Archive for the ‘ Buck McKeon ’ Category

McKeon Replacements

Candidates for the 25th Congressional District, from top left, David Bruce, Troy Castagna, Steve Knight, Lee Rogers, Navraj Singh, Tony Strickland and Evan Thomas.

By Rick Orlov, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 03/23/14, 5:59 PM PDT |

When Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, ended the months of speculation about his future and announced his retirement this year, there was no shortage of candidates wanting to succeed him in the June 3 primary election.

Read the rest of this entry »

LATimes: Tony Strickland ad heats up Buck McKeon succession race

By Jean Merl
February 3, 2014, 12:30 p.m.

Former Republican state legislator Tony Strickland has launched the first radio ad in the race for an open Santa Clarita/Antelope Valley area congressional seat.

Read the rest of this entry »

LATimes: Tony Strickland enters race to succeed Rep. McKeon; GOP fight expected

la–me–adv–strickland–bro

Tony Strickland, a former state lawmaker, said he will run for the 25th Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times / October 2, 2012)

By Jean Merl
January 21, 2014, 2:08 p.m.

Former Republican state legislator Tony Strickland made it official Tuesday. As expected, he’s abandoning his challenge to Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Oak Park) and entering the race to succeed retiring Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) in a neighboring district.

Read the rest of this entry »

WashPost: Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) to retire

Buck McKeon

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.) in April 2012. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

By Aaron Blake and Paul Kane
January 16 at 10:22 am

Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, is set to announce that he won’t seek reelection in 2014, according to two people with knowledge of his plans.

Read the rest of this entry »

SacBee: Steve Knight running for Congress — or maybe not

Politics

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
December 3, 2013

State Sen. Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, will join a growing field of candidates competing to succeed veteran Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon should he retire at the end of next year.

Read the rest of this entry »

SacBee: Tony Strickland preparing another congressional run – in new district

Politics

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
December 2, 2013

While many people were recovering from the Thanksgiving holiday, Republican Tony Strickland was getting into position to succeed veteran Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, in the 25th Congressional District.

Read the rest of this entry »

By Brian Sumers Staff Writer
Posted: 03/15/2013 03:27:15 PM PDT
Updated: 03/15/2013 07:28:08 PM PDT

Concerned that the agency operating LAX could be illegally sending money to the city of Los Angeles, two Southern California congressmen are calling for a more thorough investigation and audit of Los Angeles World Airports’ spending patterns.

Read the rest of this entry »

LATimes: Organizing for Action targets GOP lawmakers in first ad buy

Buck_mckeonGaryMiller

Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon left. Congressman Gary Miller right.

By Matea Gold
February 21, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Four California Republican House members are among 16 GOP legislators being targeted by a pro-Obama advocacy group in a new online ad campaign urging them to back a more robust background check system for gun sales.

Read the rest of this entry »

VVDailyPress: McKeon reluctantly backs fiscal cliff deal

LA  me.buck-mckeon.jpg

January 03, 2013 8:52 AM
Staff Reports

WASHINGTON • Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, reluctantly backed the agreement that prevented the so-called fiscal cliff.

Read the rest of this entry »

LATimes: A political twist as Rep. McKeon’s wife seeks Assembly seat

Patricia McKeon said she got the idea to run for office after being charged 10 cents per grocery bag at the supermarket. “It just made me furious,” she said. (Anne Cusack, Los Angeles Times / March 23, 2012)

 

By Richard Simon and Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
April 8, 2012

WASHINGTON and LOS ANGELES — It’s not a TV political drama but it could be. Call it “The McKeons.”

It’s set in the sunny, suburban and largely conservative Santa Clarita Valley and stars Republican Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, former co-owner of a chain of western wear stores turned powerful congressional committee chairman. His wife, Patricia, long by his side during campaigns, has launched her own bid for political office at age 69.

Though it’s unusual to have a husband and wife on the same ballot, the race has another odd twist: Patricia McKeon’s chief rival in the June state Assembly primary is a former staffer to her husband, Scott Wilk.

Read the rest of this entry »

LATimes: Details emerge on Rep. Buck McKeon’s Countrywide loan

Republican Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon received a $315,000 mortgage refinance in 1998 on preferential terms, congressional investigators allege. (J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press / February 3, 2010)

 

By Abby Sewell and Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
February 12, 2012

Four years after Countrywide Financial became a symbol of the mortgage meltdown, the company and its questionable dealings have become a potent political issue in the Santa Clarita congressional district held by Republican Howard “Buck” McKeon.

Read the rest of this entry »

NationalJournal: McKeon’s Family Feud: Spouse vs. Former Staffer

POLITICS

By Shane Goldmacher
Updated: January 26, 2012 | 5:34 p.m.
January 25, 2012 | 9:30 p.m.

