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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1988 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, Times Staff Writer
After an 8-year courtship with the Republican Party, Reagan Democrats last week came home to the Democratic Party, at least in the South Bay. Returns from Tuesday's election show that an intensive grass-roots campaign was successful in winning back Democratic voters who abandoned the party in two previous presidential elections. Four years ago, Ronald Reagan carried three of the South Bay's four state Assembly districts, including two traditionally Democratic areas that swung to the Republicans.
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NEWS
January 18, 2012 | By John Hoeffel
With attention turning toward Newt Gingrich as the conservative Republican with the best chance of catching front-runner Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum cranked up his assault on the former speaker of the House, questioning his steadiness and convictions. "We've had good solid policy proposals as opposed to some of the irresponsible ones that Newt has thrown out there and irresponsible statements," Santorum said in an early morning interview on Fox News. If voters choose the former speaker, he said, they may "wake up in the morning and look at the newspaper and say, "Oh, my gosh, he didn't say that, did he?
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NEWS
July 18, 1988 | GEORGE SKELTON, Times Staff Writer
The dilemma Michael S. Dukakis faces in negotiating with the Rev. Jesse Jackson for campaign support is that the prospective Democratic presidential nominee risks alienating the "Reagan Democrats" he needs to win in November, a Los Angeles Times Poll indicates. On the other hand, Dukakis also needs solid support from Jackson's black constituency, which in recent decades has loyally voted Democratic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2010 | By Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times
When Harold Hofmann settles into something, he stays. He's lived at the same address nearly all of his 77 years. He's been married to the same woman going on 58 years. And last month he was elected to his 11th term as mayor of the South Bay city of Lawndale. In an era of term limits, when the word incumbent is almost an obscenity, Hofmann's 20-year tenure makes him one of the longest-serving mayors in the state. "Honest to god, I thought he had been mayor since I got out of high school in 1970," said former El Segundo Mayor Kelly McDowell, who just stepped down after six years as mayor and 12 on the council.
NEWS
October 27, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
On his first full day as a Reform Party presidential candidate, Patrick J. Buchanan on Tuesday went straight to Macomb County and its coveted voters known as Reagan Democrats. Buchanan took his staunch messages of social conservatism and "America first" military and economic ideology to the suburban Detroit county where Ronald Reagan successfully voiced them in 1980--even as voters continued to elect and reelect Democrats farther down the ticket.
NATIONAL
June 15, 2006 | From the Associated Press
National Democratic leaders were relishing the prospect of a Vietnam War hero and Reagan administration Navy secretary challenging Republican Sen. George Allen, a day after James Webb beat a Democratic Party stalwart in Tuesday's primary for the November election. But beating Allen will be a struggle, even for a Republican turned Democrat with Webb's portfolio.
OPINION
August 23, 1992 | John P. Sears, John P. Sears, a political analyst, served as Ronald Reagan's campaign manager in 1976 and 1980
A Republican Convention is a conclave of people who distrust government, experts, social planners, college professors, the press and anyone else who would presume to tell them what to do. They trust the legal system, religion and their notion of the family to curb or punish any excesses that such unbridled freedom might result in.
NEWS
July 29, 1988 | BOB DROGIN, Times Staff Writer
Democratic presidential nominee Michael S. Dukakis headed off on a seven-state campaign swing Thursday, seeking support from two divergent groups: Ronald Reagan Democrats and Jesse Jackson loyalists. But as the euphoria of last week's Democratic National Convention wears off, the Massachusetts governor was forced to walk a delicate line between the two often-opposing groups--and he only partially succeeded.
NEWS
October 28, 1990 | BILL STALL, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Dianne Feinstein sharpened and focused her rhetoric on traditional party issues of equal rights and economic fairness Saturday with an invitation to Reagan Democrats to "come home" to the Democratic Party. As she battled to break ahead of Republican U.S. Sen. Pete Wilson in their fight for California's governorship, Feinstein sought to persuade working men and women that they had been betrayed by the "trickle-down" promise of Ronald Reagan's economics.
NEWS
September 9, 1988 | FRANK CLIFFORD, Times Staff Writer
Robert Flaugher still boasts about the Christmas card he received from Ronald Reagan. Like millions of Democrats, the 64-year-old San Diegan voted for Reagan because he believed he would make the country stronger militarily and economically. Looking back, Flaugher, who even raised money for Reagan, credits the President with a lot of success, but he does not automatically transfer his enthusiasm to other Republican candidates now that Reagan is leaving the White House.
