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February 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
An election to fill former Sen. Trent Lott's seat in Congress will coincide with the general election in November, the state Supreme Court ruled in Jackson, saying a separate vote would be costly and unreasonable. Republican Gov. Haley Barbour had set the special election for Nov. 4. Atty. Gen. Jim Hood, a Democrat, had challenged the date.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - Justice Joyce L. Kennard, a Republican appointee who forged a largely liberal path on the California Supreme Court, announced Tuesday she will retire April 5, giving Gov. Jerry Brown another chance to put his mark on the state's highest court. Kennard, 72, is the court's longest-serving justice, with a 25-year tenure. She has been regarded as a highly independent judge, often siding with the underdog. Though she owed her place on the top court to former Gov. George Deukmejian, a law-and-order conservative, she bucked expectations and sided so often with the late liberal Justice Stanley Mosk that the pair was dubbed "the odd couple.
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NATIONAL
May 16, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
President Obama intends to name Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman to be ambassador to China, a source said. The governor has accepted, said the source, who would speak only on condition of anonymity ahead of a White House announcement expected today. Huntsman, a two-term governor, is fluent in Mandarin Chinese from his days as a Mormon missionary in Taiwan. He made headlines recently for encouraging the Republican Party to swing in a more moderate direction to bounce back from the 2008 elections, angering some conservatives.
NATIONAL
October 15, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
NEW YORK - Never mind the bitter partisan bickering in Washington. New Jersey resident Peter Cahill will go to the polls twice within the next month and do something unusual: vote for a Republican and a Democrat. On Wednesday, Cahill, 44, will cast a ballot for Cory Booker, the Democratic mayor of Newark, in a special election for U.S. Senate. Then, on Nov. 5, he'll vote to reelect Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, to a second term. Booker and Christie are very different, the Hillsdale man acknowledges.
NATIONAL
May 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
State lawmakers approved a bill adding restrictions and requirements for illegal immigrants, the cities in which they live and the businesses that employ them. Republican Gov. Matt Blunt, who made passing the measure a priority, called it "extraordinarily strong." The legislation would require applicants for food stamps, housing and other public benefits to prove they are U.S. citizens or are legally in the country. It also would penalize businesses that knowingly hire illegal immigrants; order the highway patrol to seek special federal immigration training; and bar Missouri cities from refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
OPINION
November 10, 2006
Re "A landslide for Feinstein and governor," Nov. 8 California voters have set a strong example for Republican legislators and the White House. Although California leans Democratic, Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was reelected in a landslide. After his referendums were defeated last year, the governor began to work with the Legislature in a bipartisan manner. The liberal public recognized his efforts toward change and applauded him. It is time for a new deal, a cohesive front, a new attitude.
NEWS
January 15, 1986 | DOUGLAS SHUIT, Times Staff Writer
State Sen. H. L. Richardson of Glendora, outspoken advocate of gun ownership and perhaps the Legislature's most conservative member, changed his mind and jumped into the Republican primary election campaign for lieutenant governor Tuesday. Richardson, a 20-year veteran of the Senate, probably will face recording executive Mike Curb, a former GOP lieutenant governor who has indicated that he wants his old job back, as his toughest competition in the June primary.
NEWS
April 12, 1985 | KEITH LOVEBD Times Political Writer and
Since barely losing the 1982 governor's race, Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley has had two big successes--presiding over the widely acclaimed 1984 Olympic Games and, on Tuesday, winning a landslide reelection to a fourth term. Will he go for three? That is the favorite guessing game this week among California Democrats--trying to predict whether Bradley will run for governor again in 1986. Actually, the game involves two questions: "Will he?" and "Should he?" The answers don't always match.
NATIONAL
February 12, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
On a seeming collision course toward the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, Tim Pawlenty and Mitt Romney spoke to cheering crowds Friday at the second day of a gathering of the nation's conservatives, blasting President Obama for what they said was his failure to lead on national security and the economy. While Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, and Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, have not formally declared their intentions, their White House ambitions appear more evident every day. Romney's wife, Ann, introducing him to the packed house at the Conservative Political Action Conference, came close to an admission, saying that she "hoped" to see her husband elected.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Houston I. Flournoy, a Republican who narrowly lost to Jerry Brown in the 1974 California gubernatorial election, has died. He was 78. Flournoy died Monday of heart failure while flying on a private plane from San Diego to Santa Rosa, said his son, David Flournoy. The elder Flournoy had suffered from emphysema. Before running for governor, Flournoy served three two-year terms in the state Assembly starting in 1960.
