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January 31, 2010 | By Mark Silva
President Obama has found another long-lost cousin: Scott Brown, the Republican state senator from Massachusetts who won the Senate seat long held by the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. The president and the senator-elect are 10th cousins, according to the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Brown's victory Jan. 19 over Democratic candidate Martha Coakley cost the Democrats their filibuster-proof majority in the Senate and may have jeopardized passage of Obama's top legislative priority -- a healthcare overhaul.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
Voters go to the polls Tuesday in a special election to fill a vacant seat in the state Senate  representing an Inland Empire district. Five candidates are competing in Tuesday's 23rd District primary contest to fill the seat vacated by the abrupt resignation of Sen. Bill Emmerson (R-Redlands). The race features two Republican candidates: Assemblyman Mike Morrell of Rancho Cucamonga and San Jacinto Mayor Pro Tem Crystal Ruiz. Democrats running in the race are educator/author Ronald J. O'Donnell of Highland and government consultant Ameenah Fuller of Rancho Cucamonga, while Calimesa City Councilman Jeff Hewitt is a Libertarian candidate.
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NATIONAL
January 21, 2010 | By Janet Hook
Senator-elect Scott Brown -- the truck-driving, "tea party"-backed Republican who scored an upset victory in Massachusetts -- visited Capitol Hill on Thursday and quickly picked up a nickname: 41. That is the number of senators it takes to sustain a filibuster, the GOP's delaying tactic of choice. And Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, a canny insider, was delighted with the moniker: "This is a man who understands how the Senate operates. So henceforth, I will always think of him as 41."
NEWS
March 19, 2014 | By Doyle McManus
In a column last weekend, I warned that the Democrats' chances of keeping control of the Senate this year look increasingly bleak. That wasn't a value judgment on my part, merely an assessment of the political landscape. Some readers were pleased, others weren't. On Wednesday, the Cook Political Report , a widely respected firm that forecasts congressional elections for a living, issued a new outlook for the Senate - and for Democrats, the verdict was even bleaker than before.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2010
SATURDAY Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC McLaughlin Group 6:30 p.m. KCET The Chris Matthews Show Bob Woodward, the Washington Post; Andrea Mitchell, NBC; Joe Klein, Time; Katty Kay, BBC. (N) 4:30 a.m. KNBC SUNDAY Today American jet skier killed in Mexico; applying to colleges. (N) 6 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America (N) 6 a.m. KABC State of the Union With Candy Crowley Washington; the future of the GOP: Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas). Republicans in the Senate: Senator-elect Pat Toomey (R-Pa)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2010
SATURDAY Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC McLaughlin Group 6:30 p.m. KCET The Chris Matthews Show Bob Woodward, the Washington Post; Andrea Mitchell, NBC; Joe Klein, Time; Katty Kay, BBC. (N) 4:30 a.m. KNBC SUNDAY Today American jet skier killed in Mexico; applying to colleges. (N) 6 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America (N) 6 a.m. KABC State of the Union With Candy Crowley Washington; the future of the GOP: Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas). Republicans in the Senate: Senator-elect Pat Toomey (R-Pa)
NEWS
November 14, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - The independent senator-elect from Maine, Angus King, announced Wednesday he would join the Democratic caucus , saying the decision became “easy” once Democrats retained majority control after the election. His decision boosts the Democratic tilt in the Senate to 55-45. The popular former governor campaigned as a moderate voice who would try to bridge the deep partisanship in the Senate . He arrived at his choice of party affiliation after consultations with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada - but not with Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
NEWS
December 29, 1992 | GERALDINE BAUM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Senator-elect Carol Moseley Braun stopped by the Senate recently to get her photo I.D. After she had her picture snapped, a clerk promptly handed her a card emblazoned "Spouse." The senator-elect coolly handed it back, murmuring, "Try again." For all the talk about plumbing--the Senate is finally installing a women's bathroom in its inner sanctum--it hasn't quite penetrated this august institution that it will soon have three times as many women members as before.
NEWS
November 22, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
In a blow to the governing Social Democrats, a center-right coalition won a surprise victory in Czech Senate elections, and another opposition party finished second. Candidates for the four-party coalition led by the Christian Democrats and the Freedom Union won in 13 of 27 districts in the two days of runoff voting. They were followed by the conservative Civic Democratic Party of former Premier Vaclav Klaus, which won nine seats.