NATIONAL
March 12, 2008 | Janet Hook and Tom Hamburger, Times Staff Writers
With two celebrity-class candidates, Democrats have seen their presidential contest draw record voter turnout and an influx of Latinos and younger Americans to the party. But some are becoming concerned that the party now risks losing its hold on a more established set of needed supporters: blue-collar workers.
NATIONAL
June 15, 2006 | From the Associated Press
National Democratic leaders were relishing the prospect of a Vietnam War hero and Reagan administration Navy secretary challenging Republican Sen. George Allen, a day after James Webb beat a Democratic Party stalwart in Tuesday's primary for the November election. But beating Allen will be a struggle, even for a Republican turned Democrat with Webb's portfolio.
OPINION
February 13, 2004
Re "Clark's Hard-Charging Campaign Comes to a Close," Feb. 11: The Democrats have chosen a lackluster, all-talk, no-action senator from Massachusetts as their nominee over a person with a proven record of sticking his neck out to do the right thing and finding a way to get it done. They have thrown away the only candidate who could pull back the 5 million to 10 million "Reagan Democrats" in this country, the only viable candidate who is not up to his neck in lobbyist money, not to mention the only candidate with an innovative tax reform proposal that would actually benefit the middle class.
OPINION
August 10, 2003 | Tony Quinn, Tony Quinn is co-editor of the California Target Book, a nonpartisan analysis of California's congressional and legislative elections.
Arnold Schwarzenegger lobbed a grenade into the California political establishment last week when he surprisingly announced his candidacy for governor. When the debris clears, the state's Democrats will have a new problem: the "Arnold Democrat." Another actor -- named Ronald Reagan -- erupted on the California political scene 37 years ago, and one of his legacies was the "Reagan Democrat."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2000
Re "O.C. Execs Want to Steer GOP to Center" (Jan. 18): Glad to see a little Republican shifting going on. However, until they acknowledge a need for environmental work I will still vote across my Republican registration for an environmentally aware Democrat. KAREN M. PHELPS Dana Point The New Majority Committee, notwithstanding its heavyweight names, has undertaken a significant and difficult task that is long overdue, namely to bring back inclusion into the GOP in Orange County, the state and hopefully nationwide.
NEWS
October 27, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
On his first full day as a Reform Party presidential candidate, Patrick J. Buchanan on Tuesday went straight to Macomb County and its coveted voters known as Reagan Democrats. Buchanan took his staunch messages of social conservatism and "America first" military and economic ideology to the suburban Detroit county where Ronald Reagan successfully voiced them in 1980--even as voters continued to elect and reelect Democrats farther down the ticket.
NEWS
August 22, 1988 | BOB SECTER, Times Staff Writer
Embattled GOP vice presidential candidate Dan Quayle took a break from campaigning Sunday but found himself skewered for breakfast on morning news shows as prominent leaders of both parties assessed the fallout from the flap over the Indiana senator's military record. Democrats, including Rep. Tony Coelho (D-Merced), the House majority whip, said the problem reflects poorly on the ability of Vice President George Bush to make sound decisions.
NATIONAL
March 12, 2008 | Janet Hook and Tom Hamburger, Times Staff Writers
With two celebrity-class candidates, Democrats have seen their presidential contest draw record voter turnout and an influx of Latinos and younger Americans to the party. But some are becoming concerned that the party now risks losing its hold on a more established set of needed supporters: blue-collar workers.
NEWS
September 23, 1996 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
During the 1970s and 1980s, gritty blue-collar towns like this one were at the epicenter of the political earthquake that tore apart the Democratic majority in national politics and allowed Republicans to dominate the White House for a generation. But today, voters here such as Les Withrow, a freight broker who defected to back Ronald Reagan a decade ago, are comfortably sliding back into the party of their parents to support President Clinton.
NEWS
September 18, 1996 | PAUL RICHTER and ROBERT A. ROSENBLATT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
President Clinton plunged into working-class regions of the Midwest on Tuesday, stressing two issues of interest to so-called Reagan Democrats: Vocational education and protection of retirement funds. In a Washington ceremony before departing for the Midwest, Clinton announced regulations to make it easier for workers to carry some retirement investments with them when they switch jobs.
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