A sleepy race for a California Legislature seat is turning into a fractious family feud that pits a former top staffer to Buck McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the powerful House Armed Services Committee, against the congressman’s wife.

Read the rest of this entry »

SacBee (AP): AP source: House Republicans got discounted loans

U.S. Representative Howard “Buck” McKeon

By LARRY MARGASAK
Associated Press
Published: Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 – 7:45 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 – 12:50 am

WASHINGTON — Two veteran House Republicans received discounted mortgage loans from the now-defunct Countrywide Financial Corp. under a VIP program, a congressional official said Friday.

Read the rest of this entry »

VVDailyPress: McKeon: Catastrophic cuts will hit military

McKeon

November 21, 2011 5:06 PM
From Staff Reports

WASHINGTON • After the congressional super committee ground to a stalemate Monday, Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon said automatic spending cuts will seriously harm the military.

Read the rest of this entry »

The PE: CONGRESS: Looming defense cuts threaten Inland jobs

Close to 7,000 Inland jobs could hang in the balance as the government “supercommittee” works to avert deep, automatic cuts to the nation’s defense industry and operations.

BEN GOAD
STAFF WRITER
bgoad@pe.com

Published: 31 October 2011 05:17 PM

WASHINGTON — Close to 7,000 Inland jobs could hang in the balance as the House-Senate “supercommittee” works against time to avert deep, automatic cuts to the nation’s defense industry and operations.

Read the rest of this entry »

VVDailyPress: Lewis, McKeon out as Victor Valley congressmen?

July 29, 2011 5:50 PM
Don Holland

Brand-new congressional district boundaries sent a shock through the High Desert on Friday as longtime congressmen Jerry Lewis and Howard “Buck” McKeon were “re-districted” out of the Victor Valley, setting the stage for local politicians to jockey for the open congressional seat.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Sun: First state redistricting proposal could bring Lewis/Baca showdown

By James Rufus Koren Staff Writer
Posted: 06/10/2011 09:42:17 PM PDT

After months of meetings and public input, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission on Friday released a first draft of what California’s new Assembly, Senate and Congressional districts could look like.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Sun: Capitol Hill bonuses

In time of spending cuts, some House staffers cash in
James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/05/2011 09:26:39 PM PDT

Late last year, while many members of Congress were promising to cut federal spending, some House members were handing out large bonuses to their staffs.

Read the rest of this entry »

The PE: Inland House members united against ‘clean’ debt ceiling increase

By PE Politics
June 1, 2011 12:40 PM

Inland Southern California’s five-member House delegation voted last night against a measure to lift the nation’s national debt ceiling.

Read the rest of this entry »

VVDailyPress: Lewis, McKeon scoff at Obama’s budget speech

April 13, 2011 5:31 PM
From Staff Reports

WASHINGTON • High Desert congressmen took aim at President Barack Obama’s call Wednesday for higher taxes and spending plan that fails to address the key causes of federal deficits.

Read the rest of this entry »

VVDailyPress: McKeon: Republicans want fiscal responsibility, not a shutdown

McKeon

 

April 08, 2011 5:08 PM
FROM STAFF REPORTS

WASHINGTON • Shortly after an afternoon update by House Speaker John Boehner, Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon expressed frustration the Senate hadn’t taken up House proposals he said would help drive down the federal deficit while preventing a government shut down.

Read the rest of this entry »

VVDailyPress: McKeon condemns Obama’s gay marriage policy

McKeon

 

March 10, 2011 5:51 PM
From Staff Reports

WASHINGTON • Following the Obama Administration’s decision to stop defending portions of the Defense of Marriage Act Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon joined fellow Republicans in signing a congressional resolution to protect the law.

Read the rest of this entry »

SacBee: California’s clout shifts with new Congress

By Michael Doyle
mdoyle@mcclatchydc.com
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

WASHINGTON – Bakersfield is in, the Bay Area is out. But California as a whole could hold its own in the new Congress that starts Wednesday.

The shifting Capitol Hill currents are summed up in the demotion of soon-to-be former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the ascension of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, as the next House majority whip.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Sun: Dreier, Lewis, McKeon could chair key panels

Trio eyes plum posts

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/06/2010 07:12:01 AM PDT

Republicans regained control of the House of Representatives this week, which will likely mean a big increase in clout for the Inland Empire’s congressional delegation.

Of the four Republicans who represent parts of San Bernardino County, three could be chairmen of powerful congressional committees when the 112th Congress takes power in January.

Read the rest of this entry »

LATimes: California Republicans seek top posts in GOP-led House

McCarthy

Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield is eyeing the post of majority whip. Others are expected to chair key panels. These moves could boost Democratic-leaning California’s clout among the new majority.

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
November 3, 2010|5:25 p.m.

Reporting from Washington —
Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield launched a bid Wednesday for majority whip, the third-ranking job in the new Republican-controlled House, as Rep. Ed Royce of Fullerton kicked off a campaign for the chairmanship of the Financial Services Committee.