NEWS
May 14, 1987 | United Press International
Stung by their loss in a special election earlier this week, state Senate Republicans today picked Sen. Ken Maddy of Fresno as their new leader, ousting Sen. Jim Nielsen of Rohnert Park. They also named conservative Sen. John Doolittle of Citrus Heights to the No. 2 job of caucus chairman, replacing Sen. John Seymour of Anaheim.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Another round of political musical chairs is on tap Tuesday when voters in two Southern California Senate Districts go to the polls to fill vacancies created when Democratic Sens. Gloria Negrete McLeod of Chino and Juan Vargas of San Diego resigned to take seats in Congress. Negrete McLeod's heavily Democratic 32nd District has the biggest crowd of candidates. Democrats in the field are Assemblywoman Norma Torres of Pomona, San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller Larry Walker of Chino, Ontario City Councilman Paul Vincent Avila and Joanne T. Gilbert, a retired teacher from Rialto.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2013 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - One of Jim Brulte's first acts Sunday as the newly elected leader of the California Republican Party was to hand-deliver a $50,000 check from a friend, with the promise of another one this week. They will only dent the state party's debt, which is in the high six figures, but Brulte's ability to tap a vast network of donors is among the reasons that the former legislative leader was elected to try to salvage the beleaguered party. "Look, wherever - wherever - there is a willing heart and a checkbook that's willing to write a $5, $10, $15, $20, $50, $100, $1,000, $10,000 check, I'll go," Brulte told reporters after the weekend's party convention ended.
NEWS
November 14, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - The independent senator-elect from Maine, Angus King, announced Wednesday he would join the Democratic caucus , saying the decision became “easy” once Democrats retained majority control after the election. His decision boosts the Democratic tilt in the Senate to 55-45. The popular former governor campaigned as a moderate voice who would try to bridge the deep partisanship in the Senate . He arrived at his choice of party affiliation after consultations with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada - but not with Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
OPINION
October 28, 2012 | By John Klotsche
"Congress to pick the president. " - headline, Nov. 7, 2012. Sound ridiculous? Daft? Not at all. The magic number is 270 - electoral college votes that is - to win the big prize. According to 270towin.com , there are now 11 "battleground" states and, statistically, 32 permutations from these up-for-grab states that could produce a 269-vote electoral college tie in the presidential election. ENDORSEMENTS: The Times' recommendations for Nov. 6 Based on the site's simulated polls, the mathematical probability of a tie increased almost fourfold in recent weeks - from 0.3% to 1.1%.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2012 | By Maura Dolan and Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
The California Supreme Court expressed concern Tuesday that there might be too little time to redraw new voter maps for this year's state Senate elections even though the existing political boundaries could be put on hold pending a November referendum. During a special session, the state high court grappled with which alternative election maps to use should the court determine that a proposed referendum on the issue is likely to qualify for the November ballot. "There simply in this particular case isn't sufficient time to come up with a so-called model plan," said Justice Joyce L. Kennard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2011 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
Upcoming special elections to fill two state Senate seats may not provide the expected test of California's new "top two" primary system because the contests may well be settled in the first round of balloting, eliminating the potential for a first-ever runoff between two members of the same party. FOR THE RECORD: Special elections: In the Jan. 17 LATExtra section, an article about special elections in two state Senate districts contained errors in two candidates' names. The Democrat running in the 17th District is Darren W. Parker, not Darren W. Thompson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Another round of political musical chairs is on tap Tuesday when voters in two Southern California Senate Districts go to the polls to fill vacancies created when Democratic Sens. Gloria Negrete McLeod of Chino and Juan Vargas of San Diego resigned to take seats in Congress. Negrete McLeod's heavily Democratic 32nd District has the biggest crowd of candidates. Democrats in the field are Assemblywoman Norma Torres of Pomona, San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller Larry Walker of Chino, Ontario City Councilman Paul Vincent Avila and Joanne T. Gilbert, a retired teacher from Rialto.
NEWS
February 22, 1990 | MIKE WARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Would-be candidates have until Monday to file papers allowing them to run in a special election to fill the state Senate seat vacated by the resignation of Joseph B. Montoya, who was convicted on corruption charges. Assemblyman Charles M. Calderon (D-Whittier), the only elected official expected to vie for Montoya's seat, is likely to emerge as the leading candidate in the heavily Democratic 26th State Senate District.
NATIONAL
November 18, 2010 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
Sen. Lisa Murkowski claimed victory Wednesday night over defiant challenger Joe Miller after building a decisive lead in near-final vote tallies. The Republican incumbent persuaded more than 100,000 Alaskans to write in her name ? a highly unusual feat in a statewide race. If her victory holds up through a possible recount and court challenge, she would become the first senator elected by write-in since 1954. "I think we can say our miracle is here," she told about 50 cheering supporters in Anchorage as the state was completing its count of the last 700 absentee ballots.
NATIONAL
November 10, 2010 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
The tedious scrutinizing of the more than 92,500 write-in ballots cast in the U.S. Senate race in Alaska got underway in a chilly warehouse Wednesday, with observers for Republican Joe Miller's campaign determined to challenge any variation in the spelling of rival Lisa Murkowski's name. And judging from the multiple derivations voters attempted ? Lisa Muroski, LSI Murkswke, Lisa Mvrowski, Lesa Merkesken, Lisa M., along with at least one ballot cast for Jesus Christ ? there will be no shortage of opportunities for argument.
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