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September 19, 1992 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After tracking mudslinging U.S. political campaigns for more than 30 years, Estonian presidential candidate Rein Taagepera thought he was well within the bounds of good taste when he chided an opponent for tardiness. But the California resident's joking comment triggered a barrage of criticism: The Estonian press and public accused him of "negative campaigning."
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September 19, 1992 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After tracking mudslinging U.S. political campaigns for more than 30 years, Estonian presidential candidate Rein Taagepera thought he was well within the bounds of good taste when he chided an opponent for tardiness. But the California resident's joking comment triggered a barrage of criticism: The Estonian press and public accused him of "negative campaigning."
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May 9, 1990 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rein Taagepera, newly elected member of Estonia's congress, ran his campaign from the kitchen of his Irvine home. He pounded out essays and speeches on a home computer, then broadcast them to his homeland in the Soviet Union via Radio Free Europe. Sometimes he faxed his campaign literature to Estonia and counted on friends to distribute it to voters. "Of course when you try to send a fax to Estonia, it sometimes takes three to four days. There's a lot of hit and miss," Taagepera said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1990 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rein Taagepera, newly elected member of Estonia's congress, ran his campaign from the kitchen of his Irvine home. He pounded out essays and speeches on a home computer, then broadcast them to his homeland in the Soviet Union via Radio Free Europe. Sometimes he faxed his campaign literature to Estonia and counted on friends to distribute it to voters. "Of course when you try to send a fax to Estonia, it sometimes takes three to four days. There's a lot of hit and miss," Taagepera said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1998
Re "Police Citation 'Goals' Give Drivers a Ticket to Writhe," Feb. 16: Could police departments try formal written warnings? Unlike oral warnings, they would be proof that the officer is watching his beat--and this seems the main purpose of open or hidden "quotas" for traffic citations. Unlike citations, they would not impact the driver--unless a computer check finds a warning by a different officer for the same type of infraction. Such a repeat pattern should turn the warnings into a citation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1988
My heart goes out to the Florida couple who moved to the Soviet Union because they could not feel secure in the U.S. (Part I, Jan. 30). In particular, they discovered restrictions on building on a piece of flood plain land they owned. Of course, they are now absolutely secure against such surprises because all land is government property in the Soviet Union. However, I object to their act being called a "defection." They have breached no allegiance or duty. They are free to go, talk about "socialist principles" of unrestrained private property and return at will.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1993
Out of 12 longstanding democracies in Europe, at least nine practice elections with some kind of proportional representation in multiseat districts: Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Ireland, and Italy. Editorializing on changes in Italy (April 23), you erroneously claim that a winner-take-all system is "used in the rest of Western Europe." Actually, Britain is alone in Western Europe to use U.S.-style winner-take-all. Germany formally has a mixed system, but it ends up in nationwide proportional representation for parties with more than 5% votes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1992 | The Associated Press
A Van Nuys businessman said Monday he was accepting the post of deputy minister of industry for Armenia to aggressively develop foreign investment in the new republic. "My job is to introduce Armenia and the opportunities available in Armenia to the international community and to the United States," Gary H. Bedian, 32, told a news conference in Glendale. Bedian, who owns a commercial real estate firm, is a Syrian native of Armenian ancestry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1990
I am responding to the article written about Prof. Rein Taagepera by Times staff writer David Reyes (May 9). I have only fond recollections of being a student of such a wonderful man. I took my first class with Prof. Taagepera approximately seven years ago during the Brezhnev years. I learned how important it was to understand that the Soviet Union is made up of many different nationalities, not just Russians. Many ethnic groups suffered a lack of identity under the socialist structure of Soviet society that favored the people of Russian descent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1994 | ALICIA DI RADO
Scholars at UC Irvine have won a five-year, $562,500 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the creation and growth of democracies, university officials announced last week. Through the Graduate Research Traineeship Program on Democratization and Democratic Politics, educators will develop studies on democracy around the world, UCI spokesman Scott Nelson said. The grant also will subsidize five doctoral students with full-time fellowships each year, beginning next fall.
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September 21, 1992 | CAREY GOLDBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Estonians cast ballots for a new president and Parliament on Sunday in an election overshadowed by the tiny Baltic country's citizenship rules, which bar more than 40% of the population, mainly Russians, from voting. With half the vote counted early today, election authorities reported that Arnold F. Ruutel, a former Communist Party boss and Estonia's current leader, was leading in the presidential contest with about 43% of the vote.
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