June 29, 2003
Re "Watching County Expenses," editorial, June 1: One of the reasons for Orange County's mismanagement seems to be that no one stays in charge of Orange County's government. Our county supervisors always have their sights on their next political office, rather than the people's business. Take Tom Wilson. Even though he was just elected to a new four-year term and appointed board chairman for this year, Wilson has decided to launch a campaign for the state Assembly, another place where there seems to be no one in charge.
May 27, 1989 |
Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale said Friday that he will not enter the 1990 race for a U.S. Senate seat in Minnesota and will not seek elective office in the future. "I believe it's time for other candidates to step forward," said Mondale, a former senator who was the Democratic Party's presidential nominee in 1984. "It was a very difficult choice for us." Mondale, 61, said he has enjoyed his life out of political office and has seen too many colleagues stay in the Senate for too long.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1992
Supervisor (Don R.) Roth and his self-designated "campaign law expert" attorney Dana Reed must think there are two sets of rules--one for Roth and one for everybody else. How else could there be so many incidents of failure by Roth to disclose acceptance of gifts and loans from those who benefit financially from his influence and support on the Board of Supervisors? Roth is a political hangover from the days when being "wined and dined" and accepting numerous freebies from vested interests went with the job. Well, those days changed in 1974 when California enacted the Political Reform Act to clean up such political practices.
May 17, 2013 |
NEW DELHI -- Some 20 political prisoners were released in Myanmar on Friday, just days before a a historic summit between the country's leader and President Obama in Washington, officials and prisoner rights groups said. President Thein Sein will be the first leader of Myanmar to visit Washington since 1966. In November, Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Myanmar . Zaw Htay, a senior official in Thein Sein's office, said on social media that the prisoner release was not timed to next week's visit but instead showed that the president was determined to offer an “inclusive political process.
October 26, 1997
Re "Asian Americans Scarce in U.S. Corridors of Power," Oct. 21: Why aren't there more Asian Americans in political power? The answer goes beyond the theory of perceived "division of loyalties." It's actually much simpler--our appearance. It's obvious when one is of Asian descent. Unlike the Kissingers and Brzezinskis, it's pretty tough to hide one's "otherness" in white America. As a Chinese American who lived in largely white communities for years, I always felt different, even though I experienced little overt racism.
February 24, 2002
Re "D.A.'s Race Creates an Office Civil War," Feb. 17: The allegations against Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas are more than "little improprieties," as some political consultant described them. The district attorney's office is more than just some political office. It carries the greatest moral and ethical burden to protect and prosecute all people equally under the law. Rackauckas' actions have struck at the ethical core of the district attorney's responsibility by extending favoritism and protection to his political cronies to the detriment and cost of the people he is sworn to protect.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1988
Frederick Dutton's article is the latest in a series of commentaries that treats the denial of the vice-presidential slot to Jesse Jackson as fundamentally an issue of race. Obviously the racial factor is there. But it cuts both ways, not only because of Jackson's support among blacks but because the use of the racial argument so often obfuscates the other, more fundamental issues. Dutton's article is instructive because of how casually he deals with those other issues. Take his example of, "What if Rep. Pat Schroeder . . . had actually run" and finished second.
February 23, 1988 |
KABC-TV's conservative commentator Bruce Herschensohn ran for the Republican nomination to the Senate in 1986, lost, and is now back on the air. His liberal counterpart, Bill Press, quit Channel 7 last November to run for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate. And just this month, the station hired Rose Bird, former chief justice of the California Supreme Court, to replace Press. Lisa Specht, the station's legal reporter, ran--unsuccessfully--for Los Angeles city attorney in 1985.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2004 |
Addressing Pete Rose, Dan Engler of Santa Barbara remarked in Tom FitzGerald's San Francisco Chronicle column: "Your admission that you've been lying to the American people for the past 14 years [about betting on baseball games] shouldn't make you eligible for the Hall of Fame, Pete. But it does make you more than qualified to run for political office."