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When Considering a Presidential Bid, When Does 'No' Mean 'Yes'?

Rich Rubino | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Even after a potential candidate says with absolute certainty that he will not run, many do not believe him or her. With the exception of Pete Wilson, one would be hard pressed to find presidential candidates whose past denials actually had deleterious effects on their presidential candidacies.

California Primary: Devolution and the Republican Race to Lose to Jerry Brown

William Bradley | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Just a few days remain till California's primary election. Will California Republicans, whose share of the state's electorate dropped more than seven percent over the past decade, veer even further to the right with their standard-bearer for governor?

Jerry Brown Aims Elsewhere As Republicans Careen Toward California Primary

William Bradley | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

In truth, it doesn't really matter for Brown which Republican he wallops in November. He will win a record fourth term as California's governor in a landslide, his third in four gubernatorial runs. What difference does it make how much he wins by?

Jerry Brown Makes Big Budget Moves While the Republican Race To Lose To Him Intensifies

William Bradley | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

With less than three weeks until California's primary election, Governor Jerry Brown continues to campaign for a record fourth term by acting as governor while the race for the right to lose to him in November between a pair of little-known yet sharply contrasting Republicans continues to intrigue in an oddly low-key sort of way.

California Primary: Republican Fight to Lose to Jerry Brown Still Unsettled One Month Out

William Bradley | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

In the absence of big initiative battles or high-profile, big money candidates slugging it out, we are left with, what we are left with. Primarily, that's the question of which little known Republican will emerge from the open primary into the November run-off with Governor Jerry Brown.

Competing for the Latino Vote in Texas

National Council of La Raza | Posted 05.21.2014 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

Democrats must make deeper investments in mobilizing Hispanic voters in Texas and give them something to vote for, not just against.

Ex-California Governors Back Plan To Speed Up Executions

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics

More than 700 California inmates are sitting on a death row that hasn’t carried out an execution since 2006, according to the San Jose Mercury News....

GOP is Blowing-up Last Chance With Hispanic Voters

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

The national GOP is going through a scaled-up version of the politically fatal Pete Wilson syndrome.

Wendy Davis and the Pete Wilson Factor

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Mark Yzaguirre

Davis is being pilloried for making parental choices that are not unlike those of many other parents who have to travel far from their children to try and create a better life for their families, and many of those criticisms would not be levied against a male candidate.

On the 10th Anniversary of Arnold Schwarzenegger Settling In as Governor

William Bradley | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Schwarzenegger did not revive California as "the golden dream by the sea," as he would have had it in his inaugural address 10 years ago.

Misguided Legislative Effort Still Hurts GOP Among Latinos

Sacramento Bee | Christopher Cadelago | Posted 10.21.2013 | Latino Voices

Nearly two decades after its controversial passage, Gov. Pete Wilson’s Proposition 187 continues to haunt the Republican Party in California and the...

How Prop 187 Became the Pivot for the Immigration Issue and Future of Democratic Politics

William Bradley | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Kathleen Brown was on her third campaign manager, and things weren't going well. She had begun as the toast of the East Coast-based national media, with a big lead in the polls over incumbent California Republican Governor Pete Wilson.

Cornyn & Cruz: For Immigration Reform Before They Were Against It

Jason Stanford | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Creating a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants still hasn't cleared two formidable roadblocks in Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz. Like the Texas Republican Party, Cornyn and Cruz have come a long way from their relatively progressive stances of only a decade ago.

Hasn't Seen Them, Doesn't Know Them...

Los Angeles Daily News | Dakota Smith | Posted 07.17.2013 | Los Angeles

Two days after she declined to denounce a misleading mailer targeting Latinos that benefited her own mayoral candidacy, City Controller Wendy Greuel c...

Schwarzenegger's New USC Policy Center Takes Up Immigration Reform: Where Is This Issue Heading?

William Bradley | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

It's not all that hard to incite a Republican race to the hard right on immigration. Once undertaken, that race ends up in the same place: one of fences, exclusion and super-heated rhetoric that utterly turns off most people of color and younger voters.

California's Tides of Opinion: Strong Backing for Immigration Reform and Gun Control, Skepticism About More Taxes

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Two new polls contain fascinating information about major trends of thought among California voters. The most dramatic development is a sharp reversal of opinion on illegal immigrants.

For California Republicans, Stunt Politics Worked for Awhile and Then Backfired (Yet Dems Can Still Blow It)

William Bradley | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

With Republicans in such profound disarray, can Democrats still screw up their opportunity for ongoing dominance?

California's Futurist Agenda: A Tale of Three Governors

William Bradley | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Governor Jerry Brown is working on the new California state budget, the first in more than a decade to be free of the state's deep chronic fiscal crisis. It's an agenda which his two most immediate predecessors, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gray Davis, in large measure promoted themselves.

Observations on Jerry Brown's Prop 30 Win: From the Notebook

William Bradley | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

The dust is still settling from Governor Jerry Brown's big win with his Proposition 30 revenue initiative. While it may be premature to say that the Prop 13 era has given way completely to the Prop 30 era, this is clearly a very big deal, with ramifications that will play out over a period of years.

A Ticket to Ride: High-Speed Rail Moves Forward on a Historic (and Bumpy) Track in California

William Bradley | Posted 09.10.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

Last Friday's narrow passage of legislation authorizing the beginning of construction of the first high-speed rail system in America was a dramatic moment many years in the making.

California Republicans in Crisis: Another Big Shoe Drops

William Bradley | Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

Another big shoe dropped Wednesday in the ongoing crisis of the California Republican Party. One of its young rising stars, state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, dropped his party registration to become an independent.

Tell Me With Whom You Walk and I Will Tell You Who You Are

Ruben Gallego | Posted 04.29.2012 | Latino Voices
Ruben Gallego

In Spanish, we say "Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres" - "Tell me with whom you walk and I will tell you who you are." Mitt Romney walks today with the most anti-immigrant officials in America.

California Will Not Be Fooled By Mitt Romney

Fabiola Inzunza | Posted 04.22.2012 | Latino Voices
Fabiola Inzunza

The GOP's Presidential candidate front-runner, Mitt Romney, has recently welcomed the endorsement of Pete Wilson. Who do they think they're fooling? 



Why Latino-rich Texas Is a Red State

Jason Stanford | Posted 02.15.2012 | Latino Voices
Jason Stanford

The big threat isn't that Texas Hispanics might stop voting Republican as often as they do. The thing that keeps smart Republicans up at night is worrying that Hispanics will actually start voting.

The Incredible Shrinking Rep. Lamar Smith

Frank Sharry | Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics
Frank Sharry

Does anyone (besides Mitt Romney) listen to the chair of the House Judiciary Committee anymore? This week, Rep. Lamar Smith is looking especially desperate.