Politics and Elections

CA oil industry celebrates defeat of fracking moratorium

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

  California’s oil industry is celebrating the defeat of a bill that would have placed a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing -- but warned that the fracking war is far from over. Senate Bill 1132 by Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, failed 18-16 on the Senate floor May 28. Four Democra...

Are we headed for a recount in the controller’s race?

Monday, June 9th, 2014

To say that California's race for controller is too close to call is an understatement. As of Monday morning, two Democratic candidates were locked in a statistical tie for the second spot in the November run-off, with another candidate very close behind. Board of Equalization member Betty Yee wa...

GOP poised to reclaim 1/3 control in State Senate

Friday, June 6th, 2014
California Republican Party button

In recent years, California Senate Democrats have been their own worst enemy. In 2012, the Senate Democratic Caucus ran the tables, winning every contested race. With Fran Pavley, Richard Roth and Cathleen Galgiani added to his caucus, Senate President President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sa...

Election: Dems could lose 2/3 Assembly control

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
Assembly Democratic Caucus

Democrats, who seized two-thirds control of the California Assembly in 2012, will have a tough time repeating the task this November. In Tuesday's low turnout primary election, more than a half dozen members of the State Assembly -- all Democrats -- fell below 50 percent in their re-election bids...

Three vie to replace Controller Chiang

Friday, May 23rd, 2014
California Controller Seal

Three established California politicians -- each from a different region of the state -- are asking voters to give them control of the state's checkbook. Two Democrats, Board of Equalization member Betty Yee and Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, and one Republican, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, a...

Amb. Bolton warns of Pacific challenges to the U.S.

Friday, May 16th, 2014
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California and the United States as a whole need to get their act together to face the rising challenges posed by Russia, China, North Korea and other countries. That was what former Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said Thursday before and during a speech he gave to 208 business and com...

Donnelly backed redevelopment exemption

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, who routinely campaigns on a platform of getting government out of the way, is struggling to explain his past support for redevelopment agencies. “Let’s get more people working, let’s not assault RDAs,” Donnelly said in his 2011 floor speech against...

19 CA members of Congress take pensions

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Former San Diego city councilman and mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio, who brought comprehensive pension reform to San Diego, is taking his fight to Capitol Hill. A new report published by the GOP congressional candidate identified 102 members of Congress that receive public pensions on top of their...

Donnelly aide works with unions vs. GOP candidates

Friday, May 9th, 2014
Donnelly Redevelopment

A top aide to a Republican candidate for governor is working with public employee unions to defeat Republican candidates in local elections. Asher Burke, who assists Assemblyman Tim Donnelly's gubernatorial campaign with "social media and online creative," is also a principal officer of Public Sa...

Taxpayers win Fresno rate hike court ruling

Monday, May 5th, 2014

A group of taxpayers battling the City of Fresno has won a critical legal victory in their fight to get a referendum of the city's water rate increases on the November ballot. On April 28, Superior Court Judge M. Bruce Smith reaffirmed his preliminary ruling granting the "Citizens of Lower Water ...