Politics and Elections

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...

Covered CA caught in Prop. 45 crossfire

Monday, October 20th, 2014
Yes on 45

On Proposition 45, some Democrats are feeling as if they got a transfusion of the wrong blood type. The initiative would give the state insurance commissioner the power to approve changes in health-insurance policies, including those by Covered California, this state's implementation of Obamac...

VIDEO: Can the GOP build a better brand by embracing unions?

Saturday, October 18th, 2014
VIDEO: Can the GOP build a better brand by embracing unions?

We may be experiencing a libertarian moment, but are blue collar workers the secret to give this moment a lasting impact? The Heritage Foundation's Stephen Moore joins CalWatchdog's James Poulos to discuss a new political alliance to challenge the supporters of big government. ...

CA voters may upend national crime policy again

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Thanks to a new ballot measure, Proposition 47, voters in California could soon eliminate the last vestiges of the state's tough-on-crime reputation. In a sea change from the 1990s, when high-profile, grisly crimes seized the state's attention, Californians have helped drive the national conversat...

Covered CA dissects Prop. 45, doesn’t oppose it

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
Covered CA picture

  Officials at the Covered California insurance exchange, the state's implementation of Obamacare, worry passage of Prop. 45 could damage its operations, potentially affecting insurance coverage for millions of Californians. But the board has chosen not to notify California voters of th...

Voters face pension-reform decisions

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

In a series of contests playing out at the state and local levels, Golden State voters will cast votes this November that could reshape the pension landscape for years to come. Races have attracted attention for offices that exercise direct influence over the institutions that set pension pol...