December 13, 2013
Re "Another key group eludes the GOP," Dec. 8 As the former chairman of the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, I was heartened by this article. Oftentimes our Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) communities are ignored or overlooked politically. The Times notes that we are the fastest-growing minority in the United States. Consequently, we are an important community for both Republicans and Democrats. Our attitudes toward government referenced in the article - supporting "tax hikes to reduce the federal deficit; more supportive of a large, activist government; friendlier toward immigrants in the country illegally; and more favorably disposed to Obamacare than voters overall" - are among the reasons APIA voters supported President Obama with 73% of their vote in 2012.
January 9, 2013 |
Some Republican congressional leaders have argued for a trench warfare approach to President Obama's initiatives, fighting him for every yard, but polls released this week indicate the peril of that approach for the GOP as it seeks to rehabilitate itself after a stinging election defeat. The surveys indicate that the gap in approval between the president and Republicans in Congress has remained extremely large, that Republicans face greater internal divisions than Democrats and that the Democrats have maintained a significant edge in party identification.
October 9, 2013 |
How low can Congress go? Today's answer: There's not much lower they can go. Polls out Wednesday painted a bleak picture of Americans' views of their federal legislators. Really bleak. In an Associated Press-GfK poll, Congress dropped to an approval rating of 5%. No typo there. To rub salt into the wound: With the margin of error, the real figure could actually be just over 1%. It's little surprise that the poll showed, as many have in recent days, that no one in Washington is looking good as a result of the government shutdown, which began Oct. 1. But Republicans are faring particularly badly.
November 29, 2012
Re "Senators unswayed by talks with Rice," Nov. 28 Isn't there just one donkey willing to call out the elephant in the room when Republicans insist on ranting on and on about Benghazi? Simply put: Which party was responsible for the hundreds of millions of dollars withheld for embassy security improvements over the last few years, adversely affecting the work and safety of our diplomats abroad? Perhaps the questions about U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice's statements after the Benghazi attack should be aimed at Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2013 |
This post has been updated and corrected. See below for details. SACRAMENTO -- Republican lawmakers are trying to resurrect parts of a failed ballot measure in hopes of increasing transparency in the state budget process. Most of the ideas in the Republican proposal come from Proposition 31, which was pushed by the nonpartisan organization California Forward and rejected by voters in November. "Proposition 31 had too much in it and it offended too many people," Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo)
November 28, 2012 |
You know what the Republicans' biggest problem is? They don't know when they've won. Take taxes. Take the budget. Take the deficit. Take the “fiscal cliff.” (Don't take the plunge.) For years (well, OK, ever since George W. Bush left office, leaving a gaping hole in the budget and a giant deficit), Republicans have argued that the government has to stop spending so much -- but that tax increases to fill the budget hole are verboten. And now Democrats have mostly bought in to that argument.
July 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A key Republican senator has dropped his objection to Gina McCarthy's confirmation to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, potentially clearing her path as Republicans seek to head off Democratic efforts to change Senate rules that allow the minority party to block nominations. Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, the top Republican on the Committee on Environment and Public Works, said Tuesday that the EPA had answered sufficient requests he had made in connection with McCarthy's nomination to support moving ahead with her confirmation without a filibuster.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1994
I can only pray that the Republicans in Congress do a better job of managing the nation's money than the Republicans here in Orange County did with our money. STANLEY ESKIN Laguna Hills
October 15, 2013 |
Most Republican members of Congress claim to believe in Jesus Christ, but their votes against the food stamp program suggest they do not share their lord and savior's love for the poor. In September, House Republicans sent a bill to the Senate that would cut $40 billion from funding for the food stamp program over the next decade. The tea party caucus, a group that is quite evangelical about its economic theories and its religion, justified the spending reduction in terms that echoed Ayn Rand more than the Gospels.
May 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The immigration reform bill crafted by a bipartisan group of senators has deeply split the Republican minority even as lawmakers prepare to take the first votes on the proposal Thursday. Alabama's Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, a conservative former prosecutor with a courtly drawl, has emerged as the leading opponent of the bill. He is aiming at his GOP colleagues with unusual zeal, and calls out the architects of the bill as, essentially, dishonest. "Sen. Flake is wrong: It's not a 13-year path to citizenship or welfare," blared one recent missive from Sessions targeting Arizona's Republican senator, Jeff Flake, who helped draft the legislation.