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March 3, 2010 | By Mark Z. Barabak
Texas Gov. Rick Perry cruised to an easy victory Tuesday night in a bitterly fought GOP primary that pitted him against the state's popular U.S. senator and an insurgent running as a favorite of the tea party movement. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison conceded less than an hour after polls closed, bringing an abrupt finish to one of the most highly anticipated contests of the 2010 primary season. The victory gives Perry plenty of time before November to unify Republicans. With nearly 92% of precincts reporting, Perry held 51% of the vote to Hutchison's 30%, enough to avoid an April 13 runoff.
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.
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.
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.
July 6, 2003 | Frank del Olmo, Frank del Olmo is associate editor of The Times.
Last year I took some flak for accusing several Latinos in the state Legislature of making a deal with the devil. I could gloat now that I've been proved right by the budgetary chaos and ideological extremism that dominate politics in Sacramento, but I won't. The spectacle is just too sad -- and is spreading to other states. The "devil" I referred to was a sharp political consultant named Michael Berman, the younger brother of Rep. Howard Berman (D-North Hollywood).
February 24, 2006 | Edward Blum, EDWARD BLUM is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and the author of the forthcoming book, "How It Works in the Real World: The Consequences of the Voting Rights Act on Voting and Elections."
IN A WEEK OR SO, the U.S. Supreme Court will again sink its teeth into the question of partisan gerrymandering when it hears arguments in the now-infamous, Tom DeLay-inspired Texas congressional redistricting case. Just two years ago, the justices tried to take a bite out of a similar case from Pennsylvania but found that they were so hopelessly fractured on legal doctrine they couldn't produce a majority opinion.
October 2, 2005 | Ethan Rarick, ETHAN RARICK, acting director of the Center on Politics at the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies, is the author of "California Rising: The Life and Times of Pat Brown" (UC Press, 2005).
THE BIG PROBLEM with Proposition 77, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's ballot measure to create a new system for drawing legislative and congressional boundaries, is that it's much too fair. Well, there are other flaws too, beginning with the fact that the initiative would require an immediate redistricting, to be completed too hastily using 2000 census data made musty by half a decade of frenetic growth in California.
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.
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