Posts Tagged ‘Democrats’

CA Dems also splitting on social-services spending

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

As noted in a previous blog, "CA Dem vs CA Dem on taxes," California's virtual one-party state is developing fissures. One is over taxes. Another is over spending on social programs. New Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, and others believe Gov. Jerry Brown is too frugal with ...

CA Dem vs. CA Dem on taxes

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

One-party systems are inherently unstable. People inevitably choose sides. And budget realities always limit what government can do, bringing conflict. So it's not surprising Democrats in California, who dominate the minority Republicans despite some GOP gains last November, are fighting among th...

Pelosi pressed for change by Hill Dems

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
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After a punishing election season, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has begun to face an unusual kind of opposition within her own party. By traditional measures, her status remains high and her position secure. Yet she has attracted frustration and impatience among Democrats. She ha...

Democrats divided on big issues in CA

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
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Although Democrats in California are eager to celebrate major victories next Tuesday, political fault lines lie under their party. From anti-rape legislation, to education reform, to health costs and beyond, an anticipated left-leaning consensus has failed to materialize in the Golden State. The ...

Dem trick-or-treat

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
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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...