March 26, 2012 |
In an unusual but calculated political move, Senate Republicans declined to block a Democratic bill that would repeal tax breaks for oil companies -- choosing instead to launch a floor debate on the legislation as a way to showcase the Keystone XL pipeline and other GOP proposals aimed at curbing sky-high gas prices. Republican-led opposition will almost certainly defeat the bill on final passage later this week. But by allowing debate, the GOP hopes to harness voter angst over prices at the pump as a political weapon against President Obama's energy policies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1999
For once I find myself agreeing with James Pinkerton (Column Right, Jan. 7). The Republican Party should indeed cut its losses, vote for censure and move on with the county's more important matters. However, I disagree with his assertion (and with people like William Bennett) that Bill Clinton's high approval ratings have anything to do with the demoralization of American society as a whole. Instead, Pinkerton can turn again to his own party for the cause: The hatefulness of Newt Gingrich and the obvious partisan agenda of the Kenneth Starr investigation did more to alienate voters and make Clinton look like a victim than our "sex-saturated" culture.
March 2, 2014 |
Nearly a generation ago, MSNBC's Chris Matthews coined a description of our two political parties that may turn out to be his most enduring contribution to American punditry. Republicans, Matthews wrote, were the "Daddy Party," all about military security and self-reliance; Democrats were the "Mommy Party," all about health, education and nurturing. At the time, in 1991, Democrats weren't sure they considered that much of a compliment. Since then, a long line of Democratic presidential candidates - including one who is an actual mommy, Hillary Rodham Clinton - have taken pains to prove they could be as tough and decisive as any stereotypical Mad Man. But this year, facing an uphill battle to retain their majority in the Senate, the Democrats have decided to embrace the label as a badge of honor, making a strong appeal to women - especially working mothers - with whom Republicans have struggled to connect.
June 14, 2011 |
Marco Rubio, the Florida senator and Republican rising star, delivered his inaugural speech on the Senate floor Tuesday, calling for a new "American century" in which innovation kick-starts a new era of economic prosperity. Rubio, elected last November, has been in office for more than six months, but Tuesday was the day set aside for the traditional "maiden" speech, his formal debut in the chamber. The Miami-born son of Cuban immigrants, Rubio, at just 40, is already viewed as a serious candidate for the 2012 vice presidential nomination.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2011 |
A push by law enforcement and consumer groups to allow parents to restrict their children's personal information on social networking sites and limit disclosure about adults has stalled in the Legislature amid aggressive lobbying by Facebook, Google, Twitter and other firms. The businesses oppose legislation that would require them to promptly remove adults' personal information from sites upon request and allow parents to edit their kids' web postings to exclude information such as home addresses and phone numbers.
January 28, 2008 |
President Bush's chief negotiator on an economic stimulus plan said the Senate should quickly get behind a plan or risk drawing the resentment of a frustrated public. The president and leaders in the House have agreed on a proposal to provide tax rebate checks to 117 million families and give businesses $50 billion in incentives to invest in new plants and equipment. "I don't think the Senate is going to want to derail that deal," Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson said. "And I don't think the American people are going to have much patience for anything that would slow down the process."
June 27, 2008 |
The Senate approved unrestricted funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, allowing continuation of the current military policy through President Bush's term and beyond. In exchange, Bush agreed to create a more generous higher-education benefit for veterans and their families and to extend unemployment benefits for an additional 13 weeks. The $257.5-billion emergency spending bill also includes $2.7 billion in flood relief for the Midwest. The bill, which had been the subject of a two-month tussle, won overwhelming support in Congress.
February 18, 1990
I was pleased to read that the bill passed the state Senate as it is a very reasonable piece of legislation. We should have the same waiting background check period for the purchase of shotguns and rifles as we do for handguns. Quite significantly, the bill was passed even without the support of (now former) Sen. Joseph Montoya, who has been convicted of multiple felonies. Would it not have been ironic if such an important bill had failed because its proponents did not receive a supportive vote from a convicted racketeer?
February 6, 2008 |
The economic stimulus bill that shot through the House in a burst of bipartisan agreement last week remained stalled in the Senate. Behind the scenes, a diverse coalition of lobbyists and grass-roots organizers worked to add favorite items to the measure. A Senate vote on the package could occur today or Thursday. Senior citizens were asking senators to support extending $500 to $1,000 rebates to 20 million elderly people and 250,000 disabled veterans.
October 9, 1986 |
The Senate debated the impeachment case against U.S. District Judge Harry E. Claiborne for two hours behind closed doors Wednesday, then voted to proceed with his trial without calling any witnesses. Adoption of the time-saving step by a margin of 61 to 32 cleared the way for a vote today on whether to remove the Las Vegas judge from office. Claiborne's attorney, Oscar Goodman, hastily filed suit demanding a full hearing in the Senate, but U.S. District Judge Harold H.