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May 8, 1994 | AMY WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When 32-year-old theoretical physicist Ron Unz decided to run for governor, even some friends tried to talk him out of it. "Politics is not the kind of thing you expect geniuses to go into," said Eric Reyburn, who attended Harvard University with Unz. Rivko Knox, Unz's aunt, worried that the race would be brutal. "I said: 'Can you take criticism? What if you speak and people laugh at you?' " David Horowitz, the conservative activist, was more blunt.
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April 22, 2002 | MARK Z. BARABAK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just weeks after pulling off one of the most stunning political upsets in California history, gubernatorial hopeful Bill Simon Jr. is facing growing doubts within his own Republican Party about his ability to oust incumbent Democrat Gray Davis.
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January 25, 1998 | Mark Z. Barabak, Mark Z. Barabak is a Times political writer
The day California killed Robert Alton Harris, the ritual of blood and justice became a carnival of the absurd. In an extraordinary cross-country duel, two bodies of feuding judges wrangled by phone and fax over the fate of the condemned double murderer. Four times a federal panel in San Francisco blocked Harris' trip to the gas chamber. Four times an increasingly exasperated U.S. Supreme Court lifted the stay of execution.
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March 1, 2002 | MARK Z. BARABAK and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
After months of quietly working to boost Richard Riordan's campaign, the White House is now hedging its position by reaching out through intermediaries to Bill Simon Jr. The effort comes as Riordan has slipped from a commanding lead in the Republican contest to a dead-heat with Simon. The third major GOP hopeful, Secretary of State Bill Jones, is running a distant third.
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November 1, 1989 | DAVE LESHER, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Pat Buchanan, the former presidential adviser and conservative Washington commentator, campaigned in Southern California Tuesday for his sister Angela's bid to be state treasurer with the message that she is a true Republican running against "a member who just joined the church." "Bay (Angela's nickname) is the future leader of the conservative movement," Buchanan said. "It's a statewide elected office and once (voters) make that decision, you've got a leader of your party, no question about it."
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April 11, 1999 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Overcoming enormous odds, Assemblyman Scott Baugh of Huntington Beach transformed himself from pariah to pooh-bah in three years at the state Capital. His comeback, capped last week when he was elected Republican leader of the Assembly, was all the more remarkable because his political career seemed doomed even before it got underway. Baugh, though, never saw it that way.
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July 27, 1991 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit accusing the California Republican Party of conspiring to intimidate Latino voters by posting uniformed security guards at Santa Ana polling places in 1988. In a unanimous decision released Thursday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that a trial must be held to determine whether the state GOP conspired with Orange County Republican officials to scare minority voters away from the polls.
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July 20, 1991 | BILL STALL, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
The California Republican Party chairman, a conservative from Modesto, attempted Friday to minimize the prospects of a crippling split within the party over Gov. Pete Wilson's deficit-cutting tax program and the overthrow of an anti-tax conservative this week as head of the Assembly Republican Caucus. While he frequently differs with Wilson on issues, GOP Chairman Jim Dignan said conservatives who are disgruntled over a $2.
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October 28, 1999 | GEORGE SKELTON
Few have noticed, except for political junkies. But the future Republican presidential nominee has just gained significant strategic ground in California, long before any votes are cast. If that nominee turns out to be Texas Gov. George W. Bush, as is widely presumed, this makes the strategic move all the more significant.
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March 17, 1998 | ERIC BAILEY and CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
State Sen. Rob Hurtt, the conservative Orange County industrialist who shook up California politics by freely spending his wealth to elect Republican candidates, including himself, stepped down Monday as Senate GOP leader to devote more time to his family and business. With the election season fast approaching, Senate Republicans acted quickly to name another Orange County lawmaker, veteran legislator Ross Johnson of Irvine, to succeed Hurtt as leader. Johnson, in turn, named Sen.
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January 24, 2002 | MARK Z. BARABAK and MICHAEL FINNEGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The leading Republican candidates for governor picked up Wednesday where their Tuesday night debate left off, with Bill Jones attacking Richard Riordan, and Bill Simon Jr. staying largely on the sidelines. Former Los Angeles Mayor Riordan laid out a plan to revamp school budgeting by requiring districts to disclose how much they spend on bureaucracy versus classroom instruction.
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January 23, 2002 | MARK Z. BARABAK and MICHAEL FINNEGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The three top Republican candidates for governor Tuesday night steered a civil course through their first debate, politely parsing their differences over issues ranging from abortion to campaign finance to illegal immigration. The 60-minute encounter offered Californians their most prolonged exposure to Richard Riordan, Bill Jones and Bill Simon Jr. since the campaign began. Each used the opportunity to deliver well-honed lines. Former Los Angeles Mayor Riordan called for greater inclusiveness.
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January 21, 2002 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Urgency crept into Secretary of State Bill Jones' voice as he answered a question lobbed at him after a speech last week at the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace. "What people need to realize," the Republican candidate for governor said, "is the election is coming right up, on March 5."
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January 6, 2002 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Inland Empire's self-image, long tarnished by lack of a clear-cut identity, got a boost Saturday when President Bush swept into Ontario for a "town hall" meeting. Just as intriguing to California politicos, however, was the posturing of three men striving to topple Gov. Gray Davis. Each of the three Republicans was quietly vying for the president's attention and blessing. Each knew full well he wouldn't get it, not on this day, anyway.
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January 4, 2002 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On Wednesday, Ontario Chamber of Commerce President Robert L. Traister was asked what he thought about the president's upcoming visit. His response: "Which president?" By Thursday morning, he was helping to coordinate the town hall-style meeting President Bush will hold Saturday morning at Ontario Convention Center. "I got here this morning, and everybody in the office said: 'You've got to bail us out. The phones are ringing off the hook,' " Traister said Thursday. "It has been fast and furious."
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December 31, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When an upstart group of wealthy Orange County Republicans converged in early 2000 to broaden the appeal of California's minority party, it was quickly dismissed by party regulars. Two years later, however, the so-called New Majority has become the state's largest Republican political action committee, centered in Orange County, the historic center of the state's GOP.
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August 12, 1995 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Turning up the heat on Assembly Speaker Doris Allen, the California Republican Party agreed Friday to endorse an attempt to recall the Orange County lawmaker and lend the party's name and financial clout to the effort. The party's board of directors voted 11-0 during a telephone conference call Friday morning to back the recall against the Cypress Republican.
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April 6, 1992 | BILL STALL, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Expressing anger at President Bush and Gov. Pete Wilson--but more vehemently at Wilson--the conservative California Republican Assembly voted overwhelmingly Sunday to support commentator Patrick J. Buchanan in the state's June 2 presidential primary. However, the 3,500-member grass-roots volunteer organization, the largest within the California GOP, decided not to give Buchanan a formal endorsement because they expect Bush to win renomination.
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October 28, 2001 | MARK Z. BARABAK and MICHAEL FINNEGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Ignoring calls for unity, the three major Republican candidates for governor squabbled Saturday over age, pedigree and campaign tactics at a daylong convention aimed at softening the GOP's harsh image. Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan was the focus of the attacks, led by Secretary of State Bill Jones, who used charts and grainy mug shots to document Riordan's ties to Democratic candidates and political operatives. The third major hopeful, investment banker Bill Simon Jr.
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September 14, 2001
The California Republican Party announced Thursday the cancellation of its annual fall convention, which was scheduled to begin today in Los Angeles. "Now is not the time for politics, but a time for rebuilding and reflection," said party Chairman Shawn Steel. The three-day gathering was expected to draw as many as 1,500 party activists.
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