Politics and Elections

Villaraigosa record has pluses for Senate bid — and landmines

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

The signs are growing that state and national Democrats' attempts to clear the U.S. Senate field in 2016 for California Attorney General Kamala Harris aren't working. Several well-known Democrats are seriously considering challenging Harris, and at least a couple seem likely to run -- starting with ...

Sen. Villaraigosa?

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is looking for voters to promote him to U.S. senator in 2016. The Times ran an analysis of his pluses and minuses. Basically, his strength is that he's a Latino candidate who could count on Southern California Latino voters in a presidential election year, ...

Is climate a winning issue for Tom Steyer?

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Can the climate vote? According to National Journal, billionaire hedge-fund maestro Tom Steyer is considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. In a discussion on Reddit, he said: Steyer defended his heavy spending in several 2014 elections, wh...

L.A. could consolidate elections

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Los Angeles is considering holding its local elections at the same time as national ones. According to the L.A. Times, "Charter Amendments 1 and 2 would consolidate city and school board contests with state and federal elections starting in 2020. Currently, the City Charter requires city elections t...

Sanchez vs. Harris to replace Boxer?

Friday, January 16th, 2015
Loretta Sanchez

Attorney General Kamala Harris' high-speed rail trip to the U.S. Senate might face a block on the tracks. Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, is considering a run. When I was at the Orange County Register, we met with her numerous times. We disagreed on many issues. But she is a delightful, even f...

Race is on for 37th state Senate District

Thursday, January 15th, 2015
37th District

The race is on to fill three vacant state Senate seats. According to Gov. Jerry Brown's office, he just issued "proclamations declaring special elections for the 7th, 21st and 37th Senate Districts of the State of California." The primary will be March 17, with the runoff on May 19. The Top Two syst...

Kamala Harris to run for U.S. Senate

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Today California Attorney General Kamala Harris will announce her candidacy for U.S. Senate. She seeks to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer, who last week announced her retirement. Both are Democrats. Even though the election is more than 21 months away, it's a smart move by Harris -- whose career has b...

Harry Jaffa, RIP

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Harry Jaffa, 96, died on Saturday. He was one of the rare persons who combined an influential academic career with activism in politics, in particular the Goldwater Movement of 1964. Professor Emeritus at Claremont McKenna College and Claremont Graduate University and a distinguished fellow of th...

Sen. Boxer to retire

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., today announced her retirement. In office since her 1992 election, she has been considered one of the country's most liberal senators. Elected the same year as the more moderate Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the two were called the "Thelma & Louise" of the Sen...

Brown’s 4th Inaugural looks to CA past, future

Monday, January 5th, 2015
jerry brown

Gov. Jerry Brown's unprecedent fourth, and final, inaugural address had an aura of "Back to the Future" about it. Given at 10 a.m. this morning before the assembled Legislature, he looked back to his first inaugural address 40 years ago; and to the gubernatorial inaugural in 1959 of his father, Pat...