Politics and Elections

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
Los Angeles traffic jam, wikimedia

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 ...

Prop. 48: Pechanga opposes expansion of tribal gaming

Monday, October 27th, 2014
NEW: Prop 48: Pechanga opposes expansion of tribal gaming

A Native American tribe is spending big bucks to limit the expansion of tribal gaming in California. The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians recently contributed $1 million to oppose Proposition 48, a controversial compact that would pave the way for off-reservation casinos in California. In the t...

Unions, Santa Clara Democrats’ disclosure reports don’t match

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
Mismatch State Building and Construction Trades

A Bay Area Democratic campaign committee, which has transferred tens of thousands of dollars to targeted legislative candidates, is facing questions about discrepancies found in its campaign finance disclosure reports. In at least two instances, the Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee...

Campaign to rebrand CA GOP defines Nov. 4

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
CA GOP reclaim

With less than two weeks to go before the November election, the hottest race in California doesn't have to do with a single candidate, measure or issue. Instead, all eyes are on race to define the state's Republican Party. The development has been a long time coming, but only an unexpected seq...