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The Senate voted 33 to 1 Thursday to approve a bill that would give it power to remove any public appointee who falsifies qualifications during confirmation hearings. The bill was introduced by Sen. Gary K. Hart (D-Santa Barbara) after The Times revealed in December that California State University Chairwoman Marianthi Lansdale of Huntington Beach falsely claimed during her nomination process to have earned an associate of arts degree in 1959 from Long Beach City College.
December 11, 2013 | Christi Parsons
With his popularity flagging and his healthcare law at risk, President Obama has uncharacteristically reached outside his tightknit core of advisors to bring into the White House a veteran Democratic strategist who helped guide President Clinton through the darkest days of his presidency. The appointment of John Podesta, who was the White House chief of staff during the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the impeachment proceedings in Congress, is an acknowledgment by Obama of the extent of the problems that have dogged the first year of his second term.
July 25, 2000 | From Associated Press
Georgia's Democratic former Gov. Zell Miller was appointed Monday to the late Republican Paul Coverdell's Senate seat and said he will run for the remaining four years of the term in November. Gov. Roy Barnes, a Democrat, officially announced the appointment Monday evening, saying Miller, 68, is the best-qualified person from either party. "The one who didn't want it was the one who had to take it," he said. "It used to take seniority to get things done in the United States Senate.
September 26, 2013 | By John Horn
Many years ago, a longtime friend started working at 20th Century Fox. In one of his first meetings in his new job, he was introduced to Tom Sherak, who at the time was senior vice president of Fox Filmed Entertainment, where he worked in marketing and distribution. “He's like the mayor of Hollywood,” the friend said of the gregarious executive. PHOTOS: Highest-paid media executives of 2012 Nearly two decades later, Sherak more or less has become that person.
August 1, 1993 | Xandra Kayden, Xandra Kayden is a visiting scholar at the Center for Politics and Policy at the Claremont Colleges and author of "Surviving Power" (Free Press)
Mayor Richard Riordan has done the right thing in striving for ethnic and gender diversity in his appointments. He has also done the political thing, rewarding residents of the San Fernando Valley, which overwhelmingly voted for him, with a larger share of commission appointments than they have recently enjoyed. Unhappily, ethnicity, gender and geographic representation seem the primary measures we use these days to judge the wisdom of political choices.
As if anticipating the inevitable rumors and whisperings that would accompany her appointment as the first woman prime minister of France, Edith Cresson complained in an interview published last week that "not one woman is elected without the explanation being heard that she really got the post because she slept with so-and-so or so-and-so. Unfortunately, we are still there."
August 4, 2005 | Richard A. Serrano, Times Staff Writer
Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. worked behind the scenes for gay rights activists, and his legal expertise helped them persuade the Supreme Court to issue a landmark 1996 ruling protecting people from discrimination because of their sexual orientation. Then a lawyer specializing in appellate work, the conservative Roberts helped represent the gay rights activists as part of his law firm's pro bono work.
July 19, 1989
The Senate brushed aside complaints that President Bush is packing the ranks of the nation's envoys with unqualified political cronies and defeated a bid to restrict political appointments to 15% of the diplomatic corps. The vote rejecting an amendment by Sen. Albert Gore Jr. (D-Tenn.) was 79 to 20. Gore said he would try again today and offered an amendment to hold to 30% the number of ambassadors and senior State Department officials nominated for their political contributions. But Sen.
One of every four judges appointed by Gov. Pete Wilson contributed to his gubernatorial campaign in amounts as high as $4,000 before being named, a Times review of Wilson's campaign records shows. Altogether, 17 of the 65 men and women whom Wilson placed on the bench or elevated to a higher court through April gave him campaign money, according to the records.
May 30, 1991 | MARY HELEN BERG
If Councilman William G. Steiner wins his bid for the 67th Assembly District seat sometime this fall, City Council members will be asked to fill a council vacancy for the second time in less than a year. But some residents would rather select a new representative themselves, and want the city to call a special election.
