| Aug 4, 2013
We've all grown used to a Congress locked in bitter warfare between two parties, producing gridlock on federal spending and other pressing issues. But the Congress that left Washington last week hit a new high in another category: gridlock among...
| Aug 14, 2013
It's not a typo: The South Central L.A. Tea Party exists, and Jesse Lee Peterson takes a bow for founding it. He's also president and founder of the 23-year-old black bootstraps group Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, or BOND, and serves as...
| Jan 30, 2013
Can Republicans find a way out of the political dead end they marched into during the 2012 campaign? Can President Obama make his second term more productive than the final gridlocked years of his first? Can Democrats and Republicans in Congress relearn...
| Dec 4, 2011
"I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here, even though some time back they may have entered illegally."
That was Ronald Reagan speaking during his 1984 reelection campaign. After that election, he stuck to his...
| Jul 11, 2013
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The woman in the TV commercial is identified as Julie, a mother of two. She's sitting on a bench in a nice yard containing a kids' play structure. A little boy swings in the background.
"Two years ago," Julie says, "my son Caleb began having seizures....
| May 21, 2012
Gloria Romero is a Democrat. She was elected to the California Assembly as a Democrat and later to the state Senate. She served as Democratic leader of the Senate, the first woman to do so. Ben Austin is a Democrat too. He worked in the White House...
| Feb 1, 2013
Governing requires vision, competence and administrative know-how. But none of that matters if a candidate never gets the chance to govern. Do the four leading contenders in the race for Los Angeles mayor have plausible strategies for getting themselves...
| Mar 7, 2013
The first round of the mayoral election ended Tuesday much the way it began, with Controller Wendy Greuel and Councilman Eric Garcetti fighting for the lead while facing the complicated task of defining themselves to voters and assembling a majority in an...
| Mar 25, 2013
Controller Wendy Greuel pulled off a surprising coup last week when she secured the endorsement of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor despite an acknowledgment by many labor leaders that they feel closer philosophically to her opponent, Councilman...
| Dec 3, 2012
A new poll on the Los Angeles mayor's race confirms the conventional wisdom: Most voters have yet to make up their minds, but among those who have decided, City Councilman Eric Garcetti and Controller Wendy Greuel remain locked in a close match with a...
| Mar 10, 2013
President Obama owes Karl Rove a thank-you note.
During last year's election campaign, Rove and other Republicans showed how federal tax law could be stretched to turn a political committee into a "social welfare" organization. These nonprofit...