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March 19, 2013 | By Paul West
WASHINGTON - Former Gov. Mark Sanford took a big step on the road to political redemption Tuesday, topping a large field of Republican candidates in the special election for a South Carolina congressional seat. A onetime rising star in the GOP, Sanford sidetracked his career with an extramarital affair that became an international sensation. But in his first race since leaving the governor's office two years ago, he finished far ahead of 15 Republican primary opponents, with almost three times as many votes as his nearest competitor.
March 16, 2013 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
Emanuel Pleitez, the long-shot Los Angeles mayoral candidate who received a scant 4% of the primary vote despite an inspiring personal story, endorsed former rival Eric Garcetti on Saturday afternoon. The former technology executive, who touted his humble beginnings as he courted the Latino vote during the primary campaign, said Garcetti, a city councilman, shared his passion for making sure all Angelenos had a voice. "I ran for mayor because I care deeply about this city, and you know this city is where my family came for opportunity like so many other families from other countries [and]
March 15, 2013 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
Kevin James' Los Angeles mayoral bid may have fallen short, but the long-shot candidate's third-place finish has given him newfound clout in the runoff between Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti. Eyeing the nearly 47,000 voters who supported James, both Democrats are actively seeking the Republican attorney's imprimatur. James had a two-hour dinner with City Councilman Garcetti last Saturday at Pace restaurant in Laurel Canyon. The previous day, he met for an hour and a half with City Controller Greuel in his Century City law office.
March 9, 2013 | By James Rainey, Los Angeles Times
Defeated Los Angeles mayoral candidate Jan Perry warned Friday that electing a city chief executive too beholden to public employee unions could leave the city vulnerable to being "flipped over on its back, flailing, while a few insiders get what they want. " Perry, whose endorsement in the May runoff election could be significant, was aiming her remarks at City Controller Wendy Greuel, who benefited from heavy financial support from organized labor on her way to a second-place finish in Tuesday's primary.
March 9, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
The day after Eric Garcetti won a spot in the May runoff for Los Angeles mayor, the city councilman turned his focus to African Americans in South Los Angeles, campaigning in Leimert Park with comedian D.L. Hughley. "In too many of our communities, especially communities of color, we still have way too much crime," Garcetti told the audience. "We still have too many gunshots, too few opportunities for our young people. " A day later, Garcetti rival Wendy Greuel, the city controller, announced that one of the city's premier black clergymen, Rev. Cecil "Chip" Murray, was backing her. "Chip Murray has redefined what it means to be a faith leader in Los Angeles," she said of the former pastor of First African Methodist Episcopal Church.
March 7, 2013 | By Maeve Reston, Seema Mehta and Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
The vote counting isn't finished, but Los Angeles' surviving mayoral candidates have already moved on to a monumental new task: replenishing their campaign treasuries for the final and most intense phase of the campaign. When the polls closed Tuesday, the campaigns were effectively broke. City ethics rules prohibit candidates from carrying over funds from the March primary and soliciting new money before they made the runoff. For City Controller Wendy Greuel and Councilman Eric Garcetti, that means quickly refocusing on a breakneck, behind-the-scenes race to rake in thousands of donations limited by city law to $1,300 or less.
March 6, 2013 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
On the morning after he became the top vote-getter in a bruising, four-candidate contest for Los Angeles city attorney, former lawmaker Mike Feuer got up early Wednesday and hit the phones, already campaigning for the May runoff against incumbent Carmen Trutanich. "This is the time to seize this momentum and carry it forward," Feuer said after unofficial returns from Tuesday's municipal primary showed him with almost 44% of the vote to Trutanich's 30%. Two other candidates, private attorneys Greg Smith and Noel Weiss, finished with 17% and nearly 7%, respectively.
February 26, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
A previously low-profile race for Los Angeles city controller has begun to heat up as opponents of City Councilman Dennis Zine accuse him of "double dipping" the city's payroll and question why he is considering lucrative tax breaks for a Warner Center developer. Zine, who for 12 years has represented a district in the southeast San Fernando Valley, is the better known of the major candidates competing to replace outgoing Controller Wendy Greuel. The others are Cary Brazeman, a marketing executive, and lawyer Ron Galperin.
February 1, 2013 | Jim Newton
Governing requires vision, competence and administrative know-how. But none of that matters if a candidate never gets the chance to govern. Do the four leading contenders in the race for Los Angeles mayor have plausible strategies for getting themselves elected? Here, in alphabetical order, is how each might pull it off - or fail. Eric Garcetti How he wins: Most of the early polling suggests that Garcetti and Wendy Greuel are in a statistical dead-heat for the lead, with each drawing just north of 30% of the electorate in the first round.
January 8, 2013 | By Aaron David Miller
Jews worry for a living. Their dark history and, in the case of American Jews, their legitimate concerns about the security of the state of Israel impel them to do so. But sometimes those concerns are overblown and reflect a kind of collective cosmic oy vey that gets in the way of sound and rational judgment. Such is the case in the matter of Chuck Hagel's nomination to be President Obama's next secretary of Defense. Some of the comments attributed to Hagel about lobbies, Israel and the like come from an interview he gave me for my last book about American Middle East policy, particularly his use of the term "Jewish lobby.
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