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February 21, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
Standing before a banner that said “Cut the Spending,” Mitt Romney on Tuesday tried to focus his remarks on how President Obama has harmed the nation's economy and how he would fix it. But he was frequently drawn off the message of the day by voters, who peppered him with questions about social issues. Romney, in a tight competition to win this state's 30 delegates, responded by taking aggressively conservative stances, saying his vice presidential pick would be anti-abortion, touting his work against gay marriage, pledging to pick strict constructionists to serve on the Supreme Court and castigating the Obama administration for launching a war against religion.
March 27, 2014 | By Ted Rall
Republican Andy Vidak won an upset victory in last year's special election for a state Senate seat in the San Joaquin Valley. He prevailed despite the Democrats' 22-point advantage in voter registration in the district. How'd he do it? His explanation: "Our message was that common sense has no party lines. " But as The Times' Patrick McGreevy writes, his common sense might also have a lot to do with knowing when to shut up. "He sidestepped gay marriage and some other divisive issues - while taking a moderate approach to immigration," writes McGreevy.
March 20, 1999 | JAMES MEIER
The Cardinal Mindszenty Foundation of Southern California will host a conference today that offers a Catholic perspective on several current social issues. The 17th annual Conference on Faith, Family and Freedom will focus on various topics, including assisted suicide and abortion. Providing opinions will be four guest speakers: author David Horowitz, activist and author Phyllis Schlafly, anti-euthanasia activist Wesley J. Smith and musician Rev. Denis Wilde.
March 27, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell, This post has been corrected. See note below for details
The Hollywood Film Festival boasts an enviable name, one that directly invokes the entertainment capital of the world, but since its founding in 1997, it has struggled to carve out a niche for itself among the thousands of film fests worldwide and the dozens in the Southland alone. Now the festival's new owner is trying to build an identity that lives up to the moniker, though not by way of glitz and glamour. This month, film festival veteran Jon Fitzgerald and his company CineCause acquired the HFF from founder Carlos de Abreu, a Mozambique-born Portuguese entrepreneur, as part of an ambitious plan to turn it into a premier showcase of socially conscious movies.
February 27, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
Rick Santorum started off railing about how President Obama's policies were killing businesses. But he got the warmest reception in this middle-class town a few miles outside Detroit when he turned to social issues, saying that religious freedoms were under attack. "You hear so much about separation of church and state. I'm for separation of church and state -- the state has no business telling the church what to do. ... Freedom to worship is not just what you do in the sanctuary; it's how you practice your faith outside of the sanctuary.
February 20, 2001 | By ELAINE DUTKA, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Stanley Kramer, the producer-director who earned the nickname "Hollywood's conscience" through his willingness to tackle controversial topics like racism, nuclear annihilation, greed and fascism, died Monday of pneumonia at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills. He was 87. Friends said Kramer, who suffered from diabetes, had been at the hospital for several months. "Kramer was a guy who fought some hard battles," said former Times arts editor Charles Champlin.
President Bush, seeking to reassert leadership on key social issues, proposed a wide variety of domestic initiatives Tuesday, ranging from programs for highways, energy, space and education to a plan to transfer billions of federal dollars to the states.
April 26, 1998 | SCOTT HARRIS
Over in the West Valley, the big story is girls' softball and the literally uneven playing fields. No doubt about it, teams like Girl Power, Hard Candy and the Totally Dangerettes play on lumpy diamonds while their brothers play hardball on well-manicured fields. Parents got mad and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit demanding that girls have equal access to these public facilities.
April 3, 1991
The South Orange County Community Services Council will hold a series of workshops at the Dana Point Resort Hotel today on a wide variety of social issues facing South County. In a previous conference, the broad-based human services organization sought to identify the needs of South County residents. Today's workshops will try to provide the solutions to those needs.
April 26, 1988 | From The Washington Post
Some 1,200 shareholders of computer giant International Business Machines Corp. descended here Monday to vote down four initiatives aimed at making their company take stands on social issues and to applaud management assurances that lackluster financial times are over. "The impact of all our action toward a leaner, more aggressive company has begun to appear," Chairman John F. Akers told a sympathetic audience at the annual meeting, among repeated bursts of applause.
March 12, 2014 | Doyle McManus
The young are different from you and me - unless, of course, you happen to be one of them. If you're older than 34, I'm sorry to break it to you, but you're no longer the wave of the future. That distinction belongs to those born between 1980 and 2002, dubbed the "millennial generation" because they began to come of age at the turn of the century. They've grown up, most of them have found jobs (although that hasn't been easy) and they're a bigger, more powerful part of the electorate every year.
