Politics and Elections

Voters face pension-reform decisions

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

In a series of contests playing out at the state and local levels, Golden State voters will cast votes this November that could reshape the pension landscape for years to come. Races have attracted attention for offices that exercise direct influence over the institutions that set pension pol...

VIDEO: The millennial mind: Fiscally conservative & socially liberal?

Monday, October 13th, 2014
VIDEO: The millennial mind: Fiscally conservative & socially liberal?

The Reason Foundation's Emily Ekins talks to James Poulos about the findings from a recent poll that suggest millennials are political hybrids who don't abide by traditional stereotypes. ...

VIDEO: Will battle tanks replace think tanks?

Saturday, October 11th, 2014
VIDEO: Will battle tanks replace think tanks?

Politics is a contact sport, so is it time for think tanks to transition from academic institutions to partisan brawlers? Stephen Moore, chief economist and the Heritage Foundation and Orange County Register columnist, shares his views with CalWatchdog.com's James Poulos. ...

Brown steers clear of Dems as election nears

Friday, October 10th, 2014
Jerry Brown, Prop. 1 ad

State Democrats haven't had much luck in securing the biggest show of support in California -- Gov. Jerry Brown. As he gears up for the final stretch of his bid for an unprecedented fourth term in office, Brown has chosen to focus closely on his own fortunes and his own political brand. Rather t...

Kashkari draws a media crowd

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Neel Kashkari, Gov. Jerry Brown's Republican challenger, has been playing a long game. That hasn't been immediately evident from the frenetic activity surrounding his final month of campaigning. Using a string of concept-driven political stunts, ranging from free prizes to a masquerade as a hom...

Tuck outraising incumbent, but union looms large

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
CTA Issue Advocacy

Education reformer Marshall Tuck has accomplished a rare feat for a political challenger: He's raised more money than the incumbent. According to the most recent campaign finance disclosure reports released Monday, Tuck has raised nearly $1.6 million since he launched his campaign to fix Califo...

Murder victims’ relatives debate Prop. 47

Monday, October 6th, 2014
Prop-47-Homeboy-870

  At 11 p.m. on July 25, 2005 San Leandro police officer Nels “Dan” Niemi was called to the scene of a disturbance on Doolittle Drive. Niemi stopped Irving Ramirez, of Newark, who had spent the day drinking a bottle of Hennessy cognac to celebrate his 23rd birthday. When Niemi turned...

AD 44: ‘Herculean’ support flows to McCoy

Monday, October 6th, 2014
RobMcCoy1

What a difference a day makes. On Friday, CalWatchdog.com suggested Rob McCoy, the Republican candidate in the contested 44th Assembly District, was being written off by the Assembly Republican Caucus. That was supported by grumblings from GOP sources and campaign finance reports showing the Ve...

VIDEO: Pete Peterson — Modernizing the secretary of state & cutting red tape

Monday, October 6th, 2014
VIDEO: Pete Peterson — Modernizing the secretary of state & cutting red tape

California is far behind other states when it comes to voting technology and making it easy for entrepreneurs to start a business. Pete Peterson, the Republican candidate for Secretary of State in California has a plan to work with Silicon Valley to modernize our state's government. ...

Initiative reform — one bridge short

Saturday, October 4th, 2014
bridge too far

As someone who participated in the working group on initiative reform package that ended up as  SB1253 by state Sen. Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last week -- I can say the bill is, well, okay as far as it goes. But to invert a title used for a World War II bo...