Politics and Elections

Late ballots keep controller’s race cliffhanger

Monday, June 23rd, 2014
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As more Californians turn to absentee voting, election officials have seen an uptick in the number of potentially valid ballots that aren't being counted. That's because, under state law, ballots must be received by the local registrar of voters by Election Day, not postmarked that day or en rout...

New Senate Prez de Leon pushes agenda

Thursday, June 19th, 2014
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State Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, has been chosen by his party colleagues to lead them in the Senate. The selection pulls the California Democratic Party further to the left. De Leon's rise from poverty in San Diego's rough Logan Heights neighborhood attracts admiration from Republicans...

CA oil industry celebrates defeat of fracking moratorium

Thursday, June 12th, 2014
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  California’s oil industry is celebrating the defeat of a bill that would have placed a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing -- but warned that the fracking war is far from over. Senate Bill 1132 by Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, failed 18-16 on the Senate floor May 28. Four Democra...

Are we headed for a recount in the controller’s race?

Monday, June 9th, 2014
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To say that California's race for controller is too close to call is an understatement. As of Monday morning, two Democratic candidates were locked in a statistical tie for the second spot in the November run-off, with another candidate very close behind. Board of Equalization member Betty Yee wa...

GOP poised to reclaim 1/3 control in State Senate

Friday, June 6th, 2014
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In recent years, California Senate Democrats have been their own worst enemy. In 2012, the Senate Democratic Caucus ran the tables, winning every contested race. With Fran Pavley, Richard Roth and Cathleen Galgiani added to his caucus, Senate President President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sa...

Election: Dems could lose 2/3 Assembly control

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
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Democrats, who seized two-thirds control of the California Assembly in 2012, will have a tough time repeating the task this November. In Tuesday's low turnout primary election, more than a half dozen members of the State Assembly -- all Democrats -- fell below 50 percent in their re-election bids...

Three vie to replace Controller Chiang

Friday, May 23rd, 2014
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Three established California politicians -- each from a different region of the state -- are asking voters to give them control of the state's checkbook. Two Democrats, Board of Equalization member Betty Yee and Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, and one Republican, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, a...

Amb. Bolton warns of Pacific challenges to the U.S.

Friday, May 16th, 2014
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California and the United States as a whole need to get their act together to face the rising challenges posed by Russia, China, North Korea and other countries. That was what former Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said Thursday before and during a speech he gave to 208 business and com...

Donnelly backed redevelopment exemption

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, who routinely campaigns on a platform of getting government out of the way, is struggling to explain his past support for redevelopment agencies. “Let’s get more people working, let’s not assault RDAs,” Donnelly said in his 2011 floor speech against...

19 CA members of Congress take pensions

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
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Former San Diego city councilman and mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio, who brought comprehensive pension reform to San Diego, is taking his fight to Capitol Hill. A new report published by the GOP congressional candidate identified 102 members of Congress that receive public pensions on top of their...