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January 17, 1992 | From Associated Press
Federal officials have closed an investigation of the 1988 election's notorious Willie Horton political ad without resolving whether there was improper coordination between the Bush campaign team and the ad's sponsors. The Federal Election Commission split, 3 to 3, along party lines on whether to close the case, which involved a supposedly independent group called the National Security Political Action Committee and an ad that became known as a symbol of racial politics.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - It seemed like a fairly good idea at the time - the idea of Abel Maldonado running for governor. He wasn't going to win. But neither would he be a Republican embarrassment. There was no Republican in sight with even a faint chance of beating Gov. Jerry Brown next year. Amend that. There was no credible challenger preparing to take on the Democratic incumbent, period. The moderate Maldonado, 45, from Santa Maria - a former mayor, legislator and lieutenant governor - seemed credible.
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NEWS
July 16, 1992 | PAUL HOUSTON and RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Despite President Bush's efforts to stop him, a defiant conservative activist forged ahead Wednesday with attempts to air a TV ad linking Democratic presidential nominee Bill Clinton to a former nightclub singer who claims he had a lengthy affair with her. Floyd G.
NEWS
June 15, 2011 | By James Oliphant
Both Janice Hahn, the Democratic candidate for Congress in California’s 36 th district and her opponent, Republican Craig Huey, have condemned a Web ad (see video below) created by an outside conservative group that some have labeled sexist and offensive. But such viral videos, as the label suggests, take on a life of their own and are hard to kill. The ad, which features a street-gang motif, superimposes Hahn’s face on a stripper dancing on a pole, and suggests that the Los Angeles councilwoman coddled gang members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1992 | ELAINE CIULLA KAMARCK, Elaine Ciulla Kamarck is a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute.
For many months now, the operating assumption within the Bush campaign and White House has been that the President will win reelection because the other two candidates will be unacceptable alternatives. You could see this strategy in full swing this week as Dan Quayle was dispatched to New York to attack Bill Clinton's integrity and to talk about family values, and Massachusetts Gov. William Weld was dispatched to Little Rock to criticize Clinton's record on taxes and the environment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1996
George Bush had Willie Horton; Bill Clinton has Newt Gingrich and Pat Buchanan. TONY MIRAMONTES Norwalk
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 1992
It's only a matter of time until President Bush wonders aloud whether Bill Clinton, on his visit to Moscow in 1969, met with Willie Horton. DON SYMONS Santa Barbara
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1992
Isn't it interesting how the use of scare tactics influenced the outcome of the last two presidential elections? In 1988 the Republicans won with the use of the Willie Horton scare and in 1992 the Democrats used the religious right as their bogyman. The only difference is that Willie Horton actually had committed murder and rape whereas the religious right only tended to bother the moral sensitivity of some people. ALVIN KIRTZ San Clemente
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1990
After presenting seven different reasons, George Bush still has been unable to offer the nation a persuasive rationale for going to war with Saddam Hussein. Why doesn't the President give the real reason: It was Hussein, not Michael Dukakis, who arranged for Willie Horton's prison leave. It worked in '88. BILL STEIN Cambria
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1992
If the balanced budget amendment passed the Congress this year, it would not become effective until 1997--after President Bush leaves office--if he is reelected. The amendment is the Willie Horton of the 1992 presidential campaign. CARLYLE SMITH Sun Valley
OPINION
April 23, 2006
"Give Me a Week" (1960) For: John F. Kennedy Against: Richard Nixon An incredulous, almost sarcastic voice-over asks whether anyone could really believe GOP claims that Nixon had any governing experience. The ad features a quote from Republican President Eisenhower, who, when asked what major ideas of Nixon's he had adopted, answers: "If you give me a week, I might think of one, I don't remember." * "Daisy" (1964) For: Lyndon B.
NEWS
November 24, 2002
Thank you for printing the essay by Kerry Madden that exemplifies the injustices and waste of our legal system ("A Voice Inside," Nov. 3). What a shame that a teenager was sentenced to 35 years in prison for something that was circumstantial and based on the fear that underlies our society. Please continue to print essays like this so that our society will become more enlightened and possibly change. Ruthanne Iliff Via the Internet Madden, like so many liberals, is sympathetic to Michael Duc Ta. And why not?
OPINION
October 27, 2002 | Earl Ofari Hutchinson
The well-scripted ritual happened again when Gov. Gray Davis flatly said no this month to parole for convicted murderer Jerilyn Becker. Davis has approved paroles for only two of the more than 100 convicted killers eligible during his term in office. But the Becker denial was especially galling. In 22 years behind bars, she has maintained a spotless prison record, counseled and ministered to hundreds of inmates and was praised by her prison work supervisors and officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1996
George Bush had Willie Horton; Bill Clinton has Newt Gingrich and Pat Buchanan. TONY MIRAMONTES Norwalk
BOOKS
May 21, 1995 | CHRIS GOODRICH
CRIME AND THE POLITICS OF HYSTERIA: How the Willie Horton Story Changed American Justice by David C. Anderson (Times Books: $25; 288 pp.). In 1991, when a communications professor asked a group of Louisiana voters about the 1988 presidential campaign, participants remembered that Michael Dukakis' loss had something to do with his being soft on crime.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1992
Isn't it interesting how the use of scare tactics influenced the outcome of the last two presidential elections? In 1988 the Republicans won with the use of the Willie Horton scare and in 1992 the Democrats used the religious right as their bogyman. The only difference is that Willie Horton actually had committed murder and rape whereas the religious right only tended to bother the moral sensitivity of some people. ALVIN KIRTZ San Clemente
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1990
The article "Mandela Talk Draws Cheers From Congress" (June 27) by Times staff writer Edwin Chen was indeed inspiring. It is too bad that Republican Congressman William E. Dannemeyer from Fullerton had to show his narrow-minded attitude when he likened Mr. Mandela to H. Rap Brown and Willie Horton. Perhaps Rep. Dannemeyer has been too long in office and needs a long, worthwhile rest. JAIME B. VEGA Santa Ana
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1990
So President Bush was distressed by TV's use of the split screen depicting him speaking with a light heart as the somber coffins arrived from Panama (Part A, Jan. 6). It does indeed seem a bit unfair, almost as unfair as Lee Atwater's frequent use of Willie Horton bracketed with Michael Dukakis in the 1988 election campaign. You sow, you reap. KRAMER J. ROHFLEISCH La Mesa
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1992
As the election returns confirm the end of the Bush presidency it is apparent that we will continue to experience the inability of the Republicans to take responsibility for what has brought them to this event. All we are hearing from Bush on down is how the media have cost them the election by negative and biased reporting. They continue to ignore the fact that no one other than George Bush is responsible for the failures to deal with the serious social and economic issues that have been building in this country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 1992
It's only a matter of time until President Bush wonders aloud whether Bill Clinton, on his visit to Moscow in 1969, met with Willie Horton. DON SYMONS Santa Barbara
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