Politics and Elections

Tom Steyer passes on U.S. Senate bid

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

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 post at the country's top liberal news website. ...

Clintons could influence Boxer successor

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
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Through their political ups and downs, Bill and Hillary Clinton managed to steadily expand their network of professional and personal relationships. In addition to supplying them with a formidable base of loyalty and resources heading into 2016 and Hillary's expected presidential bid, the effort ha...

Recreational pot’s hazy CA future

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
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A majority of Californians now favors the legalization of marijuana -- not just for medical purposes, but recreational use. The state's voters legalized medical marijuana with Proposition 215 in 1996. But so far, the state has not followed Colorado, Alaska, Oregon and Washington among states enactin...

Boxer exit begins CA youth shift in Congress

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Girls may run the world, as in the Beyonce song, but women run California's congressional delegation. More specifically, older Democratic women -- but that could change soon. U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer's retirement announcement earlier this month kicks off a major demographic shift in California's...

State Senate 21: Runner seeks to reclaim seat

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Sharon Runner, a former High Desert state lawmaker and "walking miracle," is asking voters to send her back to the California Senate. After declining to seek reelection in 2012, due to a life-threatening autoimmune disease, Runner was replaced by fellow Republican Steve Knight. Last November,...

Boxer’s departure draws CA contenders

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Sen. Barbara Boxer's announcement last week she wouldn't seek re-election in 2016 provided ambitious California Democrats a rare new opening for statewide office. With a number of well-known political figures contemplating a run to replace her, the future of the state Democratic Party is beginning...

Brown’s budget draws careful criticism

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Fresh from his historic inauguration to a fourth term as governor, Jerry Brown unveiled his proposed 2015 budget with a Friday press conference that swiftly attracted reactions from Sacramento and beyond. All told, Brown envisions a general fund totaling $113.3 billion. It's an eye-popping figure t...

CA Democrats jockey to replace Boxer

Friday, January 9th, 2015
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U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer's retirement announcement couldn't come soon enough for the next generation of California Democrats, who've eagerly waited for the chance to move up. The 2016 election, according to the Associated Press, will be "a free-for-all among a new generation of California Democra...

Referendum threat ties CA bag ban in knots

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

California's tug-of-war over the legality of single-use plastic bags will get another twist in 2015. Thanks to a determined signature collection campaign mounted by industry opponents, a referendum putting the ban to a vote now seems certain to land on state ballots in 2016. The plastic-bag i...

Pasadena struck with Bell-like scandal

Monday, January 5th, 2015

  Pasadena has a reputation of being run by good-government liberals. But now it’s immersed in a scandal that could rival that of Bell and its infamous former administrator, Robert Rizzo. The Pasadena Star News reported, “Los Angeles County District Attorney’s investigators Tuesday...