If successful, the moves could further strengthen Democratic-leaning California’s clout among the new GOP majority.

Read the rest of this entry »

LATimes: Drones create a buzz in Southern California aerospace industry

A California National Guard ground crew pushes a Predator out of its hangar at George Air Force Base in Victorville. The robotic plane is built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in Poway. (Don Bartletti, Los Angeles Times / September 12, 2010)

By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times

September 11, 2010|5:18 p.m.

Reporting from Poway —
The cars begin rolling through the security checkpoints before dawn. Here, in a sprawling complex amid the craggy rock outcroppings of north San Diego County, 3,300 workers are building a new generation of weapons central to the military’s vision for modern warfare.

Read the rest of this entry »

VVDailyPress: McKeon: GOP focuses on taking House

August 04, 2010 4:02 PM
DAVID KECK, Special to the Daily Press

McKeon

VICTORVILLE • With his own job likely safe from serious challenge, Republican U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon focused Wednesday morning on campaigning for his party’s broader goal of getting back the congressional majority it lost four years ago.

The nine-term representative gave a legislative primer to more than 200 guests at the Victorville Chamber of Commerce Morning Insight Breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn, emphasizing that legislation necessarily follows the party in power.

Read the rest of this entry »

VVDailyPress: McKeon bashes feds’ illegal immigration suit

McKeon

McKeon criticizes suit against Arizona
July 06, 2010 3:35 PM
From Staff Reports

WASHINGTON • Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon and 18 other Members of Congress criticized the Obama administration’s decision to challenge Arizona’s new illegal immigration enforcement law, SB1070.

On the heels of Independence Day, it’s ironic that the Obama administration has filed suit against “a state trying to enforce laws which are already on the books to secure borders and protect residents from illegal immigration and drug cartels,” McKeon said in a press release.

Read the rest of this entry »

February 27, 2010 11:00 AM
FROM STAFF REPORTS

WASHINGTON • As Congressional Democrats look to forge ahead with a controversial health care reform plan — with or without Republicans’ support — Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon and Rep. Jerry Lewis are joining fellow Republicans in a call to begin a new proposal from scratch.

“If we do not start over with a blank page, we ignore the fact that the American public does not want a massive government takeover of health care that does not make health care more affordable,” Lewis, R-Redlands, said in a statement. “They want it fixed, with common sense, step by step reforms.”

Read the rest of this entry »

SBSun: GOP bill aims to retool immigrant birthright citizenship

Babies of illegals would not receive citizenship

Stephen Wall, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/14/2010 09:11:01 AM PST

Republican lawmakers in Congress are sponsoring a bill that seeks to abolish birthright citizenship for children born in the United States to illegal immigrant parents.

Federal law automatically grants citizenship to any person born on American soil, regardless of the immigration status of the child’s parents.

Supporters of the bill say that many people come to this country for the express purpose of having children who are American citizens, making the family eligible for welfare and other government benefits.

Read the rest of this entry »

VVDailyPress: McKeon votes no on $1.9 trillion debt limit

February 04, 2010 4:04 PM
FROM STAFF REPORTS

WASHINGTON • Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon voted against legislation Thursday to raise the debt ceiling on national debt to $14.3 trillion an increase of $1.9 trillion dollars.

The Democrats’ measure passed 217-212.

“Just last week, Democrats were touting ‘fiscal responsibility’ and told America they had seen the error of their spending ways, but today passed an outrageous $1.9 trillion debt limit increase, showing their willingness to allow America’s debt to reach over $14 trillion,” McKeon said in a news release.

Read the rest of this entry »

VVDailyPress: McKeon critiques Obama’s State of the Union Address

January 28, 2010 5:44 PM
FROM STAFF REPORTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. • In response to the President’s State of the Union address, Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon cited three Republican alternatives on key Obama administration priorities.

“Republicans continue to stand ready to work with the President to address the nation’s most pressing issues such as the economy, job creation, small business investment, federal spending, energy, and national security,” McKeon said in a news release.

Read the rest of this entry »

VVDailyPress: McKeon optimistic about Republican majority swing

Rep. Buck McKeon

Congressman blasts Obama’s climate change bill, approach to terrorism

January 09, 2010 5:51 PM
BY NATASHA LINDSTROM

VICTORVILLE • Republicans have a chance at reclaiming the House majority this year, taxpayers could be hurting badly if cap-and-trade legislation becomes law and the Obama administration is not taking anti-terrorism efforts seriously enough, U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon told the Daily Press.

In an exclusive interview in Victorville, McKeon discussed some of his most pressing national concerns, such as how the recent al-Qaida bombing attempt on a U.S. airliner revealed the urgent need to beef up federal efforts to combat terrorism.

Read the rest of this entry »