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Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Politics

Intimidation Factor Could Cause A Harris Coronation

Posted Mar. 22, 2015, 9:21 am

It’s now a certainty that Kamala Harris will have an opponent on the November 2016 ballot. But much less certain is whether that opponent will be any more threatening that Elizabeth Emken, an autism activist who placed second in California’s 2012 Senate primary election, was to incumbent Dianne Feinstein.

Senator Bernie Sanders.

Seven Days, Santa Monica, Politics, Lax

Sen. Bernie Sanders To Speak At Marianne Williamson's Sister Giant Conference

Posted Mar. 21, 2015, 9:10 am

Former 33rd Congressional District candidate Marianne Williamson will host the third Sister Giant conference on the weekend of March 28-29, at the Councourse Hotel at LAX.

Executive Editor Brenton Garen interviews L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

Video, Santa Monica, Politics

VIDEO Part 1: Sheila Kuehl Talks About Her New Role As LA County Supervisor

Posted Mar. 13, 2015, 9:12 am

Los Angeles County Supervisor (Third District) Sheila Kuehl stops by the studio to chat with Executive Editor Brenton Garen about her transition to the Board of Supervisors after her Nov. 4 election win. Topics include recent issues including foster care, immigration, and child welfare.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist, Government, Politics

Condoleezza Rice's Poll Standing: Star Power Still A Political Factor

Posted Feb. 28, 2015, 8:27 am

Condoleezza Rice, the former secretary of state in the George W. Bush administration and now a Stanford University professor, has stated very clearly she would rather attend college basketball games and help choose the college football playoff teams than be a U.S. senator.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Government, Politics

A Single Vote Really Does Count

Posted Feb. 21, 2015, 8:43 am

Barely 21 percent of eligible California voters cast ballots in last fall’s election, which means about 80 percent of the eligible populace should have no complaints even if they don’t like the performances of those who were elected for the next two or four years.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Election, Santa Monica, Government, Politics

Governor Jerry Brown Could – But Won’t – Dominate Race To Replace Boxer In Senate

Posted Jan. 31, 2015, 8:40 am

If the current large corps of potential candidates for retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer’s job look to some like a gaggle of political pygmies, it might have something to do with the proverbial 800-pound gorilla lurking in their living room. That would be Gov. Jerry Brown, who could most likely have the job for the asking.

Mark Rubio.

News, Beverly Hills, Politics

Marco Rubio In Beverly Hills For $1,000 Per Person Fundraising Breakfast

Posted Jan. 29, 2015, 7:56 am

Prospective Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio will conclude his fundraising swing through Southern California today with a $1,000 per person breakfast in Beverly Hills.

State Senator Ben Allen (right), erstwhile Captain Hook, receives the Hook to the City  from Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown following his community swearing-in ceremony at Barnum Hall, on the campus of Allen’s alma mater Samohi.

News, Samohi, Santa Monica, Politics

Community Swearing-In Held In Santa Monica For State Senator Ben Allen

Posted Jan. 19, 2015, 9:36 am

Following new State Senator Ben Allen’s community swearing-in Saturday night at Barnum Hall on the Santa Monica High School campus, Mayor Kevin McKeown presented Allen with a commendation from the City Council and a symbolic gift signifying Santa Monica’s high regard for the Samohi graduate and former school board member.

Jeb Bush.

News, California, Politics

Jeb Bush Heads To Southern California Fundraisers

Posted Jan. 14, 2015, 9:12 am

Potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush will be in Southern California this week to raise funds.

Attorney General Kamala Harris announced today she is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer.

News, California, Election, Santa Monica, Politics

Kamala Harris To Run For U.S. Senate Seat Being Vacated By Barbara Boxer

Posted Jan. 13, 2015, 9:03 am

California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced in low-key fashion today that she is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Los Angeles, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Government, Politics

Analysis: Democrats Line Up To Seek U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer's Job

Posted Jan. 8, 2015, 10:01 am

With U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer’s announcement Thursday that she will retire when her current fourth term ends in early 2017, fellow Democrats are lining up to seek her job.

Senator Barbara Boxer announced her retirement on Thursday in a video on Youtube co-starring her grandson Zach Rodham, who played the role of reporter.

News, California, Politics

Barbara Boxer Will Not Seek Re-Election To U.S. Senate In 2016

Posted Jan. 8, 2015, 8:40 am

Barbara Boxer (Dem-California) announced Thursday she would not run for re-election to the United States Senate in 2016.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Election, Santa Monica, Politics

John Chiang Record Unique As Top Democrats Ready To Move Up

Posted Jan. 4, 2015, 6:00 am

Weeks, perhaps months, before taking their oaths of office for statewide posts like lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, attorney general and insurance commissioner, the five Democrats in those jobs plainly were thinking of their impending runs for higher office.

