Politics and Elections

Jerry Brown about to annihilate UC president on tuition hikes

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
Jerry Brown about to annihilate naif UC president on tuition hikes

Aficionados of California politics are going to be in for a fun exercise over the next month or two. Gov. Jerry Brown is absolutely going to annihilate UC President Janet Napolitano in their fight over her proposal to get UC regents to commit to five years of annual 5 percent tuition increases unles...

Bag ban repeal could reach 2016 ballot

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Looks like a repeal of Gov. Jerry Brown's ban on plastic bags in grocery stores could reach the 2016 ballot. Reported the Chronicle: SACRAMENTO — Plastic bag manufacturers have poured $2.7 million into efforts to overturn California’s statewide ban on plastic bags in the seven weeks since Gov. ...

Homage to Catalonia independence

Thursday, November 13th, 2014
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Is there still hope for the Six Californias initiative of entrepreneur Tom Draper? This year it failed to get enough signatures to make it to the 2016 ballot. The next attempt would be 2018. If so, hope comes from Catalonia, the region of Spain that just voted 80 percent for independence. Althou...

Teachers win Torlakson battle, but does Brown want them to win war?

Friday, November 7th, 2014

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson's defeat of reformer and fellow Democrat Marshall Tuck on Tuesday prompted analysis pieces that outlined how California's union-dominated education establishment had rang up another win. While Tuesday night was grim for liberals, embattled t...

Silicon Valley firms, Asian voters edging away from Democrats

Thursday, November 6th, 2014
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The 2014 midterms have already been dismissed by President Obama as irrelevant because of low turnout. This isn't entirely self-serving sour grapes. Not just partisans but analysts who have little nice to say about the Obama administration wonder how a Republican candidate can cobble together 270 el...

GOP blocks super-majority in State Senate

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

With impressive showings in Orange County and the Central Valley, Republicans have succeeded in blocking a Democratic super-majority in the State Senate. Republican Senators Andy Vidak and Anthony Cannella easily won reelection in their Central Valley districts, while Orange County Supervisor J...

State Senate: OC Supervisor Janet Nguyen wins in 34th Senate District

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Janet Nguyen, who won her seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors by seven votes, doesn't have to worry about a lengthy recount this election. The first generation Vietnamese-American immigrant, who withstood a barrage of negative attacks, has defeated former Assemblyman Jose Solorio by a ...

State Senate 26: Sandra Fluke losing to Ben Allen

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Sandra Fluke, the women's rights activist who became a darling of the left after her national spat with conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, is expected to lose her campaign for State Senate. Shortly after midnight with 35.8 percent of precincts reporting, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified Sch...

Early Returns: Democrats could lose super-majority in State Assembly

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

It's going to be a very long night for California political observers. Just eight months after corruption scandals cost California Democrats their super-majority in the State Senate, a combination of low voter turnout and an anemic gubernatorial campaign effort could cost Democrats their supe...

Statewide seats surprisingly close

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Aside from Gov. Jerry Brown's victory, 58 to 42, which I wrote about earlier, the other statewide races are surprisingly close in early returns, with 31.1 percent counted. Democrats probably will win them in the end. The national GOP tide has had some effect in California, albeit not enough for vi...