Politics and Elections

CA Democrats mismanage campaign war-chests

Saturday, March 8th, 2014
California Democratic Convention

California Democrats converge on the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend for the party’s annual state convention. Although Democrats face two scandals involving members of the state Senate, the party is well positioned for the 2014 campaign cycle. The party controls every statewide offic...

Gov. Brown announces re-election bid under rain

Monday, March 3rd, 2014
Brown front page, March 3, 2014

Last Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown officially launched his re-election campaign. Of course, filing the paperwork was a formality for a man who already has raised more than $17 million towards that end. But Brown's campaign announcement coincided with what the National Weather Service described as...

Lawsuit: Assemblyman forced staffers to work for his law firm

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

A former employee of Assemblyman Steve Fox alleges that the Democrat lawmaker forced employees in his taxpayer-funded state office to work for his private law practice. The allegations are contained in a lengthy complaint filed last Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court by Kristina Zahn, who worke...

Welfare, housing: Clinton pragmatism still ignored by CA’s dim paleo Dems

Monday, February 24th, 2014

In the late 1980s, after three straight Republican presidential wins in which GOP candidates won 133 of 150 states, the Democratic Leadership Council seized prominence in Democratic policy circles with its centrist reform agenda. Founded in 1985 by strategist Al From, the DLC thought the bad imag...

Calderons indicted in massive bribery, fraud case

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

  State Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother Thomas, a former assemblyman, were indicted late Thursday in a massive bribery and insurance fraud case that could send them to prison for the rest of their lives. A 24-count criminal complaint made public Friday revealed that Ron Calderon, D-Mont...

‘No Party Preference’ gains in CA voter registrations

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
Party registration

"No Party Preference" continues its gradual rise in voter registrations according to new data released today by California Secretary of State Debra Bowen. As of Dec. 31, 2013, registration was: Democratic: 43.6 percent, down from 46.8 percent in 1997; Republican: 28.7 percent, down from 36....

Gov. Brown maintains sizable fundraising lead over GOP opponents

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

California Governor Jerry Brown begins his re-election campaign with $17 million in the bank. The incumbent Democrat governor, according to state disclosure reports released recently, raised $9.9 million last year -- with the overwhelming majority of those funds coming from big corporations, la...

Will GOP learn from Faulconer’s win in San Diego?

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

San Diego voters elected affable, seemingly moderate Republican Councilman Kevin Faulconer as mayor in a special election Tuesday night, making him the biggest large-city GOP mayor in the United States. But before Republicans tout Faulconer's unexpectedly decisive 9 percentage point margin of victor...

Faulconer election won’t stop ‘Los Angelization’ of San Diego politics

Monday, February 10th, 2014

On Tuesday, San Diego voters will decide between two City Council members in a special election to fill the remaining 33 months of the mayoral term of disgraced, resigned Bob Filner. The early conventional wisdom was that the clear favorite was Republican Kevin Faulconer, 47, the longest-serving ...

Same-day voter registration law delayed until 2016

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Californians can expect to wait at least two more years for the state's same-day voter registration law to take effect. Secretary of State Debra Bowen, the state's chief elections officer, says that the state won't meet the legal requirements to implement the law until 2016 or later. It's been ...