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November 21, 1998 | ROBERT SHOGAN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
As the nation's Republican governors gathered here this week to ponder the lessons of the 1998 election, it was clear that at least for now, the GOP future would be dominated by a four-letter word--Bush. George W. Bush, triumphantly reelected governor of Texas and the eldest son of the last Republican president, stole the show at the three-day conference, starting with a joint news conference with his younger brother, Jeb, freshly minted governor-elect of Florida.
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December 12, 1998 | Religion News Service
A church-state watchdog group has asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate eight churches that allegedly violated their tax-exempt status by distributing Christian Coalition voter guides the Sunday before the November elections. The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of the Washington-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said the "partisan" guides were "deliberately designed" to help elect conservative Republican candidates.
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NEWS
November 1, 1998 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN and JANET HOOK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Now that it's almost over, what is it all about? Tuesday's election will be instantly--and probably endlessly--examined for signals about whether voters want Congress to move forward with impeachment proceedings against President Clinton. But despite a late flurry of ads from the two national parties on the scandal surrounding Clinton's relationship with Monica S. Lewinsky, very few candidates on either side have spent much time talking about impeachment or the president's behavior.
NEWS
November 21, 1998 | ROBERT SHOGAN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
As the nation's Republican governors gathered here this week to ponder the lessons of the 1998 election, it was clear that at least for now, the GOP future would be dominated by a four-letter word--Bush. George W. Bush, triumphantly reelected governor of Texas and the eldest son of the last Republican president, stole the show at the three-day conference, starting with a joint news conference with his younger brother, Jeb, freshly minted governor-elect of Florida.
NEWS
November 16, 1998 | ROBERT SHOGAN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Even as Democrats celebrate their surprisingly strong showing in this month's midterm elections, one glum and largely overlooked reality has emerged from the returns to cast a shadow over the party's future. Although winning back the middle class for his party has been one of President Clinton's political priorities, exit polling on election day by Voter News Service indicates that Democrats have made little headway with this vital component of the electorate. The polling found that on Nov.
NEWS
October 27, 1998 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
From the basement of a Machinists Union lodge just south of downtown, Ray Crider is marshaling his troops for the last battle in campaign '98. With just one week left until election day, candidates around the country increasingly are shifting their attention from courting the broad mass of potential voters to motivating turnout by narrow slivers of committed partisans. That's where Crider, the state director for the AFL-CIO's campaign effort, comes in.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1998 | PHIL WILLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Vice President Dan Quayle said Republicans will dominate in the November election, in part because voters are yearning for a return to traditional family values and "integrity from our leaders" in the wake of the Clinton scandal. Quayle, in town for a political fund-raiser for congressional hopeful Randy Hoffman, repeated his call for President Clinton to resign, saying he has tarnished the presidency and damaged the country.
NEWS
October 8, 1998 | MARK Z. BARABAK, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
From New York to Hawaii, 1998 is shaping up as a banner year for Republicans running for governor--the best, perhaps, in history. And once again, California is shaping up as a possible exception. With less than four weeks to go before the election, Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren, the GOP nominee for governor, remains in the thick of a competitive race against Democratic Lt. Gov. Gray Davis.
NEWS
September 20, 1998 | FAYE FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From the vantage point of Hillary Rodham Clinton's living room, things suddenly weren't looking so hideous. Democratic congresswomen arrived from all over the country, juggling schedules and catching red-eyes. Ten of them took a bus from the Capitol. They gathered in the elegant White House residence early last week, drinking coffee from china cups and eating danish. Nobody mentioned the M-name. They knew what to say, and they knew what not to say.
NEWS
November 6, 1998 | DOYLE McMANUS, TIMES WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF
Two big-state choices for governor--the victories of Democrat Gray Davis in California and Republican George W. Bush in Texas--sent a resounding message to strategists in both political parties this week: The nation's voters are looking for moderation, not ideology. "California scares the hell out of me," said GOP pollster Frank Luntz, one of the architects of the 1994 conservative upsurge that gave Republicans control of Congress. "Social conservatism is not a dominant force anymore. . . .
