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What's the Point, WellPoint? Could It Be to Satisfy Wall Street?

Wendell Potter | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Executives at health insurance giant WellPoint are predicting they will have to implement "double-digit plus" rate increases next year, demonstrating once again just how politically tone deaf and profit-obsessed they apparently are.

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.

So What the Heck Happened With Clint Eastwood? (and the Perils of Arguing With Imaginary Obamas)

William Bradley | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

Eastwood is a very familiar character here in California. I've met him, can't say I know him, but certainly know friends of his. This episode surprised me on a few levels.

Bombing Bain: How Does the Politics of Wall Street Greed Play in the GOP?

William Bradley | Posted 03.11.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

Stuart Stevens, Romney's chief strategist, attacked Romney protege Meg Whitman for her own adventures in capitalism during the 2010 California's governor's race.

Right Time to Redefine

Sherry Lansing | Posted 01.01.2012 | Fifty
Sherry Lansing

My fellow baby boomers and I are at the forefront of a social movement that is millions strong and decades in the making. Enjoying longer, healthier ...

2010: A Jerry Brown Odyssey

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

In the long and winding road that is Jerry Brown's life, there has been no shortage of odysseys. But with 2010 drawing to a close, and Brown confronting one of the greatest crises of governance seen in a modern state, it's worth looking at this particular one.

Jerry Brown and the California Exception

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

The dust is still settling on Brown's resounding landslide victory by a margin of more than 1.2 million votes over billionaire Meg Whitman. The race was by far the costliest non-presidential campaign in American history.

Why Did Democrats Sweep California? Ask Meg Whitman

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Fernando Espuelas

You could almost hear Meg Whitman's campaign coming off the rails the day she became "tough as nails" on undocumented immigrants.

Meg Whitman on Immigration: From New and Exciting to Mean and Typical

Frank Sharry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Sharry

Today's Los Angeles Times reports: "Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman has reignited a controversy that roiled her campaign for weeks, say...

Jason Linkins

BURNING MONEY: Self-Funding Millionaires Could See Little Success At The Polls | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

If there's one thing that we've learned from our periodic examinations of the 2010 campaign's self-funders, it's that self-funding your own campaign is a pretty bad idea unless your name happens to be Michael Bloomberg.

Meg Whitman's Big Fat Latino Problem

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Fernando Espuelas

For a crowd that is fond of claiming that there are American citizens willing to work as nannies, grape pickers and meat packers, Whitman has shown how dependent our country is on immigrant labor.

Jason Linkins

WaPo Widget Tracks Self-Funders | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Another thing that the rich people are doing? Funding their own, often quixotic runs for office! We've been happily following our favorite self-funde...

Harsh Realm: The Meg Whitman Program for Future California

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

Meg Whitman is failing in her goal of building a big 12 to 15-point lead over Jerry Brown over the summer, a lead from which he can't recover in the fall. In fact, she has no lead at all in any credible poll.

Huge Ad Buys In California Governor's Race Fueled By Personal Wealth Of Meg Whitman, Steve Poizner

Los Angeles Times | Seema Mehta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

"They are literally buying anything they can get their hands on, every spot that's available to them, everything that opens up," Sadler said, and Whit...

Poll: Jerry Brown Way Ahead Of Republicans For California Governor

TPMDC | Eric Kleefeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

A new survey of the California gubernatorial race by Public Policy Polling (D) gives Democratic state Attorney General Jerry Brown huge leads over the...

Jason Linkins

2010 Campaign: How Are The Self-Funders Doing? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As we've discussed before, one of the unique features of the 2010 election season is that despite the fact that America is mired in any number of soul...

Meg Whitman's Titanic Campaign for Governor of California

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

What has a record $70 million in primary spending gotten billionaire Meg Whitman? A plummeting Republican primary lead over state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner.

Goldman Basher Poizner Dumped Tech on You at the Market Top

Chip Hanlon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chip Hanlon

What if I told you a candidate in the California GOP gubernatorial primary received a $500,000 loan interest-free from Goldman Sachs? It's none other than Goldman-basher, Steve Poizner!

"GoldMeg Sachs Whitman" Roils the California Governor's Race

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

Meg Whtiman's vaunted megabucks exercise in branding -- actually an attempt to appropriate the eBay brand -- is turning into something quite different and damaging.

Goldman Sachs Looms Over GOP Debate As Whitman And Poizner Face Off

California Watch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

The following story comes courtesy of California Watch) By Lance Williams In last night's Republican gubernatorial debate, the topic of front runner...

Meg Whitman Spins and Spends: Mrs. Harsh Faces A Harsh Reality

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

Meg Whitman has spent a record-shattering $100 million. Jerry Brown has spent virtually nothing. Yet Whitman's campaign has failed to change anything in the overall dynamic of the California gubernatorial race.

Pundits, Bloggers, Activist Leaders Thinking of Running for High Office? Think Again

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Aside from new friends on the far right, poor Mickey Kaus is getting less attention as a supposed candidate for the U.S. Senate than he did as a writer.

California Story: Brown, Boxer, and (Un)convention(al) Politics

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

Big developments in the past few days make it clear why California has the biggest races in the country this year, with Obama helping Barbara Boxer defend her Senate seat and Jerry Brown trying for a record third term as governor.

What We Know Now About the Big California Races

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

Nearly two weeks into the general election, here are seven key things we know now about the races for California governor and senator. Both races are fully engaged and trends are emerging.

Is Jerry Brown the California John McCain?

Mayhill Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Mayhill Fowler

History shows that a candidate does not have to be the most intelligent or the most qualified to win an election. But he or she must make sense. Brown and his campaign are still working on this first act.