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News, Brentwood, Politics

Hillary Clinton To Speak At Brentwood Democratic Party Fundraiser Tonight

Posted Oct. 20, 2014, 9:08 am

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is scheduled to speak tonight at a $32,400 per person fundraiser at Brentwood's Tavern restaurant to raise funds for the Democratic Party as it struggles to retain control of the U.S. Senate.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Columnist, Politics

Republican Nominee Neel Kashkari's Fire May Give Him A Future

Posted Oct. 4, 2014, 6:45 am

No candidate likes to admit in October that he has virtually no chance to win the office he’s running for. So it is today with Neel Kashkari, the Republican nominee – read: sacrificial lamb – who is Gov. Jerry Brown’s reelection opponent.

News, Santa Monica, Politics

Rand Paul To Speak At California Republican Party Convention In L..A.

Posted Sep. 20, 2014, 8:33 am

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, is scheduled to speak today at a luncheon and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, at a dinner during the California Republican Party convention.

News, Santa Monica, Politics, Lax

California Republican Party Convention Begins Today At LAX Marriott

Posted Sep. 19, 2014, 7:20 am

The three-day California Republican Party convention will begin today at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott with a series of committee meetings and workshops and a dinner banquet honoring the party's women leaders.

News, Santa Monica, Politics

Santa Monica Democrats To Hold Endorsement Meeting Tonight

Posted Sep. 3, 2014, 9:40 am

Members of the Santa Monica Democratic Club are invited to vote to endorse candidates for local offices today, Sept. 3 at the Santa Monica Public Library MLK Auditorium beginning at 6:30 pm.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Politics

Top Two Changing Runoff Votes In California, Not Just Primaries

Posted Aug. 23, 2014, 9:14 am

When California voters adopted the “top two” primary election system four years ago via Proposition 14, they meant to make state politics more moderate, to ease some of the sharp divides between Republicans and Democrats that led to legislative and budgetary gridlock.

News, Election, Santa Monica, Politics

Santa Monica City Council Race To Likely Feature 15 Candidates

Posted Aug. 15, 2014, 9:07 am

There will definitely be at least one new council member on the dais at the final Santa Monica City Council meeting of 2014. A few days following Council member Bob Holbrook’s announcement he would not seek seventh term on the dais, the list of candidates seeking to be elected to one of Santa Monica’s highest public offices became clearer.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Politics

Senators Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein: Different Routes In Backing Israel

Posted Aug. 9, 2014, 8:49 am

Few things in a rather absurd world are more deserving of ridicule than the United Nations Human Rights Council, a 47-nation group that includes some of the world’s leading human rights violators, from China and Cuba to Kuwait, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, to take just a few in alphabetical order.

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

Letter To The Editor: Robbed At The SMRR Convention

Posted Aug. 6, 2014, 9:20 am

Dear Editor, We the Convention Delegates to the SMRR Convention on August 3, 2014 were robbed by the SMRR Co-Chair Patricia Hoffman not allowing us our third round of voting for City Council Candidates.

News, Santa Monica, Politics

Santa Monica Democratic Club To Meet Wednesday On Healthcare Initiatives

Posted Jul. 28, 2014, 9:27 am

The Santa Monica Democratic Club will host a discussion of the upcoming election Healthcare Initiatives this Wednesday, July 30.

News, Santa Monica, Politics

State Sen. Ted Lieu Calls On Fox TV Host Bob Beckel To Resign After Racist Remarks

Posted Jul. 12, 2014, 11:56 am

State Senator Ted Lieu, who represents Santa Monica and much of the South Bay, today called on Fox News Host Bob Beckel to resign immediately after statements the Fox TV host made about Chinese people.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Sacramento, Politics, California Assembly, Legislation

Hit-And-Run Bill Gains Support Of City Council

Posted Jun. 27, 2014, 12:00 am

Assembly Bill 1532 (AB 1532) would create a penalty for a driver who strikes a person and flees the scene without stopping, even if the person struck is not injured.

State Senator Ted W. Lieu.

News, California, Santa Monica, Sacramento, Politics, Spying, Ted Lieu, State Senate

Senate Bill Seeks To Prohibit Cooperation In Mass Spying By Feds

Posted May. 19, 2014, 8:09 pm

The State Senate passed on May 19 bipartisan legislation that would ban the state from supporting or assisting the federal government in unconstitutional spying and data dragnets on Californian citizens and their information.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Santa Monica, Energy, Oped, Politics

Op-Ed: Conflict of Interest, Cronyism Dog Hydrogen Highway

Posted May. 18, 2014, 8:00 am

Looking for a new reason to distrust a state government that won’t even expel legislators when they’ve been indicted or convicted?

