Politics and Elections

Controller 2014: 7 reasons why John Perez should quit while he’s behind

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

The "sunk cost fallacy" -- a self-destructive quirk of human behavior -- explains why we persist in losing. We hold onto loser stocks, attend concerts we'd rather skip and demand recounts of decided elections. The sunk cost fallacy is alive and well in the ongoing recount requested by Assemblyma...

Fresno water rate referendum headed for ballot

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Fresno residents will have the final say on the city's controversial plan to double water rates in the coming years. On Tuesday, election officials certified that the petition drive spearheaded by former Fresno County Supervisor Doug Vagim has enough valid signatures to place the referendum on th...

CA protests derail migrant transfers

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Recent days have seen the immigration issue intensify. At Murrieta's Border Patrol station, protestors repelled a convoy of Department of Homeland Security buses carrying detained migrants who illegally crossed the U.S. border into Texas. Instead of dropping off 140 detainees every 72 hours as ...

Perez requests recount in controller’s race

Monday, July 7th, 2014

California's never-ending race for state controller entered a new phase Monday, as election officials are expected to begin recounting ballots in at least two counties. On Sunday afternoon, Democratic Assemblyman John A. Perez, who finished just 481 votes behind Board of Equalization member Betty...

Betty Yee declares victory in controller race

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

It isn't over till it's over, as Yoga Berra famously said. A recount still is possible. But Betty Yee has declared victory in her race for state controller over Assemblyman John Perez, D-Los Angeles. Entering the California Democratic Party's spring convention, Board of Equalization member Yee's ...

Controller 2014: Why the cost of a recount favors Betty Yee

Friday, June 27th, 2014

The too-close-to-call race for state controller remained unchanged Friday morning -- as Lake County has yet to count its 6,053 unprocessed ballots. San Mateo County, the only other county in the state with unprocessed ballots, has just four provisional ballots to review. Board of Equalization mem...

Fresno taxpayers submit signatures for water rate referendum

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
Fresno County courthouse, wikimedia

A group of Fresno taxpayers, who've been thwarted at every turn by city leaders, is expected today to submit thousands of signatures to qualify a water rate referendum for the November ballot. This morning, shortly after 10:30 a.m., the group Citizens of Lower Water Bills — Yes on Measure W ...

Controller’s race headed to recount ‘crap shoot’

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
Jimmy Camp

The day after an election, if a race remains too close to call, every Republican's first call is to Jimmy Camp, the best GOP ground organizer in the state. He's pictured at right. While the rest of us nurse our election night hangovers, the partner with GoCo Consulting is usually on his way ...

Late ballots keep controller’s race cliffhanger

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

As more Californians turn to absentee voting, election officials have seen an uptick in the number of potentially valid ballots that aren't being counted. That's because, under state law, ballots must be received by the local registrar of voters by Election Day, not postmarked that day or en rout...

New Senate Prez de Leon pushes agenda

Thursday, June 19th, 2014
Kevin de Leon, from his Senate website

State Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, has been chosen by his party colleagues to lead them in the Senate. The selection pulls the California Democratic Party further to the left. De Leon's rise from poverty in San Diego's rough Logan Heights neighborhood attracts admiration from Republicans...