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Assembly 65 swing-seat spending tops $5.2 million

Sharon Quirk Silva
October 31, 2014 By John Hrabe. Two years ago, legislative Democrats pulled off an upset in the heart of conservative Orange County. "I was a surprise win in the last election," Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Fullerton, said in a recent interview of her four-point victory over Republican Chris Norby. "And from the moment I won, there has been an effort to take back this seat." Quirk-Silva isn't exactly givi...

Democrats divided on big issues in CA

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October 30, 2014 By James Poulos. Although Democrats in California are eager to celebrate major victories next Tuesday, political fault lines lie under their party. From anti-rape legislation, to education reform, to health costs and beyond, an anticipated left-leaning consensus has failed to materialize in the Golden State. The resulting controversies, disagreements and difficulties in politicking have thrown a surp...

Rail court decision could run over future bonds

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October 29, 2014 By James Poulos. Is there a cow catcher on the front of the California high-speed rail project? One that pushes away future bond measures on everything from water to parks? That's the unasked question as voters head to the polls next Tuesday to decide the fate of Proposition 1, the $7.1 billion state water bond. Earlier this month, the California Supreme Court green-lighted the state's high-spe...

Secretary of State 2014: Tight race, cautious candidates

Alex Padilla
October 29, 2014 By John Hrabe. It's one of the few competitive statewide races in California. And befitting a close contest, Democrat Alex Padilla and Republican Pete Peterson share remarkably close visions for the job of secretary of state. CalWatchdog.com asked the two candidates a half dozen questions about the job. The responses from both candidates, which are posted in their entirety below, show frequent a...
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