NEWS
November 16, 1998 | ROBERT SHOGAN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Even as Democrats celebrate their surprisingly strong showing in this month's midterm elections, one glum and largely overlooked reality has emerged from the returns to cast a shadow over the party's future. Although winning back the middle class for his party has been one of President Clinton's political priorities, exit polling on election day by Voter News Service indicates that Democrats have made little headway with this vital component of the electorate. The polling found that on Nov.
NEWS
November 9, 1998 | ROBERT SHOGAN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
The midterm election results that led to the surprise resignation of House Speaker Newt Gingrich also bolstered the status of each party's early front-runners for the 2000 presidential campaign: Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore. Bush gained ground not only as a result of the size of his more than 2-to-1 reelection margin of victory as Texas governor but also because of its scope.
NEWS
November 7, 1998 | ALISSA J. RUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A resurgent labor movement took a page from the Christian conservatives' playbook in its successful effort to mobilize the union vote in Tuesday's midterm elections. Twenty-two percent of those who voted came from union households, a very high level, although precise figures from the 1994 midterm election were not available for comparison. The heavy union turnout was credited for providing a significant boost for some Democratic candidates.
NEWS
November 6, 1998 | DOYLE McMANUS, TIMES WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF
Two big-state choices for governor--the victories of Democrat Gray Davis in California and Republican George W. Bush in Texas--sent a resounding message to strategists in both political parties this week: The nation's voters are looking for moderation, not ideology. "California scares the hell out of me," said GOP pollster Frank Luntz, one of the architects of the 1994 conservative upsurge that gave Republicans control of Congress. "Social conservatism is not a dominant force anymore. . . .
BUSINESS
November 5, 1998
Tuesday's congressional and gubernatorial election results nationwide will have a major impact on key business and economic issues over the next two years. First and foremost, the election settled the argument between the White House and Republican leaders of Congress over use of the federal budget surplus. Democrats' success at the ballot box says there will be no tax cut for the next two years.
NEWS
November 5, 1998 | SAM FULWOOD III, TIMES STAFF WRITER
African Americans are among the Democratic Party's most dependable voters. Latinos lean that way. But it was not a foregone conclusion, given recent turnout trends, whether either group would show up strongly at the polls Tuesday. Both groups arrived in huge numbers, however, giving Democratic candidates in House, Senate and gubernatorial races an unexpected boost.
NEWS
March 26, 1998 | ALISSA J. RUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Faced with the prospect of congressional action on sweeping tobacco legislation, the nation's cigarette makers poured $4.4 million into the coffers of political parties and members of Congress in 1997, a record for a nonelection year, according to a new analysis. The '97 contributions exceed the $4.1 million that the tobacco industry donated in 1995 and surpass what it gave in 1993, according to the study by the private advocacy group Common Cause.
NEWS
November 9, 1998 | ROBERT SHOGAN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
The midterm election results that led to the surprise resignation of House Speaker Newt Gingrich also bolstered the status of each party's early front-runners for the 2000 presidential campaign: Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore. Bush gained ground not only as a result of the size of his more than 2-to-1 reelection margin of victory as Texas governor but also because of its scope.
NEWS
November 4, 1998 | ROBERT SHOGAN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Led by George W. and Jeb Bush, potentially the most compelling political brother act since John F. and Robert F. Kennedy, Republicans on Tuesday maintained their grip on a majority of the nation's governorships as a power base for their political future. In Minnesota, in perhaps the most captivating contest of the election, Jesse "The Body" Ventura, a former professional wrestler, talk-show host and part-time mayor of a Minneapolis suburb, was the projected winner against Democratic Atty. Gen.
NEWS
November 4, 1998
Here are the states with Senate races and the party affiliations of the incumbent candidates.
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