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December 13, 2010 | By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele stunned friends and foes Monday by launching a fight to keep his job. Steele discussed his decision during a conference call Monday night with members of the Republican National Committee. His decision means the party will be debating the record of its first African American chairman as it takes control of the House. Steele and Republican congressional leaders have been at odds, and a bruising fight would be an unwelcome distraction.
April 18, 2014 | By Sherif Tarek
Algeria's ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika secured a fourth five-year tenure Friday after amassing nearly 82% of votes, according to initial results announced by Interior Minister Tayeb Belaiz. The landslide victory in Thursday's election was widely foreseen, despite opposition from Islamists and leftist groups, and his poor health. Bouteflika, 77, is recovering from a stroke and made few public appearances. Ali Benflis, considered the strongest among five challengers to Bouteflika, came in second, with 12% of the vote, Belaiz said.
November 28, 2011 | By James Oliphant and Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
Rep. Barney Frank, the longtime Democratic congressman from Massachusetts and a favorite GOP target for crafting legislation to reform Wall Street business practices, is expected to announce Monday that he will not seek reelection next year. Frank, 71, has served 16 terms in Congress. His office released a brief statement saying that Frank would hold a news conference in Newton, Mass., on Monday afternoon. The combative and bombastic former chairman of the House Financial Services Committee was the author, along with former Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, of a bill that tightened regulation of banks and financial institutions in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008.
April 14, 2014 | By Howard Blume
Los Angeles teachers union President Warren Fletcher said he would no longer actively campaign for reelection, clearing the path for challenger Alex Caputo-Pearl to become the next leader of United Teachers Los Angeles. In the first round of voting in March, Caputo-Pearl received 48% of the votes and Fletcher 21%. The runoff election takes place this month, with ballots set to be counted April 29. In an interview Sunday, the one-term incumbent also said that he had not formally suspended his campaign and that he would serve if he won. But Fletcher emphasized that he had accepted that an incumbent who finished so far back in a primary had little hope of winning a runoff.
September 27, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
President Obama faces a “titanic struggle” to win reelection, his top campaign strategist, David Axelrod, said Tuesday, given high unemployment and the poisonous partisan atmosphere in Washington. "In 2008, we had the wind at our backs," Axelrod said, according to MSNBC. "Now, we don't have the wind at our back. We have the wind in our faces, because the American people have the wind in their faces. " Speaking at forum at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., Axelrod had harsh words for Republicans, who, he said, had blocked the president from achieving major policy goals.
January 25, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Rep. Michele Bachmann, having seen her bid for the presidency come to an early end, said Wednesday that she will seek reelection to her House seat. "I am very thrilled to be in the position that I am today, and I am looking forward to continuing," Bachmann told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Bachmann is currently serving her third term representing Minnesota's 6th Congressional District. She raised $13.5 million in her 2010 campaign, winning the Republican-leaning seat by 13 points.
June 12, 2013 | By Sandra Hernandez
Earlier this year, Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell teased voters by suggesting he might challenge Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca in next year's election. Now he says he won't run for sheriff because it would require too much time spent on fundraising and politicking. His decision, while understandable, is disappointing for many reasons. McDonnell is a well-respected cop who recently served on the county commission that criticized Baca's management of the jails. As The Times' editorial board wrote in February, Baca has never faced a credible challenger for the job. The board, though not endorsing any candidate, noted that McDonnell's presence would be a positive force because it would push Baca to explain his record to voters, and serve as an incentive for the sheriff to enact the sweeping reforms recommended last year by the Citizens' Commission on Jail Violence.
June 7, 2011 | By Michael Muskal
Rep. Dan Boren will not seek reelection from his conservative Oklahoma district, a move considered to be a serious blow to efforts by his fellow Democrats to retake control of the House of Representatives in 2012. The retirement was first reported by the Oklahoman newspaper and quickly confirmed by other media outlets. Boren, who will be 38 years old this summer, is scheduled to formally announce his decision at a news conference on Tuesday in his hometown of Muskogee. Boren becomes the first member of the House in this election cycle to announce he will retire rather than seek another office.
September 13, 2009 | Michael Finnegan
An appearance by Vice President Joe Biden at a Beverly Hills luncheon Saturday yielded several hundred thousand dollars for the 2010 reelection campaign of U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). "I know up close and personal just what a fighter for her state and for this country Barbara Boxer is," Biden said of his former Senate colleague in remarks to more than 100 donors gathered at businessman Ron Burkle's mansion in Benedict Canyon. Without mentioning the leading potential GOP challenger by name, Biden suggested that Carly Fiorina could pose a threat to the Democratic incumbent with the huge personal fortune she built as Hewlett Packard's chief executive.
