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January 5, 2010 | By Peter Nicholas
A commotion unfolds in the tiny public library here as the staff searches for a copy of the memoir written by Harry Reid, Senate Democratic leader and Searchlight native. "Has anyone seen Harry's book?" a librarian calls out. A local patron grabs a trash can and peers inside: "It's not where it's supposed to be," he says. In his hometown at least, there seems to be little affection for Reid, whom some residents describe as a distant figure out of touch with local concerns.
January 15, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
RALEIGH, N.C. - Saying he sees possible “breakthrough” year for the U.S. economy, President Obama on Wednesday touted a new manufacturing technology institute in the Research Triangle, an election-year attempt to show he can advance his agenda without his Republican opponents in Congress. “Today, I'm here to act,” Obama told students at North Carolina State University, the leading partner behind the new innovation initiative. The goal, he said, was “to help make Raleigh-Durham and America a magnet for the good high-tech manufacturing jobs that a growing middle class requires and that are going to continue to keep this country on the cutting edge.” The consortium, a public-private partnership involving 18 companies, will focus on developing semiconductor technology used in energy-efficient products.
July 21, 2004 | Warren Vieth, Times Staff Writer
Employers added jobs last month in most of the electoral battlegrounds in this year's presidential race, but the hotly contested states of Ohio and Michigan posted job losses, the government reported Tuesday. According to the Labor Department's state-by-state job tally, payroll employment for June rose in 14 of 17 states that most political analysts consider the most competitive between President Bush and Sen. John F. Kerry, the presumed Democratic presidential nominee.
November 6, 2012 | By Walter Hamilton
It's all about swing states in today's presidential election. So here's another swing-state nugget, courtesy of Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO Private Bank. Swing-state stocks have outpaced the Standard & Poor's 500 index during President Obama's first term. That's based on the collective performance of companies that are either based in a swing state or that do a lot of business there. Quiz: Test your knowledge of business news The S&P 500 has notched an average annual gain of 12.1% during the Obama administration.
October 3, 2004
The editorial pages in swing states across the country drew differing conclusions from Thursday's first presidential debate. Although many were neutral, in general more papers gave the edge to Kerry over Bush. * St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The disconcerting thing is that both candidates may be wrong about the ability to win against a growing insurgency. Some day we may look back at this election and despair that neither candidate had a realistic idea of what lies ahead in Iraq." * Tampa [Fla.
September 28, 2008 | DeeDee Correll, Special to The Times
Newspaper subscribers are accustomed to the sample-size boxes of laundry detergent or aspirin bottles that sometimes arrive packaged with their morning paper, courtesy of advertisers. But readers in battleground states are getting a different kind of freebie: the DVD of a controversial documentary on Islam.
October 4, 2004
Presidential elections in the United States are national elections, which should include all 50 states. However, you would never know it in this election the way George W. Bush and John F. Kerry have disregarded the majority of the country by pandering to the so-called swing voters in the so-called swing states. What about the rest of us, who aren't swingers? When did presidential elections become so exclusive that a majority of the country's population could be taken so for granted?
September 18, 2004 | Warren Vieth, Times Staff Writer
Thirty states added jobs last month and 20 reported declines, the Labor Department said Friday. Some of the largest gains and losses occurred in battleground states that could determine the outcome of the presidential election. Among August's biggest gainers were the swing states of Florida, which created 16,600 payroll jobs, and Arizona, which added 10,200. The losers list included politically pivotal Ohio, which shed 11,800 jobs, and Missouri, which dropped 5,500.
October 21, 2004 | Warren Vieth and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writers
Members of President Bush's Cabinet are fanning out these days on official visits to swings states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, New Mexico and Michigan. Although executive branch agencies are supposed to be nonpartisan, the political appointees who run them usually work in some cheerleading for the president during election season. Democrats say the Bush administration has taken the practice to new levels. One of the Cabinet's most energetic stump speakers is Treasury Secretary John W.
August 31, 2004 | Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
During an Oregon campaign appearance earlier this month, President Bush mounted a podium carefully positioned so that the Columbia River formed the backdrop as he pledged to deliver $15 million worth of improvements for the majestic waterway. There was only one problem: Bush didn't have the money. It was not in the 2004 budget. It was not in his proposed 2005 budget.
