Posts Tagged ‘Democrats’

Brown steers clear of Dems as election nears

Friday, October 10th, 2014
Jerry Brown, Prop. 1 ad

State Democrats haven't had much luck in securing the biggest show of support in California -- Gov. Jerry Brown. As he gears up for the final stretch of his bid for an unprecedented fourth term in office, Brown has chosen to focus closely on his own fortunes and his own political brand. Rather t...

‘No party preference’ gains again

Thursday, September 25th, 2014
Breaking bad

California Democrats are enjoying the decline of the Republican Party. But they shouldn't party hearty too quickly. Because their party also is not finding satisfaction with voters. Secretary of State Debra Bowen reported: Updated voter registration numbers released by Secretary of State Debra B...

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 ...

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...

UC Berkeley prof behind invest/spend semantic ploy

Thursday, June 12th, 2014
georgelakoff

AP reporter Judy Lin had a fun story Wednesday about how Democrats are playing the semantic spin game: "SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- As billions of dollars in unexpected tax revenue pour into California, Democratic lawmakers have proposed all kinds of ways to distribute the windfall after years of recess...

‘No Party Preference’ gains in CA voter registrations

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
Party registration

"No Party Preference" continues its gradual rise in voter registrations according to new data released today by California Secretary of State Debra Bowen. As of Dec. 31, 2013, registration was: Democratic: 43.6 percent, down from 46.8 percent in 1997; Republican: 28.7 percent, down from 36....

Lawmakers lighting up $2 per pack cigarette tax hike

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Like a re-lit cigarette, smoke again is rising from Senate Bill 768. By state Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, the bill would place a new tax on cigarettes of $2 a pack, with an equivalent tax on cigars, pipe tobacco and other tobacco products. With de Leon slated to become the next Senate pre...

‘Transportation justice’ in CA helps the poor buy electric cars

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

The year 2014 sees California helping poor people buy electric cars, what's called "transportation justice." SB 359 is by state Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro. It approved a loan for $30 million to help finance low-income residents to transition away from older, higher-polluting vehicles...

Constitutional amendment seeks to revoke Prop. 209 racial preferences ban

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

SACRAMENTO -- The battle over racial preferences is heating up again in California. Senate Constitutional Amendment 5, by state Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, was just introduced in the Legislature. It would allow the University of California and California State University again to use race, ...

‘Ghost guns’ could be an apparition in CA

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

When 3D-printed guns first emerged on the scene, many predicted the “ghost guns” could render the regulation of guns pointless. The creation of the 3-D gun is only about one year old. The first 3D-printed gun initially was fired in the spring of 2013. 3D printers are $10,000 machines t...