Politics and Elections

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 ...

Hospitals seek veto of workers’ comp expansion

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
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  California hospitals could be facing millions of dollars in increased workers’ compensation claims if a bill sponsored by the California Nurses Association is signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. As of Tuesday afternoon, Brown had not made a decision. Assembly Bill 2616, by Assemblywoman Nancy...

GOP banks on Silicon Valley inroads

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
Fire in the Valley

California's tech titans are giving the Republican Party a second look. Political and tech observers alike have agreed these are early days for a realignment of Silicon Valley voters. Nevertheless, the titans' interest in GOP candidates and causes -- and the corresponding dissatisfaction with t...

Kashkari would veto gun bills

Monday, September 15th, 2014
Dirty Harry eastwood

GOP candidate Neel Kashkari assured gun owners Friday he's opposed to controversial gun-control measures now sitting on the desk of his Nov. 4 election opponent, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown. The four measures, which include a ban on home-built firearms and the importation of firearms across sta...

VIDEO: How Sen. Obama and Big Labor Killed Immigration Reform

Monday, September 1st, 2014
NEW: VIDEO: How Sen. Obama and Big Labor Killed Immigration Reform

Illegal immigration is once again a top issue for California. But in D.C., is there anybody working to reform the system? Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, provides his insights to CalWatchdog.com's Brian Calle.   ...

Gerawan workers protest UFW as court date looms

Friday, August 29th, 2014

A fresh twist has arisen in the drama surrounding Gerawan Farms' dispute with United Farm Workers. The long-running controversy, which pitted Gerawan and its workers against the UFW and California's Agricultural Labor Relations Board, has been developing fast. The primary action was that a le...

Update: Plastic bag ban passes Assembly

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Alex Padilla

Update, 2:26 pm, Aug. 28: On a second vote, SB 270 just passed the Assembly. Despite strong momentum and an air of inevitability, California state legislators hit a major snag on Aug. 27 in their plans for a statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags. It was a  rebuke for SB270, intro...