NATIONAL
January 2, 2013 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - House Speaker John A. Boehner on Wednesday set a Jan. 15 vote on a Superstorm Sandy relief bill after enraged Northeast politicians - including Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, a fellow Republican - blasted the speaker for skipping action on disaster aid in the final hours of the current Congress. Boehner scheduled the vote after a parade of officials from storm-ravaged New York, New Jersey and Connecticut criticized the Ohio Republican for refusing to allow a vote on a $60-billion aid package before the end of this congressional session.
NATIONAL
April 17, 2012 | By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
ATLANTA — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Monday imposing new restrictions on the state's sole abortion clinic that could force it to close its doors. The law is one of several recent state measures championed by antiabortion activists and passed largely by Republican allies. Last week, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a law that banned most abortions after 20 weeks. In March, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell signed a bill requiring women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion.
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April 13, 2012 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
LAS VEGAS - Following a national trend of new get-tough abortion legislation, Arizona has passed a law that severely restricts the procedure, banning most abortions after 20 weeks - setting the stage for another showdown between social conservatives and women's rights groups. With GOP Gov. Jan Brewer's signature on the Republication-sponsored legislation, Arizona took a stand on an issue that could become fodder during this year's presidential campaign. Proponents say the law protects fetuses, which they say can feel pain after five months of development.
NATIONAL
March 4, 2012 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
  Residents here were all for balancing Ohio's budget. They didn't expect that to mean their town would cease to exist. This small village of low-slung houses and squeaky swing sets in western Ohio's farm country has already laid off its part-time police officer and decided not to replace its maintenance worker, who recently retired. To save cash, Mayor William Rolston will propose Monday that the town turn off the street lights, and that Uniopolis disincorporate after more than a century in existence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2012 | By Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
Throwing a political curveball, Republican lawmakers on Wednesday lined up behind Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to overhaul public pensions — and called on Democrats to do the same. Echoing Brown's concerns about ballooning obligations to current and future retirees, they introduced a series of bills that mirror the 12-point plan the governor released last fall. So far, they noted at a Capitol press conference, Democrats have failed to heed Brown's call to put his proposals into legislation.
NATIONAL
February 16, 2012 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
New Jersey legislators approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, but Gov. Chris Christie's promise to veto the measure sets the stage for a battle that should cement his role as a powerhouse in the Republican Party, even if voters support the right of gays to wed in a ballot measure. The vote in the Democratic-controlled Assembly on Thursday in favor of the Marriage Equality and Religious Exemption Act was 42 to 33 after nearly three hours of debate as speakers on both sides insisted they were acting on behalf of the majority of New Jersey voters.
NEWS
April 22, 1994 | CATHLEEN DECKER and BILL STALL, TIMES POLITICAL WRITERS
There, on the side of the ballroom where thousands of Democrats gathered last weekend, hung the sign that stood out in the field of bright banners: "America's Best Treasurer to Revive America's Worst Economy," said the one touting the gubernatorial campaign of state Treasurer Kathleen Brown. But up at the podium was Vice President Al Gore, congratulating the Clinton Administration for stopping the economic slide and putting California back on its feet. "Finally, the recovery has begun," he said.
OPINION
March 24, 2011
Gov. Jerry Brown seems determined to let voters, not legislators, decide whether to extend a set of temporary tax increases in lieu of making deeper cuts in state services. So if he can't persuade a handful of Republican lawmakers to schedule a ballot measure on the tax extensions in June, he may mount a petition drive to put the issue before voters in November. The delay might reduce the chances of the measure passing, but it's still a better option than the all-cuts budget that Brown previously described as the only alternative.
OPINION
March 12, 2011
Republican leaders in the Legislature haven't wavered in their public opposition to Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal for closing the budget gap, but they may not have the last word on the subject. Five Senate Republicans have suggested to Brown that they might break with their party and support the budget if Democrats agree to several significant changes in policy, including an inflexible cap on state spending, reduced pensions for state workers and restrictions on lawsuits. Ideally, this kind of concession extracting, which has become an annual ritual in Sacramento, would leaven the budget with reforms that make the cuts and tax extensions more palatable for voters.
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