Politics and Elections

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

  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

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...

Could underdog upset Assembly GOP Caucus?

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Twenty years ago, Jim Brulte was all set to be elected speaker of the Assembly. "I am absolutely confident that I'll be elected speaker," Brulte told the San Jose Mercury News in Dec. 1994, shortly after the GOP claimed a majority in the lower house in the November election. "Whether it takes a...

CA GOP labors to read Latino tea leaves

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
California hispanic republicans

Though the political ground has been shifting in California, new research is giving Republicans only hints about how to woo Latino voters. Much like their nationwide counterparts, for moderate-to-liberal Republicans in the Golden State, Latinos have come to represent an essential outreach opp...

Hearings dissect Prop. 46 on medical malpractice

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
Marcus welby

  California’s state and local governments could be hit with an increase of tens of millions to several hundred million dollars in annual health care costs if Proposition 46 passes on Nov. 4. That was the warning from California legislative analyst Ross Brown at a joint legislative commit...

VIDEO: Pete Peterson — Empowering entrepreneurs to transform California

Monday, September 29th, 2014
NEW: VIDEO: Pete Peterson — Empowering entrepreneurs to transform California

You can't register your business online in California and the state has a long history of punishing business owners and entrepreneurs in other ways as well. Pete Peterson, the Republican candidate for Secretary of State, plans to use the entrepreneurial qualities of Californians to reignite the g...