July 12, 2010 | By Michael Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
The political wave that put Congress in Democrats' hands in 2006 also gave the party a majority of governorships for the first time since 1995. But now, like their congressional counterparts, many Democratic governors must seek reelection in a hostile environment, particularly after making unpopular decisions to balance state budgets. Five incumbent Democrats eligible to seek reelection opted not to do so this year, and most of those running face a stiff headwind. As many of them gathered in Boston for this weekend's National Governors Assn.
March 24, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy and Seema Mehta
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown has built a war chest of $19.7 million to fund his bid for an unprecedented fourth term, easily eclipsing the money raised by his challengers, according to new campaign reports filed with the state. Brown has raised nearly $3 million this year and spent nearly $95,000, his report shows. Top contributors include several labor unions, Netflix Inc. co-founder Reed Hastings, Napster co-founder Sean Parker and several descendants of the founders of the Gap Inc., the clothing company where Brown's wife, Anne Gust Brown, was once an executive.
March 19, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
Walt Disney Co. held its annual meeting in Portland, Ore., on Tuesday and used the occasion to reveal a few tidbits about its forthcoming film projects, including a pair of animated sequels and the company's first "Star Wars" picture. Shareholders of Disney, the world's largest entertainment company, also confirmed all 10 members of the board of directors who were up for reelection. The meeting was also notable for what did not transpire there. The Burbank company was able to avoid a vote on a proposal put forward by a group of activist investors who wanted to amend the process by which candidates are nominated to the board.
March 18, 2014 | Jean Merl
At a recent reception in their honor, four of California's Democratic freshman House members posed for photos and beamed at well-wishers. But signs of the battles they face were hard to miss. Asked by a fellow politician how his reelection campaign was going, Rep. Scott Peters of San Diego replied, "Hanging in. Got a tough race. " The same answer could have come from any of the honorees. Although the rest of their first-term colleagues occupy seats in strongly Democratic districts, for these four, California's deep blue hue looks more like pale violet.
March 12, 2014 | By Cathleen Decker and Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced Wednesday she would not seek a third term, forgoing a campaign that would have required her to challenge the state's term limits measure. The Republican had left open the option of running this year, despite the overwhelming weight of legal opinion against it. She became governor in 2009 when Democrat Janet Napolitano left office to join President Obama's Cabinet, and Brewer won reelection the following year. The state limits governors to two terms, and most legal experts said her first partial term counted toward the limit.
March 2, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
Gov. Jerry Brown enjoys a unique position that no California governor has been in for 68 years. He is a virtual shoo-in for reelection. That gives him an extremely rare opportunity to rise above conventional political rhetoric and open a substantive dialogue with voters about the state's future direction. In a cakewalk, there's little risk of tripping. A California governor hasn't had such an opening since immediately after World War II. In 1946, Republican Earl Warren won both major parties' nominations and was reelected in November with nearly 92% of the vote.
February 28, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
After confirming his intention to seek an unprecedented fourth term, Gov. Jerry Brown said he was running because he believed he had been successful in shepherding the state during his tenure but had unfinished business. “Well, I like this kind of work. I've been doing it now for quite a bit of time,” Brown told CBS News' Scott Pelley in an interview that aired Friday evening. “But I've had some success and I see great opportunities, even still -- in building a high-speed rail, in taking care of our water needs, in fixing our unfunded pensions and actually making our prison realignment work and making a reality out of our returning power to local schools,” the governor said.
October 17, 2010 | Doyle McManus
One of the oddities of American politics is that midterm congressional elections don't tell us what's likely to happen to a first-term president in the reelection campaign that follows. Bill Clinton's Democrats suffered a catastrophic defeat in 1994, but Clinton cruised to easy reelection in 1996. George H.W. Bush's Republicans did well in 1990 by losing only a handful of seats, but Bush lost the presidency two years later. So let's ignore for a moment the noise of the coming midterm elections and look ahead to 2012 and the presidential campaign that's already underway.
August 20, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
President Hamid Karzai plans to seek reelection next year, saying he hasn't finished his job. In a candid acknowledgement of some failures after four years in office, Karzai said Afghanistan did not yet have a functioning government, corruption remains rampant and the Afghan people "still suffer massively" in the fight against terrorism. "So I have a job to do, a job to complete. In that sense, yes, I would like to run," Karzai said in an interview in the presidential palace in Kabul.
February 28, 2014 | By Anthony York
OAKLAND -- One day after walking in to the Alameda County elections office unannounced to take out paperwork to run for reelection, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday officially filed his candidacy for an unprecedented fourth and final term. Brown, accompanied by his wife, Anne, spoke to reporters after handing his papers to Alameda County officials, and outlined his message for reelection: ensuring the state's budget stays balanced and monitoring the effects of sweeping changes he has made in the way schools are funded and criminals are incarcerated.
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