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California Republicans in Focus: The Controller's Race Gets a Democrat

William Bradley | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

The long road back for California Republicans came into clearer focus in the past few days as the Democratic candidate in the race for state controlle...

Even With California's Legislature on Summer Vacation, Things Keep Perking in Jerry Brown World

William Bradley | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

With the California legislature off on a month's vacation beginning with the 4th of July weekend, it's a period in California politics in which several matters are poised awaiting resolution; namely, policy on water, high-speed rail, and space, the state controller's race, and Governor Jerry Brown's future.

California Primary: Jerry Brown Romps While Republicans Dodge Their Own Silver Bullet and Other Races Intrigue

William Bradley | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Though the election was largely a bore, it did have some interesting outcomes, not only in the statewide races but also in some district level races for Congress and state Assembly and even local office.

Health Insurers Using Playbook Again to Protect Profits at Expense of Consumers

Wendell Potter | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

About 35 states have given their insurance departments the legal power of prior approval of proposed health insurance rate changes. California is not among them, and advocates believe the state's residents are paying more for their health insurance coverage than necessary.

California Medical Interpreter Bill Could 'Mean The Difference Between Life And Death In Hospitals'

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

California Republicans Struggle to Prep for Primary 11 Weeks From Now

William Bradley | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

California Republicans gathered over the weekend just past for the first of their two annual state party conventions, this one conveniently located for a quick getaway near the San Francisco airport.

Political Predictions for California and the Bay Area in 2014

Randy Shaw | Posted 03.09.2014 | San Francisco
Randy Shaw

In 2014, California ballot initiatives could boost progressive change and the June and November ballots feature intriguing races for state offices. The most important San Francisco campaign is legislative, as a broad coalition is assembled to get Sacramento to amend the Ellis Act to stop speculative evictions in the city.

California's Revised Budget Has Good News For Some Schools

Reuters | Posted 07.15.2013 | San Francisco

By Sharon Bernstein May 14 (Reuters) - California will spend an extra $2.9 billion on public education over the next two years thanks ...

3 Characters in Search of Pension Reform

John Mirisch | Posted 11.09.2012 | Los Angeles
John Mirisch

The Governor's most recent proposal, adopted by the state legislature, while a small step in the right direction, doesn't seem to be much more than bad political theater. The big question will be: do the voters have a taste for bad political theater?

Calif. Lawmakers Pass Measure To Require Gay Curriculum In Schools

Posted 09.05.2011 | Education

California lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday that would make the state the first to require public schools to teach lessons on historical and current co...

Gay History Bill Headed To California Governor

AP | JUDY LIN | Posted 09.04.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers on Tuesday sent the governor a bill that would make the state the first requiring public schools to in...

Honoring Dolores Huerta for a Lifetime of Quiet Courage

Jim Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jim Gonzalez

For over 50 years, Dolores' quiet acts of courage have indeed shaped and bent the arc of history in favor working families and progressive politics.

Class Warfare Heats Up in California

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joseph A. Palermo

No California governor, not Ronald Reagan, not George Deukmejian, not Pete Wilson, has so bludgeoned the state's employees to the extent Arnold Schwarzenegger has.

Taco Truck Throwdown at #CADem2010

Wendy Carrillo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Wendy Carrillo

Taking a break from the very important work party platforms, California Democrats and guests had the unique opportunity of feasting to the ever "only in LA" growing mobile food truck cuisine.

First Openly Gay Leader Of California Legislature Gets Sworn In

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The first openly gay lawmaker to lead either house of the California Legislature has been sworn in as speaker of the state ...

Yes We Can: Perez In California = Progress for the Nation

Rick Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Rick Jacobs

In the coming days, Perez may well make history, becoming the first openly gay speaker of any state legislature in the United States.

California Picks First Openly Gay Assembly Speaker

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Assembly has picked its first openly gay speaker. Assembly Democrats on Thursday unanimously backed John Pere...