Jolly Green Giant?

27 June 2006 |permalink | email article

Arnold Schwarzenegger, in the latest effort to burnish his environmental credentials before the fall election, continues to distance himself from the White House with a rebuff to the powerful Republican head of the House Resources Committee over the issue… read full story

Question Time for W.

26 June 2006 |permalink | email article

Q. Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the American commander on the ground in Iraq, has drafted a tentative plan projecting sharp cuts in the U.S. military presence there by the end of 2007, with initial cuts possibly beginning in… read full story

W. & ZigZag Governor Race

25 June 2006 |permalink | email article

George W. Bush is not on the California ballot in November. But he’s become the triangular “third man” in the battle between Republican incumbent Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democratic challenger Phil Angelides.

An early June Field Poll found the president’s… read full story

Antonio: Dream and Reality

23 June 2006 |permalink | email article

Antonio Villaraigosa didn’t declare his intention to gain control of the troubled Los Angeles Unified School District until April 17, 2005, well into his runoff campaign against incumbent James Hahn. He said the mayor should have “ultimate control and… read full story

Tony Snow, Polls and History

21 June 2006 |permalink | email article

Tony Snow, the new White House mouthpiece, did his first full Sunday morning of talk show spin this week, saying that W. had every intention of sticking with the plan he has set in Iraq, despite opinion polls making… read full story

Villaraigosa’s Moment of Truth

17 June 2006 |permalink | email article

Wolf Blitzer, CNN’s political anchor, mentioned to Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa just before the recent California primary that the L.A. mayor seemed quite chummy with Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger who’s seeking a second term as governor.

It was a logical question,… read full story

Quagmire: Multi-Billion War

15 June 2006 |permalink | email article

Peggy Noonan, a former speechwriter for Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, now writes a partisan weekly column for the WSJ’s Opinion Journal. Reading her graceful prose is a seductive exercise which almost gets me to agree with her… read full story

Can the NFL Crack L.A.?

13 June 2006 |permalink | email article

The longest kabuki dance in Los Angeles sports history nears an end tonight when several NFL owners, league commissioner Paul Tagliabue and an elite list of local business, sports and entertainment leaders dine with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at Getty… read full story

The Blogosphere Takes Off

11 June 2006 |permalink | email article

Unlike a pilgrimage to Mecca, this weekend’s political shrine was the online convention in Las Vegas convened by the blog, Daily Kos. It exposed awed liberal interest groups, would-be presidential candidates, union organizers, conservative blogger spies and mainstream media… read full story

Dreaming About California

11 June 2006 |permalink | email article

Nationally respected Los Angeles Democratic strategist Bill Carrick is in talks to join with the Phil Angelides gubernatorial campaign, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Carla Marinucci reported.

Carrick, who directed L.A. Mayor Jim Hahn’s failed reelection campaign last year, didn’t… read full story

Who’s the Real Centrist?

09 June 2006 |permalink | email article

A first take on the California governor’s race finds incumbent Arnold Schwarzenegger and challenger Phil Angelides madly scrambling to redefine themselves as the real centrist. 

The state controller, a committed liberal and proud of it, may have… read full story

Comeback Kid? No Cigar Yet

07 June 2006 |permalink | email article

Arnold Schwarzenneger moved fast to reinvent himself as a more centrist governor after the abysmal failure of his reform initiatives last fall when he pandered to his party’s right wing and became a toady for corporate interests. He begins… read full story

Arnold’s Ready; Is Democratic Challenger?

05 June 2006 |permalink | email article

While Steve Westly and Phil Angelides sweat out tonight’s election returns about the Democratic nomination, a rested Arnold Schwarzenegger holds a fundraiser before the expected kickoff of his reelection campaign with a statewide bus tour tomorrow.

The governor, in… read full story

Governor’s Race: Tie-Breaker Time

04 June 2006 |permalink | email article

After a more than $60 million media spending spree, the toxic Democratic primary between Steve Westly and Phil Angelides is a statistical dead heat. So tomorrow’s election will turn on which way a record 26% of undecideds vote, setting… read full story

First Haditha, Now Ishaqi?

02 June 2006 |permalink | email article

BBC News reported today (GMT) that it has uncovered new video evidence suggesting American forces may have been responsible for the deliberate killing of 11 innocent Iraqi civilians in the town of Ishaqi on March 15. A spokesman for… read full story

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