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June 26, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Wendy Davis became a media star Tuesday, even though the major TV networks barely mentioned her. The 50-year-old Texas state senator waged a 10-hour-plus filibuster in Austin aimed at blocking a bill that would ban abortions at 20 weeks and force the state's abortion clinics to upgrade or close. In a dramatic example of the disconnect between social and mainstream media, Twitter and Facebook were aflame with arguments over the filibuster as it was happening, while TV news networks generally paid little or no attention, at least at first.
February 17, 2011 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
The federal commission that investigated the financial crisis descended into partisanship, with its Democratic majority pushing to find "villains and victims" rather than the true causes, according to the panel's top Republican. "It was clear from the beginning it was a partisan environment," former Bakersfield Rep. Bill Thomas told the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday, noting that with six Democrats and four Republicans on the panel, "the math is simple. " But the chairman of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, Democrat Phil Angelides, also of California, defended the 525-page report released last month.
June 29, 2006 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court gave politicians legal license Wednesday to aggressively redraw election districts to benefit the party in power, as it upheld the mid-decade redistricting plan engineered by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and other Texas Republicans. By clever line-drawing, DeLay and the Texas Legislature -- with both houses newly under GOP control in 2003 -- remade its delegation in Congress, turning a 17-15 Democratic majority into a 21-11 Republican majority in 2004.
March 5, 2005 | Ronald Brownstein, Times Staff Writer
More than a year after a bitter showdown in Texas, Republicans and Democrats are battling elsewhere over the drawing of congressional district lines. And the renewed confrontation could help fuel the drive for redistricting reform in other states, including California. The latest clash has been triggered by the Republican-controlled state legislature in Georgia, which is about to toss out the congressional districts approved in 2001 and impose a new map that could help the GOP win more U.S.
September 11, 2006 | Lianne Hart, Times Staff Writer
At a campaign stop last week, congressional candidate Shelley Sekula-Gibbs asked a group of women who own businesses to vote for her twice in November: once in a special election to fill the unexpired term of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, and again in the general election as the Republican write-in candidate running for the full two-year term.
February 26, 2006 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court will take up states' rights -- of both the blue- and red-state variety -- in a pair of election-law cases to be heard this week that could have a big impact on the future of American politics. Tiny Vermont, a true blue state, hopes to restore small-town democracy by greatly limiting the role of money in politics. If its new spending caps win before the high court, they could change how campaigns are conducted across the nation.
September 25, 1985 | ROBERT SHOGAN, Times Political Writer
In a glum assessment of national economic conditions, Sen. Pete Wilson (R-Calif.) said Tuesday that because of congressional concern about trade issues and the budget deficit, the chances of enacting any tax changes are "very slim" this year and "fatter, but not robust" for 1986. At a breakfast session with reporters and editors of The Times' Washington Bureau, Wilson said he could detect "no great groundswell" of support for tax revision, one of President Reagan's top domestic priorities.
August 24, 2004 | Nick Anderson, Times Staff Writer
President Bush assailed John F. Kerry's record as a senator in two new television commercials Monday, amid ongoing controversy over other Republican-backed attacks on the Democratic presidential nominee's record during the Vietnam War. One of the new Bush advertisements, airing on national cable channels and in local broadcast markets in several key states, depicts Kerry as a longtime backer of tax increases for the middle-class.
As he pondered his prospects from his sprawling campaign office one afternoon this week, underdog Oregon Democratic Senate candidate Harry Lonsdale took inspiration from electoral events a continent away. "Look at John Silber in Massachusetts," said Lonsdale, a businessman making his first bid for public office against popular incumbent Republican Mark O. Hatfield. From coast to coast, Lonsdale said, voters are "looking for change." Lonsdale has plenty of company in that assessment.
April 30, 1988 | JEAN MERL, Times Staff Writer
Looking toward the November presidential elections, California Gov. George Deukmejian Friday lobbed a few shots at Democratic front-runner Michael S. Dukakis, labeling him a big spender who nonetheless wants to cut the defense budget. "As a fellow governor I know (Dukakis) personally, and I have a lot of personal respect for him.
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