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President Arnold?

Three years ago I reviewed Ian Halpern's biography of then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, “The Governator: From Muscle Beach to His Quest for the White House, the Improbable Rise of Arnold Schwarzenegger.” Back than it was by far the best biography of

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Audit: Secretary of State wastes $22 million on voting machines

When Debra Bowen was a candidate for California secretary of state in 2006, two of her top three priorities, according to SmartVoter.org, were to: Ensure that the state’s voting systems are accurate and secure by introducing strict auditing requirements so

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Bills address campaign donations from private parties, not unions

Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of 2. California lawmakers object to “dark money,” a term for campaign contributions used to pay for an election campaign without disclosing the source of the money. But while Democratic lawmakers object to “dark

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Results are in: Vidak wins in Senate race

  As of 6:00 a.m., Republican Andy Vidak was leading Democratic challenger Leticia Perez, by more than 6,000 votes for the empty seat in the Senate District 16 runoff race. Congratulations were already coming in to Vidak on his Facebook page.

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Vidak state Senate race could impact Dem supermajority 5

Central Valley Senate District 16 is a crucial one for Democrats in the Capitol. They need it to keep their two-thirds supermajority that allows them to raise fees and taxes without any Republican votes. Candidates Andy Vidak, a Republican, and

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Expected Vidak-Perez runoff would spark national attention

May 30, 2013 By Katy Grimes Only hours after appearing to win the election outright for State Senate District 16 last week, many in the political media were opining that Andy Vidak had it easy during this special election, but

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Assembly bill would stall local pension reform efforts 23

May 24, 2013 By Katy Grimes A bill to make it nearly impossible for local ballot initiatives to reform generous labor pensions was passed by the Assembly Thursday by a 50-18 vote. AB 822 by Assemblyman Isadore Hall, D-Los Angeles,

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New analysis of June 6 primary: Republicans gained on Democrats 0

Aug. 2, 2012 By Katy Grimes Democrats should be upset and Republicans smiling at the numbers from the June 5 primary, a new CalWatchDog.com analysis shows. That’s contrary to the popular belief that Republicans are faltering in the Golden State.

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California voters OK 63% of tax measures 13

June 8, 2012 By Chriss Street Local voters approved 63 percent — or 55 of the 87 — local tax, bond or fee measures on the June 5, 2012 California primary ballot, according to Michael Coleman, the creator of CaliforniaCityFinance.com.

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CalWatchDog.com election coverage tonight… 9

June 5, 2012 By John Seiler Shortly after the polls close in Wisconsin at 6 pm Pacific Time CalWatchDog.com will be posting analysis on the Scott Walker recall, followed by even more commentary after the polls close at 8 pm in

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