| Feb 6, 2013
| 6:44 PM
L.A. City Controller and mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel took new fire for her handling of a special service at City Hall that dismissed parking tickets for special applicants....
| May 22, 2013
| 3:55 PM
Smart and capable, City Controller Wendy Greuel has been a high-profile public servant who believes in Los Angeles and has devoted much of her career to improving it. But boy, did she run a lousy campaign for mayor.
Eric Garcetti's sizable win might...
| Jan 9, 2013
No political party enjoys losing an election, but a healthy party reacts to defeat — after a suitable period of grieving — by trying to figure out what went wrong.
That's what Democrats did in the late 1980s after a string of failed...
| Apr 8, 2013
Over the past few weeks, the race for mayor of Los Angeles has been less a contest of ideas and leadership than it's been an endorsement roulette, with Controller Wendy Greuel and Councilman Eric Garcetti trotting out their latest pledges of support as...
| Mar 20, 2013
It's never too early to start thinking about the next presidential race — especially if you're a political party that has managed to lose the popular vote in five of the last six elections, as the Republican Party has.
Hence the remarkable...
| Feb 13, 2013
President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday, the first of his second term, won't be long remembered. It didn't offer much in the way of new ideas. It was short on memorable lines — except, perhaps, his demand for congressional action on gun...
| May 18, 2013
| 6:52 AM
What is it about presidents' second terms that makes them seem so scandal-ridden? Simple: The iron law of longevity. All governments make mistakes, and all governments try to hide those mistakes. But the longer an administration is in office, the more...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 5:00 AM
President Obama had a dinner date Wednesday night with a dozen of his worst enemies, thus proving that the governmental stalemate in Washington, D.C., is driving him to unusual acts of political creativity -- or desperation.
The president personally...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 2:13 PM
Bill Clinton will be in downtown Los Angeles Friday evening to send off Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and welcome Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti during a massive block party at Grand Park.
The 42nd president is scheduled to speak sometime between 6 and 7 p.m....
| Jan 18, 2013
| 5:00 AM
When we were classmates at Ingraham High School in Seattle, Jay Inslee was quarterback of the football team and a key player on the state champion basketball squad. I was a fledgling cartoonist and editorial writer on the student newspaper. On Wednesday...
| May 31, 2013
| 11:50 AM
Among several persistently wrongheaded beliefs about the 2012 election, none beats the claim, heard even in the campaign's closing weeks, that President Obama faced a desperately bad situation and had a high probability of losing.
That zombie idea...