Politics and Elections

Could underdog upset Assembly GOP Caucus?

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
Moses

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...

Rand Paul road tests campaign themes in CA

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
Rand Paul

In the early search for an edge in 2016, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has trained his sights on California. Doubling down on a strategy that saw Paul make waves with a well-received speech at the University of California, Berkeley in March, the presidential hopeful just took a big step toward using t...

Records show unions massively fund CA Dem Party

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

At a time when two Democratic lawmakers stand accused of bribery and public corruption, California's most powerful labor unions have kicked back more than a million dollars to the California Democratic Party. According to state campaign finance records posted Monday evening, the Democratic Stat...

Betty Yee flips, now backs high-speed rail

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
Harvey Milk Questionaire

Board of Equalization member Betty Yee has changed her mind about the state's controversial high-speed rail plan. During the June primary campaign, the Democratic candidate for state controller opposed Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to build a faster rail connection between San Francisco and Los Angel...

CA GOP Fall Convention pushes liberty

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
California GOP convention 2014

This past weekend, California Republicans gathered in Los Angeles for their annual Fall Convention under the banner, “Reclaim California.” Throughout the event, party delegates, candidates and elected officials sought to cast a picture of unity and diversity just over six weeks away from the Nov...

Guerrilla marketing fuels OC mystery campaign

Thursday, September 18th, 2014
Turned His Back Website

Less than seven weeks from Election Day, political campaigns are looking for novel ways to distinguish themselves from all the election-related noise. In Orange County, one creative independent expenditure has turned to a mysterious guerrilla marketing campaign to get its message out: It's attac...

Dems spending more campaign cash against Dems in open primary system

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
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Since the advent of the "jungle primary" system that runs the top two votegetters in the general election, Democrats have outspent Republicans when pitted against a member of their own party. That is to say California's open primary system has caused Democrats to spend more money against fellow ...