November 1, 2016
By Seema Mehta
It was the home of Richard Nixon, (click here) the cradle of Ronald Reagan’s career and, for decades, a virtual synonym for the Republican Party of California.
the first time since the Depression, Orange County stands on the verge
of choosing a Democrat for president, potentially ending the longest streak of Republican presidential victories of any county in the state.
That possibility symbolizes how the American political map has been upended by Donald Trump’s
campaign: He has sped up a decade-long shift in which the GOP
has gathered strength in white, blue-collar regions that once routinely
elected Democrats, but traditional Republican suburbs increasingly have turned blue.
County outside Philadelphia to Gwinnett County east of Atlanta and
on to Fort Bend County near Houston and Tarrant County west of Dallas,
big, affluent suburban regions seem likely to shift significantly toward
Hillary Clinton this year, according to analysts who track county-level voting trends....
October 31, 2016
By David Zahniser and James Queally
The Los Angeles district attorney’s office (click here) said Monday that
it would review a series of campaign contributions made by donors with
ties to a developer who secured approval for a controversial $72-million apartment complex.
On Sunday, a Times investigation showed
that more than 100 donors who were directly or indirectly connected to
developer Samuel Leung had made donations totaling more than $600,000 to
L.A.-area politicians while his 352-unit Sea Breeze project was being