October 2, 2010 | Peter Nicholas and Lisa Mascaro
Many of the unpleasant little tasks that a White House confronts ? nudging an aide out the door, perhaps, or helping a senator find someone a job ? tend to wind up on Pete Rouse's desk. Rouse, 64, a low-key troubleshooter and consummate backroom player whose work is seldom publicized, is being elevated to a post in which he may lose some of his cherished anonymity: White House chief of staff. Rouse will succeed Rahm Emanuel, who is leaving to run for mayor of Chicago. It's an interim appointment, although White House aides say Rouse could end up getting the post on a permanent basis.
May 11, 2010 | James Oliphant
The White House during President Clinton's second term was a combustible, ambitious place. While to the public it appeared that the chief executive was spending most of his time embroiled in scandal, a small group of staffers worked behind the scenes to pursue an aggressive policy agenda. Elena Kagan was one of them. She had come to the Clinton domestic policy shop in 1997 after serving as an administration lawyer. By the time she left two years later, she had put her stamp on the office, a unit that took on tobacco and gun industries, advocated campaign finance reform, backed affirmative action and worked to preserve abortion rights.
November 21, 2009 | By Katherine Skiba and Alexander C. Hart
Sen. Roland W. Burris (D-Ill.) was rebuked Friday by the Senate Ethics Committee, which issued a "public letter of qualified admonition" for his actions in connection with his appointment by disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich. In the letter, the panel told Burris it had concluded that his "actions reflected unfavorably on the Senate." Questions had arisen over whether Burris had been truthful about his contacts with Blagojevich associates before his appointment. "The committee found that you should have known that you were providing incorrect, inconsistent, misleading or incomplete information to the public, the Senate and those conducting legitimate inquiries into your appointment to the Senate," the letter said.
August 5, 2009 | Bettina Boxall
Democratic lawmakers unveiled a package of water bills Tuesday that would create a politically appointed council with power to push through projects dealing with the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the troubled hub of California's waterworks. The legislation, which deals with issues including conservation, ecosystem restoration and water rights, aims to break the stalemate over state water policy.
July 15, 2009 | Carol J. Williams
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor parried tough questions Tuesday from the Senate Judiciary Committee about how race and gender affect a judge's views on the law. Republicans focused on a single ruling from her 17 years on the federal bench involving a group of white firefighters claiming reverse discrimination. Legal experts said the exhaustive discussion of the New Haven, Conn.
June 7, 2009 | Andrew Malcolm and Johanna Neuman
As President Obama visited Dresden with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday, a genealogical study in Utah reported that the first African American president in U.S. history is actually German. Well, partly. Provo-based has found that Obama's lineage on his mother's side can be traced to Germany. Using online sources and microfilm from the Family History Library owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, genealogists found a document that went back to the president's eighth great-grandfather, Conrad Wolflin, who was mayor of Orsingen, Germany, for 30 years.
July 24, 2007 | Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writer
A longtime Republican activist credited with helping revitalize the GOP in San Bernardino County was appointed to a judgeship by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in May even though he was rated "not qualified" by a state bar committee, the bar announced Monday. But a spokeswoman for the State Bar of California said the organization and members of the judicial evaluating commission were legally prohibited from explaining why San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Elia Pirozzi was deemed unqualified.
May 11, 1990 | Michael Flagg, Times staff writer
Building Blocs: Your average new city in south Orange County usually starts life with the bare minimum in the way of municipal government: Dana Point, for instance, housed its city manager in a trailer for the first few months of its municipal existence. Now the Orange County chapter of the American Institute of Architects wants to offer its members' expertise to municipal design review boards and planning commissions.
President Obama has selected Dr. Thomas Frieden to lead the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the New York Times reported. Frieden, 48, has been New York City's health commissioner for seven years. His appointment was expected to be announced today; he would take office next month. His appointment does not require Senate confirmation. Dr. Richard Besser has been the acting CDC director.
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