| Dec 18, 2014
| 3:21 PM
State Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) on Thursday entered a plea bargain in which prosecutors lowered charges of drunk driving to a lesser misdemeanor, allowing him to avoid any possibility of jail time.
Hueso was sentenced to three years informal...
| Nov 26, 2014
| 8:05 PM
When Debbie Manning makes a request, California's most powerful politicians usually obey.
As a sergeant-at-arms for the California Senate for three decades, Manning has often been sent to round up tardy lawmakers from their Capitol offices and escort...
| Oct 29, 2014
| 2:24 PM
Backed by politicians from both parties, California Gov. Jerry Brown brought his whirlwind campaign to San Diego on Wednesday to urge passage of Proposition 1, the $7.5-billion water bond.
Brown made no mention of the fact he is seeking reelection on...
| Oct 18, 2014
| 10:00 AM
In its third editorial endorsing Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio over Democratic incumbent Scott Peters, the U-T San Diego newspaper had one description of DeMaio that not even his many critics could dispute: "One of a kind."
| Oct 18, 2014
| 7:05 PM
Darrell Steinberg took the helm of the state Senate six years ago with the global economy in a meltdown that choked off tax revenue, causing the state budget deficit to balloon to $42 billion.
It took Steinberg and other state leaders four years that...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 8:11 PM
SACRAMENTO -- The state Senate Education Committee recommended Wednesday that California voters be asked to repeal Proposition 227, the 1998 initiative that requires public school instruction in English.
The proposal to restore bilingual education...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 7:20 PM
In truth, I wouldn't know a smartphone "kill switch" from a typewriter shift key. But I do know strong special interest influence when I smell it.
I'm not saying that every state senator who voted against a bill to require kill switches as theft...
| Jun 14, 2014
| 6:14 PM
Assemblyman Jeff Gorell was in his Capitol office Thursday afternoon when a staffer walked in with a list of new proposals that were being wrapped into the state budget.
One of the items was $2.7 million for a pool in Calexico, a small city on the...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 9:11 AM
A week after the California Senate rejected a moratorium on fracking in the state, a watchdog group said those who opposed the bill or abstained from voting on it received significantly more campaign money from the oil and gas industry than supporters...
| Sep 3, 2014
| 12:06 PM
Saving the beleaguered Salton Sea will be expensive, but allowing it to continue deteriorating will cost even more in terms of dollars, unemployment, property values and damage to public health, according to a study released Wednesday by the Pacific...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 11:36 AM
State Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) was arrested early Friday on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Hueso, 44, was stopped at 2:24 a.m. by CHP officers who spotted him driving the wrong way on...