Politics and Elections

NEW: Kashkari unveils education overhaul plan

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
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Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for governor who promised to campaign on "jobs and education, that's it," delivered on half of that platform Tuesday, with the release of a bold plan for overhauling the state's failing schools. In a detailed 33-page proposal, Kashkari calls for rerouting e...

Assembly District 74: Taxes, fire pit issues burn bright in race

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
Keith Curry

Grassroots vs. the establishment. Taxes and fire pits. In the heart of conservative Orange County -- would you expect anything else? The race for California's 74th Assembly District features some familiar storylines as three Republicans and two Democrats campaign for this safe Republican sea...

Pro Tem Cup: CA Senate Dems cancel event, keep cash

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
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In light of recent criminal cases involving three of their members, Senate Democrats have canceled a large annual fundraising event scheduled for this weekend. But the event organizers won't be returning the campaign cash to the special interest groups that spent as much as $65,000 to mingle with ...

April Fool’s Day campaign aims to clear voter confusion

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
Wallace president 1968

Here's a fact that's no April Fool's Day joke. A political party, which traces its history to the segregationist platform of Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace and his 1968 presidential bid, is the fastest growing political party in California. The state that is home to more than 10 million immi...

New min wage law clears CA Senate committee

Monday, March 31st, 2014
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Two minimum wage hikes in two years for California? Just a year after Gov. Jerry Brown signed one minimum wage hike into law, the California Senate's Labor and Industrial Relations Committee last week greenlit an even faster and more sweeping boost. Last year, Brown signed Assembly Bill 10, by Ass...

Lawmakers’ paid-for jaunts prompt new disclosure bill

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
Jerry Hill

Year in and year out, California lawmakers take advantage of one area where freebees are legal: travel. In 2013, they racked up more than half a million dollars in trips subsidized by "foreign governments, foundations fueled by corporate and labor money and nonprofits tied to specific industries," a...

Krauthammer pulls plug on Obamacare at PRI Thatcher dinner

Friday, March 21st, 2014
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Columnist and Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer pulled the plug on Obamacare in his keynote speech March 7 for the Pacific Research Institute's Second Annual Baroness Thatcher Dinner. It was given before 450 local and state community and business leaders at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, ...

CA GOP convention reached ‘whole new level’ of inclusiveness

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
GOP convention

At last weekend's spring convention in Burlingame, California Republicans promised an effort to "Rebuild, Renew, Reclaim." "We're pushing the party outside of its comfort zone," California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte said in advance of the convention. "And we're already seeing the benefi...

CA advances transparency — but needs some work

Monday, March 17th, 2014
CA Forward

This is Sunshine Week, a time to promote transparency in government. An AP analysis found that the Obama administration, which came into office promising to be the most transparent ever, has become more secretive. Fortunately, things are better out here with our California governments, state and ...

CA Republicans seek return to Reagan Blue

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
Blue Around the World

At this weekend’s state party convention at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, a group of influential California Republicans has an odd request for delegates: help turn California blue. “Around the globe, blue is identified with conservative, free market parties, while red is identified...