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When 32-year-old theoretical physicist Ron Unz decided to run for governor, even some friends tried to talk him out of it. "Politics is not the kind of thing you expect geniuses to go into," said Eric Reyburn, who attended Harvard University with Unz. Rivko Knox, Unz's aunt, worried that the race would be brutal. "I said: 'Can you take criticism? What if you speak and people laugh at you?' " David Horowitz, the conservative activist, was more blunt.
May 9, 1990 | From Associated Press
The Senate voted Tuesday to allow IRS, CIA and FBI agents to participate in political campaigns, rejecting Republican attempts to maintain the status quo established in the 51-year-old Hatch Act. On a 51-46 vote, the Senate rejected an amendment to exclude employees in the spy and tax agencies plus the Justice Department and the Federal Election Commission from a Democratic bill that removes most current restrictions on political activities by civil service and postal workers.
May 1, 1991 | James S. Granelli /Times staff writer
During the four years before its sale in late 1988, American Savings & Loan was a shareholder-owned company under tight control by federal thrift regulators as it hemorrhaged more than $900 million in red ink. Yet, from its Irvine corporate headquarters, the nation's biggest thrift at the time still managed to contribute to the political campaigns of more than three dozen local and state legislators.
April 20, 2014 | By Peter H. Schuck
Campaign finance reformers are worried about the future. They contend that two Supreme Court rulings - the McCutcheon decision in March and the 2010 Citizens United decision - will magnify inequality in U.S. politics. In both cases, the court majority relaxed constraints on how money can be spent on or donated to political campaigns. By allowing more private money to flow to campaigns, the critics maintain, the court has allowed the rich an unfair advantage in shaping political outcomes and made "one dollar, one vote" (in one formulation)
June 15, 1988 | Jerry Gillam
Assembly Speaker Willie Brown (D-San Francisco), the Rev. Jesse Jackson's national campaign chairman, insisted on Tuesday that his role has not been diminished by the presidential candidate's selection of attorney Ronald H. Brown of Washington as convention manager. Speaker Brown said he recommended that Jackson choose the other Brown, a "good, close friend," to coordinate convention housekeeping activities from July 18-21 in Atlanta.
May 14, 1988 | Keith Love
Dukakis and Jackson have agreed to debate on May 25 in San Francisco at public television station KQED. Dukakis' California communications coordinator, Pat Forciea, said: "There are a stack of other requests (for debates) but we have not agreed to others yet." Having chosen one debate in Northern California, the candidates are expected to agree to at least one debate in Southern California.
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