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Villaraigosa will not pursue 2016 Senate seat

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced he won’t challenge state Attorney General Kamala Harris for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Senator Barbara Boxer in 2016. That boosts the prospects of fellow Democrat Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Garden

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They gave an election in L.A. and almost nobody came 

  It seems Los Angeles County is testing the old philosophical question: What if they gave an election and nobody came? The most populous county in the state had the lowest percentage turnout in last November’s election. While 42 percent

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Dems spend wildly in CA jungle primaries

In California, Democrats have shelled out big bucks to beat fellow Democrats, despite research suggesting their voters see them fairly interchangeably. In a new report issued by Forward Observer, Golden State Democrats were found to drop over $100 million since the

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Data show election participation varies greatly

Just 42 percent of registered voters cast their ballots last November. But concentrating on that top-line number would be a mistake, said the state’s preeminent political data expert. “Overall, the turnout data show that the surface totals, like saying it was

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Gavin Newsom takes steps to run for governor of California

Shaking up an already fast-moving political landscape, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom revealed in an email to his list that he had taken the first step toward a run for governor in 2018. Framing his announcement as a characteristically Californian statement “without evasiveness

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Kevin McCarthy talks Senate seat, power, trains

  While he was in town, I talked with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., about retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer’s seat, the Republican Congress sharing power with Democratic President Barack Obama, California’s high-speed rail project and more. A former state legislator,

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GOP struggles finding U.S. Senate candidate

With California Sen. Barbara Boxer retiring in 2016, Democrats have enthused over their deep bench of ambitious politicians ready and willing to replace her. Republicans, by contrast, have been more timid. A few party figures have stepped forward, but bold-faced names have not, leaving

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CA bag ban initiative heading toward 2016 vote

The effort to repeal the state’s looming prohibition on plastic grocery bags is projected to have enough valid signatures to move the initiative forward, according to a random sample of the signees compiled by the California secretary of state’s elections office. The sample

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Correa could benefit from his bill to accept late ballots

Former state Sen. Lou Correa, D-Anaheim, is down but not out of the race for the Orange County Board of Supervisors. If he ultimately prevails, he can thank a change in state law to accept late absentee ballots, a bill authored by

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Tom Steyer passes on U.S. Senate bid

Billionaire climate change activist Tom Steyer has decided not to run for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer’s seat in 2016 when she retires. After two weeks of almost daily speculation of “will he or won’t he,” Steyer announced his decision in a blog

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