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BUSINESS
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.
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NATIONAL
February 18, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON - The woman who wants to be the next Texas governor stood at a podium in an inner-city community center here last week, a polished blond in a tailored pink jacket, black slacks and heels, and invoked her rags-to-riches narrative. "The promise of Texas is that where you start does not determine where you go," state Sen. Wendy Davis said. Davis, a Democrat, is attempting to sell Texas voters on her transformation from single mother in a Fort Worth trailer park to Harvard-educated lawyer and state lawmaker gracing the pages of Vogue.
NATIONAL
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.
NATIONAL
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.
NATIONAL
January 20, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
The Supreme Court gave an early win to Texas Republicans in the fight over redrawing election districts and the balance of power in Congress, ruling that the district lines should mostly follow those set by GOP lawmakers and not those by judges who drew new boundaries to favor Latinos. The 9-0 decision set aside a new map of congressional districts drawn by a special federal court in San Antonio that gave Latinos and Democrats a good chance to win three or possibly four new seats in the House of Representatives.
NEWS
February 7, 2002 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Enron Corp. debacle is increasing pressure on lawmakers to close a loophole in the nation's bankruptcy code that allows millionaires in Texas, Florida and several other states to declare bankruptcy--and keep their mansions. From the start, the federal bankruptcy laws have included some exemptions set by the states. Bankrupt homeowners in many states are allowed to keep a basic dwelling.
NATIONAL
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.
NATIONAL
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.
NEWS
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.
OPINION
March 20, 2005
You can't get to the heart of what's wrong with state Sen. Jack Scott's 21st District just by looking at it. Of course, it's like many of the stretched, fractured and jutting legislative districts created in 2001 to keep seats safe for one party or the other. A skinny peninsula shoots from Warner Bros. studio out along the Ventura Freeway to Tarzana. A funnel cloud swoops out of the bottom across Dodger Stadium, coming to a point in Chinatown.
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