November 6, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg
In one Florida county, voters were wrongly told they could vote the day after the election. In storm-racked New Jersey, emergency plans to allow email voting proved too popular for election officials to handle. In Pennsylvania and Ohio, a variety of problems raised questions about the integrity of the vote. Although most Americans cast ballots without incident Tuesday, there were enough glitches to cause concern among voting rights activists and to provide work for some of the thousands of lawyers who were standing by, representing parties, candidates and nonpartisan voter advocacy groups.
November 5, 2012 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - After a final cross-country campaign whirl by both candidates, President Obama heads into election day riding a slim lead in enough key states to secure a second term, while Mitt Romney remains competitive and could yet unseat him. National polling showed late voter movement toward Obama, raising the possibility that the election might not drag out for days and weeks of wrangling over disputed ballots, as some feared. The president continued to maintain a slight edge in the vast majority of swing-state opinion polls, though his advantage typically remained within the surveys' margins of error, leaving the contest statistically tied.
November 5, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
VIENNA, Ohio - This is Paul D. Ryan's second-to-last day as a vice presidential nominee, and the congressman seems to be relishing his last few hours on the trail, reveling in the rock-star-like rallies as crowds chant for him and cheer his name. Ryan held five rallies in Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, Ohio and Wisconsin the day before Tuesday's election, telling crowds in his second-to-last rally of the night, in an airport hangar near Youngstown, Ohio: “We're in the home stretch. This is the final countdown.
November 4, 2012 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
MORRISVILLE, Pa. - Trying to quilt together a patchwork of states that would give him the White House, Mitt Romney ricocheted around the country Sunday, arguing that he represented true change and that reelecting the president would mean a continuation of the status quo: chronic unemployment, high energy prices and increased dependence on government. Romney said Obama had promised much but had fallen "so very short. " "Talk is cheap, but a record is real and it's measured in achievements," the Republican nominee said, bundled against the cold at his rally in a farm field.
November 4, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
CINCINNATI - It would be unfair to suggest that the fates of President Obama and Mitt Romney rest on the shoulders of two devoted partisans from opposite sides of Cincinnati. But Tim Burke and Alex Triantafilou know that after polls close Tuesday, one of them may be called a hero and the other, well, the opposite of that. "There will be people in the party who will seek to blame," Triantafilou said. "Absolutely. " He would know. Triantafilou, 42, is chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party.
November 2, 2012 | By David Lauter, Washington Bureau
TAMPA, Fla. - Even as the lion's share of attention in the presidential campaign goes to the battleground of Ohio and the storm-battered states of the Mid-Atlantic, the outcome to the south, in the nation's largest swing state, now seems very much in doubt. Mitt Romney moved into a lead here after the first presidential debate, and since then, aides have insisted that Florida, with its 29 electoral votes, sat solidly in their column. But with several polls showing President Obama's fortunes improving here and Democrats performing well in early voting - as of Thursday morning, they led by about 59,000 out of more than 3 million absentee and in-person early votes - Romney has had to devote precious hours to defending his position in the state.
October 23, 2004 | Warren Vieth, Times Staff Writer
The number of payroll jobs increased in 33 states last month, including most of the presidential campaign battlegrounds, the Labor Department said Friday in its last employment scorecard before the Nov. 2 election. Yet the picture in the swing states was not altogether sunny. Hurricane-whipped Florida posted a loss of 9,500 payroll positions in September, and Midwestern neighbors Wisconsin and Minnesota shed 7,000 and 2,200 jobs, respectively.
November 2, 2000
I was very glad to see "Electoral College Still Making the Final Call" (Oct. 26). If Congress had passed one of the numerous bills calling for the abolition of the Electoral College, we would not have George W. Bush supporters now running ads for Ralph Nader in swing states. Swing states wouldn't exist. The House Judiciary Committee reviewed two such bills in 1997, but they didn't have the support to pass both houses. One major reason they weren't passed? Third parties might be given more power to influence national elections; our winner-take-all Electoral College system was expected to completely shut them out. Well, the Greens seem to be influencing things anyway.
October 31, 2012 | By Bob Secter
President Obama got welcome final-week polling news Wednesday as new surveys in several keenly contested states showed him holding or expanding a lead. In Wisconsin, a new survey from the Marquette University Law School showed Obama grabbing an 8-point lead, 51%-43%, over GOP challenger Mitt Romney among likely voters. The poll also showed Democratic Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin clinging to a 4-point edge over Republican Tommy Thompson in a race that could prove pivotal to control of the chamber.
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