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OPINION
March 2, 2014 | Doyle McManus
Nearly a generation ago, MSNBC's Chris Matthews coined a description of our two political parties that may turn out to be his most enduring contribution to American punditry. Republicans, Matthews wrote, were the "Daddy Party," all about military security and self-reliance; Democrats were the "Mommy Party," all about health, education and nurturing. At the time, in 1991, Democrats weren't sure they considered that much of a compliment. Since then, a long line of Democratic presidential candidates - including one who is an actual mommy, Hillary Rodham Clinton - have taken pains to prove they could be as tough and decisive as any stereotypical Mad Man. But this year, facing an uphill battle to retain their majority in the Senate, the Democrats have decided to embrace the label as a badge of honor, making a strong appeal to women - especially working mothers - with whom Republicans have struggled to connect.
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SPORTS
March 2, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Coach Mick Cronin of No. 11-ranked Cincinnati had a sideline meltdown Saturday when a call went against his Bearcats in a 51-44 loss to unranked Connecticut, but he didn't receive a technical foul even after a heated exchange with referee Teddy Valentine. A very animated Cronin appeared to be berating Valentine as he approached the sideline after giving possession of the ball to the Huskies following a scrum underneath the Bearcats' basket. Cronin, who had to be restrained by players and eventually pulled away by an assistant coach, was most upset that Valentine had confronted him. "I don't appreciate people getting in my face,” Cronin told reporters after the game.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly received the imprimatur Sunday of a conservative group once deemed the "conscience" of the state GOP by Ronald Reagan. "I want my state back. I want my freedom back," Donnelly told hundreds of delegates and supporters at a California Republican Assembly convention in Buena Park. "You are going to be the key, because … you are the foot soldiers of freedom. " Shortly afterward, the group unanimously endorsed him. The nod, not unexpected, could be a boost for Donnelly, a second-term assemblyman from San Bernardino County and a Tea Party favorite.
SPORTS
February 21, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
If you're an NFL team, bigger is usually better, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took it to heart and head with the unveiling of their new helmet and logo on Thursday. Remember, it's not a "redesigned" logo. It's an "enhanced" version. The new helmet, with bolder red and pewter, does feature a chrome-colored facemask, which will be a first in the NFL. The team's official release also states that "the skull is modernized and he looks meaner. " Buccaneers Co-Chairman Edward Glazer said in the release: "This is an exciting day for the entire Buccaneers organization as we begin the process of introducing our new look by revealing an enhanced logo and new helmet design.
OPINION
February 14, 2014 | By Steve Knight and Joel Anderson
State Sen. Roderick D. Wright (D-Inglewood) was convicted in January of eight felonies, including five counts of fraudulent voting, two counts of perjury and one count of filing a false declaration of candidacy. As of this writing, he is still a fully active member of the state Senate. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg only removed the senator from his Governmental Organization Committee chairmanship at his request. No disciplinary action has been initiated by the Senate leadership.
SPORTS
February 13, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
After LeBron James hit a game-winning shot Wednesday to lead his Miami Heat past the Golden State Warriors, Warriors guard Mark Jackson was effusive in his praise of James, saying he will go down as one of the greatest ever. Earlier in the week, James commented that if they ever make a Mt. Rushmore for the NBA, he would be on it. James put Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson on there, and when asked if he would be there when his career is over, he told NBA TV's Steve Smith, "Yeah.
SPORTS
February 12, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Steve Nash has had a tough time since signing with the Lakers before the 2012-13 season. A host of injuries have reduced him to a shadow of his former self. Is it time for him to just step aside and retire? On Tuesday, he left after playing only 17 minutes against the Utah Jazz because of discomfort in his leg and back. Nash has played in 60 of a possible 134 games for the Lakers, and his injuries the last two seasons read like a bad episode of "Grey's Anatomy": broken leg, stiff neck, sore ankle, painful hip, irritated hamstring, bad back, lame knee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The campaign to select a successor to former Mayor Bob Filner is down to its final hours-- with a local think-tank predicting the race between City Council members David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer is close. "It may be a late evening for poll watchers," said Vince Vasquez of the National University System Institute for Policy Research. Polls close at 8 p.m. Alvarez, 33, a Democrat, and Faulconer, 47, a Republican, are fighting to serve the final 33 months of Filner's term.
SPORTS
February 4, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
With a 43-8 dismantling of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, the Seattle Seahawks became the undisputed champions of the NFL on Sunday night. So that means the Broncos are the league's second-best team, right? Well, not necessarily. Outspoken Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman declared during a Super Bowl after-party that the Seahawks' bitter NFC rival, the San Francisco 49ers, were actually No. 2 in the NFL. After all, it took a big defensive play in the end zone by Sherman and teammate Malcolm Smith to preserve a 23-17 victory over the 49ers in the NFC championship -- an extremely close contest that didn't at all resemble the blowout that took place at MetLife Stadium two weeks later.
SPORTS
February 3, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 This week's Southern Section sports polls have been released. For boys' basketball, click here . For girls' basketball, click here . Fpr boys' soccer, click here . For girls' soccer, click here . For girls' water polo, click here.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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