The 2014-16 Santa Monica City Council was installed Tuesday night at City Hall. From left: Council members Tony Vazquez, Gleam Davis, Sue Himmelrich, Kevin McKeown, Terry O’Day, Pam O’Connor, and Ted Winterer.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Politics

Slow Growth City Council Strategically Elects Split Terms For Mayor, Pro Tem

Posted Dec. 12, 2014, 9:04 am

A strategic move played out Tuesday evening by Santa Monica City Council’s new slow-growth majority, with Kevin McKeown effectively taking one for the team by only being elected Mayor for one year instead of a normal two-year term.

News, Election, Hollywood, Politics

L.A. Fourth District Council Candidates To Debate In Hollywood Today

Posted Dec. 9, 2014, 9:24 am

A debate among six candidates seeking to succeed Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge in the Fourth District will be held today at the Arena nightclub in Hollywood.

L.A. Councilman Mike Bonin, Supervisor-elect Sheila Kuehl, and Congresswoman Karen Bass celebrate at The Victorian in Santa Monica on Tuesday night.

News, Election, Santa Monica, Politics

New L.A. County Supervisors, Sheriff, Assessor To Be Sworn In Monday

Posted Nov. 29, 2014, 8:27 am

A new Los Angeles County sheriff will come to town Monday, along with two new county supervisors and an assessor, all of whom will be sworn in at ceremonies planned throughout the day.

News, Transportation, Politics

PCH Overpass To Be Dedicated In Memory Of State Senator Jenny Oropeza

Posted Nov. 23, 2014, 9:07 am

An overcrossing for a bridge on Pacific Coast Highway in Wilmington will be dedicated in memory of Sen. Jenny Oropeza Monday.

News, Santa Monica, Politics

Santa Monica Democratic Club Cancels Nov. 19 General Meeting

Posted Nov. 18, 2014, 9:34 am

The Santa Monica Democratic Club has cancelled its general meeting that was scheduled for this Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Malibu, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Election, Santa Monica, Smmusd, Politics

Letter To The Editor: Plea For Decency & Transparency Following SMMUSD Election

Posted Nov. 11, 2014, 9:34 am

Dear Editor, The elections are over, people are assessing failures and successes and preparing to move on. Before we do, let’s ask ourselves: In this age of rampant dirty politics how much of our integrity are we willing to sacrifice to win?

News, Beverly Hills, Politics

Bill Clinton To Deliver Foreign Policy Address In Beverly Hills Today

Posted Nov. 10, 2014, 9:16 am

Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to deliver a foreign policy address in Beverly Hills today, one day after advising several thousands of youth to learn how to take care of their money, and receiving an award for his support of jazz.

News, Election, Santa Monica, Politics

Santa Monica Democrats To Discuss Election Aftermath At Nov. 19 Meeting

Posted Nov. 9, 2014, 6:00 am

The Santa Monica Democratic Club will host a panel discussion later this month on the election results with a special focus on "where to from here"?

News, Los Angeles, Politics

Deadline Today To File Intention To Run For L.A. 2015 Primary Election

Posted Nov. 8, 2014, 8:33 am

Today is the deadline for candidates in Los Angeles' 2015 primary nominating election to file their declarations of intention to run for office.

Zev Yaroslavsky at state Senator-elect Ben Allen's election night party in Santa Monica.

News, Election, Santa Monica, Politics

Zev Yaroslavsky: State Senator-Elect Ben Allen Has Integrity

Posted Nov. 6, 2014, 8:49 am

In the contest for the 26th State Senate district, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education member Ben Allen defeated women’s right activist and attorney Sandra Fluke in a race where both candidates were under the age of 40.

News, Los Angeles, Politics

Filing Period for L.A. City Election Begins Today

Posted Nov. 3, 2014, 9:07 am

Candidates for Los Angeles' 2015 primary nominating election may begin filing their declarations of intention to run for office Monday.

The Mirror endorses Kevin McKeown, Pam O’Connor, and Frank Gruber for City Council at Tuesday’s election to provide a diversity of voices and a balance of supporting business and smart growth.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica, Smc, Smmusd, Politics

The Mirror's Endorsements For 2014 Santa Monica City Council, SMMUSD & SMC

Posted Oct. 31, 2014, 8:41 am

The Mirror endorses incumbent Kevin McKeown, incumbent Pam O’Connor, and former Planning Commissioner Frank Gruber to provide a diversity of voices that will keep the council active while preventing a super-majority that leans far left or right.

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