Politics and Elections

NEW: Part of bullet-train legal mystery may be answered

Friday, October 31st, 2014

For close followers of the bullet-train saga, one of the most basic mysteries of recent years has been what happened after Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny's tentative ruling in August 2013 that blocked the state from starting construction on the first segment of the project. Kenny f...

Field Poll: Dems win in CA, schools chief close

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
California Election 2014

It isn't over till it's over, Yogi Berra famously said. But in California's partisan statewide races, it might be just about over for Republican challengers to Democrats. But the nonpartisan race for superintendent of public instruction remains too close to call. In the Field Poll released today,...

After 13 months on job, UC President Napolitano already seems restless

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

It has been 13 months since Janet Napolitano took over as president of University of California system. The former homeland security chief for the Obama administration has just dropped her second big hint in as many months that she's ready to move on -- or at the very least that she does not conside...

AFT paper backs Torlakson

Friday, October 24th, 2014
CA GOP reclaim

One of the most influential campaign documents for the Nov. 4 election is seen by few people: "Perspective," by the community College Council of the California Federation of Teachers; which is part of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO. Physical copies are sent to thousands of teachers acr...

Dems make Peters-DeMaio race a referendum on Tea Party

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

The nationally watched race for a swing seat between Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, and former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio is currently in a roiled state because of lewd allegations made against DeMaio by a former staffer whom DeMaio says is suspected in the burglary of his campaign headquarte...

AG doesn’t write slanted ballot language for plastic bag measure

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

The Attorney General's Office of the state of California has a long, ugly history under Kamala Harris, Jerry Brown and Bill Lockyer of writing ballot language that pushes voters one way or the other -- always to the benefit of Dem stalwarts like public employee unions, trial lawyers and environmenta...

In San Diego, how low will foes of gay GOP candidate go?

Friday, October 10th, 2014

The 2008 election of gay libertarian firebrand Carl DeMaio to the San Diego City Council absolutely drove the city's Democratic machine insane. When it came to tearing DeMaio down, it was anything goes. No one of any Dem stature ever said anything when a police officer union member identified Rep...

Gov. Brown’s $23.6 million

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
NEW: Gov. Brown’s $23.6 millon

As Major Kong in "Dr. Strangelove" is about to begin "nuclear combat toe-to-toe with the Russkies" and start Armageddon, he opens a survival kit aboard his B-52 and says, "Shoot, a fella' could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff." The same thing with Gov. Jerry Brown's re-el...

Biden due in L.A. to tout minimum-wage hike — commuters, beware

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Monday, Joe Biden was in Nevada touting a hike in the minimum wage as the key to fighting income inequality. Today, the vice president will be in Los Angeles with Mayor Eric Garcetti offering the same spiel before heading to a Bakersfield fundraiser. But there are a few problems with this narrati...

SD 35 gets to vote twice

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Voters in Senate District 35 will get to vote twice -- first in the Nov. 4 general election, then again on Dec. in a special election to fill the seat of former state Sen. Rod Wright, who resigned his seat last month after being convicted of voter fraud and perjury. The Times reported: If no candi...