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May 1, 1987 | GEORGE SKELTON, Times Sacramento Bureau Chief
Steven A. Merksamer, who today officially gives up one of the most powerful jobs in Sacramento--chief of staff to the governor--predicted Thursday that Gov. George Deukmejian will come under increasing pressure from Republican leaders to run for a rare third term in 1990.
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October 5, 1992 | PAUL FELDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was 1:30 a.m. on primary election night and Sherry Bebitch Jeffe had gone more than two hours without checking for phone calls from news reporters. Dialing her answering machine, Jeffe, a Claremont Graduate School political scientist, was overwhelmed by what she found: 18 messages. Rather than wait for morning, however, the exhausted academician, who had been on the air all evening as a KCAL-TV election analyst, began ringing back those who might still be on deadline.
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April 3, 1987 | LEO C. WOLINSKY, Times Staff Writer
Steven A. Merksamer, longtime political aide and confidant to Gov. George Deukmejian, announced Thursday that he will resign his post as the Republican governor's chief of staff May 1 to go into private law practice. Deukmejian immediately named Michael R. Frost, 47, his legislative secretary and a 22-year veteran of state government, to replace Merksamer in the top cabinet-level post.
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May 1, 1987 | GEORGE SKELTON, Times Sacramento Bureau Chief
Steven A. Merksamer, who today officially gives up one of the most powerful jobs in Sacramento--chief of staff to the governor--predicted Thursday that Gov. George Deukmejian will come under increasing pressure from Republican leaders to run for a rare third term in 1990.
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October 5, 1992 | PAUL FELDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was 1:30 a.m. on primary election night and Sherry Bebitch Jeffe had gone more than two hours without checking for phone calls from news reporters. Dialing her answering machine, Jeffe, a Claremont Graduate School political scientist, was overwhelmed by what she found: 18 messages. Rather than wait for morning, however, the exhausted academician, who had been on the air all evening as a KCAL-TV election analyst, began ringing back those who might still be on deadline.
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October 22, 1988 | Leo C. Wolinsky
Gov. George Deukmejian, who has been aggressively campaigning throughout California for George Bush, has contributed $400,000 from his own political treasury to underwrite the GOP's efforts to carry the state. A spokesman for the Bush organization said the money was donated to the Republican Party's Victory 88 organization, which is primarily responsible for get-out-the-vote efforts on behalf of the national ticket as well as targeted legislative races.
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February 4, 1986 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, Times Staff Writer
Gov. George Deukmejian, who has yet to announce officially that he will run for reelection to a second term, Monday named press secretary Larry Thomas as his campaign director. Thomas, who will manage the day-to-day operations of Deukmejian's expected campaign, began a leave of absence from his state post to assume his new task. The 38-year-old spokesman for the governor has never previously managed a political campaign.
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April 18, 1986 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Democrat-sponsored measure calling on Gov. George Deukmejian to pull back 30 Spanish-speaking California National Guard troops committed to Honduras for what the governor called a road-building exercise fell three votes short of passage on Thursday, but supporters planned to bring up the measure again next week. The resolution received 18 "yes" votes and 15 "no" votes, but a 21-vote majority was needed for passage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1985
The governor's chief of staff, Steven A. Merksamer, contended in an article (Editorial Pages, May 19) that the current Administration has not raised taxes since taking office in January of 1983. In fact, $400 million in new taxes is being taken out of the pockets of home buyers and expanding businesses each year through the new supplemental property tax, instigated by the governor in 1983. As its name indicates, the supplemental property tax is an added tax on people buying real estate, whether homes or business property.
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May 7, 1986 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, Times Staff Writer
Britain's Princess Diana fainted in the California Pavilion at Expo '86 Tuesday as she and her husband, Prince Charles, were being escorted by Gov. George Deukmejian on a tour of the exhibit. The princess lay on the floor for several minutes out of sight of reporters, before she was helped to a back room of the pavilion. About 20 minutes later, apparently recovered, she walked out the front door of the pavilion to a waiting motorcade as hundreds of fairgoers cheered.
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April 3, 1987 | LEO C. WOLINSKY, Times Staff Writer
Steven A. Merksamer, longtime political aide and confidant to Gov. George Deukmejian, announced Thursday that he will resign his post as the Republican governor's chief of staff May 1 to go into private law practice. Deukmejian immediately named Michael R. Frost, 47, his legislative secretary and a 22-year veteran of state government, to replace Merksamer in the top cabinet-level post.
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January 18, 1986 | PAUL JACOBS, Times Staff Writer
Assembly Democrats on Friday backed off from their attempt to ram through the Legislature a bill to create a new agency to clean up toxic waste. The Democratic bill, which Administration officials have warned would face certain veto by Gov. George Deukmejian, was quietly returned to committee--a move that raised the likelihood of negotiations with Republicans and the Administration.
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January 3, 1986 | PAUL JACOBS, Times Staff Writer
Gov. George Deukmejian will propose next week a $37-billion state budget for 1986-87 that will emphasize education, business and job development, public safety and toxics cleanup and leave the treasury with a $1-billion reserve for emergencies, Administration sources said Thursday. Although he would not discuss specific dollar amounts, Deukmejian's chief of staff, Steven A.
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