Politics and Elections

Same-day voter registration law delayed until 2016

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Californians can expect to wait at least two more years for the state's same-day voter registration law to take effect. Secretary of State Debra Bowen, the state's chief elections officer, says that the state won't meet the legal requirements to implement the law until 2016 or later. It's been ...

Proposals would make it easier for youth to vote

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Democrats are pushing new legislation to make it easier for young people to vote. Given that young people in California register 2-to-1 for Democrats over Republicans, the bills could make Democrats even more dominant and accelerate Republicans' waning power. Senate Bill 113 is by state Sen...

State Sen. Rod Wright convicted of perjury, voter fraud

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
State Sen. Rod Wright convicted of perjury, voter fraud

State Senator Rod Wright, D-Inglewood, has been found guilty on eight counts of felony voter fraud, perjury and filing a false declaration of candidacy. The jury of nine women and three men, which began deliberating last Friday, sided with prosecutors who had argued that Wright never lived in the...

Fresno taxpayers object to misleading petition title and summary

Friday, January 24th, 2014

A group of Fresno taxpayers hoping to overturn the city's recent water rate hike has filed a formal complaint accusing the city attorney of issuing a biased and misleading title and summary for their referendum. It's the latest development in a bitter fight between the city and taxpayers. Last A...

Governor’s race: Kashkari launches campaign on jobs and education

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Republican Neel Kashkari launched his campaign for governor on Tuesday, promising that, if elected, he'll focus on two issues: jobs and education. The former assistant U.S. treasury secretary, who is best known for his role in the controversial 2008 Wall Street bailout, criticized Democrat Gov...

Governor’s race: Maldonado drops out

Thursday, January 16th, 2014
Governor’s race: Maldonado drops out

Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado ended his campaign for governor of California on Thursday morning, leaving a conservative state legislator as the only Republican candidate in the race. Maldonado, the state’s most prominent Latino Republican, made the announcement where his political career began at...

Bill would strengthen public's right to comment before votes

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

“The people of this State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them,” says California Code Section 54950 of The Ralph M. Brown Act, the state's bedrock open-government law. cure for diabetes But that’s not always the way the system works. Whether it's delibera...

Fresno mayor obstructs initiative process to save water rate hike

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Fresno residents could see their water rates double, and in the process, all Californians could see their petition powers diminished, if a state appellate court doesn't act quickly on a lawsuit to stop strong-arm tactics by the city of Fresno. The battle began last August, when the city of...

Campaign records contradict lawsuit against top lobbyist

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Never let the facts get in the way of a good lawsuit. In a wrongful termination lawsuit filed on Christmas Eve, Rhonda Smira, a former employee of the powerhouse lobbying firm Sloat Higgins Jensen and Associates, claims that her former employer, Kevin Sloat, routinely violated state campaign fina...

New report details California lawmakers accepting gifts

Monday, December 23rd, 2013
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A new report by California Common Cause shows that elected officials in California accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of gifts in 2012. The gifts to lawmakers, according to the non-partisan citizens' lobby organization, came primarily from special interest groups that routinely lob...