Politics and Elections

NEW: VIDEO: How Sen. Obama and Big Labor Killed Immigration Reform

Monday, September 1st, 2014
NEW: VIDEO: How Sen. Obama and Big Labor Killed Immigration Reform

Illegal immigration is once again a top issue for California. But in D.C., is there anybody working to reform the system? Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, provides his insights to CalWatchdog.com's Brian Calle.   ...

Gerawan workers protest UFW as court date looms

Friday, August 29th, 2014

A fresh twist has arisen in the drama surrounding Gerawan Farms' dispute with United Farm Workers. The long-running controversy, which pitted Gerawan and its workers against the UFW and California's Agricultural Labor Relations Board, has been developing fast. The primary action was that a le...

Update: Plastic bag ban passes Assembly

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Alex Padilla

Update, 2:26 pm, Aug. 28: On a second vote, SB 270 just passed the Assembly. Despite strong momentum and an air of inevitability, California state legislators hit a major snag on Aug. 27 in their plans for a statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags. It was a  rebuke for SB270, intro...

GOP’s Texas-California connection grows

Friday, August 15th, 2014
rick perry

If present trends continue, California Republicans could set up a virtual government-in-exile in Texas. As is now well known, outmigration from California has reached historic highs. Although just 2.6 percent of the large Texas population is now Californian in origin, Texas has received the...

Kashkari debunks ‘California Comeback’

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
Neel Kashkari Down and Out

By spending a week down and out in Fresno, Neel Kashkari has made the state's sky-high poverty rate a central issue in the governor's race, and in the process, debunked Gov. Jerry Brown's myth of a "California Comeback." Last week, the Republican gubernatorial nominee hopped on a Greyhound...

Does anyone cover the news in Sacramento?

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
pew

California is perhaps the most significant state in the union both culturally and economically. One in every eight Americans lives here. In 2012, California’s GDP was $1.9 trillion — roughly the same size as that of Italy and Russia.  If we were a nation, we’d consistently be in the top-10 l...

Schools case fuels Kashkari campaign

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

The historic Vergara school liberty ruling has handed a campaign issue to Neel Kashkari, Republican candidate for California Governor. In the ruling, as described by education reformer and former state Sen. Gloria Romero, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu upheld nine children's "claims ...

Pot politics could inhale controller’s race

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

The California Republican party has a lot riding on Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin. She's the only prominent Republican who carried a strong lead into the recent "jungle" primary elections for statewide office, under which the top two candidates, regardless of party (or no party), advance to a No...

Buzz builds for Brown ’16

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Is the fourth time the charm for Gov. Jerry Brown's presidential aspirations? The question may well have more to do with politics at the national level than the state level. Believe it or not, a fresh round of chatter and interest is springing up around the idea of yet another presidential run for...

‘Six Californias’ will go before voters

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Its debut on a California ballot might still be two years away. But this month, supporters successfully verified the quixotic, Silicon Valley-powered Six Californias initiative obtained the necessary signatures to receive an up or down vote. As the Los Angeles Times reported, the Six California...