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Fighting Climate Change Is Good for California's Economy

Steve Westly | Posted 07.10.2015 | Green
Steve Westly

California has been the epicenter of innovation in America over the last 100 years. Our companies have revolutionized the entertainment, agriculture, transportation and technology sectors. It is increasingly clear that clean energy is the next frontier in the innovation economy. California already has a head start.

The Campaign Finance Game

Barbi Appelquist | Posted 01.01.2015 | Politics
Barbi Appelquist

Both Sandra and Ben, two young, progressive candidates, have made it clear that they want to remove money out of politics and overturn Citizens United. But until campaign finance reforms at both the national and state level are enacted, what should be the criteria for judging the financial purity of each candidate?

Paul Blumenthal

Sandra Fluke's Election Bid Opposed By One Big-Spending Businessman | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Bill Bloomfield, the Republican-turned-independent real estate titan, nearly toppled Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) in 2012 after putting ...

Why I Stand With Sandra

Seth M.M. Stodder | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Seth M.M. Stodder

Both Ben and Sandra are excellent people, who I am confident, if elected, would serve our district well in the State Senate. But I have decided to stand with Sandra Fluke, and let me tell you why.

My First Race: What I Learned as a First-Time Political Candidate

Barbi Appelquist | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Barbi Appelquist

I hope my experience serves as an example for moms to see that it is possible to have your voice heard and balance your toughest job with one that might also make a difference for so many.

Rebuilding the Great Equalizer

Seth M.M. Stodder | Posted 05.31.2014 | Education
Seth M.M. Stodder

America's balance wheel is malfunctioning. Instead of operating as the "great equalizer," our education system is making our society ever more separate and unequal.

California Democrats Drop Below Supermajority As State Senator Takes Leave

The Sacramento Bee | JEREMY B. WHITE | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics

After months of intensifying scrutiny, Sen. Ron Calderon will take an indefinite leave of absence while he fights felony charges. Calderon's departur...

State Senate Approves Bill Bumping Minimum Wage To $10

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California's minimum wage would rise to $10 an hour within three years under a bill passed Thursday by the state Legislatur...

State Senate Passes Aggressive Gun Storage Law

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics

California's state Senate passed a bill on Monday that would make storing a firearm where it is accessible to a child a misdemeanor in the state. L...

California Tenants to Have Lobby Day in Sacramento

Paul Hogarth | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Paul Hogarth

For the first time in over a decade, dozens of tenants from throughout California will swarm the State Capitol -- meeting with legislators about the security deposit crisis, and demanding change.

State Senate Report: California Schools Misspent Millions

AP | TERENCE CHEA | Posted 02.06.2013 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- California school districts have misspent tens of millions of dollars intended to provide subsidized meals to low-income students, ac...

Elise Foley

California Lawmakers Move Forward With Fight Against Immigration Enforcement | Elise Foley | Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics

Opponents of the controversial immigration enforcement program Secure Communities won a small but significant victory on Tuesday when a California Sta...

Aaron Sankin

DEM POWER GRAB: Top CA Politician Pulls For Power Shift In State Senate | Aaron Sankin | Posted 04.20.2012 | San Francisco

California State Senate President pro-Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) has a radical idea to reform the legislature--he wants to make it easier to...

California Lawmaker Wants The R-Word Out Of State Laws

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 03.08.2012 | Los Angeles

A state legislator introduced a bill to remove the word "retarded" from California's law books on Wednesday, calling the word outdated and demeaning. ...


2011-03-16-Screenshot20110316at9.39.25AM.jpeg | Matt Drange | Posted 08.10.2011 | Los Angeles

Story comes courtesy of California Watch. By Matt Drange The first draft of the new redistricting maps were unveiled by the California Citizens ...

Open Letter to Governor Jerry Brown: On Budget Cuts and the Lanterman Act

Chantal Sicile-Kira | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chantal Sicile-Kira

What is the point of a Lanterman Act -- which is civil rights legislation for those with developmental disabilities -- if there are no monies to enact and protect these civil rights?

Jenny Oropeza Wins California Election Despite Being Dead

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Jenny Oropeza died last month, but her political career lives on. The deceased California Democrat won re-election to the State Senate by a comfort...

Leland Yee, California State Senator, Says He Was 'Threatened' By Palin Supporters

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

California State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), the legislator behind recent actions to get a California State University to release the detail...

A Day of Judgment for Big Soda

Dean Florez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Dean Florez

The Coke commercial on Spanish-language TV begins inside the sun-filled bedroom of a young Latina. She tips back a 20-ounce bottle. No sooner does fizz strike than magic happens.

California Leaders Turn To Washington For Budget Help

San Francisco Gate | Wyatt Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

California's political leaders, who are facing the daunting challenge of closing an estimated $20.7 billion budget deficit this year, are looking to W...

The Grinch Who Steals Our Elections

Gautam Dutta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Gautam Dutta

Between resignations and politicians' office-hopping, special elections cannot be avoided. Fortunately, there's a proven way to rescue hapless voters and taxpayers -- Instant Runoff Voting.

Dreaming in the California Fields

Dean Florez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dean Florez

This summer, I find myself wondering what my grandmother would make of this new California: 38 million residents strong; $26 billion dollars in the hole; deep cuts to education and social service programs.