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Toni Atkins

Why Jerry Brown Prevailed So Quickly in the California Budget Tussle

William Bradley | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

For weeks there were signs of a potential California budget fight between Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislators, with the press spinning it up a bit. The Legislative Analyst Office was estimating billions more in revenue than the Brown administration.

Slushy Politics in California

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.03.2015 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

For years, watchdog groups in California have criticized the existence of a slush fund controlled by the speaker of the California Assembly. The fund, which is not subject to any credible audit or oversight, has spent over $100 million in the past six years, mostly for pet projects and peddling political influence.

For At Least A Few Hours, California Has Its First Gay Governor

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics

California has never elected a woman or LGBT individual as governor. But on Wednesday, one state politician will make history -- albeit for only a few...

Friday Talking Points -- Breaking News! Well... Not Really.

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans all patted themselves on the back this week for fixing their party's problems. No, really! It's been one year since their "autopsy" or "post-mortem" of the 2012 elections and the party's completely "fixed."

California Bucks Nationwide Abortion Trend

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 10.10.2013 | Los Angeles

Californians seeking an abortion have more access to care under a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) Wednesday. The law authorizes nurse practi...

Assemblymember Toni Atkins Talks Homelessness in California

Mark Horvath | Posted 10.24.2013 | Impact
Mark Horvath

When I think homelessness and government what comes to mind is Housing and Urban Development, Interagency Council on Homelessness, and local governmen...