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Taking Back California's Direct Democracy from Special Interests

Nicolas Berggruen | Posted 12.04.2014 | World
Nicolas Berggruen

Together, these reforms will improve the quality of our initiatives and our direct participation. They create what in political science circles is known as an "indirect initiative effect" -- a role for the legislature to foster public comment and active debate, to highlight errors and unintended consequences and fix them, and perhaps to craft policy solutions via legislation.

An Astonishing Number Of Californians Don't Know Who's Running For Governor

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

Even with Election Day fast approaching, 4 out of 10 California voters don’t know that incumbent Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking re-election....

GOP Candidate Is Not Sorry For Ad With Drowning Child

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics

California gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari is standing by an eyebrow-raising ad in which he's shown saving a child apparently drowning in a swim...

Jerry Brown Can't Be Bothered To Spend Money On His Own Campaign

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics

With a 20-point lead over his GOP challenger and $23 million burning a hole in his pocket, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is funding and appearing in...

Brown's Tax and Spending Spree

Nicole Kaeding | Posted 12.06.2014 | Los Angeles
Nicole Kaeding

Cato Institute's 12th biennial edition of its "Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors" assigns grades of "A" to "F" to the governors based on their efforts to restrain government. Not only did Governor Brown receive an "F" in this year's report card, he received the worst score of any governor.

Expanding on the California Climate Credit

Mike Sandler | Posted 12.01.2014 | Green
Mike Sandler

California's climate change program lowered millions of households utility bills last April, but very few people noticed. And it is about to happen again with the return of the semi-annual "California Climate Credit" applied to October bills.

California's Comeback Kid Tries to Kick Start Innovation in Higher Ed

Eloy Ortiz Oakley | Posted 11.30.2014 | College
Eloy Ortiz Oakley

Governor Jerry Brown has earned the moniker of California's Comeback Kid. Reinventing himself several times during his political career, he continues to gain distance from being the "Moonbeam" governor to becoming California's version of "Father Knows Best."

California Bans Political Fundraising Parties At Lobbyists' Homes

Reuters | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept 30 (Reuters) - Lobbyists in California will be banned from throwing lavish fundraising parties at their homes and offices f...

California Tames Its Direct Democracy

Nathan Gardels | Posted 12.18.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

Addressing concerns about the growing influence of special interests on California's initiative process and the decline of voter participation, Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed legislation that strengthens legislative and public oversight of ballot measures and increases transparency within a century-old process that has been stubbornly resistant to change.

Acting on Climate Change From the Bottom Up

Jerry Brown | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Jerry Brown

UNITED NATIONS -- California very strongly supports the efforts of states and cities to do their part to combat climate change. In California, we have emphasized in recent years building standards and appliance standards and a renewable energy goal. But now instead of just asking how many solar installations we have or how many wind installations or geothermal, we are putting the emphasis on our climate footprint.

GOP Challenger Slams Jerry Brown As The ‘Coddled Prince Of Sacramento'

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics

Things got personal during California gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari’s speech Sunday when the GOP challenger called out Gov. Jerry Brown (D) ...

Why Good Prosecutors Do Bad Things: Pending California Legislation on Prosecutorial Misconduct

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 11.22.2014 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

Despite the U.S. Supreme Court's 1963 ruling holding that a prosecutor must disclose all exculpatory evidence (evidence that helps the defense) there are still too many deliberate failures by prosecutors to disclose important evidence in serious criminal trials.

Watch California Dry Up Right Before Your Eyes In 6 Jaw-Dropping GIFs

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor and Chris McGonigal | Posted 09.24.2014 | Green

California is drying up. “This is a big deal,” California Governor Jerry Brown said at a ceremony Tuesday as he signed into law a trio of bill...

Genocide Education: California Senate Bill 1380

Mike Spradley | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Mike Spradley

In my own family I assumed I'd heard all the tales of heroism or of those who became part of American and global history. With deep regret I missed t...

Dave Jamieson

Millions Of U.S. Workers Are About To Get Paid Sick Days

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics

In the largest expansion of its kind to date, the state of California on Wednesday extended paid sick leave to millions of workers who would otherwise...

Guns in America: Will We Ever Get Beyond Knee Jerk Lawmaking?

Dennis Santiago | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Dennis Santiago

When it comes to exploring firearms legislation the state to watch is California. Here is where many legal concepts are tested.

How the Ferguson Protests Convinced Me We Don't Need Cell Phone Kill Switches

Mike Montgomery | Posted 10.27.2014 | Technology
Mike Montgomery

The government's quick willingness to shut down communications is what got me (and others) thinking about the kill switch. It makes it very easy for police to simply shut down all cell phones using the technology to stifle coverage and communication.

California Gubernatorial Candidate Lives As Homeless Person For A Week, Says Couldn't Find Job

Associated Press | Posted 07.31.2014 | Impact

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's Republican candidate for governor said he spent a week living as a homeless person in search of a job to test...

Jerry Brown Enjoys Comfortable Lead in California Gubernatorial Race

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) enjoys a large lead over his Republican challenger Neel Kashkari, a Field Poll released Wednesday shows. Brown has ...

Gov. Brown: California is the Epicenter of Climate Change

Jerry Brown | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Jerry Brown

California is right at the epicenter of climate change. Maps shaded in red to show some of the greatest relative change in climate from past patterns are most pronounced in the entire American Southwest. Our fire season is 70 days longer than it has been historically, and that means we need fire crews on all the time. That also means there are greater costs, greater danger and greater impact not only in urban areas, but across our grasslands and agricultural areas. But we adapt. We have to adapt because the climate is changing.

L.A.Drivers: Slow the Eff Down!

Jack Skelley | Posted 06.17.2014 | Los Angeles
Jack Skelley

Starting on September 16, of this year, California drivers must keep their cars at least three feet away from bikes they pass on the street. The law is bound to increase the friction between bikes and cars.

California and the Republican Party

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Although it is not described that way so much anymore, California may be a good indicator of what the US will look like in the next decades.

California Democrats Fight For $1.5 Billion Education Plan

Reuters | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 9 (Reuters) - A proposal to offer free preschool to all California 4-year-olds faces its...

California Pension Fund For Teachers Faces Huge Funding Shortfall

Reuters | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. April 3 (Reuters) - The pension fund for public school teachers in California faces a long-term shortfall of $74 billion, threate...

Run-Away Rain: No Rescue for California's Crippling Drought

Peter Getty | Posted 05.11.2014 | Green
Peter Getty

Since most of the rain run-off ended up in the Pacific Ocean, there's little left to quench the thirsty empty reservoirs and therefore, unusable.