News, Election, Santa Monica, Politics

Santa Monica Democrats Make Two Endorsements For June 3 Primary

Posted Apr. 25, 2014, 9:05 am

Twelve candidates running for three offices in this year’s mid-year elections stumped the Santa Monica Democrats meeting on Wednesday at the Main Library, hoping to land an endorsement from the local “blue” affiliated club.

News, Election, Santa Monica, Politics

SMRR Endorses Three Candidates For June 3 Primary Races

Posted Mar. 28, 2014, 9:03 am

The 2014 election season is beginning to heat up. With the Primary Election scheduled for June 3 – which is about 10 weeks from now – the Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR) membership voted on Sunday who to endorse for several key elections, including LA County Supervisor (Third District), State Assembly (50th District), State Senate (26th District), and U.S. Congress (33rd District).

News, Santa Monica, Politics

Marianne Williamson To Take Part In Issues Forum Tonight In Santa Monica

Posted Mar. 26, 2014, 9:24 am

Marianne Williamson, an independent candidate for California’s 33rd Congressional District, will hold an issues forum tonight with Lynne Lyman to discuss drug policy and mass incarceration in the United States.

News, Santa Monica, Politics

Ben Allen Tops Fundraising In Race For State Senate District 26 Seat

Posted Mar. 26, 2014, 9:19 am

Ben Allen, a candidate for State Senate in the 26th District, released his fundraising report Monday, showing a total of $235,000 in total contributions and $224,000 cash on hand after just five weeks.

Election, Santa Monica, Politics

Bobby Shriver County Supervisor Campaign Raises $550K... So Far

Posted Mar. 25, 2014, 9:24 am

Bobby Shriver's campaign for LA County Supervisor has released its first campaign fundraising report showing nearly 2,000 donors in 10 weeks.

News, Santa Monica, Politics

U.S. Senator John McCain To Speak At Santa Monica Dinner Event Tonight

Posted Mar. 20, 2014, 12:16 pm

U.S. Senator John McCain will talk to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council tonight in Santa Monica, just days after returning from a trip to Ukraine where he was outspoken in attacking Russia for its move into Crimea.

Bobby Shriver (center) joined by Santa Monica City Council members Terry O'Day (from left), Tony Vazquez, Bob Holbrook, and Ted Winterer.

News, Election, Santa Monica, Politics

Four Santa Monica Council Members Endorse Bobby Shriver For Supervisor

Posted Feb. 27, 2014, 8:16 am

Four current Santa Monica City Council Members have endorsed former Santa Monica council member Bobby Shriver in his race for LA Supervisor.

Bobby Shriver.

Opinion, Santa Monica, Government, Politics

The Race For LA County Supervisor (Third District) – Bobby Shriver

Posted Feb. 22, 2014, 7:07 am

Bobby Shriver discusses his candidacy for LA County Supervisor to represent the third supervisorial district with Mirror Columnist Susan Cloke

Sheila Kuehl.

Opinion, Election, Santa Monica, Government, Politics

The Race For LA County Supervisor (Third District) – Sheila Kuehl

Posted Feb. 22, 2014, 7:00 am

Sheila Kuehl discusses her candidacy for LA County Supervisor to represent the third supervisorial district with Mirror Columnist Susan Cloke.

The Santa Monica City Council: Bob Holbrook (clockwise from back left), Tony Vazquez, Ted Winterer, Kevin McKeown, Gleam Davis, Pam O'Connor, and Terry O'Day.

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica, Columnist, Politics

What Say You? Hines & The Santa Monica City Council

Posted Feb. 8, 2014, 6:59 am

What actually happened at the Tuesday night’s Santa Monica City Council meeting? First, by a 4 to 3 vote the Hines Development Agreement was approved.

Mike Bonin.

News, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Politics

LA Councilman Mike Bonin Talks Transportation, SMO At SM Democratic Club

Posted Jan. 24, 2014, 9:28 am

Santa Monica is surround by three sides by the City of Los Angeles. With the nation’s second largest municipality enveloping the City by the Sea, both Santa Monica and Los Angeles are bound to share some common ground on key issues, such as jobs, transportation, and the Santa Monica Airport (SMO).

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