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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...

Jerry Brown for President: The Way We Were

William Bradley | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

At the least, Brown clearly wants to influence the politics of 2016, which prompts this discussion of his first three presidential campaigns, each of which was telling and intriguing in its own ways.

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.

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?

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.

Assessing Jerry Brown's Assessments (And Why He Was in Stealth Mode So Long)

William Bradley | Posted 06.18.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

Even though Brown has spent countless hours with Republican legislators, not to mention all the time he's worked the Democrats to get their half of the compromise, he still doesn't have a budget deal.

Despite Appearances California's Republican Party is Still Looking Backward

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The narrative around Fiorina and Whitman, that their strong business backgrounds make them qualified for office and knowledgeable about public policy, are reminders, almost quaint ones, of another era.

Those Pesky Ballot Propositions - Is This Any Way to Run a Country?

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Alderman

Deciding whether to 'increase the "rainy day" budget stabilization fund' in a state with the seventh largest economy in the world like California, requires a little more, uh, attention.