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California Governor Grants Dozens Of Drug Pardons

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 04.19.2014 | Politics

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has granted pardons to 63 individuals, many of whom had been convicted of minor drug offenses. Brown's office annou...

Why 'Corporate Democrats' Are Taking Over California

Capital and Main | Gary Cohn | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics

The following story was reported by Capital and Main as part of its California Exposé investigative series, and published here in collaboration...

Voters In This State Are Deeply Skeptical Of Congress

The Sacramento Bee | christopher cadelago | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics

California voters remain intensely disapproving of the work conducted on their behalf on Capitol Hill, but they continue to offer a more upbeat assess...

California Fight For Free Preschool Passes First Hurdle

Reuters | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics

(Recast with committee passage) By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 9 (Reuters) - A proposal to offer free pr...

California State Senator Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Corruption Charges

AP | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics

BY PAUL ELIAS, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Suspended California state Sen. Leland Yee has pleaded not guilty to all charges for his...

Plan For Six Californias 'Deserves To Die A Quick Death'

The Huffington Post | Sara Bondioli | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics

A bipartisan group is speaking out in opposition to a proposed ballot measure that would split California into six states. "The measure deserves to...

Paul Blumenthal

Bombshell Corruption Case Shines Merciless Light On How Politicians Raise Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- California state Sen. Leland Yee, a Democrat running for secretary of state, was arrested March 26 as part of a wide-ranging federal inv...

Democrat Accused Of Recruiting Candidates To Split GOP Vote In Competitive Primary

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

A lawsuit filed Wednesday alleged that Democrat Ro Khanna, who is running to unseat seven-term Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) and represent California's 1...

The Emergence of the Political Independent

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

Rather than being devoted to finding the best policy alternative, the divisions of party leave us to pursue only the second or third best alternative, usually the one that gives the least amount of credit to the other side. It is a downward spiral toward ever more narrow and inflexible partisanly limited options.

California Democrats Drop Below Supermajority As State Senator Takes Leave

The Sacramento Bee | JEREMY B. WHITE | Posted 03.03.2014 | Politics

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

'Six Californias' Mastermind Defends Plan Amid Skepticism

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

Tim Draper, the Silicon Valley venture capitalist behind the Six Californias initiative, defended his plan Monday, insisting the idea is not a publici...

Split In Democratic Party Establishment As Xavier Becerra Endorses Eloise Gomez Reyes

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics

Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) broke with his party's political establishment Friday, and announced his endorsement of attorney Eloise Gomez Reyes, wh...

Birther Queen Running For Office, Because Nobody Has Paid Attention To Her In A While

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics

Orly Taitz, who gained notoriety with her lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama's eligibility to serve as president, is running for office again....

Activists Petitioning To Split California Into Six States

Reuters | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics

LOS ANGELES, Feb 20 (Reuters) - California's top election official said activists seeking to split the most populous U.S. state into six states can ...

California Lawmakers Look To Combat Devastating Drought

Reuters | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

Feb 19 (Reuters) - California lawmakers are set to unveil legislation on Wednesday to combat a devastating drought, a month after Governor Jerry Bro...

California Gets Two More Years To Meet Prison Population Cap

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal judges on Monday gave California two more years to meet a court-ordered prison population cap, the latest step in ...

Democrats Make Minimum Wage Defining Issue In Election Year

The Sacramento Bee | Christopher Cadelago | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics

Democrats presenting a populist economic platform have settled on a reliable and potentially potent issue heading into the elections: raising the mini...

Sandra Fluke 'Strongly Considering' Running For Congress

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics

Sandra Fluke, the former Georgetown University Law student who became a national figure after conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh called her a "slut...

The Education of Marshall Tuck and the Making of a Run for California's Chief Education Office

Melanie Lundquist | Posted 03.30.2014 | Education
Melanie Lundquist

Marshall Tuck was the CEO of one of the largest school turnaround efforts in the nation, a non-profit called the Partnership for LA Schools, serving 15,000 kids across the most impoverished neighborhoods of Los Angeles.

California Students File To Nix Tenure Law

AP | JULIE WATSON | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

Nine California public school students are suing the state over its laws on teacher tenure, seniority and other protections that the plaintiffs say ke...

Indians A Rising Force In California Politics

AP | JULIET WILLIAMS | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Neel Kashkari's announcement last week that he is running for governor makes him the latest Californian of Indian descent ...

Honda Campaign Hits Back At Ro Khanna As Progressive Showdown Heats Up

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics

Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) fired back Thursday after his opponent for 2014 asked him to sign a "people's pledge" to prevent outside spending from undu...

How Jerry Brown Is Harming California's Seniors And Disabled -- And The People Who Care For Them

Capital and Main | Gary Cohn | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

The following story was reported by Capital and Main as part of its California Exposé investigative series, and published here in collaboration...

Brown Warns Of Uncertainties While Touting California Resurgence

AP | JULIET WILLIAMS | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday delivered a dual message in his annual address to the Legislature — that a California resu...

Former Obama Official Reports Big Haul In What Could Be The Most Expensive Dem Primary Ever

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Attorney and former Obama administration official Ro Khanna, a Democrat, raised more than $400,000 in the last fundraising quarter for his bid to oust...