Politics and Elections

Water issue re-elects GOP Sen. Vidak in Dem district

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
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  You knew Democrats were in the deep end of the pool over water issues in California back on May 14. That's when they asked Republican state Sen. Andy Vidak of Hanford to read out loud Joint Resolution 25 in the state Senate. It urged President Obama to find solutions to California’s ...

Early Returns: Democrats could lose super-majority in State Assembly

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

It's going to be a very long night for California political observers. Just eight months after corruption scandals cost California Democrats their super-majority in the State Senate, a combination of low voter turnout and an anemic gubernatorial campaign effort could cost Democrats their supe...

Election night: What to watch in CA election results

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

The polls will remain open for a few more hours in California, but it's already safe to call the winners for most statewide and legislative races. Even with the historically low voter turnout, Democrats are expected to once again sweep all the major statewide races. The handful of propositions se...

Few donors, big support for Prop. 47

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
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With California's Proposition 47, advocates of criminal justice reform have created a potent test case for national policy. But financial support for the measure has depended on a tiny handful of influential donors, creating unexpected and uncomfortable questions for both sides about the influence...

Dems bail out Assemblyman Adam Gray’s re-election

Monday, November 3rd, 2014
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When the FBI began its investigation last year into state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, one Central Valley Democratic lawmaker wasn't surprised to get called in for questioning. "Obviously I wasn’t that surprised," Asemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, a longtime aide to Calderon, told the Los An...

Pension spikes crumbling CA roads

Friday, October 31st, 2014
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From roads to bridges and well beyond, California's neglected infrastructure won't receive relief this election cycle. For years, the state has lavished money on other projects -- especially public pensions. Despite a flurry of bad press surrounding the crushing burdens those pensions place on...

Assembly 65 swing-seat spending tops $5.2 million

Friday, October 31st, 2014
Sharon Quirk Silva

Two years ago, legislative Democrats pulled off an upset in the heart of conservative Orange County. "I was a surprise win in the last election," Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Fullerton, said in a recent interview of her four-point victory over Republican Chris Norby. "And from the moment ...

Democrats divided on big issues in CA

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
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Although Democrats in California are eager to celebrate major victories next Tuesday, political fault lines lie under their party. From anti-rape legislation, to education reform, to health costs and beyond, an anticipated left-leaning consensus has failed to materialize in the Golden State. The ...

Rail court decision could run over future bonds

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
train wreck

Is there a cow catcher on the front of the California high-speed rail project? One that pushes away future bond measures on everything from water to parks? That's the unasked question as voters head to the polls next Tuesday to decide the fate of Proposition 1, the $7.1 billion state water bond...

Secretary of State 2014: Tight race, cautious candidates

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
Alex Padilla

It's one of the few competitive statewide races in California. And befitting a close contest, Democrat Alex Padilla and Republican Pete Peterson share remarkably close visions for the job of secretary of state. CalWatchdog.com asked the two candidates a half dozen questions about the job. The ...