Politics and Elections

Is local tax measure success a sign of things to come? 

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
Measure R El Cerrito

As usual, Michael Coleman’s California City Finance website has an excellent recap of local tax measures and how they fared in the recent election. Local ballots contained 268 revenue measures -- tax increases, tax extensions or bonds -- of which 189 passed, or 71 percent. The two largest cate...

CA GOP looks ahead to broaden base

Friday, November 14th, 2014
Wendy Davis

Analysts expected it, but it hurt all the same. The gains in the California Legislature were welcome. But in state-level races, California Republicans did not enjoy the same tidal-wave election results as their fellow party faithful across the country. For decades at the national level, moderate,...

Assembly GOP Leader Kristin Olsen introduces new stars

Friday, November 14th, 2014
jay obernolte

2014 was a solid year for California Republicans. In the state Senate, the GOP prevented Democrats from regaining a two-thirds supermajority. And in the Assembly, Republicans defeated three Democratic incumbents, which also reversed a Democratic supermajority. "We unseated sitting Democrats ...

CA Dems’ congressional delegation on borrowed time

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Statewide, California Democrats enjoyed another dominant Election Day. But at the national level, a much different reality has set in for the party's Golden State representatives. Generational turnover, retirements and a slow but steady erosion of public support have all undermined California Demo...

Suddenly, buzz is back for Brown 2016

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
NEW: Suddenly, buzz is back for Brown 2016

In just a handful of weeks, speculation has returned, and hype has built, around the idea of a Jerry Brown candidacy for president. From one perspective, he has succeeded so much in California politics that he has disqualified himself. As the soon-to-be four-time governor of one of the most in...

Questions Post-Election

Monday, November 10th, 2014

  Votes are still being counted in the California election, but the results so far raise some thoughts and questions. Labor or Business — and the winner is? Both sides can point to victories — and defeats. Business-supported candidate Catharine Baker, a Republican, surprised labor ...

Voters affirm CA fracking

Friday, November 7th, 2014

After a lot of spending and acrimony, little has changed from California's high-profile ballot measures to ban hydraulic fracturing, which injects a mix of substances into shale rock to free up oil for extraction. In two counties with little to no oil drilling -- San Benito and Mendocino -- anti...

Democrats lose super-majority in CA Assembly

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
Janet Nguyen

Republicans, who have already blocked a Democratic super-majority in the California Senate, have also succeeded in defeating a Democratic super-majority in the Assembly. The only question remaining: How many seats will Democrats lose in the lower house? Buoyed by low voter turnout and an eff...

Water issue re-elects GOP Sen. Vidak in Dem district

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
vidak for senate

  You knew Democrats were in the deep end of the pool over water issues in California back on May 14. That's when they asked Republican state Sen. Andy Vidak of Hanford to read out loud Joint Resolution 25 in the state Senate. It urged President Obama to find solutions to California’s ...

Early Returns: Democrats could lose super-majority in State Assembly

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

It's going to be a very long night for California political observers. Just eight months after corruption scandals cost California Democrats their super-majority in the State Senate, a combination of low voter turnout and an anemic gubernatorial campaign effort could cost Democrats their supe...