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

William Bradley | Posted 07.20.2014 | 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 07.07.2014 | 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.

Jerry Brown Gets His California Budget, Teachers Unions Get a Harsh Wake-Up Call

William Bradley | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

In a society in which capital has disproportionate power over labor, and in which organized labor is on the decline as a proportion of the labor force, it's incumbent on leaders of organized labor not to make it easy for their enemies to make them the issue.

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

William Bradley | Posted 06.04.2014 | 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.

California Says 'Welcome Aboard' to Obama's Big Climate Move

William Bradley | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Today's executive order from President Barack Obama, directing power plants to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, vindicates California's 2006 decision to move forward on its own to cut greenhouse gas emissions through a comprehensive program.

California Primary: Devolution and the Republican Race to Lose to Jerry Brown

William Bradley | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Just a few days remain till California's primary election. Will California Republicans, whose share of the state's electorate dropped more than seven percent over the past decade, veer even further to the right with their standard-bearer for governor?

Jerry Brown Aims Elsewhere As Republicans Careen Toward California Primary

William Bradley | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

In truth, it doesn't really matter for Brown which Republican he wallops in November. He will win a record fourth term as California's governor in a landslide, his third in four gubernatorial runs. What difference does it make how much he wins by?

Jerry Brown Makes Big Budget Moves While the Republican Race To Lose To Him Intensifies

William Bradley | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

With less than three weeks until California's primary election, Governor Jerry Brown continues to campaign for a record fourth term by acting as governor while the race for the right to lose to him in November between a pair of little-known yet sharply contrasting Republicans continues to intrigue in an oddly low-key sort of way.

California Primary: Republican Fight to Lose to Jerry Brown Still Unsettled One Month Out

William Bradley | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

In the absence of big initiative battles or high-profile, big money candidates slugging it out, we are left with, what we are left with. Primarily, that's the question of which little known Republican will emerge from the open primary into the November run-off with Governor Jerry Brown.

62 Reasons to Love the Cup

Christopher Caen | Posted 06.24.2014 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

You may not know it from the cricket chorus bursting forth from City Hall, but things are moving along smartly to finalize the plans for the next edition of the America's Cup.

What Jerry Brown's Big Lead Means

William Bradley | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

With less than eight weeks to go till the California primary election, Governor Jerry Brown holds a commanding lead over the multi-partisan field.

California's 'Up-Wing' Governors: Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gray Davis

William Bradley | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Brown, Schwarzenegger, and Davis are not so much left-wing figures or right-wing figures as they are up-wing figures, i.e., political leaders who place a special emphasis on big think/think big future-oriented policies that position California on the global cutting edge.

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.

Feinstein vs. CIA Fight Points Up Need for A New 'Church Committee'

William Bradley | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

If the CIA becomes regarded as monstrous and out of control by not just the usual critics but also by much of the mainstream in the U.S. and around the world -- and they are on that cusp right now -- some of the most important tools in protecting the United States and its interests short of war become, at best, decidedly double-edged swords.

Now That the Future's Back in California, What's Up and Why with Jerry Brown, Democrats, and Republicans

William Bradley | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Is it because of Jerry Brown's leadership skills, his "insider's knowledge and outsider's mind?" Is it because California Democrats have their act together? Is it because California Republicans have run their party into the ground? Or some combination thereof?

Putin's Gambit and Obama's Recurring Russia Problem

William Bradley | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Obama and Russia, again. It's an ongoing storyline, President Barack Obama's chronic problem in properly reading Russia and in particular, President Vladimir Putin. We're shocked that Putin would intervene militarily in Crimea. Why?

Going for Term Four, Jerry Brown Gets It In Gear

William Bradley | Posted 05.02.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Brown could have waited until Friday, March 7th -- when delegates arrive at the LA Convention Center and begin caucusing and partying -- to file for re-election, then come by the convention with an 'oh, by the way, look what I just did.'

Inevitable Hillary?

William Bradley | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Is Hillary Clinton inevitable? Should she even want to be seen that way? Be careful what you wish for.

Thinking 2016: At the 30th Anniversary of Gary Hart's Iowa Breakthrough, Could It Be Done Again?

William Bradley | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

It's 30 years since the 1984 Iowa presidential caucuses, in which then dark horse Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart broke though to the front ranks of presidential contenders with a "shock" second place finish.

PLASTIC: The Official Bag of California?

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 04.23.2014 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

Politicizing the environment makes for bad government and pandering to a special interest constituency is no justification for trading the benefit and betterment of our environment for the privilege and profit of a select few.

California Elections: The Fights to Lose to Jerry Brown and Succeed Henry Waxman Come Into More Focus

William Bradley | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

In a rather quiet year, some of the more significant races in California are coming into greater focus.

Considering Henry Waxman: Despite Drawbacks, the Congressman and the Scene He Helped Create Had Massive Accomplishments

William Bradley | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Henry Waxman's decision to retire from Congress after 40 years service there marks the end of one of the great congressional careers, and the last of the "Watergate class" in the U.S. House of Representatives.

City Sheriff Wants Obamacare For Inmates

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics

As the Affordable Care Act rolls out across the country, the sheriff of San Francisco wants to get an unexpected group on board: former inmates. B...

Asia-Pacific Pivot: A New Cold War (Just Not the One You Think)

William Bradley | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Who would win in a hot war between Japan and China? The more limited the scope of the engagement, the better the chance for Japan to prevail. While China has more ships and planes, Japan has better ships and planes, with more maneuvering experience.

The Shape of Things To Come: Hillary a Lock, Jerry Brown for President?

William Bradley | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

This is the year in which impressions about the slow-paced economic recovery will solidify into a partial frame for the next presidential campaign.