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August 16, 1996 | JANET HOOK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Republicans may have called a cease-fire in the ideological warfare over abortion and other social issues at this week's national convention, but some Republicans like Laurie Letourneau are wondering how long the truce will last now that the delegates are going home. Letourneau, a convention delegate from Massachusetts, says that disputes over abortion and squabbles between moderates and conservatives in her state have been so bitter that she is thinking of leaving the Republican Party.
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March 18, 2012 | Doyle McManus
There's an old saying in Republican politics: Massachusetts produces only two exports - lobsters and liberals - and neither one travels well. That's what GOP strategists said in 1988 when then-Gov. Michael S. Dukakis was the Democratic presidential nominee, and in 2004, when Sen. John F. Kerry ran and lost. But this year, they're glumly pondering whether that cranky old rule also applies to their own purported front-runner, former Gov. Mitt Romney. COMMENTARY AND ANALYSIS: Presidential Election 2012 Romney's not really a liberal despite what his conservative critics say. But he sure hasn't always traveled well.
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March 18, 2012 | Doyle McManus
There's an old saying in Republican politics: Massachusetts produces only two exports - lobsters and liberals - and neither one travels well. That's what GOP strategists said in 1988 when then-Gov. Michael S. Dukakis was the Democratic presidential nominee, and in 2004, when Sen. John F. Kerry ran and lost. But this year, they're glumly pondering whether that cranky old rule also applies to their own purported front-runner, former Gov. Mitt Romney. COMMENTARY AND ANALYSIS: Presidential Election 2012 Romney's not really a liberal despite what his conservative critics say. But he sure hasn't always traveled well.
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August 16, 1996 | JANET HOOK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Republicans may have called a cease-fire in the ideological warfare over abortion and other social issues at this week's national convention, but some Republicans like Laurie Letourneau are wondering how long the truce will last now that the delegates are going home. Letourneau, a convention delegate from Massachusetts, says that disputes over abortion and squabbles between moderates and conservatives in her state have been so bitter that she is thinking of leaving the Republican Party.
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May 18, 2004 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
Sen. John F. Kerry sought to rally Oregon Democrats on Monday evening through a joint appearance with his former rival Howard Dean, offering a passionate defense of the right to question the nation's course in Iraq and praising Dean for energizing the Democratic Party. Speaking to a crowd of about 4,000 people in a downtown plaza, Kerry drew the most enthusiastic response when he criticized President Bush's handling of the war in Iraq.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1985 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, Times County Bureau Chief
U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy warned Democratic fund-raising groups in Orange County on Friday not to try to copy the positions and strategies of the Republican Party. The Massachusetts Democrat also criticized his party for allowing the GOP to "seize" the issues of "caring, opportunity and strength," long considered part of the Democratic heritage.
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April 2, 2000 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It may be a Grand Old Party, but in Massachusetts, top Republicans can't be having a lot of fun. Bad enough that Gov. Paul Cellucci is under fire for overspending on everything from extravagant junkets to the Big Dig, the $12.5-billion highway project that has made Bay State drivers crazy for almost 10 years. Bad enough that his presidential pick-to-click, Texas Gov. George W. Bush, was creamed in the primary here by Arizona Sen. John McCain.
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