March 8, 2014 | By Daniel Rothberg
OXON HILL, Md. - For an event remembered by its big statements - rabble-rousing speeches and students clad in American-flag shorts - this year's Conservative Political Action Conference was nearly silent on same-sex marriage and other such issues. But the low-key treatment spoke loudly about a growing tension between conservatives who want to raise the issue - most of them opposed to gay rights - and those who want to focus on other issues. In a bit of irony, a subject once effectively used by some Republicans against Democrats has now become something of a wedge issue within the Republican Party.
March 7, 2014 | By David Lauter
WASHINGTON -- Members of the huge millennial generation are less religious, less likely to call themselves “patriotic” and significantly more‎ liberal than older generations, new research shows. Although adults aged 18-33 are much more likely to call themselves political independents than their elders are, they are also far more likely to vote Democratic. Their views favoring activist government, as well as their stands on social issues such as gay rights, reinforce that voting behavior, an extensive study by the Pew Research Center shows.
February 12, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - As Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer prepares to take power at City Hall, voters here are well aware what the game plan of a Republican mayor looks like. It's the strategy used by former Mayor Jerry Sanders, a Faulconer supporter, as he struggled to pull the city out of a financial mess: Keep city spending low, maintain a tight rein on labor unions, support business interests to help create jobs. But less clear is what Faulconer's surprisingly easy victory Tuesday over Democratic Councilman David Alvarez - 55% to 45% - means for the statewide GOP, which now holds no statewide offices.
October 6, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court term that opens Monday gives the court's conservative bloc a clear opportunity to shift the law to the right on touchstone social issues such as abortion, contraception and religion, as well as the political controversy over campaign funding. If the justices on the right agree among themselves, they could free wealthy donors to give far more to candidates and parties and clear the way for exclusively Christian prayers at local government events. In other cases due to be heard this fall, the justices are likely to uphold state bans on college affirmative action and block most housing bias claims that allege an unfair impact on blacks and Latinos.
May 28, 2013 | By David Lauter
WASHINGTON - Although the controversies dominating political headlines eventually might undermine President Obama's standing with voters, a longer-term reality - a declining number of people who identify themselves as conservatives - could cause much more trouble for his Republican opponents. Republicans won big in the 2010 midterm election, taking control of the House and numerous state legislatures. That victory corresponded with a significant increase in the percentage of Americans calling themselves conservative, particularly on economic issues.
February 5, 1997 | BILL BOYARSKY
In the chilly night air of Camp O.J.-by-the-Sea, the journalists were so intent on getting out the news that they didn't speak about the broad implications of the verdict. There was a whirl of activity after days of waiting around, an emotional rush from working on the big story. But time hardly permitted instant introspection, nor did the working conditions.
December 3, 2008 | Elaine Woo, Woo is a Times staff writer.
Gustave H. Shubert, who expanded the Rand Corp.'s research mission from military studies to analyses of education policy, crime-fighting and other domestic issues, died Nov. 25 of natural causes at a Los Angeles nursing home. He was 79. Shubert was associated with Rand for more than 40 years, beginning in 1959 when he joined the Santa Monica-based think tank to conduct research on national security matters, including American policy in Southeast Asia.
April 12, 2013 | By Maeve Reston and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
With an eye on the White House in 2016, Republicans spent this week in Hollywood mapping a path to a resurgence - determining how to streamline the primary process and close their deficit with Democrats among key voter blocs such as single women and Latinos. But members of the Republican National Committee largely tiptoed around the greater challenge facing their party: The GOP's stance on issues such as marriage, reproductive rights and President Obama's healthcare plan are diametrically at odds with some of the very voters the party is trying to win over.
March 5, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
Taking a cue from TOMS Shoes - in which the company donates a pair of shoes to needy children for every pair bought - the social entrepreneurship class at Environmental Charter School in Lawndale recently came up with ways to do something similar with such everyday items as T-shirts and socks. "What if we make the hoodie reversible to reduce the need to buy more than one," asked Mohamad El Hajj Younes, 17. "And for every one sold, another would be donated to a shelter in the county where they purchased it. " His classmates huddled in groups to develop "for-purpose" business plans, instead of the traditional for-profit and nonprofit models.
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