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August 19, 2013 | By David Horsey
Just as the Affordable Care Act was the signature piece of legislation of President Obama's first term, the top achievement of term two is supposed to be immigration reform. And, for a while, with Republicans freaked out by the ground they have lost among Latino voters, such legislation looked unstoppable. But now, not so much. On Friday, the Republican National Committee passed a resolution calling on Congress to pass immigration reform, but the version of reform they want provides only renewable work permits, not a path to citizenship, for undocumented residents of the U.S. That is not what Obama and the Democrats have called for, nor what Republican Sens.
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February 28, 2011 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
Much has been opined about taxes over the generations, but my favorite still is the observation of Oliver Wendell Holmes: "Taxes are what we pay for civilized society. " The Supreme Court justice's law clerk supposedly responded: "I've got about as much civilized society as I can afford. " But that may be apocryphal. Gov. Ronald Reagan, in 1967, boldly told the grass-roots California Republican Assembly that he was raising taxes by a record amount and most voters supported him "because they see the need to balance the budget.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1992
Let me get this straight. The liberal Democrats are intolerant because they refuse to tolerate the racial bigotry and sexist sentiments, which are sadly embraced by many Americans. The Republicans are tolerant, on the other hand, because they are willing to accept these honorable sentiments as part of their own. This sounds remarkably like the "family values" message that was so successful for the Republicans in the recent election. Keep up the good work! KAREN KAUFMANN Los Angeles
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April 13, 2010 | By Kathleen Hennessey
According to many writers in the conservative blogosphere, the census taker is second only to the tax man as the preeminent symbol of government intrusion. Now several prominent Republicans, fearing the rhetoric could result in an undercount of their ranks, are trying to tamp down the census critics. Former White House advisor Karl Rove recently made a public service announcement urging participation in the decennial head count. Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, the ranking Republican on the House committee that oversees the census, issued a statement criticizing claims that the survey is unconstitutional.
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April 24, 2013 | By David Horsey
Since Mitt Romney lost to President Obama on Nov. 6, the conventional wisdom has been that the Republican Party is in trouble. The less conventional truth is that it is the Democrats whose chances many be more bleak. Yes, Republicans are currently engaged in a round of intraparty sniping between establishment conservatives and the militant, purist right-wingers who abound in the ranks of party activists. And, yes, the 2012 election exposed the GOP's profound unpopularity among rising voting groups, especially Latinos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1992
The Republican Party wants to cut down on regulation of big businesses, bust labor unions and eliminate plaintiff lawyers and laws that protect the rights of working people. If Republicans get everything on their wish list, we won't have to read "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair to see how intolerable working conditions were in America 100 years ago--we'll be living it! PHILIP R. BLUSTEIN Beverly Hills
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February 6, 2013 | By David Horsey
Republicans have become a devious party that believes if you cannot win by following fair rules, there is nothing wrong with rigging the game. To their constitutionally endorsed advantage in the Senate, they have added a manipulated advantage in the House of Representatives that some Republicans would like to leverage into an advantage in presidential elections. Let's take a look at how the political game board is set up: The population of California is significantly greater than the combined population of the 20 smallest states in the union, the majority of which are as red as California is blue.
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February 27, 2013 | By David Horsey
The delusions of tea party Republicans are about to create a lot of misery for America. The "sequester" -- the drastic set of budget cuts formerly known as the "fiscal cliff" -- seems very likely to go into effect at the end of this week due in no small part to the fact that hyper-conservative lawmakers, such as Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, actually think it's a pretty swell idea.  Their obsessive and mistaken belief that the federal deficit is...
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