CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - Fifty years ago, Republicans across America fought a titanic civil war for ideological supremacy. The decisive battleground was California. Conservatives won, and the party turned rightward. It has veered in that direction ever since, especially in California, where Republicans have been battered bucking the natural blue tide. There have been a few exceptions, most notably when the party followed the centrist Arnold Schwarzenegger. But GOP activists never really accepted him. Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater's stunning victory over New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller in the 1964 California presidential primary was an earthquake that dramatically altered the state's political landscape.
January 17, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Hard-fought passage of a $1-trillion bipartisan spending bill brings to an end - for now - the era of tea-party-driven budget battles in Congress as Republican leaders part ways with their party's rebellious hard-liners and look toward new political battles. Since grass-roots conservatives hoisted Republicans to power in the House with the 2010 midterm election, party leaders can boast that they've helped slash government spending to George W. Bush-era levels, even after Democrats increased budgets to help the nation rebound from the recession.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 |
Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado announced Thursday that he was dropping out of the governor's race, leaving Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of Twin Peaks as the sole declared GOP candidate, at least for now. Maldonado said he wanted to spend more time with his family. "I know today California can do better. But after having traveled all over the state and giving it my all I have concluded that now is not my time," he said, according to prepared remarks. "It's time to step away for a while and spend more time with my family and stay a little closer to home helping my community, as an active private citizen.
January 16, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- Congress gave final approval Thursday to a $1-trillion spending bill, but not without a last-minute standoff in the Senate by tea party Republicans who opposed the measure. Conservative Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) kept senators in suspense throughout the afternoon as he considered his options for blocking the bipartisan measure, which was overwhelmingly approved Tuesday by the House. Eventually, the tea party opponents lost their fight and the measure was approved on a lopsided vote, 72-26.
December 25, 2013 |
Tomorrow and the day after that and all the days beyond, we can worry and gripe and argue about guns and greenhouse gases; tea party politics and the gap between rich and poor; Obamacare and immigration. On Christmas Day, though, we all deserve a break. Forgetting for a while the wise guys of human folly, most of us can spend the day being wise men and women sharing love, friendship, good times and a communal meal with the people in our lives who matter the most. Appreciate every blessing that comes with the occasion and, as Tiny Tim said, "God bless us, every one. "
December 16, 2013 |
Setting new lows for accomplishment in its first year, the 113th Congress is on track to wrest the title of Worst Congress Ever from the horrid 112th Congress. House Speaker John A. Boehner bears a great deal of blame for this dismal record, but he can be commended for finally calling out the conservative activist organizations that have been cheering on the congressional drive toward ignominy. Last week, with Congress on the verge of actually doing something - passing a compromise two-year budget that would avoid another disastrous government shutdown - right-wing groups such as the Club for Growth, Heritage Action and the tea party umbrella organization FreedomWorks demanded that Republicans vote against the spending plan and threatened that a "yes" vote could be used against incumbents in the 2014 GOP primaries.