Politics and Elections

NEW: After 2014 successes, CA GOP leaders seek second term

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
Jim Brulte

Two years ago, Jim Brulte chastised his party for losing seats to laziness. “There were three Assembly seats that were lost because we got lazy,” Brulte said shortly after taking the helm as chairman of the California Republican Party in March 2013. "Leaders lead by example, and we have to b...

Low turnout in 2014, high initiative count in 2016

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Elections have consequences. Ironically, California's abysmal election turnout this November has teed up a veritable flood of ballot initiatives for 2016. Because the signature threshold for qualifying initiatives is pegged to the number of Californians who cast votes in the previous election, acti...

VIDEO: Dinesh D’Souza: A World Without America

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
NEW: VIDEO: Dinesh D’Souza: A World Without America

What would the world look like if the spirit of 1776 hadn't shaped the West? Filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza talks to CalWatchdog.com's Brian Calle about the shaming of America and how it's undermining American exceptionalism. ...

Vacancies trigger 2015 state Senate elections

Friday, December 5th, 2014
Kentucky Derby, wikimedia

The Nov. 4 vote didn't end this election cycle, but sparked a new round. Three sitting state senators won seats in the U.S. House of Representatives: Sens. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Walnut Creek; Steve Knight, R-Antelope Valley; and Mimi Walters, R-Irvine. They will resign their positions in the st...

The upsides of low turnout

Monday, December 1st, 2014

This election, your vote counted double. "When it's 50 % turnout, your voting power is doubled #math," Paul Mitchell of Political Data Inc., the state's top political data firm, tweeted on Election Day. Increased voting power -- it's one of several upsides to the state's record low turnout in...

Dems double down on CA for comeback

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Under the still powerful influence of  Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have turned to the party's strength in California to see them through the next election cycle and beyond. Despite low popularity ratings nationwide and an unenviable track record lea...

Gov. Brown nominates Leondra Kruger to state Supreme Court

Monday, November 24th, 2014
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Governor Jerry Brown has nominated a U.S. Department of Justice official for a spot on the California Supreme Court. On Monday, Brown nominated Leondra R. Kruger, a Yale Law School graduate, to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Associate Justice Joyce L. Kennard, who left the court in ...

CA GOP eyes special state Senate election

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Aside from preventing Democrats from again nabbing two-thirds supermajorities in the California Legislature, the Nov. 4 national GOP electoral wave did little to change the political dynamic here. With two years to go before the 2016 elections, Golden State Republicans have gained an opportunity -...

Does Chiang top field of Dem hopefuls?

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
Al Checchi

Going by the metrics, John Chiang may be the strongest candidate to succeed Gov. Jerry Brown in 2018 or U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer in 2016. You'd never know it by the way the media have zeroed in on Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Kamala Harris -- even before the Nov. 4 election in...

Is local tax measure success a sign of things to come? 

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
Measure R El Cerrito

As usual, Michael Coleman’s California City Finance website has an excellent recap of local tax measures and how they fared in the recent election. Local ballots contained 268 revenue measures -- tax increases, tax extensions or bonds -- of which 189 passed, or 71 percent. The two largest cate...