony Blair was arrested Friday in an investigation into whether political honors, such as seats in the House of Lords and knighthoods, were traded for cash. Ruth Turner, Blair's director of government relations, was questioned on suspicion of being involved in the illegal sale of honors and perverting the course of justice, police said.
January 5, 2007 | Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writer
He was booted out of the Capitol three years ago, but when former Gov. Gray Davis returns today to watch the man who replaced him sworn in for a second term, he'll find an eerie resemblance to what he left behind. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has entrusted onetime Davis aides with his administration's success, appointing them to top jobs. He has embraced policies that Davis favored and settled into a similar governing style.
November 12, 2006 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
The first surprise of the March 2007 elections for Los Angeles City Council came Saturday morning when Alvin Parra, a deputy to first-term Councilman Jose Huizar, resigned his job and then filed to run against Huizar. "I worked for him for about a year, and what became very clear to me is that Jose Huizar is not the person that he portrays himself to be," Parra said. "He has made it clear that what goes on in the district and field aren't his priorities. He's more concerned with City Hall."
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.
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