Politics and Elections

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...

CA GOP looks ahead to broaden base

Friday, November 14th, 2014
Wendy Davis

Analysts expected it, but it hurt all the same. The gains in the California Legislature were welcome. But in state-level races, California Republicans did not enjoy the same tidal-wave election results as their fellow party faithful across the country. For decades at the national level, moderate,...

Assembly GOP Leader Kristin Olsen introduces new stars

Friday, November 14th, 2014
jay obernolte

2014 was a solid year for California Republicans. In the state Senate, the GOP prevented Democrats from regaining a two-thirds supermajority. And in the Assembly, Republicans defeated three Democratic incumbents, which also reversed a Democratic supermajority. "We unseated sitting Democrats ...

CA Dems’ congressional delegation on borrowed time

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Statewide, California Democrats enjoyed another dominant Election Day. But at the national level, a much different reality has set in for the party's Golden State representatives. Generational turnover, retirements and a slow but steady erosion of public support have all undermined California Demo...

Suddenly, buzz is back for Brown 2016

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
NEW: Suddenly, buzz is back for Brown 2016

In just a handful of weeks, speculation has returned, and hype has built, around the idea of a Jerry Brown candidacy for president. From one perspective, he has succeeded so much in California politics that he has disqualified himself. As the soon-to-be four-time governor of one of the most in...

Questions Post-Election

Monday, November 10th, 2014

  Votes are still being counted in the California election, but the results so far raise some thoughts and questions. Labor or Business — and the winner is? Both sides can point to victories — and defeats. Business-supported candidate Catharine Baker, a Republican, surprised labor ...